Touching God with Your Hands

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Holding Hands

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life — the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness… that which we have seen and heard we declare to you” (1 John 1:1-3, NKJV, emphasis mine).

Jesus was not a theoretical concept to John. Expressively, John appeals to us here. He earnestly wants us to know: Jesus is available in a breathtakingly empirical way.

They got to hear Him. They got to see Him with their eyes. They got to look upon Him. They got to handle Him with their hands. The privilege that he describes here is summed up in the phrase “the life was manifested.” Jesus manifested Himself to these men. He made Himself accessible. He allowed them to taste of His very essence. He allowed them to drink Him in with their five senses, to partake of His nature experientially.

Was this an exclusive pleasure that only John and the other disciples were to enjoy? Did they win the lottery for the right time to be born in history?

No. Jesus still makes Himself accessible to us today. This same disciple, John, overwhelmed by his experience of Jesus, reports these words to us from the Savior:

“And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21b, NKJV).

Jesus wants to manifest Himself to you and me too. He doesn’t want to remain only a theoretical concept in our heads. He longs for so much more than our intellectual assent to His existence. He yearns for the same kind of intimate connection that John was describing – where we see, hear, touch, and feel His nearness.

No, John didn’t win the lottery. You and I did. Jesus exuberantly emphasized to His disciples that it was better for them if He left them physically and returned to Heaven. Then, and only then, would He send the Counselor to be with them – and us – forever.

The Holy Spirit allows us even more intimacy with Jesus than He had with His closest friends on earth. As we press into relationship with our Lord, Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us. He unites Himself to our spirits. He makes us one with God. Bringing our spirits vibrantly alive, He causes them to see, hear, touch, feel the One who loves us more than life. Daily. Minute by minute. Constantly.

Daddy God gives His Spirit without measure. We can have as much of Him as we long for. However, Jesus does require us to passionately, persistently seek Him. If we quiet our hearts right now, we will hear His voice beckoning:

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me” (Prov. 8:17, ESV).

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13, NKJV).

“And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21b, NKJV).

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Do you ever wish you could have physically touched Jesus like the apostles did?

 

 

9 thoughts on “Touching God with Your Hands

  1. Yes absolutely 100% every day I wish I could touch him and hold him like the disciples could. I think we can in spirit now and we will when we walk in the door of our Father’s house when we leave this world. I NEED him so so bad. I miss him. I’ve hugged him a thousand times even though it was in my mind and spirit. But that is real, right? He is here with us. And I see and hear him every day. He is my heartbeat and my joy and my rock. I know we can interact with him here and now. What do you think?

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    1. Beautifully expressed, my brother. I long for Him with everything in me! And YES, we most definitely can interact with him in this very moment and every moment, He’s right there waiting for us with arms open wide and so much love!

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  2. Jesus’ words to Thomas are telling here: “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
    I have some thoughts preparing for a future blog of why Jesus said it was necessary for Him to go away. If you get to this theme first, I’ll enjoy reading your thoughts as one who knows the mind of the Spirit.
    ❤️& 🙏, c.a.

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    1. I’ll enjoy reading yours! Keep me posted, sounds like it’s going to be a great one. It’s a busier than usual year, so extra pointers to key posts are welcome and desired, since I don’t get as much of a chance otherwise to visit my friends’ blogs as I’d like until things calm down a little responsibility wise. Blessings, C.A.!

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  3. Learning and keeping on learning about WHO God the Holy Spirit really is changes life. Songs like He touched me, and Take His Hand. are only good songs unless life and learning teach us WHO in fullness GOD really is.
    I have personally learnt a LOT but the vast well of Who God IS is still for relationship with HIM to unpack. Themes like the mind of the Spirit and Jesus’ claim about ‘leaving’ are great teaching. The Spirit of Divine Wisdom is our greatest TEACHER. If we let HIM.
    We don’t need a degree just a changed heart and coming before HIm, as ‘a little child’ repentant and humble. Thank you Jennifer for your constant encouragement.

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    1. Aw, you are truly welcome, my dear sister! I always, always love hearing your feedback and wisdom. My spirit bears witness with the special connection you have with the Father, and it blesses me again and again. Sending you lots of love today!

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