.::”The gospels are a poor representation of Jesus.”
Tonight in my life group a good friend of mine said something really interesting and true, “The gospels are a poor representation of who Jesus was.”
Hear me out before you call me a heretic.
I think and believe the gospels are the best thing we have to understand who Jesus is and was. They are amazing, unequivocal works with nothing as their equal.
They still fall short of who Jesus really was. Because they are limited by word, diction, interpretation, culture, history, and understanding. I get that the word, “poor” is probably not an adequate representation of what I am trying to say.
Yes we see more about God through the story, teaching, insight and character of Christ in the gospels than perhaps anywhere else.
Don’t hear me saying that they are inadequate source for those wanting to know the risen Christ. I believe quite the opposite. The gospels are out BEST source to understand who Jesus is. What I am trying to say is the even though there is a limitation of language, interpretation, culture, etc. IMAGINE just how much of Jesus the gospels can’t show us?
Imagine how much greater Jesus is than what we can read from the gospels?
How much more of the persona, character and nature of Jesus was not able to be reflected in the gospels?
Again, don’t hear me saying that the gospels are in any way flawed or weak, I am trying to point to how much more Jesus is than what we can read of him in the gospels. I imagine a much bigger view of Jesus and his divinity. I come away from this exerise with a BIGGER view of Jesus.
Let’s look at this from another angle…Every technology has its limitations. For example, when I am traveling and I have to be away from my family, I have several different technologies I can use to keep in touch with them. I can use letters, text messages, phone conversations or Facetime. Now I prefer texts over letters because of their speed. I prefer calls over texts because I can hear inflection and context better. I far prefer Facetime over phone calls because I get the added dimension of the visual to our conversations. BUT I can’t hug my screen when using Facetime. It is a limited technology.
Each of these technologies can and have helped me maintain my relationship with my family. I get to know more about my wife and daughters through these technologies as different parts of their personalities come out through each of the different mediums. They all teach me something about my family memebers in their own way.
BUT none of them come close to being face to face with them, hugging them, smelling them, feeling their presence. This is what I prefer. This is what I look forward to when I am away from them. This is what I long for when I am separated from them.
This is what I can’t wait to experience in the Kingdom that is yet to come. When I can be face to face with Jesus.
I do thank the gospel writers and the Holy Spirit and the early church Fathers who show me more about Jesus than I could ever have of imagined.