Nothing will ignite your faith like a fresh encounter with God! Hearing God’s voice is essential to vital faith. God speaks today and longs for us to hear His voice. The clearest way I hear God’s voice is to engage Scripture on a daily basis. Jesus told us that God’s Word is truth!
The disciples must have lived between wonder and awe over those forty days after Jesus rose from the dead! Each one of the eleven post-resurrection appearances of Jesus solidified their faith and excitement over the anticipation of the coming Kingdom that Jesus promised. When would it happen?
If your Christian experience is anything like mine, you find yourself walking in a fog at times. You need clarity for decisions and direction. Even the great Apostle Paul, who wrote so much of the New Testament, said: “Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.
Easter brings restoration! Restoration of hope! Restoration of life! Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can begin again! We are not a product of our past. Our failures don’t define us anymore! That’s the message of John 21!
Jesus Christ gave His life for us that He may offer His life to us. When we rediscover who Jesus is, we discover that only He is capable of living the Christian life because He is the Christian life. The Christian life is so much more than a set of doctrinal beliefs or creeds.
We call it Good Friday. But, for Jesus in His suffering and death, it would be a very bad day. It was unimaginably horrific! Just three years before Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me.”
“It must be true! I read it on the internet!” I hope you’re laughing at such a statement. Surprisingly, much of the fake news posted on the internet is believed today. What’s not believed, somehow, still seems to shape our attitudes and thinking, leading to confusion and conflict.
Did you know Jesus prayed for you in John 17? After His final instructions to His disciples in chapters 13 through 16 and just hours before His betrayal and arrest, we have this record of Jesus’ prayer. It is the longest recorded prayer of Jesus just before He faced the cross.
As you read John 16, it helps to remember that chapters 13 through 17 were the actions and words spoken by Jesus the night before His death. These five chapters were part of a single message of His final instructions to prepare His small group of disciples for what was about to happen, events that would change their lives forever!
John 15 reveals the secret to the victorious Christian life with two pictures of the Christ follower: branches and friends. Jesus reveals both our privileges and our responsibilities. As branches, we have the privilege of sharing His life and the responsibility of remaining in Him.