Monday, June 24 2024

Bible Reading for: May 24

John 5:30–47

The very works Jesus did bore witness about Him that He was sent by the Father. As Christians we are to do as He did and bear witness to The Truth.

I want to point out something about one of the last verses in today’s reading before I get to my main point. In verse 46, Jesus says that Moses wrote about Him. The first five books of the Bible are thought to be written by Moses. These five books have been referred to as the “Torah” or the “Pentateuch”. I searched these five books for any reference to the Hebrew words for “Messiah” and “Anointed One”. There is no such reference to those titles in those books. So, what does Jesus mean when He says that Moses wrote of Him?

Brothers, the entire Bible is the story of Jesus. Who is the hero of the Bible? The hero is Jesus. Who is the maiden in distress in the Bible? Humankind is the maiden. John tells us that Jesus was with God, and was God, from the beginning. Does that mean there is a beginning? God is not subject to time. In human understanding of time, God does not have a beginning, but the world He created does. Wherever you want to start the clock on history, Jesus predates that start. Now, in Genesis 3:15, after the fall of Man, God informed the serpent:

Genesis 3:15 ESV
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

The offspring referred to here is Jesus. Jesus died on the cross, the work of the serpent. This was no more than bruising the heel of the Son of God. I see this serpent as no more than a little Chihuahua nipping at the heels of the Mailman.
Rising from the dead, Jesus conquered death, which came into the world as a result of the work of the serpent in collusion with man. The head of the serpent was crushed when Jesus rose from the grave.

This is extremely important to understand. God intended you and me to live in right relationship with Him. In the Garden of Eden, we lived in right relationship with God, until we decided we wanted to be our own god. That was the fall of man. The rest of the Bible is the story of God’s calling man back to right relationship with Him. Man couldn’t get back on His own, so He sent His son to forge a way back. If you look closely at every book of the Bible, you will see Jesus Christ. He may only be a shadow, or as they say in literature, a foreshadow, but He will be there. Jesus Himself tells us this is true.

The second point I wish to make, concerns the example of Jesus. Do you agree that Jesus is the example all Christians should follow in their daily life? I hope so. If not, how or why do you follow Him? No, I think we can all agree on that point. How does one know they are saved? Well, the process of becoming a Christian is that of sorrowful repentance for our sins, followed by a surrender of authority over our life to Christ. If we have truly surrendered all, the Holy Spirit enters our hearts, and guides us on the Way. The question is, have you truly surrendered all to Christ? Human beings are incredible liars. We can lie to ourselves and believe the lie. That is why we can sometimes doubt our own salvation; we’re not sure we’re telling ourselves the truth. So, how can we know?

Being a Christian is a condition of the heart. The evidence of that condition is action taken. Sitting in a pew on Sunday is not action. Doing the work your Savior gave you to do is action that reveals the truth of your salvation. You are not saved by works, but being saved, you desire to do the work He gave you. Jesus is our example in this and in today’s reading He shows us this truth.

John 5:36 ESV
“But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.”

The very works Jesus did, bore witness about who He is. The same is true of you and me. The works we do bear witness about who we are. If we belong to Christ, we will be found doing the very works Jesus gave us to do. Are you doing those works?

Victorem Vivere! (Live Victorious!)

Your brother and servant in Christ,
Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

Alternate Reading Plans
Bible Order: Ezra 2-3
Chronological Order: 1 Chronicles 21-22, 2 Samuel 24, Psalms 30
Old Testament Only: 1 Kings 11

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