Updated: Jan 3
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."
If you made it through the title and decided to view this blog, then you are either royally pissed at me and only came to identify how much of a blasphemous jerk I am.
OR, maybe, you are intrigued to see what I have to say.
Either way, I'm glad you're here. :)
First, I want to ask you a question.
What do you believe to be the central message of the Bible?
Seriously, think about it.
Keep thinking. I don't want you to just see my thoughts. You deserve to have a thought as well.
Okay, now that you've thought about it. Let me see if you believe what I used to believe.
If you grew up in church, around church, or deal with crazy people yelling at you on the street, then you would probably have come to the conclusion that the Bible is built around things like repentance, heaven and hell, or the big one, Salvation!
Now, salvation is a BIG deal! I don't want any of you to think I'm anti-salvation, but I think salvation gives us what God wanted from the very beginning.
But first, a story.
I was a teenager from hell. Seriously. I was addicted to pills, loved getting high and/or drunk, and I once locked my mom in her room and refused to let her out, because she made me mad.
Yea, I know. I need help.
I was NEVER at home. I house hopped with friends and avoided my family like the plague.
Years later, when I talked to them about it, we laughed (to not cry) as we remembered my destructive behavior. The one thing my dad always brings up isn't me kicking down doors and breaking windows, it isn't my dramatic attitude, and it's not me stealing money from them.
Every time he says, "Zach, I just missed being with you."
He missed me even when I was a walking time-bomb. Sure he wanted me to make good decisions, but more than anything, he wanted to be with me.
That's what God wants.
To be with us.
To be with you.
Yes, you. Ya' old dirty bird.
The major theme of the Old Testament (the front half of the Bible before Jesus came) is God doing everything he can to regain a relationship with people. He takes people as his own and tries to make himself known to them and build a real relationship with them.
Plot Twist: It doesn't really work.
What we learn is people are royal screw-ups and are professionals at things like abusing power, hurting people, being selfish, and ignoring the wellbeing of everyone.
This is where Jesus comes in. No matter how hard we tried to get the relationship right, we couldn't. So John (The writer of the Book of John) gives a massive opening about what God is doing and at the climax we get the nice verse I mentioned at the top.
God came to us. He took on human skin, problems, and pains, and not because he was bored.
Because God wanted to be with you.
When we couldn't be like God, God became like us. That's pretty crazy. Because sometimes (a lot of times) life sucks.
Not only did Jesus come to be with us, the end goal of Jesus dying on the cross was to pay the debt of our screwups, SO THAT...
Let me say it again, SO THAT...
We could have God actively present with us here and now. (Emphasis on the here and now)
So listen, because it's important.
God wants to be in your life. He desires to be close with you.
His presence comes before his promises.
His presence comes before his provision.
His presence come before his purpose.
But his presence is also GREATER than all those things.
I don't care about your sexuality, your political beliefs, your skin color, your past, your mistakes, your fears, your social status, financial status, marital status, or any other stupid lines churches draw when it comes to being with God. They are idiots.
The best part of the Bible is that no matter what, God wants to be with you.