To know the Good News of the gospel is one thing. To know the One who was sent is an even more marvelous thing.
“If I want to know the universal sovereignty of Christ, I must know Him myself. I must take time to worship the One whose name I bear. Jesus says, ‘Come to Me . . .’” Oswald Chambers
“The secret of Christian holiness is heart-occupation with Christ Himself. As we gaze upon Him we become like Him. Do you want to be holy? Spend much time in His presence. Let the loveliness of the risen Lord so fill the vision of your soul that all else is shut out. Then the things of the flesh will shrivel up and disappear and the things of the Spirit will become supreme in your life.” H.A. Ironside
We are blessed to know and love, without ever having seen (1 Peter 1:8) the One who spoke these words, “For God so loved the world”. He was and still is the most unique person in all of human history – Jesus of Nazareth the Son of the living God.
He was unique before He was even born …
with prophecies concerning Him written as much as 2000 years before hand. He fulfilled every one of His pre-incarnate prophecies, defying staggering mathematical statistical odds.
He was unique in His virgin birth …
born of the Holy Spirit. “…Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”. (Matt 1:20) Never before had a virgin given birth, but the prophet Isaiah had foretold this miracle of life (Isaiah 7:4) 700 years before it happened!
He was unique in His miraculous life …
having performed multiple and varied miracles that only God could do: walking on water, commanding wind and waves, converting water to wine, feeding 5000 with five loaves and two fish, raising Lazarus and others from the dead, giving sight to the blind, causing the lame to be healed and walk, and the list goes on.
He was unique in death …
certainly others died via crucifixion, but Christ voluntarily laid down His life. “…I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” (John 10:17-18)
He was unique in resurrection …
and He will never die again. Those whom Jesus Christ raised would taste physical death again, but not Him. He arose as evidence of the Father’s satisfaction in Him. He arose according to the scriptures and was seen by over 500 people at once (1 Corinthians 15:3-6). It was foretold He would rise from the grave, and He did. It only takes the witness of two people to condemn a man of treason. Here 500 people saw Him.
Jesus Christ is the loftiest idea known to man. He is the Creator God. He is the superlative of superlatives. He is ever-living and everlasting. He is the source of life and breath. He is the bread of life more nourishing than any concoction. He is living water, more refreshing than any rains on earth. He is the source of light and wisdom. He is the definition of truth and grace. He reveals to us in His person, His work, and His character our flaws, our failings, and our sin.
Yet, He reveals the tenderness, mercy, and grace that exceeds imagination, of the divine mind seeing our need and acting in great love towards us who were hostile toward God. He is love. He is the sovereign ruler of the universe. He is the object of divine affection – “the Father loves the Son” – and He explains the Father. He is the fullest expression of the Father. He holds the highest place in creation for both the living and the dead. To whom will you liken Him? There is none like Him and none beside Him. With Him are the deeds to heaven and earth, the keys to hell and the grave. With Him is vitality, joy unspeakable, and hope. Without Him is vanity, emptiness, and death.
With all of these in mind (and countless other precious truths about Him), is there any reason, brothers and sisters, to come to the Lord’s Supper empty with nothing to worship Him with? Get to know Him, spend time with Him, talk with Him today.
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