FIRST Thoughts

When you think about Jesus, one must exercise faith in the facts that He lived before His birth in Bethlehem of Judea as prophesied by Micah, the prophet of God. Because Jesus is God, He always lives. Since the beginning of time and before Jesus was born, the Lord was at work powerfully and personally in the lives of people in the Old Testament.

In Genesis 18, Jesus appears as a man to Abraham to inform him of God's designs for the cities of the plain, better known as Sodom and Gomorrah. There were two other angels who appeared to Abraham along with the Lord and all three made their journey to the cities scheduled for judgment because of immoral and idolatrous practice.

Jesus would engage in a wrestling match with Jacob, the father of the Israelites in Genesis 32. As a consequence, Jacob walked with a limp leaning on a staff until the day of his death. Every step he took in life was a reminder of his personal encounter with Christ in that all-night struggle.

Jesus would appear to the parents of Samson informing them of His design for their son (Judges 13). Neither Manoah nor his wife recognized the Lord as God until He ascended to heaven in the flame of the fire that consumed the sacrifice they offered concerning the promise of their becoming the parents of God's deliverer, Samson.

Jesus would miraculously appear in the furnace of fire and supernaturally protect three obedient Hebrews who had set their heart on following after God even if it meant defying the direct order of a pagan king (Daniel 3). Jesus still honors faithfulness to His word.

Throughout history, Jesus has been consistent in being present at exactly the right time. Just when I need Him, Jesus is near, so says the song. Nothing has changed in the present. He is still God, and He is still Lord over all.

Today, Jesus lives in a place called heaven enthroned at the right hand of His Father with the same personal interest He has had throughout eternity. Since He is God, we can trust Him not only for our eternal salvation but also for the guidance we need each and every day in the present. Jesus has been actively involved in the lives of people throughout history. The good news is that He still is today!

Have you had a personal encounter with the Lord God? Have you met Jesus? If you ever meet Him in the journey through life, you'll never forget it! When you meet Him personally, there will be a vivid reminder to mark the occasion for you personally just as He has throughout history.

In Christ,

Pstr K

Psalm 27:1

Jesus has been actively involved in the lives of people throughout history. The good news is, He still is today!