Truth for Today

‘Sir, We Would See Jesus’

It climaxed a life-long quest. Wearied of pagan fables, crowded out of God's House by hawking and haggling in a holy bazaar, Greeks in search of God turned to the disciple Andrew with one plea: ‘Sir, we would see Jesus’. (John 12:21)

How about you? Do you want to see, to know Jesus Christ as He really is?

You now may see Him indirectly, only through the pages of the Bible. “Christ died for our sins. And was buried, and rose again, according to the Scriptures.” “We see Jesus, made a little lower than angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” “We all with open face... behold the glory of the Lord as in a glass.” “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 2:9; 2 Corintians 3:18; Romans 10:17)

You need to see Him savingly, as God the Son and the only Saviour. For He is “God manifest in the flesh”; “in Him the fullness of the Godhead dwelleth bodily.” “Everyone that seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have eternal life.” “There is none other Name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” (1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9; John 6:40; Acts 4:12)

You soon shall see Him physically, when He comes again. “Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin, unto salvation.” “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him.” “We shall see Him as He is.” (Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 1:7; 1 John 3:2)

What shall you say on that Day? Some will say: “This is the Lord, we have waited for Him; we will rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” Others will say to rocks and hills “Fall on us, hide us from the wrath of the Lamb.” (Isaiah 25:8-9; Revelation 6:15-17)

Today, this is His Word to you: “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and beside me there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22)

Rev. John Peter Bodner
MA MDiv – Pastor – Hope Assembly of Bible Christians

“If I Should Die...”

Listen: a small child is saying bedtime prayers. Soon you hear the happy prattle, “God bless Mummy, God bless Daddy, God bless Gramma” – on and on. But then comes a verse, haunting on a child's lips: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep; If I should die before I wake...”
If I should die. Do the worlds startle the child into tears? What will Mummy, Daddy tell the child when first it asks, “If I should die...”?
If I should die. We brush the words aside as adults, too busy working, too eager to get married, too thrilled with our newborn. It is the last thought in our mind. Yet it never goes away. Quietly it waits for us, back of our life insurance premium, our mortgage financing. Silently it beckons us to the sympathy card. From hospital ward, nursing home, hospice, it watches. What if I should die?
Death, dying for me was once an unnameable terror, a pitiless enigma. But death died for me the day that Jesus Christ found me and saved me. On that day I sang, “The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” He is the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for my sins; the Great Shepherd of the sheep whom the God of peace brought again from the dead by the Blood of the everlasting Covenant. He is the Shepherd and Bishop of my soul, who knew me, called me by name, gave me eternal life, and holds me in His pierced hands. He is the Chief Shepherd enthroned in His ascended manhood on high, who shall come again for me crowned in unfading glory. From that day I could say, “Yea though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I shall fear no evil: for Thou art with me.”

Christ has abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. So what if I should die?

“The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God that giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Rev. John Peter Bodner
MA MDiv – Pastor – Hope Assembly of Bible Christians