Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Revelation 7:17: [The Angel speaking to John says,] "For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
And yes, that is a picture of baby Jesus in the manger. I chose it to make the point clear that Jesus is in our midst. He is in the world among those who believe. Although Jesus "stands at the door (of your life) and knocks," there are people who still do not believe.
And those who DO believe, Jesus, the babe of Bethlehem, Emmanuel, God with us, the Lamb who was slain and lives, is guiding us to life with Him today as well as forever. Jesus will wipe away all the tears that come as a result of sin, guilt, torment, and suffering. Jesus, because of His suffering, torment, abuse, and death, gives us life. Through all of what Jesus experienced, we have forgiveness, peace, joy, and love of God. But wait, there's more!!
When Jesus rose, and He did rise from the grave, He gave us a brand new life in which to live. Jesus gave us a life that is not trapped in sin, guilt, sorrow, and pain. Jesus gave us a life free to live with Him in this world and eternally with Him. When you believe in God and what Jesus did for you, you have the promise of this life. It's a free gift to you.
For those of you who are reading this today who don't believe, who have doubts, questions, who think, "Why would a god have anything to do with me?" be assured. God does love you so much that He sent Jesus, the Lamb of God, to you to give you life and hope when you believe.
For those of you who are reading this today who do believe, share this blog with some you know who does not. Let them know that Jesus is here for them. Share your journey with Jesus and how Jesus is in your midst. Dear God, thank You for Jesus and placing Him in our lives, Amen!
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.