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October 3 - Evening

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?' ”
- John 11:25

Jesus Is the Resurrection


In the verse above, John 11:25, Jesus makes the fifth of his seven “I am” statements.
  1. “I am the bread of life.” – John 6:35
  2. “I am the light of the world.” – John 8:12
  3. “I am the gate.” – John 10:9
  4. “I am the good shepherd.” – John 10:11
  5. “I am the resurrection and the life.” – John 11:25
  6. “I am the way, and the truth and the life.” – John 14:6
  7. “I am the vine.” – John 15:5
Jesus is speaking to Martha (Mary and Lazarus’ sister). He has just told her:
“Your brother will rise again.” (John 11:24)

To this Martha expressed her faith in the coming day in the distant eschatological future when, according to Jewish belief, the righteous dead Jews would be resurrected into the Kingdom of God.  She said:
            “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
For this apparently great confession of faith and expression of trust in God based on a correct, orthodox doctrinal understanding Martha is corrected by the Lord.  Jesus says:
            “I am the resurrection and the life!”
The resurrection and the life is not a day, nor are we waiting for it to be available in the future as if it were some computer update or a new upgrade released by Apple. Jesus corrects the focus of her doctrinal understanding by saying: “The resurrection is not a day or a time or a place or an event, because, like life itself, the resurrection is a person, a God, a divine essence. The resurrection is me, Jesus!”
This is a radical insertion of thought to most people’s theology, because we tend to like systems, dates, tensions, contrasts and organization. Independent of time, days, places, systems or doctrinal statements is Jesus Christ. He is the essence of life. He is the resurrection. So, where Jesus goes, so goes the resurrection.
Fortunately, for Martha and Mary, the Resurrection was standing in front of their brother’s tomb. Jesus doesn’t have the power of life. Jesus is life! Jesus doesn’t merely have power to raise the dead. Jesus is the resurrection. If you have Jesus, you have life. If you have Jesus, you have resurrection. We are not waiting for a day. Instead, we are waiting for Jesus!
Ado (Gr) - Sing (Eng) - the Greek word ado is used five times in the New Testament. Each time it is translated as singing praises to God (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Revelation 5:9; 14:3; 15:3)
Do I understand that Jesus is life?
He does not merely possess life or have more life than others.
Jesus is Life.
I will consider Jesus to be the only, and final source, of life.
Jesus is the only "door" and "way" to God.



Bible Reading Descriptions Here

Narrative

(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text




Personal

Ask Holy Spirit to move through you

Church

Christ-like attitudes and actions
Welfare
Philippines - to realize great economic and political potential



Galyn on the altar in the courtyard of the temple in Arad, Israel which was one of the Old Testament high places. This altar had been buried around 700 BC around the time of Hezekiah.
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A flow chart detailing the New Testament teaching
concerning the church's method of dealing with open sin, immorality, divisiveness and False Doctrine.
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Someone to Quote

Suffering overcomes the mind's inertia, develops the thinking powers, opens up a new world, and drives the soul to action." – Antony Harrison Evans

Something to Ponder

The Bible refers to 18 books that no longer exist as far as we know, including: - “Records of Nathan” - "Records of Gad” - “Prophecy of Ahijah” - "Book of Wars of the Lord” - “Visions of Iddo the Seer” - "Annotations on the Book of the Kings.”

Here’s a Fact

The Tel el-Amarna Tablets from 1380 BC where found in Egypt in 1887. Among the 350 tablets written in cuneiform were letters from Hazor, Gezer, Megiddo, Lachish and Shechem. The letters are written by the Canaanite leaders who plead for help from Pharaoh because the land of Canaan was being overrun by an invading group of people they called the "Habiru.” In Genesis 14:13 Abraham was called a "Hebrew" and according to the biblical account his descendants began invading the land of Canaan in 1400 BC the same time (1380 BC) that the Canaanites were being overrun by the "Habiru." In these letters Jerusalem is called "Uru-Salim."
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Proverb

"The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse."
- Proverbs 10:32

Coach’s Corner

Do not forget the word of encouragement that tells us that the Lord disciplines those he loves. 

Luke 23
New International Version (NIV)
23 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.”
So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”
But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”
On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.
13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.” [17] 
18 But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” 19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)
20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”
23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
The Crucifixion of Jesus
26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then
“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”     and to the hills, “Cover us!”’
31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
The Death of Jesus
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
The Burial of Jesus
50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
Luke 2:39-52
New International Version (NIV)
39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
The Boy Jesus at the Temple
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

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