Looking at past helps achieve deeper fellowship

Jesus’ apostles were with him for a few years to learn and become prepared to teach us (Acts 4: 13; Matthew 28: 18-20).

They speak from firsthand experience so we also can have the firsthand experience of learning directly from Jesus – from hearing his teachings also (2 Peter 1: 16-21; John 12: 44-50; 16: 12-15).

In 1 John 1: 1-4, the apostle John mentions a couple of our natural senses and leads us to experience the emotions they draw forth – the greater gifts from God of faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 12: 31; 13: 13).

The great love God has shown through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection and the abundant, eternal life as God’s special people – his very own children – brought about by that event had never been heard of before (Deuteronomy 4: 32-40; John 1: 12, 13).

In 2 Samuel 7: 18-29, David remembered the truth he’d heard that there’s only one God and that he wills to bless his people even speaking about future plans of a bright hope for them (Jeremiah 29: 11). Even then, we cannot understand the real magnitude of what God has in store without intently looking at Jesus through a deeper study of the Bible as we’re aided by his Spirit (1 Corinthians 2: 6-16).

While his apostles hadn’t seen everything God has in store, they couldn’t write down all they had seen simply due to the volume (John 21: 24, 25). Enough has been written that, although we haven’t seen Jesus personally, we can believe in him and be more blessed than the apostles themselves (John 20: 19-31).

But, we must take the next step in growth and actually look at Jesus.

Jesus helps with this. When we’re open to faith, he tells us to look at him – to give him our full attention – to see how he suffered for us.

The more we look at Jesus, the more we’ll desire to look into the things he has in store for us and the more we look forward to his return when we’ll see him as he is and become like him (1 Peter 1: 10-16; 1 John 3: 1-3; 5: 1-5).

Finally, as we look more deeply, Jesus gives us the privilege of touching him to gain more proof of his identity and character. In reality, when we reach out to touch him, he touches us with the exact degree of healing we need (Matthew 14: 34-36; Luke 8: 40-48; 18: 15-17).

When we touch Jesus out of childlike faith (or he actually touches us), we enjoy the most intimate form of fellowship because touching indicates a deeper level of intimacy than seeing and hearing.

We then gain hope and a desire to proclaim to others what we’ve experienced so they can taste how good the Lord is and enjoy fellowship with him and us (1 Peter 2: 3; Psalm 34: 8; Luke 15: 7).

If you haven’t entered into the kingdom through childlike faith, believing and being baptized for forgiveness because that’s what God says to do (Mark 16: 16; Acts 2: 38, 39), won’t you do that today?

It’s the sensible thing to do and I’d love to help just so I can enjoy your fellowship at a deeper level (461-4421).

Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at: lmlaur@

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