GodReflection: It’s Jesus Friday
The classroom event begins with great anticipation. I would gloat with pride to share my prize rock. Then a classmate with an over parenting mother would stand with something like a personally signed letter from George Washington.
Back when I worked more closely with citizens of other nations, to understand more fully my fellow globe mates, I took numerous university courses in Cultural Anthropology. I remember I learned that every known tribe, language, people, and nation had religion in common. The human species always seeks deity.
I think of King Solomon’s conclusion: He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Since the time of Adam and Eve, Creator God’s purpose is to love men, women, and children, and to see His love returned from the hearts of all people.
Prior to the birth of Jesus, only the Jewish people knew Jehovah God. One sad storyline of Scripture is that even a massive number of Jews—His chosen people—didn’t seem to know God at all.
Jesus walks the streets of Jerusalem, Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, for the better part of three years to show God to his contemporaries. In truth, his reach was greater still. He showed the heart of God to humankind down to the present day.
Old Testament Scripture introduces God as Creator, Love, Forgiver, and Judge. Jesus of the Gospels adds texture to my God awareness and—dare I say it—Jesus adds the dimension of a God whose interested in me as person.
Jesus shows me the God who is in my corner. He sits beside me so close that I can touch, taste, and feel His grace as it overflows to cover me with a thick warm coat.
He is the God who cries with me when I shed tears of pain, remorse, and joy. He is the God who desire to live inside my very being. He is the God who holds my best interest in His extended hand ready for me to reach upward.
He is the God who hurts when I feel pain.
He is the God who feeds my soul, quenches my thirst, and provides for my needs. As an illustration, Jesus reminds me of God’s care for the birds of the air and the flowers of the earth. Then, assures me that God’s interest in me is still greater.
Paul tells believers, The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation . . . For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form . . .
Here is what I think. When I watch how Jesus acts, I see the heart of God.
God directs the Four Gospels to me.
He has interest in me. He forgives me and gushes grace upon me as I walk this earth. He is a God who wants no more from me than my heart. When I give my heart to Him, He gives His heart to me.
Just perhaps, maybe I too ought to show and tell the same story. Don’t you think?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Jesus Introduces God.