Sunday, April 10, 2011

Preparing for Easter ~ Telling the Truth

5th Sunday in Lent 

We must never lose our capacity to be amazed by grace.
RC Sproul from The Holiness of God



In the following Scripture verses, Jesus' identity is questioned. Jesus responds to His accusers revealing His Divinity. Jesus ~ fully man ~ stands before those who doubt His true identity, and Jesus ~ being fully God ~ states His divine nature. The crowd's response ~At this, they picked up stones to stone him. . .

Read John 8:48-59

Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
John 8:58 NKJV

As believers, we too find ourselves attacked by accusers, by Satan himself, by those who doubt. We must be ready to stand firm and glorify God, tell our faith-story to those who will listen. Our credibility may be questioned by the crowd, but God searches every heart. Our testimony must give Glory to I AM. God will handle everything else.

Consider this!
  • In John 8:58, what was Jesus really saying?
  • Read Exodus 3:6,14; who is ‘I AM’?
  • From these OT and NT Scriptures, describe the character of God.
Yahweh ~ You are I AM, the beginning and the end; yet there is no ending of Your presence or power or provision. You call me, teach me, strengthen me. Your Grace is wordless and pours over me, makes me new again. It is You that I worship and praise. Embraced by Perfect Love, I will tell Your story! Amen. ~dho
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