For ages the Father remained present to the Jewish people through angels, private revelations, dreams, natural phenomena and chosen prophets. Among the Jews this solidified an image of an unapproachable, all-powerful God "out there": a lawgiver and judge. While I am struck with this Old Testament notion of God, it was, I believe, a manipulation on the part of man that was not intended by the Father. And so, He sent You, a living, breathing, tangible one of us. He sent You to bear witness to the Truth about Him. The rapid closing of this gap between You, Christ, and the God of the Jews was too much for them to handle, so steeped were they in the God of the Old Testament. You came to teach us how to use the gift of life and You became "the measure".
It seems to me that it may just have been Your Father’s way of showing us that what He intended was a more personal relationship between God and man. Since He knew well the creatures with whom He was dealing, He sent You, His Son, to show us how it’s done and to become, for all ages, the measure of our attempts. The gospel accounts of Your life then become a spiritual map guiding us through the relationship God wishes us to have with Him. So, by careful and meditative reading of Your life and Your teaching, we learn the measure of life. In this light it becomes quite realistic to ask continually as we go through each day, "What would Jesus do?" This message transcends mundane occupations and goes to our very hearts. It is the ideal against which we measure ourselves. What matters is not who I am (a carpenter’s son, or a retired teacher) but what I am.
We know You by Your love. You told us we would be measured by our love. You demonstrated this love to us and, in this, You are our measure poured out. We have the saints who actively employed You as the measure of their lives, yet they are still but branches from Your vine. We often like to study the saints and measure our lives in the variety of their styles, but it all comes down to the fact, Jesus, that You are the measure.