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What Would You Say If You Met Jesus? (Y1.T1.D17)

Updated: Sep 26


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I'm a huge fan of The Chosen television show. As a writer, I'm impressed with the quality and creativity expressed in this historical fictional account of the Gospels. It's nice to spend hours watching and rewatching what it might have been like to walk the earth with Jesus.


As a superfan, I was able to participate as an extra on the set of "The Sermon on the Mount". Of course, you won't see my face on the screen because I either get tongue-tied around people who've impressed me or I say stupid things.


Knowing this, I hung out in the back of the crowd. And although it was freezing, I was grateful to sit at a distance and watch an actor portray Jesus. So the idea of speaking to my actual Savior breaks a few blood vessels in my brain.


You see, I'm guilty of the sin that separates me from God (Isaiah 59:2), yet before I was born, God loved me enough to die for me (1 John 4:10).


I don't know how much John the Baptist—(who was filled with the Holy Spirit "even from his mother's womb" (Luke 1:15)—knew of the redemptive details of the crucifixion, but it's clear he did recognize his cousin as the Christ (John 1:29). And when Jesus came to the Jordan to be baptized, John's response was one of honor and respect.


When I picture myself in John's shoes, my chin drops and my heart accelerates.


MercyMe's song "I Can Only Imagine" expresses how any of us might react to meeting Jesus face to face. We could shout for joy, or fall to our knees, or be struck dumb in awe. Or impossibly all of that at the same time.


The good news is I don't have to worry about making a bad first impression. Even if the first day I see his face I'm barely able to wave at him from a distance, it won't matter. I'll have forever to get it right because he promised to prepare a place where I could be with him forever (John 14:3).


But that forever won’t happen until we die. Or will it?


Even as I type this, Jesus is here with me. I don't have to travel to the set of a TV show. I don’t have to approach a sacred altar or climb to the top of a mountain. And neither do you.


Wherever you are right now, you can tip your head to the heavens and say, "Hello." You can close your eyes and bow your head and whisper your appreciation and needs to him. No need to be nervous—he's excited to hear from you.


Let's Read Why


1 Behold, Yahweh’s hand is not shortened, that it can’t save;

nor his ear dull, that it can’t hear.

2 But your iniquities have separated you and your God,

and your sins have hidden his face from you,

so that he will not hear.

3 For your hands are defiled with blood,

and your fingers with iniquity.

Your lips have spoken lies.

Your tongue mutters wickedness.

4 No one sues in righteousness,

and no one pleads in truth.

They trust in vanity,

and speak lies.

They conceive mischief,

and give birth to iniquity.

5 They hatch adders’ eggs,

and weave the spider’s web.

He who eats of their eggs dies;

and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper.

6 Their webs won’t become garments.

They won’t cover themselves with their works.

Their works are works of iniquity,

and acts of violence are in their hands.

7 Their feet run to evil,

and they hurry to shed innocent blood.

Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity.

Desolation and destruction are in their paths.

8 They don’t know the way of peace;

and there is no justice in their ways.

They have made crooked paths for themselves;

whoever goes in them doesn’t know peace.


9 Therefore justice is far from us,

and righteousness doesn’t overtake us.

We look for light, but see darkness;

for brightness, but we walk in obscurity.

10 We grope for the wall like the blind.

Yes, we grope as those who have no eyes.

We stumble at noon as if it were twilight.

Among those who are strong, we are like dead men.

11 We all roar like bears

and moan bitterly like doves.

We look for justice, but there is none,

for salvation, but it is far off from us.


12 For our transgressions are multiplied before you,

and our sins testify against us;

for our transgressions are with us,

and as for our iniquities, we know them:

13 transgressing and denying Yahweh,

and turning away from following our God,

speaking oppression and revolt,

conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

14 Justice is turned away backward,

and righteousness stands far away;

for truth has fallen in the street,

and uprightness can’t enter.

15 Yes, truth is lacking;

and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.


Yahweh saw it,

and it displeased him that there was no justice.

16 He saw that there was no man,

and wondered that there was no intercessor.

Therefore his own arm brought salvation to him;

and his righteousness sustained him.

17 He put on righteousness as a breastplate,

and a helmet of salvation on his head.

He put on garments of vengeance for clothing,

and was clad with zeal as a mantle.

18 According to their deeds,

he will repay as appropriate,

wrath to his adversaries,

recompense to his enemies;

he will repay the islands their due.

19 So they will fear Yahweh’s name from the west,

and his glory from the rising of the sun;

for he will come as a rushing stream,

which Yahweh’s breath drives.


20 “A Redeemer will come to Zion,

and to those who turn from disobedience in Jacob,” says Yahweh.


21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says Yahweh. “My Spirit who is on you, and my words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your offspring, nor out of the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says Yahweh, “from now on and forever.” (Isaiah 59:1–21)


15 John testified about him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.’” (John 1:15)


28 These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


29 The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold,[a] the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.’ 31 I didn’t know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel.” (John 1:28–31)

16 Therefore the Lord Yahweh says, “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone of a sure foundation. He who believes shall not act hastily. 17 I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plumb line. The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the hiding place. 18 Your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol shall not stand. When the overflowing scourge passes through, then you will be trampled down by it. 19 As often as it passes through, it will seize you; for morning by morning it will pass through, by day and by night; and it will be nothing but terror to understand the message.” 20 For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in. (Isaiah 28:16–20)

1 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” says Yahweh. 2 Therefore Yahweh, the God of Israel, says against the shepherds who feed my people: “You have scattered my flock, driven them away, and have not visited them. Behold, I will visit on you the evil of your doings,” says Yahweh. 3 “I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they will be fruitful and multiply. 4 I will set up shepherds over them, who will feed them. They will no longer be afraid or dismayed, neither will any be lacking,” says Yahweh.


5 “Behold, the days come,” says Yahweh,

“that I will raise to David a righteous Branch,

and he will reign as king and deal wisely,

and will execute justice and righteousness in the land.

6 In his days Judah will be saved,

and Israel will dwell safely.

This is his name by which he will be called:

Yahweh our righteousness.


7 “Therefore behold, the days come,” says Yahweh, “that they will no more say, ‘As Yahweh lives, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;’ 8 but, ‘As Yahweh lives, who brought up and who led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will dwell in their own land.” (Jeremiah 23:1–8)

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan[a] to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”


15 But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. (Matthew 3:13–15)

9 In those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. (Mark 1:9)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


You are great and greatly to be praised! Your greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:3) It's an honor to be in Your presence at this moment. Thank You for wanting to hear from me, for wanting to be gracious to me. (Isaiah 30:18) Until the moment I do get to see you face to face, help me to be as obedient as John the Baptist. I recognize you deserve the praise of every living creature on the earth, and under it, and all that live in the sea with declarations of "Blessing and honor and glory and power forever and ever!" (Revelation 5:13)


Amen.


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