What I find both scarey and exciting about Jesus as we see him in the Gospels is that there is no messing around with him. He isn’t hoodwinked by the Scribes and Pharisees when they try and trick him with the case of the woman caught in adultery. Nor when they ask him about paying taxes to Caesar. Nor does he let Nicodemus divert him into an intellectual discussion with questions when he comes to find out who he really is.
Jesus in the Gospels is very direct at times. And doesn’t suffer fools. What does that mean for me, attempting to approach a relationship with him? I think that we have to remember that we can take inspiration from the interesting way he doesn’t allow himself to be waylaid, by his patience, by his lack of fear in confronting authority. I also think we need to remember that Jesus’s humanity includes his mentality and his intellect.
It’s not particularly popular to revere people for their intelligence in current mainstream culture, probably because openly flaunting intelligence was linked to an educational system that broadly favoured class and money rather than hard work for so many centuries. But if we look across the Gospels we have to acknowledge this infrequently discussed aspect of who Jesus is and far from distancing him from us acknowleging it brings both his humanity and his rlelationship to/with God into even clearer focus. It shows him pitted against the wits of others and winning out, and it grants us answers to some complex questions through parables and storyttelling that explain complex concepts in very subtly nuanced ways that can be the same but different every time you read them.
We need to move towards an understanding of the whole Jesus if we are to move towards any understanding of God. And part of that is his brainpower.