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Weekly Devotions – May 1 – 5, 2017

Posted on April 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm in .

May 1, 2017

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord

Creed: The Son

Read:The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel, which means God with us.” Matthew 1:23 NIV

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  Colossians 1:15-17 NIV

Think about: Standing on the side of a mountain, Moses, servant of the great I AM and leader of a nation, pleaded with God. “Let me see you!”, but God refused. “You can’t stand to see my face and live; hide in the cleft of the rock and I will pass by.”

Centuries later, God showed the world his face! In a small town in the Middle East, a child was born to a virgin, a son called Emmanuel. God had come to show not only leaders but common shepherds his face. From that moment on, people saw God, all kinds of people: learned scholars of the church, wealthy and powerful politicians and businessmen, ordinary townspeople, and the outcast, desperate forgotten ones were all able to look at God, for he was with us. This is the Jesus we believe in, the Christ, the Messiah come to earth.

This is the image of the invisible God we can relate to. He was born a human, a being we could recognize as one of us, but there the similarity ended, for this was God indeed. He had lived from the beginning of time, and the universe was not only created through him, but also held together by his hand.

He is worthy of our faith, trust, and belief.

Pray: Oh God, we have seen you and lived! What you would not show Moses, you have shown us. Emmanuel, thank you for your sacrificial presence on earth that we might not only live, but live abundantly! Amen

 

May 3, 2017

The Creed: The Son

Read:In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5 NIV

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NIV

Think about: In the beginning, God said . . . and the world was created, and God saw that it was good. The spoken word was the creative force that served as the catalyst for the birth of universe. John tells us that spoken word was Christ. The power was the person we know as Jesus Christ. He was not only present; he was active! Playing an integral role, Jesus made all things. His energy formed the earth and all that is in it, the heavens and all that fills it. Jesus was there. He is the breath of life and the light of all. He is the source; he is God.

And then, this God chose to take on a human form, so that we might know him. He came to live with us, to drink our water, breathe our air, taste our food, experience our joy, and feel our pain. This is our God, our glorious God, coming as Jesus so that one day, the light would dawn on us, and we would see his glory. Unlike Moses, we would see the face of God in Christ.

This is the Jesus in whom we place our faith.

Pray: Oh Word of God, you have spoken to us through your creation. Every day we are astounded by your touch in nature.  Your creation shouts your power, your brilliance, and your love.  That you would have given us this gift astonishes us.  And then to give us the gift of yourself! Amazing grace! We believe. Amen


 May 5, 2017

The Creed: The Son

Read: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:6-8 NIV

Think about: After centuries of ignoring prophets and direct revelations from God, we humans needed an extreme call-back. We had broken an eternal covenant, wandered from God’s teachings, ignored God’s laws, and had sunk into self-serving degeneracy. We required rescuing!

With great purpose and sacrifice, Jesus came, not as a conqueror to send us into the pits of punishment, but as a Savior to reconcile us to a loving Father. He could have come with all encompassing power, wielding flames of purification and swords of annihilation, but instead he came softly and humbly, with words of hope, promise, and love. What restraint! What patience! Waiting for us to listen, to believe and to follow, he traveled, bringing the good news of the Gospel. He served meals, washed feet, and carried a cross to a desolate hill, all for us.

No wonder we call him God.

We believe in Jesus, Son of God and Lord of our lives.

Pray: Who would do this for us?  Would a relative? Would a co-worker? Would a friend? How unbelievable that our God would! How else can we respond but believe?  Amen


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