The Bible asserts that the central figure of all history is Jesus the “Christ”, the “Messiah”. Jesus is the “Word made flesh”, the Beloved Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior, Redeemer and Lord of the whole world. Not surprisingly, God’s self-revelation in Jesus are the central themes of the Old and New Testaments when seen as a whole.
In “studying” Christ it is wise to remember the words of one of the Church’s greatest intellectuals, C.S. Lewis, who said we can always fall back from our words about Jesus “into the arms” of the risen Jesus Himself.
Very important. Jesus is not a concept. He is alive and Living Lord of Life now.
He is here, today. He wants to reveal Himself to you and I because He has a passion to be known, and because His very nature is gift-love (agape) and grace.
Now, I suggest you read John 1:1-14; Hebrews 1:1-14; and Colossians 1:15-23 one right after the other.
After doing so note the similar themes, though spoken very differently. What do they say to you about Jesus in the grand scheme?
This same majestic Lord, who is at the Center of everything, is also at the center of your and my life. No being is more exalted and glorious, yet so immediately accessible, humble and loving than Jesus.
I admit, it can be both unnerving and also comforting (or sometimes both) on an experiential level. The One through Whom the universe was created with all of its teaming complexity, and who sustains and hold the whole cosmos together, is the One who washed the disciples feet. It is He who invites us to come to Him as children; and Who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses.
I have heard others argue that in his humbling Himself this way (becoming human) and engaging in the most radical condescension to be with us and in us, that His glory and power are most profoundly shown. I tend to agree (though being the Word through Whom all Creation is spoken into existence is pretty darned impressive).
When I take communion (the Eucharist) I am mindful of the symbolism. But the symbol, like a “sign” always points past itself to the Reality behind it. Thus whether you believe the wine is somehow mystically transformed into the blood of Christ (as our Catholic friends and others do) and the same with the bread as His body, or see them as symbolic reminders of the same, He is still there with you: Jesus’ Body and Blood having been given for you so that you might have confidence to approach His, and Your Father today.
This is no part of a mere salvation “formula”. It is so you may have Life in, and with, Him.