9th November 2017

Meeting With Jesus Christ

“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’”
Acts 9:3-4 (NIV)

Have you ever met someone who has made a favourable impression on you? Maybe met someone whom you have not seen for many years but still remember? We remember perhaps their sense of humour, or the stimulating conversations we shared with him or her. On the other hand, perhaps we have known someone who has left something of themselves on us, someone who has changed us in some small way. It was more than a handshake and how-do-you-do kind of meeting. But not all of us meet people like that.

I met someone many years ago, before I became a Christian. At first I didn’t like him; I considered him to be too arrogant to want him to be my friend. A chance meeting two years later and, as I got to know him better, we became good friends. To my regret we lost touch with the passage of time. He made a very good impression on me and in some small way taught me an important lesson.

The Apostle Paul met such a person who changed his life. Paul knew of him through the Old Testament scriptures. Paul was a very zealous man and this zeal was based on what he knew from these scriptures. It was not till Paul travelled to the city of Damascus that on the way he met his Creator. One of them had to change their thinking; one of them had to back off. All credit to Paul, he could see Jesus wasn’t going to back off so Paul had to. And the rest is history.

This story shows us the transformational nature of meeting Jesus. We can know of Jesus and we can know him. They are not quite the same thing. We can know of Jesus Christ by studying the scriptures, which can be a stepping stone to knowing him. But only when we experience Jesus Christ in our lives do we get to really know him, he becomes a reality to us. This is no academic knowledge, this is based on experience. This is when we meet Jesus Christ. But Paul never thought he knew all there was to know about his Maker, for Paul it was an on-going experience much as in our case.

When we experience Jesus Christ we will never be the same again. This causes a change in us in the way we think and behave. What is so wonderful about this is that it is ongoing, it will never end. Knowing Jesus Christ makes being a Christian so wonderfully exciting.

Prayer
Almighty God, we thank you for the gift to us of Jesus Christ. Open our minds to experience him in our everyday lives, and may this experience never end. By his authority, Jesus Christ, we pray.
Amen

Study by Clinton Pillips

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About the Author:
Clinton Phillips attends the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School,
Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk