If God is indeed a mind, then what of Jesus? In the Hindu tradition, the one God has many incarnations known as Avatars. In the Christian tradition God has only one incarnation, Jesus. It is not inconceivable that an empathetic God would wish to experience humanity first hand. But how would a transcendent God do such a thing? In your thoughts and dreams don’t you often imagine yourself in the first person – not merely as a disembodied observer but as your real, living, breathing self? This is your Avatar, so to speak. It is fully you but not wholly you. But in your deepest thoughts and especially in dreams, doesn’t the line between Avatar and Self become indistinguishable? Don’t you feel pleasure, pain, fear and joy as deeply as if it was your true whole self? Perhaps God did this as well when He became Jesus. Perhaps God wanted to have a full human experience from conception to death. Jesus was fully human and fully God but perhaps not wholly either.
Jesus’ message of the Kingdom of God is the announcement by word and deed that God is acting and manifesting dynamically his redemptive will in history. God is seeking out sinners; he is inviting them to enter into the messianic blessing; he is demanding of them a favorable response to his gracious offer. God has again spoken. A new prophet has appeared, indeed one who is more than a prophet, one who bring to people the very blessings he promises.