God is no Coincidence

Isaiah 60:16

I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the mighty One.

Mark 5:41–42

Jesus took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about.

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The light fell on this flower in a beautiful caress, highlighting the elegant beauty of God’s creative glory.

The account of Jesus raising the little girl, with the Aramaic words, “Talitha  cum,” is a particularly touching story to me. It shows not only the power of God, but his compassion and tender love. This powerful God is no publicity hog, but neither does he wish to remain anonymous. A coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous – so the saying goes. But God does not wish to remain anonymous. He has shown that from the beginning of time, when the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the deep, and God spoke the world into creation. In Genesis God is called Yahweh. “The One Who Is” (usually rendered LORD). God revealed that name to Moses in Exodus 3:4. He was also known as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. David calls him King. Isaiah reveals him as Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Finally, in the New Testament God reveals himself in the name Jesus. Jesus means, “The Lord Saves,” and beautifully displays the reality of God’s character and being. When Jesus gives the Great Commission, instituting Baptism as the great seal-the-deal event of salvation for us, he makes it quite clear and specific: God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God has revealed his name to us so that we may be saved (cf. Romans 10:13). If we are to call on the name of the Lord and be saved, we need not worry or struggle to find a way to call on God. Call on him as Father, in the name of the Son, through the power of the Holy Spirit. If we are to do so, we might also have the opportunity to allow God’s name to be embraced by others, and with us enjoy the riches of his grace, his gift of abundant eternal life, and salvation. He does great things for little girls, and big men, and everyone between.

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