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Walking in the light!

Scripture reading for November 30th: 1st John 1:1-10

John was the disciple ‘whom Jesus loved’.  John was the youngest of the disciples and one of the three who were in Christ’s inner circle, along with Peter and his brother James.  John was given the assignment to care for Jesus’ mother by Jesus from the cross. (John 19:25-27)  In his later years, (approximately 90 A.D.) John wrote these short letters to his ‘dear children’ encouraging them to grow and endure in their faith.

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have see with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life.  The Life appeared; we have seen It, we proclaim to you the Eternal Life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us.  And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.  We write this to make our joy full.” (1st John 1:1-4)

John writes about his own personal encounter with Jesus.  It was a first-hand encounter that was on-going even at the time of the writing.  He wanted his children in the faith to enjoy fellowship with Jesus Christ and the Father.  This would make his joy complete!  This sounds like Jesus!  (John 15:9-11)  Knowing Jesus and the Father is eternal life!  (John 17:3)

“This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you:  God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light , as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” (John 1:5-7)

John’s message wasn’t original with him.  He got it from Jesus and passed it on!  If we claim to have fellowship with Jesus, we can’t go on walking in darkness and sin.  That would be a lie!  Jesus is the light of the world!  (John 8:12)  If we truly have fellowship with Jesus, we will walk with Him and confess our sins in true repentance!  Are you walking in the light of true fellowship?  Does your life show it?

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The One and Only!

Scripture reading for April 30th: John 1:1-28

John was the disciple whom Jesus loved and the youngest of the apostles.  John was the brother of James and together they were known as the ‘Sons of Thunder’.  John was pictured in all pictures of the Last Supper with his head on Jesus’ breast.  Jesus assigned responsibility for His mother to John in His final statements from the cross.  John knew Jesus from being in the inner circle of the apostolic band.

John’s clear purpose in writing his Gospel is stated in John 20:31, “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.” John uses many different descriptive words, personal encounters and miracles to prove his point.  He wanted everyone who read his account to believe!  He knew that in believing, they would find eternal life and the salvation that Jesus made available to whosoever would believe!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)  This introduction identifies Jesus as the ‘Word’ that spoke creation into being from nothing!  (Genesis 1:1-3)  This ‘Word’ was with God at the beginning of creation.  In Him was life and light for men.  Apart from God’s Word,  man cannot know or understand where he came from or why he is here.  The eternal ‘Word’ reveals all that is hidden in darkness.

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)  Jesus Christ is the ‘Word’ of God that was made flesh.  He is the incarnate Word, existing from before the foundations of the world.  He is the truth in living form and came to reveal that truth to mankind.  When He was revealed, He showed forth the glory of His Father.  There is none like Jesus!  He alone is the unique ‘Son of God’. He was begotten by the Father supernaturally in the womb of Mary.  He is the Truth and the Life!  (John 14:6)  He is the only way to God.  He alone could bear our sins and save us!

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Tent-dwellers!

Scripture reading for October 29th: John 1-2

John, the beloved, was the youngest disciples and one of the “sons of thunder”.  James and John were in the inner circle of three and John was the one resting his head on Jesus’ chest in the famous picture of the Last Supper.  John was also the disciple that Jesus asked from the Cross to take care of His mother. (John 19:26-27)  John wrote his Gospel to declare that Jesus was the “Son of God”!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; and without Him nothing was made that has been made.  In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)

John began with a revelation of the Son of God as the eternal Word!  He was with God in the beginning!  He always was, is, and will be.  The ‘beginning’ spoken of by John was the beginning of created things.   By His powerful Word, He created the visible world and heavens.  When we think of how vast the extent of the heavens, we are humbled by the power of that Word!

But at the right time, this Word became flesh and dwelt among His people!  The word for “dwelt” is the same word used to describe the pitching of a tent. Moses was given instructions to build a special tent and furniture as a place for God to dwell in the midst of His people, Israel.  This tent was called a “tabernacle” or “Tent of Meeting”.  God’s presence marked Israel as separate and blessed above all others on the earth.  No enemy could defeat them as they marched with Him, no sickness could attack, and even clothes and shoes did not wear out!  (Nehemiah 9:19-21)

Jesus Christ came to His own people, but they did not receive Him!  (John 1:11-12)  Most rejected Him and ended up crucifying Him.  But to those who would and did receive Him, Jesus gave the power to become children of God!  They would be “born again” into God’s family!  He would send them the Holy Spirit to live in them and they would become “living tabernacles” of God’s presence!  Why not invite Him to be your Savior today!

