Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:50-51, Hebrews 12:24, Hebrews 4:16
The nature of God is perfect while man is imperfect in all his dealings; man is finite and God is infinite; man is a creature and God is his Creator. The ways of man can never be the ways of God and the dealings of God most times are difficult for man to understand. For the scripture says, “The foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” (1 Cor. 1:25, 1 Cor. 3:19) If this huge gap and difference exists in the being of God and what He has allowed man to share in, how possible is it to understand the mysteries of God and invade his privacy? How can man whose understanding is limited, pry into the matters of God whose nature is unlimited?”
There is only a simple means of attaining the knowledge of the things that pertain to God, Jesus is the answer. “For I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, except through me.” (John 14:6) The evidence of Jesus’ revelation of the Father is symbolised at the event of His death. The biblical account has it that immediately Jesus gave a loud cry and gave up the ghost, the curtain that veiled the sanctuary of the temple was rented from top to bottom. (Matt. 27:50-51); the things hidden from the gaze of many were made evident and left to the admiration of all. Jesus grants us direct access to knowledge of the things of God because to have known Him is to have known the Father (John 14:7), for He is one in substance with the Father. (John 10:30) Jesus is both the sign and the seal of the new and eternal covenant that humanity shares with God. “You have come to Jesus, who arranged the new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that promises much better things than does the blood of Abel.” (Heb. 12:24)
We are led to invading God’s privacy through Jesus in three main ways; His teachings, His miracles and in His life.
The Teachings of Jesus: In His earthly ministry, Jesus taught humanity many things about God. He was explicit in saying things that pertain to the person and being of God. The teachings of Jesus lead us to a better understanding of who God is, what He can do and His divine nature. Jesus teaches us that God is one. He gives us an insight into the mystery of the Trinity (Matt. 28:19) and Jesus talks about God as the Almighty. (Matt. 19:26, Mark 10:27) He teaches us how best to serve God; serving Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24) and serving God and God alone. (Matt. 6; 24, Luke 16:13) The teachings of Jesus indeed draw us nearer to God.
The Miracles of Jesus: Jesus performed and still performs miracles not just because He is God, but also because He is interested in human affairs. He wishes to identify with humanity even in the face of the difficulties that besiege man. The miracles of Jesus teach us that God is all powerful and they lead us into a better understanding of God as one who cares for His people. The miracles of Jesus also help us to tap into the wealth of God’s benevolence and omnipotence; we get answers to our prayers and solutions to our problems by tapping from the wealth of this mercy.
The Life of Jesus: Jesus in His life taught the practical way of invading the privacy of God through the type of life we live. He was apt to remind us we should know God, not for knowing sake, but that such knowledge of God should effect changes in the manner we live our lives if we must reap the gainful fruits of Christianity. Doing the will of God and living out our Christian mandate is paramount. (Matt. 7:21) Our lifestyle could lead us into the inner chambers of God. We can take part in the life of God through living a Holy life. From Jesus we learn humility, love, charity, prayer and longsuffering, among other virtues, as key in pleasing God. We tap into the privacy of God by living a healthy spiritual lifestyle.
Jesus is the key to God’s privacy, in fact, He is the privacy of God for in Jesus is the full manifestation, completion and revelation of God. “Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.” (Heb. 4:16)
3 Jn 5-8; Ps 112: 1b -2. 3-4. 5-6; (R.1b); Accl 2 Thess 2:14; Lk 18: 1-8
JOSAPHAT, B, M.
1. Father in heaven, I thank you for the gift of the life and death of Your son Jesus Christ through whom You have given us the fullness of Your revelation.
2. Be worshipped for the different graces and favours You have granted us as a way of revealing Your omnipotence to us.
3. Forgive us for the many times we have erred and not toed the path that Jesus taught us.
4. Lead us to a deeper understanding of the depth of Your mysteries through the grace of holiness.
5. Grant O Lord that we may see Your invisible hands in good and in bad times so that we may not despair. Amen!!!
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Memory Verse: Matt. 7:21