31 March 2012

Lord's Supper Devotional: Remember Who Jesus IS

Devotion presented at church 29 January 2012:

When we think of god the father, we rarely think of anything physical – at least hopefully that is the case. We may have mental thoughts along the lines of things we’ve actually seen in movies like the Ten Commandments – this images that come to mind when we think of the workings of God the Father with mankind.

I have always wondered what it was Moses saw when he saw God’s back:
Jehovah also saith, ‘Lo, a place is by Me, and thou hast stood on the rock, and it hath come to pass, in the passing by of Mine honour, that I have set thee in a cleft of the rock, and spread out My hands over thee, until My passing by, and I have turned aside My hands, and thou hast seen My back parts, and My face is not seen.’ (Exodus 33: 21-23)

I always wondered what it was that Moses actually saw.

Sometimes it can become too easy to think about the man Jesus and forget about the God in Jesus. Jesus is human – we can relate to him – he is physical – we can picture what he was possibly like. We can’t hardly fathom what God would have looked like to Moses – but Jesus is more our type.

In Mark 2, we have the story of the paralyzed man being lowered through to roof in order to get to Jesus. To that, Jesus… said to the paralytic, ‘Child, thy sins have been forgiven thee.’ And there were certain of the scribes there sitting, and reasoning in their hearts, ‘Why doth this one thus speak evil words? who is able to forgive sins except one — God?’

And immediately Jesus, having known in his spirit that they thus reason in themselves, said to them, ‘Why these things reason ye in your hearts? which is easier, to say to the paralytic, The sins have been forgiven to thee? or to say, Rise, and take up thy couch, and walk? ‘

All of this was done so that they “may know that the Son of Man hath authority on the earth to forgive sins.” 
God the Father, in telling Moses who to say had sent him, said to say – “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
When Jesus was in the garden, and they were coming to arrest him, they asked if he was Jesus, and he said ‘I am he’;  — when, therefore, he said to them — ‘I am he,’ they went away backward, and fell to the ground.

So, we see the power that was contained in the words of Jesus – let us never forget who he fully was. Jesus is the I AM – man but God – and it is in his presence that we meet to partake of this m meal with him.