Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It Is The Lord

The Lord reveals Himself to us in many different ways. He does
that through His Word (the Bible), nature, His Ministers, friends,
family, circumstances, etc. Unfortunately, we don’t always hear
Him or recognize His voice right away. It is either because we
are not paying attention, we don’t believe Him, or we have not
learned to recognize His voice or ways. Jesus says in John 10:4,
“His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.” When
we fail to recognize His voice we miss out on things like: His
encouragement, comfort, assurance, directions, and blessings. Jesus
revealed Himself to different individuals after His resurrection.
They recognized Him through the things they knew about Him.

Mary Magdalene went to the tomb on the Day of Resurrection,
only to discover that it was empty. She reported that to Peter and
John, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t
know where they have put Him!” John 20:2. Peter and John went to
verify her story, and after that they left, “but Mary stood outside
the tomb crying.” (John 20:11). Jesus appeared to her at the tomb, but
she thought He was the gardener. During the conversation, Jesus
said to her, “Mary” (V 16). As soon as she heard the mention of her
name, she knew who she had been talking to, she had recognized
His voice. So “She turned toward Him and cried out in Aramaic,
‘Rabboni!’” (V 16). Oh, the joy, the excitement, and the peace she
must have felt to know that her Lord was alive after all, the result
of voice recognition. Had she not recognized His voice, she might
have continued to sorrow over His death and disappearance from
the tomb.

Likewise, when Jesus appeared to the disciples by the sea of
Tiberias, they recognized Him, not by His appearance but by
what He said and did. They admitted to Him their failure and
disappointment for the night. They had not caught any fish. When
Jesus told them what to do, and the result was a large catch of fish,
they knew right away who He was. John said to Peter, “It is the
Lord.” (John 21:7). How comforting and how reassuring it might have
been for them! Do you ever recognize Him in your circumstances,
and are you able to follow His leading? When the disciples did,
the result was astonishing.

On the day of resurrection, two disciples were on their way
to Emmaus, a village seven miles from Jerusalem. They were
discussing the events from the past few days, i.e. Jesus’ death and
resurrection. As they went along, Jesus went up and walked with
them. They didn’t recognize Him, even when He rebuked them for
being so slow in understanding the Scriptures. They invited Him
home to dinner, and at the table, as He took bread, gave thanks,
broke it and began to give to them (He had a habit of doing that),
their eyes were opened and they recognized Him (Luke 24:30-31).
Are you able to recognize Him through His ways of doing things?
We need to look for God in all situations and circumstances and
be able to declare to ourselves and others, “It is the Lord.”

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