"It Is I"
Today’s Reading: John 6
Key Verse: John 6:20
But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
The Bible has much to say about “fear.” The most familiar words are from Psalm 23. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me. Psalm 27 begins, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?” The translator put a capital on the pronoun, “Whom.” He believed, I’m sure, that when we fear God (awe, respect and worship), we need not fear anyone or anything else. Jesus made it very clear that He is the same One who spoke from the burning bush, giving His Name as, “I Am” (Exo. 3:1-6). Over and over Jesus refers to Himself as “I Am.” In today’s reading, He says, “I am the bread” twice. He demonstrated this by providing bread for the multitudes. There is spiritual communion where spiritually, and not just physically, we make Christ Jesus the integral essence of our innermost being. We eat of Him. He is our very life. We also need to gather with other believers to participate in the Communion service. Paul teaches the right way in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord Jesus, in my prayer time earlier this morning I have eaten some bread and have partaken of the fruit of the vine, thinking all the time of Your words here in John 6. I am most conscious of Your Presence here with me. On the cross, You sacrificed Your body and shed Your blood for me so that I would, by partaking by faith of You, have everlasting life. I pray for a fresh daily experience of Your life, death, and resurrection. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
John 6:37 is the Word I believed for my salvation as a 16 year old. I had prayed many times at my mother’s knee, and I had gone forward to the altar to pray for salvation. But I did not have the assurance of eternal life in Jesus until one night in the Glebe Collegiate auditorium in Ottawa, I went forward at the invitation of Evangelist, Jack Wyrtzen. It wasn’t his preaching that brought assurance to my heart, it was the words of an elderly man who opened his Bible to John 6 and asked me to read verse 37 several times. Then he said, “You’ve come to Jesus, right?” I answered, “Yes.” He looked intently at me and said, “Then, what does Jesus do?” Suddenly, for the first time, I truly believed, “He does not cast me out.” At that moment Jesus received me and I was saved. The next day I quoted that verse over and over, and I have not doubted my salvation since. When I believe and confess the Word of God, the power of God is activated in my life.
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