Moses said, “Now show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18) and Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us” (John 14:8). People have always wanted to see God, always wanted a God with “skin on”, which is probably why people made idols so they could see the god they were worshipping.

In the incarnation God answers the desire of people’s hearts. Jesus answers Philip by saying, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). I don’t think we appreciate how amazing this is. The writer to the Hebrews explains it this way, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being… (Hebrews 1:3). The exact representation of his being!! Relationship is everything to God. His desire to be with his people was so great that he became human. When we live isolate lives and cut ourselves off from other people we became less than God intends us to be.

Joyce Meyer and others have commented that one of the major tests of spiritual maturity is not how much we know, but how well we get on with others. God puts us in families made up of many different personalities in order that we grow spiritually. It is a steep learning curve but God is the perfect teacher because He’s been here and knows what it is like to be in relationships with less than perfect people.