Tell The Gospel, Show Christ To Others

A week later His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:26-29

Jesus Christ comes in bodily form right through the shut doors. And as I sit here at my Father’s desk, I consider ‘the doors were shut.’ I know that the front door and the back door of my house are shut and locked securely. Shut doors help me not to worry, nor concern myself, so I can fully concentrate on writing this commentary on John for you. Now should Jesus Christ in bodily form come into the house to me through the shut door, speak “Peace be with you” and draw me near to His dear heart of loving compassion then I believe I would reach right out and tenderly take my Savior’s face into my hands and tell Him thank You, over and over.

You and I already know and believe in His Resurrection. Thomas did not believe until he touched His hands and put a finger into His side. Thomas says, “My Lord and my God,” making the first and best statement of faith for the Church.  Thomas has a Scientific mind; he believes when he has proof and he sees Him for himself.

What proof today is there for the Scientific minds to believe in the Gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ? My friend there is a conviction put into the hearts of believers through His living Holy Spirit Advocate which is proving ground in believer’s hearts. The Holy Spirit was given as an anointing at Pentecost. Thomas is pre-Pentecost– Jesus Christ’s bodily Presence thus convinces him to believe and trust Him all the days of his life. So it is with you dear friend. Ask, pray the Holy Spirit’s anointing on unbelievers today and speak the Gospel to all, no matter what their age.

Live Him Up

Jesus says, “…because I live, you also will live.  Those who love Me will keep My word, and My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make our home with them.”  John 14:19,23

When does the ‘live’ start?  Right now and perpetually.  Live=Love Jesus.  Love Him back with everything you are, with all your concentration, and with every action and reaction.  Yet, do not say that you love the Lord if you do not obey Him– obedience to the Lord is servanthood to Him.  Jesus comes to say He loves you.

Remember that He teaches you how to be a loving servant when He wraps a towel around His waist and washes the feet of His followers.  He teaches us that in obedience we rid ourselves of pride and self-focus.  Judas Iscariot is the perfect example of pride and self-focus and Jesus Christ is the One example of perfect loving servanthood alive!

Christ and the Heavenly Father have made you Their home because They love you.  Thus there are two kinds of alive: one is life blood pumped throughout your body by your heart, and spititually alive as your heart is loving our Lord Jesus Christ our Savior whose Presence is within you by the Power of the Holy Spirit.  Love Him, love others.  Love Him back.

How To Love Like Jesus Christ

Jesus says, “I give you a New Commandment, that you love one another.   Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35

When Judas left the disciples and Jesus in order to give Jesus over to corrupt authorities (this was after Jesus washed the disciples feet) Jesus speaks of His glorification.  Jesus’ death that Judas arranges, Judas aligning himself with evil and sin, helps you to understand that betrayal of Jesus Christ purges you into abject separation from His loving partnership with you.  Note especially that Jesus is the Victor every time.  His glorificaiton by His death on the Cross reveals the essence of both Jesus and our Heavenly Father God.

Jesus’ New Commandment is given to you at this point in Scripture for the purpose of highlighting that you many stumble in faith as each of the disciples (besides Judas) do and are recovered by Jesus Christ’s loving forgiveness, or you may completely drop your faith in Jesus so completely that you will not recover (as Judas).  It is important here not to stare at Judas very long, refocus to concentrate your full attention on Jesus.  Embrace His New Commandment with all that you are, all that you have, and all your expectations.  For, Jesus teaches His believers to live expectantly for His Best!

An example of this is found at when Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome go to Jesus’ tomb early Sunday morning asking outloud, “Who will roll away the stone for us at the entrance to the tomb?”  Why would they go to Jesus’ tomb if the three of them could not roll the stone?  Because Jesus had taught them to go expectantly!  Jesus teaches that what you to do for Him do expectantly to bless Him.  In loving others with love like Jesus Christ’ love we, faith filled with Him, do so expectantly.

Your In Heavenly School

Whoever serves Me must follow me, and where I am, there will My servant be also.  Whoever serves Me, the Father will honor.  John 12:26

When you give yourself to Christ completely, He then resides within your heart and mind to know Him and thus know the heavenly Father God.  Your former inclination to sin is deminished more and more by His holy Presence within you, such that you are perfected as He makes more and more of you like Him when you humble yourself as His servant.  His will is your will.

Holy living and loving tops many of this worlds directives:  constant forgiveness tops the world’s call for only a few forgiving acts or revenge; loving genuinely tops the world’s line of love that goes so far and no more; decisions directed by His will tops the world’s advisement to gain more and more self promotion.

Living in Christ as His servant means that He will shower you with blessings as you gird yourself with an attitiude of encouragement, generous giving, kindness immeasurable, and compassion for others that is so deep it knows no stopping point.  You are a light bearer for Christ as His servant.  And to follow Christ all of your days is to constantly learn from Him in His heavenly school here on earth, His Kingdom within servant faith-filled believers.

You Are Never Alone

The One who has sent Me is with Me; He has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to Him.  John 8:29

When Jesus speaks these words, trying to help some folks with thick minds to understand He is the Son of God.  These who do not understand, and who refuse to believe in Him, are those who will place Him in the hands of the Roman tyrants who will unjustly crucify Him.  He dies. on the Cross because of their love for evil deeds and yet God will use Jesus’ death to redeem each person who has Faith in Jesus; and on the third day Jesus Christ rises from the dead victorious over death, sin, and evil.

