"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 30 Bible Reading: John Chapters 1-3

BEHOLD! The LAMB of GOD – JESUS CHRIST! The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God! (John 1:29-31, 35-36)

The above scriptural passage describes a very important moment when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was introduced before the world by His forerunner, John the Baptist. The words that John used to introduce Jesus carry a lot of importance since it established the purpose of the ministry of Jesus on the earth. These words have a lot of significance for they speak about Jesus being the “Lamb of God” who would carry away the sins of the entire human race (v. 29).

The lamb of the Passover (in Exodus 12) may have been the backdrop for the statement by John the Baptist that Jesus was the “Lamb of God.” As a suffering servant (Isa. 53:7), Jesus was sacrificed for the sins of the entire world (Isa. 53:12). It is possible that as the “Lamb of God” Jesus represented the slain animal that was killed in the Garden of Eden to provide tunics of skin in order to clothe and hide the nakedness of Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:21). As the “Lamb of God” Jesus may be the actualization of the sin offering (Lev. 4) or, the scapegoat that bore Israel’s sin typologically on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 5:16).

However, the blood of the lambs slain during the period of the Old Testament did not put away the sin of the people completely. Those lambs were symbols pointing forward to the fact that God would one day provide a Lamb who would actually take away the sin. All down through the years, godly Jews have been waiting for the coming of this Lamb. Now at last the time had come, and John the Baptist triumphantly announced the arrival of the true Lamb of God!

During those days, Jerusalem was bustling with Jewish worshippers who were looking to purchase the adequate Passover lambs to sacrifice as per God’s instructions which were specific – the lamb had to without any blemish and a male of the first year (Exo. 12:5; Deut. 17:1). It was the duty of the priests to examine the lambs for any disease or defects, and thereafter, separate the spotless lambs so that God’s command was obeyed. When the priest came upon a spotless lamb, he would point out to that lamb and call out: “Behold the Lamb”! In the fullness of time, God sent His own Son, to be the spotless and unblemished “Lamb of God” who would bear everyone’s sin upon Himself. This is the reason that when John saw Jesus walking towards him, he exclaimed loudly - “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

The sacrificial death of Jesus Christ was great enough in value to pay for the sins of the whole world, but only those sinners who receive the Lord Jesus as Savior are forgiven. "For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus)" (2 Cor. 5:21). So, Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament lamb (Exo. 12, 13; Num. 28:4). The “Lamb of God” was not limited to the Jewish people but rather He is the Savior of the entire world (see Isa. 52:13–53:12; John 4:42). The sacrificial language of John’s declaration points to the universal scope of Christ’s mission!

Let us be clear that Jesus Christ is the “Lamb of God” who alone can take away our sins permanently. The blood that Jesus has shed on the cross still has the power to take away our sins if we can sincerely confess our sins to Him alone (1 John 1:9). Let us truly behold the “Lamb of God”Jesus Christ – and worship Him reverentially. Apostle John reveals that a day is coming in the near future when the entire humankind and the angels in heaven will worship and glorify the “Lamb of God” who was slain for our sins: Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing! (Rev. 5:11-12)

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