On an early morning walk in the countryside, we were invited by a local resident up to his porch for coffee. As we visited, he had a question for us: “If there is a God, why doesn’t He show himself to us?” Taken by surprise, I responded that He has made Himself known in creation.
How often have I wished that I’d had the presence of mind to say “HE HAS!” God did show himself when Jesus came into the world and lived among humankind for over 30 years. They could see him—what he did, what he said, how he loved, healed, prayed, how he challenged the comfortable assumptions of the proud and drew the oppressed to himself.
But did that make any difference? To some it did. But to those skeptics who wouldn’t listen to the unseen God, seeing him physically didn’t make much difference. Some choose darkness rather than light. Some would rather have their own way than submit to a loving God who loves them infinitely and has paid the ultimate cost to rescue them from the predicament they have resigned themselves to…
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 (NLT)
Now, that’s Good News!