In February 2009, my spiritual father Pastor Robert Kayanja visited Makerere University for an inter-university students overnight, and he made a very profound statement that has never left my mind. He said, “Your greatness is not determined by the people you visit BUT rather those who visit you.” When her Majesty the Queen of England visited Uganda in 2007, many critics of our growing democracy were silenced because apparently the Queen does not visit countries whose leaders do not conform to the basic principles of democracy as defined by Britain. When Pope Francis visited Uganda recently, I saw the government spending huge sums of money and the political leaders who had not shaken hands in a long time actually did shake hands. If you visit the Pope at Vatican or the Queen and Buckingham Palace, some of us might not hear about it. But when the Pope or Queen visits your country, everyone will know about it!
Having said all that, I want you to read this scripture: John 1:1-4, 10-12 -“IN THE beginning was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.” 2000 years ago, the Creator of the entire universe visited this world! The difference is that he was not on a state visit like the Queen and the Pope, He was and still is on a PERSONAL VISIT to you, me and every one he created! Think about this: John 3:16 -“God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The difference is that the Queen and the Pope returned to their countries immediately after their visit. But Jesus is here to stay.
The reason why Jesus could not come and go is because unlike the other two leaders who are the main point of attention during the visit, for Jesus’ visit and subsequent stay, the host automatically becomes the point of attention. In John 14:18-20 he gave us this wonderful promise, “I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” Once he comes in, he cannot turn against his own word- he will never leave you desolate. He cannot walk away from his own especially under the new covenant made by his own blood. It is us who have the ability to walk away because we never paid the price; He did. The prodigal son walked away from his Father and as you probably know, his Father never walked away from him.
This very long write up is simply to emphasize what you already know: GOD IS NO LONGER DISTANT!
#HPP SHARING A POWERFUL GOSPEL IN A SIMPLE WAY.