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Experience the Person
by Jenny on December 9th, 2014

"You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to Me!" John 5:39

I love teaching. Actually, I love studying. Teaching happens when we share with others that which we've learned through our studies.

Many years have passed since I applied the technicalities of my college degree to any real-life problem. But I learned to do more in college than just heat and mass transfer calculations--I learned how to study . . . only, I had to learn the hard way.

After receiving a "D" in my first chemical engineering class I expressed to my instructor my desire to change majors (if I couldn't pass the first class, how would I ever pass the rest?). My instructor told me I simply needed to learn how to study; how to take what I learned in class and then apply that knowledge to all types of problems, rather than expecting to simply recite answers on a test as I had become accustomed to doing throughout grade school. I spent the next four (okay, five) years learning how to study well.

Nearly fifteen years later I still love to study but I have one fear--that I will study the Bible and miss God completely.

How is that possible, you ask?

It is both possible and plausible for us to be well-versed in the Scriptures and still miss God. The religious leaders of Jesus' day lived during the time when God became flesh. Yet those most familiar with the Word of God failed to experience God. Completely.

In John 5, Jesus arrived in Jerusalem for one of the religious holidays. While in town Jesus observed a man who had been ill for nearly 40 years. Out of His great compassion Jesus healed the man. Only, according to the opinions of the religious leaders, Jesus broke the cardinal rule by performing "work" on the Sabbath.

The religious leaders KNEW Scripture. These leaders wanted their people to obey the Scriptures so they created a list of additional "rules" which would ensure observance of the Jewish law. They knew the Scriptures but they failed to recognize the Son. They knew the Law but failed to experience the Love of God.

The Scriptures teach us about God. But knowing about God isn't enough. God wants us to experience Him. John 1:18 tells us, "No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart. He has revealed God to us."

God wanted us to know Him so He sent His Son to us at Christmastime. When we receive the Son as Savior, we experience the Person of God (John 8:19).

The Scriptures teach us how to be the light but it is the Person who orchestrates our circumstances such that we have the opportunity to serve as the light. It's the Person of God who allows us to run into a long-lost friend at the post-office so that we can invite them back to church. It's the Person of God who causes a woman to come to church looking for a worship service when the only "service" meeting at the church that night is a Bible study class for women enduring hardship.

Search the Scriptures because they point you to Jesus. But let us not have our noses so deep in the Book that we fail to experience the very presence of God among us, Immanuel.


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1 Comments

Christy Miller - December 9th, 2014 at 3:05 PM
Great message Jenny! Thanks for studying so hard & bringing us a message we need to read everyday over & over to recognize the person of the Son of God & that path that helps us to understand the heart of our Father who art inthe heavens.
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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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