The alarm didn’t go off that morning, and this chilling reality sent shock waves through Dave’s groggy brain; “Oh no, I’m late!”
He jumped out of bed and into the shower, then he got dressed and ran out the door. He had missed his bus and started running for the office. When he reached the corner of Main and 2nd Street, he cut through the alley behind the bank building and continued running along this short cut to his building. As he made his way through the alley, he came upon the figure of a man on the ground beside some garbage cans, and as he drew closer, Dave realized that the man had been mugged some time during the night. Rushing past the man, Dave made a mental note to pray for God to send help as soon as he was safely at work; can’t be late again!
He arrived a few moments later and was able to slink into his office before anyone had noticed he was late. Breathing a sigh of relief, Dave settled into his chair where he began to pray for the poor man in the alleyway below. He finished his prayer with a resounding “Amen.” Then he thought he heard something, faintly at first, but the voice grew louder, and then it was unmistakably clear:
“Dave, I sent YOU!”
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God loved all of us, but we weren’t His at the time, for we were in rebellion against Him, yet in spite of that, He still loved us, and do you know what He did? Yes, He sent His Son! God’s love was great for us, so He DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
First there was God’s love, and then there was God’s response to that love: Love in action.
When Jesus arrived and began His ministry, Jesus did things. In every single thing He said and did, He demonstrated God’s love for us. First there was God’s love, and then there was love in action.
Jesus taught His disciples this process: Love and action.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Jesus taught us to love, and showed us what it means to respond to love by putting it into action, but He is no longer walking around among the people these days, for He has ascended into heaven. Of course that is a glorious thing, an inspiration to all of us, but at the same time, it is also a pity, for who can meet Him today like they did back then? Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could go back in time and meet Jesus face-to-face? Wouldn’t you sign up for that field trip?
Isn’t it a shame that people in the 21st century can’t do that, meet Jesus, speak to Jesus, see God’s love in Jesus?
“Dave, I sent YOU!”
Maybe 21st century people can meet Jesus face-to-face. Isn’t it true that He dwells within us in the Person of the Holy Spirit? Aren’t we commanded to be His “Ambassadors”? Don’t we love God and our neighbor?
Have we ever even thought about what that means?
When you meet someone, who do they see? When I meet someone, who do they see? Aren’t they supposed to see “Christ in me”?
So, are these just hollow words, or do we really believe that what we believe is really real?
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.