Jesus Rains! This was the chant of my 8-year old son when he heard us saying “Jesus Reigns”. I did not realize he thought of rain instead of “reign”. When it rained that day, he was quite ecstatic and he blurted out, “Oh, it is true, Jesus rains!” My husband and I had a good laugh when we heard him. It was an innocent mistake from a child. And he was seriously amazed that it rained and that Jesus must be true to His word. But, of course, we gently corrected him and explained the difference between rain and reign.
It might be a mistake, but I was touched by how thoughful my son was about the Lord Jesus. He was waiting for the “rain” because he thought “Jesus rains”. He wanted to know if it will truly rain that day. And when it did, he was jubilant about it. His facial expression and his words were like saying “Wow, You are amazing Lord, Jesus!” In his child’s mind, he may have misunderstood the idea but his faith was definitely there.
We may be like my 8-year old son who sometimes misunderstand God’s plan in our life. Or, maybe, we are like him, patiently waiting and expecting His answer. Or, we are like him when we rejoice in amazement to His answer to our prayers. In all of these situations, God remains faithful. His love remains great as far as the heavens are from the earth (Psalm 103:11). He is worthy of praise regardless where we are in our faith. God is worthy of all glory and honor regardless we are at the point of confusion, of waiting, or of rejoicing.
“Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. So I will bless you while I live. I will lift up my hands in your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest food. My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips…”– Psalm 63:3-5 (WEB)
Jesus Reigns. Going back to the hilarious episode with my son, it was actually the day of “Jesus Reigns” celebration. This is done every end of November here in the Philippines and is a nationwide simultaneous celebration done in the country to honor one Lord Jesus Christ and to declare the name of Jesus with one voice and as one nation. Previously, before the pandemic, a huge crowd in every city and province coming from different churches and denominations, come together to worship Jesus Christ as one and proclaim His name. During this pandemic, a motorcade was done and only a few were allowed to join so as to follow safety protocols. Nevertheless, every church and group were still able to meet in churches to have a short fellowship and celebration although limited in number.
As Christians, we should not be ashamed of the name of Jesus. Some people would like to adjust prayers to say “in God’s name” instead of “in Jesus’ name”, at the end of the prayer to generalize the prayer and they call it universal prayer. Others, do not like to mention the name of Jesus so as not to offend other people who do not believe in His name. So, they encourage us to say God instead of Jesus. Others also call God as “G”. And, this, I could never fathom. I never call my teacher as Maam E, Ms. J, or Mr. A. I never called my Pastor as Pastor B or Pastor Z. I never ever called my pet dog in initials either. So, I just could not get around this idea as to why I would be calling God as “G”? My point is, let us give the honor and reverence to God as He deserves. He may not be far and unfamiliar, but He is also not a human like us. He may be the gentlest and the best friend we have, but He is also a holy God that we should honor and respect. Above all, we should be the ones bringing the name of Jesus to others. He is our God. He is living! He is true! He is faithful! He is our Lord! He is our Savior! He is sovereign and He reigns!
May we always bring the name of Jesus with pride and love among the people.
My family and I believe in Jesus Christ. He is our Lord and our Savior. We may not be perfect or good at all times, but our God is. He helps us, saves us, and fills our life with peace.
Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations. I will sing praises to you among the peoples. For your loving kindness is great above the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth.”– Psalm 108:3-5 (WEB)