In His Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Sep
28

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When encountering the men on the road to Emmaus who were sad and confused about His crucifixion and announced resurrection, Jesus said, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!  Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24:25-26).  “Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves… and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.” (Mark 16:14).  He said, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:44).

What happened to Jesus was spoken by the prophets and even Jesus Himself, yet His own disciples were slow to believe.  Should we be that surprised when some people today are slow to believe?

What made the difference with the disciples?  The evidence.  After appearing to the others, Jesus appeared to Thomas and said, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing,” to which Thomas answered, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:27-28).

We may not be able to see Jesus in the flesh, but we have the evidence recorded for us.  “…these (signs Jesus performed) have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31).  Do not be unbelieving, but believing!

Have a great day in His word!

Sep
22

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While on the cross Jesus said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” (Luke 23:46).  When His work was finished, Jesus succumbed to death and “breathed His last.”

As Peter stated it, Jesus “kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23).  He had done so all throughout His life.  It was only fitting for Him to do so again in His death.

Have you committed your spirit to God?  Do you trust Him with your life – even to the point of death?  Follow the example of Jesus.

Have a great day in His word!

Sep
20

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While on the cross Jesus said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).  Notice carefully what He said – not that “I am finished” but that “it is finished.”  His work on earth was done.

Paul said basically the same thing toward the end of his life in a more elaborate way: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;” (2 Timothy 4:7).  Will you be able to say the same at the end of your life?  Will you have finished the work God has for you?  If so, then notice what Paul said next: “in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (:8).

Will there be a crown awaiting you?  It depends – will “it” be finished?

Have a great day in His word!

Sep
15

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“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, ‘I thirst.’” (John 19:28).  It had been prophesied not only that Jesus would have thirst (Who wouldn’t under such circumstances?), but also that He would be given vinegar / sour wine to drink (Psalm 69:21; John 19:29).  Even at this time of pain and agony, Jesus was focused on doing and saying what would prove Him to be the Messiah.

No thirst has probably ever been experienced any greater than what Jesus suffered on the cross for you.  May the thirst He suffered for you lead to your thirst for Him and His word (Matthew 5:6).

Have a great day in His word!

Sep
13

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“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34).

Much debate exists concerning whether Jesus was truly forsaken or was referencing prophecy concerning His death (see Psalm 22).  Either way there is no debating that God allowed Jesus to endure intense pain and agony with the events surrounding His death.  What did Jesus do through it all?  He “kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;” (1 Peter 2:23).  And what did God then do?  He “highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,” (Philippians 2:9).

God may allow you to go through intense pain and agony in your life.  You may feel forsaken by Him; but remember what He has said: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).  Know that if you will keep entrusting yourself to Him through it all that He will “exalt you at the proper time” as well (1 Peter 5:6).

Have a great day in His word!

Sep
08

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When one of the criminals crucified with Jesus asked Him to remember him when He came in His kingdom, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).

Isn’t this what anyone who believes in Jesus wants to do – be with Him after death?  Having such a hope should totally change one’s view of death from something feared to something desired.  Paul wrote of “having the desire to depart and be with Christ” (Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8).  Do you?

Have a great day in His word!

Sep
06

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“When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’  Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.” (John 19:26-27).

Even while hanging on the cross, Jesus was not focused on His own needs but instead the needs of others – including His mother (who was probably a widow at this point) in need of care.

The Bible not only says to “honor your father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2), it provides the example of our Lord and Savior doing so.  Oh, to be more like Him!

Have a great day in His word!

Sep
01

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After being crucified, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34).  Imagine asking God to forgive those who were causing the most intense pain to your body.

Jesus not only taught forgiveness in His messages, He demonstrated it in His life.  Learn to forgive like Jesus.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
30

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When women “mourned and lamented” as He was being led away to be crucified, Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.  For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’  Then they will begin ‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”‘.” (Luke 23:28).  There was no need to weep for Jesus, for He was about to gain victory through death.  Their focus needed to be on themselves for what they would soon suffer with the destruction of Jerusalem.

While what Jesus suffered surrounding His death was terrible and should lead us to mourn and lament when we consider it and realize it was for us, know that what He suffered pales in comparison to the eternal suffering that awaits those who are not faithful to Him.  If you are not right with God, then “weep for yourselves” until you are.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
25

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When Pilate said he had the authority to release and to crucify Him, Jesus said, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above;” (John 19:11a).

Pilate had a LOT of authority.  He held the power of life or of death – at his word someone could indeed be released or crucified.  Jesus let him know that no matter how much authority he may have, it originated with a source much greater than him.  Paul wrote, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” (Romans 13:1).  In other words, all authorities received their authority from God.

What authority do you have?  Maybe it is that of a parent over a child or an employer over an employee.  Whatever it is, know that it has “been given you from above” and that someday you will stand before the giver and answer for how you have used what you were given.  Exercise your authority responsibly, always remembering its source.

Have a great day in His word!

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