It’s the Message

Jesus could never have said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” No compassionate teacher would plant such an misconception. To do so would be to deliberately confuse the messenger with the message. All Jesus ever did was point to God declaring, ” See!”

What he said was, “Mine is the way, the truth and the life.”

Though he offered the knowledge of life, he never claimed to own it.

Granted, I recognize how this revelation risks my alienation from many who know and love me. But many who know and love me tend to view Jesus in a light he himself never accepted. A closer look at his entrance into Jerusalem prior to the last few days of his physical life clearly shows this perspective. It is a superb model of depth, reach, humility and grace.

Prior to his arrival, Jesus had foreseen how he would be regarded by the masses who greeted him. He also knew that should he allow such a false impression to take root, the poisonous and wiry hedge that sprang from it would ever obscure the truth of the simple message he was intent upon delivering. He realized that the glorifying crowds, seeing him as deliverer king; come to wrest power, life and wealth from the governing Romans, would be solidified should he boldly glide on gleaming steed over the fronds and cloaks tossed into his path. Instead, and so as to amplify his humble ties to a beloved brethren, he chose to meander quietly past the city gates on the colt of a forlorn, and borrowed, donkey. And though word of his works had arrived well before him, magnificent and miraculous as they were, the unspoken message made via his carefully selected mode of arrival said, “My brothers, I am no more magnificent or miraculous than you. And how magnificent you are, indeed!”

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” – John 14:12

Though offered by many of the followers of David lining the street that day, (as well as by the impetus of dark thought as Jesus fasted in the wilderness many days prior), Jesus accepted no crown beyond the one of thorns offered by taunting Romans on his slow march toward resurrection.

Foregoing his intense and extreme example, this is the resurrection Jesus would have us undertake. To cast off our crowns of specialness, to accept our humble love for one and another, and to celebrate our Oneness in his and in God’s brilliantly shimmering love.

“Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me . . . ” – John: 14:11


~ by a.b.johnson on 03/30/2010.

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