Grace to you!
We come to the most controversial but decisive testimony about the identity of Jesus. Reject it, and there is a huge implication. Believe it, and there is an enormous reward. The testimony is about the God-Man revelation.
Jesus declared before his critics, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world" (Jn 8:23). Upon this truth must be judged the credibility of Jesus as Lord. As G.K. Chesterton said, "Either Jesus is true, or he is a lunatic or an impostor."
Jesus' listeners knew he was born by Mary. They knew his birthplace, yet he says he is from above. What does he mean?
When it comes to his identity as the Son of God, Jesus doesn't hesitate to state in clear terms who he is. He reveals the Father, and through that revelation, opens the discussion to the mystery that God became man—He (Jesus) the Lord.
This revelation defies the usual ways of looking at life. In essence, it makes us truly capable of entering into a more profound relationship with God. Christian faith will grope in darkness if it does not encounter a Person, the Son of God, who is one with the Father. Relationship with God is possible through a relationship with Christ. This bold claim may be controversial, but it's true.
How can we know the Father if we do not see the humanness God wants us to approach him? We wouldn't suppose there is a relationship with God in the afterlife unless there is a divine relationship on earth with us. Resurrection from the dead only perfects in the afterlife what began now.
Because Jesus Christ came likes us, we, too, by the power of his grace, can become like God. We also can live the life of God. We, too, by the power of his grace, can be transformed and live in divine glory.
We see in Jesus, the God-Man, the way and perfection of human destiny. We also find that for which every soul is searching. In him, we find the go-between, the go-to, and the go-within of ultimate human aspirations. Christ is the bridge-builder par excellence between humanity and divinity.
Lent is a time to grow in a relationship with God through the Son, Christ the Lord. Upon him and to him, we look up as the one hanging on the tree of the cross so we can grow into the glory of the resurrection.
If nothing else is worth considering as we come closer to the end of Lent, it is the following. No value is worth the time of Lent than a deeper relationship with Christ. All the practices of Lent have no Christian significance if one does not know and grow more rooted in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Pray with me: Jesus the God-Man, Christ the Lord, introduce me to the Father, and deepen my relationship with the Trinity in the Holy Spirit. May I know and love you more and the power of your resurrection. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Tuesday, Lent, Week 5: Nm 21:4-9; Jn 8:21-30]
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.