Charlene Miller heads up Lean Into Jesus Ministries, a ministry dedicated to providing opportunities for others to experience the presence of God. She blesses everyone she meets with a smile and a hug. Charlene’s blog post for Lean Into Jesus touched my heart so much I wanted to share it with you. If you’d like to learn more about this ministry please go to www.leanintojesus.com.
Come and See
If you have spent time around young children, you have felt the delight of a small hand slipping into yours urgently tugging you to move quickly to “come and see!” You may have stared at a school of tadpoles in shallow water, cheered on a colorful caterpillar inching its way up a twig, or inspected a cool Lego fort. For the moment, you shared the child’s amazement. A child’s impression of the world is filled with awe and anticipation. Unfortunately, time often steals wonder. But some things will always bring us to gasp with amazement, things we must seek to experience. Things we must not miss.
With childlike joy, I would love to slip my hand into yours and urgently tug you toward Jesus. I want you to “come and see” the Messiah. I want you to comprehend that he is Creator (John 1:3). I want you to experience the miracle of his birth as he took on the flesh of humanity when born to a virgin in Bethlehem (Luke 2). Let’s rush to see him heal the sick (Matthew 12:15) and raise the dead (John 11:43-44). We must even go to the gruesome cross (John 19) and witness his great sacrifice that opened heaven to us. We will not want to linger there, but rush to marvel at the empty tomb (Matthew 28) and celebrate his resurrection. Shall we walk with him on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32) and even share breakfast with him by the Sea of Tiberias (John 21)? Joining the disciples for his ascension into heaven (Luke 24:50) is a must. Oh yes, you will find your lost wonder when you “come and see” Jesus!
Please don’t pull your hand from mine yet; there is much more to come! Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, an eternal home. He will come again to take us live with him there (John 14:3). In Revelation Chapter 22, verses 7, 8, & 20, He promises He is coming soon. He invites you to come: “The Spirit and the Bride say ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” (Revelation 22:17). Much more is ahead; you must not miss it!
Hold tightly to my hand a little longer. Do you see Him? It’s Jesus, calling you to “come and see” your new home (John 14:2). Slip your hand into His and marvel at His gentle strength. Over there is the river of life -bright as crystal, just as John saw it. Did you notice the tree of life (Revelation 22)? It’s beyond the gates of pearl! Walk barefoot with Him on streets of gold. Reach out and touch the beautiful walls of jasper (Revelation 22:1-5). Prepare to be seated at the wedding feast (Luke 13:29). Wonderful indeed.
Jesus. He is lifting His hand to wipe away your tears (Revelation 21:4).
He is more than awesome, more than amazing. He is King of King, Lord of Lords – Jesus.
1 Corinthians 2:9 “…No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”
This is Easter week, a sacred and holy time of remembrance. We recall the suffering and death of the innocent for the guilty. We celebrate the victory of our resurrected and living Savior, victory that He shares with those who believe in Him and trust Him as Lord. Victory that we can’t buy or earn. Victory received through His sacrifice for our sin.
Jesus has conquered death, sin, and the grave. His tomb is empty because he doesn’t need it – he is not dead. He lives and he invites us to join him in heaven forever. There is nothing that can begin to compare to the experience of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Talk about wonder, awe, and amazement! I pray that you will “come and see!”