Tonight I got to have a glimpse – just a shadow, or a dim reflection – of what it will be like to look into the eyes of Jesus. Those of you who were there know what I’m talking about. (SK – “And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.”) I had the joy of watching Brad Sherrill perform the entire Gospel of John solo at my church. He very simply and very literally brought the gospel to life before our eyes. He didn’t remain confined to the stage – he moved in (did you guys notice?) a cross across the front of the church and down the center aisle. As he spoke the words of Christ, he would occasionally stop, lean over, and speak the words of the Word Made Flesh nose to nose with someone in the audience.
I don’t pretend to think that he chose any of us for any particular reason, but I do know that in my case he had to have been moved by the very Holy Spirit of God to speak a word to me. Whether he knew it or not, I don’t know, but he spoke the truth of Christ to my soul, the very words I’ve been searching for for months and that have been right under my nose all along.
Hear John 14:1-4 – “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Then John 17:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Nose to nose. Holding my hand. I could just swoon right here. How great is our God.
Please don’t misunderstand my emotion. The overflow of my heart is due to the gift of a servant bringing to life the old, old story. I am more in love with Jesus tonight than I have ever been. Which was God’s purpose in my attendance tonight. I’m too overwhelmed right now to get into the specifics of why this was such a timely word for me, but I wanted to get the memory down while it was still fresh. Thanks for letting me indulge just a bit, and testify to God’s providence and tenderness.