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Monday, January 31, 2022

What a surprise!

The grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:14.

What a surprise!
A burglar crept cautiously through the garden, forced the door of the terrace open and entered the house. With his torch that he had dimmed he made his way through the rooms and searched them. Then he heard a car coming up the drive and stopping in front of the garage. In his haste he grabbed a bundle of banknotes on a chest of drawers and fled.

What a surprise he got when he examined his booty! What he had stolen was not banknotes, but a pile of Christian...More



Sunday, January 30, 2022

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (28)

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught by God. Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me has everlasting life.
John 6:44-47.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (28)
The Jewish scribes revealed their disapproval of Jesus by murmuring, when He claimed to have come from heaven (vv. 41-43). They thus proved what...More



Saturday, January 29, 2022

He didn’t want to be healed!

Heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.

The chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.

Psalm 41:4; Isaiah 53:5.

He didn’t want to be healed!
The man whom I saw stretched out in the sun on the ground near one of the city’s gates was begging.

When a tourist passed by, he would pull up his trouser leg to show a wound covered with dust, while he held out his other hand with a sad expression. That wound needed treatment! In the hospital opposite he could have received all the care necessary. A friend from the district explained to me that...More



Friday, January 28, 2022

“I am the bread of life”

Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger; and he who believes in me shall never thirst.
John 6:35.

“I am the bread of life”
Everyone knows how important bread is. Bread means life. The Lord Jesus used this everyday illustration to explain a spiritual truth. He said that He Himself is the bread of life. Therefore whoever receives Him will never again suffer spiritual hunger in his heart and soul, for in contrast to the daily nourishment that sustains life, he has come to know Him who is life itself and who alone gives life. Bread must be eaten. The Lord...More



Thursday, January 27, 2022

A budding policeman

There is no creature hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:13.

A budding policeman
Jamie was a young Canadian boy living in Ottawa in the eighties. One day he went shopping with his mother to buy what he longed for: a siren for his tricycle imitating that of the police. On the way home Jamie tried out his siren. The strident sound startled a man coming towards him, who stopped terrified, then ran off after throwing away the bag he was carrying. Jewels scattered over the pavement.

Jamie’s mother picked them...More



Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The mystery of godliness (4)

Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels.
1 Timothy 3:16.

The mystery of godliness (4)
When the Lord Jesus was on earth, not only the visible world looked upon Him, but also the world of angels. Angels had been created long before they beheld their Creator for the first time at the birth of Jesus. But then they immediately rejoiced audibly: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men” (Luke 2:14).

The Son of God on this earth fully occupied the attention of the angels....More



Tuesday, January 25, 2022

He has paid for you

When we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. … While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6.8.

He has paid for you
A Christian was preaching the good news of Jesus Christ in a town in Canada. A man entered the hall under the influence of drink and started to abuse those present. When some tried to take him outside, he became violent and insulted the preacher. The police had to intervene, and one month later legal action was taken against him. Since he could not pay the fine imposed by the court, he was sentenced to a few weeks in...More



Monday, January 24, 2022

A slight change of direction, or a total return?

They return, but not to the Most High.
Hosea 7:16.

A slight change of direction, or a total return?
In the course of a lifetime many people are forced to make a correction in the course they have taken, because they notice that things cannot continue on the pathway they are following.

Businessmen who have spent their working life making a success of their career retire early in order to enjoy life at last.

People who have been leading an unhealthy way of life pay more attention to the food they eat and undertake physical activity to promote their health.

Persons...More



Sunday, January 23, 2022

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (27)

The Jews then complained about him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he says, I have come down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said to them, Do not murmur among yourselves.
John 6:41-43.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (27)
Jesus had provided His listeners with bread, but the spiritual teaching that He added was rejected. Only a few minutes before the people had pleaded, “Lord, give us this bread always” (v. 34). Now they were complaining. They...More



Saturday, January 22, 2022

The first miraculous sign performed by the Lord Jesus happened...

This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum, he, his mother, his brothers, and his disciples, and they did not stay there many days.
John 2:11.12.

The first miraculous sign performed by the Lord Jesus happened at a wedding in Cana. He turned water into wine. It was a matter of six large vessels containing an average of some 22 gallons each, and the wine was of the best quality! Through this sign Jesus manifested His glory as the Son of God, the promised Redeemer (ch. 1:14; 20:30.31).

As wine...More



Friday, January 21, 2022

The right one to serve God in prison (2)

The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor, he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
Isaiah 61:1.

