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CENTRAL CHRISTIAN, BROWNSVILLE, TX
A. Listen to these words written by the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 1:16-18. "We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power & coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitness of His majesty.
"For He received honor & glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, saying, `This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.í We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain."
ILL. Bob Evans was blind. For the first 51 years of his life he lived in a dark world filled with sounds, but not sight. Then delicate surgery was performed, & for the first time in his life, he could see.
He has written of his experience in seeing things for the very first time, He wrote, "I couldnít believe yellow. I never dreamed that yellow was so, well, yellow. And red. Red is my favorite color. Itís so brilliant & warm & penetrating. Then there are the airplanes flying high in the sky, stretching their vapor trails behind them. I love watching the airplanes."
"And the sunsets. There are times when I just sit outside to drink in the beauty of a sunset, followed by a night filled with the brilliant light of the stars, blinking in the heavens." He went on, "I wonder if you realize just how wonderful the gift of sight really is?"
We have always seen, havenít we? We just open our eyes. Sometimes we need a little help from glasses that correct our vision & bring things into focus. But most of us have always had this wonderful gift of sight.
B. Bob Evans also wrote, "All my life I was surrounded by beauty & I never realized it until now. I didnít even know what I was missing."
It is possible for us to be that way with God, too, isnít it? To come to church & sing songs of praise, even to pray & read His Word, & yet never know Him, to know only what others have learned of Him & have taught us, but never really to know Him for ourselves.
C. Maybe our goal for Christmas ought to be to know Jesus for ourselves. Because the message of Christmas is this, "Heaven visited earth & made it possible for earth to get right with God. God became flesh & lived with us for a brief period of time, so that the eyes of man could behold Him, & ears could listen to what He had to say."
Would it be too bold a prayer for us to pray at Christmas time - that we might behold Him, too? Listen to these words of some who did see Him:
ILL. Thomas saw Him & fell to his knees & said, "My Lord & my God." Mary Magdalene saw Him & said, "We beheld the glory of the Lord." The two Emmaus-bound disciples saw Him & said, "Were not our hearts burning within us?" And maybe Peter said it best when he said, "We were eyewitnesses of His majesty."
Are you ready to see His majesty? Are you ready to behold the King of Kings & the Lord of Lords? Are you ready to stand in His company?
One thing is for sure. God is ready & anxious to reveal Himself to us. But the question is, "Do we want to meet Him? Are we really prepared to hear His words, & listen to what He has to say?"
PROP. If you are, then pew-warming will not be enough. Junk Christianity wonít satisfy. Once you know Him youíll want to remain with Him. Youíll want to stay with Him.
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