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You Think That in Them You Have Eternal Life

September 25, 2018

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You Think That in Them You Have Eternal Life

Love seeks  to save and rescue.     God’s love  for us  seeks  to save and rescue — but,  not everybody cares  about being saved  or rescued.     For the time being,  they are happy enough  just getting along  from day to day.     It’s kinda nice not thinking  about the possibility  of hell.     There doesn’t seem  to be any sort of earth shaking thing going on,  so one doesn’t want  to rock the boat.

Jesus’ love for all of us wants  to wake us up  to realize  the imminent danger  we are in.     Maybe we prefer not thinking  about the danger — as if  ignoring it  will make it go away — but,  Jesus lets us know about it anyway.

As Jesus preached,  He encountered religious leaders  who felt they were surely going to heaven  just because they were Jews  and read the scriptures.     They felt  they were obedient enough  and did not need anyone telling them  about God.     They were proud  to be called the “chosen people of God”  and felt their heritage  was their surety  of salvation.     They “felt”  that Jesus was in no way  the promised Savior,  because He revealed  too many of their sins — and that was not  “nice”  in their estimation,  because they were basically nice people.

But,  Jesus knew the danger  they were in.     They knew “about”  God,  but they did not really “know”  God.     They knew all  “about”  the scriptures,  but they didn’t take any of it  to heart.     So,  to “rock their boat”,  Jesus tells them  in John 5:39,

You search the Scriptures,  because you think  that in them  you have eternal life;  and it is these  that bear witness of Me;  and you are unwilling  to come to Me,  that you may have life.

Many prophecies throughout the Old Testament  described the Savior — where He would be born — where He would grow up — what His preaching would be like.     Jesus was fulfilling all those prophecies.     The Savior would preach repentance — Jesus preached repentance.     The Savior would heal  and perform miraculous signs — Jesus did just that.      The Savior would be compassionate — Jesus was compassionate.

These religious leaders could search the scriptures,  but they could not recognize the Savior,  because they didn’t want  to be considered a sinner.     Jesus’ preaching could get  irritating.

How about us?     Do we know all  “about”  Jesus,  but refuse  to acknowledge our sins  and repent of them.     We can tote our Bibles  where ever we go.     That makes no difference  to God.     We can proudly claim  to be a Christian.     But,  if we don’t honestly confess  and repent  of our sins,  accepting Jesus as our Savior,  who has paid  for our sins  on the cross — all our Christian airs are  for nothing.

Jesus wants us  to know that.

The love of God warns us  that only Jesus  can save us  from our sins.     If we’re too proud  to humbly confess our sins  and repent,  we are in danger  of eternal judgment.

The love of God  hurts sometimes — and it can be embarrassing.     It gets so personal.     But,  love is a personal thing.     “God is love.”   (1 John 4:16)

We want  to be loved.     This is it.     This is the real thing.     It can’t get any better.     We need  to let our Savior  love us,  save us,  rescue us.     It will be so good  when we do.

As we enjoy God’s love  and salvation,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love is so faithful beyond description.     Thank You  for being so true  to me  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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