Faith in Jesus means taking Jesus at His word. In John 4:46-54, the father of a sick boy believes the word of Christ that his son has been healed and acts on this belief by returning to his home. Jesus is both the object and the giver of our faith. His word is powerful, true, and always accomplishes its purpose.
The miracles performed by Jesus provide a glimpse of His glory and reveal His identity as the sovereign Savior. When Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11), He shows His compassion and creative power. Jesus demonstrates His ability to transform lives and provide true joy. This joy is available today for all who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Psalm 145 is filled with heartfelt adoration and worship. This psalm expresses David’s resolve to praise God every day. God is worthy of our daily adoration because of His inexhaustible greatness, mercy, sovereignty, and faithfulness.
Names in the Bible have meaning and significance. John names Jesus as "the Lamb of God who takes way the sin of the world" (John 1:29). The Lamb is sent by God the Father as a sacrificial substitute to bear the penalty of the sins of all people of the world. Those who reject belief in Jesus will someday seek to escape the wrath of the Lamb (Revelation 6:15). All who believe in Christ will someday sing "Worthy is the Lamb" with the redeemed in heaven.
In John 1:19-28 John the the Baptist is asked to identify himself. He answered by saying “I am a voice…” and “I am unworthy…” John fulfilled prophecy but was not prideful. Like John, each of us is to be a vocal, humble witness. In order to magnify the Savior we are to be a voice, humbly but clearly speaking of the greatness of the Lord.
John 1:14-18 proclaims the identity of Jesus in two complimentary ways. Jesus is Deity distinct from the Father, yet equal to and worthy to be called the one true God. Jesus was a real human being who enter our world as Emmanuel, God with us. The mission of Jesus was to bring grace: the unmerited, abundant favor and forgiveness of God to those who believe in Him.
The Light is required because of the darkness of the hearts of man who rebel and seek autonomy rather than God. John the Baptist was a God-sent witness to Jesus, the True Light. Jesus was and still is rejected by many who love the darkness, but is received by all who believe in His name and become sons and daughters of grace.
Jesus is the divine, eternal Creator who entered our world to redeem mankind and reveal God to us. In Christ, God’s thoughts are made audible and God’s character is made visible. Let us study John’s Gospel so that we may come to faith in Christ and have our faith deepened and sustained.
The prologue to the Gospel of John (John 1:1-5) reveals the greatness of Christ. Jesus is the eternal, self existent God, the divine Word. He is the creative Word who created the visible and invisible world by the sheer power of His command. Christ is “the light of men,” the illuminating Word who brings us out of the darkness of our sin through his atoning death on our behalf. As we study the Gospel of John, may our prayer be “Make the deity of Jesus a burning reality in our souls.
Luke 2:10-11 affirms the identity and mission of the baby born at Christmas. Jesus is a Savior for all people, our Savior from sin's penalty and its rule over us. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah (one anointed to perform a certain task). He fulfilled the roles of a prophet, priest, and king. Jesus is Lord, God the Son who has sovereign authority. God has acted in history to bring grace to us through Christ — will you accept His gift of grace?
Are we living out our faith in such a way that we bear the repercussions of living and sharing the Gospel? Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown in jail, but they were able to worship and praise God because they expected to suffer persecution, and they knew that their situation and served to advance the cause of Christ. Their concern for the new believers at Philippi and their commitment to the advance of the Gospel was the outpouring of a life tuned to the will of Christ.
Psalm 96 was written for the day of celebration when the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem. David expresses exuberant joy that is based on the knowledge of God and repudiates the idols of the surrounding nations. He worships in awe and longs for others to become worshippers in the same way. When we give to the Lord, we acknowledge that all we have is already God's, honor Him with exuberant joy, and give back to God for the sake of the nations.
There are times when even a devout follower of God can feel abandoned by God. The writer of Psalm 42 and Psalm 43 feels spiritually overwhelmed. He is cut off from corporate worship and is taunted by those who despise God. He begins to preach to himself, "Hope in God..." reminding himself to put his confidence in God, his rock and salvation.
What biblical realities motivate us to see the worthiness of witnessing? Sharing the Gospel matters for the sake of God's glory. 2 Corinthians 5:11 calls us to lovingly warn and persuade others because of the grim reality of hell, the glorious guarantee of heaven, and the call of our God who is infinitely worthy of praise.
Psalms 100 reminds us that we are to come to worship with praise and thanksgiving already in our hearts. Gratitude should be a hallmark of every child of grace. It is not enough to feel grateful -- we should also express our thanks to God.