Saturday, February 16, 2013

He Who Comes From Above Is Above All

John 3:25-36

John told his disciples concerning the Lord Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease”. He rejoiced that the multitudes were now following the King whose way he had prepared.

John said of Jesus, “He who comes from above is above all.” Again he said, “He who comes from heaven is above all”.

The Lord Jesus is more than a prophet. He is the holy Son of God who came down from Heaven. He is above the Herald who told the people of His coming.

John had an earthly origin. He was frail and sinful, though God did speak through him. The Lord Jesus, by contrast, is perfect and sinless.

The message that we must proclaim is that Christ is above all.

Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is the brightness of His Father's glory; He is the express image of His Person.

Christ was in the beginning with God. And all things were made through Him.

He is above all because the Father loves Him and has given all things into His hand. He is above all because He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

The message of the love of God, who gave His beloved Son to die for sinners, is wonderful!

John testified about Jesus who came down from Heaven.

But most people rejected his testimony.

The vast majority today continue to reject Christ and they do so at their peril!

The chapter closes with a solemn warning about the wrath of God: He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

Only the Lord Jesus is able to save sinners. Those who refuse to trust in Him have the wrath of God hanging over them. They are condemned and have no hope!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Whatever He Says to You, Do it

John 2:1-12

Nathaniel was from Cana in Galilee.

On the third day after he met the Lord Jesus, there was a wedding in his home town, which was about eight miles north of Nazareth. It was at this wedding that Jesus performed his first miracle. Jesus’ first miracle was at Cana!

Through this first miracle the Lord Jesus manifested His glory.

His disciples believed in Him. They began to understand that the Lord Jesus was no mere man or prophet that they were following, but the almighty Son of God!

Mary told the Lord Jesus that they had run out of wine.

Jesus responded by saying, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with me? My hour has not yet come”.

The Lord Jesus was not showing any disrespect to Mary in the manner of His response. The way He used the word “woman” was in a tender and loving manner.

The Lord Jesus used the expression 'My hour has not yet come' in relation to His death on the cross and His victory over death. His resurrection was the greatest of all His miracles.

The Lord Jesus never lost sight of the fact that He had come to earth to suffer and to die on the cross in order to save sinners.

Mary pointed people to her Son and said to the servants at the wedding, “Whatever He says to you, do it”.

Those servants obeyed the Lord Jesus and drew from the waterpots as He had instructed and found that a wonderful miracle had taken place. Blessing comes through obedience to His Word!

Is God challenging us as we read the Bible or through a sermon we have recently heard? — “Whatever he says to you, do it.”

The glory of the Lord Jesus was revealed to His disciples and to the wedding guests through this miracle. (n) They needed to see that the Son of Mary was no mere man, but also the Son of God.