April 07, 2022
Solitude Vs Isolation
In Mark 9:2-3 NLT says, “2 Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, 3 and His clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them.”
Rarely did Mark give exact times in his narrative, so his definite six days later is significant. This reference probably alludes to Exodus 24:16, where it is recorded that Moses waited for six days before meeting the Lord on Mount Sinai. The words also tie into Mark 9:1, where our Lord Jesus Christ probably was referring to His coming Transfiguration.
Lord Jesus Christ singled out Peter, James, and John. These three disciples comprised the inner circle of the group of Twelve. They were among the first to hear our Lord Jesus Christ’s call (Mark 1:16-19), they headed the list of disciples (Mark 3:16), they were present at certain healings where others were excluded (Mark 5:37), and they were with our Lord Jesus Christ as He prayed in Gethsemane (Mark 14:33). Seeing Jesus transfigured was an unforgettable experience for Peter (see 2 Peter 1:16). Our Lord Jesus Christ took these three disciples to the top of a mountain—either Mount Hermon or Mount Tabor. Mount Hermon is about twelve miles northeast of Caesarea Philippi (where our Lord Jesus Christ had been in Mark 8:27); Mount Tabor is in Galilee. A mountain was often associated with closeness to God and readiness to receive His words (Exodus 24:12-18; 1 Kings 19:8-18).
The Transfiguration was a brief glimpse of our Lord Jesus Christ’s true glory, God’s divine affirmation of everything our Lord Jesus Christ had done and was about to do. The Transfiguration clearly revealed not only that the disciples were correct in believing our Lord Jesus Christ to be the Messiah (Mark 8:29), but that their commitment was well placed and their eternity was secure. Our Lord Jesus Christ was truly the Messiah, the divine Son of God.
The Greek word translated [Jesus’] appearance changed is metamorphothe, from which we get our word “metamorphosis.” The verb refers to an outward change that comes from within. It was not a change merely in appearance, but it was a complete change into another form. On earth our Lord Jesus Christ appeared as a man, but at the Transfiguration, our Lord Jesus Christ’s body was transformed into the glorious radiance that He had before coming to earth (John 17:5; Philippians 2:6) and which He will have when He returns in glory (Revelation 1:14-15). The glory shone out from Him and His clothes became dazzling white. The white was not of this earth; it was a white that no human had seen. The words, unique to Mark’s Gospel, reflect an eyewitness report (probably Peter’s). These were the radiant robes of God, clothing “white as snow” (Daniel 7:9). Amen!
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Abide – Good Night
In Psalm 45:2-8 NLT says,“2 You are the most handsome of all. Gracious words stream from your lips. God Himself has blessed you forever. 3 Put on your sword, O mighty warrior! You are so glorious, so majestic! 4 In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds! 5 Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies’ hearts. The nations fall beneath your feet. 6 Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. 7 You love justice and hate evil. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else. 8 Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes. In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.”
This is called a messianic Psalms because it prophetically describes the Messiah’s future relationship to the church, His body of believers. Verse 2 expresses God’s abundant blessing on His Messiah; Verses 6-8 find their ultimate fulfillment in our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:8-9). The church is described as the bride of our Lord Jesus Christ in Revelation 19:7-8; 21:9; 22:17. Amen!
This concludes our Daily Devotional Good Morning & Good Night as of April 07, 2022.
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Being Born-Again Christian Believer
Please continue to scroll down if you have not experience of being Born-Again in Spirit as our Lord Jesus Christ said in these passages of John 3:3-8 NLT, and I quoted below;
3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” 4 “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” 5 Jesus replied, “I assure you; no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
Let’s meditate and look for the life application of these passages.
What did Nicodemus know about the Kingdom? From the Bible he knew it would be ruled by God, it would be restored on earth, and it would incorporate God’s people. Our Lord Jesus Christ revealed to this devout Pharisee that the Kingdom would come to the whole world (John 3:16, see The Gospel – The Good News), not just the Jews, and that Nicodemus wouldn’t be a part of it unless he was personally born again (John 3:5). This was a revolutionary concept: The Kingdom is personal, not national or ethnic, and its entrance requirements are repentance and spiritual rebirth. Our Lord Jesus Christ later taught that God’s Kingdom has already begun in the hearts of believers (Luke 17:21). It will be fully realized when our Lord Jesus Christ returns again to judge the world and abolish evil forever (Revelation 21–22).
The Words > “Of water and the Spirit” could refer to (1) the contrast between physical birth (water) and spiritual birth (Spirit), or (2) being regenerated by the Holy Spirit and signifying that rebirth by Christian baptism. The water may also represent the cleansing action of God’s Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5). Nicodemus undoubtedly would have been familiar with God’s promise in Ezekiel 36:25, 26. Our Lord Jesus Christ was explaining the importance of a spiritual rebirth, saying that people don’t enter the Kingdom by living a better life, but by being spiritually reborn.
Who is the Holy Spirit? God is three persons in one – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God became a man in Jesus Christ so that Jesus Christ could die for our sins. Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead to offer salvation to all people through spiritual renewal and rebirth. When our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, His physical presence left the earth, but He promised to send the Holy Spirit so that His spiritual presence would still be among humankind (see Luke 24:49). The Holy Spirit first became available to all believers at Pentecost (Acts 2). Whereas in Old Testament days the Holy Spirit empowered specific individuals for specific purposes, now all believers have the power of the Holy Spirit available to them. For more on the Holy Spirit, read John 14:16-28; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; and 2 Corinthians 1:22.
Our Lord Jesus Christ explained that we cannot control the work of the Holy Spirit. He works in ways we cannot predict or understand. Just as you did not control your physical birth, so you cannot control your spiritual birth. It is a gift from God through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12; 1 Thessalonians 1:5, 6).
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The Gospel – The Good News
In John 3:16-17 NLT says, “16 “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.”
The message of The Good News – The Gospel comes to a focus in these verses. God’s love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships – when we love someone dearly, we are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of His Son, the highest price He could pay. Our Lord Jesus Christ accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered us the new life that He had bought for us. When we share the Good News with others, our love must be like our Lord Jesus Christ’s – willingly giving up our own comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving God’s unconditional love.
In John 14:6-7 NLT says, “6 Jesus told him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had really known Me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!”
This is one of the most basic and important passages in Scripture. How can we know the way to God? Only through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Way because He is both God and man. By uniting our lives with His, we are united with God. Trust our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit to take you to our Father God, and all the benefits of being God’s child will be yours.
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