JESUS LONGS TO MEET YOU

(What an honour to dine with the King of kings)

With yearly Bible reading plan.

A book by:

Romanus O.Obiekosi

Soft copy

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DEDICATION
To the Chief Shepherd of our souls, the Chief soul Winner, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
And to those being saved by His grace.

NOTE:
This book is purely born out of the spirit of evangelism and soul- winning. It is not to be sold.
So that it could get into the hands of everyone truly in need of it.

INTRODUCTION

Jesus is going around looking for someone to dine with! He wants to visit your home today.
Can you host Him tonight?
He wants to be your guest.

Since the day He made you and brought you to this world, may be you haven’t seen Him nor known Him. Or even eaten with Him.

He wants to make Himself known to you. He wants to show Himself to you personally.
He has so many things to discuss with you. May be till now you still don’t really know what problem He created you to solve. He will tell you why He made you. There is only one of your kind in the whole world. And no one can fit properly in your place than yourself. He comes to show you the way to life and successful living.

When He visited Peter, his toil of the whole night was rewarded in a few minutes. And he was suddenly commissioned as a fisher of men.
What an encounter!
(Luke 5:1-11)

On another visit to Peter’s house, his mother in-law was instantly healed of a fever (Matthew 8:14-15).

When He (Jesus) visited Lazarus, and made Himself known to him. Lazarus established a personal relationship with him. When sudden death took Lazarus away, Jesus raised him back to life (John 11:1-44)

When Zacchaeus hosted Him as his special guest in his house, after he repented from his bad business and submitted to Jesus’ authority, Jesus brought instant salvation to his household
(Luke 19:1-10).

When Cornelius welcomed Him through Apostle Peter to his house, he, his household and all who gathered in his house that received the word suddenly received the Holy Spirit, praised God in tongues, and were baptized. (Acts 10:44-48)

Space will not permit me to talk about many others like,
Abraham
Isaac
Jacob
The prophets
The rest of the Apostles and other believers.

All these people became transformed, fulfilled, happy, prominent, and great because they were offered an opportunity to dine with the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, and they accepted the offer and did dine with Him, and He in turn dined with them.

You’ve got the same offer and opportunity now to dine with the Master of the universe- JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.
The ball is in your court.
The Lord is waiting!
Meet Him in the next page.

Chapter One

JESUS LONGS TO MEET YOU
He wants to dine with you!
Hear what He says,

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Revelation 3:20

It is hard to figure this out. Isn’t it? When you’re supposed to be the one running to Him. He is the one looking for you.
Jesus who has everything we will ever need in time and eternity, comes looking for us? I mean the one who owns the whole universe, including me and you.
I’m talking about Jesus, the Saviour of the world, who gives us the life we live, and the breath we breathe; the one who owns all the wealth of the nations- coming personally to knock on your door. It’s amazing! But it’s just true.

But why is this so?
You are supposed to be the one going after Him, knocking on His door day and night, as the author and owner of your life who has exactly what you need.
But, it is the other way round.

THIS IS TRUE LOVE

That’s how much personal love He has for you. He loves you personally. He loves you just the way He fearfully and wonderfully made you.(Psalm 139:14). He loves you more than you can understand or explain. You are the thoughts that fills His heart daily. In fact, He’s in real love with you.
You are the most beautiful and handsome in His eyes.
He’s overflowing with love for you. You may not have realized this before now, but it’s just true. Believe it! It is that way.

His love for you brings Him knocking on your door.
Despite your unworthiness and disregard to His ways, He comes knocking on your door. He wants to dine with you! Irrespective of how many times you have rejected Him, He keeps coming to you. What a love!

HE IS KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR

It is not a lie or just a story. It is true. It’s real. Jesus is truly standing beside you, knocking on the door of your heart. He has a package for you.

Even as you read this good news, He’s right here with you. He feels your heartbeat. He equally knows the thoughts that fills your heart now. If you desire Him now, you will feel His presence around you.
He knows you very well, He even knows your name, He knows where you live. He knows your joy, your afflictions and all that concerns you.
No one is a stranger to Him. He vividly remembers the day He made each one of us to be with Him, to serve and worship Him forever.

Everyday, He sticks beside those who have gone far away from Him, to bring them back to the Father’s heart. He is in the daily business of bringing the strayed home. That’s why He said in John’s gospel 10:16 “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and shepherd.”
Mark the word
“I must bring them also”
And also in Luke 19:10 He says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”

That’s why He has come knocking on your own door today. He really wants you home to dine with Him. It doesn’t matter where you are, He comes there to look for you. It is His business to find you.

