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Saturday, September 27 2014

John 19: Will You Finish Your Race?
Verse of the Day: (V30) “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

1. Fault (V1-18)
V6 “When the chief priests therefore and others saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.”

Though Jesus came to this earth to love and forgive, the chief priests hated him and wanted him dead. They went to Pilate, the Roman governor, and expected him to charge and crucify Jesus. Pilate left the decision to them, as he found no fault in Jesus. They then chose to crucify Jesus, and acknowledged Caesar, the Roman emperor as their King.

V15 “But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.”

2. Finished (V19-30)
V19 “And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

Though Pilate was not a Jew, yet by God’s grace, he wrote a title, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS, which truly described Jesus. Jesus was not only their King, but the King of kings and the Lord of lords, yet He was willing to die for the sins of the world. Therefore when Jesus said, It is finished, He had indeed sacrificed His life for the world, and finished the race that His Father, had commanded Him to run.

V30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
 
3. Fulfilled (V31-42)
V33 “But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:”

It was the duty of the Roman soldiers to break the legs of those whom they crucified to ensure that they were dead before taking their bodies from the cross and cast them away. However, when they went to Jesus, He was already dead. Hence the soldiers did not break Jesus’ bones, and thus fulfilled the prophecy that not a bone of Jesus was broken.

V36 “For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to finish my Christian race with joy and victory.

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Saturday, September 27 2014

John 20: Do You Know The Risen Saviour?
Verse of the Day: (V9) “For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.”

1. Sepulchre (V1-18)
V9 “For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.”

The first person whom Jesus met upon His resurrection from the sepulchre was Mary Magdalene. Mary had strong faith in Jesus because He had cast out seven demons from her body. Though Mary wept as she could not find Jesus’ body, yet when she saw Jesus, she remembered what He had taught her concerning His death, burial and resurrection.

V11 “But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,”

2. Sins (V19-25)
V22 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:”

After Jesus’ resurrection, He told His disciples that the Holy Ghost shall dwell in their hearts. The Holy Ghost shall dwell in the believers’ hearts and teach us to forgive others who have sinned against us, because Jesus has also forgiven our sins. However, Jesus will not forgive our sins, if we refuse to forgive others. Let us submit to the Holy Ghost who shall teach us God’s Word, and show us how to live a holy life before a holy God.
 
V23 “Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.”
 
3. Seen (V26-31)
V27 “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”

Jesus told doubting Thomas to feel a hole in His side so as to prove to him that He was Jesus, his Master, who had risen from the dead. The Roman soldiers had pierced Jesus’ side with a spear leaving a hole that finally convinced Thomas that He was Jesus. Jesus then told Thomas how blessed are those who believed in Him, even though they did not see or touch Him. Jesus was referring to you and me who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, even though we have not seen or touch Him. Indeed, let us love and serve our living Saviour, who died for our sins and on the third day He rose again conquering death.
 
V29 “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, I believe that Jesus is my living Saviour who died and rose again.

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Saturday, September 27 2014

John 21: Do You Have Everything?
Verse of the Day: (V3) “Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.”

1. Fishing (V1-14)
V3 “Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.”

The disciples went fishing to support themselves. However, they caught nothing as they had forsaken Jesus. Only when Jesus commanded them to cast their net, did they catch a multitude of fishes. Indeed, Jesus is our Everything, and without Him we have nothing.

V6 “And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.”

2. Feed (V15-17)
V15 “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.”

After Jesus’ resurrection, His command to Peter was to feed the people with His Word in order for them to strengthen their faith in God. Indeed we need God’s Word to strengthen our faith, and to grow in grace and in knowledge in the midst of trouble and temptation.
 
V17 “He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”
 
3. Follow (V18-25)
V18 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkest whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.”

Jesus commanded Peter to follow Him and preach His Word, even in the face of great opposition, suffering and death, because only He could give him life eternal in heaven.
 
V19 “This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I have everything as You are my Everything.

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Friday, September 19 2014

John 15: Are You Jesus’ Friend?
Verse of the Day: (V14) “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

1. Fruit (V1-13)
V5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Jesus declared to His disciples that He was the Vine, and they were His branches, and without Him, they could do nothing. Jesus is our Creator who gives us our very breath and heartbeat, and without Him, our life will be empty and miserable. Jesus desires us to trust in Him and obey His commandments so that we shall have abundant and joyful life with Him. Indeed, the evidence that we are Christ’s disciples or branches is when we produce the fruit of loving others including our enemies, because Christ, the Vine, is love.  

