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“Since I live, you also will live” (John 14:19 NLT).

From: May 25, 2019

BECAUSE HE LIVES

Jesus encouraged His disciples with the promise of His resurrection life. For in His coming resurrection, He would provide for them both proof and pledge of their own resurrection and life.
 
Because He lives we have proof that Christ is the Victor over sin, death and the grave. Since He lives, will also shall live. Since He was raised, we also shall be raised. Our faith rests on the fact of Christ’s resurrection. It is the proof that we too shall be raised.
 
Because He lives we have His pledge that all who believe in Him shall be saved. Since He lives, He continually intercedes for us, that we also shall live. Since He lives, we are able to abide in Him and He in us. Our lives are forever united. For when we trusted Christ, our former life died, and our new “life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).
 
Because Christ lives, we have both proof and pledge that we too shall also live.
 
PRAYER: Our Dear Father, thank you that nothing in this world can separate us from Your love. For our life is hidden with Christ in You. As Christ lives, we shall live. This is both our hope and assurance. It is our comfort and surety. Help us to truly live today knowing that as Christ lives, we live. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth” (John 14:16-17 NLT).

From: May 25, 2018

THE SPIRIT IS ANOTHER OF THE SAME KIND
Jesus sought to comfort His disciples by explaining that although He must return to the Father, He would send “another Advocate” to be with them always. In the Greek, the word “Advocate” is “Paraklētos,” which literally means, “one called alongside.” It might also be translated, “Helper” or “Comforter.” This “Advocate” is the Holy Spirit.
 
If the Greek word “Paraklētos” is revealing, then the Greek word translated “another” is perhaps even more so. For there are two words translated “another” in the Greek. The first word is “eteros,” which has the meaning of “another” that is similar, but of different character (i.e., “May I have ‘another’ piece of fruit, maybe an apple instead of an orange?”). But the Greek word used by Jesus was “allos,” which means “another” of the same kind (i.e., “May I have ‘another’ apple?”).
 
Why is this significant? Because Jesus was making the point that the Advocate is “another” of the same character as He. Jesus, the Son of God, was sent by the Father. Now, as He returned to the Father, He would ask the Father to send “another” of the same kind to be with His disciples. The Father, the Son and the Spirit are of the same kind. As the hymn declares, “God in three persons, blessed Trinity.”
 
This is why the apostle Paul referred to the Holy Spirit as both the “Spirit of God” and the “Spirit of Christ” in the same verse (Rom. 8:9). For if we have received Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we have received His Spirit, which is “another” of the same kind. So, we are able to say along with the apostle Paul, “Christ in us, the hope of glory!” (Col. 1:27). For in Christ, the “Paraklētos” lives in us!

“The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility” (Proverbs 15:33 NKJV).

From: May 25, 2017

The instruction of wisdom begins with a proper fear of the Lord. Wisdom understands that God made us, sustains us, always watches us, and will one day demand an accounting of us. Understanding the attributes and works of God, wisdom rightly has an appropriate fear of God. The fear of God goes hand in hand with humility before God. The one who bows in humility and lowers the eyes in respect, will be honored and blessed by the Lord. But the stiff-necked fool who honors himself will be opposed (James 4:6).

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18 ESV)

From: May 25, 2016

“Orphans.” The Greek word here is the origin of our English word: “ὀρφανός, orphanos.” It can mean “parentless, fatherless, bereaved” or as in the KJV, “comfortless.” Which in this context seems most fitting. Jesus will not leave us “comfortless,” for he will send a Comforter. He was letting his disciples know that he would no longer be with them bodily, but would be with them in the Spirit. The promise he made to his disciples that he would “come to you” is already being fulfilled. This is not his future return when he will come again bodily. This “coming” is already here. The Spirit of Christ, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter is present and available. We have not been left “as orphans.” He is with us.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27 NKJV)

From: May 25, 2015

The peace that Jesus offers is not only a cessation of hostilities between times of war, but a sense of well-being in our souls that is a down payment on its future completion in all creation. Jesus had the Hebrew idea of peace in mind, which is called “shalom.” According to Strong’s Concordance, the word shalom means “completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.” Jesus doesn’t offer this peace as the world does. His peace is perfect and eternal. Those that receive His peace have put away worry and fear.

“He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son” (2 Samuel 7:13-14 NLT)

From: May 25, 2014

This prophecy was given to David through the prophet Nathan when he asked to build the Lord a temple to house the Ark. God told David that he was not the one to build him a temple, but that his son would be. This prophecy had both an immediate and an ultimate fulfillment. It was immediately fulfilled in David’s son, Solomon, who built a glorious temple to house the Ark of the Covenant. Yet, this temple was destroyed. Centuries later, another one was born to the house of David named Jesus. He is the ultimate fulfillment of this Davidic promise. He is both the Chief Cornerstone and the Builder of this eternal temple, which is the Church of the living God.