Daily Word of Grace # 249 (May 26, 2021)

In his powerful book Abba’s Child the late Brennan Manning recounts the following story about  the famous British writer G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), who was also a brilliant philosopher, theologian, and literary critic: “Standing on a London street corner, G. K. Chesterton was approached by a newspaper reporter.  ‘Sir, I understand that you recently became a Christian.  May I ask you one question?’  ‘Certainly,’ replied Chesterton.  ‘If the risen Christ suddenly appeared at this very moment and stood behind you, what would you do?’  Chesterton looked the reporter squarely in the eye and said, ‘He is’” (97).  G. K. Chesterton was exactly right, because that is exactly what the Risen Christ promised his disciples at the Great Commission: “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).  This is true not only individually but also corporately because Jesus also promised, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20).  Today may the Risen Christ reveal anew to you both his love for you and his presence with you.

Love and Prayers,