The Journey with Ron Moore

Matthew 16:15-16
But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

January 1! The first day of a brand new year! A fresh start! It’s time to begin a new journey. It’s time to set our eyes in the right direction. It’s time to move ahead for the right reasons.

Today is the day to refocus, a day of new determination. On this first day of a new year let’s make Peter’s confession our own: Jesus, you are my Messiah, my Savior! Jesus, you are the Son of the living God! I resolve to follow hard after you!

Someone has well said that many people miss Jesus by twelve inches — the distance from their head to their heart. We need more than information; we need inspiration. We want more than head knowledge; we desire life transformation.  Let’s begin this new year by asking God to help us fall in love with Jesus all over again.

Father, thank You for a new year. Keep the fire of my resolve burning. Keep my perspective fresh. Help me fall in love with Jesus all over again. I want to look back over this year and know that I have grown in my walk with You. I commit this year to You. You know everything it holds. My desire is to follow hard after You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


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Jerusalem

John 6:68-69
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Our journey this year will be through the Gospels. This journey will take us throughout the land of Israel. We will read of Jesus’ birth, see the start of His public ministry at the Jordan River, go with Jesus into the desert during His temptations and head north to His hometown of Nazareth. We will follow Jesus as He moves back and forth from country towns to busy cities, from the backwoods province of Galilee to the religious and political hub of Jerusalem.

We will listen to Jesus teach. There was never a teacher like Jesus! We will watch Him perform miracles. There was never a healer like Jesus! We will follow Him as He inspires, motivates and challenges the hearts of His disciples. There was never a leader like Jesus!

On this journey we will be reminded that Jesus was much more than a teacher, leader and miracle worker. He is the Holy One of God. The Life Giver. The Heart Changer. His words hold eternal life. His works provide eternal life. The purpose of our journey is more than knowledge acquisition. Let’s strive to:

Know Jesus more intimately
Love Jesus more passionately
Follow Jesus wholeheartedly

Father, I want to know Jesus more intimately. Help me move my emotions to a richer understanding. I want to love Jesus more passionately. Help me this year to grow my love to a deeper level. I want to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. Help me understand obedience as my true act of worship. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


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Judea

Luke 2:8-10
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

Our journey together will focus on the Gospels — the first four books of the New Testament. “Gospel” means “good news.” Just as the angel brought the good news of Jesus to the shepherds, so Matthew, Mark, Luke and John declare the good news about Jesus from His birth to His glorious resurrection to His post-resurrection appearances.

Each writer aims his gospel to a particular audience for a particular reason. Over the next few days we will consider the writers and their purpose. Each man tells us about Jesus from a different perspective and records different aspects of Jesus’ life. The variety provides a rich and full account of Christ’s time on earth.

These writers hold nothing back. The Gospels document the real and raw response to Jesus. The disciples experienced doubt and failure. Some were confused by the Lord’s teaching. They competed for position. They denied Jesus and abandoned Him as He was arrested, beaten and finally crucified. One betrayed Him. Through the Gospels we see Jesus…and see ourselves.

Father, open my eyes to see Jesus in a fresh way through the Gospels. As I learn about Him, move me to know Him more intimately, love Him more passionately, and follow Him wholeheartedly. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


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Samaria

Matthew 9:9  
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

Matthew was an outcast – banned from the synagogue, a hated tax collector. He had sold out to the Roman government that was taxing the Jews into poverty. His tax booth was located on a strategic trade route. As was typical in his profession, Matthew overtaxed travelers and traders and pocketed the money. He was a wealthy man from ill-gotten revenue. Then he met Jesus and his life was redeemed.

Writing around AD 50, Matthew’s target audience was the Jews. He wrote to show them that Jesus was the promised Messiah — the “Anointed One” (in Greek, “The Christ”). Much of his writing focused on how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophesies. He knew his readers would be very familiar with the Old Testament, so Matthew included some fifty direct quotations and seventy-five allusions to Old Testament passages.

