The result of Jesus’ presence on earth is the possibility of an intimate relationship between believers and the Father. A closeness people experience living life as children of God.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:12-14)

But how does a child connect with an invisible father? A story is
told of a little girl who loved to have her older brother read
children’s books to her. It didn’t matter which story it was, and
she would often ask him to read the same story over again. One
day, the brother came up with a clever idea and he recorded
himself reading the story and showed his sister how to push play
so she could listen to him read the story any time. After a few
days he noticed that it wasn’t working, and she didn’t like to listen
to him read on tape. When he asked why, she replied, “because it
doesn’t have a lap.”

We have the same struggle connecting with God since he is not
usually experienced through our regular means, our five senses.
People glean an understanding of some attributes of God through
his creation, but the primary method of getting to know God is
getting to know Jesus. People get to know Jesus and the life he
lived on earth through the whole message of Scripture. Humans
experience God through his revealed truth. A person connects to
God by focusing on, believing in, and trusting in the truth that he
has revealed.

Relational intimacy is about knowing. Jesus came to be with
people on earth and his closeness with humanity is what makes
our closeness with God possible.

The Word became flesh and lived with us. Today, Jesus dwells with the Father but the Holy Spirit dwells inside all who believe: God with us.” God knows each person perfectly and closely. A person’s ability to feel close to God rests in intentional regular referencing, remembering, and relying upon the truth proclaimed about God, about the world, and about one’s place in it through the Word.

Charles Spurgeon wrote …’God with us’ is the source of exquisite delight. God with us all that “God” means, the Deity, the infinite Jehovah with us, this, this is worthy of the burst of midnight song, when angels startled the shepherds with their carols, singing “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Amen

John Riley
Jr. High Pastor

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