Through the ages the most important issue that has faced mankind is the existence of God. Each individual, some time or another, wants to know God. Yet to have an understanding of God, man should be able to communicate with Him.
If there is a God, and we have no communication with Him, how can we truly know Him or believe in Him. Then, there are those who think that God does not speak to an ordinary person. Is there, therefore, any point in talking to Him if He would not respond? Hence, the question is, if there is a God, can we communicate with Him and He with us?
The power of reasoning within each one of us to choose between the right and wrong is given by God. It is a proof by itself that God wants to communicate with each individual at all times. God indeed wanted to communicate with us for He made us in His own image.
Jesus talked with every one when He came to this world. When He rose from the dead, He did talk to those who believed in Him. To them, who believed, He called children, the children of God. However, since it is a natural desire in man to know if we can communicate with God, we must go to the source in history and make an unbiased investigation.
About two thousand years ago, the Bible tells us that Jesus was taken outside the city wall of Jerusalem to a hill called Calvary to be crucified. There were two criminals who were also sentenced to death with Him. One of them mockingly said to Jesus, “If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us’’ Luke 23:39. The other rebuking the first said, “Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we, indeed, justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this Man hath done nothing amiss” Luke 23:40,41. As he looked at Jesus on the cross, his eyes were opened for he saw Him as King. “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom” Luke 23:42. Jesus responded: “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43.
We see another interesting account at His resurrection. There were two men walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They had heard the news that Jesus had risen from the dead. While they were walking, a stranger joined them and this stranger also confirmed the news that Jesus had risen from the dead. This stranger proved from the scriptures that Christ indeed had to suffer and rise the third day. They thought that probably he was a great scholar. As they approached their destination, the two constrained Him to stay with them for it was getting dark. The stranger accepted the invitation. When the food was set before them, the stranger took bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures…” Luke 24:32. They were exceedingly happy that they had asked this stranger to stay with them. If they had not invited Him, they would not have known Him as the risen Christ but only a stranger.
Still at another place, one of the Lord’s disciples, Thomas, could not believe his fellow disciples when they told him that “We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe” John 20:25. Thomas was a sincere man and thought that if his friends had started a rumor, it was not right. Many people today also doubt what the Bible says. This is no different as it was two thousand years ago. See what Thomas experienced. After a week, Jesus came to the place where the eleven were, while Thomas was present too. He said to Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger here, and look at My hands’, and reach your hand, behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing” John 20:27. Thomas did see Jesus, believed and talked to Him personally. He was utterly ashamed of himself as he said to Jesus: “My Lord and my God’’ John 20:28.
The reason for believing in Jesus is that we may have a home in heaven when we die. But we need to be cleansed from our sins to get to the kingdom of God. Therefore, the night before His crucifixion, Jesus said: “This is My body which is given for you” Luke 22:19, and then: “For this is My blood… which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28. He made this covenant with us and sealed it with His own blood on the cross. All we need to do is lift up our eyes and look at Him, as did the one who was crucified with Him, and talk with Him. Then we will not only see Him as the King but would know Him personally. Thus knowing Him, the meaning of our present and future life will become glorious. Then talking to others that He is so great will be our joy. You will know how great His love is for you!
Today also, He talks to us on the road of our lives just as He met and talked with the two on the road to Emmaus and had fellowship with them. All our doubts about Him, like Thomas, will fade away. We will know the meaning of our life. Because Jesus lives, we will also certainly live. Believing that He gave His life on the cross, rose again and wants to be intimate with us, our relationship with Him changes from ‘God and man’ to ‘Father and child.’ As we have this vital communication with Him, we will call Him “our Father” and can say: “We can certainly communicate with God.”
Jesus invites us and says: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock” Revelation 3:20.
My earnest prayer for you is that you will ask Him to forgive your sins, claim Christ as your Savior and ask Him to be the Lord of your life. You will surely know the resurrected Christ and the anointing of His Spirit, for the joy of intimacy with Him and the eternal life will be yours. Amen.