May you celebrate the presence of Jesus in your life, for His is always there.
Jesus heard the rhythmic sound of Roman soldier boots marching on the rocky trail through the garden. It was the night. The night He knew from the beginning was to come. He could have just waited for them to reach Him, but no, He would go to them. As He approaches the flickering lanterns casting shadows of a darker night ahead, He approached.
Jesus asks a question of the two hundred and fifty Roman soldiers sent to procure this feared man into their custody.
“Whom are you seeking?” was the question. Jesus the Nazarene, they responded. “Jesus said to them, I am He.” When He had stated He was who they were looking for Jesus used a Hebrew word that identified Him as The Great I Am, Jehovah God. At that, all two hundred and fifty rough and tough soldiers fell to the ground. After brushing off a little-wounded pride, they stand to face Jesus again and once again Jesus asks the same question. “Whom are you seeking?” “Jesus the Nazarene,” “I told you I am He.”
Here I am! I’m right here!. Whether you know it or not I am the one for whom you are looking! No one there “got it” that dark night. Not even His disciples. They ran away.
Each one of us today is face to face with the Great I Am, and each one of us has a choice to make.
He has demonstrated to all of us at some point that He is who He claims. The soldiers all fell to the ground. They had an opportunity to believe. We have the choice to accept Him or run away.
You, as well as I, have the privilege to claim the risen Savior as our friend. Now that’s what I call a Thanksgiving.
And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Psalm 139:7-10New International Version (NIV)
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
Psalm 16:11Amplified Bible (AMP)
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.