A Personal Encounter
Those of us who have accepted Christ as our personal Savior had a personal encounter with Jesus. Hence, we refer to Jesus as our Personal Savior. All experiences are different. Where you met Him, how you responded, what was your reaction when you encountered him. Some cry, some laugh with joy, some are left in awe, wondering how a God so great would choose me. The experience will never be forgotten by the individual.
Let us look at a biblical account of a personal encounter, a man who needed Jesus to intervene in his life in John chapter 9. The chapter begins in verses 1-5 of the disciples and Jesus asking about someone who has a problem and why this man has this problem. Jesus and the disciples feel compassion for this man and know that he needs a miracle in his life. At some point each of us realize that we need a miracle in our life. When we realize that Jesus can provide that miracle needed, we ask Him to "SAVE" us and perform that miracle in our lives.
I think it not coincidental that this man was "blind". He could not SEE that he needed Jesus. We have the same problem. Jesus ALWAYS makes the first move as he did with this man. Jesus made clay from his spit and rubbed it on his eyes. He then asked the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. Notice Jesus did not tell him what would happen when he washed. The lesson here is Jesus comes to us then asks us to trust him. As this man did, once we trust him, we receive the miracle of sight. Thanks be to Jesus that HE comes to us, we trust Him, then we see HIM. We then are changed forever as was this man. What a blessing to realize how much Jesus really loves us.
Chapter 9 now shows us, after his encounter, he now must face the world. Just like us after we have our encounter with Jesus, we now must encounter the culture. The blind man's neighbors could not believe this was the same man who earlier in the day was begging. Some even said, no that cannot be him, it is someone that looks like him. Then, the man told them all, No, I am the beggar who now is made whole. After his testimony, people asked him, how is it that you have changed. The world just cannot believe the difference that Jesus can make in lives. Notice also, the beggar had no need to beg Jesus. Jesus did what he did because of His nature, His calling as described in verse 4.
Chapter 9 verse 11 is the personal testimony of the blind man that now sees. He explains just what Jesus did for him. We each have our own testimony and description of what Jesus did for us. We tell people what has been done by Jesus for us. The change is not self-improvement or a 10-step plan to be a better person. It is a personal encounter with Jesus.
Do not miss verse 12. After the testimony of the blind man telling them what Jesus did for him, their next question is, where is He? When telling others, they want to know where they can get their own miracle. They want to know, how can I meet Jesus? Seek Jesus while he may be found. (Isaiah 55:6-7)
Chapter 9 verses 15-34 now tells how the religious crowd interrogates the blind man concerning his encounter with Jesus. Even today, the religious people interrogate believers doubting a personal encounter. I often wonder why, don't you? Perhaps they do not believe that you can encounter Jesus apart from their own belief of how God works. That is what the Pharisees thought.
Each faction of religions has their own belief. That is why they display their identifying marks next to their names. Most towns have a "First" Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Church of God, Church of Christ, Episcopalian. When speaking to these members, they are quick to tell you why they are different. Can we not just dwell on what makes us alike? Jesus!!! Many congregations are waking up to this and are changing their names.
Notice they first interrogate the man himself asking him multiple times what Jesus did for him. He repeatedly explains that he really doesn't understand exactly what happened but, once I was blind and now, I see.
Then they called in his parents to interrogate them. The parents tell the Pharisees, yes this is our son and yes, he was born blind. But we do not know how it is that now he sees. Those closest to the man could not explain his encounter with Jesus.
Does this sound familiar. After your personal encounter with Christ, friends and family sometimes cannot explain the changes that take place in our lives. Once again we can explain, but unless they have a similar encounter they will not understand.
The parents finally tell the Pharisees, our son is of the age that he can testify on his own about his life. You don't need us.
Verse 24 the Pharisees begin asking his questions again. Verse 27 the man declares, I have already told you and obviously you were not listening. Why should I tell you again?
I want each person reading this to understand that the Pharisees (modern day religion) try to turn the attention from Jesus to themselves. Read John chapter 9 again and look at how they want this event to be all about them. They want control, they want the attention, they want to tell you what to believe. I say, BELIEVE IN JESUS alone!!! He changes lives and your encounter with him is personal. DO NOT LET RELIGION come between you and your Personal Savior.
If you want a personal encounter with Jesus, simply bow your head, close your eyes and call on him to save you. By bowing your head and closing your eyes, you will be able to focus on Jesus and not be distracted.
Find a Bible and read the following scriptures to help your understanding.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Roman 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in think heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
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A good way to wrap up the day is by reading some scriptures, This helps you relax and focus on God. Our day to day lives can become complicated with all the events we must encounter in life. Gods Word can help us find real meaning in life. I have found that God leads me to read mostly in the Book of Psalms. If you ask God to lead you in your reading, he will.
If you are a young believer, may I suggest that you read from the Book of John first. Then move to the Book of Romans. God will help you to meditate on what you read and understand how the scripture can help you in your daily walk.
Are You Saved?
As human beings we have a tendency to make the most simpliest of things difficult. To those that do not know Jesus as their personal Saviour, simplicity of salvation becomes a stumblingblock. Do you need a vision, lightning to strike you, or a great thunderous voice to ring out through the heavens before you will believe God wants to save you? That is not the way God set forth the matter of salvation. God gave his very best to YOU that would allow you to become one of his family. If you had the greatest possession imaginable on Earth, and it was your intention to give it away FREE, do you think you would have to beg someone to take it? I don't think so! Yet the Holy Spirit continues to speak to the lost and draw them to God. Listen my friend if you are seeking to know more about God, who do you think moved you to take those first steps of seeking him. Thats right! That is the drawing power of God through the Holy Spirit. Surrender to the seeking power of God today.
There may be a day when you will lose your concern, and that may be the day the Holy Spirit stops drawing. He may not come to you again.
Do Not Delay Seek God Today