I hate flying, especially when it comes to making connecting flights. I know, I know, you would think that an aerospace engineer would love flying. Newsflash: being terrorized by professors for 5 years will really take a toll on your passion for flight. What makes connecting flights so infuriating is that you are constantly playing this game between wanting to leave enough time between flights to accommodate for the unexpected while not completely wasting your travel day waiting around an airport.
The one thing we all agree on is that being stuck somewhere we aren’t from or in a place we don’t really belong is never fun. I was stuck in Japan for 8 hours which you might think is awesome… but it’s not, especially when you are traveling alone and don’t speak a lick of English and ESPECAILLY when you never originally planned on going to Japan in the first place. Needless to say, I engaged in a few social faux pas (apparently it’s incredibly insulting to offer someone a tip for their service in Japan… lesson learned).
Christ’s entire mission on earth was about reconnecting a fallen creation to it’s creator. We have created a world that diverged from what God had originally intended and as a result we found ourselves alone, confused, and disoriented (like I was in Japan). To make matters worse, because of the fallen nature of men, some people were considered a little more ‘equal’ than others. Everyone was struggling to belong to God, especially Gentiles who represented anyone BUT the Hebrews. Ephesians 2 says this of Christ’s mission of ‘connection’ on earth…
He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.
So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:17-22 NLT, Source: Bible Gateway)
Christ’s entire mission on earth was to re-establish a lost connection; to bring us back to a place where we belonged in harmony with our loving God. Because of this reconnection, we enjoy 24/7/365 access to our creator.
Let’s stop and put that in perspective. According to some sources, there have been an estimated 108 BILLION PEOPLE BORN since abour 8000 BC. If someone lives a lifetime of 100 years, they would live through approximately 3.1 billion seconds. That means that if that person wanted to spend time thinking about each person who ever lived on planet earth, each person would only be thought of for 0.03 seconds. That’s faster than many lightning bolts are able to stretch from the earth to the top of a storm cloud. Our God, on the other hand, is able to spend 100% of His time thinking about us individually. All we have to do is call out to Him. That’s an amazing thought. It blows the mind to think that a God with so many people to think of can spend devoted time thinking about me.
When we think about who God is in the Bible, we have to remember that the Bible is really all about relationships; from creation to damnation to resurrection to salvation. Jesus’ life is about restoring that relationship to a place where we are more connected to our God than ever before. Next week we will learn how that connection extends further to each other and how being connected through Christ unites us as a family.