Christ Is Everything That Is Good
“When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking of Christ.
When we speak about virtue, we are speaking of Christ.
When we speak about justice, we are speaking of Christ.
When we speak about peace, we are speaking of Christ.
When we speak about truth and life and redemption,
we are speaking of Christ.” – Ambrose of Milan
Virtue, justice, peace, truth, life itself, and redemption are the products of the wisdom of God shown to us in Christ. These things have no other source. Though we naturally desire all of these things, they are not the products of human wisdom, or human efforts alone, that is not enough. They are pure gifts from the God of Creation. We have seen them in the Person of Jesus, the Son of God, who modeled all of these things to us in the flesh.
Christ is the gift of the Father’s love to all of His creation. Though we were in the midst of our sin, He loved us so unconditionally that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to redeem us and to show us what wisdom, virtue, justice, peace, truth and life really look like, without the fog of human fear, prejudice and ignorance.
During this time of Lent the daily readings from scripture cover the journey of Jesus from the time he goes out into the desert for forty days and forty nights, through many of the moments of his public ministry, all of this to prepare us for the holiest days of the year, leading us up to the most important events in human history; the passion and death of Jesus on the Cross, and the Resurrection on the third day.
In that one Life, that one Person, Jesus, we see the real meaning of all the things that we hope for, believe in, and love. In the depths of our hearts we cry out from the wilderness of our own brokenness for the wisdom, virtue, justice, peace, truth and the quality of life that Jesus, the Christ, represents to us.
If we but turn from the foolishness of our egos, if we but bend our wills to the will of God that we see and know in Jesus, all these gifts will begin to be ours. When we come to know Christ fully, these words, these concepts will become the natural practice of our lives and we will be known as true sons and daughters of God.
Let us pray over this, then, during this Lenten season. Let us look even more deeply at Christ. Let us fall in love with Christ again and begin to imitate Him in every part of our lives. Let us show Christ to the world with our lives by submitting to His wisdom, His virtue, His justice, His peace and the truth about life that He showed us with His life 2,000 years ago. Amen!