Matthew had walked away from his Jewish faith to pursue personal gain, but after encountering Jesus finished strong by walking with Him. As one of the twelve disciples he knew Jesus up close and personal. Tradition says that Matthew was burned at the stake for his faith. He knew the power of great grace.

Father, thank You for providing men like Matthew to record the life of Jesus. Thank You for his willingness to die because of his faith in Christ. Help me be willing not only to die for You, but also to live each day in the power of Your great grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


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To The Ends of the Earth

Mark 14:51-52
A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

The young man in today’s passage is not identified, but many believe he was John Mark, the writer of this gospel. This story is found only in Mark’s gospel. Most agree that Mark lived in Jerusalem with his mother, Mary, during the days of the early church. Their house was used as a meeting place (Acts 12:12) and it is possible that the Last Supper took place in their home. John Mark was not one of the twelve disciples, but was in the garden of Gethsemane during Jesus’ arrest and ran from those trying to seize him.

It is probable that Mark was greatly influenced by Peter and based much of his gospel on Peter’s teaching. Peter calls him “my son” (1 Peter 5:13). Mark keeps his gospel concise. It is the shortest of the four. His words are pastoral. Most believe he was writing to Christians in Rome who were facing persecution. He reminded them who Jesus was and what it meant to follow Him.

Mark knew what it was like to be down. As mentioned, he fled in the garden. Later Mark teamed up with Paul and Barnabas on a missionary trip, but for some reason Mark “deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work” (Acts 15:38). Paul refused to take Mark on the next trip, which led to a sharp disagreement with Barnabas and the dissolution of their team. However, Mark continued to grow and prove his worth and commitment to Christ. Paul came to admire Mark and wanted Mark to be with him during his final days (2 Timothy 4:11). Mark’s life reminds us that failure is never fatal.

Father, I pray for anyone who has failed and fallen. Remind them that they do not have to stay down. Help them learn from Mark that the best days are still ahead. You can pick us up and give us the strength and courage to do great things for You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Luke 1:1-4
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Analytical. Fact-finder. Detailed. Researcher. These are words that describe Luke, physician, gospel writer and author of Acts. Luke’s careful investigation produced 28% of the New Testament.

Luke gained his information from original sources. He tracked down eyewitnesses to learn the details of Christ’s life. More than likely he gained the facts about Jesus’ birth and childhood from Mary herself (see Luke 2:51). Many believe he had contacts with Herod’s officials as he mentions Herod’s thoughts about Jesus throughout his gospel (e.g. Luke 9:7-9). He wanted to “know the certainty of the things” that were being taught.

Luke wrote his book for two reasons. One reason was that he wanted to confirm the faith of a man named Theophilus. He wrote to prove that following Jesus was based on historical fact. The second reason was that Luke desired to demonstrate that Jesus was the Son of Man who had been rejected by Israel and that he offered salvation to all who would believe. Luke’s desire was more than simply reporting the facts. He traveled with Paul and put his life on the line to share the message of Jesus.

Father, Luke reminds me that I need to know the truths about Jesus in order to share them with confidence. Help me journey through the gospels to embrace the life of Christ and fall in love with Him all over again. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


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I and II Samuel

John 20:30-31
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John had a special relationship with Jesus. He was one of the youngest disciples and was included in the inner circle along with Peter and James. All the disciples saw Jesus up close and personal, but these three even more so. At the Last Supper, John was reclining next to Jesus. John took Jesus’ mother, Mary, into his home at the Lord’s request spoken while He was hanging on the cross.

John’s purpose for writing his gospel is clear. He witnessed many things that Jesus did, but he chose certain “signs” so that people “may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.” He desired to proclaim the transforming message of Jesus that provided eternal life.

