The other day I ran a prayer session and referred to Christ as mother, brother , father and sister.
It raised an eyebrow or two
Why did I leave that in?
Because faith is what saves us, through relationship with the risen christ,
Christ was male whilst on earth, because he came down into a society where unless you were male it would have been hard to be listened too.
While we was here
He said that we can call him a friend, He is called a light, a lamb, . the alpha and omega, the narrow gate etc. The saints often called christ names that transcended gender? Julian of Norwich referred to christ our mother? This is because she saw the relationship of the trinity as more than gender specific and wanted to explain aspects of his love.
Indeed when john said “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” – John 1:29. John the baptist was most likely Essene and would have spent his days buried in scripture. As such he knew the Scriptures perfectly well, and knew what he was saying, he would not have called a man the Lamb of God, when in fact, the offering for sin is a female lamb.
He was making a leviritical reference
Leviticus 4:32 If he brings a lamb as his sin offering, he shall bring a female without blemish.
In regards to a prayerful relationship, I think if your male relationships are broken, invested with ideas of the patriarchy, unwholesome etc, loving christ, coming into relationship with him in whatever way opens the door for you? That’s what counts?
He said we are made in our image, plural, more than one gender or type.
If he can be a lamb, he can be a sister, because I don’t he’s a white guy sitting on a cloud?
Maybe all our metaphors lack something? How much of gender do you think is preserved when we die, and rise again, if we join him in heaven?
More importantly for me however
Christ wants us to love him the very best that we can, that’s what really matters? As a subject for prayer, a way of coming closer if your male relationships are broken, come to him as a sister, its the agape love that counts. Because his love includes aspects of love that are mother, brother, sister, father, light, lamb etc. We can love him in all of those ways…
IE what paul said in galatians
Galatians 3:26-28 New International Version (NIV)
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Come to Jesus whatever way you can but come to Jesus because in him there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.