Tag: Father’s house
Scripture reading for November 10th: Ezekiel 40-42; John 14
John 14: 1-6 “”Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.””
The disciples were troubled about Jesus sharing with them His betrayal by one of them and His coming departure. Jesus reassured them and encouraged them to keep on trusting in Him. His departure had a purpose. He was preparing a place for them to be with Him forever and ever. He would come again and take them with Him to be with Him forever. Those who love Him would seek to obey His Words and they would receive another Helper Who would instruct them and guide them in the Truth–the Spirit of Truth. The Spirit of Truth would uniquely be only with them and those trusting Jesus and knowing Him. Jesus Christ was the only Way to Father’s house, the Truth, and eternal Life. We are being ‘measured’ for our mansion!
John 14:15-17 “”If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.””
Prayer: Father God, how I long to live in Your eternal holiness and presence. Thank You for making that possible for me and any who will choose to believe in Your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe He is the only Way to Your House. Thank You for the Holy Spirit Who is with me now and forever, preparing and guiding me in obeying Your Word and sharing Your truth with those still looking for the Path to Your house.
Ezekiel 40:2-3 “In visions of God He brought me to the land of Israel, and set me down on a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south. When He brought me there, behold there was a man whose appearance was like bonze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand. . .”
Scripture reading for March 12th: Numbers 26-29, Luke 2
Key Scriptures: Luke 2:49-52 “And He said to them, “Why were you looking for Me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that He spoke to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And His mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in the favor with God and man.”
As a young child of twelve, Jesus’ parents took Him to the temple for the required visits during the feasts. During the Feast of Passover, they went as was their custom. But as they left to return home, they found that Jesus was not among the throng of family and friends returning together. They returned to Jerusalem to find Jesus in the temple listening to the teachers and questioning them. Jesus returned with them and continued to grow in wisdom and favor with God and man!
Numbers 27:16-17 “”Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd.””
Faith Confession and prayer: As one who is a disciple of Jesus, I choose to follow Jesus as my Shepherd in attending weekly believers gatherings for worship and listening to teaching of God’s Word. Help me Lord, to grow in wisdom and favor with God and man.
Scripture reading for March 5th: Deuteronomy 6-9, Luke 2
Key Scriptures: Luke 2:49-52 “And He said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house? And they did not understand the saying that He spoke to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And His mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.”
Jesus’ early years and growth until 30 years of age are summarized here by Luke. These few verses give us insight into Jesus’ early understanding of His mission and yet His need to fully submit to being human and growing up in this world under parental authority and experiencing temptations common to all people. Jesus knew that “He must be in Father’s house.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise.”
Prayer: Holy Father, today I want to be in Your house and learn Your Word and ways. Let me increase in wisdom and favor with You and those I interact with. Amen.
Scripture reading for March 4th: Luke 2
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Luke 2:48-50 “When His parents saw Him, they were astonished. His mother said to Him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You.” “Why were you searching for me?” He asked. Didn’t you know I had to be in My Father’s House?” But they did not understand what He was saying to them.”
We know very little of Jesus’ childhood after the visit of the wise men and His trip to Egypt and return to Nazareth. Joseph and Mary evidently lead an ordinary life and had other children that Jesus grew up with. They were Jews who were devout and visited Jerusalem for the feast of Passover every year. (Luke 2:41) Luke records that Jesus went with His family when He was twelve years old and on the way back home, was found to be missing from the company of travelers from Nazareth.
When His parents returned to Jerusalem, they found Jesus in the temple courts sitting with the teachers and asking questions. When they questioned Him, He told them they should have known that He had to be in His Father’s House! This was one of the earliest revelations by Jesus of His true identity! Our identity is now tied to our Father through Jesus Christ!
Observations for over-comers: It is a good thing to be in ‘Father’s House’! We must never forget our identity and our destiny! “I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, “You are My Son, today I have become Your Father. Ask of Me, and I will amke the nations Your inheritance and ends of the earth Your possession.” (Psalm 2:7-8)
Scripture reading for November 4th: John 13-17
Jesus did not do anything on His own; as the Son of God, He came to do His Father’s will. His Father’s will was that none that Jesus was given would perish, but that they would all be raised up on the last day. (John 6:39-40) It was the Father’s will that all who looked to Jesus and believed on Him would have eternal life and resurrection of their bodies. To that end, Jesus came to earth and ministered the Gospel message of repentance and faith, calling all to believe on Him. It was to that end that He laid His life down for His sheep, demonstrating the Father’s heart for the lost.
Jesus repeatedly told those who heard Him that He was not here on His own, but to do the will of the One who sent Him. (John 7:28-29, 8:18-19, 42, 10:18, 12:27, 14:6-10) In our reading today, Jesus told His disciples that He was going to die and go away. They were downcast and He sought to encourage them by telling them that He was going away to prepare a place for them and that He would come again and take them to be with Him. Thomas, one of the twelve, was puzzled and asked Jesus where He was going and how they could know the way. Jesus spoke, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Jesus told them that if they really knew Him, they would also know the Father. He told them that from now on they knew the Father and had seen Him.
“Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” (John 14:8) Philip was not getting it. He wondered when Jesus was going to show them the Father and begged Jesus to do just that. Jesus responded, “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me, has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) Jesus told them again and again that He was there to do the will of His Father. All the words Jesus gave them were from the Father. All the miracles Jesus did, revealed the Father working through Jesus. Jesus’ promised these followers, “And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” Wow!