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Hebrews 5:7-9

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…

What comes to your mind when you picture Jesus? Stoic expression? Unflappable focus? Amazingly, He was able to resist Satan’s temptation after prolonged fasting. He walked through life, eyes set on the cross, pausing long enough to do needed teaching and gracious healings. Then I read this passage.

This passage tells us of our Lord’s great emotions. His prayers and petitions were made “with loud cries and tears” to the only One who could save Him from the cross. Even within the tears and requests, there was a “reverent submission.” And through it all, He “learned obedience.” At the point of perfect submission, He became the “source of eternal salvation.”

But here’s the question: Is Jesus your source of eternal salvation? By your own efforts, you cannot have a relationship with God no matter how hard and how long you try. Your baptism and religious classes do not save you. You cannot do enough good works to earn your way to the Father. It is by grace through faith that we place our confident trust in Jesus. I plead with you to trust in the work that He has already done for you.

Lord Jesus, I pray for those reading this today that don’t know You as their personal Savior. Try as they might they cannot save themselves. So right now, I pray that they will believe in Your work on the cross, and trust in You alone to forgive their sins and place them into an eternal relationship with the Father. In Your name. Amen.

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His Name is John

It was a humble start for the Son of God’s earthly ministry. Baptism…in a muddy river at a remote location. But that small beginning holds great significance for you and me.

In this broadcast Ron Moore shares that meaning so that we can truly know the Savior and follow him more closely.

Devotion Text

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

It’s called the Great Commission. It does not offer suggestions but gives four distinct commands. Jesus was clear that those who follow Him must follow hard after Him. We have work to do. Life is short and eternity is long.

Let’s check out these four commands.

  • GO! Jesus calls us to action. Life with Jesus is more than simply reading another theological book or attending a Christian conference. Those things are needed for refueling, but Christians don’t live at the “gas station.” It’s time to get on the road and go!
  • MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS! Disciplemaking includes leading a person to Christ, but it doesn’t stop there. Jesus does not call us to mass-produce nominal Christians. We are commanded to help people throughout the world become rooted in the foundations of the faith. 
  • BAPTIZE! Baptism is a public demonstration of what Jesus has done inside. It is driving a spiritual stake in the ground. In essence, baptism is the ordinance that says, “I’m all in!”
  • TEACH! We must accurately explain God’s inerrant authoritative Word with practical application. Bible knowledge is not for making our heads bigger but is for making our hearts stronger. Knowing what the Bible says is the starting line; doing what the Bible says is participating in the race.

And one more thing. Wherever we go, we are never alone. Jesus is always with us . . . even to the end. That great promise is the exclamation to the Great Commission.

Lord Jesus, give me the courage to go, the urgency to make disciples, commitment to baptize, and passion to teach. Thank You for always being with me. Amen.

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Judgment Begins

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Exodus 12:13

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

The final plague – the death of the firstborn – was the most costly. God’s power over life and death would not only demonstrate his supremacy over the Egyptian gods, but it would also bring the people who followed those gods to their knees.

But along with the plague, God offered a remedy. The death of an unblemished lamb would appease. The blood of this sacrificial lamb applied to the top and sides of the door frame would be a sign for the Lord to keep the destroyer away. The blood of the lamb saved those that applied it from death. It still does. Peter explained, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

The penalty of sin is death, a penalty that Jesus took on himself. “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7b). Because of Jesus, eternal death passes over us, and we pass over from physical death to eternal life. It is not by our baptism, confirmation, first communion or good works that we are saved. In the words of the hymn, “What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”

Father, thank you for the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ. Words cannot express our gratitude. In his name we pray. Amen.

 

 

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Men Behaving Badly

John 7:50-52

Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”

Nicodemus, an esteemed Jewish leader, was searching. He found Jesus one night and met with Him in an out-of-the-way room for a private discussion. During their time together, Jesus explained that the human heart must experience new birth. We must be “born again.” Nicodemus took some time to consider Jesus and His teaching.

The leaders were steeped in their legalistic approach to God. They were convinced that God judged them on performance. They had studied the law for years, had grown in status and position, and were not about to let a teacher from Galilee step into their realm of influence. Then Nicodemus, a fellow religious leader, showed interest in Jesus. The other leaders’ condemnation of Nicodemus was as severe as their condemnation of Jesus.

Pride is a barrier to Jesus. Like the religious leaders, many are convinced that they have personally discovered the way to God. From their checklists of religious duties, they use baptisms, confirmations, first communions, and a litany of other liturgical practices in an attempt to work their way to heaven. Sadly, many will discover too late that salvation is found in Jesus alone. Have you accepted the free gift of God? Or are you still writing your own religious playbook?

Father, I pray for those still trying to work their way to You. Please open their hearts and allow them to understand Your great grace and great provision through Jesus Christ. In His name. Amen.

 


 

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Winning the Battle, Winning the War – Part 1

John 3:30
He must become greater; I must become less.

Have you heard the term – celebrity pastor? Yeah, I know, it’s an oxymoron. But it’s become the buzzword as social media and slick marketing propel certain people to rock star status. Today, more than ever, we need to learn from John the Baptist.

John came on the scene and made quite a splash (no pun intended). People flocked to hear his message and responded in the baptism of repentance. John’s dress and diet let people know that this was a man whose life was simple. He was real, authentic and certainly not in it for himself. John was on a mission to prepare the world for Christ. His message was simple: Jesus must become greater; I must become less. That should be our message as well.

