God Crucified

When thinking about God I used to focus on the general idea of a supreme being. The infinite, eternal and unchanging being who is utterly apart from his creation. But I have since learned to consider God through his own particular unveiling of himself in Jesus rather than my own general ideas about God. For “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known” (John 1:18). We must always begin with God as Jesus and when we move to more general notions of God we redefine them in light of this unique and particular unveiling of God as human.

Furthermore, when considering who God is as Jesus we must never evade the cross. Through the cross, the one true God reveals himself as the one who is lowly in suffering even unto death. With the cross fully in view, can we really start from the assumption that such suffering in humiliation cannot be true of God? No! For the crucified Jesus is not a mere appearance of the one true God. He is God crucified.

So what dominates our minds as we think about the one true God? Is it the exaltation of the divine being in his perfection above and beyond all? Or, is it the humiliation and lowliness of the crucified one? There is, of course, deep mystery in the suffering of the one true God but we must never try to solve the mystery by juggling it away. We rather gaze intently into the mystery as the Spirit opens the eyes of our hearts to the majesty of the humble God.

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