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Madly in Love With Someone We've Never Met (4 of 4)
Series: "Bible 'Though's' That Always Have A 'Yet'
1 Peter 1:8
Shortly after I started preaching, I visited an elderly lady who lived back in what we called in the mountains of North Carolina, a holler. During my visit she surprised me by asking if I had ever seen the Lord. I said that I had not and she surprised me even more when she said that she had. Then she proceeded to tell me about an experience she had and of how the Lord came and stood at the end of her bed. Then she really caught me by surprise when she said, "And He is a good looking man!"
In September of 1980 Oral Roberts reported that that late one afternoon on May 25, he had stood looking at the unfinished skeleton of the City of Faith. Distraught over his financial difficulties, he said "suddenly an unusual feeling swept over me." He "felt an overwhelming holy presence around" him. Roberts said, "... there He stood ... some 900 feet tall, looking at me ... He stood some 300 feet taller than 600-foot-tall City of faith. There I was with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. I have only seen Jesus once before, but here I was face to face with the King of kings."
Well, I must confess that I have never seen the Lord. To be very honest with you, I am not sure that those who claim to have done so have seen Him. I'm not sure what they saw, but I doubt that it was the Lord. In our text Peter talks about seeing the Lord. Actually, he is talking about not seeing the Lord. Peter, as the writer, had had the privilege of seeing Him. He had walked with the Lord and had looked upon His face on many occasions.
But his readers had not had that privilege. They had not seen Him at anytime in the past (Whom having not seen) and there had been no present privilege of seeing Him (though now ye see Him not). Nevertheless, their lives had been greatly impacted by Him. Even though they had never seen Him, they were madly in love with Him. ...
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