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Thursday, October 3, 2019

31 Days of Jesus: Jesus Solves Problems

Today's word prompt for the 31 Days Five Minute Friday Writing Challenge is Problem.

Jesus solves problems.

Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus solving problems.

In Luke 5, Jesus causes Peter and his partners to catch a boatload of fish, literally, after fishing and catching nothing all night.

When Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

“Master,” Simon replied, “we have worked hard all night without catching anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to tear. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.-Luke 5:4-7 (Berean Study Bible)

In John 2, Jesus turns water into wine at a wedding after the guests have run out. 

When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why does this concern us?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”

Now six stone water jars had been set there for the Jewish rites of purification. Each could hold from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim.

“Now draw some out,” He said, “and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not know where it was from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone serves the fine wine first, and then the cheap wine after the guests are drunk. But you have saved the fine wine until now!
”-John 2:3-10 (Berean Study Bible)

In Luke 9, we have a record of Jesus causing 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed 5000+ people.  The disciples wanted to send them away to get food.  But Jesus was like here, let me fix it.

As the day neared its end, the Twelve came to Jesus and said, “Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside for lodging and provisions. For we are in a desolate place here.”

But Jesus told them, “You give them something to eat.”

“We have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered, “unless we go and buy food for all these people.” (There were about five thousand men.)

He told His disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” They did so, and everyone was seated.

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus spoke a blessing and broke them. Then He gave them to the disciples to set before the people.

They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.-Luke 9:12-17 (Berean Study Bible)

He repeatedly solved problems when issues arose. When he came into contact with things that needed to be affected in the natural, supernatural things began to happen.

He also healed people over and over and over again. The phrase “and he healed them all” is repeated many times. There are also many individual accounts of healing throughout the Gospels.

In John chapter 5, verse 17, Jesus says, 

But Jesus answered them, “To this very day My Father is at His work, and I too am working.”

Jesus solves problems.

What problem do you need solved today?

 To read more in the series, please go to 31 Days of Jesus.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

31 Days of Jesus: Jesus Gives Us The Gift

Today's word prompt for the 31 Days Five Minute Friday Writing Challenge is Gift.

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”-John 4:10

John chapter 4:1-26 is the account of Jesus’ interaction with a woman at a well. He is talking to her in the middle of the day, in public. And he is explaining spiritual truths to her.

And in this passage he refers to a gift of God. What is that gift?

I think if we look at the process of the passage we can discern some of the meaning. He goes through what seems like a pattern. He is talking. He mentions the gift. Then He refers back to himself. Then back to the gift.

At first I wanted to say the gift was Jesus, but I don’t think he is the gift in this passage. I think he is referring to the living water. And if we investigate the word a little further, we will discover that the gift has a different meaning than him.

One way to further explore the meaning of the word is to look it up in the original language. When we do that, it makes clearer how the author intended to use the word.

According to my Greek Dictionary, the word “gift” in the passage of scripture above is the word “dorea.” It means a free gift and is always used in regards to a spiritual or supernatural gift.

In Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman, He is talking about giving her a gift that only He can give her. Jesus is physically standing their with her, and he wants to give her something else. He wants to give her living water.

Earlier in the Gospel of John, the prophet John the Baptist explains about Jesus, that he will baptize with the Holy Spirit. That is the gift Jesus is sharing with the woman in John 4.

Later in Acts 2:38, Luke recounts Peter’s message after they have all been baptized in the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Gift in that passage is also the word “dorea.”

Jesus is not the gift in the passage, but he is the means through which the gift comes.

Jesus is the one who baptizes us in the Holy Spirit, and that is the gift we receive. We cannot do anything to earn it, or buy it, or merit it in any way. It is a free gift that comes to us when we believe in Jesus.

Have you received the Gift?

 To read more in the series, please go to 31 Days of Jesus.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

31 Days of Jesus: Why Did He Come?

Today's word prompt for the 31 Days Five Minute Friday Writing Challenge is Why.

Why did he come?

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.-John 3:16-17

Read that again.  Let it wash over you.

Jesus came to save you.  He came to save all of us.  If you are in the world, you are a part of that scripture.

The only requirement, according to the above Scripture, is to believe in Him.  That's when you put your faith and trust in Him.

He came to save the world.  That word "save" is a big word.  It is the Greek word "sozo" and in the original language it means to save, heal, preserve, rescue, and deliver as from danger into safety.

As we will see in the Gospels, Jesus did these things during His earthly ministry.  He saved, healed, and delivered many people from danger into safety.

And ultimately, He did the same for you and me through the scourging he endured, being nailed to the cross, and his resurrection from death.

He did not come to condemn you.  And accuser is one who condemns.

In John chapter 8, there is a story of a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery.  Here's her interaction with Jesus.

"Woman, where are those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?"
  She said, "No one Lord."
And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."-John 8:10-11

He is the same always, so He is not condemning you either.

Anytime a voice of condemnation rises up again you, whether another person, or the accuser of our souls, or even our own voice, it is not Him.

He came to give us everlasting life.  Some translations say, "eternal life."

Eternal means age long, unending, as opposing to brief and fleeting.  It never ends.

The word life in that passage is the Greek word "zoe."  That means the God life.  

So, everlasting life is eternal life, never-ending with God.  It was a restoration of what man lost in the Garden of Eden with the fall of man.

He came because God loved us.  Jesus came to demonstrate that God loves us.  

God loves us.  I need to hear this every day.

That is why He came.

 To read more in the series, please go to 31 Days of Jesus.

31 Days of Jesus

During the month of October, I will be participating in a writing challenge with a bunch of other writers over at Five Minute Friday.  The goal is to write for 31 days based on a new one-word prompt each day. My overarching theme for this challenge is 31 Days of Jesus.

I am not exactly sure where all this will take us yet, but my objective is for us all to get a clearer picture of Jesus throughout the Scriptures. 

We will possibly be looking at stories in the Old Testament as well as the New.

We will hear the words of Jesus in the Gospels and look at the stories of the people who experienced Him during the three years of His earthly ministry.  

We might even make it into the book of Acts and the Epistles to the Church.

Each day, my goal is to add new post based on the word prompt for the day.  This page will serve as my table of contents or landing page, so make sure to check back here daily if you want to follow on along!

Many blessings to you as we connect to the person of Jesus.