Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago. (verse 1)
Read Isaiah 25:1-9
On her 1996 album, Relish, Joan Osborne sung that hit song, ‘One of Us’. The question: “What if God was one of us?” was the catch line that hit a chord among the listening population at the time. It is a good question even now, particularly at Christmas time: What if God was one of us?
If God was one of us, what would that really mean? If God was actually one of us human beings, what would he look like? What would be his name and would it be okay with him to call him that name to his face?
God is one of us and he has a name (or several actually!) He does not mind if we call him his names to his face. His name is Jesus – Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God; Jesus Christ – Messiah, Saviour, Immanuel, which means “God with us”, Prince of Peace, King of all kings and Lord of all other lords of our life.
What if God was one of us? That would be great because then we could know him and know that he really understands us in all our triumphs and losses.
God is one of us. God is Jesus of Nazareth, the very Son of God giving up his life for you and offering to give you his full life of meaning, calling, love and peace this Christmas.
Thank you God for sending your son, Jesus, to be one of us, to know us, and save us. Amen
Excerpt from “What if God was one of us?” on Messages of Hope www.messagesofhope.org.au
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