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All my Beginnings

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and the End”
(Revelation 21:6)

Reflection:
Jesus was the beginning as we know it. He was there and He was involved in creation.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning”

(John 1:1-2)

Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made”
(John 1:3)

He was involved in our human beginning.

“The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
and the man became a living being”

(Genesis 2:7)

He was and is essential to our new beginning or re-birth.

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,
through the living and enduring word of God”
(1 Peter 1:23)

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,
and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well”

(1 John 5:1)

He was also a part of our conception in the mind and purpose of God long before the beginning

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ,
in accordance with his pleasure and will –
to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

(Ephesians 1:4-7)

He is also a part of all our other beginnings – when we fall and lie broken and defeated by life and sin and failure. He is there to cleanse and strengthen and heal us – and to help us get up and walk – again and again and again.

He is our all in all. Everything about us is caught up in the person and life of the man we call Jesus Christ – the glorious Saviour, the loving Redeemer, the Mighty Lord and Son of God.

Response:
Keep your focus on Him all the time. What He has begun in you He will complete

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I look for You, and You are here – I call out to You, and You are listening – I reach for Your hand and it holds me – I search for Your light and find it within. Bless You Lord Jesus for You are my life. Amen.

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Need for Truth

 “I am the way and the truth and the life”
(John 14:6)

Reflection:
Humankind continually searches for new and ultimate truths. The Psalmist recognised this need when he cried,

  • “Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth” (Psalm 86:11)

Jesus reveals to us that all truth is to be found in Him. He is the source, the revelation, the beginning and the end, and the fullest expression of all that is wonderfully and perfectly true.

As we turn to Jesus today His call to us is still to “Come to Me” and to “Follow Me”, for in doing so “you will see” the truth of who and what He is. It is a call both to listen to His words as well as to listen to what we see in His living and in His life. Our starting point is in the Gospels, as we watch and listen to what He does and what He teaches. With this, however, is the personal invitation to “Come…and..see.” It is as we turn to Him and walk with Him – in prayer, trust and obedience – that we begin to discover the thrilling and chilling reality that we are with God and He is with us…. and ‘it is very good.’ As the Psalmist put it so well,

  • “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”(Psalm 34:8)

As we spend time with Him He will also reveal to us the truth about ourselves, our situations, our own lives and the way forward – as much as we will let Him. He will use these to reveal to us deeper insights into God’s great love for us, for us in our situations and for us despite our situations.

This journeying with God is important because it is on the Way that we find more of His truth and reality and His love and care for us. He is not merely an academic exercise.

  • “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32)

Response:
Let the Truth of God meet the truth of you – and rejoice in humble amazement.

Prayer:

Lord I come. Please help me to keep very close to You so that I can listen and see and receive – all that You have for me right where and how I am today. Amen.

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Follow Me

“I am the way and the truth and the life”
(John 14:6)

 

Reflection:
Jesus is the Way. This says two things to us.

Firstly He is the direction and the road that we should travel. Only He knows the way to the Father and only He can take us there. There is no other way. We need Him.

Secondly He is the manner in which we should travel that road. He is the Way in which we should live upon the Way.

He calls us to Himself with the words “Follow Me” and then instructs us to “Stay with Me.” As we do so we learn from Him directly and from the way in which He lived His life.

  • There was a time for learning – and He spent many years learning and applying His faith and His trade, and observing and learning about people.
  • There was a time for prayer – and He would spend much time in individual prayer.
  • There was a time for laying the foundations of life – and he went into the desert to establish His and affirm His core values
  • There was a time for listening – so He could teach that He only said and did what the Father instructed.
  • There was a time for action – and He stepped out into ministry, teaching and caring for people.
  • There was a time for rest – and He would withdraw from the crowds to lonely places.
  • There was a time for discipleship – and He would teach and develop key followers.
  • There was a time for submission – and He would be quiet and allow God’s will to unfold.
  • There was a time to stay and a time to move on.
  • There was a time to leave.

He was never in a hurry. He was not dependent upon the opinions of others. He did not seek the crowds and was content with whoever was near. He possessed very little yet gave more than any other person. He had a vision and a purpose yet lived each day at a time. When His world exploded into rejection and pain He entrusted Himself to God. He trusted God at all times. He is remembered for His love, His peace and His integrity.

Wherever and however we are – He is the Way of the present and the future – today and tomorrow.

Whatever our problems and concerns He is the Way through them and onwards.

Response:
Look back and perceive His presence, guidance and activity in your life. Look forwards and ask Him into those areas where you need His help and direction.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus help me to learn from You. Please be my Guide and my Shepherd at all times and help me to trust You in all the circumstances, challenges and opportunities of this life. Amen.

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Amazing God

“I am the resurrection and the life”
(John 11:25-26)

 

Reflection:
As we look back over the last days we may realise that in Jesus Christ we have received

  • A God who has come to and for us
  • A God who has come to give us new life
  • A God on whom we can feed for guidance, forgiveness, support, strength and spiritual nourishment whenever we want to
  • A God who has become the true light and focus in our lives
  • A God who gives us free access into His presence at all times
  • A God who has overcome sin, death and the grave

This same Lord and God is at one and the same time our Resurrection and our guarantee of that Resurrection. He has overcome the power and grasp of death in His own Resurrection. As we become united to Him though grace and by faith His Resurrection becomes our own. So as Christians we have in a real sense already entered into our Resurrection and are secure already in the presence of God the Father.

