As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love. – John 15:9

God’s Boundless Love for Us – Gospel Reflection on John 15:9

Today’s Gospel As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love. – John 15:9 Reflection In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus came among man to do the work of redemption. During that time, He healed the sick and cast out demons, performed many signs and wonders, and gave man grace in abundance. In the end, He was nailed to the cross as a sin offering to redeem mankind from sin. So that we have the opportunity to come before God and enjoy His grace and blessings. This is God’s boundless love for us. Just as God says, “Jesus was the God who saved man. What He had and was was grace, love, compassion, forbearance, patience, humility, care, and tolerance, and so much of the work that He did was the redemption of man. As for His disposition, it was one of compassion and love, and because He was compassionate and loving, He had to be nailed to the cross for man, in order to show that God loved man as Himself, so much so that He offered up Himself in His entirety. Satan said, ‘Since You love man, You must then love him to the ultimate extreme: You must be nailed to the cross, to deliver man from the cross, from sin, and You shall offer up Yourself in exchange for all of mankind.’ Satan made the following wager: ‘Since You are a loving and compassionate God, You must love man to the ultimate extreme: You should then offer Yourself up to the cross.’ Jesus replied, ‘As long as it is for mankind, I am willing to lay down My all.’ And then He went up onto the cross without the slightest self-regard, and redeemed the whole of mankind.”   » Read more on our The Gospel of Jesus Christ page about Knowing Jesus Christ, or click on the related articles below: • What’s the Significance of the Lord Becoming Man’s Sin Offering? • Good Friday Message: God Is Almighty, but Why Did Jesus Redeem Us by Crucifixion? • Why Did the Resurrected Jesus Christ Appear to His Disciples Many Times?

Normal Relationship With God – Gospel Reflection on John 15:5

Normal Relationship With God – Gospel Reflection on John 15:5

Today’s Gospel I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing. – John 15:5 Reflection The Lord compared us to the branches and compared Himself to the vine. Our relationship with the Lord is like the relationship between the vine branches and the vine. Away from the vine, the branches will lose the supply of life and then wither and die. From this we can see that the Lord is the source of our life and that it is very important to maintain a proper relationship with God. Only by constantly living before God to have a normal relationship with God can we gain the supply of God’s life and bear the fruit of life. Conversely, if we often stray far from God, cling to the world, and live in the enjoyment of the flesh and material benefits, but seldom read God’s words or pray to Him, then we will have no proper relationship with Him, nor will we have the work of the Holy Spirit. Our life will wither. This is equivalent to the branches withering after being away from the vine. So, how can we establish a proper relationship with God? I read two passages from a spiritual book, “People believe in God, love God, and satisfy God by touching the Spirit of God with their heart, thereby obtaining His satisfaction; when engaging with God’s words with their heart, they are therefore moved by the Spirit of God. If you wish to achieve a proper spiritual life and establish a proper relationship with God, you must first give your heart to Him, and quiet your heart before Him. Only after you have poured your whole heart into God can you gradually develop a proper spiritual life. “If you want to have a proper relationship with God, your heart must turn to God…. When one does not give his heart to God, his spirit becomes obtuse, it becomes numb and unconscious. This kind of person will never understand God’s words and will never have a proper relationship with God; this kind of person will never change their disposition. … When you are able to give your heart to God, you will be able to perceive every subtle moving within your spirit, and you will know every enlightenment and illumination received from God. Hold onto this, and you will gradually enter into the path of being perfected by the Holy Spirit. The quieter your heart can be before God, the more sensitive and delicate your spirit will be, and the more your spirit will be able to perceive the moving of the Holy Spirit, and then your relationship with God will become more and more proper.” From these words we can see: If we want to establish a proper relationship with God, we must give our hearts to Him and often quiet our hearts before Him. Of our whole beings, it is our heart that God places great stock in. Just as the Bible says, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). God is a Spirit. Only with our hearts can we connect with His Spirit and establish a proper relationship with Him. If we want to give our hearts to God, first we should often come before God and have real prayer with God: speaking our hearts’ words to Him, truly entrusting our difficulties to God, and asking for His guidance and arrangements, instead of making prayers that are not sincere or prayers of a religious ritual. This is what it means to have a normal relationship with God.   » You may be interested in reading more on our The Parables of Jesus page, or in the articles below: • Why Did Jesus Use Parables When He Did His Work? • The Profound Meaning Behind the Parable of the Vineyard • Establishing a Proper Relationship With God Is Very Important

