My apologies for not having posted in a while. I think I’m going to start posting every Thursday on my blog and every Tuesday on my YouTube Channel. This excerpt of course, is much longer than those that I’ve posted before. However, it is worth reading! This is about how Jesus is touchable and reachable to us as he was in the past, God’s love, eternal life, and how our lives can change for the better. I hope you enjoy and learn something you may not have known previously.
“Jesus is as touchable and reachable today as when He was preaching the Gospel:
One of the hardest things for most believers to accept in life is that God can only shape our lives if we allow Him to do so. That’s not something that any of us should regret having to do, turning our life over to the Lord. Because when we do this, we won’t be stuck with things in our personality that we really don’t like. Maybe you worry to much, but just because [you’ve] always been a worrier doesn’t mean you have to be one for the rest of your life. Maybe you have a bad temper that gets you into trouble with family and friends, maybe you eat too much or drink too much, and you wish you had more willpower [or maybe] you talk or gossip about people. [These] things that you want to change about your life and think you could ever change.
Why do we have to keep repeating negative statements to ourselves and others, like ‘it’s just in my nature to to worry.’ What we need to realize is that Jesus can change our hearts, and when that happens all the ‘fruits of the Spirit’ spoken in the Bible can spring up in us like a blooming flower. The prophet Isaiah was inspired to write this concerning the Lord; ‘we are the clay and you are the potter’ Isaiah 64:8). Jesus told his followers that everyone who loves and trust in Him can have a heart like his. And that’s when any spiritual changes must begin. God chose to reveal himself through Jesus, and He was made of flesh just like you and [me].
The tongue that commended the dead to rise was a human one. The hand that touched the leper, the feet upon which the woman wept and with her she dried them, and the tears that He shed when he cried were just as real as ours and came from a heart that was just as broken as yours [has] ever been. That’s why people were so attracted to him. He showed His humanity as well as His divine Love and kindness. People touched Him as He walked down the street and followed Him around the sea, they didn’t just come to Him during the day, they even came to Him qt night. Jesus was invited into their homes and they placed their children at His feet. That’s because Jesus Christ our Savior refused to become a statue in a Temple or a priest [on] a pulpit.
What Jesus chose was to be the touchable Son of God. He was reachable and easy to approach. Even though He has ascended into heaven, Jesus is still just as touchable He was to the people when He was preaching the gospel. The Psalmist David writes, ‘He remembered our weakness, his faithful Love endures forever.’ Opening the door to our heart, so Jesus can come in and stay.
Some of the saddest words anyone can hear when they are weary and tired are; we don’t have room for you. Those words remind us of how it must have been for Joseph and Mary who had gone to Bethlehem and were unable to find an inn to stay in, on that most Holy of night. Mary was about to give birth to the Christ child, the king of Kings, but there was no room at all of the places they [looked that night] (Luke 2:7).
Later during our Lord’s ministry, there were times He and his disciples had a hard time finding a place to spend the night, they may have even had to sleep out under the stars some nights. As He went about preaching and doing good, lots of people rejected Him. There was no room in their hearts for Him, or for his message. Even today Jesus is given the same treatment, He goes from heart to heart wanting to enter. Sometimes He is welcomed, someone opens the door of his or her heart and invites Him to stay. Those who do, Jesus promises a special place, where they will be able to live throughout eternity.
Listen to Jesus Christ! Comforting and reassuring words to his disciples and you, ‘you trust God, don’t you? Trust me. In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may also be (John 4:2-3). Our savior enters the door to our heart through prayer and meditation, and as we praise and glorify His name in our words and deeds.
The book of Revelation gives us these special words, an invitation directly from Jesus. Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come into him and he will sit down to supper with him and he with me’ (Revelation 3:20). So today we need to make sure the door to our heart is open and we don’t leave our precious Lord and Savior standing outside. ‘Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your strength’ (Deuteronomy 6:5).
Like the Olympic runners, Christ’s followers are in a long distance race. The Apostle Paul compared our dedication to our God our Father in heaven and to Jesus’ Holy Spirit as a the discipline it takes for a long distance race. Paul plainly explained it to all of us who through faith in our Lord and Savior have decided to train for the long distance race that required of those who follow Jesus.
