Save the Woodlice!
A year or so ago I erected a new fence in my garden. The new panels had been stacked for a while waiting for me to get around to the job, and a family of Woodlice had taken residence.
Being of a caring type I wanted to warn them of their pending doom at the hand of a large brush of creosote. But how could I communicate with them?
A large warning sign had no effect, nor did a letter from the Council, not even a letter from the Prime Minister.
Now, any sensible person would have knocked them off the panel and got on with the job, but the point of this illustration is this:
Not only do Woodlice not read, but in their eyes I would just be a totally incomprehensible being to whom they could not relate in any way.
God was faced with this problem when he wanted to relate to us.
So what could he do?
If he were to communicate out of the sky with a great booming voice we would all run for our lives and hide away for fear of this 'alien' from outer space.
Other methods could have been just as incomprehensible to us as a person trying to communicate with Woodlice.
According to the Old Testament part of the Bible he did try sending prophets or representatives. But, unless they have some extra special gifts and personality that can attract and keep a following, who are they to think they can tell us what to believe?
So, God sent Jesus Christ his only Son!
The Bible tells us that Jesus came as a man, someone like ourselves, someone we can relate to. But he wasn't just a man. He didn't come as a prophet or God's representative. He came as God himself in the flesh. That's what his name 'Immanuel' means - Jesus came as 'God with us'.
This is the trouble the Christian God has gone to in order that you and I can relate to him and have a meaningful relationship with him.
When Jesus Christ was born 2000 odd years ago he came as 'Immanuel', which means 'God with us'. St John, one of the writers of the New Testament part of the Bible says: In the beginning was the Word (a description of Jesus as the one who would show us what God is like), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1, 14).
What these verses tell us is this:
The 'Word' is Jesus Christ, and he came as the living 'word' or living description of what God is like. This Jesus was with God, this Jesus was God, and this Jesus, at a point in history, became flesh, a human being, and lived on this earth in order that we humans could see God and come to know God in way that we can relate to and understand.
Each of these 'gospels' shows us what God is like through the life of Jesus.
We can all relate to someone who is kind, who can speak with authority about God and against injustice, who does good things for people, who offers people a relationship with God...and who is still alive today to do these same things for you.
This, and so much more, is Jesus.
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