Lifeline, 3/28/2018

Lifeline 2018 03 28

I am looking forward to this Sunday and the celebration of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today, however, I am looking back to the Scriptures and the amazing accounts in the Gospels of Jesus’ final week on earth. Some of His greatest teachings on the Last Days were taught during His last days. His Upper Room discourse in John 13-17 is filled with life-giving instructions for all who follow Him.
 
In John 14, as Jesus tells His disciples that He will be leaving them, He gives them three promises. The first promise is the Promise of a Place (John 14:1-6). He tells them that He is going to prepare a place for them in heaven. He also reveals that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6)
 
The second promise is the Promise of a Partner. In John 14:16, Jesus introduces the Holy Spirit. The Greek word He uses to describe the Holy Spirit is parakletos. The Holy Spirit is given to be our Helper, our Comforter, our Counselor, our Advocate. He is the Spirit of Truth who guides us in the path of truth.
 
The third promise is the Promise of a Peace. In John 14:27, Jesus proclaims, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” The peace that Jesus offers is not the absence of conflict but a peace that surpasses human understanding (Philippians 4:7) no matter the outward circumstances. It flows out of the first two promises.
 
My challenge today is today respond rightly to these three promises.
  • Jesus has a place prepared for you, but are you prepared for the place?
  • Have you put your trust in Jesus Christ for your eternal salvation?
  • The Father has given the Holy Spirit, are you walking in close fellowship with Him?
  • Jesus has given His peace, are you experiencing it on a regular basis?
  • Does His peace guard your heart and mind against the attacks of fear and worry?
Today, let us respond in faith to each of these precious promises.
 
Blessings,
Pastor Jeff