Can we know how difficult it must have been for the gospel writers to explain the life of Jesus through the gospels? They wrote in a way so to put it as simply as possible to move past the difficulty to principally show us Jesus and all that means; by His words and His actions. Is it any wonder we understand so little about His life? So much of the depth of what is written flies past our ears and over our heads. The message is, simply put, the centrality of the Person, the Lord Jesus Himself. The mystery of Who God is, the mystery of being a Christian, is revealed in Jesus – and He makes it known to us by His words and His works. Therein lies the essence of His Personhood.
The birth, life and death of Jesus Christ is ultimately a mystery. Words like “incarnation” are attempts to try to grasp this mystery, yet everything about Jesus life was hard to describe. God can’t be reduced to our terms, otherwise He would be made in our image instead of the other way around. We often want to be comforted by easy answers, but God invites us to enter into the mystery of Who He is.
It is a mistake when we allow Jesus, the Christ, to become merely an intellectual exercise of study and speculative argumentation, or a sentimental formula of feelings, only – He is a Person with a definite Personality – and like none other. With the singular mission of our salvation. And all the myriads of attributes that are attached to that including, but not limited to, spiritual freedom, gifts, and close relationship with both Him and God, the Father. Mystery.
He asks that we allow Him to dwell within us to allow Him to direct our heart, mind, soul, and actions in having personal fellowship with Him, in order to accomplish needful change in which we woefully fail at in our old nature, in our own strength. By working in us to develop the new nature, and through us He has been carrying on His work in the world. Which He, Himself, inaugurated on the earth two thousand years ago; and before that, what He saw before the beginning of time. With so skilled a Craftsman/Surgeon, can you see why there is so rarely a dull moment in our development? And none from His divine perspective.
To have earthbound visions and goals to accomplish in one’s personal life is attractive, and even laudable. But to only have temporal goals is to have a vacuous and meaningless life of no lasting value regardless how materially successful. Empty, Solomon called it in Ecclesiastes. Conversely, to have a purposeful life means to have a real purpose beyond our self-centered existence. God created us with purpose in mind. And that chief purpose was, and is, to know Him! And this through the miracle of the indwelling of His Spirit within us. And this is only accomplished through the miracle of Jesus the Christ. If we have Him we have the true treasure of life that can be experienced, but is nearly impossible to describe in human words. It all works together, and it all flows and merges together seamlessly. But Who can explain How it works so flawlessly? Mystery!
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
To be able to recite with full accord this Apostles’ Creed is to have God the Trinity as our Portion. For here and hereafter.