Victory Vitamin Blog – John 8:57-58

“’You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham!’ ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’”

John 8:57–58  NIV

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday.  Christians are monotheists, which means we believe in one God.  One, not three.  And yet that one God reveals Himself in the Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It’s beyond comprehension, but then again I would expect God to be beyond my comprehension.  The member of the Trinity that gets the most scrutiny is Jesus.  Many claim that Jesus isn’t God.  Jesus claimed that He is.  In the verse above He says that He existed before Abraham, and by saying “I am!”  He was saying that He’s always existed.  In the Old Testament, God told Moses to tell Pharaoh that “I Am” had sent him.  Now Jesus drops the same name, and the Jews knew exactly what He was saying.  They wanted Jesus dead because they thought He was blaspheming.  But Jesus is God.  Conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus tells us to honor Him the same way we honor the Father.  (John 5:22-23)  Jesus says, “I and the Father are one.”  (John 10:30)  Jesus had to be God in order for His death on the cross to mean anything.  As a human, Jesus’ death would have done nothing for us, but as The Perfect God/Man, Jesus’ death paid the price for all sins, and His resurrection means eternal life for all who believe.  Be at peace, your salvation is secure.  Jesus is God!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for June 16, 2019 – John 8:58

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for June 16, 2019 – John 8:58

Jesus makes an astonishing claim to a group of Jews in the Gospel reading today.  It is difficult to comprehend, but Jesus’ claim is critical to our salvation.  Sunday we rejoice that we worship one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The Trinity.  The perfect God who alone is perfectly capable of achieving our salvation. Find out more at 9 a.m. Worship!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Acts 2:4

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

-Acts 2:4 NIV

This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit being given to the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem.  We receive the Holy Spirit through the power of God’s Word and in Baptism.  (Acts 2:38) The Holy Spirit is a gift worth celebrating!  The Holy Spirit enables us to believe, (1 Corinthians 12:3) and guides us in knowing and living in God’s Wisdom. (John 16:13, Romans 8:9)  Through baptism, your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit so rest assured the Spirit lives in you and is with you, giving you the power to believe and live as a child of God.  The verse above tells us that the first believers to receive the Spirit spoke in foreign languages.  That made sense for them since there were Jews from many different countries in Jerusalem that day and they were able to hear the Good News about Jesus in their own language.  The Bible does not promise that we will miraculously speak in other tongues, but we can be sure that the Holy Spirit will empower us to live as God’s people, and tell others about the God who loves them enough to die and rise for them to give them forgiveness and eternal life.