I will tell you up front that this is about faith, but not because I desire to throw anything in your face. After more than 20 years of walking with God, and experiencing many highs and lows along the way (to put it mildly), I am convinced that nothing else matters but knowing Him. I recently experienced the most devastating loss of my life, but am more in love with God than ever.
Jesus is a new language for knowing God. That said, He is not a concept but a person…not a person because He is God in flesh, but a person as God, and a person as human. I think we have a tendency to depersonalize things spiritual. They might be personal to us, but we separate them from awareness of the ultimate Person. God is spirit, but has always been a person…and while He has splendor that is best understood mystically, He is not a vague mist, not a concept or theory. He is knowable.
I want to speak of God in concrete terms, but not mathematical ones. Why? We live in a world that desires linear logic for everything under the sun and beyond…and demands proof at every turn (even though people proceed with a great many things in life without proof or understanding of what they do). But I want to speak of God in concrete, yet non-mathematical terms for the same reason that you do not want your heart reduced to a formula or definition in a textbook…for the same reason that you want your feelings and pain taken seriously, and do not want to be someone’s homework assignment or project.
Throughout my blog, I will speak of Jesus in very intimate ways, because we were made for oneness with God. Some things may come across strange, but they are normal, because they speak to our original design. On the other hand, I can assure you that this world and life as we know it are most certainly not normal. If you allow yourself a glimpse of your original design, created to be loved unconditionally, eternally provided for, understood on every level, known intimately in every way…in short, experience union with your Creator, it will occur to you how much we spend most of our days as orphans. It will make sense that the ancient lovers of God saw themselves as “foreigners and strangers on earth” (Hebrews 11:13). Jesus said, “I do not give as the world gives” (John 14:27). I dare you to find out how. If not, you don’t know what you’re missing.