His Name is Jesus

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The thing I love most about my relationship with God is that there is always more to know.  I could live my entire life, learning more about Him every single day, and I would still never know Him fully.

WaveOver the past couple months I have fallen more in love with God’s power.  His love, His grace, His comfort, and even His majesty are things I have already fallen in love with, but I suddenly find myself totally taken aback by His raw, unadulterated power.  To merely consider it makes me tremble with a strange mix of elation and sheer terror.  I saw the ocean and thought it had a wild but enticing power; then I thought how much more so that must be true of its Creator.  I have seen roaring waterfalls and thought them powerful until I considered that He who made them must be powerful beyond my wildest imaginings.

Sam and I had the opportunity to visit some of the waterfalls in Glacier National Park in 2007.  (And no, I did not take this photo!)

Sam and I had the opportunity to visit some of the waterfalls in Glacier National Park in 2007. (And no, I did not take this photo!)

I love to talk about the love of God, about how Jesus sacrificed Himself out of pure love for each and every person on this planet.  Sometimes, however, we think of Jesus or even of Christianity as meek, mild, humble, and full of love and forgiveness.  All those things are true, but there is a whole other side to it that we tend to set aside because it is just too overwhelming to consider: the matchless power of the King of kings.

‘“Behold, I am coming soon!  My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”  (Revelation 22:12-13)

In this statement, Jesus is not describing Himself as someone who is meek and mild.  He is not saying that he is coming like one who has a bag of candy and passes it out to the “good” kids and withholds it from the “bad” ones.  No, He is describing Himself as a Warrior-King coming to pass judgment on all things – freedom for some and a fate worse than death for others.  He will come one day “in a cloud with great power and glory” (Luke 21:27).  He was given “the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).  That is power uncontainable and unfathomable.  That is my Jesus.

Crown of thorns

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