Have I Misunderstood Jesus?
I owe a debt of gratitude to the book, “My Utmost for His Highest”, for this lesson. I recommend his works for the serious disciple.
The nice thing about being disciplined by God is, I have learned that it is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. It took 20 years for me to actually meet Him.
My soul is in danger when my knowledge of doctrine out paces my intimate relationship with Jesus. If I were at the empty tomb, would I weep with Mary? Doctrine didn’t matter a hill of beans to Mary. Any Religious Bigot, full of doctrine, could have made an idiot of Mary. But what the Religious Bigot could not make fun of where she was concerned; Jesus had cast 7 demons out of her. Still, Jesus’ blessings were nothing compared to Jesus Himself.
Mary stood there, looking at Jesus, at the empty tomb, and didn’t recognize him. The second she heard His voice, she knew that she had had intimate dealings with the one who spoke.
She said, “Master!”
Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and observe My hands.
Reach out your hand and put it into My side.
Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.”
Thomas had stubbornly doubted. He would not believe unless he saw it for himself. I am convinced Thomas was from Missouri.
I have to ask myself this question: Am I doubting something about Jesus? Have I missed the experience that others testify about, but have not had? Am I like Thomas in that, unless I have that personal touch, I will not believe? “Except I shall see…, I will not believe.”
We don’t know when Jesus’ touch will come, or how it will come; but when it does come, His touch is precious beyond description. Then I fall on my knees and say, as Thomas said, “My Lord and my God!” And that is exactly what happened to me.
Have I, like Peter, selfishly denied Him? Is He my Lord only when it is convenient? Peter denied Jesus with oaths and curses. After the Resurrection, however, Jesus appeared to Peter alone. Jesus restored him in private. After that, Jesus restored Peter in front of the disciples…”Lord, Thou knowest I love Thee.” In my past, I found it expedient to deny Christ in order to further my career. And that caused a deep hurt in my soul. Then His touch came. “Thous knowest that I love Thee!”
Do I really have a personal history with Jesus?
The proof of my discipleship is that I have an intimate connection with Jesus. I have knowledge of Jesus which nothing can shake. It is not a doctrine. It is not something I can learn at Seminary. It is a relationship more intimate than that shared between a Husband and his wife. He knows me. And I know Him. At last.
I remember what Jesus Christ healed me of when He touched me. I remember where I was. I can tell you the date and time it happened. Where others had written me off, He had forgiven me and redeemed me. And I can still hear His voice when he told me He loves me. Nothing can take that away.
My brothers and sisters; When you are in doubt, or too tired to keep moving, or have fear, or need His assurance, start with where you were, and what He did, when He first came to you.
Praise Him for His love for you, that He chose to save you.
Turn to Him…you will hear His voice. Fear will vanish. Peace will come. And rest will happen.
Lets Be About It.
I Love You