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What He’s Saying


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What He’s Saying


I want to talk to my son! I don’t care what it costs, I don’t care that the stupid doctor says it’s right or wrong. I want to talk to my son!
— from “Mr. Holland’s Opus”

John 5:36-39
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Luke 24:25-27

College entrance essays ask which historical figures you’d like to meet. Magazine reporters ask which three people you’d like to have for dinner. And has a listing for each profile, “Who I’d like to meet.” It should be “Whom”.

We envision our discussions with these people, brooding over the grand questions we’d ask. Why did Axl have to wipe out Guns ‘N’ Roses? Why did Barry Sanders have to retire so soon? What was T.S. Eliot doing with “The Wasteland”?

We each possess a massive collection of these queries for God.

Why war? Poverty? Disease?

Aren’t you good? Loving? Powerful?

Why don’t you fix this mess? Fix my life? Fix my heart?

The questions linger. Then, all of a sudden, we meet someone with the answers. He or she dumps the proverbial truckload of information on us. So much of the murkiness becomes clear. And so our tutor renders his- or herself obsolete. Now that our questions are answered, this person isn’t so interesting. We just wanted the information, not a relationship.

We sought easy answers and quick information, and we came upon an individual replete with vast experience. The realization arrives: this person just might have something else to say, something about which I’ve never had a question. This person might have something to offer as motive, passion, fear, hope or intention. Perhaps this person will have something of him- or herself to give.

Now turn the scenario around. When someone seeks nothing but information from us, we wonder, “Is that all you want? Just this commodity? Do you not want to know me?”

Parents know this feeling well. God knows it well also.

He also knows our questions remain, even though we don’t fully understand what answers we need. Or, more importantly, we haven’t yet pondered the deeper questions.

What can he give as a response? Can he provide an answer as complicated and deep as we need, given the harsh, brutal and complex experiences of life?

He does. He presents his answer in the only understandable form: a person. We want to know this person, and we want this person to know us. In light of the world’s dizzying questions, the only answer we truly need is in human form.

Jesus walked into the world.  Isn’t that what we always wanted?

Who, then, is Jesus?  What does God tell us through him?
What is the message of Jesus?
Why is this important?


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