Righteous Anger John 2:12-17

Text:  Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath; neither give place to the devil.
                                                                                                      Ephesians 4:26.

          Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.  Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
                                                                                                  Ecclesiastes 7:8-9.

Good morning, quick-tempered Christian!  The description of thee and me as quick-tempered Christians is, of course, almost a complete contradiction in terms - for how can one be 'quick-tempered and, at the same time be described as Christian?  Read on, dear heart, and this paradoxical mystery shall be revealed.

Let me first pose this relevant question:  Who could ever be more Christian than the Christ?  Answer: No one, of course, could ever be as Christian as Christ Himself.  Yea, He is altogether lovely…’!  Hallelujah!  (Song of Solomon 5:16)

Therefore, we Christians are called to be extremely quick-tempered when it comes to the concept of sin: falling short of the glorious Holiness of God, in word, in thought, and in deed. 

Now sin - general sin and personal sin - is something we Christians should be getting immediately angry about in this dispensation of increased apostasy and carnality.  Beware!  Our sins will find us out!

“…For there is no difference; for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…"  (Romans 3:22-23) 

The ‘…glory of God…’ referred to here by the apostle Paul is, of course, the perfect standard of true Holiness manifested by Christ alone.  Every other human being that has walked, walks, or shall ever walk this earth, falls far short of this perfect standard of absolute Holiness.  Sin has tainted everything we are and do since the Fall from grace of Adam/Eve in the Garden.   Mankind is totally depraved!

Sin brought weeds and thorns and chaos into the Lord Gods Created world. Sin caused the Lord God to wipe out the world by a flood.  Sin brought Christ Jesus down from the spotless portals of Heaven to suffer and die on a cruel Cross that we sinners might find Redemption from sin and receive life Eternal through trusting in Him. Sin is a serious subject indeed.  Sin is something Christians should get very angry about!

Read again our selected Bible passage for today, and see more clearly perhaps the depths of what is being portrayed by the apostle John.

The Lord Jesus had just come from Cana of Galilee where He had performed His first recorded public miracle - something only the sinless Lord God could do.  He journeyed on to Capernaum, where He spent some time with His human mother, Mary, His half-brothers and sisters, and His disciples - before travelling on to the city of Jerusalem.

Upon entering the Temple in Jerusalem, the sinless, spotless, Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus became very very angry at what He saw taking place there.  He became righteously angry when He found many making merchandise within the House of God.  Some things never change, do they?  Take note, Mr TV Evangelists!

Definition of Merchandise:  Goods bought and sold for gain; trade for gain; profiteering by trade; dealing in merchandise as a business for personal profit.

Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, found a packed Temple.  However, it was packed full of greedy merchants who were obviously present in the place of worship for all the wrong motives.  They were buying and selling products for religious purpose, and operating a money-exchange as a profit-making business.  They were more interested in mammon, than in the things of God.

No man/woman can serve two masters; for either he/she will hate the one, and love the other; or else he/she will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon - def. riches regarded as the root of all evil, (cap) the god of riches; devotion to financial/material gain. (Chambers Dictionary page 974)

In calm righteous anger against this gross sin being committed within the Jewish Temple, the sinless Son of God ‘…made a scourge of small cords…‘ and ‘…drove them all out of the Templepoured out the changers money and overthrew the tables; and said unto themTake these things hence; make not My Fathers House an house of merchandise. (Vs. 15-16)

If you and I as Christians can get as righteously angry over the sins we perosonally commit, willfully, day by day; purge them out of our Christian lives; and sanctify the ‘…temple of the Holy Spirit…’ that we are today - the Body of Christ, international and universal,will be much more fit for the Masters use.

Thought:  If we Christians must get angry - lets get zealously angry about our own personal sins and seek to put them out continually!

Water to Wine Conversions? John 2:1-11

Text:  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.
                                                                                                       Matthew 5:16.

          And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
                                                                                               Ephesians 5:18-19.

Good morning, converted Christian!  Once you were Spiritually blind, now you can see!  Once you wallowed in worldliness, now you glow with Godliness!  Your Christian conversion is in clear evidence for all observers to see.  Such outer evidence is a vital proof to all unbelievers that there is life for a look at the Crucified Christ.  Praise God for true Christ like Christian conversions!

Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth (all nations); for I am God, and there is none else.  (Isaiah 45:22)

Therefore if any man/woman be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed (or are continually passing) away; behold (look), all things are become (or are progressively becoming) new.               (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Our journey with John today deals with the first miracle the Lord Jesus did in Cana of Galilee - changing ordinary washing water into good, high quality wine. 

When Christ Jesus makes a change, the change He makes is always clearly seen.  Praise and all glory to His Name!

