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I am thirsty (John 19:28)

18 April 2014

The fifth saying is brief: ‘I am thirsty.’ At one level, this is no more than a desperate, agonised cry of suffering. We hear a man on a cross, close to death, suffering from injuries and loss of blood, expressing his need for something to drink.

It is a painful, poignant, utterly human request. In thinking of this we need to be reminded of the truth that, in Jesus, God has suffered with human beings and nowhere more than here at the cross. If we understand and believe the Easter story, however much we may suffer, we can never ever point the finger at God and say, ‘You really don’t know what this is all about.’

In Christ, God is acquainted with human pain at its most extreme. The God of the universe, the maker of heaven and earth, the one who by a mere word created the very oceans, knew what it was to suffer thirst.

Sooner or later most people find themselves in a place that is deeper, darker and more terrible than they thought possible. At such times the thought that God has been there can be an enormous comfort.

Yet, as with so many sayings in the Gospels, there is another meaning. In John’s Gospel Jesus frequently uses the image of water. In chapter 4 he declares that he is the giver of the ‘living water’ to the Samaritan woman and in John 7:37-38 we read ‘On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”’ With this in mind we sense something of the appalling nature of the cross. The maker of all things has become someone who craves a cup of water. Christ became cursed that we might be blessed, became empty so that we might become filled and became nothing that we might become something. That’s what the cross is all about.

Agapé,  

Revd Canon J.John
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It is finished (John 19:30)

19 April 2014

There’s something extraordinarily satisfying about completing something. Whether it’s wallpapering the bedroom, writing a report for the office, working out at the gym or just doing the shopping, it’s a good moment when we come to the end, breathe a sigh of relief and can say ‘it’s finished!’. There is all this – and more – in the sixth word of Christ from the cross. Let’s put it in its context. John, in his Gospel, writes: ‘knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit’ (John 19:28-30).

Wrapped up in that little word that we translate as finished are ideas of fulfilment, accomplishment and achievement. It is a word not of despair but of triumph, the sort of word that you might gasp out when you cross the finishing line of a marathon.

It is clear that Jesus is not saying ‘I am finished’ but rather ‘it is finished.’ But what is the it that has been finished? In John’s Gospel Jesus describes himself several times as someone who has been given work to do by his Father (John 4:34; 17:4). That work, it is clear, is not just calling his disciples or teaching, but dying on the cross. To someone familiar with the Jewish faith of Jesus’ day what is going on at the cross is almost unsubtle in its obviousness. At this point in the afternoon before the start of Passover, in the temple barely a mile away from the cross, lambs are being sacrificed for the sins of the people of God. Actually what is being ‘finished’ here is not just Jesus’ work, but the whole Old Testament system of practices.

That long and tortuous tale of priests, kings, temples and sacrifices is completed and fulfilled in Christ’s death on the cross. In the time before the cross, men and women could only look forward in hope that God would someday find a way to pay off what they had done wrong.

In the time after the cross, men and women look back to this moment with faith and gratitude.

We can actually see in this word ‘finished’ something very personal. Human religion has often been summarised in the phrase ‘the search for salvation’. In every race, culture and age, men and women have struggled to find a way through which they can be right before God. So we find people trying every sort of religious practice – making vows, giving up pleasures, going on pilgrimages and making all manner of sacrifices – in order to try to make themselves right with God.

Here at the cross we see the end of humanity’s long quest. If we understand what Jesus did on this cross and trust in him, then we can say about our own personal search for salvation, it is finished.

Agapé,  

Revd Canon J.John
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“God has called you to endure suffering because Christ suffered for you, and He left you an EXAMPLE so that you could FOLLOW in HIS footsteps.” 1 Peter 2:21
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THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY SINS AWAY.
I celebrate His life and what He means to me. As I lift Him up, I invite you to join me in His resurrection.. To give Him our love and adoration. No words can truly express all He is to us, but may this small token going out to thousands echo through the world and bless Him.

In the times when I feel I am failing you, you remind me of your grace. In the times when I feel weak, you impart a new strength. In the moments when I feel like all is lost, you redeem me once again with your hope. You did not leave me in the wilderness, but instead you led me to a garden where I could taste the best fruits and delight in how precious you are.

Of all the gifts you have given me over the years Lord Jesus, the most precious of them all is... You. Your friendship. Your love. This relationship has pulled me through so many storms and will protect me through more to come. If I had no gift, no anointing, no ability and no blessing, I would still be content with just knowing you.If I succeed in nothing else, may it be said that I loved you with all my heart and all my mind. May it be said that I shone this light to your people and drew them into those chambers as well, so they can also experience the sweetness of who you are.

