The medium is the message

the medium is the messageSocial scientists use interesting words to describe the time in which we live. You probably heard the words "pre-modern", "modern" or "postmodern". In fact, some call the time we live now a postmodern world. Social scientists also suggest different techniques for effective communication for each generation, be it the Builders, the Boomers, the Busters, the X-ers, the Y-ers, Z-ers. or the "Mosaic".

But no matter what world we live in, real communication only takes place when both parties reach a level of understanding beyond listening and speaking. Communication specialists tell us that speaking and listening are not end purposes but means for a purpose. Genuine understanding is the goal of communication. Just because a person feels better because "they have poured out their thoughts" or, on the other hand, thinks they have fulfilled their obligation because one has listened to the other and let them speak does not necessarily mean that they have actually understood that person. And if you did not really understand each other, you did not really communicate - you simply talked and listened without understanding. It's different with God. God not only shares his thoughts with us and listens to us, he communicates with us with understanding.

First, he gives us the Bible. The Bible is not just a book; it is a self-disclosure of God to us. Through the Bible, God communicates who he is, how much he loves us, the gifts that he gives us, as we can get to know him, and the best way how we can organize our lives. The Bible is a road map to the abundant life that God wants to give us as his children. But as great as the Bible is, it is not the highest form of communication. The highest form of communication of God is the personal revelation through Jesus Christ - and we learn from it through the Bible.

One place where we see this is Hebrews 1,1-3: "After God used to speak many times and in many ways to the Fathers through the prophets, in these last days he spoke to us through the Son he used to Heirs to everything by which he has made the world. He is the reflection of his glory and the likeness of his nature and carries all things with his powerful word. "God communicates his love to us by becoming one of us, sharing our humanity, our pain, our trials, our cares, and take on our sins, forgive them all and prepare a place for us with Jesus on the side of the Father.

Even Jesus' name communicates God's love for us: The name "Jesus" means "The Lord is salvation". And another name for Jesus is Immanuel, which means God with us. Jesus is not only the Son of God, but also the Word of God, who reveals to us the Father and the Father's will.

The Gospel of John tells us:
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth" (Jn 1,14) ". As Jesus tells us in John 6,40, it is the will of the Father, "that whoever sees the Son and believes in him has eternal life." God himself took the initiative for us to know him, and he invites us to communicate with him personally by reading the Scriptures, through prayer, and through fellowship with other people who know him. He already knows you. Is not it time for you to meet him?

by Joseph Tkach


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