Friday, May 12, 2017

I saw you....

My first truly memorable encounter with Jesus was during the winter of 2007. I had been attending a church my oldest daughter had discovered and we both really enjoyed. The music was uplifting; the congregation, super friendly, and the pastor and his family were wonderful.
This was where I gave my heart to Jesus Christ. 

One cold, snowy Saturday evening my daughter and I attended the candlelight service at this particular church and as I glanced around at the familiar faces, my eyes fell upon a very beautiful, very pregnant woman. I watched as she juggled a young child in her arms and kissed him sweetly on his head. I couldn't help but notice the proud and loving husband sitting next to her with his arm draped over her shoulder. The love they shared was overwhelming to me and brought on a tremendous feeling of sadness over a child I had never known. A child who was aborted when I was very young. 
Towards the end of the service,  the pastor asked that we close our eyes, and without looking at others, raise our arms if there was anything in our heart we wanted to confess to Jesus.  With no thought of condemnation, my arm shot right up. didn't realize until much later that on that cold winter night, I was saved by a Grace only God could deliver. 


John 3:2-3 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know it is from God that you have come as a teacher; for no one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him.” “Yes, indeed,” Jesus  answered him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

It took some time for me to comprehend what happened to me that evening but my reaction and confession were certainly not news to Jesus who had known of my sin and what was going to happen that night in that church since before time began.

That evening may have been the first time I encountered Jesus, but He had encountered me many, many times before that without my realization. In fact, as I reflect on my life, there were a great many times when I dismissed fortunate things that happened to me, and simply considered myself to be lucky when the truth was simple, Jesus had me in his scope and He was watching over me


John 1:48  Nathanael said to him, "

How do you know me?"
Jesus answered him...
"Before Phillip called you. 
When you were under the fig-tree,
 I saw you." 



Whoa! "I saw you." 

That is really powerful!!
He knows everything about us, we have absolutely no secrets from Him. In fact, he knows more about us than we know about ourselves. So, we're just fooling ourselves when we pretend he doesn't know what's in our hearts and why we do the things we do.

 Matthew 10:31 tells us that we are worth more than many sparrows and not one of them can fall to the ground without being noticed. 

That is how much he loves us, swhy would we ever lie to him or pretend that he doesn't know what our needs are and exactly what we are doing? 

 Jesus knows everything. He knows about that time you stuck your tongue out at your sixth-grade teacher, how many times you skipped school in the 11th grade. He knows all about that pack of gum that you stuck in your pocket at the mom and pop store and he knows that you lied to your husband about how much you paid for that new dress and he knows what you do in the dark of night. Because of his great love, he understands why you did it and why you lied. 
So, instead of lying to him or pretending he doesn't know and understand us, we need to realize that he is the very best friend we could ever have in our lifetime and just start talking to him. 

Tell him everything. Even if He knows it already, he wants to hear it directly from you.  There is absolutely nothing you can tell him that he won't forgive you for. He won't gossip about you on Facebook and he won't ignore you the next time you cry out to him. He loves you, and he loves me, and he has a great big plan for our lives.
He has an adventure specifically designed for each and every one of us and it doesn't include dragging around guilt and being miserable or feeling unloved and unforgiven. We are ALL very much both loved and forgiven.   

In Luke 19 we read a story of a man named Zacchaeus who lived in the town of Jericho. He was the chief tax collector and according to verse 2, he was also undeservingly rich.  
One day Jesus was passing through Jericho and Zacchaeus wanted most desperately to get a glimpse of him but since he was very short in stature, he decided to run ahead on the street Jesus would be coming down and climb up into a Sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he passed by. When Jesus got near the tree, he looked right up and said to him

5“Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7. All that saw it grumbled, "He has gone to be the house guest of a sinner." 

Jesus knew Zacchaeus was in the tree without even looking up. He also knew that the man was a thief, scoundrel, and a sinner; but most of all, Jesus knew Zacchaeus had a heart problem that nothing in the world could fix but his own special kind of love.

He knew that about me and he knows the same thing about you.
Trust him, love him and he will rock your world.  

Blessings to you! 

2.5 BILLION PEOPLE HAVE NEVER HEARD THE NAME OF JESUS....
IN TODAY'S WORLD OF INSTANT COMMUNICATION, FAST TRAVEL AND GLOBAL MEDIA, THAT IS JUST SHOCKING.
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. TOGETHER, HAND IN HAND FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST CAN TAKE A STAND ON BEHALF OF THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
JOIN ME IN PRAYING, ADVOCATING AND TAKING THE GOOD NEWS TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.