Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)In 1986, there was a woman by the name of Rose Crawford who had been blind for 50 years. Why? Because no one had told…
Some of the most obvious considerations, when thinking about the supremacy of Christ, are the claims He made about Himself. Other teachers said they were telling the truth. Christ said, “I … am the truth” (John 14:6). Other teachers asked people to follow their teachings. Christ asked people to follow Him. More than twenty times in the Gospels Jesus spoke about the need to follow Him. The other great leaders taught people to worship God… Jesus accepted the worship of Thomas (John 20:28). Jesus made statements that clearly implied that He was God, and some of His hearers were so scandalized by these remarks that twice they wanted to stone Him for blasphemy (John 8:54-59; 10:30, 31).
Seven “I am” statements appear in John’s Gospel, showing that Christ claimed to be the source of eternal life. He said, “I am the bread of life” (6:35); “I am the light of the world” (8:12); “I am the gate” (10:7, 9); “I am the good shepherd” (10:11); “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25); “I am the way and the truth and the life” (14:6); “I am the true vine” (15:1). Leon Morris reminds us that “in each case the Greek form of ‘I am’ is emphatic.” Each saying includes the personal pronoun “I.” “There is no need to include the personal pronoun unless emphasis is required.” Morris concludes that to Jewish ears, the words I am“aroused associations of the divine.” These and other statements of Christ make us agree with J. T. Seamands’ statement that the uniqueness of Christ “is not something we concede to Christ, but something He confronts us with.”
— Ajith Fernando in The Christian’s Attitude Toward World Religions
The Christian faith is really not ours till we live by it, till it is the focus of our thoughts, words, and actions, till it goes with us into every place, sits uppermost on every occasion, and forms and governs our hopes and fears, our cares and plea…
What is faith? Is it belief? Like flipping a light switch from the off to the on position, flipping our inner ideology from disbelief to belief, from no to yes?
… Faith, saving faith, is more than a flip of the switch. Faith requires more than intellectual assent to a proposition or set of statements about God. Instead, faith is an active trust, an orientation of our lives toward One we have met and find trustworthy. Faith is less about the details about what we believe, more about transformation of our very lives.
— from Disciplines: A Book of Daily Devotions 2015
Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” (John 6:51 NRSV)
Jesus Christ is the living bread of life — bread for sustenance, bread for daily use. He is not cake for special occasions.
“Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)What does it mean to do something “in the name of Jesus”? Generally speaking, in the Bible a person’s name …
“This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus,…” (1 Timothy 2:3-5 NRSV
Repeatedly in Scripture, God calls people to repent, turn to Him, choose the path of life, and do the right thing. These calls seem to indicate that we are not mere puppets, but that human beings, by the grace of God, have the ability to choose good or evil, faith or unbelief.
[In the 1700’s John] Wesley spent his life traveling by horseback, in his later years by carriage, to nearly every town and village across England and at times into Ireland, Scotland, and Walesoffering Christ to sinners. During the many years when he was rejected by his colleagues and not permitted to preach in their churches, he would go to the center of town where often there stood a “market cross,” and from its steps he would preach to the crowds. He preached atop gravestones, including his own father’s, and on hilltops and anywhere else he could draw a crowd and be heard. He was beaten, harassed, and at times pummeled with eggs, rotten vegetables, and even rocks. He did this for decades. Why? Because he believed that God “desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
— Adam Hamilton in Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It
The whole purpose of a devotional life is to grow into what Christ wants us to be. This means to be so much into Him, and to have Him so much into us, that we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.– Tony Campolo in Following Jesus Without…
True honor comes as the result of being honorable… “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you,” is the first of the Ten Commandments with a promise. The children are challenged to honor parents unconditionally, but a close observation reveals that parents are expected to live by the other nine commandments. If they do, they are indeed worthy of such honor. The challenge for contemporary parents is that we will so live our lives that we will be worthy of our children’s honor and thus our children will find it easy to honor us.
— Gary Chapman in Five Signs of a Functional Family
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)The pardon that God offers is an equal opportunity offer. God makes this offer to spectacular sinners, boring sinners, nasty sinners, prope…