I read this just now. It’s from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book called “Life Together”. He’s talking about how important the Word of God is to any form of Christian community. Placing emphasis upon our need to move beyond ourselves, he challenges us to enter into the complete story of God’s.
“It is not in our life that God’s help and presence must still be proved, but rather God’s presence and help have been demonstrated for us in the life of Jesus Christ. It is in fact more important for us to know what God did to Israel, to His Son Jesus Christ, than to seek what God intends for us today. The fact that Jesus Christ died is more important than the fact that I shall die, and the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead is the sole ground of my hope that I, too, shall be raised on the Last Day. Our salvation is ‘external to ourselves’. I find no salvation in my life history, but only in the history of Jesus Christ. Only he who allows himself to be found in Jesus Christ, in his incarnation, his cross, and his resurrection, is with God and God with him.”
Am I the only one shocked by the bold part? Doesn’t Dietrich realize that it is about me here and now? Is he actually suggesting otherwise?
Yes, I believe he is.