The highest form of knowledge transcends a subjective/objective duality of understanding the world. It rises above the black cloud of confusion between science and religion. Love is realized in its most supreme form when history takes a turn at the beginning of the first century. Love is fulfilled in the life of Jesus, in his life in submission to the Father, empowered by the Spirit. And even more love takes its ultimate form when this man takes his love for the world to the cross, to the grave, to the pits of hell itself, and rises after overcoming the world by his love for it.
It is his wisdom that knows humanity is resistant to change and will take up arms to defend them. His wisdom, the wisdom that founded the earth and established the heavens, knows love is the only way to bring shalom (wholeness) into a shattered world. His love for such a world is transcends all other forms of knowing. It is the way of the disciple, as Jesus says, “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know you are my disciples, if you have loved one another” (John 13:34-35).
Jesus is the smartest man that ever lived, and still lives; smarter than Einstein and Newton, smarter than Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, smarted than Buddha and Gandhi. All forms of technology and good living fail to sink below the surface of a world in turmoil. Technology cannot save the day. Progress is and can only be fueled by man’s greed to create a world other than God’s world, the one he has given us to care for. Man cannot build an ivory tower high enough to reach immortality. And trying harder cannot get us home either. In vain does the world spread its nets in search of anything that ‘works for me.’ No, do not be fooled by the many gods formed in the furnaces of idolatrous hearts. There is but one God, the God Jesus of Nazareth, who walked among us, and showed us the answers to all of life’s most difficult questions (Who am I and why am I here?). Only by his grace can we become the kinds of people he can trust with the immeasurable weight of his love.