PC-USA 1996-11-28 - Are We Overwhelmed With Wonder?

Hi everyone. : ) I hope you are all having a good Thanksgiving! Here are some things to be thankful for ….
As I was reading my devotions recently, this verse struck me:

Mark 9:15 (NIV) As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet Him.

And I started asking myself, how often are we overwhelmed with wonder by Christ? How often are we just awestruck by Him, by what He did for us? We need to think about that more often. We need to appreciate more, who he is, what He did and does for us, why He did it. We need to remember that He is God's very own Son.

John 3:16-17 (NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

He is the Creator:

John 1:1-3 (NIV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] He was with God in the beginning. [3] Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

Yet He is also our Friend -- an awesome thought:

John 15:14-15 (NIV) You are My friends if you do what I command. [15] I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

We need to also always remember what He did for us. Because of His sacrifice on the Cross, we do not have to be separated from God for eternity because of our sins. Christ suffered both physically and emotionally for us:

Mat 27:46 (NIV) About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Because of His holiness, God had to deal with our sins, which separated us from Him. And He did it by sacrificing His Son because of love for us. Because the Father, Who is love, loved us so very much that He made His own Son to bear our sins for us, so we could live with God eternally:

1 John 4:10 (NIV) This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

I hope you will join me in meditating on who Jesus is, what He did and does for us, and why.

Dear Father, please help us to appreciate Jesus more, and help us to live lives of service for You in gratitude for what He has done for us. In His name, amen.