So... Who Are You, Lord? - PART II
Thursday, August 16 2018
If you haven't done so yet, I encourage you to read
SO... WHO ARE YOU, LORD? - PART I
JESUS said: I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
Jesus Himself IS resurrection and IS life. He need only speak the words, and what is dead is revived, and what is lifeless comes to life. He has the power to conquer physical death, and raise deceased bodies to new life. But He also conquers spiritual death, that is our separation from God in this life and the next, and offers eternal life to those who believe in Him.
Are there areas of your life that are dead? decaying? feeling like dry bones? Read these words and believe that the Spirit of Jesus can resurrect them and bring them to new life! “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
JESUS said: I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE
Many people walk through life like Alice in Wonderland: asking for the way to go, but not knowing and not caring where they want to get to, content with simply getting “somewhere” – and so they walk and they walk, but they never know when they’ve arrived, because they never had a clear end in mind.
As Jesus claimed, He Himself is both THE WAY and the place we need to get to. He is the target, He is the goal – but He is also the road there. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
As Jesus claimed, He Himself is THE TRUTH: not “a” truth or “one of many” truths – and not relative or subjective truth. But “the” TRUTH: the one and only essence of absolute rightness and correctness. His words and His ways are our end, and our means to that end.
As Jesus claimed, He Himself is THE LIFE: only He is abundant life here on earth, and eternal life in heaven.
Do you know Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life in your own walk here on earth?
JESUS said: I AM THE TRUE VINE
God the Father is the gardener – the vineyard-owner and the vineyard-keeper. He is the one who cleans and lifts up, prunes and cuts the grapevines – and he tends and harvests the grapes.
Jesus is the vine, “the trunk of the plant that grows out of the ground… The vine ends in a large gnarl from which the branches grow in either direction along the trellis.”
You and I are the branches of the vine, the focus of the vinedresser’s efforts because they produce the fruit.
The illustrious John Piper once prayed: “Lord, let me make a difference for You that is utterly disproportionate to who I am.” That is what bearing fruit in God’s vineyard is all about. Because, when all is said and done, I am just a simple, lifeless and powerless branch, which – if not intimately connected to Jesus the true life-giving vine – will never ever be able to produce a single grape. Bearing any fruit at all, let alone much fruit, and fruit that will last, will ever and only happen disproportionate to who I am – and completely proportionate to the amazing grace of Jesus’ fruit-producing life in me.
Check in again here in Reflections For Living on Saturday August 4 for SO... WHO ARE YOU, LORD? - PART III.
- Learning To Have Strong Faith
- Reflect In Your Heart
- What King Is This?
- Why Shepherds?
- He Has Visited His People
- In The Fullness of Time
- What Man Is This?
- What Child Is This?
- What Babe Is This?
- Why Mary?
- The Tradition of ADVENT
- Joy - Part III
- Joy - Part II
- Joy - Part I
- New Things
- God Sees You
- Choosing One of Two Pains
- So... Who Are You, Lord? - PART III
- So... Who Are You, Lord? - PART I
- Jesus Said: I AM - Part III