Pithy Post: The Vocation of the Poet (Part 2)
February 3, 2012 Leave a comment
The quote from Kenyon that I posted yesterday, about the poet being a relentless finder of names for things and an empathic companion to console in the face of loss, reminds me of someone. It strikes me that Jesus was an awful lot like that.
Jesus was the consummate truth-teller. He never shied away from naming what he saw. I remember a story in the Bible when Jesus confronts a woman with the stark truth about herself. Even though it was hard to take, I think she felt a strange and wonderful freedom in it, because John 4 tells us that
…the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” (vv. 28-29)
But we also know that Jesus isn’t just pulling people over and writing tickets. I believe that the Son of God, Jesus, became a human being. Part of the reason for that, the book of Hebrews tells us, is so that he could feel our pain and experience our temptations.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. (4:15)
In fact, one of the most famous chapters of the Bible describes Jesus’ coming to earth to live with us and like us. You know what it says? It says he came “full of grace and truth.” Sounds an awful lot like a good poet.