You might had been asked by others recently these two questions.
Do you still ask these questions? Did you asked them this morning?
This morning, I tried asking them. And guess what, I heard none other than Karl Barth's echo, "God is God".
On one level, these two questions are not questions that humans able to ask by ourselves. The very fact that humans asking is already the gift of God for us to ask. Our curiosity is not the reason why we ask these questions. Instead it is God who are the reason why we ask. We ask because God enable us to ask. This is his grace.
On another level, to say that "God is God" is saying "mystery is mystery". God revealed himself through Christ, yet that does not make God less mysterious. Christ showed us God, yet the very life of Christ made God profoundly unfathomable. Hence to say "God is (something)" is no less a human attempt to create an idol for ourselves.
We might think that if we confront Christ,
we will learn more about God and love him more;
but the nearer we get to him,
the more we realize that it is God who is the one confronting us through Christ,
learning us, loving us.
God is God.
So, what happened this morning is that I received a gift.