Jesus hasn’t left the building!

I often thank God that I’m not God; because if I was, I would have left the building a long time ago.

By building… I mean the world. I would have withdrawn my presence from the world… from people. I would have left people abandoned.

“Why would you have abandoned the world Dean?” you may ask. Because I would be sick of people not recognising that I was God, that I held their every moment in my hand, that most importantly, that I loved them.

And this is exactly how the world acts around Jesus. Not many recognise him as God. Not many recognise him as the one who loves them so much that he died for them.

YET – Jesus hasn’t walked out. He hasn’t left. He hasn’t abandoned those that he loves. Only a perfect God would have this sort of patience! And thus, I cannot ever be God, because I would have been fed up a long time ago.

The Bible talks about Jesus as being the only constant in this world. He is the ever present help in trouble. He is the rod and staff that comforts those who need guidence. He is the friend of Sinners, the fairest of ten thousand, the bright morning star, the beautiful one, the redeemer, the saviour. He is the all in all.

And being all of this, he doesn’t walk out on his creation when they mock, spit, laugh, curse and reject him. Now that’s some God.

 

Thank you Jesus that you’re the only one who is worthy of all praise and worship, because you are the one who doesn’t walk out. Amen.

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.1 You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

 

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Martin

    As you say, it’s a good thing that Jesus has more patience with us than we would in his position. Just a thought about buildings, though. Most of our current church buildings are not very encouraging to get people in (to meet Jesus). Perhaps its time we left the building – we might even meet Jesus out there before us!

    • Good observation Martin… maybe we should… and some churches are.

      I think Building-Theology is something that needs to be talked about more often. The primary purpose of the Church Building is for believers to be taught and instructed from God’s word. the rest of the Christian life is to be lived outside of it. That’s where taking Jesus out of the building comes in.

      I’m not saying that we shouldn’t hold events in church and stuff, cos’ all that’s cool. But I think the idea is that Christians are built up to go out onto the mission field!

      Thanks for commenting 🙂