Meridian Avenue Baptist Church

Matthew 11:28-29 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

     We often hear that we should seek a personal relationship with Jesus or God.  Have you ever given thought to how Jesus or our Heavenly Father has sought a personal relationship with you or others? 

     The Bible speaks of a number of personal appearances of God before mankind.  God appeared to Moses as a burning bush (Exodus 3:1-4).  God spoke to Elijah as a whisper (1 Kings 19:11-13).  King Solomon met God in a dream (1 Kings 3:5).  Jacob’s encounter with God was as a man with whom he wrestled (Genesis 32:22-32).

     After Jesus’ death and resurrection he appeared to numerous men and women as himself but when he appeared to Saul (Paul) on the road to Damascus he appeared as a bright light from heaven (Acts 9).

     These, and other, stories speak of a number of ways God has spoken to mankind and the manner of appearance is greatly varied.  The common thread through these accounts is that God knew what each person needed for their faith and met them where the people were at in their lives.

     Do you recall where you were when Jesus met you?  Do you recall the situation you were in at the time?  Was there a time of spiritual wandering before you found yourself in a committed relationship with the Savior?

     We are blessed to have a Creator and a Savior who wish a personal relationship with us and to want it enough to meet us in a way to fulfill our need to meet Jesus.