As science is able to to peer into more and more of the universe of which we’re a tiny part, the thought of a God who loves and relates to human beings on a personal level seems to many like a remote possibility at best. For some, the more we see the depths of space, the harder it becomes to see the heights of God.
We’re often reminded that scientific investigation may begin with a theory, but any conclusions must be evidence-based — measurable and verifiable. On a grand scale, that may mean photographic proof of previously unknown entities. On a smaller scale, it may mean measurable reactions of substances that remain constant in repeated trials. A result doesn’t become true without being repeatable under the same conditions.
Throughout human history, there have been countless theologies attempting to satisfy our innate need to worship, to look to something or someone greater than ourselves. For some this has resulting in worshiping thousands of little gods, each with their own sub-specialty. Others have featured a ruling council of gods, often representing aspects of nature, and sometimes with a chief god. Still others focus on a human founder who has expounded a philosophy with rules. Some believe we are our own god, required only to get ourselves into proper alignment with the universe so we can use its forces to get what we want. All of these theories have their own answers about how we got here, and what we have to do to avoid pain/disaster, or get what we want.
One God stands alone in this pantheon. The God of Abraham and Moses, the triune Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is without parallel in human history. This God is absolutely set apart by His love for us. Other gods rule, demand, philosophize, control, indulge or give free passes. The one thing they don’t offer is anything approaching sacrificial love.
These gods have sprung from the minds of humans and have been assigned human attributes. We, however, sprung from the mind of God, who assigned us His attributes, with the capability to choose to make them our highest expression. He didn’t just create us and leave us to flounder on our own. God has interacted with humans directly, revealing Himself, His power and His will, and has made sure we have a permanent written record of those interactions.
Despite all that, God’s revelations of Himself over the span of time might be consigned to the product of magical thinking, delusion of collusion — except for Jesus.
Jesus was a real person who claimed to be God’s own Son. Centuries before His birth, prophets spoke of Him, and His earthly life fulfilled each line. He Himself spoke of His death and what it would accomplish, of His resurrection and His return to His Father. These were not just stories or theories, but events and outcomes that were witnessed by hundreds of people. Because of what they saw and heard and touched, these witnesses turned the world on its head. They endured anything and everything to bring others to life in Christ. This wasn’t an hysterical reaction or passing phase, but a life-changing and world-changing response to Jesus’ death and resurrection.
No other “god” has died and risen again in all the annals of time. The Roman soldiers verified His death by thrusting a spear into his side which pierced the heart, bring a “sudden flow of blood and water” (John 19:34). His death is certain; so is His resurrection. It was witnessed by more than 500 people over a period of 40 days.
These events were once-for-all. The repeatable nature is the personal experience of God through His Holy Spirit, to which millions have testified down through the centuries.
Jesus verified His claim through His death, resurrection, and continuing presence through His Holy Spirit. We verify it through our faith. His resurrection was able to defy nature because He created nature. The result was a verifiable hope — an observable proof of our redemption.
The evidence is clear.
The love is clear.
The choice is clear.