The Spectacular Collision between Question and Answer and the Insights about God that Emerged and Radiated to us from the Collision
God the Father dispatched God the Son from heaven and earth to answer our question, "Who is God?. The Father sent his Son from heaven to publish the autobiography of God here on earth. Jesus painted for us God's self-portrait. Therefore, listen first to what the Son of God said about himself in his autobiography before you listen to what others have said about him elsewhere. Please take note of the manner in which we asked the question and he answered it. The manner is not insignificant. Our question and his answer were exchanged without the usual banality of a typical, low-key question and answer session. He did not do a press conference. He did a collision. Our question and his answer collided explosively. The collision between question and answer was bigger than the Big Bang and larger than the Large Hadron Collider! It was the most spectacular collision between question and answer in the history of humanity. It would not be improper to describe the collision as flamboyant. We dressed our question in malignant evil. God dressed his answer in goodness and life and light and beauty and truth. The contrast between our question and his answer was antipodal. Our question carried the destructive force of the collision. His answer carried the constructive force of the collision. Our question was the freight train of evil that we launched toward him. He saw it coming. Remarkably, He stood in its path. He did not flinch. He did not cower. He did not jump out of the way. He took it on the chin. He stood firm and, by standing firm, stopped evil's progress dead in its tracks. The serpent's plan failed. Evil hit a wall. The wall that evil hit was Jesus. His bloody wounds mark the line that the Son of God drew in the sand. At his bloody wounds, evil was stopped short of its objective. Its objective was to extinguish God's love for us. It was not allowed to reach its destination. Jesus allowed it to progress so far and no farther. Jesus did not allow evil to reach his most sacred heart. He did not let evil empty his most sacred heart of his love for us or let evil drain it of a single drop. The megatonnage of the collision was stratospheric - high-energy, powerful and violently explosive. In the explosion of the collision between question and answer, insights about God emerged and radiated to us. The insights illuminated the darkness of our understanding of God. The insights about God were apocalyptic. In the collision, God made himself known to us. God bared his soul to us.
What is the answer to the question, "Who is God?"
Here is the answer that Jesus revealed to us in the Collision between the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
We tortured and killed him. He suffered and died. Yet, he did not stay dead and he did not stop loving us. He emerged from the dead still alive and still in love with us. That he did not stay dead is the proof of the power of Jesus. Nobody emerges from the dead. He did. That he did not stop loving us is the proof that our conception of divinity as power is incomplete. Divinity is also love.
The Crucifixion was our harsh interrogation of him. In the Crucifixion, we shouted our harsh questions at him with lash, thorns, nails and spear. "Identify yourself!" we demanded of him in the Crucifixion. "Who are you?" we asked. "Friend or foe?" (Judges 12:4-6)
"Friend," he responded.