When Jesus was with us, we failed to see what God had delivered firsthand to us, the ability to stop the violence and hatred that plagued the world and make a new choice for love and peace.
Humans have accomplished great things in the humanities, sciences and arts. We also unleashed many errors. Our varying cultures are well and good, like the practice of gift giving on Christmas, but more important is our spiritual right to Gods great love and the receiving and union with the Spirit that is Holy, all of which has been made possible by the birth Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ.
Will Gods goodness get you what you do not deserve, like a magic spell that conjures up winning lottery tickets simply by asking for it? Of course not.
We tend to have an “all in” account of our emotions. We feel one thing or the other, but not simultaneous emotions. Or do we?
You could be doing the most charitable work, but if your inner workings are grumbling in protest, you are only partially satisfactory in God's eye.
The truth is we don't know for sure. All we have are eyewhitness accounts of his body missing from the tomb and tales of sightings of him in the hours and days immediately after the discovery of the empty tomb.
We must rewrite what it means to be Christian for our modern age by dispelling with the old fashion, out-dated cultural notions of worship.
Jesus helped us to understand the "selfish benefit" of our "selfless acts".