Jack Roeda

READ : Philippians 4:4-9

The Lord is near. (v. 5)

The theologian Robert Jensen writes: “Time, as we see it framing biblical narrative, is neither linear nor cyclical but perhaps more like a helix, and what it spirals around is the risen Christ.”

It’s an image that suggests that we are as close to that first Easter morning as the church in Philippi. We’re not glumly marching further and further away from the dawning of that new day; it is always very near.

Aslan, the lion of Narnia, tells Lucy in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: “We shall meet soon again.” “Please, Aslan,” says Lucy, “what do you call soon?” Aslan responds: “I call all time soon.” He might also have said: “I call all places near.”

The nearness of God is central to the Scriptures. The psalmist says: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4, ESV). Jesus promises: “I will be with you to the end of the age.” It’s the controlling center of our lives.

The Lord is near: Rejoice!

The Lord is near: Be gentle!

The Lord is near: Do not worry about anything!

The Lord is near: Let your requests be made known!

We live on holy ground in the presence of the Lord. His steadfast love surrounds us.

What matters more?


Lord Jesus, may your nearness be real to us. Amen.