Thinking About Jesus . . .

It has struck me as of late, how little I comprehend or understand about Jesus, the Son of God, who came to this earth, in the flesh, so long ago. I’m familiar with all of His words but there is more than just His words. When you stop to think about it, Jesus is God’s Son, in whom the Father is well pleased, who created all things through Him, and we presume to think that we at least, partially comprehend, that which He wants us to know. And maybe some do.

But there is more, so much more, that I am sure the vast majority of us fail to understand, and yes I did say “us”. When I consider who He is and I think of that cross, my mind cannot comprehend His following of our Father’s will, that Jesus walked out before us. How He humbled Himself, to come to us, in the flesh, in the first place, to show us of the Father’s love and intent.

A few days ago, my wife and I were talking about how little both of us were prepared for what lay before us, when we first were married. The words “didn’t have a clue” are actually an understatement. When I look back, on how little I understood about myself and also my wife, the depth of my ignorance and my arrogance astounds me. And yet, after all of these 50+ years, I still have so much to learn, both about myself and also my wife. I didn’t have a clue what self sacrificing love meant and I can’t help but sense that I’ve only now, after 50+ years, just begun. Did you ever notice how God continually breaks it down for us, so that we can, at least, begin to comprehend?

My walk with God, over all of these years, resembles the same kind of walk. Blind to the reality of Jesus, deaf to the words of God’s grace, ignorant to the reality of my own plight and arrogant in my own self sufficiency . And I am but one of many lost sheep, that Jesus came to save, and lost I was, far beyond my own comprehension.

If there is one thing that I have learned, it is that we all fall short, regardless of how hard we try, time and time again. The words “not even close” come to mind. God is HOLY, Jesus showed us of God’s holiness, and there is only one way in which we can ever begin to be holy, and that is through Christ. It is all about God’s grace, from beginning to end. We are indeed completed in Him. The Apostle Paul understood this when he said in 2 Corinthians 12:10 NASB “Therefore I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in distresses, in persecutions, in difficulties, in behalf of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” Emphasis is mine. Our reliance is in Him, not in ourselves. He alone is the source of that “living water” that we feed on. The hard part is learning, coming to understand and appreciating that.

The vail between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, was torn in two, from the top (accomplished by God in heaven) to the bottom (versus man’s attempts), when Jesus, the Lamb of God, was sacrificed for our sins and died on that cross. And then, to declare forever, the sufficiency of Christ, Jesus rose from the dead. Our sufficiency is in Him, always has been, always will be.

Through God’s grace, many years ago, I was ushered into the presence of God’s holiness and love (saw and heard nothing) and words cannot describe that reality. There are no words. Suffice to say that I NEVER wanted to leave His presence, but I was only given a taste. Yet the visual of that reality of God’s love is seen on that cross and in Jesus’ resurrection. This is the will of our Father, that we believe in His Son.

Over the past few years I have come to know and care for many brothers and sisters in the Lord on the Internet. Not one of us is exactly the same, in ourselves. We all are different, each and every one. Mostly we complement one another, sometimes we detract. Our “oneness” is not in ourselves, it is in Jesus, as He is being formed in us.

Do I understand the mechanics of it all? Nope, I do not. I have an idea but you wouldn’t want to quote me. I just know that it is. And we are to love one another like Jesus loves us.

Thinking about Jesus . . .

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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  1. Yes, you share the dilemma we all wrestle with. The more we know of God, the less we really know Him. There is so much to comprehend that when you dive in it is like swimming in the ocean. We can never grasp it all!

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  2. “Over the past few years I have come to know and care for many brothers and sisters in the Lord on the Internet.” Same here too! I do appreciate you and many others even as we are different

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  3. “Through God’s grace, many years ago, I was ushered into the presence of God’s holiness and love (saw and heard nothing) and words cannot describe that reality. There are no words. Suffice to say that I NEVER wanted to leave His presence, but I was only given a taste.” — I had a near death due to a heart arrhythmia when I was 39 years old, and experienced what you describe here. I, too, saw and heard nothing, but words cannot describe the great joy, love, peace, and glory of God’s holy presence. My husband also experienced this when he was 19 years old and he had a ruptured appendix and nearly died. Oh what joy we have to look forward to in the next life, for all eternity!

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    • Thank you for sharing this Linda Lee. It boggles the mind, doesn’t it? It makes all the other reference points that we base our understanding on, seem like fluff. HOLY – God, not holy – us, God’s uncomprehendable love. And then there is Jesus, who personifies in the flesh, what our minds can comprehend, when God opens our minds, hearts and spirits to Jesus, but only like through a glass darkly, but enough, where the necessary element of our faith is strengthened. As the sound in the room that I was in returned, because all sound had faded away from my ears, the first word that came from my lips was Jesus. And why God revealed His presence to me I have no clue, I certainly hadn’t earned it, not even close. It puts a whole new meaning to the word grace. And once one has tasted, there is nothing to compare this reality with, once again, not even close. And the patience, faithfulness and forgiveness that God has extended to me, since that day, also boggles my mind. The word “unworthy” doesn’t even come close. I do understand why our Heavenly Father sent us His Son, I do know why Jesus willingly went to the cross, because there is no other way, the gap is too big, the difference too great, we in ourselves just can’t. Your husband, you and I are not alone, there are others, sometimes like how God revealed of Himself to us, sometimes different, but the intent is always the same. A taste of His presence and what yet is to come. And you’re right, Linda Lee, the joy, love and fulfilment is beyond description. I try often to communicate this in some of my posts or in communications I have with others, face to face, but I fail, I fail miserably, because there are no words. Indeed, every knee shall bow, because there is no one like Jesus. Not even close. God’s continued blessings, grace and peace to you and yours. Keep working on that book! Love you in the Lord.

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