“Elvis has left the building.” A statement that devastated Elvis fans.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born January 8, 1935, and eventually became a cultural icon with worldwide fans. Often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll,” he was one of the 20th century’s most popular musicians.
At the age of 13, Presley moved from Tupelo, Mississippi, to Memphis, Tennessee, where he began his music career in 1954. He worked for Sam Phillips-owner of Sun Records, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. His energized performance style made him popular and controversial.
Presley’s untimely death at the age of 42 rocked the world. When he was among us, excitement reverberated. Those who doubt his actual death, still feel their hearts quiver when an Elvis sighting is announced.
God among us in the person of Jesus was also exciting yet controversial. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness (John 1:14 NLT). But when Jesus left, he didn’t leave as Elvis. He sent his Spirit to inhabit his people so he’d always be present with them.
As God among his people then, Jesus was the perfect example and ideal sacrifice. In his words, actions, and thoughts, he was flawless and thereby provides a perfect model to emulate. More importantly, the insufficiencies of the Old Testament sin sacrifices became adequate in Christ.
As God with me now, he’s the perfect teacher. I like to think I’m a fair grammar teacher, but my qualifications and experience don’t compare to the skills of One who has complete knowledge about all matters. Who better to guide my decisions?
When God is among us, we have a perfect guide and model, but without him the building is empty.
Prayer: Thank You merciful God for giving us an ideal example to follow in Your Son.
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