Many of my blogs since beginning Blogging University 101 have included how I delight in connections with people, through spending time with them. However, sometimes those I dearly love to spend time with are so far away that physical presence is nearly impossible. One such person is a dear long-time friend from Hawaii. She and I connect each week and share what is going on in each other’s lives by phone. Every week for several years now we have called each other to catch up on the news, and prayed for each other’s needs. Over the years we have seen many answers to our prayers as God has connected with us through those prayers.
However, I can think of another type of connection that is the very dearest to my heart – the one between me and Jesus. He connects with me through a myriad of ways throughout the day including but not limited to his creation, his words in the Bible, prayer, music, a kind word or deed by one of his followers, and so many more ways. But his initial connection to me and to his world came through his choice to come to this earth. He came to communicate to me and his world what God looks like (what he thinks and feels; what his truth and grace look like), and the extent to which God would go to reveal himself and restore his creation to him.
However, we would never understand the significance of seeing God in creation, or in anything else for that matter if we didn’t first understand that he longs to have a relationship with us! The God of the Universe longs to connect with us personally and intimately. Yet he knew that because of our propensity to misunderstand him, because of our bent to go our own way, that he would need to send a representative to show us who he is, what his love and grace look like; and to tell the truth about him. He had sent representatives for thousands of years (the Prophets in the Old Testament of the Bible), but men wouldn’t listen to them for very long because they consistently chose their own way instead. So, at the right time, God sent his son Jesus. He came as fully human as we are, and yet fully God (yet he refused to go his own way). He came not only to show us who God is, but to make a way for us to be rescued from our propensity to go our own way, and be re-united to him. In order to do that, because our own way is so opposite of his way, he needed to pay for our waywardness by dying. He had to be martyred to make that way sure. (It was so crucial that God make a way that he gave up his own son’s life to do so! The Romans of the day had a cruel way of dealing with insubordination through crucifixion – so that is how he died.) Three days later, because he had only ever chose God’s way, God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf and he came to life again.
Sounds like science fiction, but the reality is, my life has been dramatically altered because of Jesus’ choice to connect with me. I have also seen and heard of so many others’ lives being dramatically altered because of Jesus as well. Truth is often much more powerful than fiction! He wants to connect with any who would accept his offer. It’s not religion, it’s a relationship!
Want to hear more? I’d love to share my story with you. And for any whose lives have been changed by his, I would also love to hear your story of how knowing Jesus has changed your life.
John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”