Jesus is patient, he is kind and is not envious: he does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly: he does not seek his own praise, is not easily angered, does not keep a record of wrongs done against him, does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. Jesus bears all things, always trusting his Father, looking for the best in others, never looking back, and enduring until the end.
His life here on earth as the Son of Man was lived so that we might see with better clarity who the Father is. God. I Am. Abba. The living person of Jesus reveals the heart of the Almighty. And his heart is revealed, surprising us, not as a strict Schoolmaster or Warden of Law, but as a Wild Lover. Jesus shows us that we are the pursued Beauty in a Sacred Romance, that the object of God’s desire is you and me. His heart’s longing is for us to know him and live in intimate relationship with him – Father, Son, and Spirit. It is an eternal invitation to Oneness, an invitation that was extended the moment we were conceived. It is the truth of our inalienable Belonging and a point of decision, whether we accept His invitation or reject the truest thing about us. Believing the truth that we are enough and adored just as we are in each present moment by the Lover of Our Soul.
Jesus demonstrates the compassion God feels for us in our weakness and sickness, and how it moves him to action on our behalf. Jesus shows us how kind God is in the tender way he treats the children who come to him, and how he eagerly heals the wounded souls who desperately reach for the hem of his cloak in hope. Jesus displays to us the anger of God at the injustice and thievery allowed to take place in his temple, and at the excessive burdens religious leaders place on his lost children. Jesus pours out the overabundant generosity of God, never providing only just enough, but giving extravagantly beyond what is practically necessary. He shows us that our physical needs are important to him, as he is the one who made us and understands every need we have. He also shows us that our physical needs are not needs at all, when compared with our starving souls need for his living presence. Jesus shows us that God cries harder and sorrows deeper over us than we do. He reveals the restorative and redemptive desires of a Good Father toward wayward sons. His forgiveness is for all, and he greatly rejoices at finding every lost sheep, no matter when. He continually goes before us in suffering, sacrifice, and even death. He shares everything with us, never selfish or stingy, always inclusive. He does not care what your profession, the checkered mess of your present or past, how much money you have, how important or smart you are, what you look like, or your personality. You and I are welcome just as we are, even more, we are Desired. We are delighted in.
Jesus came to make clear to us that God is not a doctrine to study, he is not a timeline to understand, he is not words carved on stone tablets. God is relationship. Connection. Fellowship. Personality. Our Father feels, desires, longs, hurts, and loves. He does not offer himself partially, but fully opens himself in unselfconscious love to us. He risks his heart in reckless abandon to possible and likely rejection and hurt. His love is that passionate kind that lovers know. A drunk-love which knows no reason, but lays itself bare to be loved in return. A risky love. God as revealed by Jesus wants nothing less than present moment union with you and me, and to be known by us through his Beloved, the living Jesus. He risks everything for that. He gave his only Son for that. God so loved….God is love.
We will never see God in full clarity, during our journey in this life, but what we do experience of Jesus is breathtaking. It is possible to know the sun’s brilliance, but only be able to look directly at it with dark sunglasses. We feel it’s warmth, we see the growth and life it produces, we see by it’s light. We experience the sun, but cannot look intently at it with bare lenses. Paul (formerly a persecutor of Jesus) observes, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face: now we know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” And that will be glory.