To Know Jesus Christ

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published on   July 12, 2014

HOW TO EXPLAIN JESUS CHRIST?
written by PAUL JOSEPH C.

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So much has been said about Jesus Christ. To this very today, theologians, apologists and believers (as well as non believers) try to define this God-Become-Man.

So often we talk about things we do not know of with absolute certainty and so often we answer all questions with the same exact conviction.
Have you ever asked yourself "What do I know about Jesus Christ?"
Certainly, we know that He Came down from Heaven for two reasons: to teach us how to live and to redeem all who lived, lives and will ever live under the sun.
We know also that He is Perfect, Being the Only Begotten Son of God, One with Him and Through Whom all things were made. We mentally know these notions as we believe what we say (or so we think) after knowing of them. But can we claim to truly know them? And How can we claim to know His Perfection?

If we suspend our current small mindedness to focus on His bodily contained Perfection as He Walked the Earth, we would know that His full Divinity and full Humanity were equally excelling in uncircumscribable degrees of spotless excellence in their composition, structure and nature. Yet, they remained locked in Mystery as the word "perfect" (only containing seven letters of the human alphabet) limits the Infinity of God's Son Whom Is God Himself. In verbally naming an already incomprehensible concept which the diminutiveness of our minds is forced to abstract, we are coerced to recognize the confinements imposed by the natural exile of mental and spiritual blindness in which we exist.
Our daring attempt at understanding the already unimaginable infinity of the Universe surely becomes far less challenging than the mere thought of Infinitely Uncorrupted Mind, Body and Soul which constituted the seen and unseen parts composing His Finite Incarnated Physical Frame.
The Mystery Revealed in Flesh, Owning full Knowledge and Understanding in His Uncreated Faculties, Was the One Through Whom the never-ending space and time were made.
The very words I'm effort-fully typing on this empty white electronic surface are, in themselves, a self humiliating failure as they can only emphasize the very uselessness of my mind's small fruits. God's Given gift of wisdom, it Being One of the Seven Jewels Donated through the generosity of the Most Holy Spirit, finds itself constricted by the fences of our mortal reason and anthropomorphic love which, casting the shadow of our own ignorance onto this Mystery of Perfection, seals such Reality behind the veil of secrecy.
The Perfection of His Love is part of, and the same of, which my written language is narrating in this very present.
The inexhaustible and ever renewed infinite amount of such love is reduced into the approximate human perception of a poorly made rendition that only can be an irrelevantly tiny part of that Ocean of Mercy we always refer to. If we, poor mortal creatures minted by the dirt on which we live and off of which fruits we survive, condensed all the love and virtues present in the whole of humanity's hearts into one treasure chest, the result would still consist of nothing more than a drop of tasteless water into an infinite wine filled chalice.
His Justice Mirrors Its Almighty Spring's Undecipherable Majestic Intellect of Creating the Laws under which all that is, was and will always be can find its origin and its continuously sustained existence. All His Limitless and Most Noble Virtues, being clothed by spatially contained visible human flesh attributes, remain impenetrable by our exhausted and erroneous understanding abilities which –through arithmetic, language or matter– can only succeed when explaining those aspects of visible nature that science has been able to correctly theorized through analysis. 

icebergThis above written thought does not even begin to scratch the surface of a ten-mile deep iceberg which silently cuts the frozen horizon behind.
This iceberg is the Mystery of Who Jesus Christ Is. There can be no words to describe what we can only say in words: PERFECTION.

This, my dear friends, could be seen as an acrobatic and baroque language exercise, but it truly dared to remind our small selves that what we ought to know of Christ Jesus is what was said of Jesus Christ and by Jesus Christ in the Books of the Gospels.
Theology, Ethnography, Apologetics or Soteriology can provide enriching intellectual notions, but it is the simplicity of the Word of God (and Its application into practice) what brings the true gift of True Knowledge, which will outshine any cognitively executed study of God's Mysteries through real wisdom.
God often Chooses the ignorant and illiterate men and women of this world as vessels to be turned into depositories of knowledge. Their lack of preestablished intellectual notions render them free to allow any possibility of God's Infinite Options to act liberally from those preconceived perceptions commonly attributed to The Creator and His Ways. God Keeps His Word as what He Does Is faithful to Himself and His Own Teachings. This is a basic and logical rule no Christian doubts about.
Within such, though, the Infinitely Creative Trinity Can often Seem to Be irrational, illogical, controversial if not almost contradictory when compared to our sophisticated human standards.
To think that the Lord and Savior of the Jews Was Born in a stinky manger during a cold night does not make much sense, does it? It should not be of much surprise if the high and all knowledgeable priests of the time did not see the Son of God in this humble person of no political power. Would you and I have believed this carpenter to be the Messiah? If He were to come today for the first time and be born in some suburban slum, would we expect Him to be welcomed with open arms by the Clergy of the Catholic Church – or of any other Church?       

