I Believe in You
Today’s Reading: John 2-3
Key Verse: John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Jesus repeated the John 3:16 truth again in 3:18 and 3:36. We should watch when the Holy Spirit inspires the writers of Scripture to record these repeats. Jesus would not waste words, but would make sure He got His point across. In this case, eternal destinies are at stake. The words “believe in” make all the difference. We can believe about Jesus, or believe maybe, and go through all the motions of religion, but nothing will change. Believing “in” Jesus changes everything. This is what a bride does when she walks down the church aisle and says, “I will” and “I do.” She is giving her very life to her beloved. According to Jesus, in marriage, the two become one. We are one with Him. Jesus, as in the wedding in Cana, literally becomes the life of the party. Our celebration of our union with Him goes on forever. Attending church as often as possible and enjoying the company of others in Christ’s Bride is a natural expression of our union.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You gave Your life to me, and I’ve given my life to You. I believe in You. Please don’t let me take You for granted or bring any disgrace to You. You love me and have told me over and over that You do. I love You too with all my heart. I delight in Your presence. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I want to mention a live CBC TV interview where I was asked about money. In that same show, the host, who was a one-time ordained minister, said that Jesus only spoke of being “born again” once. I answered, “Charles, have you been reading your Bible faithfully lately?” Jesus said it twice for emphasis. The Apostles taught this in several places (2 Cor. 5:17). Saint Paul taught that in Christ we are new creations. Old things have passed away and all things have become new. What an amazing opportunity to boast in the Person and work of Jesus. In 1983, our daughter, Ellen, married a young man named Nizar, whose hometown is Cana of Galilee. His culture says that the groom’s family sponsors the wedding. Nizar arrived at the church dressed in white riding a decorated white horse with hundreds of men dancing around him. The bride, on the other hand, simply slipped out from the background to stand before the pastor for the ceremony. Experiencing a Middle-Eastern wedding helped me to understand the coming of Christ for His Bride in a new way (Rev. 19:11 & 21:9).
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