Transparent Goodness

   Jesus is see-through.

   You can see right through Him.

   Transparency in a person means, at least, open honesty of a forthcoming nature.

   I don’t know if I know anyone transparent.

   Some times the man/woman obscures the message. Sometimes the message hides the man/woman. In either case, transparency suffers.

   Jesus says, "I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No man comes unto the Father but by Me."

   Human flesh answers, "Truth is just information filtered through one’s own interpretive ability and need."

   Jesus says, "Get behind me, Satan, for it is written, ‘Man shall not live by mere bread but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord God."

   Human flesh answers, "The end justifies the means."

   Jesus is see-through. He is not on message, as though He can somehow, at some point, get off message. He is the Message, so He announces Himself, loud and clear.

  I don’t suppose transparency would matter if there were nothing there. Arthur Balfour, when asked the problem with a contemporary politician’s speech noted, "He too clearly says he has nothing to say."

   Without pretense, Jesus demonstrates His oneness with the Father. Social justice, elevation of the downtrodden, mainstreaming of the marginalized, are by-products of Jesus’s willingness to forego the independent exercise of His own deity for the sake of humankind.

Lamb of God, pure and holy,

Who on the Cross didst suffer,

Ever patient and lowly,

Thyself to scorn didst offer.

All sins Though borest for us,

Else had despair reigned o’er us:

Have mercy on us,

   O Jesus.

   O Jesus.

   —Nikolaus Decius, 1531

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