Sunday, January 14, 2024
by David Brenneman
“Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel, nor cry out; Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A battered reed He will not break off, And a smoldering wick He will not put out, Until He leads justice to victory. And in His name the Gentiles will hope.” Matthew 12:18-21.
"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2.
Indeed it is true that in the name of Jesus is whom people have placed their hope for centuries. Indeed again He has become our salvation.
What do you think of when you consider your days on this Earth? Do you relate your going out and coming in with regards to the great things that He has done for you and with you?
Jesus made a promise to you and I that He would never leave us or forsake us. The proof is there if you but look. Take a good look at all the Kings of Israel, with whom many Jesus put up with regardless of their evil intent. Jesus would not forsake His word to King David to keep someone on the Throne. I can imagine that with each successive King, Satan was wanting to turn the screws a little tighter in asking permission to do more evil through these men to see if he could get Jesus to end that commitment to King David. Echoes of the interaction in Heaven concerning Job.
Jesus always keeps His word even when we have a great many difficulties understanding the past, the present and the future.
We don't understand adversity. We honestly don't understand blessings either for that matter. We get blessings and don't realize what the intent was from God, only what it did for our momentary situation. We don't understand why our travels in this world take us through that valley of the shadow of death. We equally don't understand fully what the mountains are for either. We can't wrap our minds around the fullness of Jesus in our lives.
Indeed there's much to look into with regards to this relationship with Jesus. Much more than we've tried looking for.
Much more than meets the eye.
"but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”"
1 Corinthians 2:9.
Is it sinking in yet? Has the thought crossed your mind as it did for Moses?
"The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.”" Exodus 3:2-3.
How curious are you about this righteousness life that God desires for you?
Indeed all of this is because it's in the name of Jesus Christ that all of those not Jewish in decent are born. There are indeed Jews who come to Christ for salvation as well. No matter what Satan attempts, they too are subject to another promise of God...they remain His chosen people.
Take time to think about your relationship with Jesus. Is it personal? Is it more than casual? It must be more than casual if it's going to develop into something significant and rewarding.
Indeed Jesus went through the most horrific time imaginable in all of history...to save the likes of you and I. Indeed, again, if it weren't for what Jesus did, most people in human history wouldn't be able to approach Him.
Jesus loves you and I in ways that only time is going to reveal.
Set aside more time with Jesus to find out more. Get real in your relationship with Him. For the love of God is why we remain...to learn, to grow, to tell and show others where to find this love that surpasses all comprehension and understanding.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus...look full in His wonderful face...and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace...
All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.