Jesus was a busy guy.
After He died He still had these appointments in His day planner: Mary Magdalene, the other women at the tomb, Peter in Jerusalem, the two travelers on the road, ten disciples behind closed doors, all the disciples with Thomas, seven disciples while fishing, eleven disciples on the mountain, a crowd of 500, Jesus' brother James, those who watched Jesus ascend into heaven...and you.
Jesus came, lived and died that humankind's relationship to God could be renewed.
He put great effort into proving His love and power: The message of the cross, the price Christ paid. In the end it is all about resurrection day; an empty grave and a renewed opportunity to know God.
John 1:10 states, "He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him."
In the beginning God was walking in the garden and Adam was hiding because of his sin. Yet God was still coming to meet with him. Christianity is a religion of relationship. Many know so much about God, but God is looking for us to know Him. He has lots of acquaintances, He is looking for friends. The Apostle Paul said: "For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified."
Jesus stated this: "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you." (John 15)
What a concept! Friends! He wants to know us at a level much deeper then just Lord and Savior. That is the door to this relationship. He reveals himself as a father, as a king, as Lord and Master and as a Bridegroom.
We need to quit dating Jesus. This is not a religion alone. It is not just facts and duty. The Bible says it this way, "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (John 17:3)
In John 15:9 Jesus stated, "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love."
He loves us with the love that He received. He calls us into a relationship. He wants us to come to Him to know Him. How well do you know Him? What does He like? What makes Him laugh? What is His favorite color?
This time of the year we rejoice in an empty grave and a living God who still comes to meet us. Take time this week for worship reflection and respond to His great love, His passion, His death, His sacrifice, His triumph, all because you are loved!
Reverend Robert Reasner is Senior Pastor at Abundant Life Assembly of God, Mile 81.5 Sterling Highway, Sterling, 262-7266, www.abundantlifealaska.org
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