Millions of people today prefer to communicate with each other digitally; be it via a text message, an email, or perhaps a specific social media app.
Some say they prefer to build relationships this way ─ perhaps because there is relatively little risk involved. We also may feel freer to express ourselves when using a computer, smart phone or tablet, than we would talking with someone via voice or in person.
While we thoroughly enjoy using our modern technology to meet and keep in touch with others, we intuitively understand that we do not really know someone until we have met them in person. Many people have felt that they had found love via a social media app, only to be bitterly disappointed when they finally meet in person.
God gave us his Law through Moses and described himself through Abraham, David and the prophets. But those laws and descriptions would never be enough to enable us to say that we really know who God is.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” –John 1:14 (RSV)
Having given us his Word, God showed us how committed he is by becoming one of us. Thanks be to God that Jesus became a human being! Now we need not be satisfied with laws and written descriptions of God in heaven. He is incarnate [a living example in bodily form]. The Word has become flesh and dwells among us!
As you consider your relationship with Jesus, ask yourself, is he a friend with whom you talk and share? He wants that kind of deeply personal relationship with you.