Word of God speak 23 July 2019
by Fr. Dana Jackson
1 Then the Lord appeared to Abraham by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. 2 So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, 3 and said, “My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant.
Abraham saw that the Lord was near, so he ran from his tent door to meet these three men. Who else do we know in Scripture that watches for someone special, and when he appears goes running to meet him?
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20). Who is this? This is the father of the prodigal son, and we know Jesus told this parable to describe what our Father in heaven is like, how He sees every sinner.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one: their heart is to gather you and me and even all of humanity together in their arms … and the only reason it won’t happen is because humanity is not willing! The difference between those who are saved and those who are damned is not the action of God: He has made salvation available to everyone who desires it! The only difference between going to heaven and going to hell is our response – our response to what God has done through Jesus Christ.
Jesus was crucified between two thieves: one ended up in hell, and the other in heaven. What was the difference? “Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, ‘If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.’ But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.’” (Luke 23:39-43). The difference was in their response to who Jesus was.
Abraham’s response to God resulted in the fulfillment of God’s promise to him, a promise given when Abraham was old (75) and fulfilled when he was really old (100). But God was faithful because Abraham responded in obedience to what God was asking of him.
Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” (Revelation 3:20). If you’re not saved, Jesus is knocking at your door with salvation in His hand. If you are saved, Jesus is still knocking at your door with your calling and destiny in His hand. He longs to come in, to wrap His arms of love around you, to dine with you, commune with you, teach you, guide you, protect you, encourage you, sustain you. But you must first open the door. He will not break it down, but He will keep on knocking … knocking … knocking.
Will you respond?
Non nobis Domine+