Close Encounter

Do you ever falter in your faith? Do you sometimes wonder if the story of Jesus is true? Have you thought it sounds incredulous the Son of God would come to this earth in the form of a human being?

It can be difficult to believe the Son of God came to this earth, especially in our cynical society. We focus on our immediate pleasure rather than long-term joy. To believe in the appearance of the Son of God some two-thousand years ago sounds mystical and absurd.

Yet, we have eyewitness accounts of His life, particularly the three years of His ministry. We also have eyewitness accounts of His resurrection. Even the Jewish historian Josephus recorded some of Jesus’ life, even if he was skeptical himself.

We have heard Jesus is at the right hand of the throne of God. Perhaps we are unsure how that could be. Again, we have an eyewitness account. As Stephen was about to be stoned for testifying about Jesus, he had a vision of Jesus standing at God’s right hand. Once again, we may be skeptical. Yet, being filled with the Holy Spirit can bring about visions. Have you ever spoken with someone who has had an unexplainable experience with God? Some of us have. Some of us have been the person who had the experience.

We attempt to explain away these experiences with our modern science. Science is good and has many applications. However, God doesn’t obey man-made scientific rules. He works outside of those and has the ability to appear to us at any time.

Not all of us will have an in-person experience with God in a tangible way. Yet, we interact with His creation every day. We may not have a vision of Jesus, but it does not mean others haven’t. We may be one of those who have an up-close encounter with God one day.

I pray we all believe the eyewitness accounts of Jesus. I pray we trust God works outside of scientific rules. I pray each one of us believe Jesus is who He says He is. Trust eyewitness accounts. Trust God is at work. Believe in Jesus. Put your faith in Him.

Acts 7:55-56 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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