One of Derek Webb’s most provocative lyric is taken from his song King and a Kingdom. “There are two great lies that I’ve heard: ‘the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die’ and that ‘Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class republican, and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him.’”
Let me share a hypothetical situation, which will help me enforce this lyric.
A man comes into his prayer time with his arms raised and his heart surrendered. He lifts up a passionate prayer, “Oh God, make me love as Christ loved.”
I believe God would honor that prayer, but He isn’t able to answer it in its entirety.
God used the Jewish race to prove to humanity that humans are flawed. God made sure that even the greatest names in the Old Testament were imperfect. Moses wasn’t able to enter the Holy Land because he struck a rock instead of speaking to a rock. David attempted to murder a man and slept with that man’s wife. This pattern continues into the gospels; study the life of Peter.
I think this was God’s deliberate plan. I believe when Eve and Adam ate the fruit, God never forsook His eternal plan. What plan is that? There is ONLY one found worthy! God created an entire earth full of wicked and weak inhabitants. By doing so, He created the perfect atmosphere for the spotless savior who would take dominion over sin and the grave.
When we attempt to be like Christ, we might fall into the trap of trying to become god. Jesus’s mission was a holy mission, which saved humanity. We can’t love as Jesus loved. If we did, we would rob Jesus of His authority and holiness.
God crushed humanity under His mighty hand, so that Jesus was the holy beloved of the Father. Jesus is the perfect, sacrificial representative of God. We can follow His example, but we will never dethrone Him of His holy and sacred calling, which no one will ever mimic.
Revelation 5: 1-10