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DO YOU REALLY KNOW JESUS?

In the verses just preceding today’s One Year Bible reading in John 6:43–71, the skeptics demonstrated their ignorance of who Jesus truly was. They thought they knew him and his family well. They “knew” he was the son of Joseph and Mary. Jesus’ description of himself as “the bread of life” who “came down from Heaven” to do the will of God the Father sounded not just far-fetched, but even blasphemous.

But Jesus replied that no one can come to Him unless God the Father draws him. God the Father teaches those who will listen to Him, and those who learn from Him will come to Jesus. True followers of Jesus live in an intimate union with him. When they accept Him spiritually, it’s as personal as if they were eating his flesh and drinking his blood.

Those who weren’t true followers of Jesus were offended by His words and turned away from Him. But Jesus’ true followers recognized who He was, and realized eternal life could be found only through Him. As Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that You are the Holy One of God.”

The same is still true today. Jesus’ true followers know who He is, and know that only through Him can anyone come into a right relationship with God.

How about you? Do you really know who Jesus is? Are you trusting solely in Him, not just for salvation, but for everyday life? Or do His words offend you?

 

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LOOK AFTER YOUR FAMILY

"When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel.  The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba.  Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.  Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways." 1 Samuel 8:1-5

This is one of the most eye opening passages in Scripture.  I am often reminded and warned of the tremendous responsibility that a father has.  Sometimes I try to postulate reasons for Samuel's failure as a father.  Was he too busy to look after his own sons?  Did they have wicked and rebellious hearts from the very start?  Did he have some hidden sin in his life that is not recorded?  But all of that is just guessing.  In reality, we should just be encouraged to spend time looking after our own families.  Sin is always seeking to gain a foothold in our home.  May God give us the grace to be vigilant - and at very least to be a public example of following the Lord like Samuel.

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