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January 22, 2016 by Andi Garcia

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Live Wire

We were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  2 Peter 1:16

“I felt like I had touched a live wire,” said Professor Holly Ordway, describing her reaction to John Donne’s majestic poem “Holy Sonnet 14.” There’s something happening in this poetry, she thought. I wonder what it is. Ordway recalls it as the moment her previously atheistic worldview allowed for the possibility of the supernatural. Eventually she would believe in the transforming reality of the resurrected Christ.

Touching a live wire—that must have been how Peter, James, and John felt on the day Jesus took them to a mountaintop, where they witnessed a dramatic transformation. Christ’s “clothes became dazzling white” (Mark 9:3) and Elijah and Moses appeared—an event we know today as the transfiguration.

Descending from the mountain, Jesus told the disciples not to tell anyone what they’d seen until He’d risen (v. 9). But they didn’t even know what He meant by “rising from the dead” (v. 10).

The disciples’ understanding of Jesus was woefully incomplete, because they couldn’t conceive of a destiny that included His death and resurrection. But eventually their experiences with their resurrected Lord would utterly transform their lives. Late in his life, Peter described his encounter with Christ’s transfiguration as the time when the disciples were first “eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16).

As Professor Ordway and the disciples learned, when we encounter the power of Jesus we touch a “live wire.” There’s something happening here. The living Christ beckons us.

By:  Tim Gustafson

 

Reflect & Pray

What are some of your “live wire” experiences: moments when you encountered God in a radically new way? How has your knowledge of Him changed over time?

Father, when we approach You in prayer, we come to what we don’t comprehend. Forgive us for taking for granted the majesty of Your presence.

To learn more about the life of Jesus, visit christianuniversity.org/NT111.

Kingdom Come

Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

Words and actions are sure indicators of a person’s priorities. In Jesus’ case, His priority was announcing (His actions) the kingdom of heaven (His words) (Matthew 3:2; 4:17). What exactly did Jesus mean by announcing that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand”? And why did He teach His disciples to pray that God’s kingdom and will would be manifest on earth?

Though there will one day be a geographic dimension to the kingdom of God on earth (Revelation 21:14-21), geography does not define the kingdom of God. Jesus drew a parallel in Matthew 6:10 between God’s kingdom and God’s will—they mean the same thing. The kingdom of God is a matter of authority, a matter of God’s will being embraced and obeyed. Jesus told a parable of a nobleman who went to “a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return” (Luke 19:11-12). What the man received was not land but the right to rule in his home country. So, when Jesus taught His disciples to pray for God’s kingdom to come, He meant for God’s authority and rule to be welcomed “on earth as it is in heaven.”

We can be part of the answer to that prayer today by embracing and obeying God’s will for our life.

Before we can pray, “Lord, Thy kingdom come,” we must be willing to pray, “My kingdom go.” Alan Redpath

God Is My Personal Savior

And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” (Luke 1:47)

One of the most wonderful titles of the Lord Jesus Christ is that of Savior. This word (Greek soter, from which is derived our theological term “soteriology,” the study of salvation) occurs 24 times in the New Testament and is applied only to Christ, “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

It occurs first of all on the lips of the virgin Mary in our text above, when she realized that she had been chosen to be the mother of the Savior. It is significant that this first use of soter recognizes that our Savior can be none other than God Himself—“God my Savior”—and also that this fact should cause our spirits to rejoice, as Mary’s did. He becomes our personal Savior when we believe on Him, as did Mary.

He is also “the Saviour of the world” (John 4:42; 1 John 4:14) and the “Saviour of all men” in the sense that His work on the cross is sufficient to save all who will receive Him.

There are eight other verses in the New Testament in which “Savior” is taken as synonymous with “God.” The final occurrence of “Savior” is one of these, and it is in one of the greatest doxologies of the Bible. “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 1:25).

