Posted by: Brian Musser | April 28, 2014

Christ the Communicator

Work-Ship – Week Three:  The Son At Work – Day Nineteen:  Christ the Communicator

The first week we came to the conclusion that our definition of work must be based on God’s work.  If we are going to figure out what work is, how we are supposed to work and the proper place work should have in our lives it must be rooted in the way God works.  So we are in the middle of our three week exploration of the work of God organizing our conversation through the lens of the Trinity.

  • Week Two – The Father at Work
  • Week Three – The Son at Work
  • Week Four – The Spirit at Work

We have established the idea that Jesus Christ, God the Son, works in responsive submission to God the Father, but what type of work does Christ actually do?  There are two major categories that describes Christ’s work.

  1. Christ works as the redeemer
  2. Christ works as the communicator

If you have following along as promised it is later in the week and we will explain and explore Christ the communicator.  One of the primary avenues of Jesus’ work is being the communicator of God to humanity.  Jesus demonstrates who God is and what God is like to us.  As we will see in the next two days Jesus is the Word of God and the Image of God.  Jesus makes God known to us.  Jesus is the mystery that is God revealed to us in a way we can understand.

In order for Jesus to be able to communicate God to us, Jesus has to intimately know that which he is trying to tell us about.  Jesus needs to know God well.  You need to know what you are talking about for successful communication.  You need to be an expert on the subject.  As God the Son, the second member of the Trinity, Jesus intimately knows who God is.  Since Jesus is completely divine, He is able to communicate God to us.  Jesus obviously knows God.

John 7:29 (HCSB)I know Him because I am from Him, and He sent Me.

John 8:19 (HCSB)

Then they asked Him, “Where is Your Father?”
“You know neither Me nor My Father,” Jesus answered. “If you knew Me, you would also know My Father.”

To be an expert communicator you need to know your subject matter.  Not only do you need to know what you are talking about but you also need to know who you are talking too.  Jesus needs to know God but He also needs to know His audience: humanity.  The better Jesus know us the easier it will be for him to describe God in a way that we can understand.  Jesus can use language and images and metaphors and ideas that we comprehend.  Jesus is completely divine.  That makes Him an expert about God.  But Jesus is also completely human.  That makes Him an expert in communicating to us.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (HCSB)

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.

Jesus is both completely divine and completely human.  He is the perfect communicator between God and humanity.  Jesus can describe God perfectly and in such a way that all of humanity can understand.

How would Jesus’ work as a communicator compare to your work?  Do you have to spend time learning, becoming an expert, on that which you need to talk about?  Do you have to spend time learning about the audience you are trying to communicate with?  Have you ever consider that these learning process are making you into a communicator in the image of Jesus?

 

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