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May 21st, 2020

Chapel – 5/21/20

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Ps. 118:24

Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”

It seems Gen Z has gotten a lot of grief for never taking their eyes, ears, noses, fingers and brains off of their phones and devices.  If we’re completely honest with ourselves, there are millions of usnon-Gen Z-ers” who are guilty of the exact same thing.  However, this pandemic seems to have changed all that!   According to recent surveys, what MOST people really crave today is NOT more screen time, but more HUMAN time

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Human Touch’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKwCtulA-lc   (Springsteen’s song is not necessarily faith based but he speaks to our strong need for an honest human relationship, “a little of that human touch.”)

This wish stretches across all ages, all social groups, all nationalities, all family groups, and all political preferences.  It’s interesting how circumstances sometimes change how we appreciate certain things. Hmmm…  Nowadays, there’s an abundance of screen time.  But “human time” is very scarce outside of our own families. Human beings long to see, to laugh with, to talk with, to share things, and to just BE with another human…in person!  That’s just how God made us.  I pray this happens sooner rather than later.

Zoom, Facetime, Skype, and Google Hangouts aren’t quite the same as actually seeing someone in the flesh.  Thankfully, our heavenly Father had that exact thought about 2000 years ago when He sent our Savior to this earth in the flesh as a human being.  THE Savior had been promised since the Garden of Eden.  As Paul put it in Galatians, “When the fullness of time had come…”  God sent His Son.  Wow!  At EXACTLY the right time, God’s very Son was sent for you and for me and every human that has and ever will live.  He was a human being and yet God’s very Son.  A human being as God we can all relate to.  A human being as God who understands every one of our emotions, both good and bad.  A human being as God who lived among us, suffered, and died for us.  A human being as God who rose from the dead which is also our hope which led to Jesus’ victory over death.  What a marvelous plan: God Himself in the flesh!  God’s precious Word allows us to see (“Facetime”) Jesus in all His glory.  John 5:39:You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me.”  Through God’s precious Word, He invites us to “hangout” with Jesus whenever and wherever we want.  The beauty of all this is that Jesus wants to “hangout” with us, too!  It’s clear we’re ALL encouraged to carve out some quality “Jesus time” and make Him a part of every day so we can meet in heaven one day!

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father…thank you for wanting to reconnect with us.  Let Your Holy Spirit fill us with a renewed excitement to see Jesus in our daily walk with Him.  Your undeserved love is obvious in our lives.  Forgive us for not seeing Your that very love as much as we ought.  In Your Son’s name we pray these things to You, merciful Father….Amen.

Song: Unspoken, ‘Human Condition’ https://youtu.be/WuUI-ARKyBs    (Faith based song about the reality of our human condition.  God knows us just as we are, and that’s a good thing!)

 

Contributed by: Kurt Hofmeister