Christ: The Heart of It All

Yesterday, Christians around the world exclaimed, “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” We are an Easter people, those who embrace Christ’s promise “because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19).

On this day after Easter we say, “the risen Christ is with us.” In this sense, every day is Easter, a day to “come alive” because Christ is alive.  A day to say with Paul, “For to me, to live is Christ. He is my source of joy, my reason to live” (Philippians 1:21, Amplified Bible).

As many of you will know, I believe we are living in another Awakening, a time when once again God is doing a new thing (Isaiah 43:19). As I continue to explore this reality, Christ shines brighter and brighter. Christ is deeper and wider in my faith than ever before. He is the heart of it all. 

Eastertide affords us the opportunity to see Christ as the source and substance, not only of the new Awakening, but of Life itself. So, we begin today “lifting up” Christ believing that as we do so (as he said himself) he will draw all people to himself (John 12:32). Oh, how we need this right now on the earth!

I expect this series will go on for a while, but we will get moving with more frequent posts in Eastertide, with others to follow in the season after Pentecost. My current vision for the series includes exploring the universal Christ, the excarnate Christ, the incarnate Christ, and the Christlike life that ensues as we abide in Christ.

I am looking forward to sharing this series with you. I am increasingly seeing Oboedire as a means to bear witness to the foundational elements that have formed my life. Maybe it’s an “aging thing” to center and simplify as a way to dwell more in the Main Thing, which for me is not a principle but rather a Person: Christ.

Off we go! I hope you’ll join me. Feel free to share these posts, and invite others to join the Oboedire journey.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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