Imagine for a moment that you are in Washington D.C. You find yourself in the national mall and you walk past the reflection pool and make your way up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Slowly, you walk up to the giant statue of Abraham Lincoln. Thoughtfully, you remember the man that many people consider the greatest president that has ever lived. Suddenly, his statue begins speaking to you. At first, you wonder if he’s some sort of zombie statue who might even possibly devour you for treading on his territory, but then, you realize that he, the real Abraham Lincoln, is really there, in person, desiring a conversation with you. What you thought was going to be a personal memorial for a deceased man has suddenly become an interaction with a living president.
This is what happens to us when we encounter Jesus. We think of Him as the One who died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, but we often don’t anticipate it going any further than that. We certainly don’t expect any personal interaction with Him. But then, we encounter Him and we remember that He’s alive and real, not wanting to destroy us but desiring a strong, real meaningful, personal relationship with each one of us.
My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings. Philippians 3:10 HCSB