Indeed something special does spring upon us this time of year beyond the warmer weather and life sprouting from a dormant earth. Here I wish to echo the sentiments of C.S. Lewis in a 1950 essay titled “What are we to make of Jesus Christ?” We are asked with increased purpose and intent to believe the improbable, if not impossible, that death has been conquered, and a new way of being springs forth in the resurrection of Jesus.
If we confine ourselves within our usual rules, Jesus tends to remain a great moral teacher, a healer, a challenger of conventional wisdom, and a social prophet. But Jesus did not just proclaim a new vision, way of being, social paradigm, or alternative truth, he claimed to be “the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6. No one else talked like this. Either Jesus was and is the Son of God, as he alluded to plenty and proclaimed directly a few times, or he was a pure lunatic and spewed out lies. Jesus never intended it to be a choice; there is no happy middle ground, although way too often the provocative nature of Jesus is abandoned in favor of a Jesus that is watered down and domesticated to appeal to our social and scientific sensibilities.
We cannot hold back the coming of summer, and after this past winter, why would we. I suggest each of us take this month to ask ourselves in what ways we are holding back on embracing Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. In not holding back, something larger and more profound may increasingly transform our life, that Emmanuel feeling, that God is with us. And we should not stop there, because this growth in understanding leads us to believe that God is in us, we are Jesus’ body now on earth, the Spirit indwells within each of us, and that we are the chosen and beloved of God.
Dn Mick Humbert