Friday, December 1, 2017

Jesus Redemptive Power Displayed

This post is from my notes taken during our Bible Study at Church.

Jesus Redemptive Power Displayed

As we study the early chapters of the Gospel of John, we view Jesus with some serious encounters.
1.     Nichodemus: a prominent teacher of the Law, coming secretly at night to speak with Jesus.
2.     The Samaritan woman:  an outcast by her line of work and culture.
3.     Government officials and religious leaders who questioned his authority.
4.     Chronically sick man:  Jesus the great physician healed the man.

In chapter 4, we noted the names of God given to Jesus:  Gift of God, Messiah, The Christ, The Savior of the World, and Healer.

John 4:10  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that said to thee, Give me to drink; thou would have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Jesus told the woman plainly, I am the Messiah.
John 4:25-26  The woman said unto him, I know that Messiah will come, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.  Jesus said unto her, I that speak unto thee am He.

John 4:42  The Samaritans came at the woman’s word but after hearing Jesus they declared: “This is indeed the Christ, the savior of the World.

John 4:46-52  Healer: The nobleman believed the words of Jesus and his son was healed in that same hour. 

How can I encounter Jesus? 

Realize the Holy Spirit is in your every day life. Acknowledge that He is here with me now.

As we eat with an attitude of thanksgiving; our food will be a blessing to our body.

As we cook and prepare a meal, we can be blessed.

Singing and praying together in fellowship.

In our accomplishments we know Jesus is helping us do well

Make a conscious decision to encounter Christ daily as you go about your duties; At home, in your car, at work, or at play.

John 14:26 But the comforter shall teach you all things. 

At the baptism of Jesus there was an explosion as heaven opened and a dove set upon him.  A voice from heaven spoke:  This is my beloved son, hear ye him.
Jesus already knew what was in the hearts of those watching.  Some questioned, but others believed.

Jesus has redemptive power to cleanse your mind and memory.  Some of us may have dreams that disturb us.  Many times those types of dreams are from the accuser, but even in a dream you can rebuke Satan and tell him to go.  Turn to Christ Jesus and apply His redeeming power over your dreams and over your thoughts.

If you are troubled about your past, invite Jesus to bring you peace.  If forgiveness is needed it is good to say verbally, “I forgive you” (even if the person is not there.)  Then forgive yourself for being involved, even if it was abuse or rape and you feel guilty though it was not your fault.  

Understand that Jesus does not accuse you, and He has already forgiven you.  Allow The Holy Spirit to bring you joy and restoration.

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