How Great Thou Art – October 16, 2020

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The service of PMPPKN (Indonesian Christian Student and Youth Fellowship) was held again on Saturday, October 16, 2020. It was a live-streaming service that was aired through Facebook and Instagram. The Word of God was delivered by Aldi and Julian, taken from Psalm 139:13-16 and Matthew 8:1-3.

Psalm 139: 13-16 (NKJV) For You formed my inward parts;You covered me in my mother’s womb.I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;Marvelous are Your works,And that my soul knows very well.My frame was not hidden from You,When I was made in secret,And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.And in Your book they all were written,The days fashioned for me,When as yet there were none of them.

From these verses,we can learnthat we are special and valuable in God’s eyes.Before we even existed, God is actively involved in our lives. We are not people who suddenly appear, but God has written about our days. So everything has a purpose and we are not a coincidence.

We are not like other creations. The Word of God says that we are created in the image and likeness of God. Our breath is directly from Godand we are the apple of God’s eye.What can we say by knowing this truth, other than saying that our God is great, just like our theme for today “How Great Thou Art”.

When we see ourselves in the mirror, there two possible things that we do, acting like a narcisistic person whoare proud at our strengths or do we complain about the weaknesses that we have. Remember that we are specially designed by God and we are precious for God.

Maybe we often look up at the sky and see thousands of stars. They are designed by God. We can imagine the hand that designed everything that is beautiful is the same hand that created us and made us the most glorious creation.So, there is no more reason for us not to give thanks for what we have.

Julian continued preaching the Word of God from Matthew 8:1-3.

Matthew 8:1-3 (NKJV) When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

We know that lepers at that time were people who were shunned and had to live outside the city because leprosy was a contagious diseaseand people who suffered from  leprosy must have suffered a lot.

But at one point, the leper dared to come to Jesus, even though in fact according to the law, when someone came, he could not be near and he had to say, “unclean, unclean!” so that other people would not approach him.

However, this leper man wanted to be healed and he knew that Jesus could heal him. He has heard the news about Jesus who could heal sicknesses. Therefore, he believed that Jesus could heal him. The problem was whether Jesus was willing to heal him or not. So, he came before Jesus, asking for healing.

Matthew 8:3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Jesus also wants to heal all of us, whatever our sicknesses, be it headache, covid-19, cancer, blindess, stroke, Jesus is willing to us. Have faith in Jesus  and humble ourselves before Jesus. Don’t worry or be afarid, but have faith in Jesus.