In Genesis we see God creating the first man and woman, putting them into a beautiful garden and spending time with them. We started in relationship.
When Adam and Eve chose to sin, this beautiful relationship was horribly damaged… but in spite of the tragic consequences of man’s disobedience, God did not abandon the relationship. We find man hiding from God, but we find God seeking man: “Adam, where are you?”
As we continue in the history of mankind, we see that God keeps taking the initiative, working in relationship: calling Abram, calling Moses… Even when his people were in outright rebellion, he called out to them through prophets.
Then, in the ultimate relational step, God crossed the massive divides of heaven and earth and spirit and flesh: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
God came to earth. Jesus lived “life as we know it” – fully understanding our predicament – and revealed God to us in a way we could understand. Jesus reached out to everyone – offering not just forgiveness, but a magnificent relationship:
“Yet to ALL who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become CHILDREN OF GOD.”
God’s passion to restore relationship with all mankind is so strong that nothing was to great a price to pay – not even for Jesus to suffer the absolute humiliation and agony of death on a cross – and to take on the sin of mankind.
Finally, in Revelation, we get a glimpse of the full fruit of the work of the cross:
“Look! God’s dwelling-place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”
So from Genesis to Revelation, we can see God the Father, wanting to be present with his children. He is not far from us; when we seek him we will find him!
Bible references for the studious 🙂 are:
John 1:12, 14
1 John 4:9,10