Wednesday Morning: 09 Jan 2019 – John 1:35-51 ~ Come and see for yourself.

Wednesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 1:35-51 (NLT)

The First Disciples

The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.

Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.

They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”).

Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.

Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.

As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”

“How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.”

Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”

Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.”
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Morning Reflection:

Meeting Jesus personally will change your life forever.
Steven J. Cole

How did you come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?

For me, it was a two-step process. I knew about Jesus as a teen, but it wasn’t until I sat down with a friend over coffee that I decided to follow Jesus, and that was 15 years later. And that decision changed my life forever.

In today’s reading, five men decided to follow Jesus at the very beginning of His ministry. They didn’t know a lot about Jesus, but they were willing to take a look, listen to what He had to say, and learn from Him.

What they discovered is that there is a lot more to Jesus than they realized, but they were willing to begin the journey with Him – the Lamb of God, the Messiah – because of the life-changing promise of sins forgiven.

Questions for consideration: Have you begun your journey with Jesus?

+ If not, why not begin today? See for yourself how at PeaceWithGod.net.
+ If yes, who was instrumental in bringing you to Jesus? And, do you have a friend that needs your help getting to Jesus? Ask God for help.

Morning Prayer:

Heavenly Father: Thank you for your saving grace throughout my life, and especially for my wife and friends who gently introduced me to your Son, the Lamb of God, who took away my sins. My life has never been the same.

Renew in me that experience of “first love” – when everything was new and exciting as I climbed a very steep learning curve. Thank you for those who were patient with me, and sometimes long-suffering. Thank you for those who prayed for me.

As the year unfolds, give me opportunities to befriend the people around me, and show me how to gently connect them with you. Keep me faithful in daily time spent with you, and teach me your ways, through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.
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“Help Me Find It” – Sidewalk Prophets


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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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