Omniscient, Ever-Loving, Jesus! John 13:1

Text:  Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus KNEW that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.
John 13:1.

Good morning Eternally loved Christian!  There is no other person who is so utterly, and Eternally blessed, as the Spiritually regenerate Christian believer.  We are totally loved with a Divine and everlasting love.  Hallelujah!

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.     (Jeremiah 31:3)

Beloved (Christian believers) let us love one another; for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God (intimately).  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested (clearly proven) the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  (1 John 4:7-10)

Our one-verse-Bible-reading for today is small, yet it clearly reveals a number of profound aspects of the Divine nature of our Sovereign and our Saviour - the Living Christ Jesus.  There is power in one verse of Scripture.

Christ had prior knowledge, or foreknowledge of events to come.  He had Divine foreknowledge of the time of His Crucifixion.  He had Divine foreknowledge of the death of His human nature.  Supernaturally, He knew exactly where He was going after being put to death in human form.  Yet, praise God, He was also Divinely certain that ‘…having loved His own (the Divinely elected souls that would be saved) which were in the world, He (would) love them unto the end (Eternally)!  Hallelujah!  What a Divine Saviour we have in Christ Jesus!  We who are saved, are Eternally loved.

Christs Prior Knowledge: The Lord Jesus Christ did not originate at Bethlehem, only the human nature of Jesus was born there in an act of incarnation (I.e. God being born in bodily form) (Hebrews 10:5)

In other words, while the fully human Jesus was indeed born in that stable at Bethlehem - the Christ, the Son of God, God the Son, has always existed in the Eternal realm; therefore, had and continues to have prior knowledge of all future events.

Then said Jesus unto them (the Jews), Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.  (John 8:58)

Christs Crucifixion:  The Lord Jesus knew the exact hour of His Crucifixion: Jesus knew that His hour was come…”  He would be ‘…Lifted up…’ on that cruel Cross, to suffer as our Substitute and the Redeeming Lamb of God which ’…taketh away the sin of the world…’  (John 8:28)

“...and I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men (the ‘…whosoevers…’) unto Me. This He said, signifying what death He should die.  (John 12:32-33) (John 3:16)

Christs Predetermined Death:  Christ Jesus, being God of very God, had come to fulfill the predetermined counsel of God His Father.  The only purpose for His coming to us in human form was to die on the Cross to make the way of Salvation; for all who would be granted faith to believe the Gospel and be saved.  Jesus already knew the reason for His suffering and death!

As Peter cried on the Day of Pentecost: Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know; Him being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have Crucified and slain; Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death; because it was not possible that He should be holden of it." (Acts 2:22-24)

Christs Everlasting Love:  The Lord Jesus Christ loves His people with an Eternal love that can never die or be quenched - not even by ourselves!

Who (or what?) shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Or deadly Corona Virus!)… nor death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to comeheightdepthnor any other creature (including ourselves!), shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:35-39)  

Wow!  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour we love and seek to serve!  Glory to the Worthy Lamb!  

Today, in April 2020, amid an international and deadly plague, when many are dying all around us, and many more of us will die - we who know Christ Jesus as personal Saviour and Lord, are Eternally loved.  'Even so, Come Lord Jesus!  We are born again and ready for Your coming, or for death, that will only escort us into Thy Holy Presence forever, hallelujah!'  Amen.

Thought:  All hail, the omniscient, ever-loving, Lord Jesus Christ !

The ‘Last Day’ Judgement! John 12:44-50

Text:  He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him; the WORD that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
John 12:48.

Good morning, Christian believer in Gods Word!  When Gods Word is openly and publicly proclaimed it fulfills a twofold purpose: it softens the hearts of those who will believe and receive Christs Salvation; and it hardens the hearts of those who just will not be saved.  This is a Gospel fact!

For He (the Lord God) saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  So then (a conclusion) it is not of him that willeth (the will of man), nor of him that runneth (human deeds), but of God that sheweth mercytherefore hath He (the Lord God) mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth.                        (Romans 9:15-18)

If the Word of God in our Bible makes sense - dont try to make it nonsense!  We are called to believe Gods Word, not to belittle it!

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

The problem in the world in general, and even in some sections of the church universal, is that, mans will wont let God be God.

In fact, some professing Christians, and Christian leaders, seem to think that they are more merciful than the Lord God Almighty!  In their proud hearts, they refuse to let God be God Almighty.  They dare to ask the question rhetorically posed by the apostle Paul in the Book of Romans: What shall we say then?  Is there unrighteousness with God?  God forbid.  (Romans 9:14)

Some, obviously believing that they are more merciful and compassionate than the Lord God, would cry Unfair!, when a preacher faithfully proclaims the fact that God ‘…will have mercy on whom (He) will have mercyand whom He will He hardeneth.  (Romans 9:15-18) 

To this truth from Gods Word they cry, Unfair!  They refuse to believe that God has power over His own Creation and thus, by their bleatings, would instantly seek to limit the Almighty in His power!  How pathetic can one be?  How self-righteous can one become?  God is God, and He is God ALONE!

