Jesus the Cosmic Traveler as the Hope of Weary Wanderers

Most discussions concerning the Incarnation swirl around Jesus’ identity with God, His own view of His identity and purposes, or the relationship of His humanity and deity. Other theological discussions concerning the incarnation seek to place Jesus’ incarnational actions in their proper eschatological sense or through the lens of biblical theology that connects Jesus’ incarnation to God’s presence with Adam and Eve before the fall and in the future eschatological promises of God to fulfill the mission of God by bringing final judgement and salvation upon the inhabitants of the world. Each of these lenses are important lenses that have produced great theological fruit. Not all avenues of the significance of the incarnation, however, have been explored. The incarnation is not just about the hypostatic union or eschatological vision, although these themes certainly cannot be neglected as part of the discussion concerning the incarnation. The incarnation is more than that. It is a term that represents the process and means by which Jesus partakes in a transformational journey from one realm to another that forces Him to change his nature, culture, language, customs, and practices.

It is my proposal in this paper not to undermine other lenses of the incarnation, but rather to propose a new lens alongside other lenses that places the incarnation in the context migration. I will attempt to show how the New Testament portrays Jesus’ incarnation as a journey to a foreign land. I will then attempt to show this view of the incarnation transforms Jesus’ nature throughout the New Testament. Finally, I will attempt to show how this view of the incarnation can and does offer hope to the weary travelers of this world who find themselves dislocated from their original context and culture as a result of movement, migration, and displacement.

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