“and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5-6
May God’s grace guide you through a fulfilling week in Jesus’ name.
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines a witness as one who has personal knowledge of something. Jesus Christ was a faithful witness who knew God and His destiny and lived it out in truth. In my last post, I asked a question, can we stand on what we know if push comes to shove? My take on it is below.
“So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” ‘Luke 2:48-49
Even as a boy, Jesus understood who His Father was. He realized who and what He was, and so He set out to learn and to do. Do we all know why we are here on earth? Even if you don’t have it written in black and white with your name on it, do you understand that you are a part of the body of Christ, set apart for good works? For Jesus, it was personal. God is His Father, and It was about doing the Father’s work in His life and death. This relationship cannot be explained by the pastor but must be established individually with God. It must be tangible, a fact we can hold onto. If you don’t have that yet, go to Daddy. He is waiting for you.
‘Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. ‘John 11:25
Jesus knew and lived the scriptures with the understanding that they were about Him. The more we relate with God, the more the way, the truth, and life are revealed to us. Jesus also left us the helper, the Holy Spirit, to guide us. The more we depend on Him, the more we live out scripture. I have noticed that Jesus did not open His mouth casually, nor did he behave carelessly. His words and movements were planned, with a heavy dependence on prayer. Jesus spoke and acted as led by God, not by sight or feelings. I believe that we can also make this our lifestyle, one of complete dependence on the Father. We should start with the minutest of decisions. Decisions like when to wake up, what to wear, what and when to eat etc. The more we yield the small choices and see Him respond, the easier it will be to submit the bigger ones to Him.
Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19
He knew He had come to die. Was it easy? No. The garden of Gethsemane testifies to that fact, but did He do it? Yes. Wouldn’t you agree that his life alone had been glorious? However, He died as well. We must understand that in the relationship with God, whatever we face, God has allowed. Jesus was the first-born from the dead, and we are also made alive in Christ by death. Dying daily that we may live for God, on earth, and afterward.
The reality of the kingdom is personal, and no one can make you live it. It must come out of the relationship. Complete dependence on the Father. A knowing that regardless of what we may go through, in Christ, we have conquered. So the faithful witness understands that his/her life is for God and learns daily to live and walk aright. We have the scriptures and led by God’s Holy Spirit, and we will have light daily for our paths.
Note: The physical and spiritual are different. We cannot live both the same way. We must die to one, to live the other effectively. I am not saying give up families, jobs and lifestyles, etc. I am saying that to live for God, is to live God’s way, through faith. If we ask, He will show us day by day.
Till next time, be transformed!!