Monthly Archives: April 2018

FDD25 Jesus as He Is

There is a profound moment early in the book of Revelation that demonstrates that we have not truly come to understand Jesus even if we understand the good news, and hang onto Jesus as our savior. John the Apostle’s gospel is filled with some of the clearest teaching about the deity of Jesus.  John records his claims, his power, and repeatedly displays that Jesus is fully God.  Then we open the book of Revelation and this same apostle who knew and loved Jesus as his Messiah encounters Jesus.  First he hears him, then he sees him… and the sight makes him pass out.  John’s theology was excellent, but Jesus is more than theology.  He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is very God of Very God.  And he has called us to seek Himself. “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades”  (Revelation 1:17-18) He is greater than we know, and we should anticipate our first vision […]

FDD22 In the Spirit of The Lord

This entry is part 22 of 27 in the series Fifty Days of Desperation

We sing the song: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is…” peace, love, comfort, power.  But do we live that way? We must learn at each point in our lives, and specifically as we look to God for what is NEXT for His Church to share our personal and corporate dependence upon God’s Spirit working within us.  It is personal because our own dependence must be upon God and not ourselves.  But as we ourselves learn to live vigorously in obedience to, and in step with God’s Spirit, our life together will also be in step with His Spirit. As Jesus spoke about salvation he said, that the Spirit, not our flesh gives life.  This is true in other areas of our life as well,  We are dependent upon God’s Spirit for peace, love, comfort, and power. ““It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” (John 6:63, NASB95) On This Sunday as you prepare to worship the Lord in song, resolve to worship him in Spirit and in truth.  Hear his word intentionally.  Ensure that your own inner life is prepared and open to the presence of God who already dwells – […]

FDD21 The Theme of Scripture

This entry is part 21 of 27 in the series Fifty Days of Desperation

The entire theme of scripture is redemption. Creation. Fall. Redemption.  From the first hint of salvation in Genesis 3:15 to the final declaration in Revelation 22:20-21 the Bible is about God’s design to show his glory by saving sinful people.  There can be no doubt then, that as we seek God’s distinct plan for us, that his overarching plan is continuing to redeem us, and through us: others. “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:20–21, NASB95) Today, let our prayers find redemption as their goal. Lord, Show us now how you would use us in your plan to save souls.  Let your love for those around us fill our hearts and empower our lives to share with boldness your good news. Amen

Jesus as the Good Shepherd was a favorite symbol in the catacombs and on the sarcophagi of early Christians (cf. Psalms 23; Luke 15:4–6). This wall painting is from the third–century catacomb of St. Priscilla, Rome. Mark Allan Powell, ed., “Zurishaddai,” The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated) (New York: HarperCollins, 2011).