John’s gospel was the last to be written. While all the other disciples died as martyrs, John died a natural death around AD 98. He did experience persecution, though. At one point, he was exiled to the island of Patmos where he penned The Revelation. Jerome, an early Christian leader, wrote that John was so frail in his final days that he had to be carried into church. “He had one phrase continually on his lips: ‘My little children, love one another.’ Asked why he always said this, he replied, ‘It is the Lord’s command, and if this alone be done, it is enough.’”[1]

Father, help me to be an evangelist like John. Help me share the message of Christ with friends and family so that they may have the certainty of eternal life. Help me finish strong with truth always on my lips until I meet You face to face. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

[1] John MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men, p. 117.

 


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God in Real Life

John 1:1-5
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 that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The gospel writers recorded many miracles, events and teachings of Jesus. They wanted us to know what He said and did. They used the things Jesus did to prove who He was. Each writer wanted to make sure we understand that Jesus was more than a miracle worker, a great leader or a quotable teacher. He was Immanuel — God with us!

John wanted to make sure his readers did not miss this essential truth, so he introduced his book by explaining the person of Jesus. John tells us that Jesus was eternal, equal to God, and was, in fact, God in the flesh. He explains that Jesus was the Creator who made all things. The One who created light and physical life was the same One who was the Light — showing us the way to God; and the Life — recreating our sinful souls.

Over the next fourteen days we will consider each of these characteristics one at a time. As we focus on a particular attribute I challenge you to read through John 1:1-18 each day. This passage is the most complete description of Jesus found anywhere in Scripture. Let it wash over your mind and heart. Let’s pray that we will fall in love with Jesus in a new and fresh way.

Lord Jesus, speak to my heart as I read these words describing Your person. Help me be refreshed in my understanding of who You are. Help me go deeper in my worship. Help me be more determined to follow hard after You in sincere obedience. I pray in Your name. Amen.

 


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When It Storms … Indoors

Read John 1:1-18

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In the first verse of his gospel, John introduces Jesus as the “Word.” In the Greek language that John was using, this title is a translation of the word “logos.”  John chose the title strategically.

Greek philosophers regarded “logos” to be the primary principle that governed the universe. “Logos” was central to their understanding of how life worked. Jewish readers saw “logos” as a reference to God. In the Old Testament the “word of the Lord” established covenants, communicated law and provided guidance. Also, even more significant, the word of the Lord carried an active power. In the Genesis account of creation God spoke the world into existence. He said, “Let there be light” and there was light.

John explains that the man named Jesus, who was born in a manger, walked on earth and died on a cross, was the Word. He was the “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). He was the “exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3a). He was the very expression of God. When you see Jesus, you see God. When you hear Jesus, you hear God. And the Word is the creative power of God. Not only did He create the world and everything in it, He recreates the fallen heart that separates man from God. It is through the Word that fallen man is reunited with the living God.

Lord Jesus, thank You for being the Word. Thank You for leaving heaven to live on earth so that I can see what God looks like, sounds like, and how God interacts with man. Thank You for expressing the love of the Father all the way to the cross. Help me respond to You at a deeper level of love and worship. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 


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Responding to the Voice of God

Read John 1:1-18

John 1:1a
In the beginning was the Word . . .

For many people Jesus was a man who came and went, visiting our planet for a little over three decades. For many He is the “historical Jesus,” entering as a baby in a manger and exiting on a cross. John, however, begins his gospel by blowing the temporal image of Jesus right out of the water.

“In the beginning” is an allusion to Genesis 1:1 where the story of creation begins. However, John’s focus is not on creation. He takes us to pre-creation and focuses on the eternality of God. The verb “was” translates the Greek verb “to be.” It is in the imperfect tense, which denotes a continuous existence. The Word always was!  There was never a time when He was not; there will never be a time when He is not.

The eternal God chose to become like us so we could become like Him.  The eternal God left heaven to be with us on earth so we could leave earth and be with Him in heaven. The eternal God took on flesh and died so that those with flesh could live. The eternal Word is the eternal Life Giver.

