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Personal Encounter

As I was reading John 20 this morning, I was reminded of the personal relationship I have with Jesus. I was reminded that each of us have a different relationship (or absence thereof) when it comes to Jesus. It all comes down to how we engage with God’s Word and with our Savior. Remember in John 20:20, we find Jesus appears to His disciples and He shows them His hands and side. He shows them His hands and His side. Later Thomas, or Doubting Thomas as many call him, returned. He missed the grand arrival of Jesus, and though the others noted that He came, Thomas would not believe. He said, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand in His side, I will not believe” (v. 25 NIV). Thomas desired a personal encounter.

Jesus appears later, this time Thomas was with the others. The Bible says that even though the doors were locked, Jesus came in. He said, “Peace be with you!” Then He directs Himself to Thomas. He says, “Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe” (v. 27 NIV). Immediately Thomas responds – “My Lord and my God!” Thomas had a personal encounter with Jesus.

We are often hard on Thomas. Yes, he demanded to have this personal moment with Jesus. He demanded to see Him, to touch the nail marks. He desired to look upon the One Who once bled for Him. He desired to reach his hands out and put his finger where the nails once were. He needed to have this personal encounter. Yes, he doubted. Yes, he needed some evidence. Most of all, He needed to encounter the risen Jesus Christ. He needed it to be personal. Remember, once this happened he immediately exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” Today, seek out that personal encounter with Jesus. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you in a new way. As you reach out and grasp a hold of Jesus, may you exclaim, “My Lord and my God!”

 

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Evidence Accepted

Since I was a little girl, I always wanted to know the facts. When someone would tell me something, I had to learn about it and seek out the truth. When I was in high school, I spent a lot of time in research. I also did puzzles which challenged me to take the facts and find the truth with what was presented to me as evidence. It was part of my legal training. Even today I spend much of my time reading non-fiction books.  I have a great love for facts. In my employment and in ministry, facts are very important.

Today’s verse is one snippet from a passage where God’s people messed up. It simply says that the Israelites looked at a group of men and took their word. They trusted the people. The bread looked old. The clothing looked dirty and worn. They accepted the evidence. Even worse, they did not go to God about it. They accepted lies and agreed to a treaty.

These people paid the price for not looking for the truth. We too can pay a hefty price when we accept what others call “truth” as truth without consulting God. It is important to seek the Truth at all times. God is the Truth. Therefore as things are presented to you and you do not know what is real, what is true, what is God’s will—turn to God. Call upon the Holy Spirit. Ask God about it.

“The men of Israel looked them over and accepted the evidence. But they didn’t ask God about it.”

– Joshua 9:14 [MSG]

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Living Proof

John the Baptist was baptizing people in the Jordan River when the Pharisees and Sadducees approached. He called them a “brood of vipers” and commanded that they “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:7-8 NIV). This reminds me of what For King and Country sing, “Let my life be the proof, the proof of Your love.”

The question is when you look at your life from an outsiders vantage point, would there be proof? Are you living proof? The NLT version states it this way: “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” Proof requires an action. There’s something you must do to prove. The answer is there—by THE WAY you live. What should your life show? Repentance of your sins. Living for God.

There are many people who claim to be Christians but no one would see Christ or anything different about the person. If we are not to be of this world, there should be a difference. A person should be able to point to you and say, “Hey, there’s something different about that person. He’s not like most people. She’s not like the people I usually see.” Why? Because of the fruit. Because of the proof by the way you live. Today would someone look at you and say you are different? Would someone notice?

“Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” – Matthew 3:8 [NLT]

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