Peace I leave with you

God Bestows Joy and Peace Upon Us – Gospel Reflection on John 14:27

Today’s Gospel Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27 Reflection In the last supper, Jesus exhorted His disciples: He won’t abandon them and the Holy Spirit will be with them. With Jesus’ presence, they don’t need to be troubled or afraid. Jesus’ words matter to us Christians nowadays. Maybe your family is not wealthy; maybe you don’t have the power; or maybe you are a labor in a small fast food restaurant … However, when we have a heart of fearing God and live in front of Him, He will be with us. Even though we are not wealthy, God bestows His peace upon us that makes us live in joy. Just as God’s words say, “No matter what issues we encounter, we’re not afraid; we have something to lean on and we have motivation. We’re not like non-believers—they are helpless, they’re constantly running around, and they’re constantly afraid of what might happen. They don’t want to get into a car accident, they don’t want to provoke a lawsuit or a quarrel, they don’t want to offend their boss, colleagues, relatives, or people who are useful to them, they don’t want to run into any disasters…. They are wound up tightly in their hearts every day, fearing that these things might happen. They don’t have God in their hearts, so they seem pathetic, helpless, and with nothing to lean on. We’re different. We don’t need to fear those things; God is supreme, He is our Lord, we can lean on Him, He is our Rock. God has already told us the principles of what we should practice when we encounter an issue. We live our lives in the light, in peace.” We often pursue rich material and the enjoyments of the flesh, but these are not what God bestows upon us. After reading this passage of God’s words, we understand that what God bestows on us are not about the material needs, but more about sureness and peace. Maybe we have taken daily life for granted, and don’t regard the peace we have owned as God’s protection, but God still silently does everything for us. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you,” God’s promise to us will never be unfulfilled. Let’s offer a prayer of praise to God for His bestowing peace and joy upon us, so that we can keep away from worries and fear. Amen!   » You may be interested in reading more on our Testimonies page about God’s Protection, or in the articles below: • A Testimony of Faith: God Accompanied Me Through Those Dark Days • God’s Healing Power: After Her Husband Lost Consciousness • Understanding the grace of God: Accompanied by God’s Love, I Was No Longer Worried About My Children’s Illness

Gospel Reflection on John 14:23

Keep God’s Word and God Will Be With Us – Gospel Reflection on John 14:23

Today’s Gospel Jesus answered and said to him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our stayed with him. – John 14:23 Reflection Jesus Christ said those who love Him will keep His words, and that only those who follow God’s way can be brought by Him into His kingdom. Then what exactly is following God’s way? Many people think it means reading the scriptures and praying every day, or laboring and spreading Jesus Christ’s gospel. However, the Bible said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). Why did Jesus Christ say He never knew those who preached and worked wonders in His name? It can be seen that if we labor and preach in exchange for the blessings of the kingdom of heaven, it is not following God’s way. Then what is truly following God’s way? Until one day, I read a passage, “In every age, God bestows some words upon man when He works in the world, telling man of some truths. These truths serve as the way to be adhered to by man, the way that is to be walked in by man, the way that enables man to fear God and shun evil, and the way that people should put into practice and adhere to in their lives and over the course of their life journeys. It’s for these reasons that God bestows these words on man. These words that come from God should be adhered to by man, and to adhere to them is to receive life. If a person does not adhere to them, does not put them into practice, and does not live out God’s words in their lives, then this person is not putting truth into practice. And if they’re not putting truth into practice, then they’re not fearing God and shunning evil, nor can they satisfy God. If someone can’t satisfy God, then they cannot receive God’s praise; this kind of person has no outcome.” This passage made me understand that following God’s way is to practice God’s current words and requirements. This is the most basic principle. Those who follow God’s way can obey and follow, practice according to His current requirements, accept His trust and bear witness to Him regardless of what He says or does. Those people, the ones that no longer rebel against God or resist Him, are the ones that He praises. Take Abraham, for example, he was able to follow God’s words. He dutifully gave his beloved only child to God. God rewarded Abraham for his loyal servitude. He blessed one of Abraham’s other children, allowing him to eventually become a great nation. Another example is Job; He revered God and stayed away from evil things. During his trials, when his wealth and children were stripped away, he cursed himself instead of blaming God; he continued to bless the holy name of Jehovah. Therefore, he was a perfect man in God’s eyes. Peter is yet another example. When he realized that Jesus Christ’s word and work have authority and are the way of life, he gave up everything and followed Jesus Christ all his life, longing to pursue the truth. After accepting Jesus Christ’s trust, he shepherded the church, in strict accordance with God’s requirements. Eventually he was able to serve God until death and love Him above everything else. All of these people obeyed and revered God. People like this are the ones who truly follow God’s way. If you say that laboring for Jesus Christ means you are following God’s way, then why, after the Pharisees traveled to the ends of the earth to spread the gospel and work for Jesus Christ, were they eventually condemned and cursed by Jesus Christ? That’s because they believed in God but did not follow God’s way. When Jesus Christ came to do His works, not only did the Pharisees not accept it, they lead the entire Jewish faith in fanatically condemning and resisting Jesus Christ. They even bore false witness to Him in an attempt to hurt Jesus Christ. Everything they did was a betrayal of Jesus Christ’s path; they took Jesus Christ as their enemy. Although these people looked as if they were enduring much suffering and laboring hard for Jesus Christ, we cannot say they were following God’s way as long as they didn’t obey God’s current words and work. Therefore, if we want to follow God’s way, we should seek and accept God’s current words and work, accept His trust, practice His words. Only in this way can we have the opportunity to be commended by God and to be brought by Him into His kingdom.   » You may be interested in reading more: • Can People Be Saved Into the Heavenly Kingdom Through Baptism? • Does Working Hard Mean Following the Will of the Heavenly Father? » Recommended: Christian Movie “Stinging Memories” Clip: Do Good Behaviors Mean Obeying the Heavenly Father’s Will?