The right one to serve God in prison (2)
After being imprisoned I was subjected to a harsh interrogation and finally led to a squalid cell in which there were other prisoners. They were a pathetic group of dirty, famished human beings. They had suddenly become my companions for an indefinite period.

One man looked at me and asked, “Why...More



Thursday, January 20, 2022

The right one to serve God in prison (1)

I heard the voice of the LORD; saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I! Send me.

How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Isaiah 6:8; Romans 10:14.

The right one to serve God in prison (1)
I was troubled by the problems confronting my compatriots who were suffering greatly under a totalitarian government. Preachers were being executed, Christians cast into prison and Bibles burnt.

I decided to visit Christians living in isolated districts to encourage them and bring them new...More



Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The mystery of godliness (3)

Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit.
1 Timothy 3:16.

The mystery of godliness (3)
We have seen that true godliness is connected with the eternal Son of God becoming Man in the fullness of time. Now we learn that He was “justified in the Spirit”.

“Justified” in this context cannot mean that he was exonerated from guilt. That can apply only to those accused and found innocent. “Justified in the Spirit” signifies that He was declared or proven to be righteous, as if a judge had found a person...More



Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Lord Jesus was speaking here of people who belonged to Him through...

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand.
John 10:27.28.

The Lord Jesus was speaking here of people who belonged to Him through faith. He called them “my sheep” and that characterised them.

“My sheep hear my voice”. A simple sentence, but what a significance for those who have been saved through Christ’s shed blood! Other voices may be audible, but they do not interest them. This one voice alone means so much to them!

“I know them”....More



Monday, January 17, 2022

Groping about in the dark

Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.
Jonah 1:6.

Groping about in the dark
When someone feels helpless, being void of any ideas when trying to come to terms with a problem, he is, metaphorically speaking, groping about in the dark. It is improbable that he will ever succeed, unless by pure chance.

The prophet Jonah was on a ship that was in dire trouble out at sea. The sailors were calling on their gods in their fear. When nothing availed, the captain went up to Jonah, saying the words of today’s verse: “Call on your God; perhaps your...More



Sunday, January 16, 2022

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (26)

I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. This is the will of the Father who sent me, that of all he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:38.40.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (26)
These three verses deal with two aspects of the will of God the Father. In the first place we read of His will concerning Jesus Christ, His Son. Those whom the Father has...More



Friday, January 14, 2022

Luke reported the feast that Levi made for the Lord Jesus in...

He (Jesus) went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And he said to him, Follow me. So he left all, rose up, and followed him. Then Levi gave him a great feast in his own house.
Luke 5:27-29.

Luke reported the feast that Levi made for the Lord Jesus in his house. When Jesus called him, Levi left everything, his work and his habits, to follow Him. The first thing on this new pathway was a feast for Jesus. People of all kinds came to this feast, which was in honour of Jesus.

The self-satisfied, religious Pharisees (whose name means “separated”) wouldn’t think of...More



Thursday, January 13, 2022

According to human standards God’s message, the gospel, would be...

We preach Christ crucified, … to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called … Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:23.24.

According to human standards God’s message, the gospel, would be doomed to failure.

It is a message that speaks of weakness: an itinerant preacher announced it for three and a half years 2,000 years ago and was then crucified in weakness (cf. 2 Corinthians 13:4). Indeed, the message of the cross means nothing but “foolishness” to many (1 Corinthians 1:18).

Those who made it known were weaklings: they were unknown,...More



Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The mystery of godliness (2)

Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh.
1 Timothy 3:16.

The mystery of godliness (2)
The word “godliness!” or the fear of God does not so much indicate certain forms of piety that people observe; true godly fear is rather expressed by the fact that the Lord Jesus is the central Person in the life of a believer. He Himself must ever be before our eyes, not merely on Sundays or religious holidays.

The first statement about the Person of the Lord Jesus reveals a great wonder: the eternal Son of God became Man and revealed all...More



Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Pyrrhus lived from 319 to 272 B.C. He was the king of...

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 23:1-3.

Pyrrhus lived from 319 to 272 B.C. He was the king of the realm of Epirus in the north-west of Greece and was one of the leading warlords in the era following Alexander the Great. He achieved fame through conquering the Romans. In one of these victorious battles, however, he lost so many of his own soldiers that he exclaimed: “Another such victory and we are lost!” Even today a victory...More



Monday, January 10, 2022

In the parable of the prodigal son we cast a glance into God’s...

Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.
Luke 15:18.19.

In the parable of the prodigal son we cast a glance into God’s fatherly heart and see His joy when a sinner repents and turns to Him. But we see even more.

The prodigal son set out to return home. What he intended saying to his father we have read in today’s verses. He is still a long way from home, but when his father spots him, he is deeply moved and runs towards him and embraces him. The son starts to make his confession, but gets no...More



Sunday, January 9, 2022

Had the Jews in Galilee listened carefully? Clearly not! Beginning...

They said to him, Lord, give us this bread always. And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will by no means cast out.
John 6:34-37.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (25)
Had the Jews in Galilee listened carefully? Clearly not! Beginning with the manna in the wilderness, Jesus had just spoken of the “true bread from heaven”: “The bread of God is he who comes...More



Saturday, January 8, 2022

The living God changed my life

Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1.

The living God changed my life
This is Michael’s report: “Through my religious upbringing I was constantly in touch with belief in God as a child. In my youth, however, I was influenced by the philosophy of Descartes and began to doubt everything religious. I considered my childish faith as naïve. Many of life’s vital questions remained unanswered however.

At the age of 20 I met a Christian lady who lived out her faith authentically and naturally. I started to see God and the...More



Friday, January 7, 2022

Religious tradition

This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.
Mark 7:6.7.

Religious tradition
When Jesus Christ lived here on earth there were countless religious persons in Israel. They held on to their Jewish traditions tenuously. But with most of them living faith in God was lacking. The Son of God, who could see into their hearts, unmasked their sanctimonious attitude, making it clear to them how empty and useless their external religious appearance was. Today, too, there are many who profess to be...More



Thursday, January 6, 2022

The prophet Elijah suddenly appeared on the scene and boldly...

As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.
1 Kings 17:1.

The prophet Elijah suddenly appeared on the scene and boldly confronted the wicked king Ahab. Elijah referred to the one true, living God, before whom he stood. He knew that he was seen and protected by God, and he served Him.

“The LORD, He is God!” was Elijah’s basic message (1 Kings 18:39) and the meaning of his name. These were words that shocked, penetrated and polarised the people, being out of place in the age in which he lived.

In chapter 16 of...More



Wednesday, January 5, 2022

The mystery of godliness (1)

Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness.
1 Timothy 3:16.

The mystery of godliness (1)
The content of this verse, which will occupy us on the following Wednesdays in more detail, has called forth wonder and worship among many believers.

Six meaningful statements about the Son of God are entitled “The mystery of godliness”. The word “mystery” occurs several times in the New Testament and generally indicates what was concealed in Old Testament times, but revealed by Christ and the apostles and prophets of the New Testament, and can now be understood by all born again...More



Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Standing in the limelight

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern for all who are going to believe on him for everlasting life.
1 Timothy 1:15.16.

Standing in the limelight
How we love prominence! It is part of man’s nature to want to take the prime place. But here it is not a question of being the footballer of the year, the number one in the tennis rankings, or the world’s best skier, not even of being the world’s richest inhabitant.

Today’s text is about being the...More



Monday, January 3, 2022

How can someone be free and yet obey at the same time? For...

Now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
Romans 6:22.

How can someone be free and yet obey at the same time? For many people this is a contradiction of terms. Freedom for them signifies the possibility of doing what pleases them or whatever enters their mind without any restriction. They say, “If I have to obey someone, then I am not free.”

Even Christians may be inclined to think so. But for whoever follows the Lord Jesus Christ and is guided by the Word of God the words “freedom” and “obedience”...More



Sunday, January 2, 2022

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (24)

They said to him, What sign will you perform then, that we may see it and believe you? What work will you do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said to them, Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.
John 6:30-33.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (24)
The Lord Jesus had told those who had followed Him to believe in Him whom God had sent, i.e. Himself. But they...More



Saturday, January 1, 2022

What a precious, comforting word this is! At the start of...

Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask him.
Matthew 6:8.

What a precious, comforting word this is! At the start of a New Year it is especially encouraging: “Your Father knows.”
Do you feel pitiable or oppressed? Entrust yourself to Him, for your Father knows your situation perfectly. And with His love He wants to make you feel happy. He is “your shield and your exceedingly great reward” (Genesis 15:1).

Are you sad and troubled in your soul? Trust Him, for your Father knows the cause of your trouble. Keeping close to Him soothes your pain.

Are you...More




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