08 Jan Isaiah 56:3; 1 Peter 2:23-25

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from His people.” Nor let the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”

1 Peter 2:23-25

23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

This week we will meditate on the reality of Jesus Christ. Theologian Jack Cottrell said, “The entire biblical message revolves around and rests upon Jesus Christ. He alone makes the gospel of grace possible… The biblical teaching about Jesus is the foundation that upholds and gives meaning to everything else”. People throughout history have rejected Jesus and that is a very big problem. Others took risks and paid a huge price to get to Jesus because they knew what we should know; we need Jesus.

Look at the world that we currently live in with corrupt politics and politicians, natural disasters, wars, immorality, hatred, and discord. Yes, we need Jesus. It is a turbulent world. In this world we will have trouble, but Jesus has overcome the world. We are vulnerable. We desperately need God. We all like sheep have gone astray, but Jesus is the Good Shepherd. In Him we overcome. We cannot do it on our own. Being honest, moral and religious doesn’t necessarily mean we will see Him. But when we, by faith, we do see Him; when our own sight is given, when we catch a glimpse of His majesty, and there He is…We See Him. And then – Gone is controversy and opinion. – Gone are our blinding errors and egotism. And there He stands. Thomas saw Him and said – My Lord and my God. Mary Magdalene said, – I have seen the Lord. John said – we have seen His glory. Peter said – We were eyewitnesses of His majesty. Have you seen Him? Because if you have – something has happened to you. You become addicted. Self-righteousness is gone and you just want to see His face.