The Necessity of the Quest

The most basic reason for grappling with the historical question of Jesus is that we are made for God: for God’s glory, to worship God and reflect his likeness. That is our heart’s deepest desire, the source of our deepest vocation. But Christianity has always said, with John 1:18, that nobody has ever seen God but that Jesus has revealed God. We shall only discover who the true and living God is if we take the risk of looking at Jesus himself. That is why the contemporary debates about Jesus are so important; they are also debates about God himself.

N.T. Wright, The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was And Is, 2nd ed. (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2015): p. 16. ISBN: 978-0-8308-3696-3.

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