You are the object of God’s love, but not the subject of His message. Jesus must be the one always lifted high, always seen as greater. He reserves the center stage and doesn’t share it, so step off the platform and bow before the King.

Father, help me to keep Christ as the focus of my life. May He become greater. May I become less.  In His name. Amen.


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The Classic Pattern of Disobedience

John 3:3-4
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Nicodemus was not a religious lightweight. He was an expert in the Jewish law. He was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He was respected and admired. However, he couldn’t grasp spiritual transformation. He was so busy trying to fix himself with external laws that he couldn’t understand inner repair. His only concept of rebirth was physical.

Jesus, the carpenter turned rabbi, looked this esteemed ruler right in the eyes and told him that he must be born again. This would not be the result of keeping laws or participating in ceremonial practices. There was nothing he could do that would cause such a radical regeneration. Rebirth called for a confession of sin and a submission to the Spirit for cleansing and renewal.

Have you struggled all your life to be good enough for God? Have you checked the spiritual boxes of confirmation, baptism, and communion for entry into a relationship with God? Do you think going to church is the ticket for eternal life? Think again. Jesus is looking you right in the eyes and saying, “You must be born again.” It’s time to let the Spirit perform His inner renewal.

If you would like to trust in Jesus for the rebirth He promises, make this prayer your own: 

Lord Jesus, I have lived my life trying to be good enough for You. I can see from the life of Nicodemus that my efforts fall short. I trust in You as the One who can forgive me and place me in a relationship with the Father. I desire to be born again and I trust in Your work on the cross to make me new from the inside out. In Your name I pray. Amen.


Today on The Journey:
Grace Given, Grace Received

Mark 1:9-11
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

I love it when all of our family is together. I love listening to the conversations between our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren There is talk about life’s journey and future dreams. There’s a lot of laughter. And in our family bits of sarcasm—our love language—sprinkled throughout. Lori and I love them, are proud of them, and are excited to see what God is doing in their lives.

Right after Jesus’ baptism, the three persons of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—came together for, as someone put it, a family celebration. The Godhead was demonstrated in visual and audible ways. The Holy Spirit came in the form of a dove. The Father spoke in a distinctive voice, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” The Father and the Holy Spirit expressed their approval of Jesus and His mission on Earth. No doubt, they encouraged Him for the journey ahead.

This family celebration constituted the launch of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The next three years would not be easy. Ahead were forty days of fasting, severe temptation, persecution, rejection, and, finally, the cross. But all along the way,  Jesus would be surrounded and encouraged by His “family.” Like us, He would never be alone.

Father, thank You for coming to encourage me, build me up and prepare me for what is ahead. Thank You for never leaving me when times are tough. Thank You for the reminder that even when I am by myself, I am never alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Revenge

Matthew 3:14-15
But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 

Why did Jesus desire to be baptized? He didn’t have to repent; He was sinless. There was no need for an inward change or an outward symbol. So why was Jesus baptized before launching His public ministry? Let’s consider three reasons.

Jesus publicly consecrated Himself to God’s plan.
Jesus was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness.” In the act of baptism He publicly dedicated Himself to the Father and the Father’s plan for Him on Earth. Jesus’ baptism was His first step towards the cross.

Jesus completely identified Himself with humanity’s sin and failure.
Baptism is an outward sign of an inward grace. John’s baptism was to show that the person wanted to repent of their sins, live in obedience and get ready for the Messiah. Jesus was baptized to identify Himself with us.

Jesus left us an example to follow.
Jesus demonstrated the importance of baptism by participation so we would follow His example.

Baptism does not make you a Christian, make you more of a Christian, or complete your faith. It is an outward sign that you desire to know Jesus intimately, follow Him passionately, and obey Him wholeheartedly. It is a powerful sign of us identifying with Jesus. Going into the water identifies us with His death, going under the water is a symbol of His burial, and coming up out of the water is a beautiful picture of His resurrection. Have you taken the step of believer’s baptism?

Father, thank You for the opportunity to make a public profession of faith through the act of baptism. Move in the hearts of those who have not taken this step of obedience. Help them make that public statement that they are all in for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


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Mark 1:4-8
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

You couldn’t miss John the Baptist. He strode into town dressed in camel’s hair clothing, a big belt around his waist, snacking on locusts and wild honey. You also couldn’t miss John’s message. He boldly proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Baptism was not a new concept for John’s audience, but it was a new experience. The Jews had seen Gentiles baptized in order to be accepted into Judaism. Now John was using baptism to prepare them for the acceptance of a new covenant through Jesus. John’s baptism was for repentance — a turning from the old ways of sin and turning to God for forgiveness and cleansing. The water was an outward symbol of what God was doing in their hearts.

A path of faith is paved with repentance. True repentance involves two things. First, we are sorry for our sins. We are sorry for rebelling against the Holy God. Second, we are willing to turn from our sins. Continuing in our sins demonstrates a lack of true remorse. Have you experienced true repentance?

Father, help me understand the gravity of my sin. Convict my heart for my rebellion against You. Help me experience a true sorrow. Give me the strength to turn from sin and turn to You in obedience. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


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I and II Samuel

It was a humble start for the Son of God’s earthly ministry. Baptism…in a muddy river at a remote location. But that small beginning holds great significance for you and me.

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