Lord Jesus, pry my mind away from thinking of You as a man who lived on earth. Help me to grasp that You are the eternal God who loves me so much that You came to earth so I could live forever in heaven. May I live in awe of You—the eternal Word. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 


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God In A Box

Read John 1:1-18

John 1:1  
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  

If a person wants a religion that ties up nice and tight so it can fit into a little box, Christianity is not for that person. Jesus does not fit into a category that can be tucked away in the human mind. He did not come to be; He always was. He existed as one with the Father, yet distinct from Him.

When John wrote “the Word was with God” he used a Greek preposition (translated “with”) that means “toward.” The preposition describes equality and intimacy. It could be paraphrased “face to face.” From eternity past Jesus has been face to face with the Father, the same yet distinct.

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One God in three Persons. The Trinity. A. W. Tozer says, “Our sincerest effort to grasp the incomprehensible mystery of the Trinity must remain forever futile, and only by deepest reverence can it be saved from actual presumption.” We should not be surprised that the eternal Creator who spoke the world into existence cannot be fully grasped by the human mind. Our response to such a God is, in Tozer’s words, “deepest reverence.” In one word: Worship.

Father, thank You for clearly communicating to me all I need to know to have an eternal relationship with You. In the times when I cannot grasp the immensity of Your person, may I respond with deep reverence and worship. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Taking God Seriously

Read John 1:1-18

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Response to Jesus is one of extremes: Worship Him. Kill Him. Believe in Him. Doubt Him. Follow Him. Turn and walk away. Jesus left no room for the wishy-washy middle. His statements were always bold and often controversial.

Once when Jesus was speaking to the religious leaders and challenging their system He started with the self-description, “I am the good shepherd.” However, by the time He finished He declared, “I and the Father are one.” This statement inflamed the religious leaders, who picked up stones to kill Him. Jesus stared at the enraged men with rocks in their hands and asked, “For which of these [good works] do you stone me?” They yelled back, “We are not stoning you for any good work but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” (John 10:11-33).

John begins his gospel with a theological treatise that buries any thought of Jesus being a “mere man.” With four simple, straightforward, case-closing words he says, “the Word was God.” Doubt Him. Walk away. Or . . . worship Him. Believe in Him. Follow Him. Jesus leaves no option for the wishy-washy middle.

Lord Jesus, help me to stand for You with the confident knowledge that You are God in person, essence and attributes. Never let me stand in the wishy-washy middle.  In Your name. Amen.

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John 1:3
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

I can grasp Jesus in a manger, a sweet baby lying peacefully in a feeding trough. I can close my eyes and imagine Him teaching the crowds from a boat rocking gently on the Sea of Galilee. In my mind I can see Him walking the dusty roads through Israel and making the rocky ascent from Jericho to Jerusalem. Then John hits me with today’s verse. In order to see Jesus in action, I have to go all the way back to creation.

Jesus is the Creator. He made all things. Apart from His creative power nothing exists. Everything is covered with His fingerprints. His unique signature is found on everything, from the subatomic particles to vast galaxies. Matthew Henry writes, “This proves the excellency of the Christian religion, that the author and founder of it is the same that was the author and founder of the world.”

Jesus, the Creator, is now the re-creator. He can put meaning into your formless life. He can fill the void cut into your heart by sin’s powerful flow through humanity. Are you stumbling around in the darkness? Confused? Without purpose? The same Creator who said “Let there be light” is the Light that illuminates the path to God. The Founder is the Forgiver. Let Him re-create your life.

Have you allowed Jesus to re-create your life? If not, let this prayer be your guide.

Jesus, I feel like the world before creation — formless, void and dark. I know that I am a sinner and my sin has led me away from You. I know that I cannot release myself from sin’s power or turn my path back to You. I need Your re-creation. Cleanse my heart and make it new. Turn my heart of stone into a heart that beats for You. Forgive me. Restore me. I acknowledge that You paid for my sins on the cross. I accept Your payment as my own. Thank You for shining Your light onto my darkened heart. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 


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I and II Samuel

Read John 1:1-18

Colossians 1:15-20
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

If you want to know what God is like, look no further than Jesus. Let’s take a break from John’s prologue and consider this parallel passage in Colossians. Here’s the breakdown.

