14 January, Monday – Nothing Better than the Real Thing

14 January 2019

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Hebrews 1:1-6

At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but in our own time, the last days, he has spoken to us through his Son, the Son that he has appointed to inherit everything and through whom he made everything there is. He is the radiant light of God’s glory and the perfect copy of his nature, sustaining the universe by his powerful command; and now that he has destroyed the defilement of sin, he has gone to take his place in heaven at the right hand of divine Majesty. So he is now as far above the angels as the title which he has inherited is higher than their own name.
God has never said to any angel: You are my Son, today I have become your father; or: I will be a father to him and he a son to me. Again, when he brings the First-Born into the world, he says: Let all the angels of God worship him.

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Mark 1:14-20

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’

As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him.

Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending their nets. He called them at once and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him.

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“He has spoken to us through His Son…”

Anyone who knows me will know that I have been a foodie for the longest time. For those who don’t, you would just have to take one look at me and realise that.

One of the foods which I love is the Vietnamese pho. I first tried it on our honeymoon in Australia when we got married some 22 years ago. I remember my then fiancee telling me, from the time we first met, about the flavourful broth, the freshness of the beef and the freshly cooked bean sprouts and mint leaves.

I began to look forward to the first time we got to eat this phenomenal food. I imagined how it would be like, but nothing really compares to the first time the noodles were put in front of me. No amount of words nor the most descriptive language could ever do it justice.

The Jews had only experienced God through the prophets, all of whom cajoled, warned, taught and spoke of the goodness of God. Yet, they were totally unprepared for the experience of Jesus. It was only by interacting with Him, in the daily encounters and conversations that people built a relationship with Jesus. In spite of all the collective knowledge, the learning (of our faith, and what it means to be Christian, of who God is) is actually through having a relationship with Him.

Ever since I was baptised about 30 odd years ago, I have tried hard to connect with God, through my readings and in my intellectualisation, all of which left me with the feeling that there was something still lacking.

And just like the actual act of eating the Vietnamese pho, I only began to experience what knowing Jesus was like when I set aside all my previous learnings and head knowledge and actually started to have a relationship with Him.

Nothing helps us know God like having a real encounter and relationship with Jesus. Brothers and sisters, let us continue to seek Him; to REALLY encounter Jesus.

(Today’s Oxygen by Paul Wee)

Prayer: Father, we pray that we will reach out and accept Your love for us; to truly experience the richness and depth of this love.

Thanksgiving: Thank You Father, for sending us Your Son, Jesus Christ, to show us how to live and how to truly love those around us.

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