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Day Nine: He is the Messiah

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him,
“We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).
And he brought him to Jesus.

John 1:41

The title “Messiah” is a Hebrew word, translated into Greek as “Christ.” They both mean “Anointed One,” representing the on whom God especially appointed for His plan and purpose. Jesus is that Anointed One. He is the long-awaited Messiah. Once Andrew met Jesus, the first thing he did was to tell his brother. He couldn’t contain his excitement for he had discovered the one who was a life changer, the One and Only, the Anointed One of God.
Andrew brought his brother to Jesus because He was excited, thrilled and overcome with joy. His heart was prepared, and he eagerly awaited the Messiah to come. He couldn’t hide his enthusiasm. Interestingly the word enthusiasm means “God within.” We can’t help but be enthusiastic when we meet Christ and have God within our hearts. Who is the Messiah to you? Is he just a nice man or is he a life-changer. Embrace Him enthusiastically!

This is an excerpt from my book Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.
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Day 8
Lamb of God

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Look, the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29

In the Old Testament, a lamb without blemish was slain in payment for the sins of God’s people. In our passage today, John proclaims Jesus is the lamb who takes away the sin of the world. John was identifying what Jesus had come to this earth to do. Many of the Jews were looking for a Messiah who would deliver them from the Roman rule, but Jesus was the Messiah who came to lay down His life to deliver his followers from the penalty of sin.
Hundreds of years earlier the prophet Isaiah talked about the Messiah saying, “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” O Beautiful Lamb. Because of His sacrifice, we are healed from the scars of our sin. Thank you Father for sending the Lamb of God, your beloved Son on our behalf. We did not deserve your kindness, but because of our gratitude we live our lives in thanks to you.

This is an excerpt from my book Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.
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Day Seven

He is the Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
John 1:1

What did the apostle John mean when he said identified Jesus as the Word? That’s not necessarily a term we would use today to describe someone, so what was John getting at? The term “Word” was significant to both philosophers and theologians in John’s day. In the Hebrew scriptures the word was not only the means God used to create the world, but it is also the way He spoke through prophets and gave His law to His people. To the Hebrew teachers, the Word represented God. For the Greek philosophers, the word was the principle of reason which governed society.
When John identified Jesus as The Word, he was declaring Him as God, and as the governing authority. Word’s are powerful. They can set entire nations at odds. They can bring peace to a home or a business or they can create great hostility within a family or company. Words leave an indelible mark. How has The Word effected your life?

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Day Six

Suffering Servant

He (Jesus) said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests
and the teachers of the law,
and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
Luke 9:22

Jesus predicted His own suffering. He knew when He came to this earth, He was not coming to be a comfortable servant and enjoy a good time. He came, knowing He would suffer many things and be rejected by the religious leaders. He knew He must not only suffer, but die on our behalf. The wonderful thing is that He also knew He would rise again on the third day. As followers of Christ we too may face challenges, obstacles, persecution and yes even suffering just as our Lord did. Do not be surprised if you suffer for His sake, but rather remember that He too suffered on our behalf.
The apostle Paul said, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” We may experience some suffering in this life, but we will also experience His resurrection as well. One day we will be with Him in glory and suffer no more. Father we thank you for coming in the form of a suffering servant on our behalf. Thank you for being with us in our suffering. We rejoice in the promise of the resurrection.

This is an excerpt from my book Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.
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Day Five
Stairway between Heaven and Earth

Then he (Jesus) said, “I tell you the truth,
you will all see heaven open and the angels of God
going up and down on the Son of Man,
the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.
John 1:51

When Jesus met Nathaniel He complimented Him, “Here is a true Israelite in whom there is nothing false.” Jesus knew Nathaniel before He had actually met Him and more importantly He knew his heart. Recognizing that Nathaniel was well-acquainted with the Jewish scriptures He introduced Himself by referring to a story in Genesis. The Old Testament patriarch, Jacob, had a dream of a stairway that reached from earth to heaven. In the dream God promised that “all families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants.”
Now the stairway has come, the one who bridges the gap between heaven and earth. Jesus declares that He is the one who is the stairway. There is one stairway to heaven and it is Christ. Jesus used this unique way to describe Himself to Nathaniel most likely because He knew it would speak directly to Nathaniel’s precise Jewish background. Jesus knows who we are and knows exactly what speaks to our hearts and minds. Father thank you for knowing our hearts and drawing us to yourself. Thank you for the stairway of Jesus by which we come to Heaven.

This is an excerpt from my book Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.
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