Monday, December 11, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: The next day John sees Jesus coming unto him, and says, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. John 1 : 29
LISTEN: After John’s message of repentance from sin, and answers to the priests and levites who were sent to him the previous day from Jerusalem to find out if he was the christ; he saw Jesus Christ practically coming to him the next day and therefore, exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1 : 29). John by the help of the Spirit of God recognised Jesus Christ as one sent from God to deliver the world from the darkness and disease of sin. John’s words to his audience were, “BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD:” What does that mean? Firstly, it means that Jesus Christ is God’s choicest sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10 : 1 – 7). The blood of animals could not give redemption to mankind, only the blood of Jesus Christ could. Secondly, it means that Jesus Christ is the final sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10 : 11, 12, 14). There is no sacrifice other than the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Thirdly, Jesus Christ as the lamb of God means that he is God’s means of humans redemption (John 1 : 29 ; Acts 4 : 12). Beloved, there is no salvation in any other but in Jesus Christ alone. He must be received and acknowledged as one sent by God to deliver us through his own life. And fourthly, by his position as the lamb of God, you have the choice to be saved or be consumed by accepting or rejecting his sacrificial death. (John 3 : 16 ; John 1 : 11 , 12). You will be saved when you receive him as your Lord and Saviour; but consumed when you reject and despise him. The choice is yours. There are dangers in rejecting Jesus Christ. When you reject him, you will certainly face God’s judgment (Hebrews 10 : 26 – 29); be eternally separated from God and face eternal punishment (2Thess 1 : 8 – 9 )., and regret in sorrow forever (Matthew 13 : 41 – 43).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and personal Saviour.
2. Accept him as God’s ultimate sacrifice for sin.
3. Fix your eyes on him and surrender your life totally to him.
4. Resist the devil in your life and he will flee.
Daily Prayer: Compassionate Father, I thank you for your Son Jesus Christ who sacrificed himself for my sins. I worship you for accepting me back to your family, the church of Christ. May your name be praised, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, do not reject Jesus’ invitation today. Remember that you will be saved when you receive him as your Lord and Saviour; but consumed when you reject and despise him.
Daily Reflection: Jesus Christ is God’s choicest sacrifice for sin. Hence, no sinner is too sinful not to be forgiven, redeemed and saved.
Daily Quote: There is no sacrifice other than the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Today In History: December 11, 1927 Nearly 400 world leaders sign a letter to President Calvin Coolidge asking the United States to join the World Court.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that Jesus Christ is Lord forever. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. I will serve him as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may you not miss God’s purposes for your life. By your faith in Christ Jesus, may your life be surrounded with favour, in Jesus’ name, name.