June 4, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE

TO SHOW US THE WAY (part 2)

JOHN 14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

– IF YOU REMOVE CHRIST FROM SOCIETY YOU HAVE COMMUNISM
– IF YOU REMOVE CHRIST FROM SCIENCE YOU HAVE CONFLICT
– IF YOU REMOVE CHRIST FROM SCRIPTURE YOU HAVE A CULT
– IF YOU REMOVE CHRIST FROM SINNERS YOU HAVE NO HOPE

HOW CAN I BE SATISFIED?
Jesus answers, “I am….the life”
This is the Hebrew word “Dzo-ay” which means “life, to quicken, as an immortal soul as opposed to plants, etc”. So, God gives:

1. Quickened life – Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in
trespasses and sins;
2. Quality life – John 10:10 I am come that they might have life, and that they
might have it more abundantly.
3. Qualified life – John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and
the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

There is no real life apart from Christ. The Christian life is not just about where we are going, it is also about what we do with our lives on the way there. We Christians need to quit walking around as if we are miserable, dissatisfied, and unhappy. Jesus is the “Life”. He is not the death, not the misery, but the “Life”.

– HE’S THE WAY. THAT’S FOR LOST PEOPLE
– HE’S THE TRUTH. THAT’S FOR LEARNED PEOPLE
– HE’S THE LIFE. THAT’S FOR LONGING PEOPLE

WE WERE BORN WITH ETERNAL EXISTENCE, BUT GOD GIVES ETERNAL LIFE!

* Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the
righteous into life eternal.

Jesus was able to show Thomas the way, and in so doing, He is showing us the way. The point is, Jesus is the Way. Everything you need is Him. Stop trying to find the way,

June 2, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO SHOW US THE WAY (part1)

JOHN 14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

“How can we know the way”. Thomas always seemed to be a little bit skeptical. I can understand that. I tend to be that way myself sometimes. Gone are the days when people just believe anything they hear. In our day, we have internet, google, search engines, and apps right on our phones. If you are going to claim something now, you better be able to prove it and back it up. Well, Jesus backs it up here. Thomas asked sincere questions, and Jesus gives specific answers.
What do we learn from what Jesus answered?

HOW CAN I BE SAVED?
Jesus answers, “I am the way”.
• “I am” is His claim. In Greek, it is the first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; which means I exist, I am, I have been, it is I, I was. This is a reference to Jehovah which means, ”I was the way, I am the way, I always will be the way”.
• “The way” is the condition. In other words, there are no other ways to get where He was going. He did not say serving Him was the way. He did not say telling others about him was the way. He did not say worshipping him was the way. He is the way, period.

HOW CAN I BE SURE?
Jesus answers, “I am….the truth”
1. GOD IS TRUE WHETHER I BELIEVE IT OR NOT:
• Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;

2. BECAUSE GOD IS TRUE, GOD LEADS US INTO TRUTH
• 1John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

3. THE SON IS TRUE BECAUSE GOD THE FATHER IS TRUE
1. John 7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

You and I can be saved, and be sure about it, because we believe in the truth. We must judge everything against God’s Word because that is truth. If it does not agree with the Bible, is not the truth. Despite everything that is out there, we do not have to struggle with what is right, wrong, or truthful. We have it in knowing Christ, and in knowing God’s Word.

June 1, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO QUENCH YOUR THIRST (part 3)

John 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
Jhn 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

What an act of faith. She “left her waterpot”. Why would she need it after this? She had found someone that would quench her thirst forever. She had found living water. She had found the Messiah. You see, temporary water fills a water pot, but everlasting water fills us. We are the container that Christ fills.

Forget about this temporary stuff. She had more important things to do. She heads into the city to go tell everyone about Jesus. Oh if only we would do that. If only we were that excited. If only we would leave unimportant things behind to go tell others about Christ. If only we were that convinced.

This story illustrates the growth of the soul in the knowledge of Christ. This lady went from thirsty to thankful. She went from searching, to skeptical, to satisfied. Notice if you will the gradual change in this lady’s attitude toward Christ by the way she refers to Him:

1) “Jew” she says in verse nine with sneer on her lips (contention)

2) “Sir” she says in verse eleven with new respect beginning to appear (courtesy)

3) “Prophet” she says in verse nineteen as His words pierced her soul (conviction)

4) “Messiah” she says in verse twenty-five (connection)

5) “Christ” she says in verse twenty-nine as she gives her testimony back home
(certainty)

She went from contention, to courtesy, to conviction, to connection, to finally certainty. This lady also went from wandering, to witnessing. Notice this verse:

* John 4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

Has Christ quenched your thirst? Has Jesus saved your soul? Go and tell someone about it. Leave your water pot and go!