There are many today who see the man Jesus as a great teacher and example, but who reject His deity. There are many others who believe in a cosmic deity of some kind, but are unwilling to believe that He could become uniquely incarnate in a perfect man. How urgent it is that we believe and teach that our Creator must also become our Savior if we are ever to be saved. We must “trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe” (1 Timothy 4:10). Then we can rejoice with Mary in “God my Saviour.” HMM

Lord God, Thou Do Knowest!

And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

—Ezekiel 37:3

 

To those who have (unintentionally) degraded their conception of God to the level of their human understanding it may appear frightening to admit that there are many things in the Scriptures and more things about the Godhead that transcend the human intellect. But a few minutes on our knees looking into the face of Christ will teach us humility, a virtue whose healing qualities have been known by God’s elect from time out of mind.

Coleridge gave it as his considered belief that the profoundest sentence ever uttered by human lips was the spontaneous cry of the prophet Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones when asked by the Lord whether those bones could live: “And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.” Had Ezekiel answered yes or no he would have closed off his heart to the mighty mystery which confronted him and would have missed the luxury of wonder in the presence of the Majesty on high. For never forget that it is a privilege to wonder, to stand in delighted silence before the Supreme Mystery and whisper, “O Lord GOD, thou knowest!” ROR088-089

Lord, today I stand in wonder as I contemplate Your person and Your working. I delight in Your mystery and cry with Ezekiel, “O Lord GOD, thou knowest!” Amen.

 

The Christ Question

What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?

—Matthew 27:22

 

Where is Jesus now?” asks the world, and the Christian answers, “At the right hand of God.” He died but He is not dead. He rose again as He said He would….Better than all, His Spirit now reveals to the Christian heart not a dead Christ but a living one. This we are sent to declare with all the bold dogmatism of those who know, who have been there and experienced it beyond the possibility of a doubt.

The gospel is the official proclamation that Christ died for us and is risen again, with the added announcement that everyone who will believe, and as a result of that belief will cast in his lot with Christ in full and final committal, shall be saved eternally.

He…will not be popular and…he will be called to stand where Jesus stood before the world: to be admired by many, loved by a few and rejected at last by the majority of men. He must be willing to pay this price; or let him go his way; Christ has nothing more to say to him now. GTM040-041

The question for every man is the Christ question.

… The turning point of every life is its direct relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ. CTBC, Vol. 5/420

 

The Secret Place

Psalm 91:1

A secret is not common property. The best kept secret is the one that is kept only to oneself. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps. 91:1 NKJV). This secret place is different. Only you and God know of its whereabouts. It cannot be localized by time or space. It is a state of being. And only he who dwells in the secret place can invade it. It is peculiarly and privately his alone.

While this place is private, there is no dearth of such places. God deigns and desires to provide this secret place to every individual who would aspire to such lofty living.

The secret place was an Oriental phrase for the interior room or rooms of the house or tent, reserved for the master or chief whose abode was in the center of the camp. This was a place of honor and greatest safety. This then is a place where none but God can find him, where the enemy cannot reach him. It is a place not seen or known but by the eye of faith. In the words of a simple, uneducated saint, “It’s better felt than telt.”

Being in the secret place is no guarantee against trouble. Rather, we are likely to experience the onslaught of Satan there. But the Psalmist affirms, “Surely He shall deliver you” (Ps. 91:3 NKJV).

Paul epitomizes this lofty life in the words, “Your life is now hidden away with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3). This is not to be confused with some type of a monastic retreat, but more likely is most evident in the lives of those encompassed in a maelstrom of activity. The exercise of prayer is the heart and soul of the secret place, which has been described as, “quietly opening a door and slipping into the very presence of God, there in the stillness to listen to His voice.”

McAfee captures the tenor of this mystical experience in the words:

 

There is a place of quiet rest,

Near to the heart of God,

A place where sin cannot molest,

Near to the heart of God.

Edward Deratany, Refuge in the Secret Place