In the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus says in Matthew 5:13 that Christians are the salt of the earth…Jesus is the salt that makes Christians salty. In the next verse, Matthew 5:14…Jesus says that Christians are the light of the world. As He is speaking at that precise moment…Jesus is the eternal Light of the world…He is our light (Jn 8:12).
If we can view absolute goodness as light on a vertical continuum line…with brilliant light at the top having no darkness at all, and then light losing its brightness going down this vertical continuum in incremental degrees revealing the absence of light as we go downward…this gives us a pictorial image of absolute goodness described in terms of light at the top…with the absence of goodness equating to the absence of light going down the vertical continuum line (Jn. 1:1-9).
Jesus the Son of God is absolute goodness and brilliant pure light.
Yet when Jesus became incarnate in a human body…by necessity He became part of worldly conventional normalcy. Jesus had a mother, step-father, half-brothers and sisters as a human family. Jesus worked as a carpenter…in a small rural town…as part of the nation of Israel. Jesus was intimately engaged in His ministry to the Jews in the first-century…with all of the political, social, and religious issues that entails.
Yet Jesus emphatically declined the offer of Satan in the temptation in the wilderness to have “all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them” (Mt. 4:1-11; Mk. 1:12-13; Lk. 4:1-13). When the people came to attempt to forcibly make Jesus a king…He resisted this temptation…the scripture recording that “he departed again into a mountain himself alone” (Jn. 6:15).
There is therefore a line in the life-script of Jesus…regarding worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…beyond which He will not cross.
The gap…the space…the spread for Jesus was to be the Lamb of God sacrifice for mankind’s sins. Jesus the Word of God wrote His own life-script along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The perfect life-script of Jesus did not lead to the coronation crown of Isaiah 9:6-7, but instead to the crown of thorns of rejection and the cross on Calvary Hill…of Psalm 2 and Isaiah 53.
This is the ingenious gap that God inserted into the life-script of the Son of God, that challenged Him in a similar way that we are challenged in where we are now to where we need to go…requiring the help of God…yet Jesus is operating at the top end of the goodness continuum of brilliant pure light…while we have a ways to travel up the continuum line from imperfection and sin toward more needed light.
Listen to what Jesus says leading up to the experience of the cross of Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53…compared to the coronation crown of Isaiah 9:6-7…”But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am straightened till it be accomplished” (Lk. 12:50). In the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His crucifixion, Jesus prays “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Lk. 22:42).
We cannot understand what it would be like to be the sin-sacrifice for all of mankind’s shortcomings. The closest I can come is going to the dentist for a root canal, and looking forward to walking out the door and toward my car…with the temporary crown in place and the worst part over.
God wrote into the journey of faith life-script for the perfect Son of God Jesus this incredible gap…to be the Savior through the cross…because that is exactly what we needed at that point in human history…and not the coroneted king of Isaiah 9:6-7…although Jesus was brilliant pure light and absolute goodness during His entire life and ministry…especially so as He hung on the cross for our sakes.
My point here is that Jesus is the perfect blend of worldly conventional normalcy and the higher ways of God…because Jesus followed His journey of faith life-script to be the Savior of the world perfectly according to absolute goodness at the top-end of the graduated continuum of light.
What is critical for Spirit-born Christians to consider as we enter the end-times…is that the divinely composed life-script for Jesus led directly to such a lethal conflict with worldly conventional normalcy…that it ends with Jesus being rejected and murdered in the one and only way that would procure the liberty and redemption from sin that only God alone could imagine, set in motion, and flawlessly guide to its tragic yet glorious outcome.
This is our God. This is the biblical faith. This gap between Isaiah 9:6-7 and Isaiah 53 in the life of the promised messiah…confirms the divine origin of the Bible. These powerful truths lift up and glorify the name and character of God…beyond human invention and creative imagination.