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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

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

Five Loaves and Two Fishes – Gospel Reflection on John 6:11

Today’s Gospel And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. – John 6:11 Reflection It is recorded in John 6:11, “And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.” Many people are familiar with the miracle of five loaves and two fishes. From this miracle of Jesus we can see His unique authority and almightiness. It proves that the Lord Jesus is the incarnate God Himself. However, is Jesus performing this miracle merely to allow us to know His authority? Recently, I have read one passage on the Internet, “When the Lord Jesus saw these five thousand people, they were hungry and could only think of eating their fill, so it was in this context that the Lord Jesus satisfied their wishes. When He satisfied their wishes, what was in His heart? What was His attitude toward these people that only wanted to eat their fill? At this time, the Lord Jesus’ thoughts and His attitude had to do with God’s disposition and essence. Facing these five thousand people with empty stomachs who only wanted to eat a full meal, facing these people full of curiosity and hopes about Him, the Lord Jesus only thought of utilizing this miracle to bestow grace upon them. However, He did not get His hopes up that they would become His followers, for He knew that they just wanted to get in on the fun and to eat their fill, so He made the best of what He had there, and used five loaves of bread and two fish to feed five thousand people. He opened the eyes of these people who enjoyed entertainment, who wanted to see miracles, and they saw with their own eyes the things that God incarnate could complete. … Even though these people did not know who He was or understand Him, or have any particular impression of Him or gratitude toward Him even after they had eaten the loaves and fish, this wasn’t something that God took issue with—He gave these people a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the grace of God.” From this passage, we understand Jesus’ tolerance and compassion for mankind. These five thousand people were not truly following the Lord, but just wanted to have a good meal, or saw miracles to open their eyes. Although Jesus knew that these people wouldn’t follow Him with a true heart after the meal, He still treated them kindly and gave them food to eat. After they were filled, Jesus left without a word, but He said a lot of words and expressed His will to His disciples. So we can know that Jesus has principles in treating different people. And these gave us a caution: If we treat the Lord merely as spiritual sustenance, but don’t put the Lord’s words into practice, then such belief is no different from those people that only wanted to eat their fill. Therefore, only we give our hearts to God and practice His words in all things can we gain His approval.

Reflection on Luke 3-16

Love of God – Everlasting Life – Gospel Reflection on John 3:16

Today’s Gospel For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16 Reflection From this verse, I can appreciate God’s love for us and His will for the salvation of us. When I first believed in Jesus, the pastors and elders asked us to remember this verse, so that we could know Jesus’ love for us. And as long as we believed in Jesus, we could gain eternal life and enter the kingdom of heaven. However, when I read these words “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” in the Bible, I reflected upon myself: In my real life, I cannot follow Jesus’ requirements. For example, when getting along with my families, I cannot be tolerant and patient; if my neighbors harm me, even though I say nothing but I would hold a grudge; when working with my colleagues, I sometimes look down upon them. … I felt confused: I often commit sins, can Jesus bring me into the kingdom of heaven? Can I gain eternal life? I didn’t understand Jesus’ will until some brothers and sisters in the Lord shared something with me. They read me a passage: “At the time Jesus’ work was the redemption of all mankind. The sins of all who believed in Him were forgiven; as long as you believed in Him, He would redeem you; if you believed in Him, you were no longer a sinner, you were relieved of your sins. This is what it meant to be saved, and to be justified by faith. Yet in those who believed, there remained that which was rebellious and opposed God, and which still had to be slowly removed. Salvation did not mean man had been completely gained by Jesus, but that man was no longer of sin, that he had been forgiven his sins: Provided you believed, you would never more be of sin.” After reading the passage, I realized that at the Age of Grace, Jesus was nailed to the cross as the sin offering. Jesus took on the sins of man to redeem us from the law, so that we are no longer convicted and executed by the law, but have the chance to come before Him to pray, confess our sins and repent. Then our sins will be forgiven and we have Jesus’ care and protection. But we still frequently sin, and cannot practice Jesus’ words even in every tiny little thing that happens in life. This proves that we haven’t been completely saved. If we want to be saved and enter the kingdom of heaven to gain eternal life, we should get rid of the things in us that are not in line with Jesus’ will. Then how can we cast off our disobedience and resistance toward God? How to gain eternal life? 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” (John 16:12-13). I think when Jesus comes, He will express words to reveal all these mysteries and tell us what God will do. May we pray to seek the way of eternal life that will be bestowed upon us by Jesus when He comes again in the last days …”   » Further reading about Eternal Life: • I Finally Know What Is Eternal Life and How to Get It • What Is the Way of Eternal Life and How Can We Gain It? • What Is the Narrow Gate? How Can We Enter It and Gain Eternal Life in the Last Days?