And He (the Lord God) that sat upon the throne said, Behold (look and see!), I make all things new.  And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  (Revelation 21:5)

The miracle clearly performed that day in Cana of Galilee by Christ Jesus was instant; it was perfect; it was obvious; it was truly marvelous - and done in plain view of all gathered at the marriage.  It was an act of the Supernatural - no one doubted, nor could doubt, that this deed was performed by the hand of Almighty God alone.

In this same sense, when the Lord God decides to redeem a lost sinner - the change can be clearly seen; the change is a lasting change over time; the inner change in the saved sinners soul is evidenced in the drastic changes the person outwardly manifests from that time forth.  Hallelujah!

The Regeneration of a soul once dead in trespasses and sins is a recreation miracle of Gods free grace.  (See the doctrine of Regeneration on our website, click 'Basic Christian Doctrines')

But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead (Spiritually speaking) in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ JesusFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  (Ephesians 2:4-10)

As I often teach:  One cant be saved and not know it; one cant be saved and not show it.  Praise God for the testimony of a converted Christian!

Note also from todays Bible study how the human mother of Jesus was wise in her instruction to the servants at the marriage.  Pay particular attention to her words in verse five:  “…Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.

Obedience to the call of God in coming to Christ for Salvation saves a precious and immortal soul for all Eternity.  Obedience to the Word of God after one is saved ensures the redeemed soul of the perfect joy of Gods Holy Presence, His power, and His peace.  We have Gods Word on the matter.

Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy Presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.  (Psalm 16:11)

But He (Christ Jesus) said, Yea rather, blessed (blessed with blessings) are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.                (Luke 11:28)

When the converted Christian, like the stone pots in our selected passage, are ‘…filledup to the brim…’ with the power of God the Holy Ghost - all beholding such converts can clearly see the miracle that has been done in them.  Theres no hiding the light in the life of the victorious, obedient, Christian soul.  Thanks be to God for His miracle of free grace.

Thought:  If theres Holy Ghost oil in the human lamp - it will shine.

Passing On the Gospel John 1:35-51

Text:  So then (a conclusion) faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. 
Romans 10:17.

          For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel!
1 Corinthians 9:16.

Good morning, Christian Gospel-gossiper!  The Lord God detests the practice of gossiping, He rates the sin of busy bodying in other mens matters right up there with the sins of murder!  Gods Word deems such gossiping, busy bodying, slandering and backbiting as ’…worthy of death…’!  (Romans 1:32)

But let none of you (Christian believers) suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evil-doer, or as a busy body in other mens matters.  (1 Peter 4:15) (1 Timothy 3:11) (Romans 1:30-32)

Yet, praise God for Gospel gossipers, for many a precious soul has been won by the practice of what I call gossiping the Gospel of Christ Jesus.  Hallelujah!

“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.”  (Isaiah 50:4)

Today’s verses in our Journey With John reveal the success of the process I have referred to above as ‘gossiping the Gospel’ message.

John reveals Christ Jesus as ‘the lamb of God…’; ‘…two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.’  (Vs.36-37)

Our text from Romans chapter 10 is thereby clearly proven to be God’s truth.  So then (a conclusion) faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.  
(Romans 10:17) 

The two disciples of John heard the truth proclaimed, received God-given faith to believe - and immediately ‘…followed Jesus.  Glory to His Name!

One of these two disciples, Andrew, then took the revealed message and went off to find ‘…his own brother, Simon (Peter), and continued to gossip the Gospel - “…We have found the Messiah, which is being interpreted, the Christ.  And he brought him to Jesus…”  (Vs. 41-42)

The Lord Jesus, on the very next day, found Philip, and asked him to follow Him - which, praise God, he did.

Philip then found Nathaniel and, gossiping the Gospel, “…saith unto him, We have found Him, of Whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of JosephCome and see.  (V. 45)

Nathaniel went and seen for himself the Living Truth, Christ Jesus; the Lord Jesus spoke to him face to face; and it was revealed unto Nathaniel that Jesus was indeed, “…the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.  (Vs. 47-49)   Wow!  What a blessing! 

Listen to what the Lord Jesus said unto this dear man:  “…Verily, verily (truly, truly), I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see Heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.  (V. 51)  And, as the Gospel accounts reveal, he certainly did. Praise God for His truth!

God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent; hath He not said, and shall He not do it?  Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?  (Numbers 23:19)

Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy Word is truth.  (John 17:17)

God always does what His Word says He will do - He is immutable!

After studying this wonderful process of gossiping the Gospel contained in todays Bible passage; and seeing for ourselves the success such clear witnessing always brings - lets you and I determine afresh not to waste our time in idle gossiping, but rather to redeem the time God gives us by seeking to gossip the Gospel at every God-given opportunity.

Walk in wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time.  Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how to answer every man.  (Colossians 4:6)

Thought: Beloved, open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.  (Psalm 81:10)