March 22nd, 2017
You never really know someone until you get to know them personally.
In this media age, we think we can know people without knowing them. We read headlines, see pictures, hear a few sound-bites and assume we have enough insight to know someone's heart. How stupid. A human being is infinitely deeper than fifteen minutes of fame can reveal. So it is with God in Christ. Until you know Him personally, you don't know Him.
Jesus was talking with a woman by a well. It was midday. It was a weekday. It was an ordinary day. He asked her for a drink. She brought up racial politics. He didn't take the bait. (An important lesson for those of us who would be evangelists as well.) Instead He said, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." (Jn 4:10) What a moment. Right then and there, she was on the edge of eternal life, endless joy, an inheritance beyond imagination. "God wants to give you a gift," Jesus was telling her. "The gift is Me." She would go on to doubt Him, and then bring up religious politics. But He kept inviting her to realize that the One who made her was standing right in front of her. Have you figured this out yet? Listen, my dear friend - Jesus is God. There is no difference between Him and the big idea you have in your head. "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father," He told Philip (Jn 14:9) When you and me watch Him, listen to Him, and reflect on Him, we are encountering the heart and mind of our Maker. When we believe in Him, we are receiving the greatest gift He has to give. Maybe you've been trucking through life with a kind of casual belief in a generic God. Jesus says, "I am he." (Jn 4:26) Any rational person would expect to God to make Himself known in the most thorough manner possible, and so He has - He became one of us. Let me, then, invite you to get close to Him. Watch Him. Listen to Him. Come and wade through these gospels full of stories from people who saw Him and heard Him. If you do, your thirsty soul will find what it's been looking for. I'll see you on Sunday. Be true!
Greg Daulton, Lead Pastor
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