Jesus is God

I agree with Selwyn; ‘What a staggering thought it is that the carpenter of Nazareth is one with the Father – God in human form.’  It’s a great verse, ‘protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me – so that they may be one as we are one.’ As Selwyn mentions, there are some people who consider that the words, ‘as we are one’, means one in purpose and not one in essence.

And, as Selwyn has recorded – “when Jesus said, (John 10:30), ‘I and the Father are one.’ the men who actually heard these words, nearly two thousand years ago, understood Jesus to be claiming equality with God and picked up stones to stone Him.”

So, wouldn’t it be strange not to correct their intrepretation – all He needed to say, ‘All, I meant was, one in purpose, you can drop the rocks.’ Yet, He didn’t say anything like that because their intrepreation was correct.

Do you rejoice that because Jesus is God, together with His sacrifice on the cross, His  loving actions provide us with a safe and sure access from here to eternity?

One name, one way

I feel that Selwyn is quite blunt (but necessarily so) when he says: ‘Let it be absolutely clear: there is no true and real knowledge of God except in and through the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ.’

The following excerps from John 10:7-11, “Jesus said again, ‘I am telling you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep … Whoever comes in by me will be saved … I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep.'”, clearly Jesus is saying that you can be certain that you will be saved if you develop a relationship with God through Him.

I have no firm view about those who have never heard of Jesus except that I believe that whatever their fate – God treats them justly with mercy and compassion.

On the other hand, those who have heard about Jesus and never make the effort to develop a relationship based on love, these people are eternally lost – they don’t have the one and only shepherd who can find and protect them – what do you think?

The knowledge of God

Two of Selwyn’s sentences impressed me today: ‘A name in Scripture does more than identify someone; it tells of what kind of person they are – their character, their essential nature.’ and, ” God’s revelation of Himself through His names had limitations. When Jesus came, however, He was able to reveal through His life and works the nature of God in a way that no name could possibly do.”

Notice that God’s name in the Old Testament emphasises a number of important aspects. A primary point is that He is, the one and only God  – the God most high (El – Elyon). Another important is that He is the God who provides nourishment; El – Shaddai (The Nourisher of His people) and Jehovah – Jirch (The Lord provides).

These same characteristics are seen in Jesus’ life and works – do you agree?

Who cares?

This verse: ‘I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me – so that they may be one as we are one.’ (John 17:11), from today’s study, should provides us with infinite comfort and joy.

As Selwyn states, ‘How this highlights, once again, the love and concern our Lord has for His people. He prays for them even when His death is imminent.’ Another point is that Jesus again identifies himself as God; with these words, ‘… protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me …’

Notice that the outcome, Jesus is seeking, is that we; ‘may be one’, that is, to be unified and not divided. How sad, it is, that often His church presents itself as a dismembered body.

Selwyn’s prayer is an excellent summary of today’s theme (do you agree?): 

“O Jesus, let the truth of Your concern for me be more than mere theory. Let it grip me, impact me – even stagger me. You care for me far more than I care for myself. May that thought release something deep inside me this day. Amen.”

A little means a lot

This is a joyful day. After reading today’s study we are assured that by our imperfect, stumbling yet obedient trust, we bring glory to Jesus.

I like the following words from today’s study: ‘Jesus Christ is loving, sympathetic and understanding (Heb. 4:15). His gaze penetrates our flaws, frailities and deficiencies. He sees right into our hearts – and knows what is true of us.’

It’s also interesting that Jesus in John 17:10 again refers to His divinity – as only God can be glorified.

Finally, today is special for me being my spiritual birthday, and today’s verse (re reading and mediation) is a real gift: – “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” John 15:16

Does it uplift you to know that the love and commitment that is in your heart for Jesus will bring glory to Jesus, our Lord and our God?

“I’m praying for you!”

Today’s study brings together two important points. The first is that Satan actively targets people to tempt – ‘to sift you, as wheat’; and the second point is that Jesus is actively countering Satan’s actions. We know this from Jesus’ words, in the following verse – Luke 22:32 “But, I have prayed for you … that your faith may not fail.”

Jesus will never allow you to be tempted past what you can overcome by your faith.

The last few sentences of Selwyn’s study – should encourage everyone: “Are you feeling battered and beaten by the adverse circumstances of your life at the moment? Do you wonder where your next ounce of strength is coming from? Then listen … listen … your Saviour is interceding for you on the throne. He is praying for you. And by name!”

A long prayer session

I agree with Selwyn that it’s a great comfort for us to know that Jesus is our Mediator, our Advocate and our perfect High Priest.

As Hebrews 7:25,26 & 28 states: ‘ Therefore he is able to save completely those who came to God through Him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a High Priest meets our need – one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the oath which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.’

Is it a comfort for you to know that we have a God who constantly watches over us and always intercedes on our behalf – His love being continually demonstrated by His continuous actions?