This song has been stuck in my head lately for some reason. It’s an old song (released in 1995) and it was popular back then. I was only a kid back then, so I didn’t quite understand the implication of the song, but now that I think about it there’s something seriously wrong with the premise of the song.
“What if God was one of us?”
The question is poignant. People often think of God as distant, as not relatable.
But here’s the thing. God was one of us: Jesus. Jesus, fully God, became fully man. He went through the complete and full human experience. How often do we think of Jesus as somehow different than a “real” human like us? Jesus was fully human, in every way just like us. He limited himself to become human. He had to learn. He had go through puberty. He had to deal with acne. He faced all the limitations of humanity that we face. God was one of us.
The real question is not, “what if God was one of us?” but “Why did God become one of us?”
The answer? ”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”