June 8, 2020
The Presents of God

by Richard and Barbara Gibson

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty,
darkness was over the surface of the deep,
and the Spirit of God was hovering the waters.”
Genesis 1:1
The planet earth is this tiny dot in the universe and God decided to make it home to the human race. He also gave humans a magnificent brain and physical ability that no other animal possessed. The end result is that humans are given charge over the planet’s care. How did God guide these creatures on a path to take care of each other and the planet? By sending the Holy Spirit and Angels. Abram was visited and the ancient Israelite people were born. Now think about that. How many humans were on the planet at that time? Continents had broken apart, dinosaurs were gone, people crossed the land bridge from Asia to the Americas, but God chose the creation of the Hebrew people!

Humans throughout the planet worshiped some form of being greater than themselves, but the Israelites were the chosen people who recorded that when they were obedient to God they succeeded but when they strayed, they failed. That is true for us today: when we believe in God and the teachings of Jesus we succeed in faithful living. The Old Testament lays the foundation for the coming of Christ. Jesus made a point of showing how he fulfilled the prediction of early scribes.

Lord Jesus came to show us how to obtain eternal and abundant life. He defeated Satan, sin and death through his resurrection. He recruited disciples and taught them to carry on after his ascension. The miracle of Pentecost revealed that the good news of Jesus and eternal life belongs to everyone, not just the Jews. Pentecost was the beginning of the worldwide church. Disciples and Apostles spread the gospel throughout the Mediterranean. Many believed that Christ would come again in their life time, through Paul’s teaching, but here we are in 2020. People that believe in the trinity are not sad or inactive people. We pray for guidance, for forgiveness and to love your neighbor as yourself. Knowing Christ’s presence and presents, we joyfully share the good news in all the world!
Magnificent God and Father, help us walk the path of righteousness and forgive our sins as we forgive those that sin against us. Amen.
Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009
770-751-0033 www.alpharettapres.com