The Father Found in Christ - The Alpha and Omega
Jesus taught that we should base ourselves on a philosophy which is perennially valid,” encouraging ourselves to study the entirity of Scripture, especially of Himself, and that eternal life is found only in Him which the Scriptures testifiy (Jn 5:39-40). Jesus taught that if we see him, we see the Father (Jn 14:9). Paul prayed that the church would receive the revelation that Christ is all in all (Eph 1:17-21).
In the authentic search for God, the field keeps expanding and never tightening. As does the universe itself, we move toward an ever-greater aliveness, a greater consciousness, a deeper union. The wisdom of God calls this a divine allurement which is drawing the universe forward until a truly cosmic “Christ comes to full stature” (Ephesians 4:13). We can think of this as the Omega Point, as we see Christ as the Alpha Point or the “first idea in the mind of God.” This made the entire universe and all of history unified, meaningful, and also hopeful! There is a trajectory and direction to it all, which is what both Jews and Christians were supposed to do. Jesus taught that a ternal life was entering this state of oneness with Him and the Father (Jn 17).
It is not just the universe coming to be, but it is God who is coming to be realized in us. Divine Love, poured into space-time, rises in consciousness and erupts in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, becoming the pledge of our future in the risen Christ: “I am with you always until the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). We can read the history of our 13.7 billion year old universe as the rising up of Divine Love incarnate, which bursts forth in the person of Jesus, who reveals Love’s urge toward wholeness through reconciliation, mercy, peace, and forgiveness. Jesus is the love of God incarnate, the wholemaker who shows the way of evolution toward unity in love. In Jesus, God breaks through and points us in a new direction; not one of chance or blindness but one of ever-deepening wholeness in love. In Jesus, God comes to us from the future to be our future. Those who follow Jesus are to become wholemakers, uniting what is scattered, creating a deeper unity in love.
We can see from the above that Jesus didn’t come to create a new or exclusive religion. He came to reform and reinvigorate the very meaning of all religion—and ground it in human nature and creation itself—which is universal. Indeed, we are called “to become wholemakers, uniting what is scattered, creating a deeper unity in love.” Yes Paul wrote our inner conscience and all of nature testifies to God, and reveals Him (Rm 1:19-20).
© by George Blasy 2016. Used by permission.