If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 14:14

Asking for Anything in Jesus Christ’s Name – Gospel Reflection on John 14:14

Today’s Gospel If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 14:14 Reflection God is faithful. He is the only true God who presides over and administers all things. There is nothing that God finds difficult to do. When we often pray to Him about our deficiencies with a true heart, as long as our prayers are in accordance with His will, He will surely listen to us and help us. This is God’s promise to us. Then how can we enter into true prayer? God says, “Whilst praying, your heart must be at peace before God, and it must be sincere. You are truly communing and praying with God; you must not deceive God using nice-sounding words. Prayer is centered around that which God wishes to complete today. Ask God to bring you greater enlightenment and illumination, and bring your actual state and troubles before God to pray, and make resolution before God. Prayer is not the following of procedure, but the seeking of God using your true heart. Ask that God protect your heart, making it able to often be at peace before God, making you able to know yourself, and despise yourself, and forsake yourself in the environment that God has set for you, thus allowing you to have a normal relationship with God and making you someone who truly loves God.” God’s words clearly show us it is most important to pray with a sincere heart, and speak the words within our hearts to Him. We must not speak nice-sounding words to please God without practice as we pray. That is deceiving God and such prayer cannot be approved by Him. So we should pray with an obedient heart as creatures according to God’s requirements, and pray for seeking to love and satisfy God. Only then will God listen to our prayers and perfect us according to our prayers.   » Read more testimony articles of how Christians saw the power of God by praying: • Receiving Healing From God, I Am Able to See the Light Again • That Night When My Everything Was in the Danger of Being Burned Out • Understanding the grace of God: Accompanied by God’s Love, I Was No Longer Worried About My Children’s Illness » Recommended: Christian Prayer Song – Call Out to God to Gain His Presence

John 14:11

The Father and Son Are One – Gospel Reflection on John 14:11

Today’s Gospel Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake. – John 14:11 Reflection The Lord Jesus witnessed that He is the incarnate God Himself in this verse. In the Bible, He said more than once “I am in the Father, and the Father in me,” and He also said, “I and my Father are one” (Jhn 10:30). Obviously, He is the incarnate Spirit of God, is the appearance of God Himself, and the unique God Himself. Christ’s external appearance seems ordinary and normal, but He is the embodiment of the Spirit of God. He expresses the truth, carries out the work of God Himself to redeem and save mankind. Human beings have never conceived that the supreme God is incarnated to be a man. The Lord Jesus also told us that if we wish to know the incarnate God, we should know Him from His deeds and His work. Just as God says, “The incarnate God is called Christ, and Christ is the flesh donned by the Spirit of God. This flesh is unlike any man that is of the flesh. This difference is because Christ is not of flesh and blood but is the incarnation of the Spirit. He has both a normal humanity and a complete divinity. His divinity is not possessed by any man. His normal humanity sustains all His normal activities in the flesh, while His divinity carries out the work of God Himself. Be it His humanity or divinity, both submit to the will of the heavenly Father. The substance of Christ is the Spirit, that is, the divinity. Therefore, His substance is that of God Himself….” “He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the substance of God, and He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He must do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon man, and show man the way. Flesh that does not contain the substance of God is surely not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. To investigate whether it is God’s incarnate flesh, man must determine this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, whether or not it is God’s incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, must be judged from His substance. And so, in determining whether it is the flesh of God incarnate, the key is to pay attention to His substance (His work, His words, His disposition, and many more), rather than external appearance. If man sees only His external appearance, and overlooks His substance, then that shows the ignorance and naivety of man.”   » Recommended for You: God is the Trinity, can such saying stand? The Lord Jesus said, “… he that has seen Me has seen the Father” (Jhn 14:9), “I am in the Father, and the Father in Me” (Jhn 14 :10 ), and “I and My Father are one” (Jhn 10:30 ). How should we understand these words? Please focus on this film clip. “Exploration of the ‘Trinity’” Clip: The Father and the Son Are One?

