This week we finish reading John’s letter to the church, then read his personal letters to friends before beginning John’s prophetic book, Revelation. Each so different, yet each reflecting John’s desire to see God’s people continuing in the truth.
This week’s readings begin with the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Across the gospels there are only 3 accounts of Jesus raising someone from the dead
John presents Jesus as the unique Son of God who reveals the Father to us and in this week’s readings we read of how Jesus boldly declared who He was and His relationship with the Father.
John starts as he intends to continue – with a bold statement: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.
Preach the gospel all the time, when it suits you and you are ready and it looks like people are ready. But also, when you think you are not ready, people don’t respond and everything feels wrong. The Word is powerful, useful and effective.
As we look at these final chapters of Hebrews and then read Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy we are reminded of the need to focus our lives right. Without the right focus the pressures of life, the attacks of the devil and other people’s failures could cause us to give up on the greatest gift – eternal life.
New and better! This phrase runs through these chapters of Hebrews as a constant thread. An essential message that we need to hear and pay attention to.
Hebrews instructs us to “pay careful attention to what we are hearing [and reading] (Hebrews 2:1) just as Paul warned Timothy “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16).
God has called us to a unique position – His very special, highly privileged, highly valued priests able to make Him known to the world.
God put us here for a purpose! This theme comes across so strongly as we finish reading 1 Timothy, then read Titus before starting 1 Peter.