“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17). Were a man who is in Christ to speak of God’s goodness, generosity, and grace with his every breath for the remainder of his life, he couldn’t skim the surface of all the glorious wonders the Lord plentifully bestows on him.
Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you . . . for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” But being “yoked” usually implies a heavy burden. Yet, Jesus gives us the image of being yoked alongside Him while He is the One pulling the load. It’s as if we are along for a scroll next to Him and watching as He moves mountains.
“And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the LORD met [Moses] and sought to kill him” (Exodus 4:24). Why was God about to kill Moses that night, when it was God who sent Moses back to Egypt? Because before Moses started for Egypt, he still hadn’t met his spiritual leadership obligation for his own sons.
Believers are sent into the world to testify of what Christ has done for us, how He proved himself to us, why and when we came to believe in Him, and who He is to us now. The world needs our testimony. For, people are hurting and need to hear about our merciful, loving, compassionate Savoir who is ready to forgive and accept them to himself.
There are so many religions with different doctrines about how a person can become right with God. Which is right? Can we be sure that any of them are right? Jesus emphatically stated, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). His words are definitive and absolute. He said that He is the only way to the Father and that no one can have a relationship with God except through Him.
Jesus didn’t look on the woman at the well as an adulterous sinner who was deserving of where she was at in life. He saw someone who was hurting and downcast. He saw her as a person in need of undeserved forgiveness and merciful salvation. For Jesus, she was like that lost sheep who the shepherd went after and searched out.
Prejudices and biases are common among men. These evils can creep into individuals or even congregations. But followers of Jesus should seek a pure heart with a genuine burden for the lost. For that, we need the Holy Spirit to work in us, revealing to us our ungodly attitudes and rooting out impure motions and motives.
Jesus was (is) the Son of God who lived a holy, perfect life. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). So, why was Jesus baptized, since water baptism is foremost meant as an act signifying a person is repenting from his sins and turning back to follow God’s will and ways.