Sunday, April 02, 2017

5th Sunday in Lent - Oneness in Christ - Amazed by Grace

Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt

 We must never lose our capacity to be amazed by grace. RC Sproul, 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, fully God, states His divine nature. The crowd's response? "At this, they picked up stones to stone him..."

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

As believers we too find ourselves attacked by accusers, by those who doubt, by Satan himself. 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.

READ John 8:48-59

consider this!

- In John 8:58, what exactly was Jesus saying?

- Read Exodus 3:6 and 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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