Abraham lied about his wife; he claimed that his wife was his sister.
Jacob
lied to his father.
Judas betrayed Jesus.
David killed a man.
Isiah stripped off all his clothes and wandered around naked.
Hosea married a prostitute.
Moses killed a man.
Jeremiah fastened a cattle yoke to his shoulders.
Jonah disobeyed God and then asked God to kill him.
Ezekiel was a mute. He prophesied by drawing on clay tablets.
Matthew was a tax collector.
Peter denied Jesus 3 times.
Thomas doubted.
Paul killed many Christians.

In the examples here above (as well as myriads more) God Has Shown to us that He –and He Alone– Can Do all things. He Will Choose to Bestow certain gifts unto whoever He Desires Through His indisputable Perfect Will. Among these gifts, the one of prophecy is of crucial importance as it is always God's Protecting Warning for His children.
The End Time Prophet, Maria Divine Mercy (being no more a sinner than St. Paul or Moses who both committed murder) is God's Choice; and His Choice Is His Will, which we ask that "May Be Done" in Our Lord's Prayer every single day.
Let us put ourselves in the shoes of those Christians who witnessed a half gentile-half Jewish pharisee named Saul cruelly persecute their brothers. How could those same individuals believe a word of what he would later preach under the name of Paul and in the name of Jesus Christ? Wouldn't also those Christians claim Paul to be unworthy of the mission he was given, if not even untrustworthy since he had killed in his recent past?
In order not to commit the same mistakes many of those who came before us did, we must always meditate on the true and practical circumstances in which all that is contained in Scriptures occurred. This shall not entail only or solely a study of the social, political and cultural factors in the way we would approach a history book.
Such process would merely become a Bible study which, without dismissing its role, can only benefit a cerebral knowledge filled with rational notes, events, facts. 


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4 comments for “To Know Jesus Christ

  1. Emma M
    July 16, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    I appreciate your deep thought and effort in your writings. I am not myself a Christian but a Pagan, so I do have my own Faith but no Religion.
    Unlike so many of non Christian denomination, I can not deny Jesus Christ, as why would I choose to deny him but not so many others such as Buddha? I can not.

    Do I see him as a son of God? Not in the sense that Christians do. I do see him as a teacher though, just as Mohammed was. These were very insightful men who were caring and intelligent enough to want peace. They were brave enough to act upon their beliefs in a time where they lived in great torment and danger.

    I have watched documentaries on how Nazareth, Israel was in the time of Jesus and it was a dangerous place to live and has not really changed. I feel that Jesus was a great voice of those times and has a lot to teach us, whether we are Christian or not.

    I will now be completely presumptuous but I feel that he would find it an abomination to see how others have used his name, especially the Church, whom are full of inhumane actions.

    His spirit may visit again and if we do not recognize him, it matters not because should we not treat everyone with the same compassion and love we would offer to Jesus and was that not the point to his teachings?

    • The WILDVOICE
      July 17, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Dear Emma,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      We are not here to judge or impose our beliefs onto others, just like God does not force any of His beloved creatures into a relationship with Him. Rather, I'm pleased by your honesty and kind words – even though we are not 'aligned' on some points.
      As someone who is trying to follow Jesus Christ in the midst of thousands of falls and struggles, I hope and pray for the hearts of all men and women living in today's world to open up to the Truth of God's Eternal Love and Power.
      It is not my own mortal words and temporal desires that shall guide my very being along this gift called LIFE, but the ones of the Most Holy Trinity alone.

      It is clear that your love for Jesus is present within yourself as your heart recognizes His Great and Enveloping Mercy.
      And, while I'm in no position to advise you since I'm only a poor sinner, allow me to advance a humble thought:

      If our relationship with God ought to be the deepest of all relationships we have, then we are to strongly commit our very selves to the continuous process of loving Him, of honoring His Teachings, of obeying His Will, of accepting His Hand of Mercy and, of course, of sharing His unfailing love with our siblings in Christ. After all, this is what a marriage is: a true and full commitment to the other, no matter the ever-changing life circumstances surrounding us.

