Out of Jesus’ seven ‘I Am’ statements in the Gospel of John, His fourth — “I Am the Good Shepherd — is, in my estimation, the most precious and tender.
Jesus, the door of the sheep and the entrance to eternal life, did not come to bring destruction, death or loss. He came that we might have life in abundance.
Our world today has a confused understanding of who Jesus is as various peoples and groups vainly try to mold our Savior into the person they want Him to be.
Let’s take a deeper look at the central theme of Jesus’ words when He called Himself the “Bread of life,” and why the crowd rejected Him while Peter and 10 disciples believed.
This Sanctity of Life Sunday, let us remember as Christians why we value life, why we oppose the murder of those in their mother’s wombs, and why we seek to abolish such murder from our land.
In the modern church today, if a teacher loses 99.94% of his audience, he would be deemed a failure. That’s why, by the world’s standards, this message Jesus gave in John 6 was a complete disaster; but by Jesus’ standards, it accomplished exactly what He intended it to do — and so it was a roaring success.
This is why we must come to the Bible, not as if we are doing something for God by reading His Word, but as people who are hungry for Him to do something in us.
Whenever the Christmas holiday falls on a Sunday, we see numerous churches closing their doors that morning because their congregations would be too busy celebrating the holiday to attend services. Does anyone else see the tragic irony? Too often, even in the church, we have lost the point of Christmas.
When Jesus was born, most Jews did not understand the divine plan and work God was performing to bring salvation into the world.
Part of me wants to smile a bit when I think about a statue of Satan being torn down and decapitated because my heart rejoices in the defeat of the devil. This urge, though, must be tempered with truth, the truth that toppling a ridiculous display doesn’t do anything to defeat the devil.