John 13 35

They’ll Know We Are Christian By Our Love – Gospel Reflection on John 13:35

Today’s Gospel By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.  – John 13:35 Reflection Jesus’ this sentence reveals to us that we can manifest God and glorify Him if we can love one another. We often say “love one another”, however, we do not live it out in real life. There was a time when I had contact with older brothers and sisters. One of them was an old brother, in his 60s or 70s, who newly bought a laptop intending to read God’s words online. When he asked me about how to create a file, how to set the font and what that button was for, I would teach him patiently. However, when he still could not remember something even though I had taught him many times, I was fed up with him. My tone of voice became harsh. As a result, the old brother dared not ask me anything else. I knew that I was wrong behaving that way, but I couldn’t overcome the sin within. When I saw the old brother some time later, I found he was able to use the laptop. It took him 2 hours to type a short passage before, but now he only needed less than half an hour. I felt happy for him, and meanwhile, I noticed that a young brother had been teaching him. When I saw it, I felt guilty in my heart and regretted that I had not continually helped him. Later, I read a passage of God’s words, “Regardless of whether you are a younger or an older brother or sister, you know the function you ought to perform. Those in their youth are not arrogant; those who are older are not passive and do not regress. And they are able to use each other’s strengths to make up for their weak points, and they are able to serve one another without any prejudice. A friendship bridge is built between younger and older brothers and sisters. Because of God’s love you are able to better understand one another. Younger brothers and sisters do not look down on older brothers and sisters, and the older brothers and sisters are not self-righteous. Is this not a harmonious partnership? If you all have this resolve, then the will of God will certainly be accomplished in your generation.” God’s words pierced my heart like a two-edged sword. I was brash and arrogant, had no love or true help for the old brother. Other people couldn’t see God’s glory in me. God hopes that we can use each other’s strengths to make up for our weak points, love one another, and live as a human being. Then I repented and confessed before God, and may God change me through His work. Not long after, the old brother had difficulty in using his laptop so he asked me for help. I realized that God had heard my prayer, so I taught him carefully. When he was still unable to learn it, I quieted myself before God and repeatedly taught him. Gradually he learned it. When I saw his smiling face, I felt very happy. Glory be to God! In the following days, I focused on doing things according to God’s words, and my relationships with brothers and sisters became more and more harmonious. In my experience, I tasted that only if we act according to God’s words can we manifest God and glorify Him. Thanks be to the Lord! » Read more in these articles:

