Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What Right did Peter Have to Make This Claim?
 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”   Acts 4:12

I AM – John tells us when a mob came to arrest Him, Jesus asked them, “Whom do you seek?”  They responded, “Jesus the Nazarene,” to which He responded, “I AM.”   In chapter 18 verse 6 John tells us the mob drew back and fell to the ground at His response.  Why?  Jesus identified Himself by the name of God in the Old Testament that was considered so special that it should not be pronounced out loud.  But the response to the name being spoken indicates the power Jesus possessed.  Yet He allowed Himself to be taken, wrongfully accused, beaten and put to death by crucifixion.   Why?  For what reason?   John has given us the reason earlier in his Gospel – chapter 1 verse 29, recording the words of John the Baptist, “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”

Earlier in chapter 1 John offers this observation and invitation:
“He came to His own, and those who were His own, did not receive Him.  But as many as  received Him, to them He gave the power to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (verses 11-12)

Can you think of any other examples were someone possessing such great power used it to sacrifice Himself entirely and completely for the needs of others?   Where else can you find such great love?

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