September 30, 2015
O Merciful Father, We thank you that you are a loving God! We thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus Christ! We thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit! We thank you for life and that we can know you personally!
A time now to confess our sins! Now we are free to give our God praise, knowing that we have confessed our sins, He has forgiven us and there is no impediment to our praise!
Time of praise with Psalm 134!
Come, bless God, all you servants of God!
You priests of God, posted to the nightwatch in God’s shrine,
Lift your praising hands to the Holy Place, and bless God.
In turn, may God of Zion bless you – God who made heaven and earth!
I wonder how you view Jesus Christ! What is your opinion of the man whose very birth splits history into two parts – before his birth and after his birth! This Jesus, the Word of God!
In the beginning, this Jesus the Word, already existed. This Jesus the Word was with God, and this Jesus the Word was God! Jesus the Word existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Jesus the Word, and nothing was created except through Jesus the Word! Jesus the Word gave life to everything that was created, and his very life brought light to everyone. This light, Jesus the Word, shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish the light. That’s Jesus Christ! The man who was and is God! Jesus Christ who is the visible image of the invisible God. Jesus Christ who existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation!
Indeed, for through Jesus Christ, God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. Jesus Christ made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Jesus Christ and for Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Jesus Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. Jesus Christ is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. Therefore, Jesus Christ is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Jesus Christ, and through Jesus Christ alone, God reconciled everything to himself. Jesus Christ made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of His very own blood on the cross.
That’s my Jesus! My Jesus who is fully divine, fully human, glorious in His death and resurrection! My Jesus who is supreme over all, the creator of all! My Jesus who is my eternal leader, eternal sustainer! My Jesus who has all power and all authority! My Jesus who reconciles me with God, my peace-maker with God and is the one who gives perfect peace!
There is only one Saviour for the world. There will never be another because there is no need of another. This Jesus is coming back as well!!!! But Jesus is not coming back as baby next time but as the living holy Almighty Son of God!
What does Jesus look like now? His close friend John saw him some years after Jesus’ ascension back to the right hand of God! Here is what John saw!
Jesus, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on Jesus’ head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. Jesus’ feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace! Jesus’ voice was like the sound of rushing waters. Jesus’ right hand held seven stars! Coming forth out of Jesus’ mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. Jesus’ face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
That was an amazing moment when Jesus beloved friend, John, saw Jesus in all his majesty!
This John, who records these words from Jesus! “It is finished! It is complete! I, King Jesus, am the Alpha and the Omega-the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I, King Jesus, will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I, King Jesus, will be their God, and they will be my children.
“But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars-their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.”
“Look! I, King Jesus, am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I, King Jesus, am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
That’s my Jesus, who called me to follow Him almost 30 years ago now! It has been a rollercoaster ride, but I have always known that He is in charge! Are you one of His followers or are you continuing to be one of His deniers?
Now let us finish up with a song! Today it is Marjorie Reece singing a “Praise Song to Jesus”
Jesus! Jesus! You are the King of Kings! Blessed Jesus, Sweet Jesus, You are my everything.
And, Lord, I love you. I love You. And I’ll love you more and more. O Lord, I love you, I love You. You loved me long before.
Lord, I worship You. I worship You. You are the Ransomed Lamb. O Lord, I worship You. I worship You. You are the Great I Am.
O Lord, I praise You. I praise You. Praise You for all You’ve done. O Lord, I praise You. I praise You. You are God’s Only Son.
Yes, You’re Jesus, blessed Jesus. You are the King of Kings. Blessed Jesus, sweet Jesus. You are my Everything.
And, Lord, I love You. I love You. And I’ll love You more and more. Oh, yes, I love You. I love You. ‘Cause You loved me long before. You loved me long before.
Words and Music by Marjorie Reece (c) 1986 by TJM