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Jesus is Real
Jesus appears when he is needed. I was pondering on this very item this week - why does Jesus appear to some and to not all and not all the time and then I received the email which I have quoted below about a 6 year old. But before we get to that email, let's review the verses in the Bible on seeing and believing and review my encounter when I was 6.
Jesus on more than one occasion "appeared" and many followed Him. After his resurrection, man people including disciples saw but yet did not believe (until later). These included Mary Magdalene and the seven disciples of our Lord at the Sea of Galilee (see John 6:1).
It is important to note that the disciples eventually all came to believe that Jesus had been raised from the dead - was resurrected. Their beliefs were changed after time.
It takes humans time to understand the mysteries of our Great God. Like children what we say today may not have an impact until years perhaps decades later.
Jesus Appears to Mary
Post Resurrection Appearances in the Gospel of John
The first appearance is to Mary Magdalene, and the next three appearances are to the disciples.
Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene (20:10-18).
Jesus appears to the disciples (20:19-23) (note, no Thomas).
Jesus appears again to the disciples, with Thomas (20:26-29).
Jesus appears to the seven disciples, including Thomas, who were fishing on the Sea of Galilee (21:1ff.).
Vastness of God - Jesus is Real
Exploring the Vastness of the Sky - Lord's Prayer
"When I consider the vastness of the night sky, what is mere man that you care for him? Exploring the Lord's Prayer as if exploring a magnificent house."
Encounter with God
My encounter with God when I was 6. Wasn't seeing Christ but seeing a glowing globe. It was a traumatic time for me filled with my Mother being hospitalized for a mental illness, an Uncle who threatened to throw me through a plate glass window. A time of great loneliness. I was raised by my Grandparents and my Grandfather fell ill. My world was in turmoil. I remember praying just for a 2 foot area in the world to feel safe.
God heard my plea and sent a glowing globe - completely suspended to my bedroom. I heard no sound but the light filled the entire room. I felt the presence of greatness and great serenity. It was God's message to me that everything would be OK. The glowing globe share with me part of my future and what would be.
That glowing globe remains forever cemented in my mind.
Nine years later when I was told I had to have open heart surgery, I accepted it well - the glowing globe has told me this was about to happen.
Jesus is always near. Some have the purity to see him. Some have the need to see him. Some are strong enough in their faith never to see him. In all cases, God gives to us what we need when we need it. We must only call upon him. He is our Father and he wants for us to trust him and feel him near.
I was under 6, perhaps even 4, but the story of the 6 year old and mud puddle reminded me of this life changing event when God showed his face in a glowing globe to protect me and forever guide me.
I have never seen the globe since. I have lived with God's love. I have been taunted on the playground with the words that "I was the one without a father" and I, the shy only child raised by her Grandparents, have valiantly answered, my Father is in heaven - that was when I was 8.
My Father remains in heaven and I thank him daily for his kindness and goodness. God comes to all of us in different ways. To the 6 year old it was Jesus, for me a glowing globe.
How has God shown you his light? Have you asked? Pray to him now - he loves you very much. Don't believe me? Hear the account of a 6 year old....
Jesus is Here Today for Each of Us
Jesus is Real - The Mud Puddle Tells it All
These events pertain to us today. These are lessons that we can digest and learn and incorporate and understand in our lives. It is not intelligence, it is not wisdom, it is the wisdom to understand the power and majesty of God and his joy in seeing us grow in knowing him and understanding the great magnitude. But sometimes it is the children that lead us to that knowledge:
"JESUS & THE MUD PUDDLE
(You gotta believe a 6 year old)
Howard County Sheriff Jerry Marr got a disturbing call
one Saturday afternoon a few months ago.
His 6-year-old grandson, Mikey, had been hit by a car
while fishing in Greentown with his dad.
The father and son were near a bridge
by the Kokomo Reservoir
when a woman lost control of her car,
slid off the bridge and hit Mikey
at a rate of about 50 mph.
Sheriff Marr had seen the results of accidents
like this and feared the worst.
When he got to Saint Joseph Hospital ,
he rushed through the emergency
room to find Mikey conscious and in fairly good spirits.
'Mikey, what happened?' Sheriff Marr asked.
Mikey replied, 'Well, Papaw, I was fishin' with Dad,
and some lady runned me over,
I flew into a mud puddle,
and broke my fishin' pole and I didn't get to catch
As it turned out, the impact propelled Mikey about
over a few trees and an embankment and in
to the middle of a mud puddle.
His only injuries were to his right femur bone,
which had broken in two places.
Mikey had surgery to place pins in his leg.
Otherwise the boy is fine.
Since all the boy could talk about was
that his fishing pole was broken,
the Sheriff went out to Wal-Mart
and bought him a new one while he was in surgery
so he could have it when he came out.
The next day the Sheriff sat with Mikey
to keep him company in the hospital.
Mikey was enjoying his new fishing pole
and talked about when he could go fishing again
as he cast into the trash can.
When they were alone Mikey, just as matter-of-fact, said,
'Papaw, did you know Jesus is real?'
'Well,' the Sheriff replied, a little startled..
'Yes, Jesus is real to all who believe in him
and love him in their hearts.'
'No,' said Mikey. 'I mean Jesus is REALLY real.'
'What do you mean?' asked the Sheriff.
'I know he's real 'cause I saw him,' said Mikey,
still casting into the trash can.
'You did?' said the Sheriff.
'Yep,' said Mikey. 'When that lady runned me over
and broke my fishing pole,
Jesus caught me in his arms
and laid me down in the mud puddle...'
GIVES YOU GLORY BUMPS, DOESN'T IT?!"
Beautiful Girl in a Mud Puddle
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Have you seen Jesus in your life?
Daily Devotion for Finding that Jesus is Real
Jesus is real and he wants you know that while we may be in a mud puddle here on earth, he wants to be with us. Take the time today to be silent, open your heart and you too will learn that Jesus is real.
Please feel free to leave comments below and share your story of seeing Jesus.