In 2-Timothy 4:7, ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.’ Paul writes, ‘Start running, and never quit! Keep your eyes on Jesus who both began and finished the race we’re in.’
Study how he did it, because he never lost sight of where he was headed to finish in and with God. He could put up with anything along the way; then Paul, who realizes that we’re going to tire and run out of spiritual energy at times in our race. Paul gives us even more hope in our long distance race with these words, ‘In this all, against sin, others have suffered far worst that you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through. So don’t feel sorry for yourself, or have you forgotten how good parents treat their children and that God regards you as his children? My children don’t put off God’s discipline, it’s the Child he loves, discipline embraces, and also corrects. Paul writes, ‘God is educating you, that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children.
The trouble you’re in isn’t punishment, it’s training, so don’t sit around and no more dragging your feet!
Paul also made it a plan that we must show love not only towards God, but also towards those who ate in this race with us. You must be thankful with worship deeply before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander, He’s cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn and he won’t quit until it’s cleansed. God himself is fire! What a wonderful message this is for all of us. It’s a message of Love and redemption, but it’s also a message describing the long distance race we’re all running spiritually everyday. A race where the prize isn’t a [gold, silver, or bronze] medal. In this spiritual race the medal is the most treasured prize of them all, a place in the kingdom of heaven.
The gospel makes Jesus Christ’s message on God’s kingdom very clear. As we become a part of the kingdom of God here on earth, we are taking the next step in preparing for God’s Salvation. The New Testament gospel focuses on Jesus as the servant of God who works miracles, and suffers along the way to bring salvation to the world. The life of Jesus from His ritual cleaning by John the Baptist in the Jordan River to his resurrection at Jerusalem is the beginning of the good news. So when Jesus asked his disciples to ‘follow him’ as an invitation to Jesus Christ’s life and to follow his teachings. Through the gospel we see Jesus demonstrate his authority over nature, evil, and [disease].
The miracles done by Jesus are more than just powerful acts. What the gospel shows us is so simple is the promise that those who suffer on their journey as Jesus’ disciples, will one day be resurrected just like Jesus, could lead to glory and victory. Jesus as a humble servant who is kind but yet kingly invites us all to follow him and to finally be rewarded with eternal life. The most important commandment is this; ‘Hear O’ Israel, the Eternal One is our God and the Eternal One is the only God, you should love the eternal, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:5).
The second great commandment is this; ‘Love others in the same way you love yourself. There are no commandments more important than these, said Jesus.’ Love God and love others, these two teachings can’t ever be separated from each other and still please God. Some people think they can love God by attending church, reading the bible and praying and just ignore the people around them. Jesus makes it clear that loving God apart from loving others is impossible. When you find it hard to love others or yourself, God offers help. All of us want to be loved, it’s just human nature to seek love in our lives.
As a child, most of us had the love of our father and mother, as well as grandparents and other close relatives. As we became adults, most of us wanted the love of a husband or wife or a good friend. Receiving love and sharing it with others is a very important part of life. Even if we are loved by a lot of people. It still doesn’t come close to the Eternal Love that God gives us everyday of our [life]. That love for us was there before we were born. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 1:5, God says; ‘Before you were born I set you apart’ and God’s love will be with us after we die and throughout eternity.
It’s beyond our reason and mental capacity to understand why God would love sinners. But the Bible says he does. ‘The lord loves you’ we read in Deuteronomy 2:8. Yes, he loves you, he loves all people. God loves you simply because he has chosen to love you. None of us could ever earn that love. He loves you when you don’t feel loved, He loves you when no one else seems to love you. Others may abandon you, divorce you, or ignore you but God will always love you. Always. Forever.
He has put it well with these inspired words, ‘I will call nobodies and make them somebodies, I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved’ (Romans 9:25). This is God the Father’s promise and the promise of Jesus his son; I have loved you my people with an everlasting love, with unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself’ (Jeremiah 31:8).
And we need to know that God’s love gives us a deep love that can draw more love to give others.