This Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, is National Buy a Book Day. In honor of this event, my friend Patty Mason, a fellow alumnus of Christian Communicators, is guest-blogging to tell you about her new study series, Know That I Am God. Patty’s gift for creating in-depth Bible studies amazes me, and you can pre-order this series at a discount if you order before the release next week…which fits right into National Buy a Book Day.
Patty’s message comes from a portion near the end of the study:
Christ the King—is there any comparison? His existence is without equal. His kindness is boundless; His love endures for all time. His Word is eternal, flawless and pure. His grace is sufficient; and His purposes immutable. He is the King, the Lord our Righteousness, who reigns in wisdom, impartiality, and virtue; whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light. He is eternity’s devoted King. He is my King!
How wonderful would it be if we all lived daily with this perspective of Jesus? Can you imagine what kind of world we would live in if everyone embraced Jesus the way Scripture portrays Him? This reality is called heaven.
For this entire Bible study we have been on a quest to know God, His Person and personality. In order to do this, we have been looking into some of the different aspects of relationship that God desires to share with each of us as Friend, Father, Redeemer and Husband. We have come to know Him as our Warrior who will come to our aid any time day or night. And we have considered Him as our caring Shepherd who leads and guides us through the hazards of life. Yet, in all that we have witnessed, there is still much more to Him than we could possibly dream.
It must be our daily pursuit to know Him in a fresh way. We must learn to embrace all of Him, not just the parts that feel good or make us comfortable. We must not settle. We must consider all of what the Bible teaches about Christ and not merely camp on the verses we think we can take in.
As a Bible teacher, too many times, I have encountered believers who refuse—hear me—refuse to embrace Jesus in a fresh and new way. I remember the first time I taught on Christ as the Bridegroom. I had a woman in the group who sat there, with her arms crossed, and complained through the entire lesson. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever—from generation to generation—and He reveals Himself to His witnesses, making Himself known among those who chose to know Him.
To David, the once lowly shepherd who became Israel’s king, God was the ultimate mighty Shepherd King who reigned in glory and splendor; yet, at the same time, He was the greatest of Lovers. To witnesses like John, and the other disciples, He was Teacher, Companion, and Miracle Worker; yet, He was the Son of Man and the Son of God who became the Savior of the world. To Isaiah, Moses, and Noah, He was the greatest of all friends, but they also knew His infinite power, wonders, and magnificence. To Paul, Christ was everything. Paul’s life dramatically changed the day he encountered Christ on that Damascus road as Jesus revealed Himself in blinding greatness. And from that point on, Paul wanted to know Christ in every facet of life, and his ultimate quest was to identify with Him in both joy and suffering.
A great invitation is offered to you to come and know God. In Revelation 3:20 Christ says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” This is a proposal to enter into more than you could ever ask or imagine. It is an invitation of the purest kind to come and commune with God. Without hesitation, reservation, or fear, He bids you to come and partake of Him—all of Him. And, in turn, allow Him to partake of you. Do you dare open the door and let Him in? If you do, I promise, you will never be the same.
For that reason, go ahead, “lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in” (Psalm 24:7). Then, allow Him to consume you with His ways, word, beauty, power, and life, so that you may continue to know Him as never before. There is still much to be discovered this side of heaven.