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  Mysticism How can Jesus help me understand?

by The Rev. Dr. Brooks Ramsey

I need an interpreter. I need someone or something to teach me what it's all about. The Scripture said Christ Jesus of Nazareth became the interpreter of the nature and the mission of God in the world--Jesus as the interpreter. Yes, I can believe that. The Word was made human and became interpretation for me. ...

When Jesus of Nazareth walked out on the stage of human history, he revealed the character of God. ... God is interpreted through Jesus. This great God of infinity and eternity brought himself down (or herself down) in the person of Jesus so that I could understand that the Word did not become word, the Word became human.

The event of Jesus Christ is the thing that reveals God to me. I can explain it by telling you that as a child I discovered the power of the magnifying glass. I discovered that if you put that magnifying glass between the sun and the bare back of someone, you could do a little damage. (I discovered that when I put it on the bare shoulder of my mother.) I believe that God, the sun, is shining all over the world, but in the magnifying glass it becomes intense. It becomes powerful. It becomes warm with heat. I believe that God's love is shown all over the world. God's love is trying to break out.

Do I believe that the Christian religion is the only religion in which God reveals Himself? No, I have discovered God in many philosophies, many religions. God is not limited to just our religion. God's love is trying to break through to all people. I think a step in maturity for me was to be able to accept Truth from whatever source it came--to ignore the label and to say, "Is this true?"--and to know that God is trying to break through with Truth. But for me, that Truth of God, that love of God, shines more intensely in Jesus of Nazareth than anywhere else in the world. …

Yes, Jesus reveals God to me, but Jesus of Nazareth also reveals myself to me. He interprets not only God, he interprets who we are. He is the interpreter of what humanity ought to be. Culture and history have presented a pretty dismal picture of human beings. We are proud, arrogant, selfish, jealous, territorial, war-like at times. Out of our hearts spring all kinds of evil things. Is that the true picture of humanity? That's not the picture Jesus gave. He gave us the model of what God intended when he created us.

We have to look at Jesus to see who the person is we ought to be. We judge ourselves by him. We submit our images of ourselves to the image of the Christ, and in that light we can identify the ongoing mission to become more like him. God became like us so that we could become like God. That's the story. He interprets life to me.

--From “In the Beginning Was the Word...” by The Rev. Dr. Brooks Ramsey




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