By: Nathan Rogers
Up until this point, Jesus had only shared twice who He was–to the Samaritan woman He said He was the Messiah (John 4:26) and to the man born blind He was the Son of God (John 9:37).
But, little did they know, there was a fulfillment of Scripture that was being played out before them throughout Christ’s ministry.
Isaiah said “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped, then shall the lame man leap, and the tongue of the dumb leap for joy” (Is. 35:5-6).
Jesus’s miracles that pepper the Gospels were also loud shouts stating, “The Messiah has come!”
Christ was speaking through His words and actions and yet many failed to hear it.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Not too long ago, I visited the church where I distinctly heard the Lord calling me into ministry.
It was at the altar on the right side–right in the middle. I was a junior in high school and a lot of good things filled my calendar which I enjoyed. The only problem was the voice of the Lord had grown distant in my life.
It was in that revival service I gave Christ my all and His voice became clear and evident through the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes revisiting those places is a great reminder of what Christ has done. It’s there that the voice of God can become clear once again.
Throughout the New Testament, Christ often retreats to pray—many times alone.
One such instance was just before Jesus would be met by soldiers in the garden. He went away to the very place where he was baptized by John. He returned to the place He had once heard the voice of His Father.
We can learn something from this. We must be intentional to take time away and quiet ourselves with Christ. We must place ourselves in environments where the voice of God can be magnified.
In John 10:28, He promises us 3 things if we hear His voice and accept Him.
• He promises eternal life if we accept Him as Master and Lord of our life. To believe is to know the greatness of a life with God.
• He promises a life that would know no end. Once this earthly life is gone, we will gloriously inherit eternal life through Jesus Christ and live with Him forever.
• He promises a life that is secure. Nothing can snatch us from the hand of God. Not to say we won’t go through storms, trials, and sorrow. But even in the darkest hour we can still be in the hands of God Almighty and experience the peace of God.
Let us take from the example of Christ. Find time to quiet yourself before God. Visit places in which God has been faithful to you.
Our God wants to speak, but we must be adament in listening.