All I know about God comes to me through Jesus Christ and the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Sin – forgiveness through the blood shed on the cross at Calvary – his love – his joy – his peace – his gifts – his holy character – his nature – his ways of working which are so very different from our ways – all this comes to us through Jesus Christ.

YOU ARE THE KING OF GLORY!

“Who is this? Who is THIS JESUS?” We have the complete answer. Do we? Or is it just half the answer?

God has provided us with everything we require and we learn about this supremely in the Scriptures.

There is no reliable trustworthy knowledge of God except in and through the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments – and we need to be assured of that in these days – when we hear of places where Jesus Christ and the Scriptures are no longer central.

When Saul of Tarsus in that dramatic moment on the Damascus Road received an answer to his first impulsive cry – Who are You Lord? Immediately came a second question – “What will you have me to do? What will I do Lord? Acts Chapter 22 verse 10. In Acts Chapters 9,26 we have slightly different accounts of what happened when Saul of tarsus was ‘born again’.

When we see Jesus we see Him as a man – and realise that He is also God – and there arises that challenge – Jesus what can I do for you?

We could as far and say that the person who is doing nothing and remains unchallenged, and is not upset or disturbed by that, has never really seen who Jesus is!

Ten days or so after Jesus is risen from the dead – we read of that scene in John Chapter 21 – when seven went back to the fishing – and Jesus is on the shore cooking breakfast – and through the early morning mist on the surface of the lake it is John who peers through the physical and emotional and spiritual confusion – and says to Peter – “It is the Lord!” And 60 years later John is still faithfully writing – completing the Scriptures.

It was all so real – and it lasted – and it has lasted for 2,000 years.

When we see who Jesus really is – something like that happens – and you are determined to remain faithful right to the very end.

That Saul of Tarsus – Paul – writes about our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ – in what is called the Pastoral Epistles. That is when the whole vital area was beginning to be questioned.

Was he man? Was he God? Who is this/ who is this Jesus?

He is our Lord and God and our Saviour – who knew what it was to experience weariness and weeping – who knew what it was to be betrayed – denied – deserted – and crucified.

He is our risen Christ – our living King. Where is he who is born King of the Jews? He is on the throne of the Universe – never never forget that, in these confused tense troublesome dark days.

Through Jesus Christ you have light and that light is the light of the world and this same Jesus calls us and sends us to shine as the light of the world – in dark places.

So – like Isaiah – and Paul and John – go and shine in places where the darkness and sadness and fear await the light and comfort and love which you can impart.

“Almighty God – take these our lives – and use them in this needy broken world. Where there hang-ups and hurts use me to help and heal – where people are imprisoned and debilitated by harmful habits, use me to bring about release and freedom, in and through Christ Jesus. Amen”