John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
This verse by far is the most quoted in my judgment. It is one if not the most important verses in the entire bible. I also believe is one those verses abused if not looked at in its context to make it amazing. Grace is not amazing until you bring to light what enables grace to shine.
Had Jesus given Nicodemus John 3:16 before addressing John 3:14-15, it would have made no sense to him or appreciated it. The same way if a doctor gave a patient medicine to cure him without first letting him understand his need for it, the patient will despise it and will not consider it precious. Jesus took Nicodemus back to Numbers 21 where the Israelites spoke against God and Moses; they murmured and complained for not having water or food. Continue reading →
John 4:20-26, “22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship, Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
As Jesus mentions in this passage, Samaritans were worshipers. However, their only problem is that they did not know who they were worshipping. By the same token, I am convinced that in our churches today, many people come to worship a God they know little or nothing about. They may know about Him, but have little or no understanding of who He really is; most times, because they haven’t studied His word enough to actually get to know Him. Continue reading →
Mark 6:30-32, vs. 30, “Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves”
Mark 6:32, “So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves”. The disciples listened to Jesus’ call. Luke 11:1, “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” A disciple of Jesus never asked Him to teach them how to preach, heal the sick, raise the dead. They asked Him to teach them to pray. His classes on prayer was always offsite. What about us? Misguided passion leaves us stubborn to do what we want rather than what He wants. Continue reading →
John 12:32-33, “32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die”
Jesus thrice speaks of His death as a lifting up, a euphemism for being crucified. The lifting up meant being glorified, He says as recorded in John 12:23, “…“The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified”. The cross was the means by which the Son of Man be glorified by men when He draws them to Himself. That is why we preach Christ crucified.
1 Peter 2:4-7, vs. 7 “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,…The stone that the builders rejected…”
How does a moth end up getting burned by a flame. If you ever heard the expression, “like a moth to a flame,” you will know that the moth is drawn to the flame, but “The phrase is a simple allusion to the well-known attraction that moths have to bright lights. The word moth was used in the 17th century to mean someone who was apt to be tempted by something that would lead to their downfall”. Some are, “Irresistibly and dangerously attracted to something or someone.” (The phrase finder). God’s children are drawn to Him (while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8), He did the irresistible drawing of us to Himself.
Matthew 13: 3&5-6 “3Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. … 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away!”
Part of my early life was spent in the farm. If we wanted to see crops grow for harvest, one crucial thing was to get the soil ready. You could not expect a harvest on unprepared ground regardless of whether you had good seeds or not. We had to plow and plow and plow, dig deep, turn the soil, rake it, remove rocks, pull out weeds, get rid of thorns and bushes. Prepping the ground until it was ready before we planted any seed expecting it to grow, do weeding and expect a harvest.
Matthew 13:3&9, “3Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. … But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
There is something unique about these people who encountered with God. Think of Isaiah in Isaiah 6; the publican in Luke 18; the prodigal son in Luke 15; David in 2Samuel 12; Peter in Luke 5; the jailer in Acts 16; one of the criminals on the cross with Jesus in Luke 23; Nicodemus who came to Jesus by night in John 3; the hearers of Peter preaching on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 etc.
Exodus 18:1-27, “19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you…”
It is exciting to be used of God. Looking at what the Lord can perform through you and understanding that He did not pick you because of your ability but His ability and power He deposited in you, this is marvelous. 2Corinthians 4:7 reminds us that, “…we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us“.
Exodus 33:17-18, “17 So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” 18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
The other day I was reading some comments posted online in response to a certain article about Christianity. Most of the comments were hard to read, God is hated out here. I remember back in the day where even if people did not serve God, at least they had a little reverence for Him. Today we have God haters.