“Their vision of Jesus Christ and Him crucified has become cloudy. They no longer see Him and His work on the cross as the center of their Christian lives, now it is Jesus plus …” (David Guzik commentary on Gal 3:1)
There is no Jesus plus.
Jesus plus our job, our bank account, our years in church. Jesus plus charity work, generous contributions, an hour in prayer every day at five a.m. As if He needs our help. No, He needs our faith.
Not, Jesus in our pocket, and we pull Him out like a repair kit. Jesus, hocus pocus. Wave Him over your problem and recite a few psalms.
“Jesus plus” implies He’s not enough. Run, quick because Jesus can’t handle the mountain we’ve started to climb.
It sounds ridiculous, but the Galatians tried something similar. They mixed faith with carnal works and forgot about the time-altering moment when faith became faith in the first place. “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you …?” Paul asks. “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal 3:1,3)
There’s no Jesus formula. Buy now, the five-step program toward success! Take these spiritual vitamins and call me in the morning. Faith requires living in God’s Word. It’s burying your head in the water of the Good Book and drinking deep.
My mom tells a story about a woman who meditated on Acts 10:38 so long that when the grocery store clerk said, “That’ll be $10.38,” she recited the verse instead. That’s awesome. We should be that full.
Full of Jesus alone. Our every breath, knowing that He answers prayers spoken in faith. Faith that’s grown in us because we’ve spent so much time in His Word, we’ve totally overlooked the distractions. We’re focused, instead, on the Author and Finisher. (Heb 12:2)
Notice: He started the ball rolling and has provided the happy ending already. Jesus, singular, enduring the cross, in spite of all the voices howling around him. In spite of the fear lumped in His throat, knowing He had to die and be disconnected from the Father, He saw the Resurrection as completed.
Jesus, victorious. Consider that next time you want to give up. (Heb 12:3)
“But they should consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, and be encouraged, not discouraged, knowing that they are following in the footsteps of Jesus.” (David Guzik commentary on Hebrews 12:3)
Suzanne D. Williams, Author