V8 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

2. Friends (V14-22)
V14 “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

Jesus revealed to His disciples that only those who truly believed and trusted in Him, and obeyed His commandments were His disciples. Jesus is not only the Son of God, He is also our Friend, whom we can share all our joy and sorrow, blessings and troubles, provided we trust and obey His commandments. Indeed, it is a great blessing and encouragement to know that Jesus is our true Friend who shall never fail nor forsake us.
 
V15 “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
 
3. Father (V23-27)
V23 “He that hateth me hateth my Father also.”

Jesus taught His disciples that those who hate Him, also hate His Father, because His Father, the Holy Spirit and Him are the same true and living God. Jesus promised His disciples that once He died on the cross and shed His blood for the sins of the world, His Father would then send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to indwell with everyone who believes and trusts in Him. Let us thank God for giving us the Comforter to indwell in us and teach us His Word, and Jesus, our Friend, whom we can share all our joy and sorrow.

V26 “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I am Your friend because I obey Your commandments.

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Friday, September 19 2014

John 16: Is Your Joy Full?
Verse of the Day: (V24) “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

1. Judged (V1-21)
V8 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”

Jesus revealed to His disciples that the world including the prince of the world, the devil, had already been judged for their sins and wickedness, and found guilty, and condemned to the fiery pits of hell. The only remedy was for Jesus, the Son of God, to leave His throne in heaven, to live among man, and subsequently to die on the cruel cross and shed His precious blood for the sins of the world. Whosoever therefore believes in Jesus shall never perish in fiery hell, but have everlasting life with Him in the pearly gates of heaven.

V11 “Of judgment, because the prince of this word is judged.”

2. Joy (V22-30)
V22 “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”

As the false religious leaders persecuted them, Jesus encouraged His disciples not to be sorrowful but to always rejoice in Him, because one day they shall be with Him in heaven forever. Indeed, when we believe and trust in Jesus, our joy shall be full, because He hears and answers our prayers, as we pray in His name, according to His will, and for His glory. Many times, we pray and receive nothing, because we pray according to our will, and we refuse to confess and repent our sins, and therefore we have no joy in life.

V24 “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
 
3. Jesus (V31-33)
V31 “Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?”

Jesus encouraged His disciples to be of good cheer because He had overcome the world and the devil, and He shall grant them His peace and protection as they went through tribulation and trouble. Let us believe and trust in Jesus as we go through life storms because Jesus has promised us that He shall always be with us, and grant us His perfect peace, and help us to overcome life storms in His time, and according to His perfect will.

V33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that my joy is full because I believe in Jesus, my Saviour.

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Thursday, September 18 2014

John 13: Will You Wash Another’s Feet?
Verse of the Day: (V14) “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

1. Father (V1-7)
V1 “Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.”

Jesus knew that He would be back to His Father’s home in heaven, and He began to wash His disciples’ feet. During Jesus’ time, only the slaves washed their  master’s feet. Hence when Jesus washed His disciples’ feet, they were shocked. Jesus desired His disciples to wash one another’s feet, and be humble and loving towards one another, so that the world could see that they were different from them, because they were Jesus’ disciples.
 
V5 “After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”

2. Feet (V8-35)
V8 “Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.”

When Peter refused to be washed, Jesus told him that He would not have any friendship with Peter. It was clear that that Jesus’ washing of His disciples’ feet was more than love and humility, it was also friendship with Him. Leaders who are loving, humble, and friendly towards their people will surely win the hearts and minds of their people. Jesus’ servant leadership is the best model of leadership for all who desires to be true leaders.
 
V14 “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
 
3. Follow (V36-38)
V36 “Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goes thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.”

Jesus told Peter that where He was about to go, which was His impending crucifixion, where Peter could never go with Him. However Peter insisted that he would not only follow Jesus, but even lay down his life for Jesus. Jesus then told Peter that the cock shall not crow until he would deny Jesus thrice. Indeed, subsequently Peter denied Jesus thrice.

V38 “Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to always be a loving, humble and friendly leader.

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Thursday, September 18 2014

John 12: Is Your Soul Troubled?
Verse of the Day: (V27) “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.”

1. Spikenard (V1-22)
V3 “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.”

When Mary anointed Jesus with an expensive ointment of spikenard or perfume, Jesus knew that she understood His impending death. The spikenard was used by the rich for the burial of their dead. Mary’s willingness to invest in the spikenard demonstrated her belief that Jesus was the Son of God. However the disciples were shocked, particularly Judas Iscariot who later betrayed Jesus, as they thought that it was a real waste of money.

