“Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”- Romans 8:34 (NASB)
In the Conclusion to Next Door Savior, Max Lucado mentions the time when he was among the religious leaders invited to come to the White House and pray with President George W. Bush (following 9/11). In the course of Max’s conversation with the President, the President said he had walked the streets of Max’s hometown.
While Pastor Lucado says it’s nice to know that the President had walked the streets of his Texas hometown, it’s much nicer to know the same about God. Even though Jesus is in heaven, He’s running the show. He’s still our next door Savior. There’s no need for us to panic. Jesus knows our name and Jesus has walked our streets.
The author notes that his illustration of his talk with President Bush falls short. Even if Max had George W. Bush’s phone number, the President would be too busy to talk with Max. But we can call on God at any time. He’s’ never too busy for us. Max offers these words of encouragement:
“The fact that we can’t imagine how he hears a million requests as if they were only one doesn’t mean he can’t or doesn’t. For he can and he does. And among the requests he hears and heeds is yours. For even though he is in heaven, he never left the neighborhood.”
Today’s question (from the Study Guide): Does it help to think of Jesus as a next door Savior? Explain.
Tomorrow’s blog: “God’s masterpiece”