Saturday, March 19, 2005

Who is it All About—Really?

I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. (Song of Solomon 6:3)
Today we hear a lot of Christians say, “It’s all about God, all about Jesus.” In fact, I have said that quite a bit myself. It is true enough, and I will continue to say it. But let’s dig into it a little deeper by taking a moment to consider the gospel and ask, Who is it all about?

Well, on the one hand, we say that the Gospel is about Jesus Christ, because it is about what He has done on the Cross. But on the other hand, we also say that the work He did on the Cross, He did for us. After all, if it were not for our tremendous need for redemption, Jesus would not have had to come to redeem us.

So, who is the Gospel all about? Well, its all about Him — and us. Its all about Him because everything is about Him. But its about us because He has made it about us.

And so it is with every aspect of our relationship with God. It is all about God — but He makes it about us, as well. For God is love, and love gives and serves. Solomon revealed this divine reciprocity in the Song of Songs:
I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. (Song of Solomon 6:3)

I am my beloved’s, and His desire is toward me. (Song of Solomon 7:10)
So, to answer the question, Who is it all about? It is all about Jesus — but He makes it about us, too.

We should never make anything all about us, for that leads to barrenness and despair. But recognize that it is all about Him, and let Him make it about us, too, and then there is life and abundance and fruitfulness — for the branches are now abiding in the vine.

Those who receive the Lord Jesus Christ and call on His name belong to Him, and can say along with the Shulamite maid in the Song of Songs, “I am my Beloved’s and He is mine. I am my Beloved’s, and His desire it toward me.” Who is it all about? The Lord — and His beloved.