January 3

John 1:15-18

“No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.” vs. 18

Through the centuries humans have been told that the study of religions will lead them to an understanding of God. And so we have done our work. We’ve dug into holy scriptures, listened to learned teachers, and probed deep into the intricacies of the world’s religions–and for the most part the search has been futile. God is unknowable, and the sooner we come to grips with that, the better off we’ll be. God is too big for our definitions, and God is certainly too imponderable to be captured by our religions, no matter how sophisticated they might be. John, the gospel-writer, knew that, but having said that God can not be seen, he attaches a caveat. He believed that in Jesus, the Christ who was present in the beginning, through whom all things had come into being, the Christ who dwells in the DNA of every human, had revealed God’s heart. And what is in the heart of God? Nothing but grace, love, and truth! Those who drew near to Jesus were healed and cleansed by words of forgiveness and acceptance. From the fullness of Christ in Jesus, grace had been piled on grace–and that’s who God is! And that’s still where we meet God! We see God in the loving hearts of believers–we feel God in their warmth and acceptance. In their hugs and smiles we all receive, grace upon grace, and we are satisfied!

Thought for the Day: Why do humans invent religions?

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