      We say 'I take you to be my wedded wife, my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.'

      Heart-breaking, isn't it?

      But why do we say 'I take you to be MY FAITHFUL PARTNER'? This is due to the promise of fidelity, which must never be broken. It is that sense of belonging to one another and which makes the two people ONE FLESH.
      Now, imagine you had been married for two years. On a Tuesday afternoon you and a friend decide to go to a newly opened coffee-shop in town. As you enter, your heart breaks into two, the room begins to quickly spin, cold sweat drops instantly form on your forehead while your legs fail to sustain you. This when you see your beloved spouse kissing another woman at a table across from you.
      I will not continue the story, at this point, but we might say that much of the pain you would go through is the mere result of jealousy. This jealousy is not intended to be interpreted in its negative connotation (as 'envy' or 'possession') but rather as the sharp spear of betrayal trespassing one's heart and causing it to break.

      Isn't this why our Father in Heaven once Said 'I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God'? Then, why do so many of us fail to understand that His Jealousy is none other than His infinite love for each one of us? Do we not relate to His hurt while being betrayed by each spouse on earth?

      God Bless you.
      You truly made me reflect on some important notes ~

      Paul Joseph C.

      • Emma
        August 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Hello Paul,

        Thank you for your reply. You also made me reflect on the way I view certain feelings and thoughts which is always a good way to grow. I think I have to agree with you on your accurate description of jealousy. I am a married woman and have been for what will be 15 years towards the end of this year. I have a totally faithful and loving husband and have to say it would devastate me to have an experience like that.

        What my next thought has to be is that if God is jealous either he knows other Gods and Goddesses exist or he is saying it hurts him that humans think there are others. Of course none of us will know and any person who chooses to follow him is the one that has to have the loyalty and faith, which I can see you most definitely do and you are probably only one of 2 men that have followed what he believed with dignity and respect for others who are not the same faith.

        • The WILDVOICE
          August 16, 2014 at 4:00 AM

          Hello Emma,

          Thanks for the words!

          Your thoughts bring out very interesting aspects of the relationship between human beings (who reason as human beings) and God (I AM) –
          We all think, wonder, reason, seek and doubt. These are our limits…the boundaries of separation between Heaven and Earth, the sky and the ground, blue and brown.

          You said the truth when, in other words, you said that the jealousy of God is due to the worship of man-made deities. No other gods can exist because we, creatures made after His Image, resemble one another: two eyes, one heart, skin-cover, ten fingers, two legs, one tongue, one stomach, one brain and all other parts are conceived by the same mind of the the same Creator.

          Do I see God? No. Not with my eyes. Not with my other senses. Not with my reason. Not with man-given knowledge.
          All I can do is BELIEVE, and when we do so -by opening our hearts to Him- Love will make Himself be known to us.

          If you want to try something beautiful, I have a suggestion:

          When it's dark, find ten minutes to spend in a room where you can pray.
          If you can play music, play some tunes that inspire you (I listen to LISA GERRARD sometimes -and Dead Can Dance-, or to LOREENA McKENNITT, or to some GREGORIAN CHANTS).
          Turn off all lights.
          Light up one or more candles.
          Burn some incense.

          Then, sit in silence for a minute, or two…or three.
          Then, close your eyes and recite the Our Father Prayer as if you were SLOWLY speaking in intimacy with God. Whisper it into His ear…and after each phrase, pause until you see/feel/make sure that He's reacting to you by smiling into your heart. Enjoy the experience and hug Him with your whole being. Smile at Him because He's your Dad – and what a Dad we have! Truly pause for 10/15 seconds each time because He Loves that.
          We must mean what we say, but not through thinking: rather, by emptying ourselves to let the Spirit of the Lord bring the breeze of True Knowledge in love.

          Here is the prayer:

          Our Father, (pause)
          Who art in Heaven, (pause)
          hallowed be Thy name, (pause)
          Thy Kingdom come, (pause)
          Thy will be done on earth (pause)
          as it is in Heaven. (pause)
          Give us this day our daily bread, (pause)
          and forgive us our trespasses (pause)
          as we forgive those who trespass against us; (pause)
          and lead us not into temptation, (pause)
          but deliver us from evil. (pause)

          (p a u s e)

          Amen (pause)

          Hope you will try one day soon ~

          God Bless you,
          Paul

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