The Moore American

January 22, 2014

God, my savior, is real

By Paul Carrizales
The Moore American

MOORE — Greetings, Moore American readers. We hope that you’ve had a blessed week so far. Thank you for joining us today as we’d like to discuss the great topic, “My Savior is real.”

I don’t know about you, but it seems that God becomes more real and greater in our lives each day. It’s hard for the human tongue to express the power of the Lord’s working. We are so thankful for His presence and His blessings. In the words of the psalmists, our “cup runneth over” (23:5) with the Lord’s goodness.

I recently discovered a song at a Gospel meeting held at the Eastside church of Christ in Mullin, Texas, this past year. The song was written in 1984 by Thomas H. Troeger. Its message, has been ringing in my mind for some time now. Listen to it:

“These things did Thomas count as real: The warmth of blood, the chill of steel,

The grain of wood, the heft of stone, The last frail twitch of flesh and bone.

The vision of his skeptic mind Was keen enough to make him blind

To any unexpected act Too large for his small world of fact.

His reasoned certainties denied That one could live when one had died,

Until his fingers read like Braille The markings of the spear and nail.

May we, O God, by grace believe And thus the risen Christ receive,

Whose raw, imprinted palms reached out And beckoned Thomas from his doubt.”

The biblical account comes to mind as I think of the words of that great and moving song. Many have probably heard of the well-known doubting Thomas. Remember when Thomas meets the Savior on His second visit with the disciples after the resurrection. On Jesus’ first appearance Thomas was not present. He had said, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25)

Eight days after uttering those words of doubt, the Lord appears again to the eleven. This time Thomas is there. The moment our all-knowing Lord appears, He greets them, then singled out Thomas and said to him:

“Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20:27)

Immediately, Thomas, convicted and ashamed, cries out, “My Lord and my God” (v. 28). Thomas was a changed man. He had seen something he had never seen before. He realized who Jesus was, and he realized His great power.

What a powerful thing it is when our eyes are opened to His Word and we feel the Word of God deep in our convicted soul. It’s a great hour when we decided to fall in step with His Word and obey the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:37-38, 41; 1 Peter 3:20-21) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Romans 6:17). 

It is then that God becomes real in our souls. We look forward to exploring these thoughts more fully with you this coming Lord’s Day. Please come join us.

Until then, God bless. Lord’s Day Worship is at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 728 S.E. 12th St. Moore.