Jesus it is not only your resurrection that I celebrate today, but your life through me and through your Church. May your Bride shine with your passionate love and be a City on the Hill. May she know your tenderness and your passion. May she be everything you ever desired. Above all, may she fall in love with you and transform this world through your love." You are precious to me.Remain in me till you call me,Amen.
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How resurrection affects our lives and what does it mean for us today.
The Word has (3) key purposes 1.It reveals who God is 2.It reveals who man is 3.It reveals what God wants to do in and through man.Paul said something unique, I want to experience His resurrection power, I want to have that power working in me. (NKJV) Philippians 3 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.

Man has a problem with sin (disobedience to God). The bible says that mans disobedience or sin has separated us from God.Romans 3 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,1 John 1 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. So, what was the solution? JESUS. He came to earth, lived a sinless life, gave His life and was resurrected all to bring me and you back into fellowship with God.Through His resurrection, we are given the opportunity to be changed and come back to God.His resurrection will bring an end to all your problems.A big Amen.
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Father,I thank You for taking me into a new land. Thank You for provision, increase, blessing and abundance. I choose a grateful attitude. I choose to follow Your leading. Keep me close to You so that I can experience everything You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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The Israelites had been in slavery for many years. That was the land of “Barely Enough.” They were just enduring, surviving, barely making it through. One day God brought them out of slavery and took them into the desert. That was the land of “Just Enough.” Their needs were supplied but nothing extra. It says their clothes didn’t wear out for 40 years. They were probably grateful, but who really wants to wear the same clothes for 40 years?

Well, God eventually took them into the Promised Land. This was the land of “More Than Enough.” The food and supplies were plenteous. The bundles of grapes were so large that two grown men had to carry them. It’s called, “the land flowing with milk and honey.” “Flowing” means it didn’t stop. It never ran out. It continued to have abundance. That’s where God is taking you.The Scripture says,“And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham.”(Exodus 6:8, NIV)

Now, you may be in the land of “Barely Enough” right now. You don’t know how you’re going to make it through next week. Don’t worry. God hasn’t forgotten about you. He’s leading you to a new land. Just keep following His leading and move forward into the abundance He has in store for you.You are blessed.
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PRAY.
Father,I thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I trust that You are opening doors for me that no man can shut. I choose to obey Your commands and walk in love as I wait on Your marvelous plan to unfold in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Then the LORD said: ‘I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you’ (Exodus 34:10, NIV)

Friend, if you’re going to reach your highest potential in the natural, you will need to have supernatural doors open for you that you cannot open on your own. You’re going to need promotion, good breaks, divine connections and God’s favor greater than what you’ve seen in the past. 

God said in Exodus, “I will perform great wonders that I have not done anywhere before in all the world. People will see what great things I can do because of the awesome things I’m about to do for you.” Think about that for a moment and let it take root in your spirit. God is saying, “I’m going to do something awesome in your life.” “Awesome” means “astounding, remarkable, overwhelming, breathtaking.” The key is found in the very next verse; it says, “Obey what I have commanded.” God’s ready to do His part, and we have to do ours. When we do things God’s way, we get God’s results. When we follow His Word, He promises to bless us with life, health, peace and joy. He promises to do what has never been done before.God bless you.
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The Cross Reveals The Person of Jesus Christ!
1 Corinthians 1:23,24 says, "but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God".
The Jews were looking for a Messiah on a white horse with a sword to deliver them from the Romans.The looked t Jesus and said,He is no Messiah.The Greeks considered the Cross "foolishness," saying that the nation of God sacrificing His life for people was stupid.The both rejected because He failed to do what they wanted Him to do.

Who is Jesus Christ to you? What is the Cross to you? Your concept of Jesus will determine how you serve Him.The Cross is not about jewelry round your neck,or putting a Cross in your house.The Cross is a mystery.The Cross is divine.The Cross is miraculous.The Cross is supernatural.The Cross is substitutionary, meaning that Christ substituted His life me.The Cross is efficacious,meaning that my sins were forgiven.He paid the Price for you and me.Run to the Cross,confess your sins and receive forgiveness,and surrender your life to become like Jesus.God bless you.
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HE DIED FOR ME!
Christ tasted death for everyone who has faith. Because the faith of everyone who believed was purchased by the death of Christ.
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