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John 12.44-50 – Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.
47 I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, 49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak.
50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”
A summary of Jesus last public message.
In the very opening words of John’s Gospel, we learn the role of Jesus. We read, “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known” (John 1.18).
In Jesus’ last public message, he claims nothing for himself. As the most humble Being on earth, Jesus makes it clear that his job is to make God visible. In his actions and words we discover the very actions and words of God. That is what makes God actually visible and accessible to people like us.
Jesus’ ministry can be summarized in three thoughts.
Summary #1 – Jesus teaches that believing in him is actually believing in God. Seeing Jesus is actually seeing God.
Summary #2 – Jesus definitely wants us to have clear direction in our lives. His desire for us is to live in the clear light of his leadership, rather than the darkness of the world, the flesh and the devil.
Summary #3 – Whether we have abundant life or not, depends on what we do with Jesus’ message. At the judgment we will be reminded of the opportunities we had to receive Jesus’ words and to be changed. We will see vividly the times when we turned away to our own self-centered, self-pleasing behavior and the times when we followed Jesus’ direction.
Yesterday, I asked readers of real-voices.com to pray for the world, during this corona virus pandemic. Today, I am asking you to pray for families, friends, co-workers, and people worldwide. Our prayer will follow Jesus’ three statements, that people genuinely see Jesus and begin following his clear direction.
I use the Bible to help my prayer time and suggest that you do the same. In the video presentation of real-voices.com I will give more explanation than what is found here. It can be found on YouTube under “Bob Spradling” or on my Facebook page.
I can’t say enough about how important it is for us to pray. I am profoundly grateful for people who are praying at this time in history.
Psalm 85 is one of many passages that has gotten my attention. Please consider praying it today. I have given some suggested themes we can pray to accompany the Bible verses.
1st Prayer Theme: God, I thank you and praise for your forgiveness and mercy.
1 Lord, you were favorable to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people;
you pardoned all their sin. Selah
3 You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.
2nd Prayer Theme: God, out of your mercy and grace, please restore and revive us again.
4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
and put away your indignation toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
so that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
3rd Prayer Theme: God please help us turn to you with our whole heart.
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
4th Prayer Theme: God, please help us respond to you and to prepare a path for your presence.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps.
Thank you for your service of prayer. It is very important.