12th January 2014

Always With Us 

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
John 14:2-3 (NIV UK)
 

Have you seen one yet? 

I’m talking about an original Jesus doll. I have one that was made about sixty years ago; it’s probably a collector’s item by now. It was made at a time when the idea of ‘personality dolls’ was becoming popular. Barbie also first appeared around this same time. 

Barbie is still going strong. But the Jesus doll was a flop. The company thought they had done their homework, even consulting with religious leaders, including the Pope. But this was a more conservative era, and it seems that parents were horrified at the idea of their children playing with a doll that looked like Jesus.

 But, actually, the company was just ahead of its time. Now there are many Jesus dolls available. I have a modern version, one with a button in the back. When I push it, it speaks a gospel message. In these more liberal times, people don’t seem to be offended by the idea of a doll that looks like Jesus. And of course, children get very attached to their toys, don’t they? Especially dolls and stuffed animals. So perhaps there is some value in the idea—a “Jesus” you can take anywhere—a 24/7 companion. Because isn’t that is who Jesus is? 

Actually, he is so much more than that. He is a powerful creator, the Son of God, who sustains the universe. We all, every one of us, depend on him for every breath we take. This then, is the person who promised that he would be with us always, and would never leave us or forsake us. Not just in this life. He said it was his will that we enjoy his company forever—and that he would transform us to such a degree that we would fully enjoy being in the presence of his holy love forever. 

This is not just a sentimental idea thought up as a marketing ploy. It is a reality that the world needs to hear and understand. Far from being a cute toy that belongs to us, we belong to him. He came to forgive, save, redeem, reconcile, and restore us to a fullness of life in Him. He loves us with a perfect holy love, and will never let go of us. 

Prayer
Holy Father, we are thankful that we can depend on you to be with us always.  Not only are you our companion, but you forgive, save, redeem, reconcile and restore us to fullness of life in you.  Thank you in Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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