Sometimes, it is good to be reminded of things, even if we haven’t really forgotten them. We may not forget that Christ is risen, but it should cause us to rejoice when it is brought to our attention. We may not forget the Lord’s promises, but it is no less meaningful to hear them repeated. In our text for tonight, we are reminded of some things that we probably haven’t forgotten about, but we are blessed through the reminder all the same.
Jesus was and is a healer. Just as he healed a woman with great faith of her physical affliction, he can heal us of our sin affliction if we will put our faith, our trust, in him.
We need food to survive. We must eat regularly, or we will die. But even if we eat healthy every day, we will eventually die anyway. However, there is a bread, the bread of life, that if we have it in our lives, we will live forever. Jesus is the bread of life. If we will trust and obey him, we will have eternal life.
While there is great value in using our good judgement and avoiding unnecessarily dangerous sitations, it is also important that when we find ourselves in trouble that we do not forget where our hope lies. May we not give in to fear, but keep our focus on Jesus.
In times of crisis, and at all times, there are some important things that Christians need to keep in mind. While there are several items that could make that list, here are four to think about this morning.
Though final chapters of Paul’s letters often contain several names and greetings, they are not entirely without lessons that we can learn to help us in our walk with Christ. In the closing words of 1 Corinthians, we see a lesson about pursuing opportunities, preserving unity, and persevering in the faith.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a pivotal moment in human history. And for those of us who are in Christ, who have our hope because He was resurrected, there are many good things that we can know because our Lord is risen from the dead.
I am certainly not the first, neither will I be the last person to make a vision pun in this new year of 2020. I can’t even promise that this will be these last time I will make such a reference over the next 12 months. I can say for certain that I think having a clearer spiritual vision could be an excellent goal for each and every Christian as we traverse this new journey around our sun.
If we are going to have clearer vision in 2020, we must have our eyes fixed in the right direction. We are all running this race called life, and if we want to run with endurance, we must have our eyes trained on what we are running toward. The writer of Hebrews wrote that “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to (fixing our eyes on) Jesus, the founder and perfected of our faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2a). If we are going to run this race, we must keep our eyes on the one who goes before us, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Clearer vision in 2020 will requires us to have a heavenly focus. Paul wrote to the church in Colossae to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” While there are things on earth that require our attention (work, school, family, health, etc.), our ultimate focus must be on those things which have an eternal purpose, rather than a temporal one.
If we hope to have clearer vision in 2020, then it will require us to have adequate light in our lives. You can’t see properly when in the dark, but shed some light on the situation, and all things will become much clearer. The Psalmist wrote that the Word of God is “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). There is simply no substitute for regular Bible reading and study. It is God’s light for our lives in a world that is full of darkness. If we take it and use it, we will have light for our path, and we will be able to see more clearly in the year ahead.
May we all strive to have clearer vision in 2020 through fixing our eyes on Jesus, focusing on heavenly things, and letting the light of God’s word illuminate our path.
Enoch was commended as having pleased God because of his faith. In fact, the Hebrew writer says that without faith it is impossible to please God. So, it would be good for us to consider what is involved in a God pleasing faith.