The reality of Christ is the single most important fact in the cosmos.
Children of God will spend all of eternity gazing, savoring, exploring, relishing, worshipping, and displaying this focal point of all reality.
How can we live in this reality today?
We can let the reality of Christ permeate our outer world and our inner world.
Our outer world is characterized by the effects of the fall: suffering, sin, injustice, imperfection. Whether it is a stop light that won’t turn our way or a child dying of cancer, we are immersed in a world scarred by sin.
How, then, do we live in such a world? By dwelling in the reality of Christ’s life. In John 1:14 the apostle states, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Let that sink in. God dwelt among us. We saw his glory, full of grace and truth. For someone who has the new life of the Spirit, seeing that glory, meditating on that fullness of grace and truth, dwelling in that light can extinguish any darkness, no matter how great, that we encounter in this life.
Our inner world is horribly scarred by sin as well, by countless acts of pride, anger, selfishness, deceit, and lust. The child of God who honestly looks at his soul sees his sin, sees how twisted his old self is and how evil, how rebellious, how dead to God it is.
How, then, do we live with facing our own sinfulness? By dwelling in the reality of Christ’s death. Later on in the first chapter of John is recorded the great declaration of the reality of Christ’s death, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Our sin has been atoned for and taken away. All our guilt, all our evil, all that rightly separates us from God and condemns us, has been cast away as far as the east is from the west by the death of Christ. We are redeemed and restored.
This, then, the reality of the life and death of Christ, is the gospel. This is the reality that saves and gives life. Let us live in that reality today.