Meditation

11/27/2019

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. “At once he began to peach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.” (Acts 9:20)

Saul had his conversion experience while in pursuit of Christians and was on the road to Damascus when he met Jesus and was literally changed forever. He spent time with the disciples, yet I’m not sure anyone truly trusted him yet, as he had persecuted all Christians and was on the hunt when he encountered Jesus.

Scripture says he spent time with the disciples and then, seemingly all at once, he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. Saul who became Paul was blinded, with scales on his eyes. The Lord called upon Ananias in a dream to go to him and lay hands on him. Not sure about you, but that would seem to be hard to do because many feared Saul, who even on the road held papers to arrest Christians at will. Of course, Ananias did as the Lord instructed and he regained his vision, strength, was baptized and the Holy Spirit came upon him and he was forever changed.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, we too claim that Jesus is the Son of God and we have also been baptized, received the Holy Spirit, and now proclaim Him as our Lord and Savior, for he is the Messiah. He came among us, lived with us, learned about us, and eventually died on the cross for our sins. The Jesus of the Bible is real, He did live and preach and teach in this world and modeled the way we are to live. We love you, Abba, and we also love Your Son, our Christ, that died and was resurrected from the dead and lives with You in the kingdom of heaven. Give us Your will for our lives, and let us now become the model of how others ought to live in their own lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

KNOWING GOD:

When I came to you brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1st Corinthians 2:2)

The heart of the gospel is Jesus Christ. Everything we preach centers on Him. The focal point of His ministry is His substitutionary death on the cross. The lost have no other way to be saved, so the proclaimer must always seek to magnify and lift up the Lord Jesus Christ. Only in Jesus Christ can saved individuals be united. People are not saved by accepting a system of theological propositions, but by receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He must always be the central theme of our proclamation. I pray you all clearly understand the significance of this concept.

I AM:

Worship, Central Theme:” (2nd Peter1:1621)

The early church had to contend with accusations of invented stories of Jesus, yet so much of the Bible then as even today is confirmed by unearthed evidence that the stories were not only true, but they have been affirmed over and over again. The promise of Christ’s return no clever invention of human imagination; for it is based on the transfiguration (Matthew 7:1-13) as a foreshadowing of Christ in His rue majesty as will be seen at His second coming. Eyewitnesses were given a preview of that coming eschatological day of he Lord. Beloved, proclamation is built on eyewitness testimony and personal experiences with Jesus, not on fictitious stories. Prophets spoke not from their own wisdom but from God’s. One of the Spirit’s great works is to reveal God. In Israel the primary way He did that was to give oracles to prophets. Both in the speaking and in their writing, the prophets were guided by the Spirit of God. The Bible is he inspired result of God’s plan and purposes. Prophets spoke in the vernacular of their day, but they spoke what God’s Spirit wanted them to say.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things, I am going to send yo what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke24:45-49)

Holy Scripture is authoritative and is its witness to Jesus Christ, the living Word who became flesh. Christ’s Great Commission included the preaching of forgiveness of sins to all people from Jerusalem to the ends of he earth. Repentance and forgiveness of sins go together. God forgives only those who repent, in other words to repent is to have a change of heart and the intent to not repeat the sins again.

Proclamations is an authoritative invitation to repentance and forgiveness made possible by the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. Proclamation is a universal task which fulfills the biblical purpose of God as recorded in Scripture.

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