I believe the person known as Jesus is also the unknowable God of creation who took on a one hundred percent human body to share our experience as human beings alive in the world. Although this wonderful event happened two thousand sixteen years ago, many lives down through time found themselves changed in a big way. Jesus died at the hands of human beings who had made their own Gods and worshipped them. It was thought that a human being who claimed equality with God meant death by crucifixion. The problem was they could not see what Jesus did in the actual lives of human beings could only be accomplished by the power of God. So — Jesus died. God-come-down dead.
But don’t forget. God is not dead. Just the human body God inhabited like the bodies you and I live in while we are alive.
But you want to know something tremendous. On the surface it looks like God is no longer present in our lives. There is a God — somewhere — we don’t know because we can’t know. And then there is you and me and us. That is the way it appears to many people. I am alone. God is wherever God is, if there is a God. And I am here. Period. Empty.
But what about this thing in the Christian faith called the Holy Spirit. Yes — spirit. Like you and I have. That part of us that gives us life. The spirit of life we all know and have.
The Holy Spirit is the God of life connecting with our lives personally. It is God’s presence within us — deep down under our ability to understand it. It is personal. A personal God for persons. This does not mean you and I are therefore made into Gods. What it does mean is that God’s presence through the Holy Spirit is a personal presence. I have seen many people — my self included — deeply moved by the warming touch of the living God present within us. It is truly the “connect” that I believe we all desperately seek even though we may call it by different names.
You may feel alone, but you are not alone. You may feel God is somewhere else and has nothing to do with you.