It might be all different, than what we heard, learned and processed being a follower of Jesus.
To start, we should find answers for the fact, how and why a man who selflessly only was concerned about the needs of others, healed and comforted, was also the most rejected. This Jesus, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar and Napoleon. Without science and learning He shed more light on things human, and things divine than all philosophers and scholars combined. Without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such Words of Life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orators or poets. Without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.
I think the way C.S. Lewis, expressed it gives the best clues:
“There is a really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’—That is one thing that we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things that Jesus said would not be ‘a great moral teacher’. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with a man who claims he is a poached egg—or else He would be the Devil of Hell! You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: Or else a mad man or something worse. “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a ‘great human teacher’. He has not left that option open to us, He did not intend to.”
There is nothing in other words to debate about. Either we spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. These are the decisions we are left with.
To get to know to the truth of it, we will have to sooner or later make a distinct decision in our hearts. The key to find out is in being able to decrypt the spiritual truth with the right key, and we will see what truth is. In other words, we will not be able to interpret something exclusively finite, with our rational, limited mind and metaphysical understanding. God ingeniously hid it from the world, and makes it entirely available to those which apply the key to decrypt it.
Matthew 7:6 (ESV) “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
The real issue about Jesus is not just a matter of simply thinking properly about Him, but of actually experiencing Him. Losing our beloved illusion is difficult, because illusions are the stuff that we live by.
The spirit of God, which is the Holy Spirit, is the great exposer of illusions, the great destroyer of icons and idols. God’s love for us is so great that he will not permit himself to false images, no matter how much it seems to comfort us. God strips away those falsehoods because it is better to live naked in truth, than clothed in fantasy.
Human reason seeks to understand everything, penetrate everything, and reduce everything to its own clear conceptional thought. In so doing we rob God of its otherness, to the fantasy world of our own mental limits. We try to reduce God with human dimensions, to express Him in our most inadequate understanding.
No matter how great we comprehend God to be, He is always greater, because God is God. It’s a little like a father is knelling down to his 4 year old son, who just started to learn some words, telling him, don’t try to figure me out, you simply can’t. I love you, and if you follow me, one day you will have figured me out. You will see.
In the most literal sense of the word, God is unique, and infinite. Totally other then we are, he surpasses and transcends all human concepts, considerations and expectations. He cannot be comprehended by our rational, scientific, finite mind. Let’s put it another way.
Either we will seek to serve ourselves, a choice that nullifies our capacity to live as disciples, or we will learn to live as servants out of a faith relationship with God through Christ.
Now, God appeared in Jesus in a form of an infinite, boundless, excessive mercy and we refuse to acknowledge him. If we reject God’s attempts, who, because of love, makes himself visible, so we could understand, so we could see, what the world can’t see.
If we will not take this offer, there is no substitution we could apply to gain access to him. We all are flawed, contaminated, we all make mistakes, we all are by nature very self-seeking and would need to be cleansed of these impurities and pollution’s before we would be given the key to unlock the mysteries of an unknown world, which we are meant to be part of, as His children.
We are restricted to see Gods infinite plan, because of our finite expectations of who the Messiah should be, we cannot recognize him as such.
The problem is that we in our defective mind think we can put a label on God’s limitlessness. We are seriously thinking we deserve to know; that someone else does not deserve? Are we furious at Gods kindness, because of our self-preserving goodness? Are we seriously thinking that we would pass better judgment than God? The problems we have to overcome are very well explained in the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)
We are thinking it is not fair to the others that worked the whole day, it is not just to give someone the same as someone who just came for the last hour, to receive the same salary. That is the main problematic from the parable.
What we do not understand is, that this parable is not about being just or unjust. It is about trusting God, or not trusting God.
If we get infuriated at Gods generosity, we basically vehemently oppose him. Vehemently oppose him, and have unbeknownst to us judged ourselves, without realizing what we just did. If we pass judgment on how God deals with situations, we actually judge ourselves; we detach and disconnect ourselves from getting to know God. That is serious business. We judge ourselves, in thinking we know better. Here we are again, the original sin, thinking we know better. That is the source of the problem and it will have to be addressed and sorted in all of our hearts and minds.
Jesus image of God assaults our highly inflated standards of justice, mercy, integrity, fair play. The very foundation of our religious goodness are being shaken. The depraved prodigal son, from the Parable of the prodigal Son, (Luke 15:11–32) is celebrated instead of punished. We say what kind of lunatic justice is that, that abolishes all our sacred standards, like making the last first, and on the end everyone is getting the same reward? This is the pinnacle of our own self-effort and self-righteousness, and that is exactly what Jesus wants us to get out of our veins.
We have to be completely rewired so our sense of righteousness will be completely thrown out and replaced with Gods righteousness, which lets us see that it was not after all a outrageous justice, but a far greater incomprehensible act only to be understood by the decrypted truth, we were blinded of.
The time is coming when we will no longer be safe from the onslaught from bad intended people. If we want to follow Christ, he is asking us to take our cross and trust him, that in the end we will see the truth unfold, and we will see Gods generosity. People who gave in to deliberate rebellion against the Lord are prime candidates to be possessed by demonic beings, which can inhabit their human body, and they are being influenced and subjected by them as I write this. It’s a process of evil that is not going to stop.
Every day more and more humans around the world are being possessed, influenced, deceived and even soul scalped and the Lord is going to even allow His people to be not spared as well. Why? Because many of those who call Him by His Name are sitting happily in errors and delusions deceiving themselves because they think they are in the truth when they are not. They have accepted deceptions and lies because they don’t seek the Lord for His truth and truth in all things. We don’t do ourselves a favor saying God is Love, which he of course is, and continue life as usual. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote: that Cheap grace, that cost nothing is worth nothing. Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, a principle, a system. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without contrition.
But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Luke 6:46
I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
Obviously Jesus did not come to give us life as we know it because we already have life — we are alive. Neither did he come so that we could have more money, more possessions, or more things because he told us that life does not consist of an abundance of things possessed, Luke 12:15; to want more is covetousness. So he came to give a superior form of life, the life of God; and this superior life is to be enjoyed while on earth, and then forever.