I was listening to a sermon yesterday by Pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Church (Redding, California). In his sermon, he said this sentence: “Jesus Christ is perfect theology.”
That statement really struck me. It’s true, of course, but I have never thought of it that way before. Let’s look at why the fact that “Jesus Christ is perfect theology” is so deep, and how we can apply this truth to change our everyday life.
Why Jesus Christ is perfect theology:
John 1:1-2 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”
Then John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
These passages tell us that Jesus is the Word–the Statement–of God. God wrapped up His entire Statement to humanity–His entire disclosure of Himself–in His Son, Jesus. Then He delivered Jesus to earth so we could see Him.
Everything God has to say, and everything He has ever said, is completely manifest in Jesus. Therefore, when we look at Jesus, we see the Father. Accurately. 100%. Jesus is what the Father looks like, talks like, sounds like, acts like.
Cool, huh? So how does that tie into “theology”? It’s very simple, actually. “Theology” just means the study of God. So every accurate disclosure of God is good theology, and Jesus Christ is the complete and accurate disclosure of the Father.
John 1:18 says, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.”
Everything Jesus is; everything He said (and continues to say); every bit of His personality and character is an accurate disclosure of God the Father.
How we can apply this to everyday life:
Pastor Johnson’s statement–“Jesus Christ is perfect theology”–touched me so much. It made me realize thatI need to pay more attention to studying Jesus.
I study my Bible all the time, and I get a lot out of it. But I tend to have seasons where I’ll read a lot in the New Testament letters–Philippians, Galatians, Corinthians, etc–or the Psalms, or Isaiah (probably my favorite book). And there’s nothing wrong with that; those books do reveal Jesus. They contain His voice. I always look for Him in the words.
But suddenly I am hungry for a steady diet of Jesus Himself. I want to–NEED TO–see Jesus. To meditate on Him, learn from Him, to watch Him live His everyday life. I want to see His friendships, His meals, His service to humanity. I want to watch His robe swirl around His feet as He moves through the pages of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).
I want to read about how He related to the Father. I want to read about how He had compassion on the multitudes, everywhere He went. I want to read about how He healed all who were oppressed by the devil.
I want to hear Him laugh. I want to feel the dust kicked up as He walks. In my mind’s eye, I even want to see the sweat on His brow as He walks under the hot Arabian sun.
My heart yearns for Jesus. Truly, there could be no greater yearning in Heaven or on earth.
So I’m not going to stop reading the other books. I still love Isaiah, and Psalms, and Exodus. But starting today, I’m also going to make sure I get a steady feeding of Jesus Himself through the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Additionally, I’m going to try to remember every day to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to me in every verse I read in the Word.
It’s all about Jesus. Thank you, Pastor Johnson, for that wake-up call.
How does the statement “Jesus Christ is perfect theology” touch your heart? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!