Archive for April 2019

The True God

The world has rejected God and turned far away from him. Nevertheless, the world is not left to its own devices. God actually entered the world in Jesus to turn the world around. Jesus, the lowly man, is himself true God acting in the world to bring us back home. He is not a mere “appearance” of the true and proper divine being beyond himself. He is God himself acting in the world for the sake of our reconciliation.

But doesn’t Jesus, as lowly servant, contradict who and what God actually is? Well, he certainly contradicts all our human ideas about the divine being. For our own natural projections about God turn God into a remote and removed being. One who cannot possibly become a lowly and suffering human. But Jesus is the true God who decided with his Father in the Spirit that he wanted to be with us as lowly suffering servant to bring us back home. So, the only God we know is the one who is willing to be lowly as the suffering servant to take us back to himself. He chooses humiliation in lowly service to reconcile us.

In this action within the world and for the world God shows us who he actually is and what he is like. We do not now speculate about what the divine being can or cannot do because he has done what he wants to do showing us what the true God is like. So, the only God we know is the one who is willing to be lowly as the suffering servant to take us back to himself. And before the true God who is lowly servant we bow in awe and wonder.

The Reconciler

Can the world reconcile itself to God? The world is at enmity with God so it cannot possibly act as its own the reconciler? The world is actually so hostile to God it does not even want to be reconciled. Nevertheless, God loves the world and wants all people to live with him in love relationship. So he came to us in Jesus as reconciler. He came even though we were undeserving. He came even though we made no promises of reform. God alone reconciles humanity to himself. It is God’s own work, and not the work of another. “In Christ GOD was reconciling the world to himself”.

Jesus, the Father’s Son makes peace between God and humanity. He does so by taking upon himself enmity of the world against God and the curse which rests upon it. He is the One who himself takes away the judgment on the world by taking it all on himself.

In order to reconcile us Jesus suffered and even became sin. Was it simply the human Jesus who suffered for us? Or is Jesus God himself suffering as human? We cannot really split Jesus at any point saying this was Jesus as human and that was Jesus as divine? He is always one person as the God-human. So Jesus suffering is truly the suffering of God. We can never understand what that actually means. All we can say is that in Jesus the unfathomable mystery of God’s suffering is an open secret? And we now survey his wondrous cross knowing that we are already reconciled to God through him, our only reconciler.