Monday, 29 December 2014

Christ - the Explanation of Life

No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known (John 1:18 RSV)

The great theologian Athanasius once declared, "The Logos is the logic of the universe." He meant that Jesus is the explanation of everything!

1. Only Jesus, as God, can reveal God. Jesus said the same: "No one knows the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son reveals him" (Matthew 11:27). Our critics deny that there could ever be a 'logic', an explanation to all existence, residing in Christ. Let them only look!

2. Only Jesus as The Word can interpret life. Jacques Derrida insisted that all quests to understand the essence of things have failed. John weepingly agrees, in Revelation 5, v 1-4... but for the joyful disclosure that Jesus in his saving death unlocks the scroll of life and its meaning.

3. Only Jesus as the Light can overcome darkness. Once we accept him as the original 'true light' (v. 9), we can recognise that evil is not eternal, but an intruder, representing - as Augustine put it - a 'defection' from original goodness, and therefore destined to ultimate destruction by Christ, the light from which all else is borrowed. This gives us courage!

4. Only Jesus as the Child can introduce glory. Here we think not of the power-mad Caesars, but of the sheer wonder of the eternal God coming as a child to share our existence (v.14), there to live, serve and suffer in the 'glory' that would be Christ's cross.

No other attempts at an 'explanation' have ever satisfactorily succeeded.