Wednesday, August 21, 2013

strangeness of jesus

Anthony Hoekema in Created in God's Image:

When we look at Jesus Christ, we realize that there is a twofold strangeness about him. There is, first, the strangeness of his deity, He is the God-man, the one who is bold enough to say that he and the Father are one—a statement that made the Jews accuse him of blasphemy (John 10:31–33). He is the one who forgives sins — something only God is supposed to do. He is the one who even dares to say, ‘Before Abraham was born, I am!’ (John 8:58).

But there is also the strangeness of his humanity. Though genuinely human, he is unique in his humanity. He is totally sinless. His obedience to the Father is perfect, his prayer life is unexcelled, his love for people is fathomless. And when we realize that this strangeness makes us ashamed, because it tells us what we all should be like. The strangeness of the human Jesus holds a mirror before us; it is an exemplary strangeness, for it tells us what God’s intentions are for each of us.

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