Happy Sunday All! Long time no speak! While we await my first post of 2017 I thought why not share a devotional that has blessed my life. I pray it blesses yours too!
Titled: Meeting God Personally!
Isaiah 57:1-13, John 1:35-51
The story of Jesus Christ has been around even before he was born, any one tutored in the scriptures is aware of the one that will crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15), the one destined to come out of the stem of Jesse (Isaiah 12), the one whom the government shall be on his shoulders, and the one whose kingdom and peace shall have no end (Isaiah 9:56&57). There is a difference between hearing about Jesus and meeting with Jesus personally. Many of us hear about Jesus because of his fame but many are yet to meet the famous man personally.
The Jews are the covenanted people of God (Jeremiah 31:33) but many of them never met God. In the midst of the excesses of the unfaithful people of God, the few godly ones die because they are vexed with the prevailing ungodliness, by violent death in persecution, and to avoid the final judgment of the abandonment of Jehovah God. The world takes no cognisance of their death and refuses to learn from it. The dead enter into their peace in contrast to the persecution and violence of this world.
The ungodly ones mock God, they are forever looking for help from their own enemies, they search far and wide for assistance from competitors, they disregard the true servants of the Most High, they burn with lust towards idols, they worship the created rather than the creator, they go to far places without minding the cost and the discomfort in the search for lesser gods, rejecting the saviour. God is very persevering, questioning why we chose to go astray. God is waiting to expose the idolaters, to show them up for what they are, they shall be sent into exile and only the remnant of the faithful shall inherit the promise of God now and also be in His kingdom at the end of time.
It’s your destiny to meet Jesus personally otherwise your entire life becomes a waste. We all know Jesus from different and various routes, some of us came from Christian homes, some were converted by the witness of others etc. but the most important question for you today is “Have you met Jesus personally” Your Christian appellation is useless until you meet him, your personal meeting with him is the ultimate fulfilment of your religiosity.
The passage above John 1:35-51 is an account of five people meeting Jesus. They all knew about Jesus as we all do but they individually met him. “… we saw that Jesus is proclaimed as the Lamb of God (1:36); the Teacher (1:38, 49); the Messiah (1:41); and, the authoritative Lord who changes people for His sovereign purposes (1:42). He the one of whom the Old Testament speaks (1:45). As a man, Jesus is of Nazareth, the son of Joseph (1:45); He is the omniscient one who knows each person (1:47-48). Jesus is the Son of God and the King of Israel (1:49); He is the only bridge between heaven and earth; the dwelling place of God with us; and, He is the coming Son of Man (1:51). This bears repeating because seeing the wonderful person of the Lord Jesus Christ draws us to Him. As we see more of who He is, we are changed into His likeness (2 Cor. 3:18).” (Cole, J. 2013)
The people of God (the Jews) did not trust God but the only way we can begin with Jesus is to trust him as the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Confess your sins to him, ask him to take away the burden of sins and to allow the holy spirit to sanctify you. Commit yourself to him like John and Andrew who desired to know where Jesus was staying, He will not deny you just as He did not deny John and Andrew when he said “come and you will see” John 1:39
When you meet Jesus, He shall take you from where you are to where he wants you to be. He said unto Peter “‘You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas’, meaning Peter”. When Jacob the usurper) met God, his name was changed to Israel (God shall fight). Jesus not only changes your identity but your total person to make you conformable to Him.