My week consists of meeting with people because as a pastor I’m in the people business. I’ve had the honor of meeting with hundreds of wonderful people and getting to know them better over the years. I remember once I came to the office to meet with someone and there realized I had triple booked my calendar! Triple booked! Thankfully, everyone had a good sense of humor about it. I’ve met a few famous people as well. I once met Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer ever. Another time I met the best running back of all-time, Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. Once, the governor’s office called me and asked if I would meet with the governor and another top official about the topic of marriage and divorce in the state of Arkansas. I was honored and nervous at the same time.
Meeting with someone of great importance is an honor. In reality, a meeting with everyone is a great honor because Scripture says everyone is important (Genesis 1:27). What if you could meet Jesus in person? I mean reach out and shake His hand, give Him a hug, or eat a meal with Him in the flesh? What would you talk about? How awesome would that be? When asked, people have said overwhelmingly they would want to meet Jesus if they could go back in history and talk to just one famous person. I read a Scripture recently about a group of people who asked for a meeting with Jesus. “There were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus’” (John 12:20-21). While they did see Him, Jesus responded by saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John12:23-24).
What did this mean? It’s one thing to meet someone but another thing to really know them. Jesus was saying, “I’m going to die on the cross for your sins soon and through my great sacrifice you can not only meet me in the flesh but know me and God eternally.” I met Muhammad Ali, Emmitt Smith, and the governor but I don’t know them. You may have been introduced to Jesus, but do you know Him? Jesus isn’t just a great historical figure to meet and get an autograph (although that would have been awesome). He’s the Savior of the world Who wants to have a relationship with you. Did you know Jesus wants to meet with you? In Revelation 3:20 Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.” Jesus doesn’t want to shake your hand in a quick meeting and move on to the next person. He wants to have an eternal relationship with you and really know each other. He’s requesting that kind of meeting with you today. Will you open the door of your heart and let Him in?
Stephen and his wife Haley have called Arkansas home all of their lives. Stephen has served in several ministry roles over the last 25 years and as a lead pastor for the last 8 years. Stephen attended Williams Baptist College and earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University, an MA, MDiv, and DMin in Christian Leadership and Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University. When not pastoring, Stephen enjoys running, cycling, reading, writing, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.
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