I spent some time in the south, and I learned a new way of using the English language while there. I'll never forget a conversation I had with a hunter who offered this sage advice: "If you want to catch a squirrel, just climb a tree and act like a nut." There's a little bit of truth in that.
If you want to reach humanity, become human.
Someone recently asked me why I thought Jesus had to come to us -- and suffer so much -- in order for us to be able to come to God. Simply put, we needed to see it. He needed to show us the way. It reminds me of a conversation Thomas had with Jesus when he asked, "How can we know the way to the Father?" Jesus replied, "I am the way...and no one comes to the Father if I had not made it possible. Get to know me, and you will get to know the Father" [paraphrase John 14:5-7].
In John 12:45-46, we read these words of Jesus: "The one who looks at me is seeing the One who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." Jesus is the Eye-opener, the Revealer of who God is.
This is what Jesus reveals and opens up to us:
1] He reveals our need for God. What is it about our own state that required such a powerful intervention of God and ultimately led to the gruesome and cruel cross? Jesus said that is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick (Mark 2:17). Our need for God is greater than we often realize.
2] He reveals God's love for us. If you ever doubt whether God loves you, we need look no further than the cross where the justice of God met the mercy of God. Do you want to know if God loves you? Look at Jesus. "Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).
3] He reveals God's purpose for our lives. When Jesus approached a couple washed out students who were now working for their father as fisherman, he offered them a life-changing invitation: "Come, follow me." He offers the same invitation to us. He has shown us and taught us the way to live that honors God, and he has invited us to another way of living which embodies the Spirit of Christ at work in the world today.
Jesus is our Eye-opener, the Revealer of all that was hidden from us. Our relationship with God begins by trusting Jesus.