What if God was one of us.

on Saturday, March 22, 2008

"What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home"
(Song & Lyrics by Eric Bazilian and originally sung by Joan Osborne)


"What if God was one of us?" This was one of the questions posed in the Joan Osborne song from 1995. The song asked many questions about faith and believing. It even asked what I think is a very insightful question, "Would you want to see God's face, if seeing meant you would have to believe?" Many, I suspect would not want to see God's face cause having to believe would be very inconvenient to a self-centered life.

However, let us reflect more on this first question, "What if God was one of us?" How would we really react to a God who came down from heaven to walk and live amongst us? What would we ask this God amongst us? How would our life be altered?

If this seems like a novel idea, it is not. The Bible tells us that God's plan to save mankind from its own folly and sin involved His coming in the form of man. At Christmas, we sing of the baby Jesus born in Bethlehem, we sing of the Emmanuel which actually means God with us. Jesus was God amongst us, one of us.

And how did the world react to Jesus? They crucified him on a cross outside the city gates of Jerusalem where just a few days earlier they had welcomed him in like a king. Just a few days before, he was their Messiah, their savior, their hero. Now they had beaten him, whipped him, striped him and hung him from the cross and there they mocked him as he died.

Yet, it is through his death that good news has reached mankind. Jesus has become our Messiah, our saviour and our hero. He did this by voluntarily dying and taking on the punishment of the sins of all mankind. He did this by defeating death and rising from the dead. He did this at Easter.

The life, death and resurrection of Christ was foretold in the ancient scriptures hundreds of years before. It said that he would be nothing special in appearance......a slob like one of us. However, by dying on the cross, he has freed us from the power and penalty of sin and has given us a future with hope, walking with God. What is our response to God who was one of us, lived and died for us and now alive to give us hope. What is our response? "Would you want to see God's face, if seeing meant you would have to believe?"


From the Book of Isaiah 53:1-12
1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


(Salvadore Dali's Crucifixion; 1954)

52 comments:

patterns of ink said...

LGS,
Years ago, when I first heard that song... I was mistakenly offended... thought it was blasphemous, I guess. Then when it became the title song for Joan of Arcadia, I listened to it in a different way, and it brought to mind the very things you write about here. Great post. Another song that used to bug me because it is so beautiful yet went against my worldview was Lennon’s "Imagine," but then one day it hit me, that we are wired for wanting Eden restored. We know the world is fallen and broken, we do bicker and war over petty things..."imagine" if the God who "was one of us"... could restore his kingdom again... Hmmmm... I have a draft about this, when I post it, I’ll link to this one of yours.

Great post. Happy Easter, Calvin!

Open Grove Claudia said...

I think about this a lot. How do the bright lights in the world keep from being crucified? I call that my inner Capuchin thinking. Maybe you have one too?

Happy Easter!

Ruth D~ said...

Poignant post. Thanks you.

Ruth W. said...

wonderful post Calvin, thank you so much.

heiresschild said...

and yet, Jesus said, "...in as much as you have done it to the least of them, you have done it to me." so even though God isn't actually in the flesh any longer, because His Spirit is in born-again believers, His Spirit still walks among us, if you can understand what i'm saying. and blessed are us who haven't seen Him, yet believe He is. that's real faith! good post LGS. HAPPY EASTER!

Josie said...

What a great post. You know, I have a different view of God. I believe He does reveal himself to us every day, He is all around us, we just don't recognize Him. We want Him to be "up in Heaven". Just look at the face of a newborn baby, or the beautiful green buds sprouting on the trees after a long winter, or listen to a symphony by Mozart, with its perfect mathematical composition, or hear someone we love saying, "I love you." These are all beautiful gifts from God.

