Monday, February 02, 2009

He's Everything to Me

Back in my younger days, we used to sing a little chorus (probably old enough now even to be classified a hymn by some), it was entitled, "He's Everything to Me," and if memory serves me right it went something like,
In the stars His handiwork I see,
On the wind He speaks with majesty,

Though He ruleth over land and sea,
What is that to me?

I will celebrate Nativity,
For it has a place in history,
Sure He came to set His people free,
What is that to me?

Til I met Him face to face,
And I felt the wonder of His grace,
Then I knew that He was more than just
a God who did not care,
Who lived a way up there,
And, now in lives inside me everyday
Watching o'er me while I pray,
Helping me to find that narrow way,
He's everything to me.
This coming week's sermon text, from John 5:16-47, deals with some of the important distinction of this One we call Jesus of Nazareth. The Scripture lays out for us just who this Jesus is, and with a careful reading it is clear that He is more than just a carpenter's son.

In fact, quite a key list is put forth including such aspects as His part as life-giver, creator, judge, forgiver of sins, not to mention One who shares in the glory of God. Something for which the Jewish leaders were not very excited.

But Jesus did not stand alone in this confession regarding who He is, for He said there were at least three other "confessors" as well: John the Baptist, His accomplished works (miracles, etc) and the Scriptures themselves (God's Word). (See: John 5:33-40)

As you take time to read through this passage, I would ask you to consider what you learn about Jesus, the Messiah. And with John the Baptist how would you testify to the truth about the Truth?

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