Hang Out with Jesus!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.          John 1:1-4 (WEB)

The WORD is JESUS. He has always been. The WORD – JESUS became flesh and lived with us. (v.14) A concept that my limited mind can not understand: Jesus was fully God AND fully man. Jesus was no less human than me. He was also God, Who had no beginning and will have no end.

John 2 tells the story of the wedding in Cana that Jesus attended with his new disciples. WHY? Why did Jesus go to that wedding? Why do you go to a wedding? Because you are invited! And why are you invited to a wedding? Because the people like you! (Unless you are a ‘have to’ relative!) Jesus must have been someone that others like to be around. They wanted Him at their home; at their celebrations.

Do you like Jesus? If you like Jesus, do you like hanging out with Him a lot? To get to know someone, I have to spend time with them. What would happen if I spent only 1 hour/week or 1 day/week or even less than 1 hour/day with someone? What if I spent that little bit of time with my husband? With my children? How would I know them? I want to be a disciple of Jesus. The first disciples spent 24/7 with Jesus for three years and still they did not understand Him! They expected the Messiah to come with power and restore the kingdom of God on earth! That was not Jesus’ mission! Even a learned man like Paul writes like he expected Jesus to come back in his life time. Jesus did not.

When Henry does not react or answer me the way I expect him to answer – what is my response? Sulk. Ignore. Pull away. “You don’t really love me!” “I must have done something wrong or you would have given me what I wanted!”

I do the same to Jesus. When the answer does not come or “no” comes instead of “yes” – I pull back. Will that get me an answer to the “Why did you do that, Jesus?” question?

In the story of the prodigal son, Luke 15, the father is watching, watching, always watching for the son to return home. The father never stops watching – because his love is never-ending. And then there is the other son who has done all that his father has ever asked – and that son also does not realize the love his father has for him. Jesus told that story because He wanted me to get it that He – God – loves me. Whether I am new in my relationship with Him and do not realize how much He loves or whether I have been walking with Him for 50 years – there will still be more love to realize! And as our relationship grows – so will my trust for Him grow.

Read John 1 and Luke 15. Spend time with our friend, Jesus, and begin to soak in the love that will grow the relationship. There is always more!

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