From a doctrinal perspective I understand who Jesus is and how He relates to my life. It’s actually quite simple. ”Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.” (Matt. 1:23) “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him…He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14) Jesus Christ is God with us. God Himself – the Jehovah of the Old Testament – chose to be born into this world as Jesus Christ. Why? In part so that He could become more visible to us:
“The one God who is invisible came into the world and assumed a Human, not only that He might redeem people, but also that He might become visible, that thereby conjunction with people might become possible.” (Swedenborg – True Christian Religion 486)
Intellectaully I get this. And I would love to hear any thoughts or questions that people have about how God became more visible by taking on a Human in this world. You can listen to a sermon I gave recently on this that at least introduces the topic – http://www.newchurchaudio.org/event/20205.html
But what’s puzzling me at this point is how we actually experience the visible God in our day to day life? I know that God became more visible by choosing to be born into this world, but I don’t always feel that the one God of heaven and earth is visibly present in my own life. Do you? So the question I would like to pose is this: How do you experience the presence of the visible God (the Lord Jesus Christ) in your life?
To get the conversation going I’ll start with one thought. I think that if we want to experience God as being more visible in our lives we need to approach Him in His Word. The Writings for the New Church talk a lot about how important it is to approach the Lord in His Word. It’s in His Word that we can learn about the life He lived and think more clearly about His Divine qualities. So if I want to see and feel the presence of a visible God in my life I cannot just gaze up at a star filled sky. Instead I need to focus my time, mind, heart, and attention on His Word. There’s something about His Word and reading it daily that is vital to seeing God as visible in my life.
What else? Why is it so important to you that we have a visible God and how do you experience Him visibly in your life?