Gospel Reflection on John 13:34

Loving One Another – Gospel Reflection on John 13:34

Today’s Gospel A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. -John 13:34 Reflection This is the Lord Jesus’ requirement of us. We should love one another, be tolerant and patient, and help each other. In the past, I thought that loving brothers and sisters is helping them as much as I possibly can when they have difficulties in life. Not until I read some of God’s words did I understand that mutual love is not shown through external formalities to our brothers and sisters but through help in our spiritual lives. God says, “These relationships aren’t established on the flesh, but on the foundation of God’s love. There are almost no interactions based on the flesh, but in the spirit there is fellowship as well as love, comfort, and provision for one another. This is all done on the foundation of a heart that satisfies God. These relationships aren’t maintained by relying on a human philosophy of life, but they are formed very naturally through the burden for God. They don’t require human effort—they are practiced through the principles of the word of God.” From God’s words I realize that true love for brothers and sisters is from heart and established on the foundation of God’s love, we love brothers and sisters because we love God. This love is not expressed in the material assistance we provide but in the assistance and support in our spiritual lives. When brothers and sisters have difficulties in life and are negative and weak in spirit, we can help and support them voluntarily to let them feel God’s love and understand God’s will, so that they can obtain spiritual nourishment to be strong and regain faith in God. In real life, sometimes we will push the Lord’s words to the back of our minds. We often fixate our eyes on others’ flaws and shortcomings, and always compare our strengths to other people’s weaknesses. It is okay for us to get along with others for a few days. But after a long time, when we see others’ shortcomings, we come to feel disgusted, thinking that they are hard to get along with. As a result, we can’t get along well with most people. Just as when some brothers and sisters have done some ignorant things because they are weak, we generate resentment or complaint toward them, and don’t help them with a loving heart. Sometimes if their words hurt us, we will have a grudge against them and be stewing instead of practicing tolerance and patience; and so on. These are expressions of having no normal humanity. If we get along with others in this way, gradually we will hold secrets in our hearts, remain friendly in appearance but estranged at heart. As a consequence, we will have no normal interpersonal relationships. If a brother sins against us, we get angry at once and cannot tolerate him. At the time we need to come in front of God and pray to Him, “Oh, God! The brother’s words have hurt me, and they are too difficult to bear. I feel so annoyed that I neither want to talk to him nor want to forgive him. But I know that this is not in keeping with Your will. Please help and guide me to live by Your word, so that I can put down my grudge against him and live in front of You.” After our prayer, we ponder: How should I treat him to be after God’s heart? God says, “Whether you have truly renounced the flesh, depends on whether you are prejudiced toward your brothers and sisters, and on whether, if you are, you can push such prejudices aside. … you will not loathe them, despise them, make fun of them, or give them the cold shoulder. If you are able to be of service to them, you will commune with them….” When we carefully examine why we always hold biases against others, we will find the reason is that we are too arrogant. We only allow others to speak or do something beneficial to us, but if what they do affect our interests, we will develop prejudices toward them and can’t exercise patience and tolerance. When we practice according to God’s word, take the initiative to open up our own corruption to them, and communicate our own experience and knowledge, they will also recognize the truth that they should practice and enter into. As such, we all live in front of God depending on His word, and also become tolerant and patient for brothers and sisters. Then gradually we can love each other and be in normal relationships.   » Read more in these articles: • How to Help and Support Brothers and Sisters in Christ: 3 Principles • How to Get On Well With New Partner • Three Principles for Serving God Harmoniously

Gospel Reflection on John 11:47-48

The Pharisees Discussed Framing the Lord Jesus – Gospel Reflection on John 11:47-48

Today’s Gospel Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles. If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. – John 11:47-48 Reflection At that time, the sermons the Lord Jesus preached and the miracles He performed shook up all of Judea, there were a lot of people spreading the Lord Jesus’ name and the facts of His work, and more and more people were following Him. The Pharisees knew clearly that the Lord Jesus’ work and words were full of authority and power; if He continued His work, then religious followers of Judaism would all reject them and follow Him; and finally the Judaism would be in paralysis and closed down. All these made them terrified and anxious. For the sake of protecting their own status and livelihood, they spared no effort in condemning, making up rumors, and framing the Lord Jesus. What’s worse, they even colluded with the Roman government to nail the Lord Jesus to the cross in the end. It is evident that the Pharisees’ belief in God was not for pursuing the truth, nor were their intentions of working and spending to do the will of God, and pursue loving and satisfying God. So they were unwilling to seek God’s work humbly even if they had seen the authority and power of the Lord Jesus’ work. The Lord Jesus prophesied that He will come again in the last days. So, who plays the role of the modern Pharisee? Watch the skit “A Warning From History – Church Skit” » Read more on our The Pharisees page, or click on the related articles below: • How Should Christians Prepare for the Day of the Lord? • Why the Pharisees Could Not Recognize the Lord Jesus Was the Messiah • Learn the Root of the Pharisees’ Resistance of the Lord Jesus in the Bible from 3 Aspects

