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Day 12
He Knows Human Nature

But Jesus didn’t trust them,
because he knew human nature.
No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like.
John 2:24,25 (NLT)

No one needed to tell Jesus what people were really like. He knows because He was there at creation, and He sees inside every heart. As much as we want to think that our hearts are pure and squeaky clean, the Bible reminds us that the heart is desperately wicked. Yet God knows us and understands us. He loves us despite our sinful ways. Romans tells us that despite our sin, God demonstrated His love toward us by sending Jesus to die for us.
We cannot hide anything from Him. He knows us through and through. That’s a scary thought, and yet at the same time it is a comforting thought. He understands us. If you have ever felt misunderstood by other people, you can be reassured that God understands you. Take comfort in the fact that God knows you and He recognizes your deepest needs, especially your need for Him. “Amazing love! How can it be, that Thou my God, shouldst die for me?”

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 11
He Performed Miraculous Signs

Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did
in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration,
many began to trust in him.
John 2:23

People needed reassurance that He wasn’t just a man or a prophet, rather that He is the Son of God. Jesus preformed miracle upon miracle. He changed water into wine, fed the five thousand, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, made the lame to walk, even raised Lazarus from the dead. Many began to trust while others had hardened hearts and refused to believe.
C. S. Lewis said, “The miracles in fact are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” Some see it and some don’t, but God is in the miracle business. We see His miraculous work in His creation, we see it in the miracles Jesus performed, and we see it in the transforming work He does in each of our lives. What about you? Do you see and believe?

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 10

He is the Chosen One

I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.
John 1:34

John the Baptist knew what his purpose was in life. He was to prepare the way for the Messiah and point people to Him. When John baptized Jesus he saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on Jesus. John then proclaimed, “I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” Jesus the Chosen One. We know that Jesus was God’s Chosen One to bear the punishment for our sin.
John uses this term Chosen One with great strength, as the title points to the One on whom the world had been waiting. Chosen One identifies Jesus as unique and in a class all His own. He wasn’t one of many, He was the Chosen One. In a world that is searching for someone to follow, John pointed everyone to Jesus. We too can be like John, identifying and pointing toward the Chosen One. Father, let my light shine for you and point people to you in this dark world.

This is an excerpt from my book Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.
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Day Nine: He is the Messiah

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him,
“We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).
And he brought him to Jesus.

John 1:41

The title “Messiah” is a Hebrew word, translated into Greek as “Christ.” They both mean “Anointed One,” representing the on whom God especially appointed for His plan and purpose. Jesus is that Anointed One. He is the long-awaited Messiah. Once Andrew met Jesus, the first thing he did was to tell his brother. He couldn’t contain his excitement for he had discovered the one who was a life changer, the One and Only, the Anointed One of God.
Andrew brought his brother to Jesus because He was excited, thrilled and overcome with joy. His heart was prepared, and he eagerly awaited the Messiah to come. He couldn’t hide his enthusiasm. Interestingly the word enthusiasm means “God within.” We can’t help but be enthusiastic when we meet Christ and have God within our hearts. Who is the Messiah to you? Is he just a nice man or is he a life-changer. Embrace Him enthusiastically!

This is an excerpt from my book Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.
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Day 8
Lamb of God

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Look, the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29

In the Old Testament, a lamb without blemish was slain in payment for the sins of God’s people. In our passage today, John proclaims Jesus is the lamb who takes away the sin of the world. John was identifying what Jesus had come to this earth to do. Many of the Jews were looking for a Messiah who would deliver them from the Roman rule, but Jesus was the Messiah who came to lay down His life to deliver his followers from the penalty of sin.
Hundreds of years earlier the prophet Isaiah talked about the Messiah saying, “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” O Beautiful Lamb. Because of His sacrifice, we are healed from the scars of our sin. Thank you Father for sending the Lamb of God, your beloved Son on our behalf. We did not deserve your kindness, but because of our gratitude we live our lives in thanks to you.

This is an excerpt from my book Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.
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