Preached on John 1:1-2 this morning (audio here).
My last two points were this:
Jesus is God-sized
God is Jesus-shaped
I wonder whether much of our evangelism is aimed at persuading people of point number one. And I wonder whether that emphasis, if divorced from the second point, is quite dangerous.
Here's what I mean - when we tell an unbeliever that Jesus is God, this is what they hear: "You know the god of the pub discussion - the distant, arm-chair deity, uninvolved and uncaring? That god is who Jesus is!"
"Oh" says the unbeliever. "Because Jesus looks quite different to that."
"Yeah, I know" we say. "But you need to look past all that stuff. Whatever you see in Jesus that doesn't look like 'the god you've always believed in' - that's just Jesus' human nature. No, that's dispensible. What you really need to know is that Jesus is God."
And what's the result? Well how many Christian testimonies run something like this...
"I have always believed in some kind of god. And then I met Jesus. And the preacher told me that Jesus is the god-I-always-believed-in."
Do you see what's happened here? Some supposed natural knowledge of God is determining a person's view of Christ and determining it from the outset.
It should be the other way around. Knowledge of Jesus should revolutionize our view of God. We should tell people not only that Jesus is God-sized, we should tell them that God is entirely Jesus-shaped.
As Archbishop Michael Ramsey once said (riffing on 1 John 1:5): "God is Christlike, and in Him there is no unchristlikeness at all."