When I read
John 20:15-18 quoted below, I am always amazed at Mary’s reaction when Jesus called out her name. She immediately recognized Him and was astonished. “What A Day” that was. I wish I could have seen the countenance change on her face, (the change from grief over the loss of a loved one to absolute joy of having regained that loss.)
My Aunt Inez Dittman passed over into Glory just a few hours before I sat down to write this devotional. Her last few years have been “sickness and confusion.” Yet, can you imagine her countenance change as she looked upon the eyes of her Saviour, “as He took her by the hand and led her to the Promised Land.” (Her sickness, her pain, her confusion is now gone.) Think about how her heart was thrilled at hearing her name from the mouth of Jesus. “What A Day” that was.
Today, (Easter Day,) I want each of you to search your heart, and consider your reaction to Jesus calling you by your name. Will it be a moment of elated joy or a time of abject fear?
If you believe, you will go to Glory with the Love of God. It will be a joy to be in the presence of Jesus the Christ, and be there everlastingly. However, those of you who have not called on the name of Jesus from your mouth and your heart will never see that joy. You will never see rejoicing. You will never see joy or love, or warmth of heart. (You will always be within the abiding wrath of God [hell] for an everlasting eternity.)
So, will you hear Jesus call your name, calling you home, to join Him in eternity, or will “God’s abiding wrath” be your home?
One thing God has given all of us is the ability of a free will, (the ability to choose our own destiny.) We can choose to follow Jesus, or we can choose hell. The choice is ours. (It all comes from our heart, and with our mouth, we speak our heart’s desire.)
Do you look forward to the time, (with the desire of your heart,) that you will hear Jesus call your name? Choose you this day, and accept Jesus, and one day He will call out your name.
Bro. John R. E Chastain