Tag: Son of God

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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Lamb of God, Son of God!

Scripture reading for April 5th:  John 1, Psalm 69, Proverbs 7

Key Scriptures: John 1:29, 32-34 “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world! . . . .And John bore witness:  “I saw the Spirit descend from  heaven like a dove and it remained on Him.  I myself did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on Whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.””

When Jesus appeared where His cousin John the Baptist was baptizing, John made a faith declaration concerning Jesus.  John plainly stated that Jesus was the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sins of the world.  He also stated that He would be the One who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and Jesus was the “Son of God.”  John stated that the Father who had sent him had revealed this to him.

Faith confession:  Jesus is the Lamb of God, Son of God, who gave His body and life blood to obtain my forgiveness and allow me to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit.  I hold fast to these truths forever!

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

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Jesus, The Son of God!

Scripture reading for February 28th:  Mark 15, Psalm 43, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures:  Mark 15:37-39 “And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed His last.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!””

Soldiers from the Roman army garrison had conducted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and two others and were there guarding the condemned.  Mark records the last cry of Jesus from the cross and the rending of the temple curtain.  The curtain was torn from top to bottom!  But the centurion in charge, an eyewitness, was overcome by the manner in which Jesus breathed His last breath.  He made a faith confession:  “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Faith Confession:  Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God!

Proverbs 12:17  “Whoever speaks the truth give honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.”  

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Awe at the death of The Son of God

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Matthew 27, Psalm 27, Proverbs 27

Key Scriptures: Matthew 27:51-54 “And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.  The tombs also were opened.  And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.  When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!””

Matthew described the events that took place immediately after Jesus cried out for the last time and gave up His Spirit.  First, the temple veil was torn, from top to bottom revealing the Holy of Holies.  Then there was a great earthquake, shaking rocks to pieces and opening sealed tombs, as well as a resurrection of saints from those tombs who showed themselves to many in the city.  The centurion and troops overseeing the crucifixion saw these events and made a faith confession:  “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Faith’s confession:  I believe that the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, opened the way for me to experience the presence of God.  I have a down payment now with the Holy Spirit in me but will fully experience Jesus at the resurrection and rapture.

Proverbs 27:12  “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”

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My Lord, My God!

Scripture reading for May 2nd:  1st Kings 18-20, John 20

Key Scriptures: John 20:26-28  “Eight days later, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.  Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then He said to Thomas, “Put your fingers here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side.  Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  Thomas answered, “My Lord and My God!””

Jesus appeared on several occasions to the disciples after His resurrection.  Thomas had missed the first of those times, and struggled to believe.  Jesus met him where he was and offered definite proof of touching His wounds in person.  Jesus fulfilled His Word completely.

1st Kings 17:23-24  “And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother.  And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.”  And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the Word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your patience to meet us each where we are and show us that You are alive and Your Word is truth. You are My Lord and My God. Amen.

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Love message!

Scripture reading for April 19th:  2nd Samuel 10-13, John 11

Key Scriptures:  John 11:25-27 “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.””

Jesus had come to the grave of His friend, Lazarus, who had been dead for four days.  Martha, Lazarus’ sister, had ran to meet Jesus with a quiet faith, trusting that whatever Jesus would ask from His Father, God would do.  Jesus revealed Himself to her (and us) as the “resurrection and the life.”  Mary confessed her faith in Jesus as the Christ and Son of God.  Saving faith was released!

2nd Samuel 12:24-25 “Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon.  And the Lord loved him and sent a message by Nathan the prophet.  So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your love and revelation of who You are: “The Resurrection and the Life.”   I receive your revelation and love message today by faith in Jesus Christ, Son of God.  Amen.

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Grace through the torn curtain!

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Leviticus 2-4, Matthew 27

Key Scriptures: Matthew 27:50-54  “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook and the rocks were split.  The tombs also were opened.  And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.  When the centurion and those who were with him saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!””

Jesus, the Son of God, hung on a cross between heaven and earth, offering His own body and blood as the final sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the world.  He cried out to His Father one more time and gave up His spirit.  The earth shook, rocks were split, tombs were opened, saints were resurrected and the temple curtain was torn from top to bottom!  The Gentile centurion and those with him declared the divinity of Jesus, Son of God!

Leviticus 4:15,20-21  “And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the Lord, and the bull shall be killed before the Lord. . . .And the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, thank You for Your complete obedience to fulfill the law as the final and complete sacrifice for our sins.  May I always use the grace provided to approach Your throne through Your sacrifice.  Amen.

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Thankful for a Priest–forever!

Scripture reading for June 29th:  Psalms 107-111

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 110:2-4  “The Lord will extend Your mighty scepter from Zion; You will rule in the midst of Your enemies.  Your troops will  be willing on Your day of battle.  Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn You will receive the dew of Your youth.  The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind:  “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”” 

King David wrote the 110th psalm about a conversation he listened to described as  “The Lord said to My Lord:”  (Vs. 1)  This was a prophetic psalm that is quoted seven times in the New Testament and by Jesus Himself in three of the Gospels.  Jesus Christ, a son of David, and the Son of God would rule from Zion, even in the midst of His enemies.  He would be declared the Son of God through resurrection from the dead.  From the womb of the grave, at dawn of  the third day, He received the dew of His youth!  He was made a Priest forever–after the order of Melchizedek!

Rejoice in Jesus Christ:  “How is it that they say the Christ is the Son of David?  David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”  (Luke 20:41-43)

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Rejoicing in resurrection!

Scripture reading for April 5th:  1st Kings 16-19

Key Scriptures:  1st Kings 17:21-24  “Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”  The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.  Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house.  He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive.”

Elijah, the prophet of God, had been staying at a Sidonian widow’s house during the famine in Israel.  She had a son that became ill and died.  She accused Elijah of having something against her.  Elijah gathered her son in his arms and took him to his upper room.  There he interceded with God for the boy’s life!  God graciously answered with a type of resurrection!

Thankful for resurrection:  Lazarus, Jesus’ friend had died.  Jesus confronted the force of death with compassion and vision!  “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies: and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  “Yes Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”  (John 11:25-27)

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A son of God and Heir!

Scripture reading for August 19th:  Galatians 4

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Galatians 4:4-7  “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.  Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”  

God’s timing is always perfect!  At just the right time, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to redeem those under the law of God and in slavery to sin.  After paying for mankind’s sins on the cross of Calvary and raising from the dead by the Spirit of Holiness, Jesus and the Father sent the Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of believers.  This Gift of the Father testifies to us that we are now adopted ‘sons of God’ and heirs of the promises made to all who have faith.  Why would anyone want to go back under the law and it’s condemnation?  In Christ God has given us a full inheritance as His children!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers know the reality of becoming sons of God by faith in Jesus Christ and live a life of faith expecting the full inheritance of eternal life with God the Father!  “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant placers; surely I have a delightful inheritance.  . . .You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.”  (Psalm 16:6, 11)

 

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