V7 “Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.”
      
2. Soul (V23-36)
V27 “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.”

Jesus’ soul was troubled as He who was sinless was about to die for the sins of the whole world. However, Jesus humbly obeyed God, His Father’s will, and went to the cross to shed His precious blood for the sins of the whole world, and thereby glorified His Father.

V28 “Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
 
3. Save (V37-50)
V47 “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”

Jesus told the people that He came to this world not to judge them, but to save them. Though the people had sinned against God, yet God loves the world that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for their sins. Jesus’ first coming to this earth was as a Son of man to save the whole world. Whosoever therefore believes in Jesus shall not perish, but have everlasting life with Him in heaven. However, Jesus’ second coming to this earth shall be as the King of kings and the Lord of lords to judge the sins of the whole world.

V48 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, I commit my troubled soul to You, and fully trust You for everything.

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Tuesday, September 16 2014

John 11: Who Is The Resurrection?
Verse of the Day: (V25) “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall be live:”

1. Rise (V1-24)
V17 “Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.”

Before Jesus could heal Lazarus, Martha and Mary’s brother, Lazarus died. The sisters wept for their brother’s death, and they were thinking that if only Jesus was with Lazarus, he would not have died. However, when Jesus went to Lazarus after he was dead for four days, He miraculously raised him from the dead. Indeed, Jesus is truly the Son of God.

V23 “Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.”
      
2. Resurrection (V25-46)
V25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”

Jesus could raise Lazarus from the dead because Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. Jesus is truly the Son of God who gives life, and not just life on earth, but life everlasting in heaven if we believe and receive Him as our Saviour. Whosoever believes in Jesus, though he may die physically on earth, yet his soul will live forever with God in heaven.

V26 “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
 
3. Romans (V47-57)
V48 “If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.”

The religious leaders felt threatened by Jesus’ influence over the people of Israel, as Jesus performed many miracles. They were fearful that the Romans, who at that time had great influence over Israel, would remove them from power if they failed to stop Jesus’ influence over the people. The Romans and the religious leaders believed that Jesus would be the next King of Israel, and He would rally the people to undermine the Romans’ influence over Israel. Hence, the religious leaders plotted to kill Jesus for their own survival. However, this was the fulfilment of prophesy, as Jesus, the Son of God, was subsequently crucified, and He shed His blood for the sins of the world. Whosoever truly believes in Jesus shall never perish, but have everlasting life with Him in heaven.

V51 “And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You are the Resurrection, and I believe in You.

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Thursday, September 04 2014

John 10: Do You Know The Good Shepherd?
Verse of the Day: (V11) “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”

1. Shepherd (V1-21)
V10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Jesus declared that He was the good Shepherd who loved His sheep, and willingly gave His life for them. Indeed, Jesus left the throne of heaven to live among man, and subsequently died on the cruel cross and shed His precious blood for the sins of the whole world. Whosoever therefore believes in Jesus shall never perish, but shall have abundant life with Him now and ( forever in heaven. Jesus warned the people to watch out for the thief or the hireling or the devil, who would come and steal their joy and peace, and eventually would destroy and kill them, and condemn their souls to the fiery pits of hell.

V11 “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”
      
2. Sheep (V22-30)
V27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”

Jesus, the good Shepherd, assures His sheep that He will always be with them, and they will hear His voice and follow Him. Once we believe and receive Jesus as our personal Saviour and Lord, we will be God’s children forever, and no one, not even the devil, can take away our abundant life, and relationship with Him. Indeed, God knows His precious sheep, and only those who trust and obey Him, are truly His sheep and His children.

V29 “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
 
3. Stone (V31-42)
V31 “Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.”

Though Jesus time and again declared that He was the Son of God, many of the Jews stubbornly refused to believe Him, and instead they tried to stone Him to death for blasphemy. The Jews were blinded by the devil, and insisted that Jesus was just a man, and not God. In fact, they plotted to kill Jesus, however this was exactly God’s perfect plan of redemption for mankind. Indeed Jesus must be betrayed and crucified so that He could shed His precious blood for the sins of the whole world. Whosoever therefore believes in Jesus will never perish, but have everlasting life with Him in heaven one day.

V33 “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You for being my good Shepherd who gave Your life for me.

