Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 5:56pm
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God. And the Word was God.
From the very beginning the Word was with God.
Through Him (the Word) God made all things. Not one thing in all creation was made without Him.
The Word was the source of Life and this Life brought Light to people.
The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out.
God sent His messenger, a man named John, who came to tell people about the Light so that all should hear the message and believe. He himself was not the Light. He came to tell about the Light. Jesus was the real Light. A Light that comes into the world and shines on all people. The Word was in the world and though God made the world through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own country, but His own people did not receive Him. Some however did receive Him and believed in Him so He gave them the right to become God’s children. They did not become God’s children by natural means, that is by being born as the children of a human father. God Himself was their Father. The Word became a human being and full of grace and truth lived among us. He sought His glory, the glory which He received as the Fathers only Son. John spoke about Him, when He said, “This is the one I was telling you about when I said He comes after me. But He is greater than I am because He existed before I was born.”
Out of the fullness of His grace He has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another. God gave the law to Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only Son who is the same as God and is at the Fathers side, He has made Him known. When the Jewish authorities sent some priests and levites to John, they asked him who he was. John did not refuse to answer but spoke out openly and clearly. He said, “I am not the Messiah.”
They continued at him saying, “Who are you then? Are you Elijah? Are you a prophet?” John told them no. He answered by quoting the prophet Elijah. “I am the voice of someone shouting in the desert. Make a straight path for the Lord to travel.” The messengers who had been sent by the pharassies then asked John, “If you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet, why do you baptize?” John replied, “I baptize with water, but among you stands the one you do not know. He is coming after me. I am not good enough even to untie His sandels. He is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
I’m telling you the truth. No one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again. You will ask, “How can a grown man be born again? He certainly cannot enter His mothers womb and be born a second time.” I am telling you the truth! No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of the water and of the Spirit. A person is born physically of human parents but is born spiritually of the Spriit because God is Spirit.
Do not be surprised that He tells us we must be born again. The wind blows where ever it wishes and you hear the sound it makes but you do not know where it came from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone born of the Spirit. Now, I’m sure you ask, “How can this be?” The only response is the one Jesus gave Nicodemus and that is, “You claim to be great teachers and you do not know this?”
I’m telling you the truth. We speak of what we know and report on what we have seen yet none of you are willing to accept our message. You do not believe Him or anyone when you are told about things of this world. How will you believe Him then, when He tells you about the things of Heaven? No one has ever gone up to Heaven except the Son of Man who came down from Heaven.
As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way was the Son of Man lifted up on the cross, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God loved the world so much that he gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to be it’s judge, but to be it’s Savior. Those who believe in the Son are Not Judged. But those who do not believe have already been judged because they have not believed in God’s only Son. This is how the judgement works.
A Light has come into the world but people love the darkness rather than the Light because their deeds are evil. Those who do evil things hate the Light and will not come to the Light because they do not want their evil deed to be shown up. But those who do what is true, come to the Light in order that the Light will show that what they did was in obedience to God.
He who comes from above is greater than all. He who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly matters. But He who comes from Heaven is above all. He tells what He has seen and heard yet no one accepts His message. But whoever accepts His message confirms by this that God is truthful. The one whom God has sent speaks God’s words because God gives Him the fullness of His Spirit.
The Father loves His Son and has put everything in His power. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever disobeys the Son will not have life but will remain under God’s punishment.
If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask Him. For He would give you life giving water. Those who drink the water of this world will get thirsty again. But those who drink the water that He gives will never be thirsty again. The water that He gives, will become in them a spring, which will provide them with life giving water and give them eternal life.
The time will come when people will no longer worship the Father on the mountain or in Jerusaleum. The time is coming, it is already here. When by the power of God’s Spirit, people will worship the Father as He really is. Offering Him the true worship that He wants. God is Spirit and only by the power of His Spirit can people worship Him as He really is.
Take a good look at the the fields. The crops are now ripe and ready to be harvested. The one who reaps the harvest is being paid and gathers the crop for eternal life. So the one who plants and the one who reaps will be glad toghether. For the saying is true,”someone plants and someone else reaps” He has sent you to reap the harvest in fields you did not work. Others work there and you profit from their work.
Do not be afraid of humans, their words or their deeds, for Jesus Himself said that “Prophets are not respected in their own country”
Stop grumbling amoung yourselves. People cannot go to Jesus unless the Father who sent Him, draws them to Him.
He will raise them to life on the last day.The prophets wrote, “Everyone will be taught by God.” Anyone who hears the Father learns from Him then comes to Jesus. This does not mean that anyone has seen the Father. He who is from God is the only one that has seen the Father. I am telling you the truth. He who believes has eternal life. Jesus is the bread of life. Our ancestors ate manna in the desert and they died. The bread that comes down from Heaven is of such a kind that whoever eats it will not die. Jesus is the living bread that came down from Heaven. If you eat this bread you will live forever. The bread that He will give you is His flesh, which He gives so that the world may live. I am telling you the truth, if you will not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you will not have life in yourselves. Those who eat His flesh and drink His blood have eternal life and He will raise them to life on the last day. For His flesh is the real food and His blood is the real drink. Those who eat His flesh and drink His blood live in Him and He lives in them. The living Father sent Him and because of Him, He lives also. In the same way, whoever eats Him will live because of Him. Jesus is the bread that came down from heaven. It is not like the bread that our ancestors ate but then later died. Those who eat His bread will live forever.
He knows you think this teaching is too hard and that it is hard for you to listen to. He knows you are grumbling about this. Does this make you want to give up? Suppose then, that you should see the Son of Man go back up to the place He was before?
What gives life is God’s Spirit. Human power is of no use at all. The words Jesus speaks, brings God’s life giving Spirit. Yet some of you, do not believe. He has known from the very beginning who are the ones who will believe and which ones will betray Him. This is the very reason he told us that no people can go to Him unless the Father makes it possible for them to do so.
He knows that because of this teaching many will turn away from Him as they did 2,000 years ago.
And you? Would you also like to leave and turn away? Or do you have ears that can hear and know that He is the Holy One that comes from God?
He is callilng you. Those who have ears that can hear and eyes that can see. Turn away from Him no more.
He is gathering His sheep, while some are called to feed them as we live through the Beginning of Sorrows.
The time draws near that those who speak on His behalf will be delivered up to be afflicted and they will kill us and we will be hated by all nations for His name sake. Many will be offended and will betray one another and will hate one another. Many false prophets will rise and they will deceive many.
We see it happening all around us now. So many reassuring one another that Heaven and hell do not exist, while preaching that there is no God. Turning to cards and people who claim to speak to the dead. So many false prophets are already amongst us disguised as if their practices are ever so normal and should be accepted by everyone who has any common sense at all. So many souls are being lost every day, being drawn in to the so called modern way of thinking, which is not of God. They laugh and persecute anyone who openly proclaims their love and devotion to the Father. They deem you mad, dilisional, emotional and mentally unsound. They are FOOLS.
Because iniquity will abound, the love of many will wax cold. People you love and who you believe to love you will hate you because you love the Father and His only begotten Son.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
You, that endure the persecutions, ridicule and hatred from those who hate you and hate the Father, will in the end be saved.
Jesus is the Resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Him will live even though they die. And those who live and believe in Him, will never die.