Books

The Jesus Creed

I just finished Scot McKnight’s book, “The Jesus Creed.” It was a transformational read.

A lot of times we read for information, but this read became transformational for me. I hope to live up to this Creed.

Here are some highlights from the book.

The Jesus Creed

The Jesus Creed
By Scot McKnight

The Jesus Creed
Hear o Israel, the Lord our God is one.
Live the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul,
With all your mind, and with all your strength.
The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.

Shema- Jewish Creed for spiritual transformation. To love God by living the Torah.

jesus First Amendment: love God, now Love Others

Jesus Second Amendment: Lords Prayer
Lord to Abba/Father
Bread, Forgiveness, Temptation

4 lessons from the Lord’s Prayer
– we learn to approach God as Abba
– ewe learn what God really wants
– we learn to think of others
– we learn what everyone needs

Knowing God’s love begins when we open our hearts to Abba’s love.

Tables create and divide societies.

A life of sacred love: (Hosea)
– sacred live transforms our speech. Jew don’t say God they say G-d
– sacred love converts our acts. (Zacchaeus)
– sacred love inspires our worship.

Sometimes we need to get caught in order to learn.

Not the live of Torah but the Torah of love.

Look to the aide to see your neighbor: (good Samaritan)
– neighborly live begins in the home.
– neighborly love is whenever and wbereever love.
– neighborly live is moral love.

Jesus repents for us at the Jordan River. He loves God faithfully in the wilderness when tempted. He transfigures earthly treagedy into eternal realities on the Mountain bhe transforms the Passover lamb into His own death for us at the Last Supper.

Like the Passover Lamb, Jesus claims that his death is vicarious as he represents us and substitutes for us. He experiences for us what we do not want but deserve (slavery and death), and provides for us what we do want but don’t deserve (a life of freedom). By participating in His death, we are set free by his death.

Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us (leading us to worship), we have to see it as something done by us (leading us to repentance). As we face the cross, then, we can say to ourselves both “I did it, my sins sent him there.,” and ” he did it, his love took him there.” – John Stott