One insight of priceless value that God has given me through a career in building construction, which informs my understanding of the cross and the journeys of faith recorded in the Bible, is that the varied problems that plague building construction can only be identified through hard-earned, first-hand personal experience with both feet planted firmly in the middle of the action.
Fact-finding research in the middle of the building construction jobsite arena as a tradesperson, a field superintendent, or a project manager…comes with a cost. Valuable lessons only surface one at a time in the heat and stress of the daily struggle. No detached, theoretical, academic approach from a safe distance will unearth and separate out the subtle, latent problems that disrupt the building construction process, causing time delays, cost overruns, poor quality, and the unpleasant task of having to explain to the new homebuyer why the house is not finished on time.
Comfortable complacency in the worldly conventional zone will never produce beneficial reform in this broken world. Necessity is said to be the mother of invention and is the guiding motivation for discovery in many walks of life. In terms of a journey of faith, we have to go boldly and courageously into the world to discover first-hand precisely what is wrong with the world in order to enact real solutions. Christians have to first go through the way of the cross ourselves in order to be able to assist others to be able do the same.
We see this theme at work throughout the Bible in the narrative stories of faith. The positive characters of faith in the Bible are grounded in the realities of life, yet on an elevated plane within the creatively imaginative mind of God that produces truth-revealing adventures of faith like those of Gideon, Joshua, Elijah, Ruth, Esther, Jeremiah, Daniel, David, Noah, Moses, Joseph and Mary, and Peter, to name only a few.
The issues of right and wrong are sorted out by God for us through the actual events and circumstances of an adventurous journey of faith. Paul has to live the Christian life to the fullest maximum extent in order to be able to “connect all the dots” and correctly write about it on a divinely inspired level. The same is true for Peter, James, John, Jude, Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The incarnation of Jesus Christ into this world in the form of a human being underscores at the divine level of perfection, the enormous power behind the concept of God-composed and guided journeys of faith separating truth from error (Jn. 9:39-41).
Jesus Christ values a journey of faith, which sets up the context to reveal the true nature of God, so much that He entered our world as a human being to personally “debug” our relationship with God. The Son of God as Jesus of Nazareth placed both feet firmly in the middle of the action to become the way, the truth, and the life through the events and circumstances of life. Jesus Christ the Son of God became a human being to create a priceless commonality with us that is the basis for a lasting and meaningful relationship for all eternity.