Category: Gospels

Faith in the face of death!

Scripture reading for April 19th:  John 11, Psalm 79, Proverbs 17

Key Scriptures: John 11:23-27  “Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?”  She said to Him, “Yes, Lord:  I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.””

Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s brother had died and been the tomb for four days.  Jesus had purposely delayed coming so that many would believe in Him through the miracle that He would perform by raising him from death.  Martha ran to meet Jesus and Jesus quickly assured her that her brother would rise again.  Mary confessed faith in God’s Word concerning resurrection in the Old Testament.  Jesus went further to state the He alone was the resurrection and the life for all who would believe in Him!  This brought a faith confession!

Faith Confession:  Jesus, I believe that You are the Christ, Son of God, and the only source of eternal life and truth.

Proverbs 17:3 “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”  

 

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The Good Shepherd!

Scripture reading for April 18th:  John 10, Psalm 78, Proverbs 16

Key Scriptures:  John 10:7-11 “So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.  I am the door.  If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  

Jesus, still speaking to the Pharisees, who were struggling to believe that He was the Messiah, told them that He alone was the ‘Good Shepherd’ and also the ‘Door’ that God’s sheep may enter and find safe pasture and care.  Jesus said that others had come before Him, but they were only thieves and robbers.  The thief came only to steal, kill and destroy.  The ‘Good Shepherd’ came to bring abundant life.

Faith Confession:  Jesus, I believe that You are the Good Shepherd who laid Your life down for Your sheep.  I am one of Your sheep.  You are the Door that I go through to find provision and safety and eternal life abundant and free!

Psalm 78:70-73 “He chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the nursing ewes He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people, Israel His inheritance.  With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”  

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Blind or Seeing?

Scripture reading for April 17th:  John 9, Psalm 77, Proverbs 15

Key Scriptures: John 9:35-39 “Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  He answered, “And who is He, sir, that I may believe in Him?”  Jesus said to him, “You have seen Him, and it is He who is speaking to you.”  He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Him.  Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”  

Jesus had healed a man born blind from birth.  The Pharisees found it hard to believe that Jesus did this miracle and that it was authentic.  They questioned the man’s parents who, from fear, sent them back to their son.  He plainly told them that Jesus had healed him.  For this, they threw him out of the temple.  Jesus found the man and simply called him to a position of faith and a confession of that faith.  Those who believed would see, and those who refused to believe would become blind.

Faith confession:  Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God.  Thank You for opening my blind eyes to see You as Savior and Lord, the Light of the world.

Proverbs 15:30-31 “The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.  The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.”  

 

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Humble confession of Faith!

Scripture reading for April 16th:  John 8, Psalm 76, Proverbs 14

Key Scriptures:  John 8:23-25 “He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above.  You are of this world; I am not of this world.  I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins.”  So they said to Him, “Who are you?”  Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.” 

Jesus had declared to the Pharisees that He was the “Light of the world.”  They struggled to believe in Him because they were living in the darkness of sin–the sin of unbelief!  Jesus plainly told them that they would die in their sins unless they believed in Him as Messiah.  It is faith in Jesus that alone brings deliverance from death.

Faith Confession:  Jesus, I humbly confess that You are the Son of God, the Light of the world. and the only One who can save me from eternal separation from You.

Psalm 76:8-9 “From the heavens You uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth.”  

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The Fountain of Life!

Scripture reading for April 15th:  John 7, Psalm 75, Proverbs 13
Key Scriptures: John 7:37-39 “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'”  Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Jesus attended the Feast of Tabernacles where on the last day the tradition was to get two jars of water from the pool of Siloam and pour them out before the Lord as a remembrance of God supplying water from the rock during the Israelites’ wilderness experience.  Jesus called Israel to look to Him and believe in Him to quench their spiritual thirst.  He promised ‘rivers of living water’ as those who believed in Him were filled with the Holy Spirit.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit.  The infilling of the Spirit satisfies my thirst and empowers me to proclaim the good news of Jesus, Son of God and Savior.

Proverbs 13:14  “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”  vs. 25 “The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.”

