Jesus Christ and His presence on earth is testimony enough that God speaks, and it also shows how committed God is to being intimately involved in our lives. He came down here, became one of us, and talked to us by His very life.
The life of Jesus is the greatest single argument for those who believe God speaks. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3. Jesus Christ is the creator.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. The word became flesh. Everything Jesus said and did is a perfect revelation of the heart and character of God.
What Jesus Taught Us
Jesus taught us that God is approachable. Jesus taught us that God is compassionate. Jesus taught us that God is loving and friendly. Jesus taught us what the Father is like. He showed us that God is alive and intimately involved in our lives. He says the very hairs of your head are numbered.
We have been called into the same relationship with God almighty that Jesus Christ had. Through Jesus. That means we can hear God when He speaks.
What the Father is Doing
Jesus said “I do only those things that the Father shows me.” Every healing Jesus did he did because the Father said “Heal that one.” When he went to the infirm place – the hospital – the pool at Bethesda, he walked up there and healed one man. Why just one? Because that’s the only thing the Father was doing that day. Sure He could have healed them all, but that’s not what the Father was doing. That’s not what the Father was saying.
Do you know that every temptation Jesus had was a temptation to do something other than what His Father was saying? “If you’re the Son of God, then turn this stone to bread!” Well, sure He could do that. It wouldn’t prove He was the Son of God – it would prove that He was like Adam. Acting independent of God and doing something that God said don’t do.
He only did what He saw the Father doing. Jesus said, “The Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He is doing.” You see, Jesus walked in an unbroken, living, continual communication with His Father by the Spirit. We’ve been called into that same relationship. That’s what sets us apart. Jesus lived by the daily bread of His Father’s Word. We are to do the same.
An old pastor told a story about a woman who went to a pet store to purchase a parrot to keep her company. She took her new pet home but returned the next day to report, “That parrot hasn’t’ said a word yet!”
“Does it have a mirror?” asked the store keeper. “Parrots like to be able to look at themselves in the mirror.”
So she bought the mirror and returned home. The next day she was back announcing that the bird still wasn’t speaking.
“What about a ladder?” the store keeper said.
“Parrots enjoy walking up and down a ladder.”
So she bought a ladder and returned home. Sure enough, the next day she was back with the same story – still no talking.
“Does the parrot have a swing? Birds enjoy relaxing on a swing.”
She bought the swing and went home. The next day she returned to the store to announce the bird had died.
“I’m terribly sorry to hear that,” said the store keeper. “Did the bird ever say anything before it died?”
“Yes,” said the lady. It said, “Don’t they sell any food down there?”
That pastor went on to observe that we readily spend our time and resources on mirrors by which to primp, ladders by which we try to climb higher, and swings by which we seek pleasure. But where is the food for our souls?