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“I am the Truth”

11 Jan

In making the ultimate claim—the claim to be truth itself, Jesus was announcing that he was about to re-center the world. The world would no longer be centered around the truth of violence; it would now be centered around the truth of forgiving love… The world desperately needed to be re-centered. It was off its axis. It was tearing itself apart. Humanity had lost its way—humanity had lost sight of God. Confusion reigned. The engines of war propelled human history, and history was being propelled into the outer darkness…

Jesus was remaking the world based on a beautiful new idea… Christ is drawing humanity into a new orbit, an orbit around himself and his redeeming love. All of this is beautiful. It is this beauty that saves the world.

brian_zahndBrian Zahnd

Beauty Will Save the World, Zondervan, 2012, 71, 78-9.


Jesus is Beautiful

14 Dec

Beauty has a way of sneaking past defenses and speaking in unique ways… Everything about Jesus Christ is beautiful!…

A Christianity that is deeply enchanted by Christ’s beauty and thus formed and fashioned by this beauty has the opportunity to present to a skeptical and jaded world an aspect of the gospel that has been too rare for far too long.

With an emphasis on truth, we have tried to make Christianity persuasive (as we should). But we also need a corresponding emphasis on beauty to make Christianity attractive. Christianity should not only persuade with truth, but it should also attract with a beauty…

Getting Jesus right is absolutely essential if we are to recover the beauty of Christianity, because Jesus is the beauty of Christianity!

brian_zahndBrian Zahnd

Beauty Will Save the World, Zondervan, 2012, xv, 60, 208