I have failed miserably in writing this blog so far.
Before this post, I have written five blog posts. These posts have been meant to be insightful and encouraging to counselors, staff, and anyone else who stumbles upon my weekly rantings. Most of my posts have something to do with camp, possibly a little blurb about what is going on at camp, maybe a story about a character from the Bible. You know, devotion stuff.
The things I talk about in this blog are ideas and doctrine that I really feel strongly about. Most weeks, I feel that God has legitimately laid something on my heart to share with the Ba-Yo-Ca family. So in this I am not saying that what I have been posting is rubbish. On the contrary, the lessons that I am trying to teach are lessons from scripture, which we know is "God-breathed and useful for teaching" (2 Timothy 3:16). However, virtually every week I have missed one major aspect of the lesson: Jesus.
This can't be true, right? I looked back over my posts and found one time that I talked about or quoted Jesus. Jesus is the base of everything we believe, right? How many times in church is the name "Jesus" never said or our savior never quoted in a sermon? Think about it, and I bet you'll find that it is more than you imagined. How many times in your small group, Bible study, or Sunday school class do we study Romans, Ephesians, Isaiah, or Psalms? Again, not that there is anything wrong with those books, but how many times do we study the life of our Savior? To an outsider who knows nothing about our faith, it would seem as if Jesus is simply a side note to the bigger story. HE IS THE STORY!
Some of you reading this may be disagreeing with me on some level. I am not trying to say that we shouldn't study all scripture. I am simply stating that all scripture points to Jesus, which is something we miss quite frequently. Even Paul, the writer of those letters that we study so fervently, says in 1 Corinthians 2:2, "For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified." The chapter goes on to say that we speak a message of wisdom to the mature, so I am not saying that we should stop studying other scripture. But this passage tells me that even Paul, one of the most well read people in the Bible, understands that the most important topic a Christian should talk about is Jesus.
Without Jesus, Abraham is nothing. Without Jesus, Paul is nothing. Without Jesus, I am nothing. Without Jesus, you are nothing.
Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
Don't let Jesus be an afterthought.