Return to 4th Quarter 2020 articles.
God Became Human — Why?
There are many world religions and many concepts of God. If we are going to dedicate our lives to “believing in God” and living accordingly, we must have proof or evidence of his existence. We must also understand who he is and what he wants of us. How can we know this? After all, God is a spiritual being, not human, and we cannot see him. But, we see God's existence through the things he has made. “For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). God says his creation is evidence that he exists.
However, because he wants us to know him personally, he has communicated directly with us from the time of the first humans. Adam and Eve spoke with God. Though they did not see him, they heard him. He continued to communicate with his chosen people by many means — voices, visions and dreams, angel messengers, and his prophets. God chose special people to write down his words, by inspiration (2 Timothy 3:16; Galatians 1:11, 12). We call that record the Holy Bible. The inspiration of the Bible can be proven in many ways. For more information on this, contact us.
God wants all humans to know him personally and live eternally with him after this human existence ends. He did one more thing to show us who he is that cannot be denied or refuted. He sent his Son into this world as a human baby to live with us for about 33 years. His human name was Jesus. He was born of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As an adult, he did undeniable miracles that only God could do. He healed the blind, the deaf, the mute, the paralyzed, and those with acute and chronic illnesses. He commanded the elements to obey him by calming storms, changing water to wine, and providing unlimited quantities of food. He commanded demons to obey him and brought people back from the dead. Those miracles prove that he is the Son of God in human form (John 20:30-31).
The greatest miracle and proof of his deity was his resurrection from the dead. He appeared to more than 500 people over 40 days and proved he was alive (Acts 1:3). God became human to show us who he is, how much he loves us, and how we can have a relationship with him through his son Jesus (John 3:16-17).
— Cynthia Clayton
© Julie Marcussen
Scripture links/references are from BibleGateway.com. Unhighlighted scriptures can be looked up at their website.