Where God Meets Man
John 14:9 – “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.”
In Lloyd C. Douglas’s book The Robe, there is a conversation between two Roman soldiers who claim to have no religious faith. They did not claim to believe in the many gods of Rome, but they confessed that it would be good to have a god – one god – whom they could worship and to whom they could give themselves completely. Paulus then tells Marcelus what kind of god that he would like. Here is what he says:
This god I am going to invent is good. He doesn’t just pretend to be good. He really is good! He takes a few bright men into his confidence – not necessarily Romans, Greeks, or Gauls; just so they’re honest and intelligent – and entrust them with some important tasks. He tells one man how to cure leprosy, and others how to restore sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. He confides the secrets of light and fire; how to store summer heat for use in winter, capture the light of day and save it to illumine the night, and pour idle lakes onto arid land.
Man is looking for God who does not stand afar off, but comes near unto man, who doesn’t just touch our lives, but changes our lives for good. It is said in Luke 7:16 “that God hath visited his people.” HE is not a God of our imagination, but the God of all creation. We cannot recreate HIM, but we can receive HIM. God meets man in Christ Jesus.
If you are looking for love, look no further than the scars on HIS hands. If you are looking for hope, look no further than the empty tomb. If you are looking for purpose, look no further than in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We do not need any more broken promises of politicians who promise the world. I preached Wednesday night on Psalm 18 and tried to break down that word love in the text. The Hebrew word has the idea of an uncontested, unchallenged love. It is the love of a newborn baby that lays skin to skin, the ear of the baby to the heart of the mother, crying for mom. That baby doesn’t want anyone else other than mom. That baby doesn’t need anyone else at that moment other than mom. His or her life depends upon her. David says, “I am like that baby.” I will love Thee with that uncontested love, leaning on HIS everlasting arms, depending only upon HIS mercy and grace. Friends, we do not need any more politicians, laws, or social reforms; we need to cling to Jesus like David and say, “I love Thee.”
Jesus said to Philip (John 14:9), “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me?” What a tragedy that so many people go through this life without knowing Christ. With so many Bibles and churches, people still don’t know HIM. The great need is still Jesus. What a tragedy to not know the One who can bring peace, order, clarity, and victory. How can Jesus Christ deliver on such things? Because “he that hath seen Me [Jesus] hath seen the Father.”
Jesus said a few verses earlier: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” If you want to come to God today, you must come through Jesus Christ. 1 Timothy 2:5 – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Will you meet God where God is ready to meet you, in Christ Jesus? If you are unsure how to receive Jesus as your personal Savior, please see the video on the home page and contact us.