Bible Reading Day 130

With us being in Advent and approaching the Christmas season, I think about this scene on a regular basis. And for some reason when reading 1 John, I can’t help but thinking about it as well. In chapter two the word “know” is used fifteen times (in the NIV). Many of them are about how we “know Him” (vs 3, 4, 13, 14). Verse 4 even says, “I know Him” and all I can here is Buddy shouting, “I know him! I know him!” and all I want to shout is “I know Him! I know Him!”

Bible Reading Day 129

Jesus’ first encounter with Peter was in a fishing boat. His last main encounter with him was also at a fishing boat. In some ways, it seems that Peter is giving up on Jesus, going back to what he knows and what secured him a future. However, as John tells us, Jesus had already appeared to Peter and the disciples two other times and had previously told them He was going to send them out. So if Jesus has already hinted at or flat out told them what their future is, why would they go back to their previous life?

Bible Reading Day 128

With us being in the second week of Advent, this is where we are. We are coming upon the arrival of that however many pound and ounces newborn infant Jesus, who didn’t know any words, who was an infant, so cuddly. But we are also on this side of the cross, as our reading of John 19-20 show us. We are constantly living in the reality that Jesus had been a teenager, had been a grown up, and most likely had a beard.

Bible Reading Day 127

One of our jobs as followers of Jesus is to pray. We are to pray for God’s “kingdom come,” His “will be done,” our “daily bread,” our debts forgiven, and to not be led into temptation (Matthew 6:9-13). This is the active part of prayer. We are also supposed to be passive in prayer, which is listening and responding. But in order for Jesus to return, He had to leave.

Bible Reading Day 126

The role of the Old Testament prophet was not one to be desired. While they had a close relationship with God, they had to speak on His behalf, and the messages were usually not welcomed. If the phrase “don’t shoot the messenger” was ever needed, it was in respect to the prophets. Not all prophets were killed by the rulers and elders, but none of them were treated with lives of luxury.
But in order for Jesus to return, He had to leave.

Bible Reading Day 124

Jesus is the beginning and the firstborn of the dead (Colossians 1:18). This tells us that Jesus is the first one to have resurrected from the dead – something we who have life in Jesus are promised, resurrection from the dead. But what about all of those who were raised from the dead by Jesus, by Old Testament prophets, and New Testament apostles? What is the difference between Jesus being raised from the dead and the other people being raised from the dead?

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