#5148 – God Speaks and it Happens

Good morning people who take great confidence in the Alpha and Omega.

John 14:28-29 NIV “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.

The more I am meditating my way through John 14 with a focus on who God is, the more I am so over-awed by how wonderful, beautiful and kind God is. It’s a humbling thing to be loved so deeply by such a perfect God.

In this scripture, Jesus explains that He tells us some things before they happen, so that when they do happen, we will believe. Isn’t that nice!

Because God is Spirit, He lives in the eternal realm. He exists above and beyond all created things, including time and space. He is omniscient (all knowing) because He is omnipresent (present everywhere, always). God is the beginning and the end; the first and the last; the Alpha and the Omega.

And this is all so important because it describes who God is. It’s important that we keep His supremacy at the forefront of our minds. Simply put, in every way, God is more!

And yet He chooses to – oh I love that statement – to share His eternal plan with us; the Father’s created sons and daughters.

God could let us just stumble our way through the darkness without any verbalised hope for our future. But He doesn’t!

God shares His heart, His thoughts, His plans and His purpose with us. He invites us into a place of intimate fellowship with Him.

And all of this is fuel to our faith. Because He shares His heart ahead of time, we can put our trust and our confidence in Him. If God said it, it will happen.

#5147 – The Father is Greater

Good morning people who continue to gaze daily upon the beauty of the Father.

John 14:28 NIV “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

This is one of those statements of Jesus’ that contains lots of mystery in it for me. And I like this, I really do. I can’t describe to you the joy I get when I don’t naturally understand everything that Jesus says or that the Bible says.

I know it might sound strange to admit this, but here’s why: I don’t want God to be containable and fully explainable. I don’t want a limited God who is just a little bigger and better than me.

I want to know the limitless God who is our God! And part of knowing God better is an awareness that there will always be more to discover!

Again, this is wonderful news because God desires to be found by us! Oh how I love this!!

Jesus said, “the Father is greater than I.”

What does Jesus mean by this? I’m not entirely sure!

The word ‘greater’ in the Greek means ‘larger, greater, elder, stronger’. It appears that Jesus means what He says, “the Father is greater than I.”

And that’s part of why He so clearly and so often points to His Father and desires us all to have a relationship with His Father – our Father – through Him.

#5146 – God of Clarity

Good morning people who walk in clarity due to the words of Jesus.

John 14:27 NIV “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

I love the truth that Jesus is the Truth. All that He says is right.

When Jesus gives an instruction, there contains within it the power for us to do it. Otherwise, Jesus would not be good, and He most certainly is.

Jesus is also very clear and direct and to the point. It’s one of the many things I absolutely love about Him.

The reason why this is important to meditate on today is because truth is under such assault. Too many times, even as Christians, we say we can’t do something that Jesus tells us to do.

I’m the first to agree that it seems to be unbelievably difficult – I’m not denying that. But this is not true. It can’t be true if Jesus says something different to what I feel, think or experience.

So, let’s look at what Jesus said in this verse above.

He said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

See what I mean – it’s clear, direct and to the point!

And remember, it’s Jesus who said it! Therefore, it is possible! Sure, not by ourselves, but we are not by ourselves!

The following words of the apostle Paul are true for us today when it comes to everything that Jesus has said.

Philippians 4:13 NKJV I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

If Jesus said it, we can do it.

And if you are wondering what Jesus means when He says something, He means what He says. It’s time to settle this truth about the Truth.

#5145 – Infinitely Better God

Good morning people who are loved in the purest way by Jesus.

John 14:27 NIV “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Jesus said that the peace He gives is not as the world gives. This is indeed true.

But I want to further lean into the highlighted part of this verse today.

Nothing Jesus gives to us is as the world gives – absolutely nothing!

The love that Jesus and His Father – our Father – gives, is nothing like the love that the world gives. It is unconditional love. Natural love is never unconditional. God’s love is! And His love is pure. It is never perverted. It is always for our best.

The grace that God gives is different. The acceptance that God gives is different. The gifts that God gives are different.

The kindness that God gives is different. The forgiveness that God gives is different. The power that God gives is different.

Everything from God is good. Everything. No exceptions. Everything that God gives is just and right. Even His judgments are just and right. He is not biased and nor does He show favouritism.

Mankind is created in God’s image. Yet we don’t perfectly represent Him. But praise God that we are a work in progress!

God is not created in man’s image. This is the point. He is not like us, and He does not give like us. He is immeasurably and indescribably greater and better and more wonderful. This is our God!

#5144 – The Peace of Jesus

Good morning people who live in peace from the words of Jesus.

John 14:27 NIV Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Before Jesus left His disciples, He promised to leave His peace with them. This was a gift from Him; He promised to give His peace to them.

He then went on to clarify that His peace is different to the peace that the world gives. He connected this statement with an instruction to not let their hearts be troubled or afraid.

What is Jesus saying here?

Context is important, so we need to read the words that Jesus said just before this.

John 14:25-26 NIV “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

The peace that Jesus longs to give us comes from and is inseparable to His words. Oh, reveal this truth to your people today Father!

The world’s peace is circumstantially based. The world’s peace comes from the absence of problems, challenges and difficulties. The world’s peace comes from understanding and eliminating questions and confusion.

This is not so when it comes to the peace of Jesus!

We step into the freely given peace of Jesus (who is the Prince of peace) by listening to and being led by the Holy Spirit as He teaches us all things and reminds us of everything that Jesus has said! It’s this simple! It’s this real! This is the truth from the Truth!

Meditating by the Holy Spirit on the truth of God’s Word is where the peace of God is found.