Saturday, September 26, 2020

The words of witnesses

 

The death of Jesus Christ as from witnesses.

So often the historical details of His death are emphasized without considering the spiritual detail. Just now I would like to hear from those who were witnesses.

Peter:

“Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous that He might bring us to God” 1 Peter 3:18

John:

“In this the love of God has been made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

1 John 4:9

Crucified thief:

 “ This man has done nothing wrong” Luke 23:41

Centurion soldier:

“Truly this was the Son of God”  Matthew 27:54

Other voices from that time.

Paul

“ Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, He was buried , He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3

Hebrews

“ so Christ having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time , not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him”  Hebrews 9:28

In the Old Testament the prophets foretold:

Isaiah

He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5

Daniel

“The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself” Daniel 9:26

 

Many more explanations of the death of Jesus Christ are given in the Old and New Testament. Search and be rewarded.


johnmckee@internode.on.net


Monday, September 7, 2020

The death of Jesus Christ the Lord

 

The Messiah‘s death as mentioned in the Gospel written by John

John wrote to convince people that Jesus was the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God. So it is interesting that he includes so many references to the death of Jesus. His death is not avoided as some unfortunate martyrdom, but repeatedly presented with a distinct purpose and fulfillment.

Chapter 1   - Jesus is announced by John the Baptiser as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Lambs were daily associated with sacrifices for sin.

Chapter 2   -  The Lord Himself refers to His body being a temple that would be pulled down.

Chapter 3   -  In His discussion with Nicodemus, the Lord Jesus speaks of the symbol which Moses put up on a pole. This Jesus said, was the sign that He Himself would be lifted up to die.

Chapter 6   -  The Lord from heaven tells the people that He was going to “give His flesh for the life of the world”.

Chapter 8   - The expression lifted up is used again. “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He”

Chapter 10   - The reference to His death is very clear and is explained.

       1st – the Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep

       2nd  - He states that his impending death would happen according to divine command. A distinct purpose was in view and beyond that, He states that He would live again after rising from the dead.

Chapter 11   -  The leaders plot His death

Chapter 12   -  The Lord Jesus refers on this occasion to His burial. More than just death, He verifies that He would lie in a grave. It seems like none of His followers except Mary, understood what He was saying at that time.

Then He spoke to the two Greeks who came to question Him. Instead of promoting some philosophical purpose, He told them the He must be “lifted up”. By this means He would gather many people to Himself. This explains why His mission of 33years seemed like a failure, yet after His resurrection multitudes chose to believe in Him.

 

From the beginning of the Bible to the end, the death of the Lord Jesus Christ is most significant. I encourage you to read through John’s writings, noting his explanations about this. (include 1 John)

Sunday, August 23, 2020

The words of the Lord Jesus Christ - so important

 

“My words”  from the teaching of Jesus Christ.

John 8:31   -   “If you abide in My word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 

John 8:47   -    Whoever is of God hears God’s words. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

 

John 12:48   -   “ the one who rejects Me and does not receive the words has a judge: the words that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”

 

John 14:23  -  “If anyone loves Me, he will keep my  word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home with him.”

 

John 17:14     -    I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world.”

John 20:29   -  “ blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

The apostle Paul emphasized the importance of HIS words:

Philippians 3:16   “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

 

The apostle Peter likewise 

1 Peter 2:2   “As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”


Being a Christian without reading the words of the Lord Jesus is like sailing a ship without a compass.


John McKee

Saturday, August 15, 2020

The tough question - who is this?

 

John chapter 6

The significant verse in this chapter is verse 29 – “This is the work of God , that you believe in Him (Jesus)whom He (God) has sent.”

Doing things for God is much easier and appealing than believing in Jesus the Lord from heaven. Someone recently said to me ‘Just tell me what to do, to be Christian’

I observe in Toowoomba many people doing church. Others are busy doing good things. Others are busy helping the poor. But how many spend time alone with God (just like Jesus did) in worship and meditation, discovering who Jesus really is and adoring, honouring Him.

Many people sing self-orientated songs. Some pray for what they want. Bible studies usually teach how a Christian should live. The Lord Jesus had a different perspective. He said “ Work for the bread which brings eternal life which the Son of Man (Jesus) will give.”

The Apostle Paul understood this  - “that I might know Him” ( Philippians 3)

The response of John was – “ we love Him because He first loved us” ( 1 John )

 

In John chapter 6 the teaching of Jesus is linked to the bread which came down to the Israelites via Moses. Jesus then insisted that He was the true bread which came down from heaven. The Jews did not like the claim that He had existed in heaven before He was born of Mary. To be a true Christian, this is what we must believe.