NOTE:

• He knows how many of His children who are yet to know Him, and love Him
• to Him, it’s a must to look for you
• It’s your choice to open the door to Him
• It’s your choice to listen to His voice
• It’s your choice to accept Him.
• When you listen to His voice, and accept Him, you will become one with Him in life and in eternity.

RECEIVE HIM IN

John brought this report about this same Jesus knocking on your door.
“He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God”(John 1:11-13).
What a joy and a blessing to be a member of God’s own family.

Jesus said,
“If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person.”
He’s not actually coming alone, but with the Father and Holy Spirit.
Regarding this, He says,
“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23) The Trinity indwelling the human.

What a blessed privilege to host the King of kings in the this little house of your heart.
Is it not a mystery for this tiny heart of yours and mine to accommodate the Almighty God-Blessed trinity. The One who sits in heaven and uses the earth as His footstool. (Isaiah 63:1)
The Potter coming to live in the clay He molded. (Isaiah 45:9; 64:8)

In Isaiah 57:15 He declares, For this is what the high and lofty One says- He who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

God lives in a high and holy place, but also with those who listen to His voice, and opens their heart for Him to dwell in.

He refuses to live in a mansion built by human hands, (Acts 17: 24) -25) but chooses to live in those who hear His voice, and open their doors for Him to come in. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, literate or illiterate. It doesn’t matter whether you are physically fit or disabled.

Whether you are loved or hated by men makes no difference at all. No matter how you look in appearance or where you are coming from, all that really matters is that He (JESUS) want to dine with you, and reside in your heart.

THE BEST TIME IS NOW

Don’t you think it’s time to say “yes”? There’s no better time like now to say yes to Jesus. This is the best time to open the door to Jesus. The next hours or days ahead might not be as conducive as this time to say yes to Jesus.

Many would always postpone God’s invitation to them, don’t be part a of that company. The time should be now for you. Later might be late. There is no time to waste further time.
‘Now’ is guaranteed, not ‘Later.’
The Word says in 2 Corinthians 6:2
‘In time of favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.’

And in Hebrews 3:15 …. ‘Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts ….

Chapter Two

WHAT DOES HE MEAN WHEN HE SAYS, “I WILL EAT WITH THAT PERSON?”

Jesus is not referring to physical food here. He said to His disciples in John’s Gospel 4:34 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.
You see, it’s beyond stomach satisfaction.
It is the food of the soul and spirit. It is eternal satisfaction of the soul

I take you to Luke 10:38-42 38            As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me! 41’Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things. 42 But few things are needed.

We struggle and get busy with so many things in life, but Jesus is saying, that few things are actually needed. Few things like, withdrawing from a daily normal life to spend a little time to listen to God.

When they heard His voice and His knock on the door, they opened to Him. He went in to eat with them, and they with Him. As Martha was running up and down in the kitchen trying to serve Jesus a meal, Mary had already started eating with the Master. And Martha complained to Jesus that her sister Mary did not come to assist her in preparing a meal for Him. She got the greatest surprise and unexpected reply from the Master, who said to her,
“Martha, you are worried and upset about so many things, but few things are needed-or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Nothing you receive from the Lord can ever be taken from you.

Mary is blessed by making the right choice. It is wise and blessed to choose what is needed at the moment. What an honour to dine with the King of the universe.

Only one thing is needed from you right now, to dine with the King.

To eat the food of your soul- the food that brings you to everlasting life.

What He Really Means by Eating with you is;

1) TO TEACH YOU HIS WORD WHICH IS THE MANUAL OF YOUR LIFE

2) TO LEAD YOU TO CARRY OUT YOUR DIVINE ASSIGNMENT

3) TO PREPARE YOU FOR ETERNAL LIFE

4) TO CARRY AWAY YOUR BURDENS

5) TO SURPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY

LETS ANALYZE THEM ONE BY ONE

1) TO TEACH YOU HIS WORD

When you don’t know your Maker’s plan and purpose for making you, you will continue to make wrong choices and unhelpful decisions about life.
When you are ignorant of what is written concerning you in God’s word, you will remain ignorant of identifying the part to your destiny. Your destiny is hidden in the word of God-The Bible; the manual of your life. There’s no argument about that.

Jesus comes to show you your destiny. And what is written in God’s word concerning you.

2) TO LEAD YOU TO CARRY OUT YOUR DIVINE ASSIGNMENT

God does nothing without a purpose, even creating you. You are a reality to God’s desire for the planet earth. He made the universe because of you.
Before He brought you forth, he Had already designated a portion of work for you. He has created you as a solution agent with problems to solve.

