Well, another year is rapidly coming to a close, another year of pandemic worries, global unrest, and economic disruptions. Are you like me and ever wonder where God is in the middle of all this chaos? Even as a Christian who has walked with God for many years, there are times in my life that God seems far away and not relatable. However, it is at these moments that I remind myself that my feelings and emotional health do not dictate the nearness of God in my life.
Unlike other religions, where a person must perform good works to reach out toward God, Christianity is about God reaching out toward man. And in the biggest plot-twist of all times, the God of the universe takes on human flesh, not as a conquering ruler but as a humble baby. Even as I type these words, I realize the absurdity of it all. Why would the creator of the universe subject himself to nature’s harsh elements and the vulnerability of human flesh? Why a baby? Why go through childhood and those awkward teen years? Why not just appear as a fully mature adult; after all, God made Adam and Eve as fully grown adults in the Garden of Eden.
The Bible tells us that God had a plan from the beginning, a plan to send an “offspring of a woman” to break the curse of sin and the power of Satan over the human race (Genesis 3:15). That promise continues some 2000 years later as God makes a covenant with a man named Abraham that through his family tree “all the families of earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-2; 17:1-8). Then Scripture tells us that, “when the right time came, God sent his Son (Jesus), born of a woman… to buy freedom for us” (Galatians 4:4-5).
Some people think God sent his Son, Jesus, so he could experience life on earth and have a fuller understanding of what it means to be human. However, the Bible makes it clear that Jesus was and has always been fully God (John 1; Colossians 1:15-20) and therefore has all knowledge and understanding of the universe, including what it means to be human. So, again, I have to ask myself, “Why did Jesus take on human flesh and subject himself to the world He had created?” Jesus came to earth not so He could gain some knowledge or experience, but so that we (as mere humans) might be more able to relate to Him. God taking on human flesh makes Jesus and thus God the Father more relatable to our human minds and spirits. He walked among us, felt tired, hungry, wept, and betrayed by close friends. Besides being our long-awaited Messiah, Jesus became a son, a friend, and a teacher.
Yes, there will be times when God does not seem near, when you cannot imagine how God can relate to your situation; however, in that moment, just remember Jesus. Remember that He came near just for you, not because He had to, but because He loves you! God’s desire is to have a genuine relationship with you. So, go ahead, start the conversation because Jesus is the relatable God.