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no-one can boast” (Ephesians 2:6-9)

Jesus links Resurrection and Life together because they cannot be separated. We cannot have the one without the other. And both of them find their reality and fulfilment in Him. Without His Resurrection there would be no new life for us. As we become united with Him in His death and resurrection our own new life dawns in a never-ending sunrise.

It can only mean that we are deeply loved.

Reflection:
Contemplate and absorb these great truths – gifts from a God of great and unending love

Prayer:

Holy Spirit please open my eyes, my heart and my spirit to the great truth of the love and provision of God. Help me to enter more deeply into it through grace and by faith. Amen.

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Connecting with Life


“I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live,

even though he dies”
(John 11:25)

 

Reflection:
I am the Resurrection and the Life – possibly the greatest statement that Jesus made about Himself.

He does not give a resurrection and new life to us as something separate from Himself – as with the gifts that we give to each other. Rather He invites and calls us into the Resurrection and Life that He has – that He is. As we surrender ourselves to Him and become united to Him He enters into us spiritually. We become a part of His Life – His eternal Life.

The illustration of the Vine is very relevant.  United to Him His life flows into and through us. Separated from Him we wither and die. Paul uses the illustration of a human body with Jesus as the Head and His followers as parts of the body – but it is His body. As long as we are under His authority we remain a part of His body.

Apart from Jesus there is no real life – only an existence. With Him there is a new and eternal life that commences now and is a part of His eternal Life and Lordship. So His great calls to people were “Come to Me;” Follow Me;” Abide with Me;” and “Open the door” to Me.

If we try to live our lives apart from Him we resemble a stagnant and evaporating pool of water in the rocks, occasionally refreshed by a passing shower or spray. After salvation it is as if the sea has flowed up and absorbed us into itself. We are there; we will even appear from time to time as a visible wave. However, in reality we are not a wave – with a separate identity – we are part of the mighty ocean. And as a wave always flows back into the sea so will we. In this case it is the Almighty and Eternal Christ, our Saviour and our Lord. And wherever that Ocean is, we are there also.

“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory”
(Colossians 3:3-4)

Response:
If I am a Christian then my heart and mind have to begin to accept and embrace the glorious truth and the spiritual reality. I am in Christ (Romans 8:1) and Christ is in me (Colossians 1:27)

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, please open my spirit to the Truth and help me to embrace it. I do believe, please help my unbelief, in Jesus name. Amen.

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Only One Way In

“Therefore Jesus said again,
“I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep….
whoever enters through me will be saved.”
(John 10:7-9)

Reflection:
There was only one way for the sheep to enter into the sheep-fold that Jesus was describing, and that was through the door, or gate. If they did not come in through the door, they were obliged to stay outside.

“The image, based on something that everyone could visualise and understand,  was quite clear. His point, however hard it might be for some to accept, was also obvious. There is no way into the Kingdom of Heaven except through Jesus. This is affirmed elsewhere in Scripture:

  • “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”  (John 14:6)

It was clarified also when He died, and the barrier in front of the Holy of Holies in the Temple was opened,

  • “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom”  (Matthew 27:50-51)

Jesus is the door through whom alone entrance into God’s presence becomes possible. There is only one way, and His death on the cross must prove that beyond any doubt. If there had been another then no God of love would have allowed His Son to be brutalised and dealt with in that fashion.

Jesus is the only entrance into the presence and Kingdom of God. For the Christian believer that entrance is not in doubt – it is assured and already operative. All others will face His Judgement and His decision will be binding for all eternity. He needs to be taken seriously.

Response:
Thank You Lord that I can be certain about my present and my future

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to You (again) as Saviour and Lord – acknowledging You as the only way to the Father, and thanking You that You have brought me to this moment in my life. As I accept You, as best I can, as my Saviour, please open wide the door for me and allow me to enter into the Life that You have prepared for me. In Your name I pray. Amen.

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Light drives out darkness

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he 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)

Reflection:
The earliest recorded words of God are those of His first creative act. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. The light would have blazed out through the darkness that was over ‘the surface of the deep’ in a glorious revelation of the power, splendour and majesty of God. Life was on the way.

Much later, when the darkness of sin and separation from God had covered the earth, the light of God came forth in a new way. This time it came in Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” (John 1:9) He came as the revelation of the glory, power and love of God. New life was on the way.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned”

(Isaiah 9:2)

And now this Light is the light that illuminates our spirits and our minds. It reveals  the great truth of God’s love displayed in the life of Jesus Christ as our Saviour and our Lord.

This light is a revelation of God. It reveals the darkness even as it dispels it. This light is the light of truth, compared to the darkness of error; it is the light of purity against the darkness of evil; it is the light of righteousness not the darkness of sin; it is the light of revelation not the darkness of ignorance; it is the light of wisdom not the darkness of foolishness; it is the light of love not the darkness of selfishness; it is the light of belonging not the darkness of loneliness; it is the light of hope not the darkness of despair; it is the light of life not the darkness of death.

Christ is the Light – ‘by baptism into Christ you pass from darkness into light.”
He is the Giver of Light – and the Light that leads, the Light that cleanses, the Light that heals and the Light that restores. And so powerful, cleansing and life-giving is the Light of Christ that, where it shines in its fullness, it is as if the darkness never was!

This Light is personal. He knocks at the door of our lives –  asking to be allowed into the lonely darkness. It will have to give way before Him as He brings us increasingly into new Life.

No matter how deep or dull your darkness may seem there is more than enough Light in Christ to dispel it.

Response:
Invite Him to come in now, more deeply and significantly than before – and to keep coming in until He fills every area of your life.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, please shine the Light of Your life and love more fully into my life. Help me to walk in Your light and trust in Your love. Amen. 

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