Victory Vitamin Blog – John 14:3

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

-John 14:3 NIV

 

God has always wanted to be with His people.  God created the world, the Garden of Eden, and Adam and Eve with that goal in mind.  We were created to be in communion WITH God.  Adam and Eve disobeyed God and so Sin has destroyed what God desires.  Sin and perfection cannot be united.  Thanks be to God, that He became Immanuel, “God with us” and died to pay the price for all sins.  He is with us now in the Word and in the Lord’s Supper to strengthen us while we wait to be with the Lord forever.  And that’s Jesus’ promise in the verse above.  He will come and take us to be with Him eternally in heaven.  It will be unlike anything we have ever experienced or could ever imagine.  We will be in perfection and peace, united with our Maker for eternity.  Until then, God is with us in the Bible, the bread, and the wine.  Through Word and sacrament we remain in Him until we are with him forever.  God cannot lie, and Jesus’ promise in John 14:3 gives us hope, happiness and peace while we wait for His return.

Victory Vitamin Blog – John 12:17-18

“Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 

-John 12:17-18 NIV

 

Which are greater, words or actions?  Jesus once told a parable about a father who asked his two sons to do some work for him.  One son said “Sure!”, but never did it.  The other said, “Nope.”, but later went and did the work.  Words or actions?  One of the things that made Jesus popular with the people of His day was the fact that he didn’t just talk, He acted.  The verse above tells us that the people who were there when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead continued to spread the word about it.  He didn’t just talk about raising Lazarus, He did it!  Many of the people who rallied around Jesus on Palm Sunday were there because they hear about His great deeds.  Perhaps they wanted to see more?  They soon would, as Jesus willingly entered Jerusalem, gave His life on the cross, and rose from the dead.  Our God is a God of ACTION!  Because we could not save ourselves from our sins, He became human, suffered, and died to earn forgiveness and eternal life for us.  ACTION!  Now it’s our turn.  Jesus acted on our behalf, now we act on His behalf to bring His love and forgiveness to a world that needs it badly.  What action will you take on God’s behalf today?