Daily Bible Study
Being Sent into the World: "Each of us has a mission in life. Jesus prays to His Father for His followers, saying, 'As You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world."' (John 17:18). "We seldom realize fully that we are sent to fulfill God-given tasks. We act as if we have to choose how, where, and with whom to live. We act as if we were simply dropped down in creation and have to decide how to entertain ourselves until we die. But we were sent into the world by God, just as Jesus was. Once we start living our lives with that conviction, we will soon know what we were sent to do." I want to thank my lovely wife Caroline for today's reading!
Martha is talking with Jesus about her dead brother, Lazarus in John 11:25-27: "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?' She said to Him, 'Yes Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.'" Christ is the resurrection for those who believe and are physically dead. When Jesus asked Martha if she believed, she responded with words similar to the ones John used to describe the purpose of his book. In order to have eternal life, a person must place his or her faith in Jesus, who is the Christ, the Son of God, who came into the world to bring eternal life to those who believe. Praise Jesus for His sacrifice. Today, reflect on all that means to you and I will do the same. Blessings upon you all for a lovely Easter weekend !!!
We will finish our study in Luke today. Jesus continues speaking in Luke 11:24-26: "When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none, he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first." The exorcised person becomes like a clean house, although empty if God is not present, and still exposed to spiritual danger.
James 3:7,8: "For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." No man can tame the tongue: The instincts of animals can be subdued through conditioning and punishment, but the sinful nature that inspires evil words is beyond our control. Only the work of the Holy Spirit within us can bring this destructive force under control.
1 Corinthians 15: 20: "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep." Jesus is the first-fruits of all others who believe in Him. This is an Old Testament image of the first installment of a crop which anticipates and guarantees the ultimate offering of the whole crop. Because Christ rose from the dead, those who are asleep in Christ have a guarantee of their own resurrection.