If you thought that the message of the Bible is that we are all sinners and were once under the condemnation of God’s Law but Jesus has come, and He paid the price of our sins, so now we can get on with our lives much as we did before, though we must always remember to thank Him for what He has done, that would be a complete misunderstanding.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
We truly live in perilous dangerous times, in the last days and in these times, we truly need to have the right perspective. When I am speaking on a perspective, I am referring to having the right Biblical and Godly perspective on first of all on the Bible and salvation but also on life.
The Bible places a lot of emphasis on the topic of obedience and this is very important, but in isolation and without understanding, obedience can easily be used by us as a tool to try and manipulate God and others
You are trying to figure out who God is, or who you are, or what the meaning or purpose of life is? How will faith be formed and sustained in you? The Bible presents us with a Person that we can come to know and relate to.
His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!” But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?” He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!” “Where is he now?” they asked. “I don’t know,” he replied.
Faith is actually a kind of seeing. And it is this man’s famous testimony as we will see later in this chapter. “Once I was blind, but now I see,” has a double meaning. “Jesus performed a miracle in which I came to see” and “Jesus performed a miracle in which I came to believe.”
“As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, He spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then He anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam”. So, he went and washed and came back seeing.”
The question is what will you and I do when a moment like this appears in our lives? When we come face to face with those who God chose. He chose to give us newness of life, he chose to love us even though there was no reason to. Even though according to his standard there is no way that we can be saved, unless he gave his son, unless he pays the price that we should have paid. That is grace and to survive and flourish in marriage is grace.
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved childrenand walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
The question is what will you and I do when a moment like this appear in our lives? When we come face to face with those who have wronged us and walked away hoping that we would die? What will we do? Will we allow the good in us to rise and get to work? Or will be allow the bad of us to take over?
“Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.”
Worship is at the very heart of the Bible, one of the reasons why God gave us the Bible is so that we may see His wondrous works and worship Him!
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”