Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16
I am struck this morning of the relevance of my Creator to the present state of my reality. The Christ I know has been, throughout my life somewhat like that narrator from the old Twilight Zone series that somehow, and for some reason, always appeared to the viewer within a scene of the twisted story. It’s not far off to think that I’m not alone in the presupposition that Christ is welcomed and waiting around the corner for my next crisis. Or that He’d show up, present and waiting for the next funeral to embrace the grieving. Nor would He turn His ear from being desperately approached and wait at a bout with severe illness. Why wouldn’t I think that Christ wouldn’t be there for me? He has always promised to be there and He has never missed an appointment. But is that what He’s been boiled down to? Have I really considered Him no more than a glorified bell-hop at the concierge counter of my life?
Christ is clearly more than that — more so, He is nothing of that! The truth of the relevance of Christ to the present state of my reality is no different than it has always been. My choice to justify His relevance to me has customized within my heart and mind a false reality of His existence in me. It really isn’t a question of relevance at all — Christ is my life! He lives in me!
He walks and talks with me wherever I go. Never alone and never silent to the heartbeat of Christ within me! He is the one who gives me understanding into the worlds of those unloving, unlovely ugly people that wander in and out of my life every day. He is the one who takes the heart — broken and battered — and restores it to full strength! He is the Christ who restores crumbling dreams. He is the Christ who rekindles hope. Christ is my Comforter! He is the Christ who catches every tear I shed in the palms of His hands. He is the Christ who laughs with me when I’m funny, when I’m silly and when life itself cracks a joke. Christ is He who watches me breathe as I sleep and keeps me. He is Christ who died for me — my Savior!
Dare I neglect the relevance of Christ — my Creator, my Comforter, my Redeemer, my Restorer, my Provider, my Peace, my Fortress, my Deliverer, my Savior — who is my life and my all? There is great relevance to Him in my current and future reality — because He is my everything!
Lord Jesus, may I live every second in fellowship with you! Relating with others with your voice, your mind, your heart! May my words and my heart be in harmony with your life in me.
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29