Saturday, December 3, 2016

What Is Truth? - John 18:37-38

John 18:37-38 ESV 

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him.

Pilate did not know truth because he did not listen to Jesus. The word is there for all, but not all will listen. 

Anyone who asks "what is truth" has not received the truth, even when it is revealed. The darkness of deception obscures the light of truth. One who is left in the dark will remain in the darkness. In the end they will understand the truth, but the truth will not set them free. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

It Would Be Good - John 18:12-14

John 18:12-14 ESV 

So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

Caiaphas had told them it would be good that one man should die for the people. He meant it for evil, but God would take that event of sacrifice to bestow the most precious gift of life for all people. God created good out of the bad. 

All things work for the good of those who love the Lord. All things are not good, but the Lord is always good and always with us. It is His presence and help that provides the context for all good things, even to the giving of eternal life. Our life on earth provides the context and opportunity to find God. We begin in darkness that we might find the light. It is always dark before the dawning of the light. This is true of life in general. He can create something good out of every life and circumstance if we place our trust in Him. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Their Word - John 17:20-23

John 17:20-23 ESV 

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

The word is the thread that links the purpose of God with its fulfillment. 

Creation comes through the word and the word becomes flesh. It is through the Spirit that the Son is given. It is through the Spirit that the Son is raised. It is through the Spirit that many sons and daughters are raised into the body of Christ. The word has gone forth and will not return void and unfulfilled. 

The word and God are one, Father and Son. The Spirit gives witness to the truth, which is the word of God. We make the word our own. 

We have received the glory of the Father and have become beloved as sons and daughters of the Father. We are perfectly and completely one with Him, He in us and we in Him. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sent Them - John 17:16-19

John 17:16-19 ESV 

They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

We are in the world, but not of the world. It is the truth that makes the separation, that divides the light from the darkness. God sent His Son into the world for this purpose and the Son sends us out into the world for this same purpose. 

He has fulfilled all holiness that we might be holy. We have become the sent ones of God to be the children of light, the light of the truth. 

We have become one with the way, the truth, and the light. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Glorified In Them - John 17:9-10

John 17:9-10 ESV 

I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.

He prays for those not of the world, but for those from the world. To become the full and exact image of God, He purposed that we begin in these jars of clay and be fired in the furnace of life to become sons of God. We join Him as He is, for He is the first of many. He has been where we are and is present even now as we wait for His return. 

We are joined in the glory of the Lord. This is confirmed by the giving of the Holy Spirit into the heart of each believer. We are glorified by God because He is in our midst, a real and present comfort in the seat of our existence and the source of our life. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Words You Gave Me - John 17:7-8

John 17:7-8 ESV 

Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

Jesus speaks the word of God because He is God and the word of God from the beginning. 

The disciples experience the word of God uttered from the human lips of the living God. Before the giving of the Holy Spirit, few had heard directly from God. Now we each are called individually by God. Upon acceptance of His call we are sealed in the Holy Spirit and have our hearts opened to the voice of God. In our mouths is the word of God and its confession the appropriation of His salvation. 

Experiencing the joy of the Spirit and learning to be sensitive to His presence and voice is an ongoing process in our walk with Him. We are given the same intimate relationship with the Lord as the apostles achieved at Pentecost. This is the ultimate encounter and union with God. This is becoming one with God. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Rise, Let Us Go - John 14:29-31

John 14:29-31 ESV 

And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

The ruler of this world has no claim on the Son of Man. The ruler of this world has no claim on the sons of God, for Christ is given for and to each believer. We are sealed by His Holy Spirit. The shadow of death has no claim on those who walk in the light of God. Our feet remain in this world where we have become stars in the night sky that shed the light from the kingdom of heaven to the world below. 

We show our love for God with our obedience. Our walk with God will take us from here to there through the wilderness and into the promised land of our inheritance. 

Rise up and let's go!