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Wednesday, September 03 2014

John 9: Who Sin?
Verse of the Day: (V3) “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

1. Sin (V1-12)
V1 “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.”

Jesus explained to His disciples that the man who was born blind was not because he had sinned against God, or that his parents had sinned, but that God had a purpose for him to be born blind. After Jesus had miraculously healed the blind man, he and his parents and those who witnessed the miracle began to glorify God. Let us therefore not go around judging others who are blind or handicap as though they have sinned against God, or their parents have sinned, but to know that God has a purpose for them to be blind or handicap. Even if Jesus did not physically heal them, He will heal their spiritual blindness, so that they will have everlasting life with Him if they believe that He is the Saviour of the world. 

V3 “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
      
2. Sabbath (V13-38)
V14 “And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.”

The Pharisees not only refused to believe that Jesus had healed the blind man, but they falsely accused Him of breaking the sabbath, which was a day of rest and no one should work. However, they failed to realise that Jesus was healing the blind man and giving him sight and salvation. Jesus is indeed the Physician, the God of sabbath and salvation.

V33 “If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.”
 
3. See (V39-41)
V39 “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”

Jesus rebuked the Pharisees who saw Jesus miraculously healing the blind man, yet they stubbornly refused to believe that Jesus was the Son of God. They were spiritually blinded with their sins and unbelief. Indeed, let us have the eyes of faith, and believe that Jesus is truly the Son of God who came to this world to live, suffer, and subsequently died on the cruel cross, and shed His blood for the sins of the world. Whosoever therefore believes in Jesus shall never perish, but have everlasting life with Him for all eternity.

V41 “Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You for saving a sinner who was once blind, but now I see.

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Monday, September 01 2014

John 8: Who Is Without Sin?
Verse of the Day: (V7) “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

1. Sin (V1-11)
V7 “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

The scribes and Pharisees wanted to trap Jesus as they brought a woman caught in adultery. They asked Jesus whether they should stone her to death as in the Law of Moses, or to have Jesus forgave her sins since He claimed to be God. Jesus told them to cast a stone at the woman if they had no sin. Jesus then wrote on the ground, and whatever He wrote, it must have convicted them of their own sins, as one by one, they left Jesus with the woman. Indeed, only Jesus can forgive our sins, as He died and shed His blood for our sins. Let us repent our sins, and believe and receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour.

V11 “She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
      
2. Son (V12-32)
V28 “Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”

Though Jesus told the Pharisees that He was the Son of God, and He did everything for His Father, they refused to believe Him. They failed to understand God’s prophecies that Jesus’ first coming to earth was to die for the sins of the whole world, and that only at His second coming shall He come as the King of kings to rule His kingdom on the new earth.

V29 “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”
 
3. Stones (V33-59)
V58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

Jesus proclaimed to the Pharisees that He was before Abraham, in other words, He was God, since Abraham died many years ago. They refused to believe that Jesus was God, and they took up stones to kill him. Jesus then went into hiding, and eventually left them.

V59 “Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You for forgiving my sins, and saving a sinner like me.

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Monday, September 01 2014

John 7: Are You Thirsty?
Verse of the Day: (V37) “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”

1. Time (V1-13)
V6 “Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.”

Jesus referred His time as the time of His death on the cross, while his brothers’ time was the time of attending the Jews’ feast of tabernacles which was a great feast of celebration thanking God for His great deliverance of the people of Israel out of Egypt. Jesus did not go with his brothers to the feast, because He was preparing Himself to be offered as the ultimate sacrifice on the cruel cross, and to shed His precious blood for the sins of the whole world. On the third day, Jesus would then be raised from the dead, and whosoever believes in Him shall never perish, but have everlasting life with Him for all eternity.

V8 “Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.”
      
2. Thirst (V14-39)
V37 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”

At the end of the feast, Jesus invited the people that whosoever would come to Him and drink of His living water shall never thirst and perish, but shall have everlasting life with Him. Jesus was prophesying His death, burial and resurrection, and indeed, whosoever would believe in Him shall have rivers of living water or the Holy Ghost in him forever.

V38 “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
 
3. Town (V40-53)
V41 “Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?”

The people of Israel failed to realise that it was the fulfilment of God’s words and prophecies that Jesus was indeed Jesus Christ, the seed of David, and from the town of Bethlehem, though He was often seen at Galilee. God’s words and prophecies are always true and accurate, however, it is man who often fails to understand and comprehend them.

V42 “Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You have quenched my thirst now and forever.

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