Most men and women who come to Regeneration want to know how to change their lives, how to break old patterns and replace them with new, healthy ones. The information we teach is incredibly valuable.
Valuable, but nowhere near enough.
Knowledge is not life, and knowing about life is not the same as having life.
In the beginning, the serpent was sowing lies when he encouraged the first man and woman to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. One of the lies was this: If you know more, you’ll gain the life you want.
I wonder if we buy the same lie today.
Self-help resources are a booming industry, politicians always promise improved education, and news is updated online day and night. In other circles, Christians do Bible studies, subscribe to Christian podcasts, and religiously listen to Sunday sermons. All this with hopes of a healthier life, a better life for our kids, a more secure future, or simply a more godly life.
Jesus was a brilliant communicator and teacher, but he did not come primarily to give you more information. Not even more information about God.
Jesus’ primary mission was to restore your union with God by giving you himself.
This is what Good Friday is all about. This is what Communion is all about.
Enticed by the sight of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve “took of its fruit and ate” (Gen. 3:6). Facing death on the cross, Jesus broke bread and gave it to his disciples saying, “Take, eat; this is my body” (Mt. 26:26), and he gave them wine saying, “Drink this, all of you” (Mt. 26:27).
Adam and Eve grasped godhood and ended up naked, ashamed, and without life. Jesus, the visible form of the invisible God, humbled himself, even to the point of being crucified naked on a tree. All so you and I might have union with him and live.
If you’re struggling with any habitual sin, sexual or otherwise, participate in a Good Friday service tomorrow where Communion is being served. Let the bread that is His body and the wine that is His blood become one with you.
He gives Himself to you. Take. Eat. Drink. All of you.
Humbled yet hungry,
I’d love for you to add your thoughts! Where do you see knowledge (about God, life, etc.) getting in the way of living life with God? What role do you think information should play in our lives? Are there ways that information has helped you live more connected to God? If so, how?