He is never alone and with your belief in Jesus Christ you are never alone too.  Faith in Jesus Christ is the source and substance of all things that you hope for, the evidence of things unseen.  (Hebrews 11:1).    Jesus says that you faith in Him will begin as a small seed and then the Holy Spirit will grow your faith in Him into a great, grand Faith — the more you use faith the greater faith is given to you.

Contrasting Peter and Judas

Peter said to Jesus, “We have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.”  Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve?  Yet one of you is a devil.”  He was speaking of Judas son of Simon Iscariot, for He thought one of the twelve was going to betray him.  John 6:69-71

We have opposite ends here.  Peter’s marvelous witnes of faith in Jesus and the crooked evil ways of Judas are completely contrasting one another.  “We know You are the Holy One,” Peter staightforwardly says and you may join with him in clear affirmation.  Jesus responds that He has chosen Peter to be a part of His long-term plan, just as Jesus has chosen you!  How do I know this?  Because Christ is presently pouring out His Spirit into all parts of your life to bring you to complete alignment with God’s will as you are receptive to Him.

Judas, the self-centered crooked person that he was, is a mystery to us because the ways of evil which he chose continually caused him to trip-up, live a confused life, and move into the background darkness out of which he spoke and acted.   Judas’ opposing of the faith (faith — to humble yourself before Jesus, then giving Him loving faith for right relationship with God) is mysterious.  

These are powerful Scriptures today, calling you to examine your own faith with bold outwardness like Peter.  Jesus is not looking for personal perfection as our world defines personality but He is desirous of your full communion with Him through the Holy Spirit’s Presence in your heart.  Do you love Jesus with all of your heart, mind, and soul?  This is what He want to know.

Jesus Does

Jesus said to him, “Go, your son will live.”  The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way.  John 4:50

The Official, a father whose son is close to death, asks Jesus to heal his son and Jesus Does.  The father’s son was at home eighteen miles away, healed  at the moment Jesus spoke healing, and recovering from illness to health.  This father does not start the eighteen mile journey home until the next day. Yet, the moment that Jesus commands healing in the son then flesh and blood transform into health and wholeness for the boy.

Jesus can command health to come into you or your loved ones, and to anyone whom you ask Him to heal. You may ask Him for the things that Jesus Does. John’s firsthand Gospel witness is that our loving and forgiving Son of God Savior gives us His marvelous blessings when we trust Him.

His timing is the right timing for healing. If we should we receive no sign/miracle from Him after we have asked then we will assuredly continue to have faith in His love for us because His there is always a healing and we may not perceive it. His love has been show to us; He has given His life on the Cross for us. Our assurance of His salvation means that no matter what happens Jesus Does have us safely in His Care.  Thank You Jesus.

Saturday Secret Revealed

the revelation of the Mystery that was kept secret for long ages   Romans 16:25

The believers had every confidence in Jesus yet not in themselves. Isn’t that the way faith is?  Sadness and grief of His suffering and death almost overwhelmed them except for their united intent that Jesus’ words and memories were so dear to them.  Oh, how they loved Him.

Remembering that Jesus said,  “I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3)  This biggest Mystery clue of Jesus’ great plan, a secret plan partly revealed, was difficult to put together logically.  His cruel death was so visually fresh and their grief so deep.

The believers were forced to wait, watch, and trust.  At times, so must we.

Your Influence

We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak.  Romans 15:1

Apostle Paul defines the weak as those who are easily swayed in the wrong direction.  For instance if you were to drink beer with your poker buddies and then bring your believer friend into the game (the friend, who does not drink alcohol) and your believer friend is influenced by the drinking event– which then influences him to start drinking beer to excess and thus you have not influenced your believer friend for good purpose.

Paul instructs you not please yourself but to honor and influence the weaker person for good.  He writes, ‘Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor,‘ v.2.  Build up someone elses’ faith in Jesus and help them to be the best example of Christ in this world that they can be.  Be the best example of Christ you can be.  Have mercy for others and do not wrongly influence your neighbor.  Do not wrongly influence a child also.

Jesus has taught us that we show that we are someone else’s neighbor when we show mercy.  (Luke 10:37)   Merciful believers help others with genuine loving friendship.  Neighborliness.  Living mercifully helps weak believers, no matter what age they are, to be strong in spiritual maturity.  Your influence is vital.

You As Guider

Let love be genuine, hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good  Romans 12:9

Bless those who persecute you and hate evil.  How?  Stay alert and active in serving Christ.  Recognize evil then stay away from avenging yourself (vindication is God’s prerogative not yours) and genuinely love as Christ loves.  

Paul’s inspired words from the entire text are summary guidance for you to live transformatively as a loving disciple.  For, in order for someone else to be guided to the New Birth there has to be repentance, and for someone else to be led to the moment of repentance they become ashamed of themselves, and shame is the Holy Spirit’s flicker of light on the conscience of the unbeliever.  

Disciples turn others to Christ with consistently genuine love.