“Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your ancestors.” — Ezekiel 20:42
The common theme in the Book of Ezekiel is: “Then you will know that I am the Lord!” This statement is made throughout the entire book, and each move He makes is to this end.
Jesus’ life shouted — from the cross to the grave to the resurrection and His ascension — this proclamation. Jesus partnered with a small group of obscure people to represent to the world who God is and what He is like. This group saw God in action and learned His ways. They learned to trust Jesus, obey Jesus and abide by Him. They were His apprentices, and He was their Master. Jesus often sent them out to represent to the people who God is and what He is like. He gave them a message: “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
Why did Jesus save you and me? So we can experience His love, compassion and kindness, and so others will know that He is Lord. Just as the Lord partnered with Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and others, He has chosen, through Jesus, to partner with us as well! This task seems big, complicated, overwhelming and impossible. Jesus says, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
We must learn the ways of our Master; we must learn to sit at His feet. We must learn to obey and abide. Until this happens, we won’t know how to represent Him properly to the world.
— Brian Hommel, Arizona Diamondbacks chaplain
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