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January 7, 2019

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Read John 7

 

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ScriptureJohn 7:24- “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”

 

Observations- Here Jesus invites scrutiny and reflection of His life and ministry. He is filled with compassion, but also confronts people, not always gently, with the truth of Who He is. He welcomes them to consider for themselves the claims He makes. There were a lot of different opinions expressed in John 7 about Who Jesus was and Nicodemus shows up again, too. It appears that he hasn’t yet made up his mind about who Jesus is (see verse 50-51), but is willing to keep considering this One Who offers new life.

 

Application- It seems to me that by the very nature of His radical claims, Jesus intends to confront us about making a decision about Him. Will I freely choose to be a disciple of Jesus? Will I recognize Him as my Forgiver and Leader in this life and beyond? When we share the Good News with someone, it will by it's nature invite others to make a decision, too. The message is both gentle and confrontational at the same time. We get to lovingly hold up the claims of Christ, and then people make a decision about Jesus. Of course, it may not happen on our time schedule, so our job is to keep showing the love of Jesus Christ as we invite them to “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”

 

Prayer- Lord, I help me be an effective ambassador of Your Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ, in this world. Help us be a church that always points people to the ultimate new hope to be found in Him alone. Help us remember that we get to be Your loving presence to believers and unbelievers alike along this journey of faith. Thank You for such a privilege. Amen.

 

"O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised." (Psalm 119:169),

Pastor Jamie

 

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January 6, 2019

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Read John 6

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+6&version=NLT

 

ScriptureJohn 6:66-69- At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God."

 

Observations- A crowd always seems to gather around Jesus, although that was never His goal. Here we see the crowd thinning out. People began to think Jesus' teaching was too hard. Earlier in John 6 people flocked to Jesus for all kinds of reasons, but one big 

reason was to experience the signs and wonders or to get something from Him. Many people wanted what Jesus could give them more than they wanted Jesus. The greatest gift and blessing, however, was simply to have a relationship with the One who had the words of eternal life. When Jesus asked His closest disciples if they were considering walking away, too, Peter said we have nowhere else to go. 

 

Application- Counting our blessings is a very important habit to develop, but even when it's really hard to clearly see the benefits we have been privileged to receive- perhaps due to great pain and loss- we get to remember the words of Peter, "Lord, to whom would we go?" It can't merely be about the signs and wonders. It can't merely be about the tangible blessings God gives. We trust that the greatest blessing is always simply to be with Jesus.

 

Prayer- (by Richard Chichester- 1197-1253) Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day. Amen.

 

"For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled 

everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross." (Colossians 1:19-20),

Pastor Jamie

 

​​​​​​​To contact me: reply to this email...it only comes to me.

 

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