To Have Met Abe

Many of us think highly of Abe Lincoln. What would it have been like to live during his time on earth and to have met Mr. Lincoln? Obviously, however, that’s not possible. Abraham Lincoln is dead and gone. There are others from the past we would like to meet, talk with and develop a friendship with, if we could. There is One Person Who died many years ago that we can meet, talk with, and really get to know. We can have a rich, rewarding and surpassingly wonderful relationship with Him. Why is it that we read about Him, become interested in Him and then treat Him no differently than other great names of the past, as if He is dead and gone? He awaits all who would welcome an opportunity to really know Him in a deep, rich, personal relationship that never will end, but only keeps getting better forever and ever! “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures: and that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, He was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all He was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.” (From I Corinthians 15:3-8). These who saw Him were, to say the least, powerfully impacted! Where do we get off thinking that this can’t be personally experienced today? Is He only Someone Whom we read about or are we enjoying a truly fulfilling relationship with Him, daily? That Major Joseph C. Ludgate understood this relationship is clear from his hymn, “Friendship with Jesus:” “A friend of Jesus! Oh, what bliss that one so weak as I should ever have a Friend like this to lead me to the sky! A Friend when other friendships cease, a Friend when others fail, a Friend who gives me joy and peace, a Friend when foes assail! A Friend when sickness lays me low, a Friend when death draws near, a Friend as through the vale I go, a Friend to help and cheer! A Friend when life’s short race is o’er, a Friend when earth is past, a Friend to meet on Heaven’s shore,  A Friend when home at last! Friendship with Jesus!  Fellowship divine!  Oh, what blessed, sweet communion!  Jesus is a Friend of mine!” Selah! A Friend and much more! He is Savior, Lord, Master and God! Nothing life affords comes anywhere near the joy and blessing of personal involvement with Jesus in a saving relationship. Ron

Questions? E-mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.

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