Jesus Meets Us

The Apostle John wrote his Gospel account with a sincere purpose that eventually those who would read would come to faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”  John 20:31 

Following Jesus’ Resurrection, John writes the account of a series of encounters Jesus had with those whom He was very close with.  It is quite revealing that his encounters with each person (s) also reflects the way that Jesus encounters us today.  Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene who was in deep sorrow and pain, “why are you crying?”  (20:10-18)  Jesus then appeared to His disciples who were together, “with doors locked for fear of the Jews!” (20:19-3)  Following that account, Jesus appeared to Thomas who doubted  the appearance of Jesus, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” (20:24-31)  Jesus then appeared to his disciples while they were out fishing.  They had not caught anything all night, “that night they caught nothing.” (21:1-14)  And finally, Jesus encounters Peter.  We know what happened with Peter who had denied his relationship with Jesus not once, not twice, but three times. (21:15-25)

There is something revealing about the Spirit’s move upon John to record these particular encounters.  Of all the things John could have recorded for us about Jesus, these encounters are not without purpose.  I believe Jesus wants us to know that He encounters or meets us with where we are at.  The significance of each encounter was that though each may be going through a different situation, He nevertheless appeared to comfort, to bring peace, to bring faith, to encourage, and to restore.

Jesus meets us at our place of sorrow and grief and He comes to bring comfort.

Jesus meets us at our place of fear and He comes to bring peace.

Jesus meets us at our place of doubt and He comes to bring faith.

Jesus meets us at our place of discouragement and He comes to bring hope.

Jesus meets us at our place of fallenness and He comes to bring restoration.

The point also is the fact that Jesus appears at the proper time.  Jesus is compassionate and all knowing.  Jesus knows where we are at, our condition, our state of being, and He comes to meet us where we are at.  The Holy Spirit, who is here today to carry on the ministry of Jesus, comes to do the same in our lives today.  These are words of comfort and encouragement are not only for ourselves but also for all who have not experienced an encounter with Jesus.  As Jesus says, “the Kingdom of God is near.”

He is near but He wants to be here for you and I.  Whoever has a need, a condition, Jesus wants to appear and bring that which we need at that moment.  

Pastor Daniel