About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
of humanity's greatest sins is its intentional and continual attempts to
humanize the divine. Early
human history records the creation of wood and stone gods that were
fashioned after the likeness and image of our fallen imaginations.
Even God's chosen people, after being miraculously delivered from
is no need to humanize the divine because God has already done that.
The Apostle John explained that "In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God and the Word was God ... and the Word became
flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:1 and 14). To
the casual reader of the Bible this sounds nonsensical.
To the Biblically educated it's the foundation of our faith which
frees us from the futility of fabricating gods from our fallen
imaginations. John's words
imply that Jesus is the doorway to a greater reality that exists beyond
our dimensional space time universe.
to the definition of the Greek word "logos" translated as
"Word" in John 1:1 and 14, along with the Genesis account of
creation John references, we understand the very mind of God, a
personality in itself, became human in the bodily form of our Lord Jesus
Christ. In anthropomorphic
terms that man can understand, the mind of God was birthed into humanity
as God's Son. Attempts to
duplicate this in any way are more than feeble minded.
It's sinfully blasphemous.
my limited understanding of quantum physics, I realize that there is a
reality that is more real than the human existence in which I live.
Genesis 1:26 says that God created man in His likeness and image.
According to my understanding of the Hebrew text, likeness and
image means a shadowy reflection. God
did not create man as a duplicate of Himself but as a shadowy or foggy
reflection of Himself. Further
to this, I understand from other Bible passages that all of creation is a
shadow of an unseen reality, and since Genesis 3, a fallen shadowy
reflection that is subject to decay and death, otherwise known as entropy.
are told that 95% of our material environment, including our bodies, is
empty space, although it's not really empty.
It's filled with matter unseen by the human eye but impacts the
entire universe on every front. I
don't know, but maybe our time space existence is the shadowy image of
God's heavenly creation that exists in this so-called unseen 95% of empty
you view this, humanizing, trivializing, and rationalizing this spiritual
reality away, is Scripturally stupid.
If humanity can escape the grip of death and decay long enough,
maybe it will come to admit what the Bible has taught all along.
There is a greater reality beyond our human existence where the
centrality of God's presence exists. Until
then, or until the universe evaporates before the presence of God
(Revelation 20:11) I am eternally thankful for God becoming human in the
bodily form of our Lord Jesus Christ.
All of the full divine nature; all of who God is, dwells in Jesus
(Colossians 2:9). Jesus is the
doorway into this greater reality. There
is no need to humanize the divine or substitute His power with fallen
human effort. The God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has done it all for us.
We simply trust our lives with Him and humbly embrace His divine
will for our lives and for the time space world in which we live.