In order to to know exactly what God created you for, not resorting to mere speculations, you need to dine with Him, and He dines with you. It is at the dining time with the King that great discoveries are made possible, and hidden secrets are revealed.

The Psalmist declares, “Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. (Psalm 25:12)

There’s a way chosen for every one of us by our Maker. And it is the way of prosperity and fulfillment. You are about to discover yours. You may have been tilling some else’s field all the while. It’s time to mind your own business.

3) TO PREPARE YOU FOR ETERNAL LIFE

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

“The Son of man came to seek and save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10

This is the ultimate purpose why God made man. To be with Him forever. It wasn’t part of God’s plan and purpose to have man evicted from His presence. Hell fire was created for satan and his angels. (Mt 25:41)

Everlasting life is what God prepared for us. He never created death or everlasting death for man. But man’s disobedience, rebellion and sin paved way for everlasting death and hell. (Genesis 2:16-17).
When man chooses to ignore God’s voice and hears the devil out, he has chosen to end up with the devil. And that place is everlasting hell fire. (Revelation 20:10)

The very reason Jesus came to die for the world is this one thing, to restore us back to His Father’s everlasting Kingdom prepared for us since the creation of the world. Mt 25:34

That’s the ultimate and the number one reason Jesus comes knocking on your door, and seeking after you day and night. So that He will take you to be with Him forever. And so you would escape the everyday endless torment of everlasting hell fire.

Jesus says this about those in hell, “the worms that eat them do not die. And the fire is not quenched (Mark gospel 9:48). And Isaiah cried out , “Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with the everlasting burning?”
Isaiah 33:11
This confirms that the fire of hell burns every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, century, forever and ever.

No demon, no spirit, no one born of flesh and blood can endure the torment of the fire of hell and its worms.

Read what Jesus shared about a certain rich man who died and went to hell, and a beggar who also died and went to heaven.

“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury everyday. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even dogs came and licked his sores.

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called him Father “Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire”
‘But Abraham replied, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.”
He answered, “Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.”
Abraham replied, “a They have Moses and the prophets; let them listen to them.”
‘”No, Father Abraham,” he said, “but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.”
‘He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced if someone rises from the dead.”‘ (Luke 16:19-31).

I know you won’t choose to end up in that place of torment like that rich but in heaven like Lazarus by opening your heart to Jesus today. Jesus is waiting to receive you.

The preparation towards eternity can only be possible while we are still living on earth. After departure from the earth, what follows is judgment.
(Hebrews 9:27)

4) TO CARRY AWAY YOUR BURDENS, DISEASES AND INFIRMITIES

Jesus is a healer and a burden bearer. He’s the only one that can carry your burden and sickness away.

Hear what He says,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

After Healing many people, Hear what Apostle Matthew says about Jesus,
“This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
Matthew 8:17

Jesus remains the greatest physician and healer till this moment and for endless ages.

There’s no manner of disease He does not cure. He takes delight in making one whole. But this will not take place in us until he comes to us, and we accept Him and submit to His Lordship

When he says,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
He’s simply saying in order words, ‘Here I am. Accept me into your life, submit yourself wholly to me and I will put things at peace.’

He doesn’t leave where He has been welcomed without a miracle. He doesn’t leave without establishing peace and salvation.
When Peter welcomed Him to his house, hear what happened.
“When Jesus came into Peter’s house, He saw that Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she began to wait on Him.” (Matthew 8:14-15)
He was still in Peter’s house till evening of that same day, read what He did further.
“When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him, and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were ill.”(Matthew 8:16)
The same miracle is waiting for you. But receiving Him is the prerequisite to receiving His miracles.

When Zacchaeus the tax collector welcomed Jesus, see what he received. Matthew reports!
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; He was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore- fig tree to see Him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ So he came down at once and welcomed Him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possession to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.
Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:1-10)

The point I want to drive home here is this, when you welcome Jesus in into your heart, and submit totally to Him like these persons mentioned above;
your life will never remain as it was before His arrival. The difference has no choice than to manifest and be seen. You will definitely know without iota of doubt that something great has taken place in you.
But it still boils down to saying that three letter words, ‘YES’ to JESUS right now.