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

Reflection on John 21:25

Gospel for Today – Reflection on John 21:25

Today’s Gospel And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. – John 21:25 Reflection God is the source of the truth. And His utterances is sufficient. God’s word says, “The way of life is not something that can be possessed by just anyone, nor is it easily obtainable by all. That is because life can only come from God, which is to say, only God Himself possesses the substance of life, there is no way of life without God Himself, and so only God is the source of life, and the ever-flowing wellspring of living water of life.” The Lord Jesus had worked for three and a half years, and He said countless words and gave many sermons. Compared with the Lord Jesus’ work and preaching in the three and a half years, the Lord’s words recorded in the Bible are only a drop in the ocean. This makes me remember the Lord’s word, “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” (John 16:12-13). So we can see that the Lord Jesus’ words recorded in the Bible are so limited, He has not finished speaking His words and will tell us when He comes again in the last days. Thus it’s impossible to find these words in the Bible. If we say that all of God’s word is in the Bible and there is no word of God outside the Bible, it is incompatible with the Lord’s words. Then how should we seek the new words of God? Recommended for you: • Is All of God’s Word Really in the Bible • How to Hear the Voice of God – 2 Key Principles • Heated Debate: Are There Any Words of God Outside the Bible? » You may be interested: Christian Movie “The Bible and God” Clip: Are All of God’s Work and Words in the Bible?