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Jesus Teaches On Divorce

Scripture reading for October 18th: Mark 8-10

“Some Pharisees came and tested Him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”  “What did Moses command you?” he replied.  They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”  “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. (Mark 10:2-6)   Questions about divorce were prevalent in Jesus’ day as they are in ours.  The religious leaders came to test Jesus in His views.  In that day, they believed that if a woman was not pleasing to the man, he could just write her off.  They took the writing of Moses and justified their legal ruling.  (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)

Jesus told them that it was because of hard hearts that Moses allowed this to take place.  He took them back to God’s original plan from Genesis, also a writing of Moses.  God designed marriage.  It was to be with one man and one woman, male and female.  The man was to leave his mother and father and be united with his wife and the two would become one flesh.  God joined them together in such a way that they should not be separated!  (Mark 10:6-9)

The disciples later questioned Jesus about this teaching.  He answered them with further insight about divorce.  “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.  And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.” (Mark 10:11-12)  Jesus tied divorce to the breaking of one of the ten commandments, which is a sin against God.  That particular sin was punishable by death under the old covenant.  God was trying to help mankind understand the need to stick with His plan for marriage and raising godly children. (Malachi 2:15)   Divorce was destructive to what He had joined together, the one flesh relationship.  Adultery defiled the relationship and caused violence between those who once loved and were intimate.  (Malachi 2:16)  God hates divorce for what it does to the family and children!

In our present time, divorce is common, even in the church.  It is not the unforgivable sin, but we take it much too lightly.  It is having a devastating effect on the fabric of the church and nation.  We must humble ourselves and pray for obedience to our loving Jesus.  “Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (Mark 10:9)

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Jesus, the Tent Dweller

Scripture reading for October 30th: John 1-2

The Gospel of John, the beloved disciple, is exciting reading.  John was the youngest disciple and one of the “sons of thunder” brothers.  James and John were evidently very emotional and yet very likable.  These brothers were in the inner circle of three in the company of disciples and John was the one resting his head on Jesus’ chest in the famous picture of the Last Supper.  John was also the disciple who Jesus asked from the Cross to take care of His mother. (John 19:26-27)  The theme of his Gospel is “Jesus, the Son of God” and John goes back to Genesis as he begins his account.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; and without Him nothing was made that has been made.  In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)

John starts with a revelation of the Son of God!  He is the eternal Word!  He was with God in the beginning!  Of course, eternity is the realm of God.  There is no time in His realm, so there is no beginning from God’s perspective.  He always was, is, and will be.  The beginning spoken of by John is the beginning of created things.  Everything we can see was created by God and by His Word.  He is the source and beginning of it all.  By speaking His powerful Word in faith He created the visible world and heavens.  When we think of how vast and huge these creations are, we are humbled by the power of that Word!

But at the right time, this Word became flesh and dwelt among His people!  The word for “dwelt” is the same word used to describe the pitching of a tent.  He “tabernacled” with His people!  This is what God did when Israel was in the desert after Mt. Sinai.  Moses was given instructions to build a special tent and furniture as a place for God to dwell in the midst of His people.  This tent was called a “tabernacle”. God’s presence marked His people as separate and blessed above all others on the earth.  No enemy could defeat them as they marched with Him, no sickness could attack, and even clothes and shoes did not wear out!  (Nehemiah 9:19-21)

Jesus Christ came to His own people, but they did not receive Him!  (John 1:11-12)  Most rejected Him and ended up crucifying Him.  But to those who would and did receive Him, Jesus gave the power to become children of God!  They would be “born again” into God’s family!  He would send them the Holy Spirit to live in them and they would become “living tabernacles” of God’s presence!  What a blessed people are those who receive Him!  Why not invite Him to be your Savior today and let Him pitch His tent in you!  His powerful Word brings new birth and eternal life!

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