What Jesus Said John 4:10 – 14

Are you Spiritually Thirsty? Come and ask Jesus for “living water.”

In the recording of Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, she questioned Him about why He, a Jew, would ask her for a drink of water.

John 4:10 – 14  Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 

The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

In another situation, John describes what Jesus’ metaphor means:

 John 7:37 – 39  On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

The one thing that makes Christmas significant is that Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, is the magnificent gift from God whose birth we celebrate each year at Christmas.  He is the one who came to redeem us and give us the “living water” (the Holy Spirit) to overflow our hearts into everlasting life.  Jesus continues to cry out to the lost and dying today, inviting all, to come to Him that they might have life. May we all drink freely and deeply of His precious gift throughout the coming year that His Holy Spirit might overflow into many other lives.

                         Grace and Love in Jesus Christ…. Blessings,  Vince

Remember What Jesus Said ..

Jesus Offers Pardon from Judgment

From the amazing things that Jesus said, which we have looked at so far, we learned that He is the Only Begotten Son of God, who came to mankind (through a  miraculous birth).  His purpose was to demonstrate the love of God the Father for the world by offering himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.  His desire was to save all who would believe that they might have eternal life.

John 3:18 – 21 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

From Jesus’ teaching in this passage we learn that all of mankind is under condemnation (of judgment and death) for sin. But “He who believes in Him is not condemned” … He answers the unspoken question: Why do some remain condemned?  Because “light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” The light that came into the world was Jesus Himself. He came to expose our sinful lives and to offer to take away our sins if we will confess our need for a Savior. We must come to Him and believe that He is the one God sent so that we can walk in the light of His truth, that our deeds may be clearly seen that we are living in God.

Note: This is how we become “born again of the Spirit” and have spiritual life in us.

Blessings to All in Jesus,    Vince

Jesus said John 3:10 – 18

At this time of year it is good to know who Jesus is and what He did and said. The apostle John wrote his gospel for this very reason. John  20: 30 – 31  For those who know Him we can be reminded of what He has done in our hearts and lives. For those who do not know of Him or have a relationship with Him that they might understand what He offers us as a free gift of God’s grace and mercy.

John 3:10 – 21     What Jesus said …

In His dialog with Nicodemus (a Jewish   ruler) Jesus rebukes him for doubting His teaching about being “born again” (born by the Spirit of God) before you can see or enter the Kingdom of God. He reveals who He is and what His authority and purpose were and are still.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

When Jesus here uses the plural “We”, He is in the context of his dialog speaking with the authority of God, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Jesus came down from heaven to become the “Son of Man” and He is prophetically saying that, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness (so they who looked on it by faith could be saved from death from their snake bites), so all who look to Him (Jesus, who would hang on a cross) would not die but have eternal life. 

 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

No one can doubt in this chaotic and insane world, with the corrption and pain and suffering that sinful man has caused, that there is a need for all to be reminded of the precious gift of forgiveness and salvation through the grace and love that God has revealed in His only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 If you don’t know Jesus and you have not been “born again” by the Spirit, then seek Him, read His word and consider His promises. Talk to those who know and, if you like, ask questions on this blog.  The Lord will not fail reveal Himself to you.

If you know Jesus, remember to exalt and honor Him, and share Him with those who do not know Him. You are invited share your thoughts on this blog.

Blessings in our precious Lord Jesus,     Vince

Jesus said John 3: 1 – 6

 You must be born again    John 3:1 – 6

Early in His public ministry Jesus was approached by Nicodemus who was one of the ruling Pharisees (religious leaders of the Jews). He believed in God and knew that anyone who had the miraculous power that Jesus was demonstrating had to come from God.

John 3:3-8 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Today like Nicodemus many people misunderstand, and question what it means to be “born again”, and even in the “Christian” body there is lack of clarity on what it means. But … it is clear from Jesus teaching here that unless you understand and are in fact “born again”you cannot “see” or “enter” the kingdom of God!  Jesus makes it clear that He is not speaking of a fleshly rebirth, but a new Spiritual birth, those (everyone) who are “born of the Spirit”

Through out the New Testament we see this teaching clarified and re-enforced by Jesus and the disciples.

1 John5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ (Savior) is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.   See also:  2 Cor. 5:17; Tit 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:23; Jhn. 14:17; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16

It is my prayer for everyone who reads this short meditation that you all with full assurance be able to say with me; I believe in Jesus as my Savior and Lord, and I am born again by His Spirit who dwells in me.

