Know What We Get to Do?

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Have you seen the movie, “The Rookie”, starring Dennis Quad? In the true life movie, he portrayed the pro baseball pitcher, Jim Morris. He made his debut at age 35 when most are at the end of their pro career. Temptation to quit his pursuit of baseball hit Jim one night after spending long hours on a bus and missing his family. After speaking to his wife via phone Jim’s hopes renewed. The following morning with spirit high, he told one of his buddies, “You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.”

His words mirror the privilege we have when the Apostle John writes to his readers in 3 John 7 and 1John 1: 3,4

“Because that for his name’s sake they went forth …”

“That which we have seen and heard

declare we unto you,

that ye also may have fellowship with us:

and truly our fellowship is with the Father,

and with his Son Jesus Christ.

And these things write we unto you

that your joy may be full.”

They went forth to declare the name of Jesus and in John’s letters and the Gospel bearing his name we find –

Jesus’s name is:

“the Word of life…manifested…” 1 John 1:1;

and the Word was God…

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4;

“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all… 1John 1:5;

because the darkness is past,

and the true light now shineth … 1John 2:8”

His is the blood –

“that cleanseth us from all sin.” 1:7

He is the –

“faithful and just to forgive us our sins,

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1:9

He is our righteous –

“advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;

And he is the propitiation for our sins

and not for ours only,

but also for the sins of the whole world.” 2:1,2

Jesus campaigns to the Father on our behalf when we seek forgiveness of sin. No other can do this for He is the accepted sacrifice for our sins. He is our substitute. His death satisfied God’s wrath against sin.

Jesus’s name is the love of God displayed on a cross.

“Hereby perceive we the love of God,

because he laid down his life for us:

and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 3:16

“Herein is love,

not that we loved God,

but that he loved us,

and sent his Son

to be the propitiation for our sins.” 4:10

Jesus came in the flesh.

“For many deceivers are entered into the world,

who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” 2 John 7

He is the manifestation of the truth and love dwelling in us.

“For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us,

and shall be with us for ever.

Grace be with you, mercy, and peace,

from God the Father, and

from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father,

in truth and love.” 2 John 2,3

Jesus is the Christ the Son of God.

“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:

and every one that loveth him that begat

loveth him also that is begotten of man …

who is he that overcometh the world,

but he that believeth

that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:1,5

He is of the Trinity. He came by –

“water and blood, even Jesus Christ;

not by water only, but by water and blood.

And it is the spirit that beareth witness,

because the Spirit is truth.

For there are three that bear record in heaven,

the Father,

the Word,

and the Holy Ghost:

and these three are one.”

1 John 5:6,7

All followers of Jesus Christ identify with John. We have heard the Word of life. We have seen truth. We have experienced Jesus’s cleansing. We have received eternal life. We rejoice in fellowship with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

 The Holy Spirit in us empowers us to declare what we have heard, seen, and experienced. So, you know what we get to do today – and every day? We get to declare the name of Jesus Christ.

The Longing Heart

“…to His bond-servant John…to the churches…from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, the ruler of the kings of the earth…who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood-” Rev. 1:1b,4,5. NASB.

Imagine with me for a moment. John stands on an island looking out across the sea. He stands alone, the last of the original disciples, the beloved disciple. He turns his eyes toward heaven and tears fill them as longing fills his heart. The words of His Savior ring in his ears, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3. He asks, “How long?” As the words are spoken a stirring in the air immerses him in the Spirit. He turns at the sound of the voice…and he sees Him.

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Have you ever peered into the heavens, tears filling your eyes, as you longed for a glimpse of Him whom you have never seen but love? (1Pet. 1:8).  One day we will see Him for “…we know that , when he shall appear…we shall see him as he is.” 1John 3:2. 

Until then, we see Him through those who are His. “…Which he wrought in Christ…And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” “But we all…beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” Eph.1:22,23; 2Cor. 3:18; John 17:21.

Jesus, also, reveals not only Himself but the Father through the written word of God. The heart longing to see Jesus finds Him in these pages. Reading it opens our eyes to the possibility of seeing Him. Studying it, shows us who He is. Meditating on it, opens our eyes of faith to the fullness of who He is, and brings satisfaction to the longing heart until the next time we meet Him in the pages of His word.

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Ps. 119:18.

If you find this longing for Jesus missing or growing cold in your life, now is the time to remember and renew what brought love for Him into your heart. “We love him, because he first loved us.” 1John 4:19. Remember His love for you and renew it by diving into his word. Start with the gospel of John and revisit John 3:16. Study this book to see Jesus and the Father’s love as the Son walks to the cross. Meditate on His words to hear Him whisper in your ear, “I love you, as my Father has loved me.”

In His word, we hear His voice, feel his touch, and see the picture the word paints of our Savior. But one day soon we will see Him as He is and cry out with John and the thousands, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.Our longing hearts will be satisfied forever as faith gives way to sight.

Praying: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend…the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Eph. 3:17-19.