Jesus Comes to You

St. Matthew’s Church

Ephesians 4:6 has been a favorite verse of mine for many years. The simple text reminds readers that God is “over all, through all, and in all.” That means He’s constantly at work in the major events that touch every one of us, as well as actively revealing Himself in small and seemingly insignificant occurrences as well. While I certainly love standing in awe of God’s bold demonstrations of His power and sovereignty, I think that I might like it more when I seem to “bump” into Him during His more subtle movements. It gently reminds me that He’s with me every single moment of every single day.

One of those moments happened during the Christmas Day service at the little country church in North Carolina where my Mom and Dad are members. Besides enjoying the beautifully decorated sanctuary and singing all the verses (not just the chorus) of my favorite Christmas hymns, the traditional liturgical format also included communion. As is normal in many smaller congregations, the bread and wine is served at the altar (The focal point of the sanctuary), and row by row, believers are invited to come forward to take part in the Lord’s Supper.

However, my dad, who is in his 80s, is not as mobile as he once was and over the last year, it’s become too difficult for him to make his way down the aisles. So the pastor left the front of the church and brought the sacred elements to where he was. It was a simple thing… and since the room was small, it was almost not worth noticing. But as I sat there beside Mom and Dad, watching this unfold, it occurred to me … this is the Gospel story!

When we couldn’t make our way to God, He came to us!

Most of the time people feel that they are too sinful and flawed to come toward their Creator.  Consequently, they choose to dwell far away, hoping for a time when they’ve straightened up enough to be worthy enough to approach Him. But that’s a flawed understanding of the story of Jesus.

The Apostle Paul reminded us that sin interferes with our ability to reach God (Rom. 3:23), and that there’s nothing that we can do to lift ourselves from our position and propel ourselves toward Him. (Rom. 5:6) But, seeing our powerless condition, His great love motivated Him to leave heaven (the focus of the Universe) and come to us (Rom. 5:8), and through His mercy, give us what we could never provide for ourselves. (Eph 2:4)

So if you are not strong enough to make it to God on your own (and no one is), then stay where you are. Let Him come to you. His body was given for you. His blood was shed for you. Poured out for the forgiveness of your sins. (Matt. 26:26-28) Believe, and then gratefully receive what He so freely offers.

 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” – John 6:33

 

18 thoughts on “Jesus Comes to You

  1. Dear Karen, your post blessed my heart! While I much prefer kneeling at the altar to what my son calls “drive by” communion, you reminded me that it’s about seeking and receiving what Jesus died for and brings to us. Thanks for sharing your “sweet communion”. Blessings from your neighbor at Kelly’s

  2. Such a beautiful picture you draw here Karen. It is so amazing when God reveals himself to us. I am so thankful that God came for me as I was unwilling to submit to Him for many years. Oh, what wonderful grace and love from our Savior. Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience. It was such an encouragement to read. May God continue to bless you and yours in 2017.

  3. Karen, what a touching post. And, I love the verse you quoted at the end, too. Brings new life to that verse. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for linking up with the #ChasingCommunity launch! So great to meet you. Happy New Year!

  4. Beautiful!

    What a gift! He came to us. I’m so very grateful.

    We’ve attended a small church some where several of the people are elderly. They pass the bread and juice and watching these older people partake and glorify Jesus in it is absolutely beautiful.

    1. Thanks for taking time to visit, Barbie. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!: 1 John 3:1

  5. Yes, God comes to us! We have a similar way of taking communion in our church. My oldest son is in a wheelchair, but the pastor will bring the communion to him and it really touches my heart. It seems small, but you’re right, it does demonstrate how God comes to us because apart from Him we are unable to come on our own. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #MomentsofHope.

    1. I love that God shows Himself and His great love for us in so many little ways… if only we stop long enough to see. Blessings on you and your family, Gayl.

  6. I love this analogy, Karen, of the Gospel story. How Jesus so lovingly comes to us in our helplessness. Thank you for this encouragement. Also that Ephesians verse reminder of God being “over all, through all, and in all.” Have a wonderful 2017!

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