434 People Regard Christ as an Ordinary Man
1 All men wish to see the true countenance of Jesus, and all desire to be with Him. Not one of the brothers or sisters would say that they do not wish to see or to be with Jesus. Before you have seen Jesus—before you have seen the incarnate God—you are likely to entertain all sorts of ideas, for example, about Jesus’ appearance, His way of speaking, His way of life, and so on. But once you have really seen Him, your ideas will swiftly change.
2 Man’s thinking cannot be overlooked, which is true—but more than that, the substance of Christ does not brook alteration by man. You think Christ an immortal or a sage, but no one considers Him a normal man possessed of divine substance. As such, many of those who yearn day and night to see God are actually enemies of God, and are incompatible with Him. Is this not a mistake on the part of man? In the past, present, and future, many of those who come in contact with Christ have failed or will fail; they all play the role of the Pharisees. The reason for your failure is precisely because there is in your notions a God who is lofty and deserving of admiration.
3 But the truth is not as man wishes. Not only is Christ not lofty, but He is particularly small; not only is He a man, but He is an ordinary man; not only can He not ascend to heaven, but He cannot even move about freely on earth. And this being so, people treat Him as they would an ordinary man; they treat Him casually when they are with Him, and speak to Him heedlessly, all the while still waiting for the coming of the “true Christ.” You take the Christ that has already come for an ordinary man, and His words for those of an ordinary man. For this reason, you have not received anything from Christ, and have instead completely exposed your own ugliness to the light.
Adapted from “Those Who Are Incompatible With Christ
Are Surely Opponents of God”
in The Word Appears in the Flesh