Showing posts with label John 1. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John 1. Show all posts

Saturday, December 1, 2018

A NEW REVELATION OF CHRIST : Meditation John 1:43-51


1. Jesus the next day goes forth into Galilee and meets Philip and calls him to FOLLOW him. (V43)
2. Philip was of the same place as that of Andrew and Peter. (V44)
3. Philip meets Nathanael and says that they have met the person  whom Moses and Prophets have spoken spoken about and that, it is none but JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth. (V45)
4. The first impression of Nathaniel about Christ is that NO GOOD can come from Nazareth as it is a humble place. But Philip encourages him to come and see. (V46)
5. When Christ sees Nathanael, he look straight into his heart and tells that he is a person without guile. (V47)
6. Still Nathanael was not convinced and asked Christ when he knew him. Then, Christ said, his eyes saw Nathanael even when he was under the fig tree talking to Philip. (V48)
7. Then Nathanael believes and glorifies Christ as the SON of God and the King of Israel.
(V49)
8. Jesus said... that they will see greater things from then on, than the prophesy they heard. (V50)
9. He also said that from then on, their eyes will be opened to see angels ascending and descending from the son of Man, thus inviting him into the deeper waters. (V51)

Life Application:
1. Jesus called Philip to follow him.
What does it mean to follow Jesus?
Following Jesus is hearing to the shepherd's  voice and following him.

And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
John:10:4

What do we get following Jesus?
A. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Matthew:4:19
If we follow Christ he will make us fishers of men.

B.  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
John:12:26
We will be in the place where Christ will be.
As it is given in the verse below,
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians:2:6
We are seated in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus.

C. What does it take to follow Christ?
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Matthew:16:24

Life Application 2:
1. Every person who met Jesus had a new revelation about Christ.  It was revealed to Philip that CHRIST was the one that Moses and the Prophets spoke about and he is the fulfilment of the Law. We can also comprehend  that any person who had an encounter with Christ could not stop but talk about him to others.
2. The initial  perception  about Christ for each individual varies greatly till we come and see Christ personally, to have an encounter with him.

Life Application 3:
1. When we come to CHRIST everything hidden has to open up to the light of Christ. ( 47-49)
2. He knows who we are inside out (v47). He knows our physical presence. (V48). He knows our notions and motives as it is written in

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Psalm:139:2

What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?
Job:7:17
And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?
Job:7:18

God sets his heart upon us. He visits us every morning.  He looks deep into our hearts if we really love him. He tries us every moment. Truely, he knows us and he cares for us.

3. He knows us more intimately than anyone else.

But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
Isaiah:49:14
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
Isaiah:49:15
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
Isaiah:49:16
I believe this is the intimacy that Nathanael felt with Christ.

4. Again, another revelation to the person with a personal relationship with God. God revealed himself to Nathanael as the King of Israel. (V49)

5. Jesus calls them to much deeper waters. He speaks about their spiritual eyes being opened to see things of heaven.

What is angels ascending and descending from the SON of man?
Let us turn our bibles to Genesis 28:12,17;

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Genesis:28:12.
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Genesis:28:17
(If you are interested you can read the whole chapter to know more)

God reveals to me here as CHRIST being the GATE OF HEAVEN and the HOUSE OF GOD.

Hallelujah! Let the name of the LORD be glorified.

I pray that the spirit of God will minister unto you in a new way and Christ will reveal himself to you in a way that you have never seen before.

To GOD BE THE GLORY. Amen.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Abiding in Christ: A Meditation John 1:35-42

1. John the next day again confesses Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the Lamb OF GOD in front of his own disciples.  (V35, 36)
2. Hearing this witness of John two of his own disciples turned away from him to follow Jesus. ( v37)
3. Seeing them following, jesus asked them what they were seeking? The disciples asks him for his dwelling place?( v38)
4. They not only dwelt with him but also ABIDED with him for a day. ( v39)
5. One of the person to follow Jesus was Andrew. (V40)
6. The first thing he did once he was conviced himself, that Christ is the Messiah, he immediately informs his brother Simon Peter. ( v41)
7. When Andrew brought Peter to Jesus, he behold ( looks straight into his life) and prophesied on him, that he will no more be Simon the SON of Jona but he will be cephas...meaning a STONE. ( v42)

