A PLACE AND A PERSON.
The old Testament placed it’s emphasis .. on a Place, I and the New Testament .. on a Person.
In O.T. there was one special place of Sacrifice .. of Worship .. of God’s Divine Presence.
Please read .. Deut 12:10-14.
”There shall be a PLACE where the Lord your God shall choose to cause His Name to dwell there. To the Hebrew, nearness to Jerusalem and to the Temple became to mean, nearness to the .. SPECIAL PRESENCE OF GOD.
The Gentiles were the ‘Far off’ ones!
In the N.T.This localisation of the Divine Presence transferred from a ..
PLACE to a PERSON.
This is evident of Jesus’ dealing with the Samaritan Woman at the well of Sychar.
She questioned ..”You say that men should worship in Jerusalem?”
Jesus to explained to her ..True Worship will not be anymore in a Place .. because “TRUE WORSHIP WILL BE IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH,” That is .. WHOM the Father seeks to Worship Him.”
Jesus took her eyes off a PLACE to a PERSON .. That is .. HIMSELF!
He told her “I AM HAVING THIS CONVERSATION WITH YOU, AM HE.” (The person).
The Greek literally interprets it..
“I AM – WHO I AM” – IS SPEAKING TO YOU.”
“THE IS THE GREAT ..”I AM” .. GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!!
Also consider the Ethiopian .. He had been to the right place .. JERUSALEM, for the right reason to .. WORSHIP! But something the Ethiopian learned was.. the Secret of Salvation and Satisfaction, that day.
And He went on his way “Rejoicing!”
For us who know Christ as Saviour have these Personal Promises to encourage us.
“BEHOLD ‘I AM’ WITH YOU ALWAYS ..
EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE!”
Previously we learned that, “GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF ”
Here today, Jesus, the GOD-MAN is speaking..
HE IS ,”EVER PRESENT .. ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE.”
HIS “DIVINE POWER IS IN HEAVEN,
AND IN EARTH.”
He ‘KNOWS ALL THINGS’ seeing the end from the beginning, will wrap up ‘ALL THINGS’ at the end of this age.
It is He, who is ‘CONTINUALLY WITH YOU.’
He delights to be with the poorest of us, the humblest of us. He loves to be with those who feel unworthy of His
His Precious Presence.
He has said,
“I will, NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU, NEVER, NO NEVER.” He is with you“
TILL THE END of this AGE.”
He is with you to Protect, Preserve and Provide by His ..
MIGHTY PERSONAL PRESENCE!!
NOW .. HOW SAFE YOU MUST FEEL .. IF.. YOU MAKE THIS PERSONAL!