Bible Reading: Genesis 1; 1 Timothy 2:5
In an effort to both avoid plagiarism and give credit where it is due, I must start off by saying that this blog post was motivated by an excerpt from Pastor Timothy Keller's book entitled, "Prayer. It reads:
“Aristotle, for example, said that while it might be possible to venerate and appease the gods, actual intimate friendship with a god was impossible. The philosopher reasoned that friendship requires that both parties share much in common as equals. They must be alike. But since God is infinitely greater than human beings, ‘the possibility of friendship ceases.’ Now, however, we have the ultimate mediator and priest to end all priests (Heb. 4:14-15). He eliminates the gap so that we can know God as friend (cf. Ex 33:11)."
One of the most amazing and unique things about the Christian faith is the deep relationship believers have with God. He is not far off and uninvolved with our daily affairs, but He is quite close and in them all. When God first created all that we see and know, He was intimately involved with it all. But the crown of His creation was mankind, which is the only part of the created order made in God's image. He breathed His life into Adam's lungs, and humanity was set in motion. In the beginning, God was close to His creation. But once sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, the relationship was damaged. But even then, God made a way to be close to His people. He desired to know them and be known by them, so He made a way. And when that way did not fully satisfy due to our constant sinfulness, God, at the right time, sent His Son to heal the relationship fully.
Application: This may seem like a deep subject for a blog post, but it is so crucial to how we think about our relationship to God. We were made to know Him and have a real, deep, meaningful relationship with Him. But our sin keeps getting in the way and separating us from Him. Who can save us from this wicked cycle? It is Jesus, the one and only Son of God. Jesus is our mediator to God, meaning He brings us together. He takes away our sins and gives us His righteousness, which means we can have that pure and undefiled relationship with God. Knowing that God went to such great lengths so we can have a close relationship with Him again should bring your heart to joy and praise! What an amazing hope and joy we have in our relationship with God our Father.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for desiring us. You spared no expense, even giving up your Son, so we could be saved from sin and have a redeemed relationship with you. May we never take this for granted, but this truth always bring us to praise and worship you with thanksgiving. We love you, Father God. Amen.