In John chapter 7, His teaching includes a new claim – that he was soon going to return to heaven. This mystified his hearers, but He repeated it several times. Even one of His followers was perplexed so asked – “ we know not where you are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus explained that He was going up to the Fathers house (heaven) and said

“I am the way, the truth and the life, no one come to the Father except by Me”  (John 14,6)

We do well to take time to ponder -  where did Jesus come from, and where is Jesus now?

Believing the Bible about this  is so important and also liberating – to be truly free.


Take time to be alone with God today! and write down (Journal) what you learn from Him!


johnmckee@internode.on.net

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Judgement day

Bible  - John Chapter 5

God is holy and in keeping with His character He must and will judge all people.

Under the law given to Moses (10 commandments etc), the judgement was to be carried out by the leaders in the nation. – the king, the elders, the judges.  However this system failed because the leading ones were not qualified. This is the situation recorded in John chapter 8 when Jesus said to the accusers “ He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone” – so they all left.

In John chapter 5, Jesus makes some happy, yet astounding statements.

1         God will judge the world in righteousness. (fair)

2         God will judge the world by Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ will be the judge on judgement day because he has experienced being a human as well as being the Son.

3         All the dead will be raised by the command of Christ.

4         Some will be raised to eternal life. The others will be raised to eternal damnation.

5         A wonderful promise is given by the Lord in verse 24:  Everyone who hears (accepts) the words of Jesus, and believes in God the Father who sent Him, will not be judged, but has passed from death (present condition) into life (born into the family of God).

Please take the time to read this section through. In particular read carefully John chapter 5 verse 24.

 

What a wonderful experience it is to be forgiven by God through the death of the Lord Jesus and no longer live in the fear of the Judgement day.


johnmckee@internode.on.net

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

An unusual conversation


John 4

    This narrative is so different. The Lord Jesus is weary with the journey through Samaria. A woman arrives at the well for water and Jesus breaks tradition and speaks to her. He goes further and asks her for a drink of water. After some cultural and religious discussion, He directs her to her greatest need – the need to confess to a guilty life, sins of the past and present and the need to seek forgiveness. She is astounded that the Lord Jesus knew all about her. He then claimed to be the Messiah, the Saviour of the world.

       The idea that she might be talking to the Messiah Himself was so powerful, she stopped bothering about collecting water and went to tell the people of the village – “Come see a man that told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”

         Sure enough, these Samaritans listened to Jesus for themselves and were convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, the Saviour of the world.


If He is the Messiah, it means He is the special prophet foretold by Moses, He is the Son representing God, He is the King eternal, He is the servant who died for the sins of others, He is the Lord of all.

The Samaritans received Him, and so do I.
Do you ? then tell HIM!

Please read through John chapter three and four . Maybe God is speaking to you. Don’t miss the opportunity to respond.


johnmckee@internode.on.net



Friday, July 24, 2020

Jesus the suffering Messiah


An interview with the Lord Jesus

     Most successful men seek to have power over others. Often done by force, sometimes by political intrigue . Jesus was different. When they wanted to make Him a king, he walked away. (John 6)

     John chapter 3 is very helpful to understand the mission of the Lord Jesus. It records an interview with a very religious man. Nicodemus was a teacher of Moses’s law.  Nicodemus acknowledged Jesus as a man sent by God and Jesus replied – “ Unless a person is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” To the puzzled teacher , Jesus explained- 'we are born in the flesh  (with all its sinful tendencies), and we need to be born of the spirit ( with its heavenly connection)'.  Nicodemus was astounded to know that all his religious works were not valid if he wanted to be accepted by God.

      Jesus then revealed the true way. He said that no one can go up into heaven except himself, the son of man, who had come down from heaven. He claimed to be able to speak about things in heaven because he came from there.

       In the conversation, Jesus said that for people to be born again of the spirit, something else must happen. Just as Moses had put a brass snake up on a pole many years before, so Jesus, the son of man, must be lifted up on a cross. Then Jesus made a promise, ‘all who believe in Him would have eternal life’. 
       The record later describes Nicodemus seeing Jesus lifted up on the cross, and he believed in Him, not so much as a king, but as the Saviour who died to take our sins away and gives eternal life .(John 19)


      To understand that the Lord Jesus Christ died for us, makes all the difference. By His death we receive forgiveness, born again by the Holy Spirit to live in love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control. That is so different to living in the flesh, the natural way. (Galatians 5)

      Even better it is to know that Jesus lives.

Today, look at the death of Jesus in this way and be blest.

johnmckee@internode.on.net