The Hurdle of Faith

Ken Old

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

The question “Who really is Jesus?” rubs constantly at my mind and acquires a strident urgency, demanding an answer.

Parveen at the Karachi orphanage has prayed to “Piyara Yisu” (Dear Jesus) for food. Simply that. The prayer has been answered. Similar prayers offered in this place over sixty years have routinely been answered.

I had been comfortable with Jesus as merely a prophet. Now I see him answering prayers! Enough! This man is far bigger than I can comprehend. He explodes in my mind. It’s all so obvious! What Jesus said about himself is actually true! Everything falls into place. I have a sense of certainty, of having at last arrived.

It is God who reveals himself to the disciples as a hiking companion who hurts and hungers even as they do. The miracles are not from a distant transcendent deity but from the Creator expressing himself in common clay. I begin to see Jesus from the perspective Paul talks about in his letter to the Corinthians.

The idea of God become man is no longer irrational but absolute ultimate common sense. At last I am over the hump of faith.

PRAYER

Father, thank you for teaching us what we need to know.