Jesus Christ gave His life for us so He could give His life to us and live His life through us. But why?
So that we can understand—through Christ’s indwelling tutelage—exactly who God is. Tozer says, “Nothing twists and deforms the soul more than a low or unworthy conception of God.” Our Heavenly Father wants to be known by us and Jesus Christ is His signature effort to touch our hearts with His own in order to make this possibility a reality.
God became poor, as we are poor. He became humble, as we are humble. He became rejected, as we are rejected. He became lonely, as we are lonely.
How do we know?
Because Jesus Christ, the exact representation of God and the one who explained Him for us, was poor, humble, rejected, and lonely. He became such in order to make God approachable and our redemption possible.
Jesus Christ is a fixed point, an immovable history, the absolute persona of God’s character and nature. While there are many reasons He is determined to be the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow, I think one overlooked reason might be His determination to be known exactly as He is. In order to expedite this desire, He remains constant. (Ref. Heb. 13:8; Jm. 1:17.)
While I have not come to know God as I truly desire to know Him, I do recognize more now than ever before that He is my Father and comprehend to increasing degrees the effort He has expended to become personal.
However, my prayer of late has been, “Dear Jesus, I do not know you as deeply as I want to know you. Help me understand what it means to have a brother like you.”
To consider more about the person and work of Jesus Christ, my novel No Mercy, and its sequel, Battle for the Round Tower (check BonefishPublication.com for availability), offer portraits of Him against the storyline of an adventure tale.