DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Seeing Jesus lights a flame
Don't blow out the flame of someone else who has encountered the Lord.
The day Jesus rose from the dead, Mary and Mary and some other women went to the tomb and found it empty. They met an angel and then they saw Jesus (Matthew 28:1-10).
I love the song “I’ve Just Seen Jesus.” The words go: “I’ve just seen Jesus, I tell you He’s alive. … And I knew He saw me too, As if till now I’d never lived. All that I’d done before Won’t matter anymore. I’ve just seen Jesus, And I’ll never be the same again.”
Have you seen Jesus? We may not see Him like they did that morning. If you have come to a personal faith in Christ, you must have met Jesus.
I feel the reason that many people who think they are Christians are not really committed to following what Jesus taught, is that they have not come face to face with Christ.
When Mary met Jesus after she saw Him die, she was never going to be the same again. When we meet Jesus as our Savior from sin and giver of life from above, we should never be the same again.
“If you meet me and forget me, you have lost nothing. But if you meet Jesus Christ and forget Him, you have lost everything” (author unknown).
However, when Mary and Mary got back to the “church,” the locked room with the disciples, they did not believe her.
“When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it” (Mark 16:11). After Jesus appeared to the 11, “He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him risen” (Mark 16:14).
Jesus told them at least three times, “I must go to Jerusalem and die and on the third day be raised again,” but they refused to believe it when it happened. They call that selective hearing.
Yes, even after all the other disciples saw Jesus alive, Thomas still refused to believe until he saw Jesus for himself.
If you are a Christ denier, an unbeliever in the resurrected Christ, just wait till you meet Him. He will make a believer out of you.
Have you ever had someone come to your gathering of believers, or to you personally, with a fresh encounter with God, and they were all excited about it? How did you respond? Did you believe them? Did you encourage them or discourage them?
I am sorry to say that I have observed numerous times where people who are not excited about Jesus sort of blew the fire out of those who were.
Jesus did come back from the dead, He is alive, and we have good news to share with those who don’t know Jesus yet. Paul told Timothy to fan the flame, not blow it out.
I am hungry for more of Jesus. I want people to see more of God’s real living presence in this world. I do not want to be the one who blows the fire out of someone who has seen Jesus.
Rev. Paul McKibben is pastor of Grace Community Church in Osage