TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, August 30, 2018:
To make known; to lay open to view, display, exhibit or divulge; the one who reveals all religious truth exclusively from God to humans.
It was the Father’s good pleasure for all His fullness to dwell in Him.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
For the next three days, we are going to look at three words, Revealer, Rescuer and Reconciler, which are the three divinely ordained missions of Jesus Christ for which God Almighty sent Him into this world.
Most historians will agree that Jesus walked this earth some 2,000 years ago. Even Agnostics will agree that nobody influenced the world for good more than Jesus. Christians, because of the influence of their faith in Jesus, have built hospitals, homeless shelters, universities, orphanages and have been in the center of many scientific advances.
But all these things do not make Jesus the most holy person that ever lived. What has made Him the most Holy person that ever lived is told us by Paul in Colossians. “He is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:16) because He is the Son of God. “Image” means “copy” or “likeness.” In Philippians 2:6 Paul says that Jesus “was in the form of God.” No one has seen God but God sent Jesus to be the revealer to us of the invisible God. God’s purpose in sending Jesus into this world was to make Jesus known to all mankind.
If you believe there is a God, don’t you want to know who He is, whether He is loving or hateful, whether He is truthful and can be depended on, or whether He is deceptive? What does He want from us and what does He demand from us? God sent Jesus to show us.
Jesus is different from the founders of other religions. In all other religions, there is a difference between the founder of that religion and their message. For example, Muhammad never claimed to be able to change people’s lives like Jesus did. He pointed people to read the Qur’an. Buddha pointed people to the noble path that would save people.
Jesus did not point people to a message, He said “I am the message.” In John 14:6, He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father than through Me.”
Jesus not only reveals the invisible God who is the creator of all things, but revealed God’s way of salvation and became that way by giving His life on the cross to save us from our sins.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Genesis 1:1.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Thank You, dear God, for sending Your Son into this world in Your image to be the revealer to us of Your invisible self. Help me this day to be led by Your Holy Spirit to be more like You. We pray for a special blessing for my family and friends and help me to communicate Your love for each of them as revealed through Your Son Jesus Christ.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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