|Christ in Silence|
Prominent among the many ways that people have seen Jesus, are these three -- as an inspiring example of service to others,as a great moral teacher who exposed the hypocrisy of his times, and as a social revolutionary who fought for the poor and oppressed.
Though there is not much Biblical warrant for the third, over the centuries all these images of Jesus have proved attractive. In writing to the Corinthians, though, Paul rightly sees that thinking of Jesus in this way is importantly limited because it sees him from a strictly human point of view, and not as the Christ -- God Incarnate. Jesus was indeed an exemplary human being, but far more than that, he was One with the God who made us, redeems us, and will pass final judgment upon us. So, in the parables of Jesus it is really God who is talking to us.