5) TO SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY

Our God is a great provider. Those who worship Him stays satisfied. They never go hungry those who seek His face.
He has everything we may ever be in need of. All the wealths of the nations are His. He shares His wealth with the nations of the earth. All the wealth of the nations of the world put together is not up to a little bit of what He had shared with them.
The LORD declares through prophet Haggai, “The silver is mine and the gold is mine.” (Haggai 2:8)
The LORD went further to declare through prophet Isaiah, “Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?”
(Isaiah 66:2)
In the same vein, the Psalmist proclaims,
“The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
We have only what He gives to us.

As one born of flesh and blood, it is natural to be in need of one thing or the other. So long as we exist in this planet earth, and live in this perishable house called body, we can never be out of needs. It is the natural tendency of humankind to be in needs. To this effect, Apostle Paul having received supplies to his needs from the Philippine believers, prays for them thus, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Jesus comes to meet your needs. Remember, He doesn’t leave you the same way He met you. He must make you shine. He must leave you in a state that people will come to ask you how it all happened. He will so change you that people will be confused as they try to figure out if you are still the same person they used to know or someone of your resemblance. That’s what only God can do.

What is it that has been a thorn on your flesh? What keeps you awake in the night why others are enjoying their night rest?

With Jesus nothing is impossible. No matter what it is, or what you imagine it is, Jesus is able, and more than able, and greater than all manner of needs and challenges.

The only thing He needs from you right away as He knocks on your door is to open to Him and submit your life to Him. Forget the rest. It is not your responsibility, but His.

OPEN YOUR HEART TO RECEIVE HIM

This is a decision moment.
Here you are going to draw a conclusion on all you have read so far.
Here lies the application of your human volition. At this point you are on your own. The Holy Spirit who is beside you now is not compelling you to give your life to Jesus. Rather He is gently ministering to your spirit, persuasively convincing you of the need and importance of surrendering your life to Christ. This is a delicate moment that you should allow wisdom to rule and guide you.

I’m also very much sensitive of the second voice yelling into your ears- the voice of the ancient serpent who manifested in the Garden of Eden.
Now, at this point that you are about to break his shackles and chains over your life and be free, he’s going to so paint some ugly and fearful false pictures on your mind to make sure you don’t give your life to Jesus and escape his (satan’s) perpetual bondage.

Don’t give in to satan! He is a deceiver and a liar. And the father of lies. No truth ever proceeds from his lips. John 8:44

Hear what Jesus said to the unbelieving Jews and the Pharisees as they were deceived by the devil. “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth you do not believe me.
(John 8:44-45)

His mission is to steal from you, kill and destroy you (John 10:10).

But Jesus’ mission is to protect you, save you, and give you eternal life.
It was because of a time like this that He went to the cross, and shed His blood, so that whoever is willing will be saved.

Jesus states clearly about His first coming into the world, He says, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him”
(John 3:17)

But some people stand condemned already. Why?
Jesus answers this question.
“Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
By the above statement of Jesus, anyone can easily place himself/ herself where he or she belongs, even you.

I know you must have started analyzing your placement. And your conscience cannot deceive you.

Do you want to be saved?
You need JESUS.

GIVE YOUR LIFE TO JESUS RIGHT AWAY

Lord Jesus, I (mention your name) have heard your word. I believe and accept your word.
I now realize I’m a sinner in need of your salvation.
I am sorry for all the sins I have committed against you, myself and my fellows. Here and now, I renounce and reject satan and all his ways and works of darkness.
I now accept you Jesus, as my personal lord and only Saviour. I open the door of my heart to you, come into my heart and dine with me. Give me your Holy Spirit to be with me, to guide me into all truth, and fill me with your grace, power and anointing from above, to declare the marvelous works of your salvation to the ends of the earth, to the glory of your Holy name. In Jesus saving name I have prayed. Amen!

If you said the above prayer, you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour into life. Welcome to God’s family.

You have just taken the very first steps necessary to salvation which are;
•hearing God’s word
• believing the word of God
• confessing the word
• accepting Christ into your life
(Romans 10:8-10)

Next is baptism of water and the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:16-20
Acts 2:37-39
Acts 10:44-48

Your new life begins from here. There are more to know and more to do regarding your new life in Christ.

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NOW OUT! CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGER MAGAZINE
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About the author: 
Romanus Onyekachukwu Obiekosi

Is a humble servant of God with the ministry of music, the Word, Soul-winning, and Revival.

He is an active member of Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCRN)

He holds
Masters Degree in Theological studies

He is the editor in chief of ‘The Encourager Magazine,’
Director Thine the Glory group

He’s happily married to Theresa Chiamaka Obiekosi.
They are blessed with Munachimso Daniella &
Somtochukwu Daniel
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