May 31, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO QUENCH YOUR THIRST (part 3)

John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;

We left off in the last devotional where Jesus explained to this lady that salvation was everlasting. He was explaining that if she wanted something that lasts, she would need to draw water from a different well. How many times have you and I dipped our buckets in the wrong well? We gave ourselves to things that we thought would satisfy us and bring contentment, but they ultimately left us empty. This passage is a lot like life. We must refill our buckets every day at the same “wells” because we become empty. Meanwhile, Jesus has offered life “more abundant”. What the world has to offer is just an empty, dissatisfying well full of temporary water. Here today and then gone tomorrow. Jesus offers “everlasting life”.

4) JESUS EXPLAINED THAT HE WAS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION
This lady decided that she wanted this water that Jesus was speaking of, so she asked Jesus for it. Jesus told her to go and get her husband. That brought up quite a story. This lady had been married five times, and the man she was with now she was not married to. She was amazed that Jesus knew this. Obviously, this woman had been searching for things in her life but came up with no answers. She moved from person to person, place to place, but found nothing but emptiness. As Jesus questioned her about her religious beliefs, she gave this response:

* John 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

Talk about surprising. Of all the people in the world, this lady ended up in the same city, and at the same well with the Messiah, the Savior, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Here He stands right in front of her, telling her that He is the fulfillment of the prophecy she had heard about. Jesus is the only way.

* Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

He is not only able to quench your thirst, Jesus is the only one that can!

May 30, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO QUENCH YOUR THIRST (part 2)

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

So Jesus, having been on a journey, sits down at the well and asks this woman, whom He had never met, for a drink of water. She was surprised because Jews did not have much dealings with Samaritans. So, she responds:

* 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

Jesus uses this exchange to give her the truth of the Gospel. Let’s dissect the statement that Jesus made:

1) JESUS EXPLAINED SALVATION WAS A GIFT
“If thou knewest the gift of God”. Jesus is not a salesman, Jesus is the Savior. Salvation is a gift. We did not pay for it, and if we could pay for it, we could not afford it. Jesus paid the price, so we can receive the gift. Jesus wanted her to know there was no strings attached. She was not able to earn it, buy it, perform it, or create it. This was a gift straight from God.

2) JESUS EXPLAINED SALVATION WAS A PERSON
Notice, “The gift of God, and who it is”, and “he would have given thee”. Jesus was the salvation that He was speaking of to her. He was saying that salvation is not a tradition, it’s not following the law, it’s not accomplishing a task, and it is not making a sacrifice. Salvation is a personal relationship with Jesus. That is what He was offering to her. Jesus was offering Himself.

3) JESUS EXPLAINED THAT SALVATION WAS EVERLASTING
Jesus says, “living water”. He says in the following verses:

* John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life

Jesus uses some powerful statements. He said we would “never thirst” again. He said, “everlasting life”. Jesus did not say temporary life. Salvation does not depend on our works because the Bible says that our works are temporary. Jesus offered eternal life. Only Jesus can do that. Only Jesus can give us water that will quench our thirst eternally.

May 29, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO QUENCH YOUR THIRST

John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

How unexpected this was. This lady woke up, thinking this would be a normal, uneventful, discontent day. But it ended up being much more than that. This would be a life changing day.

Before we get into that, we need to see something interesting. This passage begins with these verses:

* John 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

According to a map, person would not need to go through Samaria from Judaea to get to Galilee. This was not on the way. This means it was not a “geographical” imperative, but apparently it was a “divine” imperative. In fact, the Jews went miles out of their way in great journeys not to go through Samaria because their hatred was so great of the Samaritans. But Jesus was not like everyone else, what a picture of our relationship with God. He came to us, we did not come to him. He came to us before we knew to come to Him. He came to us when we did not want him to come Him. The Bible says, “He came unto His own and His own received Him not”.

Jesus has always made the first move. He made the first move in creation. He made the first move in the garden. Jesus made the first move with Jacob, with Samuel, and with Paul. Jesus made the first move to the stable, on the cross, and out of the grave. When I could not come to where He was, He came to me. Aren’t you glad Jesus made the first move?

Yes sir, she was just going about her business as usual. Making the never-ending trips to get water only to have to come back again and again. The same thing every day. Not much hope or excitement in life. But it all changed when an unassuming man approached her with love and compassion and made the first move. Sound familiar?