Be a Clear-headed and Sharp-eyed Person – Gospel Reflection on John 9:39

Today’s Gospel And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. – John 9:39 Reflection The Bible recorded that on the Sabbath the Lord Jesus healed a man born blind. Though this man who was born blind couldn’t see with his physical eyes, his spiritual eyes were opened. From the miracles performed by the Lord Jesus on him, he recognized the Lord Jesus was not an ordinary person and that what He did came from God. Because he knew only God had such power and authority that could make the blind see light again, and because he had such knowledge, when the Lord Jesus asked him, “Do you believe on the Son of God?” He answered without hesitation, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped God. How about the Pharisees? They were not blind outwardly, but their spiritual eyes were blind when they faced with the Lord Jesus’ work. They saw clearly the Lord Jesus performed many signs and wonders, such as, letting the blind see and the lame walk, walking on the sea, feeding five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish, raising the dead, and so on. But they still didn’t find He was the Messiah who was to come. These Pharisees only judged the Lord’s identity from His appearance. They insisted that the Lord Jesus was an ordinary man who was the son of the poor carpenter Joseph. Therefore, when they personally saw the man born blind was healed, they didn’t see the being of the Lord Jesus’ divinity at all and they blindly condemned and denied that the Lord Jesus is of God. In the end, they joined hands with the Roman government to nail the Lord Jesus to the cross—provoked the disposition of God—and committed a heinous crime. Although they saw with their own eyes the miracles that the Lord Jesus performed, they were numb and slow in spirit. This is why they could not basically see that the power of the Lord Jesus was from God, and that the Lord Jesus was the Redeemer they had desperately yearned for so long. God’s words say: “Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not” (Isaiah 6:9). Now, most of the prophecies regarding the Lord’s return have been fulfilled. If we are as keen in spirit as the man born blind, from the miracles that the Lord Jesus had done on him, who recognized God’s identity, and that He is Christ, God Himself, then we won’t miss the chance to welcome the second coming of Jesus.   » Most people also watch Christian Movie Clip:  “What a Beautiful Voice” Clip: How Can We Be Sure the Lord Jesus Has Already Returned?

The Resurrection of Lazarus

God’s Word Can Resurrect a Dead Man – Gospel Reflection on John 11:43-44

Today’s Gospel And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said to them, Loose him, and let him go. -John 11:43-44 Reflection The resurrection of Lazarus made me see that the Lord Jesus is the incarnation of God, because only God seizes the key to Hades. Only God has the final say about when we were born and when we will die. Only God Himself can do this miracle. One day, I read a passage from a gospel book: “When the Lord Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead, He used one line: ‘Lazarus, come forth.’ He said nothing aside from this—what do these words represent? They represent that God can accomplish anything through speaking, including resurrecting a dead man. When God created all things, when He created the world, He did so with words. He used spoken commands, words with authority, and just like that all things were created. It was accomplished like that. This single line spoken by the Lord Jesus was just like the words spoken by God when He created the heavens and earth and all things; it equally held the authority of God, the ability of the Creator. All things were formed and stood fast because of words from God’s mouth, and just the same, Lazarus walked out from his tomb because of the words from the Lord Jesus’ mouth. This was the authority of God, demonstrated and realized in His incarnate flesh. This type of authority and ability belonged to the Creator, and to the Son of man in whom the Creator was realized. This is the understanding taught to mankind by God bringing Lazarus back from the dead.” From this passage I know that God’s words have authority. Although the outward appearance of the Lord Jesus is ordinary and normal, the words from His mouth are truth, with power and ability, and can control people’s life and death, and can dominate the survival of all things. This is also God’s uniqueness, and none of the created or non-created beings may possess it.   » You may be interested in reading more: • Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth • The Resurrection of Lazarus Proved 2 Aspects of God’s Essence

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Living Bread – Gospel Reflection on John 6:51

Today’s Gospel I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. – John 6:51 Reflection When it refers to the bread which came down from the heaven, we are sure to remember that God sent manna from heaven to feed the Israelites in the wilderness. However, this verse tells us that the Lord not only provide us with material needs, but also supply spiritual life. The Lord Jesus has expressed many words to supply us based on what we need when He did His work on earth. Thus “the living bread which came down from heaven” refers to the Lord’s words. God’s words are very important to us, because Jehovah God once said, “And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live” (Deuteronomy 8:3). We shall not live by the material manna alone, and what we need more is the provision of God’s words. Actually, God didn’t only express His words to supply us in the past, in the last days, He will continue to speak and bestow us more words. The Lord Jesus said, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (Jhn 16:12-13). It is also recorded in Revelation 2:17, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna….” Only the truth that God bestows upon us in the last days can open up the mysteries which we don’t understand in the Bible. What’s more, it will provide us with needs of spiritual life, so that we can truly experience the true meaning of “man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live.”   » Click here to watch more:  “Who Is He That Has Returned” Clip – Only God’s Word Can Give Man Life

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