Grace

By Michael M. Cook

Our NT8 reading plan takes us to the final author of this special arrangement…John.  It is appropriate that John be the final author because in real life he was the last living apostle.  His death was documented somewhere between 100-101 A.D at the approximate age of 95.  John wrote the Gospel of John, 1, 2, 3 John and Revelation.  As we read today we start the marvelous Gospel of John.  I want to encourage you to read it fresh and new.  Today, we read some of the most cherished Bible verses in the entire Bible.

As we enter these first few pages in John, there are three “classic” highlights. This is my takeaway on each.  The first two highlights will be examined as I lay them side- by-side in contrast.

Nicodemus…aka “Nick at night” was a man, a property owner, Ruler of Jews, Highly Educated, demonstrated great morality; he came to Christ at night with questions.

The woman at the well was considered property, a social outcast, without the opportunity of formal education, living in immorality. She wanted to argue and debate with Christ.

As I read these two encounters, I was reminded just how far Jesus will go to reach all different kinds of people.  Could we get a more stark contrast?  Jesus reaches people in all places of life, in all kinds of places.

There is no limit to the distance that grace will travel to touch a heart!

The Capernaum experience of rough seas reminded me that God always takes care of us…even in the roughest of seas.  He is in total control.  The moment He was seen walking on water…my heart melted.  Our Christ and our Savior superior demonstrated his supremacy to all nature.  Our Jesus is truly able to do all things.

These passages of scripture brought back childhood memories of growing up in church.  Great Sunday School lessons of Christ walking on water.  I recall this man Nicodemus coming to Jesus in darkness.  Often our teachers would turn the lights off in the classroom, making the story come alive when they told well-known stories.

As you go about your day, I pray that you might have a day that is filled with opportunity to serve others and saturate this world with light.

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