Embrace His people and embrace Him
Meanwhile Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” Acts 9:1-5
Jesus made it very clear that if you mess with His people, you’re messing with Him. Saul was imprisoning men and women who were disciples of Jesus and Jesus saw that as equal to Himself being hunted down and harmed by Saul. When you ignore believers, you ignore Jesus. When you separate yourself from believers, you separate yourself from Jesus. What you do to believers in Christ, you do to Christ Himself because Christ promised He would dwell in His disciples. It’s very exciting to know that when you’re with the people of God, you’re with God Himself who lives in every person born of the Spirit.
In the positive sense, when you embrace the people of God, you embrace God. So the more often you go to a small group or show up on a Sunday morning to fellowship, worship or serve with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, you’re actually fellowshiping, worshiping and serving with Jesus Himself.
I want to encourage you to come and participate in a special opportunity this weekend. This will be a great way to embrace Jesus. Come and represent Christ and The River Church in the Heritage Days parade on Saturday. You can be sure that when you’re smiling to the crowd, giving away candy or applying tattoos on children with other disciples, you’re actually doing so side by side with Jesus.