Sunday, March 25, 2018

GOD IS LOVE

Today’s┬áReading: 1 John 4-5

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Many believe that Jesus was crucified at this location in Jerusalem just outside the city walls. It is known as Golgotha, The Place of the Skull, or Calvary. This rock is the north face of a rock quarry from which the stones were taken for the construction of the various Temples. It is dug into Mt. Moriah, the mountain where Abraham was about to sacrifice his son Isaac when God intervened and provided the sacrifice. God’s provision of a ram was a symbol of the final sacrifice for sin when God would sacrifice His only begotten Son, Jesus, on Moriah or in this quarry. The Temples were built on Moriah just south of this location.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: 1 John 4:8-9

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

 

The words “love,” “loved” or “loves” appear 28 times in today’s reading, and a total of 40 times in the book of 1st John! John quoted Jesus in what is probably the most well-known verse in the entire Bible in John 3:16. We may want to read all of Jesus’ message to Nicodemus, a man who was a Jewish leader (John 3:9-21). In John 20:2, John refers to himself, not by his name, but as the “other disciple whom Jesus loved.” No wonder John is known as “the Apostle of love.”

Because John loved with God’s love, he was compelled to write the most serious warnings about sin and its consequences for all who do not repent and turn from sin. In 1 John 1:8-10, he confirms that we are sinners, including himself. We cannot at any time say, “We have no sin” (present tense), nor can we say, “We have not sinned.” Then in his closing words we read, “Whoever is born of God does not sin.” Is John contradicting himself? No! This is an example of a place where we need to remember Peter’s statement warning us against “private” interpretation of Scripture. Church scholars have consistently interpreted the “does not sin” words with an understanding of the Greek language, in which these words were originally written, to mean, “does not sin deliberately without remorse and confession of sin.” It may be well for us to read again 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (the word “cleanse” in Greek is in a grammatical tense which means a constant, ongoing cleansing). Amen!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, You have made provision for forgiveness and for an ongoing washing of my life from sin. I pray for a consistent attitude of repentance and trust in Your promise that, as long as I walk in the light of Your Word, I know that the blood of Jesus Christ, Your Son, cleanses me from all sin (1 John 1:7). In the Person of Jesus Christ, and because of His blood, I have confidence that You hear me and that I am righteous in Your sight. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I have struggled over the years with John’s love letter to all believers because of the statement, “There is a sin leading to death” (1 John 5:16). What is this? I’m convinced that the only sin which cannot be forgiven is that of rejecting Jesus right up until and including the moment of death. I’ve met people who think they have committed the “unpardonable sin.” If we have any desire whatsoever for God’s forgiveness, we can be forgiven when we pray the sinner’s prayer, “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). I know this because there is no contradiction in Holy Scripture, and Jesus said, “The one who comes to Me I will by NO MEANS cast out” (John 6:37b)! These are the Words of Jesus that led me personally to believe that Jesus received me and saved me when I was a 16 year old. John writes, in the final words of the Bible, these Words, (click here for Revelation 22:17-21) “Whoever desires” may “Come!” The word “COME!” is repeated twice. It is God’s will that all should be saved, but God will not force anyone to believe. He does not turn people into mindless robots or puppets. I decided to believe God’s promise of salvation, and He did not turn me away!!! According to the words of the Apostle Peter, God is “not willing that any should perish but that ‘ALL’ should ‘COME’ to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9b).

Yours with a fervent prayer that anyone reading this who has not “COME,” will do so now and that you might be helped through the Crossroads telephone prayer number 1-866-273-4444 or e-mail address, [email protected] A non-judgmental person, who cares deeply about you as an eternal, precious never-dying person, is waiting for the phone to ring or an e-mail to arrive indicating a desire to COME TO JESUS! YES!!! God answers prayer, but it’s too late after death. Please, please, make the call on God and also call the prayer line number.

David

P.S. If you’ve come to Jesus today, we have some helpful literature to send you, which will help you have complete assurance that you are right with God for time and for eternity. Just ask when you call or write, and May God bless you in a special way!

18 thoughts on “Sunday, March 25, 2018

  1. Amen to today’s powerful scripture, David’s explanation of “sin unto death” and prayer. Lord God, we are ever so grateful, fallen on our knees in prayer, for Your endearing love for us. We are nothing without You, but everything with You. And it is to You, that we cry out with loving praise and thanksgiving on this Palm Sunday, for what You endured for our sake. In Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen, amen, and amen. Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord.

    But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:21 NIV

    Your Love Defends Me – [Lyric Video] Matt Maher
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW-pO78pcog

    • God bless you Beverlee Kay! Imagine! we are nothing without God; but with Him! We are the apple of HIS EYE! Imagine! Jesus walked on this earth! Imagine! He knows all, He said in HIS Word He will never leave us nor forsake us! Imagine! Brings me to my knees with thanksgiving!
      I’ve shared before that God removed smokes/booze from me 22 years ago! 10 days later I broke my leg and He turned that into me learning to swim! Imagine! I get same weakness in my knees when I think about these wonderful blessings that HE gave me!
      Thankful you are feeling better Beverlee Kay! God bless you and keep you in HIS care daily……

  2. Please pray for my sister-in-law Ida who was admitted to the hospital today with pneumonia— asking God to strengthen her to fight off the infection and for her complete healing. Thank you- blessings to all on this Palm Sunday.

    • Lord God TY that we have hospitals and skilled medical teams who can look after people when they enter the hospital for care! We pray for complete healing for Ida, Donna M’s sister-in-law!
      Lord we pray that You would enter her body and fight off the infection and that she will be completely healed and would be able to join her family for joyous celebrations at Easter time and afterwards, TY Lord for hearing our prayers, for complete healing for Ida. we pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord and Saviour amen amen amen

  3. Prayers for Ric and Ida that God would touch their bodies with His healing touch today. Wonderful scripture to read on Palm Sunday when Jesus showed His ultimate love for us by being the sacrificial lamb. Had a Gospel Sing at our church today as a fundraiser as our church has really dropped in attendance. Please pray that God’s will be done. God bless all you faithful!
    “Blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the name of the Lord”(John 12:13b).

  4. We were blessed this morning in our service with a documentary of the Land of Israel; our pastor just returned from Israel, and together with video, brought to life the scriptures alive together with the Word and the photos; particularly Palm Sunday, crucifixion and resurrection.

    “HE LIVES, HE LIVES, JESUS LIVES TODAY, HE WALKS WITH ME AND TALKS WITH ME ALONG THE NARROW WAY; HE LIVES, HE LIVES, SALVATION TO IMPART, I KNOW HE LIVES, HE LIVES WITHIN MY HEART!

    Todays scripture so full of God’s love for us, Jesus cleanses us from sin through His Blood; He came and died that we might have eternal life: “WHAT LOVE!!! Amen!!

    Thank you Ron and Ann again, and again, for bringing this Precious Word to us daily!!!

    Have a blessed day all saints!

  5. Thanking the Lord for swimming!
    Please pray the Lord will remove the ants! please pray the Holy Spirit will remove poverty from me just as the Holy Spirit removed smokes-booze from me and that I would be able to clear debts, help family,get upgrades down in home and then seek counsel whether I should sell or what!!!!
    So looking forward to Maundy Thursday Service with communion! TY Lord
    grant healing, wisdom, generosity to those who are in need…..AMEN AMEN AMEN

    • I pray Jeremiah 33:3 for you Sah! Call Unto me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you kjnow not! Thank you Jesus for Your promise to Sah!

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