What Do You Think of Jesus?
When the apostle John was enabled to see into heaven, he could handle it. When he was enabled to see into hell, he could handle that too. But when he saw Christ, the risen and reigning Christ, he fainted away. And they were best friends during the Lord’s humility here on earth. But when John sees Jesus as he is now glorified in heaven, John is not overjoyed. He does not walk up to him and high-five him and say ‘How ya been?’ No, John is terrified. The real Jesus, seen clearly, takes our breath away.
How different is this from the Jesus most people present today! Does the Jesus popularly preached today have to say to us, ‘Fear not’? Does this kind of Christ scare us to death? Charles Misner commented on Albert Einstein’s view of the Christian preaching he had heard:
“[The design of the universe is] very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted. In fact, I believe that is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion… He must have looked at what the preachers said about God and felt they were blaspheming. He had seen much more majesty than they had ever imagined, and they were just not talking about the real thing.”
Is your Jesus the real thing? Does his majesty pull up out of your heart reverence and fear? Even as you are reading this and thinking of him, are you down before him (in your heart) as though dead? Or are you up in his face because he doesn’t answer your questions and solve your problems on your terms?
- Is the Jesus in your mind the real Jesus?
- Or, do you need to change your mind so that you can get in touch with the real Jesus?
This Sunday we will consider John’s vision of the glorified Jesus in Revelation 1:17-19. Will you pray for our services now? Go ahead, pause… and pray. Now, will you invite someone to come along with you to hear the Word of the Lord? Why not do that now? One of the highlights of my week is worshiping the real Jesus with you. Hearing you sing, confess your sin, and profess your allegiance in the creed delights my heart. It is truly my privilege to serve as your pastor. I love you in Christ.
Here are a few things of note for your attention:
- August 20 Worship service will be in the Gardendale Senior Center (located next to the civic center)
- August 27 Tom Franklin, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) minister at Birmingham Southern College will be our guest speaker
- September 3 Bible Study (SS) begins
- September 10 Fellowship luncheon following morning worship service
Officer Training begins
Please take a moment and place these dates on your calendar so that you can regularly pray for and participate in these activities.