"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life." 1John 1:1
We continue with the appearances of Jesus in the forty days before His ascension. In these forty days, Scripture reveals 13 appearences; however, John reminds us: "There are also many other things which Jesus did, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." John 21:25. What an Awesome thought to think that in Jesus' short, few years walking in flesh upon the earth, He could have filled the world with all His labour for the Father. This is a powerful statement of John. John's Love stands out so strong; he was truly the Beloved of the Lord! What was the blessing that Jesus gave as He showed Thomas the nail prints in His hands? "...Blessed are they that have not seen, yet have believed." John 20:29. And, what was the commission? "Jesus said to them again, Peace be unto you: as My Father hath sent me, even so send I you." John 20:21. It stirs my heart as I realize we, the Church, are His disciples today. Blessed because we have not seen, but yet we believe in Him. Commissioned because He has touched His disciples with His presence, breathed the Holy Ghost upon them and sent them forth as His Father had sent Him. This is the Church's position today, called, breathed upon and sent with the sole purpose of presenting salvation to our world. To obey the Lord Jesus is not without sacrifice. It will bring sacrifice to our life as we let Him take first place in our plans each day. Breaking the Bread, drinking the Fruit of the Vine, and taking a quiet moment to give thanks for His life in us! Asking Him to lead and guide as we go about our daily chores, breathing in His Spirit for the day as we head out to work, or whatever we have planned for the day. Every once in a while, just stop and let His Love flow through you!
Loving you, Pastor