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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Pastor's Perspective - June 25

Knowing Jesus Better – Sabbath One

It is Thursday night and I am doing the final preparation for this Sabbath’s sermon – “Who is Jesus?”
I have saved something for tonight. Something that I knew would be painful for me. But, something that I also know will help me to be ready. I am watching my DVD of “The Passion of the Christ.” I saw it on opening night last year. The pain from that first viewing – the agony of seeing Jesus suffer so much – is still fresh in my heart and mind.
Now, I am watching it for the second time.
I have just finished watching the
Gethsemane scene. Jesus falls to the ground praying, “Abba!”
Satan hisses, “Who is your Father?” … “Who are you?”
Later the men come to take Jesus away. “Who are you looking for?” Jesus asks.
“We are looking for Jesus of Nazareth.”
“I am he.”
I am he. I am he…
Who is Jesus? Who is he really? He is more than a man. More than a God. He is something beyond. Far beyond. Jesus is…
All.
All we need. All we have.
Jesus is All. And then some.