For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on), the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
John 3:16-17 (AMP)
John 20:16 (AMP) 16 Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning around she said to Him in Hebrew, Rabboni!–which means Teacher or Master.
Mary was distraught and heavy hearted. The Man who had saved her and resurrected her life was gone. He had been crucified on a cross. She had seen Him take His last breath. Yet, when she went to the tomb she discovered that her Lord’s body was not there. We can only imagine the thoughts that went through her mind. When she first saw this Man…she thought she was talking to a gardener. All she wanted was to know where they had taken her Lord. I wonder what made her recognize Him. Was it something in His voice? The way He looked at her? But in one split second, she knew that this was no gardener – it was her Lord and Savior…Jesus Christ.
Do we recognize Jesus when He speaks to us? Do we understand that it is He who gives us comfort? Do we truly listen for the voice of Christ? To live in Christ, we must know and recognize His voice. There are many copycats, lip-syncs and replicas out there trying to take our attention off of Jesus. And if we don’t know Christ and His voice we can easily get into trouble. We can’t just take the word of the preacher, teacher or someone close to us. We must make sure that we draw close to God. That we read His word for ourselves…that we pray for discernment. That we seek His kingdom first and foremost and that we can recognize the voice of Jesus.
My prayer is that I recognize the voice of my Jesus…that as I hear Him I obey Him…that my life is a witness to others of His grace and mercy. How about you?
I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED weekend.
Exodus 23:20 (NIV) 20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”
As God’s children, He does not ‘send’ us anywhere without preparing the way. He will not leave us, forsake us, or allow us to be ill-prepared for any assignment He gives us. He has given His angels charge over us and if we allow Him – He will guide every step we take.
That does not mean there will not be bumps in the road. I know that each of us has a testimony about some of the ‘bumps’ we have encountered. But this world is not our ‘heaven’ nor is it the place where we need to put our trust and faith. Our eyes and our hearts should be firmly fixed on Jesus and our trust always placed in God. He is the one who sent His son to die for our sins so that we wouldn’t have to pay that price. He is the one who supplies ALL our needs. And He is the one preparing a place for us with Him in Heaven.
My prayer is that I am always in the place He wants me to be…that I seek after Jesus each day with all my heart, mind, soul and strength…that people around me know I have been in the presence of God. How about you?
I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED day.