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Daily Reading: 18th March 2016

John 20.21 cont.

21 Then again Jesus said to them: “Peace to you, even as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 

It is within the greeting of “Peace be with you” that Jesus goes on to say: “as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 

Jesus came into this world because the Father sent Him. He left all the glory and majesty of Heaven to become God’s Man on earth – the word becoming flesh.

In this Jesus came in absolute obedience to the Father, and was totally devoted to Him. His coming demonstrated His love for the Father and for the whole of humanity, whom He came to save.

Just as Jesus was sent, and just as He came, so are we sent by Him.

We also must go within the same total obedience, fully devoted to Him, always seeking to demonstrate our love for Him and our love for one another and this lost world.

We are called to follow Him in doing things in the same way as He did them, and by doing them in the same power and strength as Jesus.

He was full of the Holy Spirit. That is how He commenced His ministry and that is how He continued His ministry:

And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit – Luke 4.14.

All His teaching was founded on the word of God. Therefore, His wisdom, which was so greatly admired, was the wisdom of God. He knew the Scriptures far more than anyone else. His whole life displayed this.

Similarly we also must prepare ourselves for His commissioning of us by being familiar with the Scriptures, because in them we have the wise counsel of God. In them we will find His guidance for all situations.

There are many who say that the Church must keep pace with modern thinking, and modern ways of doing things, and there is some truth in this. We must be aware of cultural changes, and we must adapt the ways in which we communicate the gospel of Jesus.

However, we can never compromise what God’s word says. This will inevitably mean that disagreements and clashes will occur, because the world rejects the Scriptures.

Yet we must remember that Isaiah said:

The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever – Isaiah 40.8 (NLT).
Jesus also said:

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” – Mark 13.31.

Let us continually familiarize ourselves with His word.

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