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A Thought for the Week—Behold the Lamb

Monday, December 11, 2006

"Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. "O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:24-26 NKJ)

Jesus wants us to be with Him, where He is. He wants us to behold His glory. Jesus has been glorified by God. He has been exalted over all the earth. He reigns over all the evil spiritual powers that have been allowed by the sinful acts of men to reign over the world.

Jesus allowed the spiritual powers of this world to reign over Him. They had no legal right to reign over Him, since He had never sinned and given in to their ways. He willingly submitted to their reign, when He had our sin put on Him by His Father. The Bible says, "…the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6 NKJ). When the spiritual rulers had Jesus crucified, they did not understand that God had a higher purpose for Him. The Bible says, "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory" (1 Corinthians 2:7-8 NKJ).

Jesus knew that by allowing the spiritual powers to have Him crucified, He would be able to rule over them. He knew that by allowing them to put Him to death and bring Him into hell, He would then be able to bring our sins into that place and to rule over them. We deserved to go into hell with our sins, but now He was able to go there with our sins, for us. This is why God calls us to behold the Lamb, whom He has raised, glorified, and made Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).

Father, we rejoice in Your plan and in Your having raised, exalted and glorified Jesus. Help us to worship and glorify Him as well. Amen.

A Thought for the Week—Behold the Lamb

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me." (John 17:24-26 NKJ)

"Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me." Jesus has been glorified; this is the Gospel message. Peter on the day of Pentecost said to the Jewish people, "…let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ" (Acts 2:36 NKJ).

Jesus reigns! He has been exalted. He has been glorified. He has been given the glory that He had before the foundations of the world. He laid down that glory and became weak like us so that He could model a life dependent on the Spirit of God for wisdom and power to live. Before He died, He knew He was to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. He knew He was the one who would send forth the Holy Spirit of God. He knew He needed a full measure of glory so that He could be all He needed to be to accomplish this heavenly work. Before He went to the cross, He prayed,

"Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was" (John 17:1,5 NKJ).

Jesus has been glorified so that He can send forth His Spirit, live in us and empower us so that we can do all He wants us to do and to be. He can give us victory over the sinful ways of our flesh and give us power to do signs and wonders as He did. He desires that we BEHOLD HIS GLORY, to remind us of these truths and to enable Him to impart the power and life of His Spirit into us.

Father, we rejoice in Your plan and purposes. Help us to behold Your Son in glory so that we can be all He wants us to be. Amen.

A Thought for the Week—Behold the Lamb

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

"Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world." (John 17:24-26 NKJ)

Jesus, the eternal Son of God, was loved by His Father before the foundation of the world. He knew this when He walked on the earth as God and man. He knew His Father’s love for the world. He knew that He was called to suffer and die for the sins of the world before the world was formed. The Bible says, "All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8 NKJ).

Before He created the world, God knew He would have to have His Son die for our sins. He knew that through the death of Jesus, He would be able to impart His life into us, so that we could love God with all of our being. Jesus knew that by His death and resurrection our sins could be removed and we could be filled with His Spirit so that we could live and reign with Him eternally over all the kingdom of God.

God's eternal plan is being made known to us in these days. We are being trained to reign with Christ in the coming ages. We are having our sins removed through the cross of Christ in this age so that we can reign in life now. God’s eternal plan to fill the earth with His glory is coming forth in these days. Satan's kingdom is falling and the kingdom and rule of Christ is being established. Satan will be bound and we will reign in the heavenlies in the millennial kingdom. After that Satan will try one last time to destroy the people of God and the nation of Israel. BUT GOD will prevail. His kingdom shall fill the heavens and the earth.

Jesus knew this before the foundations of the world were formed. He knew God would prevail. He invites us to let Him live in us in His kingdom.

Father, we rejoice in Your eternal plan. We rejoice in Your love for Your Son and for us. Let Your kingdom come and Your will be done. Amen.

A Thought for the Week—Behold the Lamb

Thursday, December 14, 2006

"O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me." (John 17:24-26 NKJ)

Jesus knew His Father. He did not just know about Him, HE KNEW HIM. He did not just have an intellectual knowledge about His Father. He did not just hear stories about Him, or read about Him in a book. HE KNEW HIM. He knew His personality through personal experience. He personally experienced His love and His power. He knew the ways of His Father, because He spent hours in communion and fellowship with Him.

Jesus was a human being like us, with a body, a soul and a spirit. He communed with people through His body. He spoke and listened, He saw and observed, just as we all do through the functions of our body. He used His Spirit to commune with His Father. God, His Father, is a spiritual being; He does not have a physical body like we humans do. We can only know Him through our spirit. We must become aware of the spiritual realm and learn to listen and commune, with our spirit being sensitive to the spiritual realm. Jesus did this. He had a personal spiritual relationship with His Father.

Jesus knew His Father. Because of this personal experience and relationship, He knew His Father’s ways and motives. Jesus, when praying, called His Father "RIGHTEOUS FATHER." He knew His Father to be righteous in all His ways. He trusted Him. HE KNEW HIM TO BE RIGHTEOUS. Jesus also knew that the world did not know His Father. Some knew about Him, but they did not know Him. Jesus came to bring life to us--to our spirits--so that we could KNOW GOD. He came to awaken our spirits, to deliver us from the weight of sin and guilt and shame. He lived for this. He died for this. Let us look to Him and let Him impart His life into us so we too can know His Father and our Father.

Father, we rejoice that we can know You through Your Son. We rejoice that He knew You and desires that we too know You as our personal and heavenly Father. Help us to live in this relationship with You, that You and He desire for us. Amen.

    A Thought for the Week—Behold the Lamb

    Friday, December 15, 2006

"O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me." (John 17:24-26 NKJ)

Jesus was a man on a mission. His Father sent Him from heaven to accomplish certain tasks. He said, "…these have known that You sent Me." He spoke often of this truth that He had been sent by The Father to the earth to accomplish a specific mission. He testified, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work" (John 4:34 NKJ). He not only knew that He was a man on assignment from His Father, He knew that His Father had a mission to fulfill, and that He was a part of that mission. He was sent from heaven, to bring a taste of the kingdom of heaven onto the earth, and then to go to heaven so that we could come into the heavenly realm and bring the kingdom of heaven onto the earth.

Jesus spoke His bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth. He said, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17 NKJ). Jesus knew that in the ages to come He would destroy the devil and his demons. He knew that He must first suffer and die, and give us victory over the works of the devil. The demons, speaking through a man in the synagogue, said to Him, "Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are-- the Holy One of God!" (Luke 4:33-34 NKJ) The Gadarene demoniacs said, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" (Matthew 8:29 NKJ)

Jesus taught us to pray for the kingdom of heaven to come onto the earth. He said, "In this manner, therefore, pray: our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:9-10 NKJ). He taught His disciples to know that they too were sent ones, as He was. He told them, "As the Father has sent Me, I also send you" (John 20:21 NKJ). When He sent His disciples out He told them, "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:7-8 NKJ).

We too are to have victory over the works of darkness in this age, and to participate in the ages to come when the demons shall be removed and the reign of Christ shall be totally manifest on the earth as it is in heaven. Let us operate as sent ones of God, preaching and demonstrating the gospel of the kingdom.

Father, we rejoice that You sent Your Son to die for us and now to live in us so we can operate as He did in this world. Help us to know that You will also use us to reign with Him in the ages to come so that Your kingdom will fill the heavens and the earth. Amen.

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