“Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You! I will praise You as long as I live, lifting up my hands to You in prayer.”
Today, most people believe in God, but they ask, “Who is He?” Many are uncertain whether He is a God of love and compassion or simply an aloof world-maker. What do you think? What experiences have led you to your view of God’s character?
William Dixon was a lonely man. After the deaths of his wife and son, he often sat by his window, gazing out on the happiness of others. But one night he saw the opposite–a neighbor’s house on fire.
An elderly woman, the homeowner, was quickly helped from the smoking threshold. But she had a grandson who was still trapped on a higher floor. The woman began to weep and plead for someone to help the boy. William Dixon spotted an iron drainpipe on the corner of the house. Grabbing it, he scaled the wall. Dixon located the boy and brought him out, but the hand that gripped the hot pipe was covered in severe burns.
The grandmother, whose health had been fragile, passed away the next day. The rescued boy was now an orphan, and a meeting was called to decide his future. When the judge asked who would adopt him, two men each raised a hand. One of the hands was scarred and bandaged. The vote was unanimous; the boy went home with the one who had rescued him.
Jesus died in order to rescue us. A soldier’s whip slashed his flesh. Cruel nails stabbed through His feet and hands as he slowly suffocated on a Roman cross. He demonstrated His love for us by taking on flesh, accepting abuse and torture, and dying a criminal’s death. One of His disciples, Thomas, cried out, “My Lord and my God!” upon seeing his nail-scarred hands.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
By Bill Bright.
Thank You Jesus.
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