Many of the names in the Bible that refer to our Lord: Son of God, The Lamb of God, The Light of the World, The Resurrection and the Life, The Bright and Morning Star, He that Should Come, Alpha and Omega. The phrase “There are no words to express...” is really the only one that can honestly be applied to God. No names do Him justice.
In the gospels it’s His most common name — used almost six hundred times.
It is worth noting that those who knew Him best remembered Him as Jesus. Those who walked with Him remembered Him not with a title or designation, but with a name — Jesus.
Think about the implications. When God chose to reveal Himself to mankind, what medium did He use? A book? No,
A church? No.
A moral code? No.
To limit God’s revelation to a cold list of dos and don’ts is tragic.
When God chose to reveal Himself, He did so (surprise of surprises) through a human body. The tongue that called forth the dead was a human one.
The hand that touched the leper had dirt under its nails.
The feet upon which the woman wept were calloused and dusty. And His tears... oh, don’t miss the tears... they came from a heart as broken as yours or mine ever has been.
-For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses. — Hebrews 4:15
So, people came to Him. My, how they came to Him! They came at night; they touched Him as He walked down the street; they invited Him into their homes and placed their children at His feet. Why? Because He refused to be a statue in a cathedral or a priest in an elevated pulpit. He chose instead to be Jesus. There was not one person who was reluctant to approach Him for fear of being rejected.
Remember. It is man who creates the distance. It is Jesus who builds the bridge.
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Excerpted with permission God Came Near by Max Lucado, copyright Max Lucado.