Friday, 14 October 2011

Two or three

The new testament tells us the most astonishing story of God being born as Man and coming to Earth. And not only does he condescend to our rather low level of existence (as it must seem from his point of view), he also let’s himself be tortured and killed, and all in the name of saving us. This must be the ultimate proof of God’s love for mankind. Only a God who really wants to help would do that. And in the form of Jesus he tells us quite a bit about his love. We’ll get into the nature of his love later on, at the moment we will focus on his assurances that he does:
Matthew 7:7
“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”
So, while the initiative is our responsibility, God will always be there for us. All we have to do is ask.
Matthew 18: 20
“For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.”
This Bible verse is very clear. Whenever there are people together, talking about or to God, they will not be alone. A bridge between Heaven and Earth opens and God attends to us. And he explains how he does it at the same time: He will work through the other people (which is why he needs at least one more person there). So there won’t be lightening and thunder to help us but someone else, of our own kind. While this seems a bit of a letdown, it also means, that God has probably helped us many times already without us even noticing. A very comforting thought.
Matthew 28: 20
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
All of this really leaves no room for interpretation; God is there, he hears and listens and he helps us through the work of others. We just need to ask.


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