John recognized Jesus as the Lamb of God who came to save us from our sins! He didn’t feel qualified to baptize the Son of God! Instead, he asked Jesus to baptize him. Can you imagine the scene? Why would Jesus want John to baptize Him?
Just before His ascension, Jesus told His followers that He was going back to the Father and would ask the Father to send the gift of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:4 (NIV), Jesus said, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about.”
Jesus explained the cross to a religious leader named Nicodemus in a way that he would understand, comparing it with an Old Testament story found in Numbers 21. It was a story Nicodemus know doubt had taught before. What he didn’t know was just how this story foreshadowed the power of the cross.
Rene Lacoste was the world’s greatest tennis player in the late 1920s, and he won seven major titles including Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open. This Frenchman was called Le Crocodile by his friends to describe his aggressive style of championship tennis play. Lacoste loved the nickname, and so he started embroidering crocodiles on his tennis clothes. Then he started a line of shirts with a crocodile on them. People started calling them alligator shirts. The rest is history.
You’ve heard the expression, “Fake it till you make it!” Maybe, like me, you’ve done that as well. It’s when we put on a pretense and hide what we’re really feeling inside. We act bold on the outside but inside we’re feeling insecure and afraid. We pretend to be in agreement with our boss to gain favor or avoid the consequences we think would inevitably happen if we were honest. This reeks of hypocrisy and leaves us feeling weak.
How resilient are you? When you fall, do you land like a basketball or a bowling ball? Proverbs says that, even, righteous people fall. In Ecclesiastes the Bible says, “Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.”
Jeremiah had been arrested for giving messages from the Lord to a king that did not want to hear them! He didn’t want to hear the truth. Zedekiah would be the final King before Judah fell to the Babylonians, and Jeremiah was warning him to turn back to God while there was still time. Rather than returning to the Lord, Zedekiah decided to silence the messenger. Sound familiar?
Many are settling for the “good” life. But why settle for a good life, or even a better life, if you can have the best life of all? In his letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul is writing to a conflicted church. Divisions and disagreements were disrupting their fellowship.
People with grateful hearts live with an attitude of gratitude! It’s so infectious! Do you have a grateful heart? When was the last time you said thank you to someone and expressed your appreciation for them? As we approach this Memorial Day Weekend, we are reminded to show gratitude for all that God and others have done for us and mean to us.
What are you leaning on in life? All of us lean on something or someone. You may be leaning on your abilities, your intellect or your resources. So far, they’ve proven stable enough to support you. What about in a real crisis, when the storms of life come, and you don’t know what to do? It could be an economic setback, a layoff or an unexpected diagnosis or, worse, the sudden death of a loved one.