We think about so many things, are preoccupied with this and that. We enjoy such and such, and look forward to certain experiences, relationships, things we enjoy doing. In fact we can be taken up with, and indeed well absorbed into any number of things. But the one thing that is needed for spiritual life we may well be weak in, or even leave behind, perhaps even be unaware of. The one thing that is actually bigger than life, which encompasses all of life, making it what it is, but is an entity in and to itself. Actually a person: God. Or we can say a personal being, in essence one in three “persons”: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God is a subject which may not be popular in society, in our increasingly secular world. Not to say spiritualities may not have some play, because they do. But the idea of God sometimes seems relegated to debates nowadays between atheists and theists. Or of some bygone, increasingly irrelevant age.
But the world and nature, dare I say beg for explanation, for the reason for their existence. On some scale it can seem meaningless. But we don’t accept meaninglessness in the way we live, even if we still insist that when it’s all said and done, everything is meaningless, or we can find no real meaning in the end.
God is the one who not only gives meaning, but existence itself in the first place. And from the one who has given us and all things existence, there has to come some meaning of some sort. Unless the god is simply some sort of cause that is impersonal and rather random. Of course naturalists would simply inject evolution into this place, and give up on any idea of any meaning which is ultimate and lasting.
In the beginning God is, and God gives life, and is indeed the life in which we humans are meant to live. In fact in which all creation lives and has its being. In the end in the new creation to come creation will realize fulfillment, indeed the true meaning and purpose which will certainly be lived out in love.
We find meanings expressed in different religions, in different spiritualities. In Jesus we Christians claim comes a final word from God. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were created through him. In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness was not able to snuff it out. And the Word became flesh, fully human, and tabernacled among us. The eyewitnesses seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
In Jesus we come to find God. And the true meaning of existence. Jesus fulfills the story which begins in Genesis and takes a serious turn into mission, as God pursues a world which flees from God’s presence, and would prefer to be left alone. Even though all that is good, indeed life itself comes from that very God.
In Jesus we find the meaning to everything. We understand that meaning in terms of God’s revelation given to us in scripture, in the old covenant, the story of Israel which Jesus fulfills. In that story we find God’s vision for humanity, for creation, for the world.
In Jesus we see now how we are to live that vision out in a missional way, indeed in the Jesus way, the way of the cross. We live it out now in death to the old, that the new may come, which indeed begins to happen in the here and now only in and through Jesus and through his death and resurrection. By faith we enter into this gift of God in Jesus and we begin to live out a new existence together for the world. An existence taken up in the God made known and ever present as our final life, light and love in and through Jesus. An existence for us and for the world.