One of my favorite TV shows growing up was the show “How It’s Made”. If you’ve never seen it, each episode shows you how various everyday objects are made (hence the name). Its fun to see the crazy machines that build the items we use every day and its mind-blowing to think about how everything you use was created in some way or another.
While watching this show one day I had an interesting thought: everything that is created has a purpose in mind before it is made. Every created thing has a purpose, and the creator crafts what He is making according to that purpose. From the christian world view, this leaves us with an interesting question: If God is the creator and He created mankind, what is our purpose? What was the purpose for which we were created?
When we look at this question in light of the Bible we find that the answer, simply put, is that humans were created to have a relationship with their creator. We were made to live in a loving relationship with God and our purpose is to bring God glory through loving and serving Him.
So if this is our purpose, its important to understand what it means to have a relationship with God. We are starting a series called "Knowing Jesus” and the goal of this series is to define what it means to have a relationship with Jesus and explore how we can live out this relationship every day.
Before we discuss how to have relationship with Jesus, I want to clarify right away why Jesus is necessary in order for us to have relationship with God.
When we were first created, we were created good. God created Humans, Adam and Eve, and they lived in perfect relationship with God as was their purpose. God provided Adam and Eve with everything they needed, but in order for their to be a real relationship, God also gave them an option to choose something other than Him. Adam and Eve could choose to trust God and love Him or they had the option to attempt to live their own way, to define Good and Evil for themselves and unfortunately Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. This decision broke the perfect relationship and allowed Sin to enter the world and death through sin: Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”
God is good, perfect, and Holy and because Adam and Eve sinned they were no longer good and holy. The relationship that they were created for was broken, and sin separated man from God. No human was able to break the power of sin because every person who ever lived followed in the footsteps of Adam and Eve by choosing the way of sin instead of the way of their creator. We were doomed to live separated from God for eternity because of sin and death, but where humans were hopeless to save themselves God was planning redemption.
God sent Jesus, His one and only son, in the form of Human flesh. Jesus, being fully God and somehow fully man, was able to live the perfect life that no human could ever live. Jesus then chose to give his life to pay for the sins of the world. As John 3:16-17states: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Jesus destroyed the barrier of sin that we had built. Jesus was sinless, yet he chose to pay the penalty that we owed so that we once again would be free to choose to be in relationship with God. This then is where we are left, Jesus offers us the chance to have relationship with God, but in order for this free gift to have effect, we must choose to enter into that relationship.
Jesus is the only way we can enter relationship with God, it is through Him and Him alone that we can know God. If you want relationship with God, all you have to do is seek Jesus, accept His forgiveness, and then move forward and choose to live in relationship with Him.
Understanding this is the first step in having a relationship with God and through the rest of this series we will explore in more detail what it looks like to have relationship with God through Jesus.