Reflection on John 21:16

Why Did the Lord Jesus Ask Peter Three Times – Reflection on John 21:16

Today’s Gospel He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you Me? He said to Him, Yes, Lord; You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My sheep. – John 21:16 Reflection Every time when I read these verses, I would mull: Why did the Lord Jesus ask Peter three times in a row, “Love you me?” What did He want to tell us through these questions? Later, I found the answer in a spiritual book and became somewhat clear about God’s will. It says in the book, “In this conversation, the Lord Jesus repeatedly asked Peter one thing: ‘Peter, love you me?’ This is a higher standard the Lord Jesus required from people like Peter after His resurrection, who truly believe in Christ and strive to love the Lord. This question was a sort of investigation, and a sort of interrogation, but even more, it was a requirement and an expectation of people like Peter. He used this method of questioning so that people would reflect on themselves and look into themselves: What are the Lord Jesus’ requirements for people? Do I love the Lord? Am I a person who loves God? How should I love God? Even though the Lord Jesus only asked this question of Peter, the truth is that in His heart, He wanted to use this opportunity of asking Peter to ask this type of question of more people who seek to love God. It is only that Peter was blessed to act as the representative of this type of person, to receive questioning from the Lord Jesus’ own mouth. … This was a thought-provoking, meaningful question that can’t help but make every follower of Christ feel remorse, and fear, but also feel the Lord Jesus’ anxious, sorrowful mood. And when they are in great pain and suffering, they are more able to understand the Lord Jesus Christ’s concern and His care; they realize His earnest teaching and strict requirements of pure, honest people. The Lord Jesus’ question allows people to feel that the Lord’s expectations of people revealed in these simple words are not merely to believe in and follow Him, but to achieve having love, loving your Lord, loving your God. This kind of love is caring and obeying. It is humans living for God, dying for God, dedicating everything to God, and expending and giving everything for God. This kind of love is also giving God comfort, allowing Him to enjoy witness, and allowing Him to be at rest. It is mankind’s repayment to God, their responsibility, obligation and duty, and it is a way that mankind must follow for their entire lives. These three questions were a requirement and an exhortation the Lord Jesus made of Peter and all people who would be made perfect. It was these three questions that led and motivated Peter to complete his path in life, and it was the questions at the Lord Jesus’ parting that led Peter to start on his path of being made perfect, that led him, because of his love for the Lord, to care for the Lord’s heart, to obey the Lord, to offer comfort to the Lord, and to offer up his whole life and his whole being because of this love.” After reading these words, I knew the word “Love you me?” that the Lord Jesus asked Peter three times is too meaningful. It contains God’s expectations of man: In God’s heart, He doesn’t only want to gain people who believe in and follow God but expects to get man’s love of Him and man’s heart that truly loves Him. In God’s eyes, it is the most precious that man has a God-loving heart. So, God asked Peter three times, “Love you me?” God’s will is that He hopes all those who truly follow Him can pursue to be a person like Peter and can achieve to love God. I couldn’t help considering: Do I have love for God? Many times I said I would seek to love God, but in reality I usually made deals with God for the sake of my own interests, and demanded God’s blessings for my small sacrifices, and so on. Compared to God’s requirements, I have a long way to go. But I’m willing to come before God to pray, read more of His words, seeking the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit and understanding the requirements and will of God, and practice according to His words in my life and work. Hope that one day I can satisfy Him and comfort His heart.   » Read more on our The Gospel of Jesus Christ page about Knowing Jesus Christ, or in the recommended articles below: • Why Did the Lord Jesus Approve of Peter’s Faith? • What Is the Significance of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus? • Gospel Reflection on the Lord Jesus’ Appearance to Thomas the Apostle

Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen and yet Believe, Reflection on John 20:29

Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen and yet Believe – Reflection on John 20:29

Today’s Gospel Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. – John 20:29 Reflection In the past, when I saw this verse, I only thought these were the Lord’s words to Thomas. But several days ago, I saw a passage on the Internet, which made me realize that Thomas represents a type of person and the words spoken by the Lord are also a caution and a warning for us. Share this passage with you: “Thomas represents a type of person who believes in God yet doubts God. They are of a suspicious nature, have sinister hearts, are treacherous, and do not believe in the things that God can complete. They do not believe in God’s omnipotence and His rule, and they don’t believe in God incarnate. However, the Lord Jesus’ resurrection was a slap in the face to them, and it also provided them with an opportunity to discover their own doubt, to recognize their own doubt, and to acknowledge their own treachery, thus truly believing in the existence and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. What happened with Thomas was a warning and a caution for later generations so that more people could warn themselves not to be doubting like Thomas, and if they were, they would sink into the darkness. If you follow God, but just like Thomas, you always want to touch the Lord’s rib and feel His nail marks to confirm, to verify, to speculate on whether or not God exists, God will forsake you. So, the Lord Jesus requires people to not be like Thomas, only believing what they can see with their own eyes, but to be a pure, honest person, to not harbor doubts toward God, but only believe in and follow Him. This type of person is blessed. This is a very small requirement the Lord Jesus has for people, and a warning for His followers.” After reading these words, I understand the reason why the people such as Thomas have failed. It is because that their hearts are too deceitful. They always assess the authenticity and reason of things with their own eyes, clinging to the view “seeing is believing,” and do not have the eagerness to seek the truth, this kind of people finally are ruined by their deceitfulness. Now we all yearn for the second coming of Jesus, but many people believe that the Jesus who does not ride upon a white cloud is a false Christ. No matter who testify that the Lord has returned, they do not believe and cling to their own conceptions and only believe when they see the Lord come openly on clouds with their own eyes. Don’t they have the same viewpoint as Thomas? If we hear someone preaches the Lord has come, we don’t put aside our imaginations and conceptions, or follow the masses, waiting and seeing, or hesitate to seek and investigate the true way, we are surely unable to see the Lord’s appearance, thus we’ll lose the opportunity to gain salvation and enter the kingdom of heaven. The Lord said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” These words are just the Lord’s reminders of us so that we won’t follow in the footsteps of those who had failed. » Read more on our Commentaries on Proverbs page, or click on the related articles below: • 3 Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus Christ We Should Know • Jesus Appeared to Thomas: What Is the Significance

