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John 10:17-18 ” The reason My Father loves Me is that I lay down My life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.”

By human standards it looked like Jesus had no control over His arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death.  But here in these verses He emphatically  states otherwise.  Jesus was totally in control of every detail, every minute of that horrendous event…and He still is.  When trials and tribulations come,  remember that the same control and power Jesus had over His own life is at work in yours.  Remember also,  that nothing will ever happen to you that hasn’t already gone through your Heavenly Father’s hands first.

Romans 8:32 ” He Who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”

What would have happened to humankind if God had felt Jesus was exempt?  Without the tremendous sacrifice, on the part of both God and Jesus Christ, we would be lost in our sins.  The willingness of God to hand over  Son on our behalf  can be found in one of the Bible’s most recognizable scriptures, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” ( John 3:16-17)  God may have not wanted to hand Jesus over…Jesus may have not wanted to go through the horrible torture and crucifixion on the Cross…but They did…and in the process, saved your soul from hell.

Jude 17-19 ” But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, ‘In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.’ These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.”

The world started scoffing at the notion of Jesus being resurrected from the very start.  The Roman guards who were watching His tomb and the High Priests cooked up a story about Jesus’ disciples stealing His body and spread the lie far and wide. (Matthew 28:12-15)   Over the course of history,  the world has gleefully questioned and ridiculed Believers with, “Where is this coming He promised?” (II Peter 3:4)   The world would like us to doubt and question our beliefs about the second coming, but we need to stand strong against those who malign the name of Jesus.

Acts 8:36 ” As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ “

Philip, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, had found a Ethiopian eunuch traveling the road between Jerusalem and Gaza.  The eunuch was reading the book of Isaiah, but was perplexed, so Philip started with that scripture, (Isaiah 53:7-8) and explained to the eunuch the good news of Jesus.  Later as they traveled together, they came upon some water and it’s here the eunuch asks, “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”  Now in some late manuscripts verse 37 is added which says, “Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’  The eunuch answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ ”  Baptism is the public demonstration of a personal decision…it symbolizes spiritual renewal, forgiveness of sins, adoption by God and eternal life.  If you are a Believer but have never been baptized…ask yourself the same question the eunuch did, “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”

II Timothy 1:8 ” So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord…”

Do the people around you even know you’re a Christian?   ” I’ll let my walk do the talking,” you might be saying to yourself right now.  But do you know how many “good” people don’t know Jesus and are going to hell?  To paraphrase Jesus in Mark 8:38, If you’re ashamed of Me, I’ll be ashamed of you.  Why should we be embarrassed to tell others what Jesus has done in our lives?  Our testimony…or our personal story of redemption needs to be something we’re so comfortable  telling others about  that it flows naturally like breathing.  No one can take your testimony from you…it’s totally unique and the supernatural power it has can melt hardened hearts.  Someone around you today needs to hear your testimony…it will change their life forever.  Be brave and declare Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ” There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

It’s hard to imagine, but there’s an appointed time for everything happening in your life today.  From the very important to the mundane, each matter has been carefully created by God to fit perfectly within His purpose and timetable.  In verse 11 of this chapter we read that God has made everything beautiful in its own time…in its right and proper time.  For with the Lord,  there is no unplanned or unintended actions…that’s because His timing is always perfect.

Philippians 3:10 ” I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

To know the Lord Jesus Christ…is to live for Him.  And in knowing Him…we will become more and more like Him, for we conform ourselves to His image.  Knowing the Lord though is a life long journey of dying daily to our old self and deliberately becoming more like Him.  But in the end, when people look at us, they won’t see us…they’ll only see Jesus.