We’re in need of great writers, great poets, that help us articulate and re-speak the language of faith, the language of the Jesus Way. At times, our language about Jesus has become stale, academic, and bookish, and we find our scholastic language clashing with the imagery and metaphor that jump at us from Jesus in the Gospels.
Will Willimon’s book Why Jesus? is such a book, such a writing that helps us see Jesus once again in the clarity that Scripture presents him in. We’re once again faced with the enigma of who Jesus is, the mysteries of what he’s about and doing, yet also comforted by the clarity and grace he brings to us from God, as God.
I found Willimon’s writing to be a joy to read. I enjoyed hearing him piece the story of Jesus together using words like “Vagabond” to write a whole chapter about Jesus on the move. I believe his writing is a kind we need today – a writing that re-keys our imaginations to see the depths of the Jesus Way, to see ourselves on this way, and to (as Eugene Peterson says) “scrape the accumulated grime of cliche from the words of Jesus.”
May we meet more who help us articulate the Jesus Way.