Who is God and Where Can We Find Him?
People look for God in many places. Some seek Him in nature, especially in the springtime of the year such as now. Some seek Him from an emotional experience. All these things seem nice, but it falls short of who God is and where to find Him.
Only in Jesus, who is God in the flesh, can we find the ultimate revelation of who God is. In order to meet God, we develop a relationship with Jesus. When you know Jesus, you also know the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the relationship they have with one another.
The Holy Spirit uses these Gospels so that we see, hear and experience the life of Jesus. Lutherans believe the only way to heaven is to believe in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There is no other way to get there.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6 says).
To speak of Jesus’ birth is to speak of who He is. The Apostles’ Creed confesses that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus was not conceived the natural way but through the action of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Jesus is human because He was born of the Virgin Mary. He is God because He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus calls God “Father.” Jesus is true man and true God because that was the only way God could accomplish His work of salvation.
Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. Jesus is fully God. I have discussed this information with people in the past and some thought God was half man and half God. This is certainly not true. Jesus came to earth to become fully man and fully God. He is fully man yet without sin and in full communion with God Himself.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
Why did Jesus have to be man? That is the only way He could take our place. The New Testament is clear that Jesus came to earth for our salvation.
Jesus Christ is God. Only God could pay the price owed for sin to God. Only God could defeat the devil, and He did it by perfect obedience, suffering, death, and resurrection.
And God would not let death win. He saved our souls and our bodies which will be made perfect at the second coming of Jesus.
The resurrection is the ultimate proof that Jesus is who He claimed to be all along. During Jesus’ earthly ministry, the heavenly Father introduced Him to the world saying, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).
The way of salvation comes only through the Son. As mentioned earlier, Jesus’ identity is central to all that we as Christians believe. Our hope and eternal salvation rests upon it.
As our 8th-grade confirmation students have been confirmed this month, I pray they will continue to share the Good News throughout their Sanctified life.
So in closing, where can we find God? We can find Him in many places, but only through Jesus. So as we are in May 2022, let’s reflect on our true one and only beautiful Savior in Jesus Christ, who went to the cross and rose victoriously for our gift of salvation for all eternity.
God’s Blessings to you,