  • Jesus makes the invisible visible. He is the exact representation of the Father.
  • He is the firstborn, preeminent over all creation.
  • All things are created through Him and for Him and are held together by Him.
  • He existed before all things.
  • The church, made up of all true believers, is under His leadership.
  • He built the bridge from death to life and was the first to cross over.
  • Every bit of God is found in Jesus.

Jesus is supreme! He made the supreme sacrifice as well. By His death on the cross He made it possible for you and me to have peace with the Father. Do you have that peace? Would you like to have it? Use the following prayer as a guide if you desire peace with God through Jesus.

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge You as the One who is supreme over all. I also acknowledge You as the One who can bring me into a relationship with the Father through Your death on the cross. I am sorry for my sins. Thank You for being the perfect sacrifice for my sins. I trust in Your work on the cross as the only way I can have peace now and forever with God. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 


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When God is Not Enough

Read John 1:1-18

John 1:4
In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

In the Greek language two words are translated “life.” “Bios” refers to natural, mortal life. We get the word “biology” from it. In today’s passage John uses the second word, “zoe.” This word means divine, immortal, eternal life. This is the life found in Jesus.

Jesus is the life giver. As our Creator, the One who breathed into man the breath of life, He gives us physical life. As our sacrifice, the One who provided the way to have peace with God, He gives us spiritual life. As our Savior, the One who built the bridge from death to life and was the first to cross it, He gives us eternal life.

In his first letter, John explains life in Jesus this way: “God has given us eternal life and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12). It is that simple and that eternally profound. Jesus is the life giver.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for leaving heaven and dying for my sin in order that I can have eternal life. Thank You for being my Creator, my Sacrifice and my Savior. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 


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King of Hearts

Read John 1:1-18

 John 1:4-5
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Darkness. A state absent of light. A place where we don’t want to be. A place where we don’t want to go. Darkness brings fear and confusion. What waits for us in the dark? How can we see the path in the dark? Darkness is a place for hiding, for standing still. It is not a place for moving forward.

The theme of light and darkness is woven throughout John’s gospel. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, alluding to his spiritual darkness and confusion. After Judas left the Last Supper in order to betray Jesus, John adds, “And it was night.” (John 13:30). Darkness is the metaphor for death, sin and separation from God. Darkness is Satan’s realm, but now the Light has arrived.

The battle between light and darkness continues, but the dark forces can never conquer the Light. The Light dispels the darkness. The winner is always the Light. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). Are you walking on the path illuminated by the Light?

Father, send Your light and drive away my fear. Send Your light to make sense of my confusion. Send Your light so I can find my way to You. Send Your light so I can see the path that pleases You. Send Your light so I can have the confidence that my steps are secure. Send Your light to fight the darkness for me. Father, send Your light so that I can experience the light of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


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Wanted: Men and Women of Integrity

Read John 1:1-18

John 1:6-9
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

Some people live their entire lives trying to figure out what their entire life was supposed to be about. They come to the end wondering where they should have started. Not John the Baptist. He understood, embraced and accomplished his divine assignment.

John lived his life with a laser point focus. He was sent by God to prepare the world for Jesus. He came as a witness to tell people that the Messiah was on the way. His message was a call to righteousness — right-mindedness and right living — in order to prepare for the entrance of God’s Son.

John’s austere appearance and radical message produced quite a following. He even had his own group of disciples. However, the man never became bigger than the message. He never shared center stage with Jesus. He pointed people to the Light and stepped into the shadows. John’s ministry teaches every believer to keep the message focused on the Messiah, not the messenger.