Another look at our chosen text for this mornings Bible Lesson should immediately reveal the peril involved in taking such an attitude:

He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him; the WORD that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.   (John 12:48)

On that great last day judgement; the final reckoning for all mankinds souls - the Eternal bottom-line will be one question: what way have we received the Lord  Jesus Christ, Gods Word in the flesh.  Did we believe Him, or did we reject Him?

The words that the Word Personified - Christ Jesus - spoke when He was sent to us by incarnation (God in bodily form) are what will judge us ‘…in the last day.

If we, by God-given faith, truly believe Gods Word - then we will receive His Word and seek to be subject to His Word, in Christ Jesus, His Son.

If we, through lack of God-given faith, reject, detract, or debate against Gods sent Word - then we have nothing to look forward to, only a fearful burning in the tormenting fires of an Eternal, never-dying, flame.  (Ephesians 2:8-10)

God the Father sent His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, the Word of God, with a Divine message for sinners such as we:  Believe, repent from sin, receive Christs Salvation, trust in His full Atonement Sacrifice, and be forever saved.  This is the Gospel message of Eternal Salvation, there is no other!  (Acts 4:12)

For I (Christ Jesus) have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.  And I know that His commandment is LIFE everlasting; whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.  (Vs. 49-50)

The message is therefore crystal clear:  “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”  (Acts 16:31)  Reject Him, and be forever lost!  Take heed NOW!

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

Thought:  Gods Word has spoken - believe and receive His Salvation today!

Praises of God, Or Praises of Men? John 12:42-43

Text:  “…Choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Jehovah).

Joshua 24:15.

Good morning, fully committed Christian!  For your full commitment to the Living Lord God, in Christ Jesus, you have not received the praises of world leaders, worldly Governments, or the so-called great and good.  Yet, I am fully persuaded, that you have, and will continue to receive, the praises of God Himself - and for such a privilege as this, all other praise fades into insignificance.  Glory to the Lamb Who alone is worthy to be praised!

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect (mature) and an upright man, one that feareth God, and eschewed (continually shuns, flees from, abstains from) evil?  (Job 1:8)

As we can understand, from the verse of Old Testament Scripture above quoted, things happen when the Lord God sees fit to praise one of His servants.  Terrible things happen, that are often not easy to bear!

Old Satan was incensed when the Lord God praised His servant Job.  He immediately set about to persecute Job, to see if he could get Job to fail God, and thus abrogate Gods praise of the man.  Satan still works in this manner today.

When, by Gods great grace and power, we receive faith to believe the Gospel message of Salvation in Christ, and through His Cross alone - we are immediately tested by the world, the flesh, and old Satan - in an effort to bring our new found faith in Christ to nought.  Was that your experience?

Our faith is tested constantly, as the Devil probes our many weaknesses in order to cause us to sin against our Saviours grace.  And the Lord permits our faith to be tested in this manner, but assures us of His keeping power:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again (born again, Spiritually regenerated us) unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for you, who are KEPT by the power of God through faith unto Salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptation: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:3-7)

Like the precious metal, gold, our faith, being much more precious, is tried and tested over and over again - until, in the end, it is utterly purified, and fit for the Lord Gods praise.  Wow!  What a privilege to be part of this Eternal process!  The Lord God Almighty is constantly caring for you and for me!

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13)

Jobs sufferings in the service of God were extreme and severe indeed.  Few of us today go through the extremes of Jobs sufferings, but sufferings and persecutions are an integral part of any sincere Christian believers life. 

No suffering, no persecutions for faith - no real Christian witness for Christ!  We cannot have Gods praises without a blasting from Hell!

Todays Scripture passage clearly informs us that, “…among the chief rulers also MANY believed on Him (Jesus); but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praises of men more than the praises of God.  (Vs.42-43)

These early church believers did not have the wisdom nor experience of 2000 odd years of Christianity to encourage a bolder witness for Christ.  They quite naturally feared being ‘…put out of the synagogue…’ and all the religious and social marginalization that would bring.  Not much has changed today.

Only after Christs terrible Crucifixion, did Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea come out publicly as Christian believers!  But out they came, eventually!               (John 19:38-42)

I have often taught the fact that there can be no such person as a secret Christian - if we are saved by Christ, then we must seek to be His open witnesses.  Bold Christian witnessing brings the praises of God to us.

Thought:  Do we seek to have praise of God, or praise of mere men?