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January 21, 2019

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Read John 21

 

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ScriptureJohn 21:19b-22- Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.” Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved- the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”

Observations- This last scene in John's gospel records an encounter between the resurrected Lord with Peter, the one who had denied he even knew who Jesus was a few days earlier. Peter was struggling given his numerous denials. What did this mean about his leadership in the Jesus movement? Should he just go back and fish? The resurrected Lord didn't hesitate to give Peter his job back. Jesus told Peter to "take care of my sheep," and even told him about his own death one day. As is often times the case for us as well, Peter attempted to deflect the focus of the Savior away from him and onto someone else: 

"OK, fine, but what about him?" Jesus didn't fall for it; instead He kept the focus on Peter and said, "As for you, follow me.”

Application- It's always a temptation for you and I to try to deflect attention away from ourselves when it comes to discipleship. We want to focus on what others are doing (or aren't doing!), but our call is to have a living relationship with Christ where we encounter His unique call to follow Him. It's not about what anyone else! Peter disappointed His Lord, but Jesus received him back and told him there was still a place of servant leadership for him. If Peter denying he even knew Jesus at the most crucial moment in Christ's life didn't disqualify him from being a friend of Jesus, why do we think our past behavior will

disqualify us (or that someone else's past behavior disqualifies them) from serving in Jesus' Church in 2019? Jesus restored Peter, not merely to a back row seat, so we need to appreciate that the Lord offers us restoration and new life, too. The good news is that God is not finished with us yet!

Prayer- Dear God, I have cried out for You to take away my human failings and frailties. Even when I have badly messed up, You have never given up on me, and I am grateful for Your grace in the midst of truth. Thank You, Jesus, for modeling restoration in relationship with Peter, who failed You so badly. You restored him to a place of joyful service. Thank You for not giving up on me. Help us follow You well. Amen.

 

"In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation." (1 Peter 5:10),

 

Pastor Jamie


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January 20, 2019

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Jesus' tomb in Jerusalem- it's still empty!

 

Read John 20

 

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ScriptureJohn 20:28-29- “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

Observations- Thomas, often referred to as the "doubting disciple," had demanded to put his own fingers into the wounds of the resurrected Jesus before he would believe it was all true, but upon simply seeing Jesus in front of him, Thomas made a profound confession of faith. Of course, once Jesus ascended into heaven no one else would be afforded the

privilege of actually seeing the Risen Lord for themselves, which means we get to believe on the basis of the testimony of these first century witnesses through God's Word.


Application- In all of the major creeds affirmed by the church through the ages based upon the witness of Scripture we declare as a key element of the faith once delivered that Jesus "was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead" and we believe in "the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting." It matters whether we really believe that Jesus was physically resurrected from the dead by the Father or we merely think the disciples had a some sort of spiritual encounter that led them to sense that Jesus was still with them in some way. JESUS WAS PHYSICALLY RAISED FROM THE DEAD!!! N. T. Wright says, "“The resurrection completes the inauguration of God's kingdom. . . .It is the decisive event demonstrating that God's kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven. The message of Easter is that God's new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you're now invited to belong to it.” The resurrection isn't merely a "spiritual truth;" rather it's an historical fact with deep implications about how we shall live here and now. 

Prayer- Dear Lord, I thank You for the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ. To believe in this as a fact of history makes it so much easier for me to trust Him as a genuine "Savior and Lord," not merely some nice idea. Believing in the resurrection of the body reminds that our bodies matter and that what we do with them to love and serve You matters. Help us to honor our bodies, for we, too, shall be raised from the dead one day. Amen.

 

"And we apostles would all be lying about God- for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins." (1 Corinthians 15:15-17),


Pastor Jamie

 

  1. S.- Would you like to see the Garden Tomb, the place of Jesus' resurrection?I invite you to join me on a 10-Day Journey through the Bible tour to the Holy Land that will expand your knowledge of the God’s Word in this sacred land. We’ll follow in the footsteps of Jesus, Paul, Samuel, and David, which will transform the way you read the Bible. For many people this is the trip of a lifetime. From Oct. 28, 2019 - Nov. 6, 2019 we will travel with Educational Opportunities. Please consider this my personal invitation to be a part of this adventure of faith. For more information on the trip, pick up a “Journey through the Holy Land” brochure in the kiosk of the Lobby. Or you can check out this link right now: 

http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl19102819x53695#eotours 

Save the date and bring your family and friends.


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