A Jesus Category

I was reflecting on a recent conversation with my wife. She had been a part of a talk we had with someone and and I was shocked when she told me that I had not made explaining Jesus a big focus. I also came to think about the categories that we give posts on this blog – we don’t have a Jesus category. Well that has to change. When I think about it, it is often easier for me to explain what Jesus has done, instead of who Jesus is.

…the prism through which all light concerning God is reflected is Jesus Christ. This means that Christology is the beginning and the end, better, the starting point and summary, of all Christian thought. Christology is Paul’s theme when he writes, “For it is the very God who said. ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)… Christology is the subject of theology. More precisely put, Jesus Christ is the subject of theology.

We Understand that God in any sense differentiated from Jesus Christ is unknowable. This needs to be affirmed from the start. John writes in the prologue to his Gospel, “No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known” (1:18). John repeats this idea forcefully in his first letter: “No one has ever seen God” (4:12)…Bible religion knows nothing about a God who can be found or made out from our side of things…

Paul F.M. Zahl A Short Systematic Theology

What strikes me with this quote is that before Jesus humbled himself and became a man (Philippians 2) God was unknowable. Well, there were prophets and people in the Old Testament that knew God as we do today. When we read things like Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2, or the life of Moses we realise that here is a person who knows God. Now God has burst forth to us in Jesus Christ who has offered salvation to sinners. Jesus is who the prophets of the Old Testament were looking forward to – the Forever King; the creator of all things; A friend of sinners.

The Word Became Flesh

John 1:1-17 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, [1] and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

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