Jesus - the wisdom in person!
At the age of twelve, Jesus amazed the law teachers in the temple in Jerusalem by engaging in a theological dialogue with them. Each of them was amazed at their insight and answers. Luke concludes his account with the following words: «And Jesus increased in wisdom, age and grace with God and men» (Luke 2,52). What he taught testified to his wisdom. "On the Sabbath he spoke in the synagogue and many who heard him were very surprised. They asked each other, where did he get that from? What is the wisdom given to him? And only the miracles that happen through him! » (Mark 6,2 Good News Bible). Jesus often taught using parables. The Greek word for "parable" used in the New Testament is a translation of the Hebrew term for "saying". Jesus was not only a teacher of wise words, he also lived a life according to the Book of Proverbs of Solomon while working on earth.
In this book we encounter three different kinds of wisdom. There is the wisdom of God. Heavenly Father is omniscient. Second, there is wisdom among men. This is the submission to God's wisdom and the realization of set goals by virtue of his wisdom. There is another form of wisdom that we read throughout the Book of Proverbs.
Surely you have noticed that wisdom is often personified. So she meets us in Proverbs 1,20-24 in female form and loudly calls us on the street to listen to her attentively. Elsewhere in the Book of Proverbs, she makes claims that are otherwise raised only by or for God. Many sayings correspond to verses in John's Gospel. Below is a small selection:
- In the beginning was the word and it was with God (John 1,1),
- The Lord had wisdom in the very beginning of His ways (Proverbs 8,22: 23)
- The Word was with God (John 1,1),
- Wisdom was with God (Proverbs 8,30),
- The word was co-creator (John 1,1-3),
- Wisdom was co-creator (Proverbs 3,19),
- Christ is life (John 11,25),
- Wisdom creates life (Proverbs 3,16).
Do you realize what that means? Jesus was not only wise himself and taught wisdom. He is wisdom! Paul gives further proof of this: «For those on the other hand, whom God has called, Jews and non-Jews, Christ proves to be God's power and God's wisdom» (1 Cor 1,24 New Geneva translation). So in the Book of Proverbs we do not only come across the wisdom of God - we encounter the wisdom that is God.
The message gets even better. Jesus is not only wisdom, he is also in us and we are in him (John 14,20:1; 4,15 John). It is about an intimate covenant that connects us to the triune God and not that we try to be wise like Jesus. Jesus Christ himself lives in and through us (Galatians 2,20). It enables us to be wise. It is omnipresent in our innermost self not only as a force, but also as wisdom. Jesus urges us to use His inherent wisdom in every situation we find ourselves in.
Eternal, infinite wisdom
It's hard to understand, but surprisingly, a cup of hot tea can help us understand it better. For tea preparation, we hang a tea bag in a cup and pour boiling hot water over it. We wait until the tea is properly brewed. During this time, the two components mix. People used to say: "I am preparing an infusion", which perfectly reflects the process taking place. A “pour” is the connection to a unit. When you drink the tea, you are actually not consuming the tea leaves themselves; they remain in the bag. You drink "tea water", the tasteless water that has combined with the flavorful tea leaves and can be enjoyed by you in this form.
In the covenant with Christ we do not take on his physical form any more than water does not take the shape of tea leaves. Nor does Jesus accept our identity, but rather connects our human life with his inexhaustible eternal life, so that we bear witness to the world with our way of life. We are united with Jesus Christ, which means that eternal, limitless wisdom unites us.
The Colossian letter reveals to us, "In Jesus lie all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2,3). Hidden does not mean that they are kept hidden, but rather that they are stowed away as a treasure. God has opened the lid of the treasure chest and encourages us to serve ourselves according to our needs. Everything is there. The treasures of wisdom are ready for us. On the other hand, some people are always on the lookout for new things and make pilgrimages from one cult or experience to the next in order to find the treasures of wisdom that the world has to offer. But Jesus has all the treasures ready. We only need him alone. Without him we are fools. Everything rests in him. Believe it. Take it for yourself! Receive this priceless truth and take in and absorb the wisdom through the Holy Spirit and become wise.
Yes, Jesus did justice to both the New and the Old Testament. The law, the prophets and the scriptures were fulfilled in him (the wisdom). It is the wisdom of Scripture.
by Gordon Green