Nick's Notes

Rector’s Letter October 2018

So we continue from August and September: If we believe there might be a god and that god might be knowable, then we come to the self-revelation of god to humankind.  We come to Jesus, ‘Christ’ in ‘Christ ian’.  He is what distinguishes one faith from another.  The apostle Paul describes Jesus as ‘foolishness and a stumbling’ to people in the 1st century, and perhaps is so to this day.  But Jesus is central to the Christian faith.

Who he was, what he was and how he was, became the focus of the early Church and different understandings were put forward and argued about; a good man who received the Spirit of God at his baptism but whose Spirit left just before he died; a sort of human who didn’t really suffer or feel pain; entirely human but with the same amount of god in him as everyone else – the quintessential human.

They argued and came up with the creeds we use today: ‘the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, of one being with the Father….’, We struggle to express it to this day and as he was unique we have no reference points.  But it is what he achieved that is most important.

However Jesus was, he, though death and resurrection opened a way for us to come into the presence of God; the unknowable could be known.  And more than that we would be adopted as family – not slaves or subjects but as daughters and sons alongside Jesus.  And more – when Jesus went back to his Father in heaven a token of his love for us was sent to all who follow him, the Holy Spirit, to lead us, guide us, transform us, comfort us.

Jesus as an historical figure is great.  His words and actions are recorded and are brilliant in their own right, but I wouldn’t dedicate my life to them.  Jesus as the Son of God is worth the risk, and for me has not been found wanting.

We can have a relationship with God, not as robots but free people; fallible but forgiven, on a journey to discover more of who we are in ourselves, in our community and in Christ.

Nick Law







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