After reviewing many scholarly attempts to discover the historical Jesus, Albert Schweitzer, in his book, The Quest of the Historical Jesus, wrote, “He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the lakeside, He came to those men who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same words: “Follow thou me!” and sets us to the tasks which He has to fulfill for our time. He commands. And to those who obey Him, whether they be wise or simple, He will reveal himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they shall pass through in His fellowship, and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience Who He is.” And in learning who he is we learn who God is. God who comes to us beyond description, beyond definition is revealed to us as we worship, obey, trust and serve in an on-going divine-human relationship. Jesus is our doorway to this One. He is the road that leads us into an ever-deepening relationship with the Father. John 14:16: “I am in the Father, and the Father is in me.” If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus presented to us in the pages of Scripture. If you want to live in an on-going relationship with God, do it through a trust-filled relationship with the living Lord Jesus Christ. To know Jesus is to know God: to know God is to know Jesus. Through this one, our fellow human being, we are invited into God’s eternal realm of joy, peace, justice, truth and love, and he assures us that there is no shortage of accommodation there (John 14:2). There is always room for one more.
- What have you learnt of Jesus through the Bible?
- What have you learnt of Jesus through your own experience?
- What does it mean to come to the Father by way of Jesus?
- Compare this interpretation of John 14:2 with that used at funerals.