Seeing Jesus Come to Life in People (Testimony and Song)

I simply want to share the joy  which is in my heart right now.  I am teaching in a few small groups within my church.  I am sharing with the people in these groups the story of Jesus.  I am sharing with them how messed up things got with Adam’s fall, and how all the good things which happened after that weren’t enough for us, and that we needed something more than the gift of Moses.

This week I was leading the group through many passages which underline the mess we were in and we very clearly saw that we were not able to fix this, nor was the law of Moses enough for us.  And I was able to share with them that it is only through the loving kindness of God in the work of Jesus Christ that we are lifted from the way of the wicked to the way of the just.

Having people read the Scriptures together and highlighting these very poignant passages,  then teaching about salvation in Christ, all of this brings deep deep joy to me.  It’s what I was made to do.

There is one student in particular who stands out.  There’s not a lot of church background, but a sort of familiarity with the story of Jesus.  At the end of our time together she said “I am really enjoying our time together, because I am finally understanding the Bible.”  What joy in me!  And she is really grasping the Gospel of Jesus!

Here is a song which grasps the teaching I’ve been giving in these days.  I am rejoicing while listening and praying with this song, that Jesus is bringing this reality into peoples’ lives in these days.  What precious joy!

OVERWHELMED [WORSHIP VIDEO]

God is bigger than the biggest.  God is smarter than the smartest.  God is more lovely than the lovliest.  God is more powerful than the most powerful.  God is more forgiving than the most forgiving.  God is more.  And He is our God.  And He knows us each by name.  OVERWHELMING!!!  Close your door; turn off your lights; dance with arms lifted high.  Sing unto HIM!!!

Epiphany: God made manifest

Epiphany is a marvelous and rich feast. Delightfully, that richness lingers throughout this whole last week of the Christmas season as we approach the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. We see embers of that richness reflected in the prayers offered in the Church’s liturgy and in the readings proclaimed from Sacred Scripture. We hear declarations of the Kingship of Christ, manifestations of His marvelous glory, and his longing to claim His Bride.

Today the Bridegroom claims his bride, the Church, since Christ has washed her sins away in Jordan’s waters; the Magi hasten with their gifts to the royal wedding; and the wedding guests rejoice, for Christ has changed water into wine, alleluia. (Morning Prayer Antiphon)

God himself has taken on our human flesh in the Incarnation, but lest we forget in our gazing upon a sweet infant babe, the ensuing feasts quickly remind us that this sweet babe in the arms of Mary is the all-powerful King of the Universe who has broken into our world to bring light into dark places, to set captives free, and to draw not just a chosen few, but ALL, to himself.

Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance. Raise your eyes and look about; they all gather and come to you… Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow, for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you, the wealth of nations shall be brought to you. (Isaiah 60:1-5)

In the early hours of Sunday morning the song God With Us by All Sons and Daughters began running through my mind. It is my Epiphany theme song! He has come to be so near to us; He is God with us. Come, stand in His glory; know His peace, hope, and light. And come as the Magi did, no matter how far you must travel, to lay all you are and all you have at His feet, even your costliest treasures. For you shall be radiant at what you see in this great king who comes to take you as His bride, and your heart shall overflow with more joy than you can imagine when His light floods your heart.

MERCY

Jesus is always desiring to come near to us.
We often think He wants to condemn us, but that is a lie.
That is the enemy tricking us.
Jesus says “COME TO ME.”
Jesus wants to love us.
Jesus wants to show us mercy.
He spoke to a lady once:
“I love those who after a first fall come to Me for pardon…. I love them still more when they beg pardon for their second sin, and should this happen again, I do not say a million times, but a million million times, I still love them and pardon them, and I will wash in My Blood their last as fully as their first sin.”

I will wash in My Blood their last as fully as their first sin.

MERCY.
Sung by Allyson Prior, Grace to Love You is a fine example of the FACT that Jesus is more interested in coming near to us than condemning us, especially in the midst of our weak response.

RISE AND GO TO HIS HEART!

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