John 20 19

Jesus’ Resurrection – Reflection on John 20:19

Today’s Gospel Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the middle, and said to them, Peace be to you. Reflection Whenever I read this verse, I cannot help but ponder: Though it happened thousand years ago, what was the significance of Jesus’ resurrection? Why did He appear to people after His resurrection? From a spiritual book, I have read one passage: “And when He walked out from the grave, and appeared to the people one by one, the majority of people who had seen Him with their own eyes or heard the news of His resurrection gradually shifted from denial to skepticism. By the time the Lord Jesus had Thomas put his hand into His side, by the time the Lord Jesus broke bread and ate it in front of the crowd after His resurrection, and after that ate broiled fish in front of them, only then did they truly accept the fact that the Lord Jesus is Christ in the flesh. … This brief reunion made the people who saw the Lord Jesus feel as if a lifetime had passed. Their lost, confused, afraid, anxious, yearning and numb hearts found comfort. They were no longer doubtful or disappointed because they felt that now there was hope and something to rely on. The Son of man standing in front of them would be behind them for eternity, He would be their strong tower, their refuge for all time.” God examines the innermost heart of man. Jesus knew that His disciples followed Him, but they didn’t believe that He was the incarnate God, much less the fact of His resurrection. Thomas was the classical example. After he touched Jesus’ wound in His rib and nail marks in His hands, Thomas’ doubt of God disappeared. Hence, Jesus’ appearance to people was to make those who followed Him truly believe that He is the incarnate God and is the Lord who created the heavens and earth and all things. Although He was nailed to the cross, He had the power of resurrection. From these, we can see God’s authority, strengthen our faith, and truly rely on Him on our path of following God.   » Read more in these articles: • 3 Aspects to Unravel Mystery of Incarnation of Jesus • What’s the Significance of the Lord Becoming Man’s Sin Offering? • 3 Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus Christ We Should Know

reflection on John 17:15

Gospel for Today – Reflection on John 17:15

Today’s Gospel I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil. – John 17:15 Reflection The above verse is the prayer of the Lord Jesus. Jesus did not ask the Heavenly Father to take the disciples out of the world, but asked Him to keep these disciples. God’s words is faithful. If we want to triumph over Satan’s temptations and attacks in real life, we should pray and rely on God, then we can obtain His care and protection. It’s also mentioned in the Lord’s Prayer that “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). Therefore, on our path of believing in God, it’s so important to obtain God’s care and protection. Share with you a passage of words, and hope you can find the way of practice from these words when being tempted and attacked by Satan. “After God created mankind and gave them spirits, He enjoined them that if they didn’t call out to God, then they would not be able to connect with His Spirit and thus the ‘satellite television’ from heaven would not be received on earth. When God is no longer in people’s spirits there is an empty seat left open for other things, and that’s how Satan seizes the opportunity to get in. When people contact God with their hearts, Satan immediately goes into a panic and rushes to escape. Through mankind’s cries God gives them what they need, but He does not ‘reside’ within them at first. He just constantly gives them aid because of their cries and people gain hardiness from that internal strength so that Satan dare not come here to ‘play’ at its will. This way, if people constantly connect with God’s Spirit, Satan dare not come to disrupt.”   » Read more on our Overcome Temptation page, or click on the related articles below: • The Power of Prayer • 3 Effective Ways to Overcome Satan’s Temptations • How She Resists Temptation When She Bumps Into Her First Boyfriend Again • How Do Christians Resist Temptation in the Workplace? She Did It This Way

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?

Peace I leave with you

God Bestows Joy and Peace Upon Us – 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

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