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The House of The LORD

The House of The LORD
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12. JCH 2: 13-17

The House of the LORD (Church) is not meant for buying and selling but a House where His saints meet, fellowship together and blesses each other with prayer and the Word of the LORD. Anything that takes our attention from these things is not meant to be allowed in The House of our LORD. The name suggests that anything that has nothing to do with bringing people closer to GOD should not be allowed. In The House of our LORD, The LORD is indeed the Beginning and the Ending.

Obedience and Authority

Obedience and Authority
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11. JCH 1: 5-13

There are two things to note here:

  1. The servants might be wondering in silence what CHRIST was trying to achieve by filling up the waterpots with water when all they needed was wine. But they did one thing right – They obeyed by faith and that was all CHRIST was asking for! Our walk with GOD must not be measured by what we know naturally. We must let our trust in GOD take control of our personalities and beliefs. As servants, all we need to do is obey as those who trust in His Person and His Words! And we cannot do this unless we yield all our being to Him. And as servants that we are to the True Master we don’t ask questions; we just obey first.

 

Question: What do you think happened to the servants that obeyed CHRIST?

My Answer: Their mind would be enlightened and they would want to know more about HIM. Our level of wisdom and understanding of GOD and His Son depends on how much we are willing to go in obedience by faith to His simple instructions without unnecessarily querying HIM.

 

  1. CHRIST was a man of great authority but at the feast in Galilee, authority was not given to HIM to approve or disapprove anything at the feast in Cana and He being the Author and the Fulfilling of the Law knew this. If CHRIST who is GOD respected authority, who are we not to?

In truth, our relationship in GOD is meant to make us good children and parents at home, exemplary students and teachers at school, and model citizens of our countries.

Even though CHRIST’s’ miracle was enough to direct all authority to Himself, He would still let the governor of the event determine whether the water is suitable as wine or not.

 

Question: What would have happened if CHRIST had undermined the governor’s authority in the process of turning water to wine?

Answer: The miracle might still happen and people would feel awed by what was done but that would have negated all that CHRIST embodied from the FATHER.

 

GOD give me the willingness and the yieldedness to obey You even when You do not make sense to me. Let my relationship with You be evident as a person whose life fulfills the law of GOD and men.

 

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Timing

Timing
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10. JCH 2: 1-4

On arriving at the place of marriage ceremony in Cana, wine had already been exhausted. The wine pots had run dry and people were longing to see their thirst quenched. CHRIST like many of us could have jumped to the opportunity to portray Himself as the “Hero of the day” but He was particular with the timing. Despite His mother’s approach to notify Him of the situation at hand, He replied, “You must not tell me what to do, my time has not yet come” (GNB). This does not give liberty to children to disobey their fathers and mothers as CHRIST was simply telling Mary that GOD’s time was what He was waiting for.

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth
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9. JCH 1: 46-51

Whatever Nathanael saw or knew about CHRIST that moment was too little to what GOD had in stock for him. CHRIST made him realise that the things He did was nothing compared to what He would do if Nathanael followed HIM to the end. Nathaniel was enraptured by CHRIST’s extraordinary performance but CHRIST was planning something bigger – Heaven on Earth. CHRIST made it known to him that there is something more than what man sees as extraordinary and all these things CHRIST mentioned would only happen if Nathanael followed HIM. He did not need to ask for them, he just needed to accept CHRIST and follow HIM to the end.

Sharing CHRIST

Sharing CHRIST
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8. JCH 1: 41-45

Andrew was one of the first to follow CHRIST but he was not selfish to introduce his brother – Peter to CHRIST – that is True Discipleship and Evangelism. Discipleship to him at that point was not different from evangelism. He did not wait for CHRIST to be visible in his life before he started telling people about HIM because CHRIST was physically with them and he started right from his family by inviting Peter who happened to be his brother . . .

True Discipleship

True Discipleship
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7. JCH 1: 35-40

Two of John’s disciples, before CHRIST came into the picture had been following John, hearing his messages and proclamations about CHRIST. When they finally saw Him and heard John’s word about HIM just like the ones he had been proclaiming, they followed HIM without hesitation and sought to abide with HIM in His abode. They were not hindered by the loyalty they had for John because they understood that all John had been doing was because of CHRIST. It was the knowledge that CHRIST was the Lord and Saviour that made them leave John and follow CHRIST without remorse of disloyalty.

CHRIST is the Focus

CHRIST is the Focus

6. JCH 1: 18-34 and JCH 3: 26-30

John-The Baptist was a mighty man! He was responsible for preparing the hearts of people for the coming of CHRIST and because of this, he was highly revered before the people. But this did not stop him from proclaiming the Truth about CHRIST and what He was sent to do on earth. Even though people acknowledged him and pay him respect, he revealed to them that he was just a witness of the coming CHRIST. He refused to take the glory of GOD for himself by directing all attention to himself. He told them that by the time people know CHRIST for themselves, he would no longer be relevant to them because they would have established a relationship with HIM.

GODLY ETHICS: Grace and Truth

GODLY ETHICS: Grace and Truth

5. JCH 1: 14-17

The Word of GOD becoming flesh simply means that whatever GOD is saying is what we are doing; whatever He desires is what is happening in our lives. This was what happened to CHRIST when He was on earth! Whatever GOD asked Him to do was what He was doing even though He had the option of doing the opposite.

Glory of GOD simply means that whatever GOD says would happen in our lives actually happened or is happening.

The Grace of GOD simply means GOD’s empowerment that comes from our obedience and willingness in being on the same page with HIM.

The Truth of GOD simply means that we allow His Word to come to pass or to established in our lives for the world to see; and that people did not see HIM as a liar or take His Word for a lie because of our disobedience.

GOD’s Word is always the Truth but we can make it seem like a lie before people if we do not obey by doing accordingly. Being full of grace and truth means that we have the capacity to do and what we are doing with this capacity is what is needed to be done according to GOD’s design. GOD wants us to be embodiment of His word. He wants His Word to become what we live (our flesh: our nature) till we get out of this time. He wants people to see HIM in us.

It is as we establish His Truth through His Grace that He increases our Grace for another adventure of establishing His Truth . . . The status is the Truth while the stature is Grace, the conditions and criticalities of engagement may warrant increase in the measure of Grace but the status of Truth is not subject to change.

 

Oh CHRIST! Give me the Grace to uphold YOUR Truth in any circumstance that I find myself. Let YOUR Word be my priority that YOUR Grace may be abundant in establishing the Truth . . . for YOUR Word indeed is Truth!

 

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GODLY ETHIC: Rejected But Not Discouraged

GODLY ETHIC: Rejected But Not Discouraged

4. JCH 1: 9-13

 

CHRIST in His divine wisdom manifested His essence, shared His words, healed the sick but despite all that, He was still not accepted by many people. CHRIST came just like every other man to share the gospel with the people but He was rejected. They were not looking for a mere man but for someone who looks great on the outside. Even though many rejected CHRIST, it did not stop Him from doing what the Father instructed Him even to the point of dying on the cross.