February 2021

A Moment When God Becomes Real

 
“The Word became flesh and made his home among us.” (John 1:14).
 
How many times have we heard this scripture verse from the Prologue of the Gospel of John? But if we read further, it tells us in verse 18:
“No one has ever seen God. God the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made God known.”
 
I think this means that no one had ever seen God until Jesus was born in this world. God’s people had heard from God and experienced God’s presence before Jesus came, but it was the first time that we had God in the form of a human being. The beauty of this was that God was now speaking to us and was
present with us in the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In other words, God was real!
 
But there’s something more. Since the Word became flesh and blood, we can know God in the life we live. God comes to us in blessings, friends, and answers to prayer. But that’s not all. Surprisingly, God comes to us in problems, challenges, and while we are waiting for prayers to be answered. It is this second group of life experiences that I want to highlight, because many times, we don’t believe God is with us during those moments..
 
God can be with us when we are sad over the loss of a friend or loved one, because even Jesus wept uncontrollably at the death of his friend Lazarus. God can be with us when someone has stabbed us in the back, because even Jesus was betrayed by one of his closest followers. God can be with us when others speak poorly of us because even Jesus was misunderstood and ridiculed by people who knew him since birth.

Let’s don’t wait for problems and despair to pass in our lives to see that our suffering is the place where the light of God shines through! By the grace of God, let’s remember that God is trying to work in our isolation and despair. After all, in Jesus’ death, there was a resurrection! And let’s keep that hope in our hearts and look for the God who can be real in our lives.
 
In Christ’s footsteps we walk,
Pastor Roger