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, there is an enormous reward. It is 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 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 clearly 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 and actually makes us truly capable of entering into a deep relationship with God. 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 relationship with Christ. This daring 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 has already begun now.
Because Jesus Christ came likes us, we too, by the power of his grace can become like God. We too 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, as well as what every soul is searching for. In him we find the go-between, the go-to, and the go-within of human ultimate aspirations. He is the bridge-builder par excellence between humanity and divinity.
Lent is a time to grow in relationship with God through the Son, who came and returned to the Father. 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.
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. 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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