Life Application:
1. John had his own disciples, but still he never hesitated to glorify Christ in front of them. How are we when compared to John ?
2. Do we feel insecure when someone close to us leaves us and go? How do we react? V37.
3. We have decided to follow Christ. What will be our answer to the question WHAT SEEK YE?
4. The WORD of GOD says in psalms 91:1, that
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm:91:1
It is revealed to me that Jesus is the secret place of the most high, that the disciples dwelt.
5. The glory of CHRIST is so strong that you do not want to just dwell there, but you want to abide there all the day.
6. Oh, if we can only dwell in that secret place and abide in the presence of CHRIST, how much more can Christ reveal himself to us as he did for Andrew?
7. Immediately after he was revealed of Christ, Andrew started evangelizing to his brother Simon Peter, a close family member and brought him to Jesus.
8. When Peter came to Jesus, his life changed totally including his name.
Do we seek, dwell and abide in the presence of God so much, that we get deep revelations about Christ?
Do we advertise CHRIST and bring people to him?
How much our lives have changed after we met Christ as compared to Peter?

Let the spirit of God shed his lights into our hearts as he minister unto us, through these words. Amen.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

John's witness: A Meditation: John 1: 16-28

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, kindly read the scriptures from the Holy Bible from John 1: 16-18, before scrolling further.
1. John's witness was so strong for God that the jews wanted to know who he really was. (V19)
2. He never denied who he was but also confessed who Christ was. (V20)
3. Though the levites and the priests pestered him asking who John really was... He stood on his ground and confessed that he was that voice crying in the wilderness and making straight the way for the Lord. ( v21-23)
6. The same people who tried to exalt John as Elias or prophet, when he denied, they started questioning his rights on giving baptism.  (V25)
7. But there too John glorifies Christ that, Christ is preferred more than him and he is not worthy to loosen the shoe laschets of CHRIST.
Life application:
1. How is our witness for CHRIST as compared to John?
2. Are we willing to exalt Christ in our lives or we deny him?
3. How do we react when people exalt us as compared to John?
4. How do we react when people question what we do for God as compared to John?
5. Do we know what we are called for and our position in the kingdom of God?
6. Do we glorify Christ that he alone is worthy and we are just unworthy and unfaithful servants of the most high God.?
 Let us meditate and allow the spirit of God to search us in these areas. May God do the good work what he started in us.
Cross Reference:
Matt 3
Mark 1: 1-6
Luke 3: 1-23

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Sons of GOD . Meditation; John 1: 6-14

1. John was sent by GOD to bear witness about Christ. (V7)
2. He was not Christ, but was sent as a witness for CHRIST. (V8)
3. Jesus Christ is the true light who can light any man who comes into the world.( v9)
4. He made the world. But the world knew him not. ( v10)
5. He came for his own people but they did not receive him ( v11)
6. But if we can receive him as CHRIST believing in his name, he gives us the power to become the SONS of the most high GOD. (V12)
7. As we are not born by the will of man or flesh or blood, but by God himself. (V13)
8. The WORD of GOD himself became flesh as JESUS CHRIST and he dwell among us.(v14)
9. He was full of grace and full of truth (v14)
10. His glory was the same as that of the Father's glory. ( v14)

Life application:
1. What do you think about John the Baptist?
2. Have we been personally enlightened by the light of Christ?
3. Do we know our creator?
4. Did we believe and receive him as CHRIST.?
5.  Do we believe that we have power to become the SONS of God?
6. Can we see Christ as the WORD OF GOD?
7. Can we see Christ being glorious, full of grace and truth?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The WORD became flesh : A Meditation John 1: 1- 5

1. Jesus is THE WORD.
2. He was in there in the beginning in the form of the word.
3. Jesus was there in the beginning when the world was created in the form of THE WORD.
4. Everything on Earth is made by him, through him and for him.
5. He is life.
6. This life in Jesus is a light to all men.
7. Where this light (life) is,  there can be no darkness.
8. This is one light that darkness can never swallow.

LIFE APPLICATION:
1. Can we equate the Holy scriptures  to Christ Jesus who came in flesh?
2. Do we still live in darkness not allowing the light of Christ to shine through us?
3. If light is life then darkness is death. Which side are we.?
Let this word of God work in us and through us that we will be able to walk in the light as children of the most high God.