We know that Jesus is God, and that God is complete. The immediate difficulty is this: How do we present Jesus to people without leaving something out? There's simply too many adjectives and qualifiers to keep track of.
Truth may be a tightrope, but it isn't a tightrope that we walk alone. Jesus isn't watching from the ground and critiquing our performance; he's right there with us, holding our hand and helping us get it right. He's not somewhere way out past the moon, busy with cosmic accounting; he desires incarnation and participation in our lives. That is why I'm starting to believe that if there's one word to describe Jesus, it's this one:
God. With. Us.
Have you ever stopped to think about the joy of simply being with someone you love? There's sympathy, connection, a million interwoven strands of non-verbal communication. This is God's invitation. Walk with me, give me your cares, put your fingers into the holes in my wrists and your hand into my side.
Don't try to box him in or explain him. We should know God as an obsession, not an object. He is not defined by his attributes: he IS. He is the way. He is the truth. He is the life.
Jesus is the theology of the Father, revealed to us.-Thomas Merton1
To understand the with-ness of God is to understand the unqualified Jesus and breathe the free air of spiritual simplicity. He straightens the crooked road and smooths the rough places. His yoke is easy and his burden is light.
We don't need to constantly be balancing our presentation of God's nature to make sure we cover all the bases. He is with us.
We can speak his unique word to each unique situation, without qualification and without apology, relying on him to reveal himself more comprehensively to people in his time, as he chooses. He is with us.
We can be confident in the continuing work of sanctification, believing Philippians 1:6 for ourselves and for others. He is with us.
We don't need to be anxious about the future and we don't need to be afraid of man. He is with us.
We don't need to memorize what he looks like. He is with us.
Emmanuel. Think about it.
(1) Thomas Merton, No Man Is An Island, (Barns & Noble Books, 2003), 23
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