Blessings to all in Jesus… Vince

Jesus said.. John 2:15 – 21

All of us who read the Bible will recall how Jesus early in His ministry went up to Jerusalem and entered the Synagogue courts to find people there who were making a market place (profiteering) out of the house of God.  This was His response and what He said:

John 2:15 – 21 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” 

So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

Jesus’ zeal for God’s temple is no less today than it was then. And indeed, He did rise up bodily three days after they had killed Him on the cross. He became the “Chief Cornerstone” and began to build a new temple of “living stones” to be raised up as His church, His people, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God in Christ Jesus.     1 Peter 2

Day by Day, each of us as God’s people should be as concerned and zealous as Jesus was to keep the living temple of God (His body, the church) a place of worship, sacrifice and prayer.  (We are His temple)

Blessings and Love in Christ Jesus,   Vince

 

Jesus said… Matthew 4:17

Many of us have seen a person or a cartoon of some wild eyed person standing on a street corner in ‘Metropolis’ USA wearing sandwich boards saying “Repent – Judgment is coming”. The gospel of Matthew records that Jesus preached a similar message with a big difference. After Jesus Christ’s experience in the dessert, Matthew records the beginning of Christ’s preaching and teaching by summarizing it in this one verse.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say,“Repent, for  the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

The Apostle Matthew reports that Jesus Christ’s first preaching centered on exhorting the people to “repent” and recognize that the “kingdom of heaven is at hand”. Jesus does not just represent the kingdom, He is the kingdom that stood before them and is still available (at hand) today for those who will repent.

The entire Bible is summarized in this one phrase. God’s message since the fall of man has been to “repent” (to turn from our sinful selfish ways) and to follow and obey our Creator. Jesus came to show us the love of our heavenly Father, and to bring us face to face with the “kingdom of heaven”.  He came to redeem us from the bondage of sin and to give us entrance into His eternal Kingdom.   What a glorious and precious message this is for those who are willing  to accept and obey His word.

Blessings to All in our Lord Jesus   Vince

Jesus Said Mathew 4:1- 10 Continued

In the account of Jesus early ministry in Mathew 4 as we shared in last weeks posting, Satan was allowed to challenge Jesus while He was starving from 40 days of fasting. We read that Jesus turned to God’s word to answer Satan’s temptations.

In answer to the challenges from Satan to prove His deity (‘If you are the Son of God’) He answered two different ways;

Jesus said; “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’”.  And…

Jesus said; “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’      

Finally when He was offered all the kingdoms and all that could be given to a man in this world;

Jesus said;  “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

With the challenges and temptations that we face in our world today we should learn from the words of God’s beloved Son. 1. Trust Gods word it is the very source of eternal life for those who believe more valuable than food for our mortal bodies. 2. Do not test God, but rather trust, and rely on Him. 3. Do not seek (or conform to) what the world and the prince of this world has to offer, but rather seek the Lord our God, worship and serve Him alone

 Romans 12:1 – 2


Jesus Said… Mathew 4: 1-4

Mathew 4: 1 – 4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

In this situation recorded by Mathew Jesus was allowed to be tested, 1st by going with out food, until his body was starving, then, by Satan’s taunts. But …Jesus had nothing to prove to Satan because He knew that He truly was God’s son.

What He responded to Satan is a very profound lesson for us: Bread (food) alone will not give us life, without the truly essential source of life, God’s word which offers us eternity with Him.

In light of this teaching we might ask ourselves, “Am I ‘feasting’ on God’s word or starving myself of the essential source of life that Jesus has given us?”(Read John 1:1 – 18)

May the Lord bless your meditation and draw you close… Blessings Vince


What Christ/mas Should Mean

What Christ/mas Should Mean

As we approach the Christ/mas “season” I am personally taking another look at our introduction to the Lord Jesus Christ through the gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. As we read these accounts of Christ each of them takes a slightly different approach to introducing Him to their readers, but each inspired gospel reveals the reality that our Creator God Himself came as our Savior, the man Christ Jesus, to redeem His creation (mankind) who is lost and condemned by sin. We should remember that Christ came as a child to become the Savior of all who are empty and without hope beyond this life.

When we read the gospels and consider what is revealed in these accounts, we should see clearly that the gift of Christ which so many around the world have misunderstood and tried to malign or diminish, is the complete gospel; not only His birth, but His life, His teachings, His physical death and resurrection.

His miraculous birth as a man was to give us the precious gift of His everlasting life in exchange for our death, and condemnation. Let us not be satisfied with a “season” of celebration but by faith embrace an eternal life of celebration and praise for what God has accomplished when He gave us His Son. 

The Word Became Flesh (Fully God / Fully Man)

John Chapter 1:1 – 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood   it.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

I pray that we will all realize that the most precious and wonderful gift that we can give another is the knowledge of God’s merciful love and forgiveness through the gracious gift of His Son, by celebrating and proclaiming the purpose of His life!      James 1:17    

Blessings and Love in Jesus  Vince

God with us!

 

Mat 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Some, perhaps most people, have a difficult time believing in a virgin birth… until they fully grasp that it was our Creator God Himself who came to us as a man in this manner. Yet this was no ordinary man, but the perfect, the sinless, righteous Son of God who was sent for the explicit purpose of redeeming lost humanity to the Father and to Himself. How can He be Almighty God and the man Jesus at the same time?  Because He is God, our Creator and He has revealed Himself to us in the most loving, most intimate and personal way He could, by being “with us”!   Let us not hesitate or fail to fully embrace and proclaim this wonderful truth to all whom we know and love.

God is still with us, and is still revealing Himself, as Jesus has promised; John 14: 15 -18 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

Blessings and Love in Jesus … Vince