Yesterday during our church service, the pastor asked for some testimonies from the congregation as to who Jesus was to them.
While listening to the half dozen or so people who spoke out about what God had done in their lives through Jesus, I heard many of the same things that I had experienced. In a way, if I am completely honest, I felt a little jealous.
HEY! That is MY Jesus you are talking about. He belongs to me.
What a strange thing to think, huh?
It got me to thinking about the workers in the field parable, where the early hired were upset because the late hired got the same reward, also about James and John requesting to be the greatest in the Kingdom, how Martha was busy doing busy work and Mary was sitting at His feet, how John called himself the disciple who Jesus loved.
Also about Hagar, when cast out by Abraham and Sarah, heard the Lord's voice and was saved from death in the desert. Peter's call to the Gentiles and him realizing that God was no respecter of persons.
How He says He gives rain to the just and the unjust.
And I wonder, if He is perfect love, then He could and does love all of His completely and in an extremely personal way. THAT is amazing and something I can't even comprehend being so selfish in my own flesh.
But He does it, I'm sure of it. Somehow. He has His own relationship to each of us uniquely.
Susan and I were discussing how getting real with God is so important to the relationship, not just head knowledge. I went off into the head knowledge thing as more preferable for a time, it seemed safer.
Paul likens our relationship to Christ in more intimate ways, though.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (Eph 5:29-32)
I fear sometimes that if God loves everyone like He does me, then there won't be enough of Him for everyone! Ridiculous!
Job 12:10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
Acts7:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
1 Cor 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.