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Eternal Satisfaction!

Scripture reading for April 12th:  John 6, Psalm 74, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures:  John 6:35-40 “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent me.  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given Me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.”

The Father’s will was a key thought in Jesus’ life.  Jesus came to earth do do the Father’s will, not His own.  Those who choose to believe in Jesus come to Him and will be eternally cared for, never to be lost, hungry, or thirsty again.  They come because the Father decreed that anyone who looks on His Son and believes would have eternal life and resurrection to life!

Faith Confession:  Jesus, thank You for the Father’s will!  I joyfully look on You and believe, receiving eternal life, satisfaction of my hunger and thirst, and security!

Psalm 74:12 “Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”

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Receiving eternal life by faith!

Scripture reading for April 11th:  John 5, Psalm 73, Proverbs 11

Key Scriptures: John 5:24-27 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life.  He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.  Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.  For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the son also to have life in Himself.  And He has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.”

Jesus gave simple instructions to His disciples.  If they would listen and hear His word, mixing it with a choice to believe and trust it, they would have eternal life.  Jesus stated that the Father had life in Himself, He was the source of all life and the Father had given that life to His Son.  The Son of Man also had the authority to execute judgment on those who refused to listen to Him or His Father.

Faith Confession:  Lord Jesus, I recognize You and the Father as the source of life and righteousness and I believe and receive You and Your word.  I look forward to hearing Your voice at the rapture or the resurrection of life!

Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.”

 

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The Fields are Ripe!

Scripture reading for April 10th:  John 4, Psalm 72, Proverbs 10

Key Scriptures:  John 4:34-38 “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?  Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.  Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.  For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor.  Others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

Jesus had shared with a Samaritan woman that He was the Messiah.  She was so excited that she ran into her village and told others about Jesus, inviting them to come meet Him.  This was the ‘work’ that the Father had sent Jesus to do.  He instructed His disciples as the people of the village were streaming to meet Him,  “See that the fields are white for harvest.”  Some sow, others reap, but rejoice that fruit is being gathered for eternal life!

Faith Confession:  Lord, I see the fields ripe for harvest!  Thank You for allowing me to participate in the sowing and reaping of this ‘fruit’ for eternal life.  (Action Step:  Share the Gospel with someone you know who may be lost but is open to listen.)

Psalm 72:16 “May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field.”

 

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Possessing eternal life!

Scripture reading for April 9th:  John 3, Psalm 71, Proverbs 9

Key Scriptures: John 3:33-36 “Whoever receives His testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.  For He whom God has sent utters the words of God for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life;  whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

John the Baptist was a witness sent by God testifying that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the world.  John the Apostle used to be a disciple of John the Baptist but left him to follow Jesus.  In writing this Gospel account, John affirms that whoever receives John the Baptist’s testimony affirms that God is true.  Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father to make the gift of the Holy Spirit possible.  We must actively believe in Jesus and obey Him or the wrath of God will remain on us.

Faith Confession:  Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God and my Savior through Your sacrifice on the cross.  I actively trust in You and seek to obey.  Eternal life is my exciting future!

Proverbs 9:10-11 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.”

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The Best is Yet to Come!

Scripture reading for April 8th:  John 2, Psalm 70, Proverbs 8

Key Scriptures: John 2:6-10 “Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.”  And they filled them up to the brim.  And He said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.”  So they took it.  When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then the poor wine.  But you have kept the good wine until now.”

Jesus, at the insistence of His mother, gave instructions to servants at a wedding.  They had run out of wine and this would bring embarrassment to the groom and bridal party.  Jesus told them to take six stone 20 – 30 gallon stone jars and fill them with water.  He then told them to draw some out and give it to the master of ceremonies.  To his surprise, this wine was the best yet served!  This miracle brought joy and was a sign of Jesus’ glory!

Faith Confession:  Thank You Jesus for this recorded miracle and sign revealing Your glory and our hope for the future!  The best is yet to come at the wedding supper of the Lamb!

Psalm 70:4  “May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You!  May  who love Your salvation say evermore, “God is great!””

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