April 12, 2022
Behold Your Mother, Behold Your Son
John 19:25-27 NLT says, “25 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw His mother standing there beside the disciple He loved, He said to her, “Dear woman, here is your Son.” 27 And He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.”
The four women, in contrast to the four soldiers, are the faithful; they stayed with our Lord Jesus Christ until the end. Even more so, in contrast to the disciples who had fled after Lord Jesus Christ was arrested, these women followed our Lord Jesus Christ to the Cross and became eyewitnesses of His crucifixion. The first woman mentioned is Lord Jesus’ mother (see John 2:1ff.). Imagine her incredible grief, helplessly watching her son suffer and die unjustly. Indeed, the prophet Simeon, who had spoken to her in the Temple just after Jesus’ birth, had been correct when he had told her, “A sword will pierce your very soul” (Luke 2:35). Surely Mary was feeling that “sword” at that very moment.
The other women mentioned here have not appeared earlier in John’s Gospel. Mary’s sister could have been Salome (see Matthew 27:55.; Mark 15:40ff.), the mother of John (the Gospel writer) and James. If this is true, our Lord Jesus Christ, John, and James were cousins. Mary (the wife of Clopas) was the mother of James the younger. Mary Magdalene is mentioned here for the first time in this Gospel. She will be a prominent figure in the next chapter-for our Lord Jesus Christ appears first to her after His resurrection.
Seeing His mother and the disciple He loved (John, the Gospel writer), our Lord Jesus Christ directed His disciple John to take care of Mary, His mother, in His absence. Mary had apparently been widowed and was being cared for by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Even while suffering in agony, our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated His care for His mother.
You may stop, wait, and read the ABIDE – Good Night, until before you go to bed to have a restful and peaceful sleep.
Abide – Good Night
Be Empty, Be Filled
In Philippians 2:5-8 NLT says, “5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
7 Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, 8 He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a Cross.”
Many people feel that they can’t control their moods or attitudes. But Paul doesn’t accept the fact that Spirit-filled Christians are slaves to their attitudes. Christ Jesus had a particular attitude; so must we. One of the great myths of popular psychology that has drifted into the church today deals with impulsive behavior based on emotions. Those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior enter a community of believers, the church. Believers are to obey their Savior because of who He is and what He has done on their behalf. Paul eloquently describes this in the following verses.
Most scholars believe that Verses 6-11 are from a hymn sung by the early Christian church. Paul was using this hymn to show our Lord Jesus Christ as a model of servanthood. The passage holds many parallels to the prophecy of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53. As a hymn, it was not meant to be a complete statement about the nature and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not known if Paul wrote it or merely quoted it.
This verse describes the status of our Lord Jesus Christ as He existed before the creation of the world—that is, His preincarnate state. Our Lord Jesus Christ was God. Everything God is, Christ is; the equality is in essential characteristics and divine attributes. But our Lord Jesus Christ did not demand and cling to His rights as God, but set them aside for a time in order to become human. When our Lord Jesus Christ was born, God became a man. Our Lord Jesus Christ was not part man and part God; He was completely human and completely divine. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect expression of God in human form. As a man, our Lord Jesus Christ was subject to place, time, and other human limitations. What made Lord Jesus Christ’s humanity unique was His freedom from sin. He did not give up His eternal power when He became human, but He did set aside His glory and His rights. In His full humanity, we can see everything about God’s character that can be conveyed in human terms. Amen!
This concludes our Daily Devotional Good Morning & Good Night as of April 12, 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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