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John 5:39 ” You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.”

Jesus Christ can be found on each page of the Bible.  So as we read, we need to be continually asking…”How does this Scripture point me to You Lord?”  By personalizing the Scriptures like this…reading the Bible will never become a dry and boring ordeal we just tolerate, but rather an ever new and exciting adventure of discovery.

John 3:30 ” He must become greater; I must become less.”

Can you echo these same words that John the Baptist declared about Jesus and himself?  What then is it that hinders us from making such a sweeping statement?  In a single word – pride.  Our selfish agenda pushes us to plunge ahead without God’s direction first.  Our willful pride orchestrates our own plans,  devoid of the Lord’s guidance.  We want to remain on the throne of our life, rather than yielding  to God.  So what are we so afraid of?  Are we fearful that as God increases in our life,  our own personal identity will diminish to the point we’ll disappear?  In a single word -Yes!  But isn’t that what becoming a Christ Follower is all about?   Our goal is to become less,  as God becomes more.  So how can we do this?  It takes a conscious act of our Will and a yielding of our pride to allow the Lord to increase within us.  And it also takes these words…”Yes, Lord. I ask for more of You and less of me.”

John 4:13-14 ” Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ “

We’ve all been very thirsty. An interesting note about the human body…hunger pangs will eventually subside, but thirst will never go away, for our bodies need water to operation and maintain homeostasis, (a stable and normal condition of all systems within the body.)  In this Scripture, Jesus is offering the Samaritan woman the kind of water that will not only satisfy immediately, but will become  an Artesian well within her.  Like a spring rising up with a new and constant supply of fresh water, this living water fills and quenches our thirst unlike anything the world can offer.

John 4:4 ” Now He had to go through Samaria.”

Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans,  and any self-respecting Jewish man surely wouldn’t make a point of traveling through Samaria…but Jesus did.  He didn’t have to plan the trip that way…most would have gone around Samaria…but Jesus didn’t.  You see, Jesus had a divine appointment arranged for a woman at Jacob’s well…a meeting that would not only change her,  but many of her fellow towns-people. The Lord  is ever reaching His saving hand  into places we’d probably never go…into prisons, crack houses, seedy motels, or dark alleyways…places where the forgotten, shunned, and hopeless live.  But no soul is beyond His reach…no life is beyond His grace and mercy.

John 6:44 “Jesus answered, ‘No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him and I will raise him up at the last day.’ “

God sent Jesus on a mission of rescue…lovely drawing us to Him and saving our souls.  Psalm 91:14 says, ” ‘Because he loves Me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.’ ”  Jesus is still on that mission of rescue today…desiring  none to perish.

John 10:10 ” The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “

Make no bones about it – Satan would like you dead…and He’s out to kill you by any means he can.  He’d love to get you entangled in an addiction that would take your life, or get you to compromise and make bad choices that would lead to your demise.  You see, Satan doesn’t have an ounce of compassion or regard for you.  He’d rather take your joy…ruin your life…and ravage your body than watch you grow strong in the Lord.  But in Jesus Christ…you are stronger than any threat Satan can throw your way…you are more powerful than any addiction that holds you bound…and you are tougher than you could ever imagine yourself.

John 8:42 ” Jesus said to them, ‘ If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on My own; but He sent Me.’ “

God sent His only Son to earth in order to save us from  our sins.  Jesus Christ came from God to take our place on that cross.  So if you know God…you love Jesus…and if you love Jesus and accept Him as your Savior, your sins are forgiven…and when your sins are forgiven, you receive eternal life.