Father, please keep me from getting in the way of the message of Jesus. Help me to know my purpose clearly, fulfill my purpose well, and live in the shadow of the Light that reveals the way to heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


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Does Character Count? Part 1

 

Read John 1:1-18

John 1:10-11
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

In his book, The Seven Time-Tested Leadership Principles, former NFL All-Pro Steeler Tunch Ilkin tells of the time when he and two other rookies were brought into the Steeler facility for a physical examination. As they waited, the legendary owner, Art Rooney — “The Chief” — walked up to them chewing on a cigar and wearing an old cardigan sweater that was misbuttoned. He began emptying ashtrays.  He looked at the young men and asked them their names. However, before “The Chief” could identify himself, one of the rookies asked, “So are you the janitor here?” Rooney chuckled and replied, “I do a little of everything around here.”

Can you imagine? Mistaking the legendary owner of the Steelers for a janitor!

Can you imagine? Not recognizing the Creator when He walked on His earth.

Just as you would not expect “The Chief” to be emptying ashtrays, you would not expect the Creator to be born in a place where animals were kept. You would not expect His mother to be a young, poor, unmarried Jewish girl. Certainly you would not expect the King to work most of His life as a carpenter in the backwoods of Israel. The eternal God allowed Himself no privileges. Jesus, “who, being in very nature God…made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant…becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8). That’s the humble God we serve!

Lord Jesus, thank You for humbling Yourself for me all the way to the cross. May I respond by humbling myself to obey You every day in every area of my life. In Your name. Amen.

 


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Does Character Count? Part 2

 

Read John 1:1-18

John 1:12-13
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

If you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior you have been transformed! Brokenness is no longer the theme of your life. You are a child of the living God. Here’s what it means to be a child of God. You can remember your position in Christ with the acronym SSAFE.

You are SIGNIFICANT! Your worth is not found in what you wear, how you look, where you live or what you drive. You are “God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for [you] to do.” (Ephesians 2:10).

You are SECURE! You are safe. You are protected. You are sheltered. Nothing can ever separate you from God’s love (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:38-39).

You are ACCEPTED! The living God has adopted you and given you all the privileges of natural children, including inheritance rights. He sent His Spirit to live in you. God invites you to call Him “Abba (Daddy), Father.” (Galatians 4:3-7).

You are FORGIVEN! Through Jesus, God has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). He puts our sins out of His sight (Isaiah 38:17) and chooses to forget them (Isaiah 43:25). God takes our sins and throws them into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:18-19). God has forgiven you! You can forgive yourself and others. 

You are EMPOWERED! When we trust in Christ the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our hearts. Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives we receive power (Acts 1:8). We have within us the same power that raised Christ from the dead! We have the power within us to live a life of obedience. 

Father, thank You for making me Your child. Thank You for making me significant, secure, accepted, forgiven and empowered. Help me acknowledge my position in You each day of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Read John 1:1-18

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus took on the entirety of humanity — body and spirit — and moved into our neighborhood. He was at the same time fully God and fully man. John 1:14 expresses this truth that is essential to our faith.

The Word became flesh to show us the Person of God.

God wanted to make sure we understand who He is. He wanted to reveal Himself in a way that people could see, touch and hear, so the eternal Creator took on flesh to reveal Himself to us. Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

The Word became flesh to experience human life. 

Jesus experienced every aspect of humanity — except He never sinned. Through the incarnation Jesus understands. He understands rejection, betrayal by a friend, death of a loved one, physical pain and temptation. Now as the One who mediates between man and God, Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way that we are — yet He never sinned. We can approach Jesus with boldness and confidence knowing that we will “find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

The Word became flesh to pay the penalty of our sin by His physical death on the cross.  

Our sins deserve death. How could that be remedied? Could someone die on our behalf? He would have to be a man to be man’s substitute, and he would have to be sinless — not having to pay the penalty for his own sin. There is only one Person who meets both qualifications: Jesus — fully God and fully man. He alone can destroy him who holds the power of death and free those held in slavery to sin (Hebrews 2:14-17).

Lord Jesus, thank You for leaving heaven and coming to earth. Thank You for taking on flesh and moving into our neighborhood. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sin. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 


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