And the men which journeyed with him (Saul) stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. (Acts 9:7)
What a marvelous word we have here; full of insight and revelation. Think about it; one man, Saul, was seeing, hearing and conversing with Jesus, while the others were only hearing a voice. Not knowing who it was that was speaking, they were unable to converse and were left without a personal touch. Seeing nothing only enhance the mystery they were experiencing.
How could this be? Is God so great that people can be gathered in the same room, elbow to elbow, yet one person will see visions from heaven, here the sweet voice of Jesus, converse with the creator; while others will only hear words? I am fully persuaded that our gathering in Father's House this morning will proclaim this: those that seek Jesus will find him, while all others will only hear words.
Remarkable you may say. Challenging to the mind. After all didn't Jesus say that Father is a God of the heart? Judge for yourself; and love the Lord your God with all your heart. Praise the Lord!
Jesus saith unto her, "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." (John 20:17)
The sweetness of God that we are experiencing this morning certainly confirms that God is our Father. How remarkable it is that as we sing praises to his name, the whole atmosphere changes and his presence can certainly be felt. The above Scripture was the first message sent to the church, after Jesus had risen from the dead. The scene was just outside the tomb, where Mary was tirelessly in her pursuit to find Jesus. Here Jesus is talking to Mary face-to-face. A man who had died three days earlier and now was alive and well. Equally astounding are his words, for they declare the first Father's Day! Not just any ordinary Father's Day, but that God is your Father! What can we say to all of this, "If God be for us then who can be against us?" Praise the Lord! Have a most blessed Father's Day.
And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (Isaiah 54:13)
Here we are once again in the house of the Lord. Our week is behind us and our hearts are preparing to make that wonderful transition from earthly to heavenly repose. Whatever your week was like; you were not alone, Jesus, the great Shepherd, was with you every moment. Through the heart aches, in the joyous times or when life may have seemed mundane, Jesus was by your side. Yes! But a breath away.
The source of this invaluable knowledge comes from Almighty God! Only Jesus can be the way, the truth and the life. This church is a resource of his teachings. As we are taught of God, great shall be our peace and eternal life shall be our destiny. Praise the Lord!
Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. (Proverb 20:11)
When I was much younger, attending grammar school, I was advised by the authorities in my life to stay away from certain children. This seemed to be an odd request and was not so easily understood by an eight year old boy. However, as time went by, it became evident to see why I was given this advice and so I kept my distance.
It's not so much what we say that speaks loudest; but what we do! The voice of our doings not only carries weight in this world, but before the very throne of Almighty God himself. The choice is yours. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Revelation 20:12) Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder