Chapter 4—Reconciliation: Roadblocks to Relationship
Through Him (Jesus) we may know God truly as Father; through Him, the universal becomes the particular, the imminent becomes the transcendent, the implicit becomes the explicit, always becomes now … It was for this purpose—to open up a way for sinners to know God—that Jesus came among us. Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus The Man Who Lives, Fontana, p. 16. Malcolm Muggeridge
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled. Colossians 1:21
God became a man to turn creatures into sons … C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Macmillan, p. 182. C. S. Lewis
If it is true that intimacy is proportional to grief, then certainly the One that fashioned us and knows our “going in and going out” must be brokenhearted.
I am broken (Heb. to shiver or shatter) with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me. Ezekiel 6:9
Mankind has done its best to shatter all expressions of divine love, severing even diplomatic relations with God. Does this shut the door forever on the God-man relationship? Does so skilled a craftsman exist that can sift through the debris of a relationship that once was and visualize the beauty of its original form? The human situation, although tragic, is not really that complex. In fact we may summarize it as follows:
- Man does not like God or even want to know Him.
- But man needs God for sustenance and optimum fulfillment.
- God loves man deeply and wants the best for him.
- He therefore attempts to win man back to Himself.