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Do You Believe God’s Testimony?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Bob ChristopherThe Bible is God’s testimony about his Son.It’s a testimony about who Jesus is and what he accomplished through his death, burial and resurrection.Now concerning his identity, God the Father had this to say, first through the Psalmists and then through the writer of Hebrews.“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.”So what did God the Father say about Jesus the Son?That Jesus the Son is God.Jesus and the Father are one.As the Hebrews 1:3 states, Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.This is God’s testimony concerning Jesus.Let me ask:Do you believe God’s testimony.Do you believe that Jesus is God?


My Lord and My God - Thursday, September 20, 2018
Thomas did not believe his friends when they told him they had seen Jesus.He needed proof.He explained, “unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.
Eight days later, Jesus just appeared in their midst.And he said to Thomas, "put your finger here, and see my hands, and put out your hand and place it in my side.Do not disbelieve, but believe!"Thomas saw Jesus.And this proof that he had been raised from the dead moved Thomas to say, "My Lord and my God."It’s the same for you.Because you believe in your heart God raised Jesus from the dead, you say with your mouth, "My Lord and my God."
Do You Know Jesus is God? - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
It was another mind-bending conversation for the Jewish leaders.I mean how do you respond when someone tells you they existed two thousand years ago?But that’s exactly what Jesus did.He told the Pharisees, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”And not only 2000 years ago, Jesus told them he has existed forever by claiming to be "I AM".Well that’s God’s. "I am who I am."So Jesus said “I am God” in a way they could understand.But it wasn’t a statement they believed.As John wrote, at this, they picked up stones to stone him.Did Jesus claim to be God?Yes he did.Those who heard him make the claim, knew exactly what he was saying.So what about you? Do you know that Jesus is God?
Jesus is God - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
John 5 tells the story of Jesus healing an invalid at the pool of Bethesda near the sheep gate in Jerusalem.Now the man had been sick for 38 years and the day Jesus saw him he healed him.Well it just so happened that that day was the Sabbath.Now this angered the Jewish leaders.No one was supposed to work on the Sabbath.But Jesus answered them, “My father is working until now, and I am working.”Now the Jews knew exactly what he was claiming about himself.And they sought all the more to kill him because “he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.If you are wondering about Jesus, if he was merely a great man, or a good moral teacher, let this story teach you the truth.Jesus is God.
Who Can Forgive Sins But God Alone? - Monday, September 17, 2018
Jesus is God.Now you can’t find a verse where Jesus says it that clear or that plain.But he did make the claim.And those who heard him knew exactly what he was saying.For example, he told the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”I know, that doesn’t sound like a claim to be God at all.But it was… loud and clear.The religious leaders caught it.As Mark recorded, they thought…"Why does this man speak like that. He is blaspheming.Who can forgive sins but God alone."Well Jesus knew what to say to make his point clear.He is God, which means…when he says to you your sins are forgiven…You can know it’s true.
New Covenant Glory - Friday, September 14, 2018
The law of Moses.It was a glorious gift from God to the people of Israel.When I say the law of Moses, I mean the entirety of the Old Covenant, including the 10 Commandments.But even though it came with glory, it was, as Paul wrote, a ministry of death.That’s why it pales in comparison to the New Covenant.The New Covenant is a ministry of life.Listen to the comparison of the two in 2 Corinthians 3:9.“If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!”If you want to see the full glory of God, take a look at the New Covenant.You will see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Christ in You, The Hope of Glory - Thursday, September 13, 2018
When Moses asked God, “Show me your glory.”God answered by showing up.He put Moses in the crevice of a rock, and then passed by.God showed his glory by making his presence known.From his presence, he revealed to Moses his essence.Listen to what God said as he passed by.“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”Moses experienced the presence of God, and through that learned the essence of God.It is the same for us.God made his presence known to us in Christ.As Paul wrote, Christ in you, the hope of glory.And through Christ, we learn what God is really like.That God is love.
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow - Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Every Sunday in the church I attended growing up, we sang the doxology after the offering was collected.The organ hit the first note, and we all stood in unison and sang, Praise God from whom all blessings flow.I never paid much attention to it’s meaning until I discovered that our word doxology comes from the Greek word, doxa, which we render glory.Now, the root of this word means to think or apprehend.Our hearts praise God and give him glory as a response to the truth we know about God.So what do you know about God today?Do you know that God is love, and that nothing can separate you from his love?That’s truth that makes the heart sing praises to the King.
You Will Appear With Christ in Glory - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
When Christ appears.What a glorious moment that will be.the moment we long for as believers.And why not.This is our hope. And everything in the Gospel story points us to this event.Think about it.You died with Christ and were raised with Christ to walk in the newness of life.Your life is now hidden with Christ.And Christ is your life.You are connected to him and identified with him in every way.So when he appears, as Paul wrote in his letter to the Colossians, then you also will appear with him in glory.This is your glorious future.You will appear with Jesus.So thank him. It will give you a fresh outlook on what you are facing today.
Glory to God - Monday, September 10, 2018
Jesus brought glory to his Father on earth.Now here is how he did it.He finished the work his Father gave him to do.According to Hebrews, Jesus carried out the will of his Father by…Fulfilling the Old Covenant.And establishing the new covenant. The covenant in which god remembers your sins no more.And then he sanctified us, or made us holy, through the offering of his body once for all.This is what God sent him to do.To take away your sins once and for all and to make you holy.This was God’s desire for you from the beginning.Jesus finished the work and brought glory to his Father on earth.You give glory to God when you receive and rest in Christ’s finished work.So today, thank God you are forgiven.

Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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