Amidst all the glitz and glamor of the American popular scene comes the way of Jesus. Completely and totally different. The way of the world, in this case, the American culture, is the way of strength and show, certainly the way of pride. “I’m better than you are, and I’ll prove it.” Counter to that, the way of God in Jesus: the way of weakness and humility. Completely unimpressive to the world, in fact not only weak, but foolish, as well (1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5).
A big emphasis in America is on presentation, on selling one’s self, making one’s self look good and compelling. The way of Jesus is the way of the cross, unmasking one’s self, acknowledging one’s guilt and lack of goodness, and lostness. What it means to be human, to live well is at stake here.
The new humanity found and being restored in Jesus is actually what humankind was created to be in the first place as male and female made in God’s image, and as such God’s representatives, caretakers, and rulers under God in this world. That humanity is being restored in Jesus into something even more in the way of love, the love of the Trinity: no less than the way of the cross, the way of self-sacrificial love even for one’s enemies, even as God in Jesus sacrificed God’s self for us who in our sin are in enmity against God.
The way of Jesus won’t get much traction in the world, and it’s not meant to. The wisdom and strength God gives is in and through Jesus, and comes through the acknowledgement that we are foolish and weak in ourselves, broken in our humanity as sinners. In Jesus through his death and resurrection we find our way to God and toward what it means to be human. In the community of those in Jesus, the church, and out from that in the mission of the good news in Jesus to the world, as we live out together the life which alone is truly life, the eternal life in Jesus our Lord.