I know you know the song, What if God was one of Us? by Joan Osborne. Well, He was one of us. Yet before we go there get this, the Bible says that sky and the unverse cannot even contain God (even though the Universe is still expanding). So you ever wonder just how big God is? Hmmm.
We also learn from Scripture that God became one of us by being born in a barn about 2,000 years ago in a place called Bethlehem (Hebrew for house of bread). Can you imagine that? the God who made the universe, more than that, who cannot even fit into the universe, becomes a helpless baby. Amazing, but nothing is too tough for God (yeah, I know about the creating a rock that He cannot lift jazz).
Hopefully you know the rest of the story, the baby grew up and became this wonderful man named Jesus, who healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, taught the poor, and was executed on something called a Cross. But the biographies of Jesus in the Bible are clear that Jesus did not stay dead, no, He rose again, because nothing can keep God dead.
Here is the thing, He died for you. Why did he need to die for you may ask? Because each one of us is a rebel who has decided to tell God that we want our own way and not His way. This is called sin. This rebellion leads us to hurting one another in all sorts of ways, and not being what God has intended us to be. Let me explain this by telling you a story. Back when I was growing up in Detroit, my oldest sister was looking at the back of a comic book. In those days, there would be all kinds of weird advertisements on the back of comic books. You could send off for x-ray glasses, invisible ink pens, and even for something called sea monkeys. My sister decided that she wanted to order some sea monkeys. I thought it was a pretty cool idea.
So after a few weeks go by, she gets the sea monkeys in the mail. However, days go by and I realize that I have never seen the sea monkeys. So of course I go to my sister and ask her what happened to the sea monkeys. To which she tells me that she flushed them down the toilet. I asked her why. She told me that she flushed them down the toilet because they did not turn out the way that she wanted them to. So she got rid of them.
God has the right to get rid of us too. We are His creation. Any creator has the right to destroy something he/she has created and to start all over again. So when we decided to rebel against God, He certainly could have destroyed us without even a thought. I mean, c’mon, He is bigger than the universe remember? What are we to Him? We must be nothing but dust to Him.
But this is the amazing thing, the Bible says that though we were His enemies, God sent His only Son (Jesus that is, this may sound weird, but God is 1 but 3, He is 1 God but 3 persons) to die for us. The Bible goes on to say that most people will not give their life in exchange for somone else, and hardly anyone would give his/her life to an enemy. But this is exactly what God has done for us.
All you have to do is say yes to Jesus and what He has done for you. You can do it now. If you sense God speaking to you, just pray this prayer: “Father, I believe that Jesus died for me and rose again for the dead, I need you in my life and want Jesus to take control of my life. Thank you and Amen.”
That is all you have to do to actually enter into eternal life and truly become a child of God. However, no one can live the Christian life in isolation, you need a community. Email me and I will try to coach you in how to get connected to a faith community wherever you may be.
Finally, we see in all of what God has done for us, that it is not we who make steps to God, but rather it is God who has ran down the steps to meet us right where we are.