Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Lord and My God

This Easter Sunday, I will conclude my series on the names Jesus was called in the New Testament with a look at something one of His disciples called Him after Easter.  The disciple was Thomas.  We know him as "doubting Thomas," although the Bible never calls him that, and I don't think the nickname is entirely fair.  We'll talk about how Thomas learned who Jesus truly was, and what happened in his life once he made that realization.  But in the meantime, I wanted to share this story with you, just to give you something to ponder:

Tim Keller, who pastors Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and is a popular Christian author,  was a young man in Sunday School over 40 years ago when he heard something that changed his life forever.  The teacher said, "Let's assume the distance between the earth and the sun (92 million miles) was reduced to the thickness of this sheet of paper. If that is the case, then the distance between the earth and the nearest star would be a stack of papers 70 feet high. And the diameter of the galaxy would be a stack of papers 310 miles high."  Then Keller's teacher added, "The galaxy is just a speck of dust in the universe, yet Jesus holds the universe together by the word of his power." Finally, the teacher asked her students, "Now, is this the kind of person you ask into your life to be your assistant?"

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