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August 1, 2004

” [God] has in these last days spoken to us by his Son…”

Hebrews 1:2

Have you ever heard God speak, out loud?

Many people have not heard God speak, out loud. Yet, many people depend on His guidance for their daily lives. What “phone line” do they have with God? Is it “all in their mind?” Does God really communicate with people, today?

Hebrews 1:2 sheds some light on this. It tells us that God has, in these last days, spoken to us by his Son.

For one thing, this tells us that we don’t need to sit around, waiting to hear God’s voice from a cloud, because His message has already been sent. Instead of waiting for God to call our name, we need to listen to His Son. But how do we do that?

Before answering this question, let’s begin to get an idea of just who the Son of God is. His birth split time in half (BC and AD); there is only one Son of God; if you go to His grave, you won’t find His bones— He isn’t dead! He was born of a virgin on Christmas Day. He is: God made flesh; fully God and fully human; foretold by the prophets; announced by angels; strong in spirit; and filled with wisdom. He was anointed with God’s grace; tempted, yet without sin; transfigured; worshipped; raised from the dead; and departed to heaven, soon to return. Clearly, we are not talking about an ordinary individual. This is someone totally unprecedented and impossible to duplicate. This is a life like no other!

Now that we have a more detailed picture of who God’s Son is, let’s go back to our earlier question. How can we listen to God’s Son?

For starters, we listen to the Son of God by listening to His words. In John 14:6, we read: “Jesus said to him [His disciple, Thomas], ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” Jesus is either the only door to God or He is a liar. He is either the single way to the Father or He is an insane lunatic. He is either the truth, the living embodiment of truth, or He is a demented fool-- a god-wannabe.

Now God, being All-powerful, could force each and every one of us to worship Him. We would have no ability to stop Him. Except God is love. He’s not an insecure “control freak.” He’s “got it all together.” He didn’t desire robots that He could pre-program. He made people— with the power of choice.

What does this have to do with Jesus? Precisely this: God has given us enough evidence, He’s made a compelling enough case for Christ. He leaves the choice up to us. We can embrace His Son or we can “write Him off.”

This is where faith comes in. God wants us to love Him. He wants our trust. It’s like the story of the prince who fell in love with a peasant maiden.  He had a dilemma. How could he get the fair maiden to return his love? If he rode up on his royal steed she might swoon. But would it be in response to him or to his noble position? The prince concluded he would need to dress as a peasant and woo the young maiden in order to win her affection.

This is the same tactical approach God has made with us, the apple of His eye. Rather than overwhelming us with His full glory, He has sent His Son, Jesus, in the form of an ordinary man, to reveal to us His true nature and character. He loves us and desires our love in return. He longs for a loving, intimate relationship with each and every one of us.

The fact is we were each made for His pleasure and glory! The fullest potential and the most authentic expression of your self and mine is in relationship to the heavenly Father, through His Son, Jesus. Will you open your heart to Him today?

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