We’ve spent time in class so far talking about how Jesus reformed/redeemed the everyday practices/institutions of peoplehood, the family, the role of the prophet, religion, time, and politics. When Jesus healed the sick, cast out demons, cleansed the Temple, ate with sinners, and preached, it seems like he was doing a lot morethan simply preparing to die. Although I will always be grateful for the knowledge I gained growing up in a Christian environment about the importance of the death and resurrection of Christ, it seems like so often His life is fast forwarded until we get to Easter, when the important stuff happens.
I believe that some amazing things happened with the death of Christ – atonement, justification, sanctification, etc, but I’m also grateful that I’m gaining a fuller picture of the implications of the life Christ led.
I know I’ve mentioned a lot of this stuff before, but I’ve been wondering where the balance is in all of this. I mean, is it more important for children (and anyone, really) to be taught about the death and resurrection of Christ first, and then once that is understood you can gradually gain an understanding about what Christ’s life meant? I know that the death and resurrection are essential to our salvation, but I also feel like there is something incredibly life giving about the model of Christ’s life.
Is there a type of salvation to be found in modeling Christ’s life? (that might have sounded heretical…I didn’t mean it to!) How do I/we balance the teachings and practices of Christ with the Pauline focus on the death and resurrection?