Meet Jesus Today

Some people believe that if there is a God He is very distant. However, from the Holy Word of God, and through experience, we can know that He can be very near.
Meet Jesus Today
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Back when Christ was in the flesh before the cross, people met Him in various ways. And while that was over almost two thousand years ago, it is written in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday today, and forever. Of the numerous ways folks met Him, for this message we will select only seven, and briefly show that He still can be met in those ways, or those similar to them in the spiritual realm,  in our time.

I. In A Crowd (Persevere) Mark 5:24-30

“And Jesus went with him; and many people followed and thronged him. 25

 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26  and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was not bettered, but rather grew worse, 27 when she had heard of Jesus, came in the crowd from behind, and touched his garment. 28  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29  And immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she  felt in her body that she was healed of that problem. 30  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the crowd, and said, Who touched my clothes? 31  And his disciples said unto him, You see the multitude thronging thee, and you say, Who touched me? 32  And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. 34  And he said unto her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

First, it needs to be said that now since Christ has been glorified and is at the right hand of the Father (having full authority) He no longer has an earthly body with limitations. However, He remains the same in what he can do, and being glorified He can deal with an infinite number of needs at the same time. So, though there are billions of people on earth with multitude billions of needs, Christ is well able to meet those needs.

However, a key factor is one’s faith. Note that after being healed, Christ tells the woman, “your faith has made you whole.” As we read the above account we see that her determination and perseverance was outstanding.

Someone once said you can be “alone in a crowd.” While that is true, if one has a personal relationship with Jesus they are never alone. The world may try to distract us from drawing near to God, but if we determine to seek Him and persevere, by His grace we shall prevail. 

While physical well being is important, our spiritual well being is most important. Consistently spending time with Jesus will develop spiritual wholeness.

II. Set your sights higher than the world - Luke 19:2-10

“And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the tax collectors, and he was rich. 3 He sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not because of the crowd, because he was short. 4  And he ran before him, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said to him, Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for today I must stay at your house. 6  And he hurried, came down, and received him joyfully. 7  And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 8  And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 9  And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

The world has a number of false Jesuses. The false Jesus that is promoted most is a soft, tender, all tolerant Jesus. Those that promote such a Jesus do not care to see that Christ made whips to drive some people out of the Temple, called some people “hypocrite” and other names, and was even harsh on His beloved disciples at times (one example being Luke 24:25).

If we want to meet Jesus today we must rise above the world system and look at the whole New Testament. The world system has even tainted Christian music to a degree, so what really needs to be done is to worship God by His Spirit and read what His Word says about the Christ, letting the Holy Spirit guide you in understanding.

Once again, we see determination played a role in Zacchaeus’s heart. Therefore, we must be determined in our worship and the study of the Holy Bible to truly meet Christ. By meeting Christ in this article, I predominately mean sensing in your spirit that you are in the presence of God because of Christ dwelling within. It is actually indescribable.

III. Dinner John 12:1-3

There are many occasions of Jesus at dinner, but I have chosen the one where the woman anoints His feet as recorded in the Gospel of John.

“Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.”

Some Christians thank God for their meals and some do not. I really think that we should because the Word of God tells us to be thankful in all things (Ephesians 5:20). In fact, there are times true disciples thank God before, during, and after a meal. If you live in a well-to-do nation you indeed ought to thank God. Millions, if not a few billion, of people do not know from where their next meal will come--if they get it at all.

We should be thankful not just for our food, but for the fact that God loves us enough to touch our lives. In our text above, apparently Mary sensed something about the grace of Christ that would spiritually cleanse her and fill her with spiritual food from above.

Just like the other passages in this article, much can be said about this brief account of Mary anointing the feet of Jesus and wiping His feet with her hair. The ointment’s fragrance filling the room has been likened unto praising Him. 
 

A physical meal does offer much occasion to praise God, and for those with children it is a great occasion to daily bring them to God in having them thank Him for their food. My heart has been smitten more than once when a young boy has told me “we don’t pray here.” And now, as I type this, that particular household is troubled and it saddens me.

By contrast, I have observed a pastor friend eating. Yes he prays, but while he eats he does not rush to eat and will often look at a piece of food on his fork, slightly at various angles, before he consumes. I would imagine he is enjoying the color and texture of the morsel and perhaps thanking God.

IV.  Work  Matthew 4:18-22

“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishermen. 19 And he says to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20  And immediately they left their nets, and followed him. 21  And going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 22  And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.”

No, I am not telling my readers to quit their jobs and jump into full time Gospel ministry, but I am saying that a real Christian’s ministry unto God and men is every second of every day--even if we are at work. And, if you are in job that is not pleasing to God seek His direction in order to know what to do.

If you name the Name of Christ, then you should endeavor to live the life of Christ by His grace “twenty-four / seven.” If you have a job, be the best employee your employer ever had. Work and work well whether you are being observed by a human or not. But on that thought keep in mind this is now the 21st Century and cameras and other recording devices can be just about anywhere whether we like it or not.

