Tag Archive | christ jesus

I Corinthians 15:3 ” For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…”

That life-changing encounter with Jesus was the start of your journey as a Believer.  You marveled at the grace, mercy, and loving kindness that was extended to you… a sinner that only deserved death.  You became a recipient of the greatest gift ever…the free gift of eternal life.  But for many of us we stop there, never sharing this Good News with others.  We instead hold tightly to this gift refusing to share…desiring to just keep it to ourselves.  But Paul tells us in this verse that first we are a receiver, but then we become a messenger… an ambassador for Christ, telling others about Him.  Paul goes on in I Corinthians 11:2, ” I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.”   How can we keep such wonderful, life-changing news to ourselves? The Lord wants us to pass it on to others.  So today, tell someone how Jesus is working in your life.

Matthew 8:27 ” The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him?’ “

Jesus had just rebuked the  storm and now all was peaceful and calm on the Sea of Galilee.  With only a few words, the fierce winds and raging storm had ceased.  But why were His disciples so dumbfounded and astonished at what Jesus had done?   After all, they had been witnessing countless miracles as they traveled with him.  But like us,  when the storm hit their lives personally…they panicked.   When we’re hit broad-side and without warning with the storms of life…we panic.  We suddenly are battered by the winds of anxiety and will succumb under the waves of fear.  It’s then we need to reach out our hands to Jesus for help…for it tells us in Psalm 107:29,  ” He stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea were hushed.”   May the Lord of the universe calm the storm in your life today.

I Corinthians 15:10 ” But by the grace of God I am what I am. And His grace towards me was not in vain.”

With over 30 years under my belt as a Christian…it’s only with sincere thankfulness and gratitude I can proclaim that it’s only by the grace of God I am what I am today.  For it’s only by God’s unearned and unmerited favor that I have been changed…justified freely by His grace through the redemption that comes through Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24)    And I strive daily to show Him that the grace He lavished on me was not futile or a waste of time…for this grace God showed me –  I need to be passing on freely to others.

II Samuel 7:22 ” How great You are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like You, and there is no God but You, as we have heard with our own ears.”

Verbal histories from our elderly family members give us insight into just where we come from.  Those precious stories are filled with important events, human struggles, and surprising accounts of things we had no prior knowledge of.  Within those verbal histories,  we hear bits of wisdom, sage advice, personal warnings, and lots of humor.  With our own ears we listen as important information is given to us about the past.  But have you ever thought about how important it is to give a “verbal history” to your children or grandchildren about God’s influence in your life?  A once I was… but now I am… testimony showing the Lord’s redemptive power over sin in your life is more important than any other story you could share with them.

I Timothy 4:12 ” Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the Believers in speech, in life, in faith and in purity.”

The Apostle Paul was encouraging Timothy to stand up for himself as a Pastor,  even though he was considered young for the position.  Paul admonished him to behave in such an exemplary way, with integrity and confidence, that no one within the Church would question his assignment.  Timothy was to lead by example…his way of life on constant display for others to imitate and follow.   I would then challenge all of you who are also considered “young”…don’t think being youthful is an excuse to not set a good example.  Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t influence others for Christ while modeling  God’s love to the world.

I John 3:16 ” This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

Without hesitation I know you’d answer a resounding “Yes!”  to my question of whether you’d die for your spouse or children.  But if we look closely at this verse, we’re not being asked to do that.  Rather, we’re being directed to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians .   OK wait,  you want me to sacrifice for who?  My family is one thing, but a neighbor or friend or somebody I hardly know at Church…I don’t know if I can do that.   But when Jesus died on that Cross He didn’t pick and choose who He was dying for…He died for all.   In John 10:11 it says, ” I am the good Shepherd.  The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”   To love one another with the Agape love that Christ first showed us is to be willing to be poured out like a drink offering for our brothers…regardless of who they are.

Isaiah 42:2-3 ” He will not shout or cry out, or raise His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.”

It says in Matthew 26:62-63,  ” Then the High Priest stood up and said to Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer?  What is this testimony that these men are bringing against You?’  But Jesus remained silent.”   In this hastily assembled kangaroo court, the  priests, scribes and elders gloated in the fact that they finally had Jesus where they wanted Him.  They had lined up false witnesses to testify against Jesus…but He wasn’t taking the bait.  The High Priest believed that he was in total control of the situation…but he had no idea that he was simply a pawn being used by God within the annals of eternal redemptive history.  Jesus had no reason to answer the High Priest… no need to justify or defend Himself.  For the plan of salvation, created before the dawn of time, was playing out perfectly.