By Gladys McElmore
Jesus Christ came to represent God’s nature and character and to correct distorted concepts that many shared about our heavenly father. His only Son, who is in the bosom of the father, has made Him known (John 1:18). What do we need to know about God? What does He mean to us? Jeremiah 9:23-24 tell us that God proclaims that the learned should not boast about their knowledge, nor warriors boast of their might, nor the rich boast of their wealth. God revealed to the prophet Jeremiah, many years before Christ came, that we understand and know Him as a God who acts with kindness, justice and righteousness in the world and that He delights in these things. Why is it so important for us to know about this Old Testament prophecy? Satan’s main attack has been against the character of God who solved this problem by creating a Son to live on earth to demonstrate the falsehood of the charges.
During Jesus’ three years of ministry, much of God’s nature was explained. With the reading of John 14, notice how limited the disciples’ understanding was about God. Jesus rebuked Philip and told of God’s patient love and continued to remind him of His teachings, miracles and the feeding of crowds. Somehow was it possible that God was not recognized through the works of His Son? Jesus undoubtedly had fulfilled His mission of revealing the Father and was able to say to His disciples, “If you had known me, you would have known my father also; – He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:7, 9, NKJV). Also, is it possible for us today not to recognize the power of God in the healings of our bodies and in the solving of our many problems?
How has God best demonstrated His love for us? Read John 3:16-17 for the supreme evidence of His love. Jesus confidently said “The Father Himself loves you” (John 16:27, NKJV). In Matthew 6, there are many encouraging words from Jesus about trusting God. There are no experiences in our lives that are too dark for Him to handle or problems too difficult for Him to unravel. What about calamities, anxieties and disappointments that can befall any of us? What can we learn about Him in Matthew 6:25-34? According to Psalm 147:3, He can heal our broken hearts and bind up our wounds!
Even though we are always spiritually strengthened through Scriptures; tragedies and sufferings still appear in our lives. In Matthew 6:34, Jesus spoke of how, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Not everything will go well with us every day. We cannot escape evil consequences as we are assured of the Father’s love through His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is so important that we constantly keep in mind the gifts and blessings from our heavenly Father to prevent discouragement when evil strikes.
In what ways, during times of crisis, have we been able to see the reality of God’s love? What did we learn and share with others about God’s love? As we share with others spiritually, our faith in Jesus can increase and we will give the same response Peter gave. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”! Jesus as the eternal word can effectively complete the prophecies because He was divine and ONE with the Father. Jesus is our image of an invisible God!
Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.