Now, though we are to be the best employee that our employer has ever seen, that does not ever mean we obey them when they tell us to do something that will displease God. Over four decades ago I was told by a supervisor that I would soon cheat the customer. I told him I would not. It was at the same place I went on break and found someone left the union agreement laying on a bench and for some reason it was open to the part where is says all employees will take turns working on Sunday. By the end of the week I was looking for another job, being laid off by them.

I have typed that not to brag, but so anyone will understand if I express what we should do in such cases, then I have been there. In my first few years as a Christian I was not always that firm, but by God’s grace we grow into it. 

And, I know it hurts to lose a job by doing the right thing. But I would rather lose a job than lose a clean conscience before God. It has happened more than once. That is one reason why I am self-employed, among many other good ones.

Always do what God wants you to do. If your employer wants to you to cheat customers, do not do it. If you are asked (or told) to wear something Christ would not wear (like the “Give me a wedgie” shirts Fox’s Pizza had their employees wear), do not wear it. If your boss tells you to lie about something, do not do it. 

Fear God, not men.


Jesus tells us to “Follow me,” not other workers or those above us. In being your best on the job be your best first and foremost for the glory of God and the honor of the precious Name of Jesus Christ.

V. Church - Luke 4:16-22c

“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood to read. 17  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18  The Spirit of YHVH is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19  To preach the acceptable year of YHVH. 20  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 22  And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.”

Hopefully you attend a church that proclaims, at least, the basic core truths of the Gospel. But I am sure you are aware that being present will not do much unless you focus upon what God wants you to learn while you are there.

I am an independent Pentecostal. I do not believe in “once saved always saved.” I believe women can, and should be, used by God in the Body of Christ. And I can go on with what I believe, but I said what I have said to let you know if I visit a Southern Baptist church I focus upon what God wants me to receive and not upon any peripheral beliefs of that fellowship I am at odds with. On the other hand, you will not catch me worshiping at a Kingdom Hall or a Mormon church. I want to be with the people of God, the Body of Christ.

Now, when you attend church, focus upon what God wants you to know and do. Going to church gives us the opportunity to leave work, domestic issues, and whatever else behind. From the pulpit I have seen people in church. They were there, but yet they were not there, their minds being elsewhere. Instead, we should strive to enter into the rest that Christ has so graciously provided for us. 

If you are with true Christians, rejoice, for Christ is in the midst. Just keep in mind you are with fellow humans that err like you and I. Bring your Holy Bible and examine the Holy Scriptures as you hear the Word. Christ, the Word, will set us free as we let Him. If the true Word of God is not being proclaimed, seek God’s direction in finding another church to attend.

VI. Desert - Luke 4:42

“And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and tried to keep him there, that he should not depart from them.”

In a way, this is somewhat similar to the first point. The crowd of billions on this planet is a spiritual desert. And that is not God’s fault, but the fault of those who ignore Him or turn away from His answer for their spiritual need--Christ.

However, as we truly seek Him, Christ will meet us even in a spiritual desert, whether that desert is comprised with the people and circumstances around us, or one that we have created ourselves.

Let us say we have created our own spiritual desert. We can be restored to the blessed presence of Christ by confessing our sins to Him and asking forgiveness (1 John 1:9), and then drawing near to Him (James 4:8). A great way to draw near to God is to praise Him, whether we feel like it or not.


VII. Well  John 4:4-26

“And he had to go through Samaria. 5  Then he comes to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6  Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7  There comes a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus says to her, Give me a drink. 8  (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9  Then the woman of Samaria says to him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, asks drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? (For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.) 10  Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give me a drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water. 11  The woman says to him, Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from where then do you have that living water? 12  Are you greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: 14  But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15  The woman says unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come here to draw. 16  Jesus says to her, Go, call your husband, and come here. 17  The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, You have well said, I have no husband: 18  For you have had five husbands; and he whom thou now have is not your husband: you have truly spoken. 19  The woman says to him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20  Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21  Jesus says to her, Woman, believe me, the time comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22  You do not know what you worship: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23  But the time comes, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. 24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25  The woman says to him, I know that Messiah comes, (which is called Christ): when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak to you am he.”

This is another jammed packed passage and I wanted to present this large account for those that have trouble navigating the Internet or where the Holy Bible might possibly be censored. And, to be concise, I invite your attention to verses 10 and 14.

No matter where we are at or what our circumstances might be, if we have surrendered to God through Jesus Christ, He, that Fountain Life, dwells within. We need to ask Him to be there, to dwell within. We need to make room for Him, by repenting of our sinful ways and thoughts and asking Him to reign within as King. Do not misunderstand. We do not have to perfect ourselves before Christ comes in, but we do have to surrender our life, our will to Him. As we walk with Him, He will continue to reveal to us more things we must rid ourselves of and where to improve as well as how to improve.

Once saved, we need to prevent the dirt of the world from clogging and covering up His well within us. We cannot be untouched by the world, but by His grace we can prevent the world from clogging or poisoning His well within us.

There are many more ways to meet Jesus today, and every day. And is summation, God should be a part of every aspect of our life.

Notes:

This article was in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by November 15, 2015 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M380 .

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    Through love and forgiveness God created a new world without rancor or desire of revenge or hidden remorse of conscience. We are at peace with him; we are at peace with each other.
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