God is one of us.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

tom,
When I first heard this Joan Osborne song, I also couldn't understand its intent and had to take a good look at the lyrics overall. I don't think it is a Christian song....more a philosophical one. Have a blessed Easter.

claudia,
I think people naturally like status quo. We naturally hate the worse of mankind and the best as well cause both challenge the status quo. An Inner Capuchin? I know what you mea but everytime I hear the word, "Capuchin", I think of a species of monkeys.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

ruth d-.
Have a blessed Easter. :)

ruth w-,
Thanks. Have a blessed Easter.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

sylvia,
He does indeed. I got what you were saying. Have a blessed Easter.

josie,
Both you and Sylvia reminding me to find God all around. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

LGS,
I am an occasional visitor to your blog. You're writings have often brought me food for thought, the occasional chuckle, and always, the feeling that throughout our ordinary lives, are golden moments to treasure and ponder upon. Whereas I have occasionly felt the urge to leave a comment before, I never did take the step to do so. Today though, I cannot close the screen without taking the time to let you know that you are touching lives that you don't even know exist.
This is an absolutely beautiful post for me to find and contemplate on this Easter Sunday. As wonderful as Christmas is, Good Friday and Easter, despite it's violence and gloomy propensity, is really the occasion for Christians to be joyful....and thankful......and to be reminded of how we might want to live knowing that God does live among us. Not only do we see his purity in the face of a child, his power in the wildness of a storm, his artistry in nature, his desire for a response from us in the countenance of a begger, we see his love for us, on the cross.....and his generosity to us in the empty tomb.......
Thank you for your blog LGS, and may you and yours enjoy a joyful Easter.

Hageltoast said...

these days we'd probably describe god as an alien and vivisect him. Aliens seem more likely than god to many people. Not sure where i fall in that.

Dave said...

LGS... Your blog reminds me of the Bible story where God sat amongst the pharisees and tax collectors along with a gamit of other "questionables"... God loves all and died for all. Your post really hit home today... Hope you had a blessed Easter!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

anonymous,
Thank you for this very encouraging comment that you left here. It means a lot. I hope that you will be tempted to leave comments more frequently. I would like very much to interact with all my visitors.

hageltoast,
hope you are well. World wide, more people believe in God than aliens but I think you may be right in some more modern societies where science has surplanted religion and therefore aliens instead of God. I am a scientist but I feel science has become for many a religion in itself.

dave,
Exactly, if Christ were to be in our world today, where would we look for him? He would more likely be found with the drug addicts and prostitutes rather than with the Pope. Blessed Easter to you too.

Dr.John said...

Not a bad Easter sermon. I enjoyed reading it.

Claire said...

I love this post. I see God in the children I teach. I teach children with various developmental difficulties ranging from severe (Down's) to high functioning autistic. I believe so surely that the way these children are treated is how we are treating Jesus. That thought is with me and gives me strength and patience when I need it most.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

dr. john
Thank you. It means a lot coming from someone of your experience.

claire,
Indeed as you do unto these the least of his brethren, you are doing unto him. It's a tough job that you do. Bless you for doing it.

Andre said...

Nice post LGS!

Seeing as though Jesus would've advocated peace instead of war, love instead of hate, and acceptance instead of marginalization, I'm sure He would've been considered "un-American" by today's standards. It wouldn't help His matter much by selecting the bum, the coke addict, the pimp, the murderer, the compulsive gambler, the fornicator, and other marginalized folks to be His disciples.

The Jesus of 2008 would likely be on most of the FBI's Most Wanted Lists.

eastcoastdweller said...

Lone Grey, I'm a little late in responding to this beautiful post.

I echo the poster who told you that you are touching lives with your blog, you really are.

You are a wise and a sensitive soul. You have a faith that I envy. Because without God, the universe is just darkness and futility. Everything beautiful will vanish away someday, never to be seen again. Death is final, the victor over all.

I wish, how I wish, that I could crush this skepticism that torments me, that I could believe again with the passion that I once did!

I still want to -- I'd love to see the face of God, because then I would know that there is still hope, that life goes on.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

andre,
That's exactly why people are fed up with the church today. The church are not following Jesus to minister to the downtrodden and the outcast. Instead they are comfortably installed in self-righteousness and walking the halls of power. In doing so, it is failing to be a blessing to all mankind. Jesus would have reached out to the prostitutes but today many churches would not welcome them..... not even ex-prostitutes.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

ecd,
I wish you could share more about this skepticism that you speak of, so that I can understand better your struggle.

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