Once upon a time, I met the Lord.
He was a rather distant Lord but I had heard that He loved me. I had heard that He was the Son of God and that He had come to the world to die for our sins so we could have eternal life. I was told that I had to ask Him into my heart so that I could have eternal life and that would make Him Lord of my life from then-on. He seemed like He was a far-away figure although I could always tell that He was near. My parents told me stories about Him when He lived on this earth and they would pray to God the Father with me about all sorts of things, trusting the Father to care for us. There was a school that I went to on Sundays where teachers told me other stories about Him too.
I instinctively knew that this Lord was a good Lord even though I was a little scared of Him. I knew that He would always help me whenever I needed Him. I understood that He loved everyone. I understood that it was very important to live a good life and obey His commandments all the time so that He would be pleased. After all, He was God’s son.
I was told that this Lord was also God, that He was the Son of God and God at the same time. I found that hard to understand. I heard more about God the Father, than I did about God the Son so over time my perception of this Lord became even more distant. Oh, I loved Him alright. I loved Him because somehow, even though He seemed very much in the background, He was always there. I loved to sing about Him and to sway to the music as I tried ever so hard to focus my heart and mind on the words of the songs I was singing, reflecting on how He had saved my life from sin and had given me eternal life. I could see how wretched my life was when I didn’t follow hard after Him. I was always very grateful that I was saved and so it made sense to me to serve Him and work for Him in any way that I could.
And then something happened…..
I met my Lord. I saw my Lord! I saw that absolutely everything was and is and always will be, about this Lord. I saw that Jesus is Lord! Jesus is King! I met Him, my heart was captivated by Him and I began to understand that the Father’s heart is also captivated by His Son, Jesus. I discovered that this Jesus is the Christ, He is the Living One, and He is the apple of His Father’s eye. I came to understand how much I needed this Christ to be my all! I became desperate to follow this Christ wherever He went, wherever He would lead me. It become apparent to me that there is nothing else to live for, than to know Him.
And then something happened….
This Christ introduced me to His Father. I began to see God the Father as my Father. I began to enjoy the love He has for me in the same way that He has for Jesus. I began to see the loving relationship between the Father and the Son. I began to witness their relationship by the Holy Spirit they share and who lives inside of me. I heard others rejoicing over the fact that we as Christians had been invited into this loving relationship of the Godhead to share in their love and that this was always God’s intention! I heard others sharing their experiences of discovering and learning this Lord Jesus Christ and His glorious Father and my spirit burned within me.
And then over time something happened….
I met the Lord in His body. WHOAH. Christ is so, so big! I began longing to be with the members of His body, even if I didn’t know them very well, or hadn’t even met them yet, or had nothing else in common with them, or even if they annoyed me in the flesh! I began seeing other Christians as my brothers and sisters. I began to see Christ in them. I came to see that Christ and His body are One. I began to see that Christ and His Church are One. The church became glorious to me.
And then over time something happened….
I began to see that it was always God’s intention to have His Son expressed in a glorious many-membered body called the Church. It was always God’s intention to have a house made by God, of living stones for Him to indwell. When I first met the Lord, although I didn’t really know Him, it was always the Father’s intention to reveal His Son in me so that I could be a living expression of Him as a member of His body along with all the saints.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. By salvation, I once was lost but now I’m found. And by revelation, was blind but now I see!