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How well do you know Jesus?

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It’s Simple

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What is Jesus saying to you?
What are you doing in response?

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John 3:17

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For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

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Jesus rose from the dead. Should anyone have been surprised?

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John 17

Jesus Prays for Himself

1 Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said: Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, 2 for You gave Him authority over all flesh; so He may give eternal life to all You have given Him. 3 This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent-Jesus Christ. 4 I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

6 I have revealed Your name to the men You gave Me from the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they know that all things You have given to Me are from You, 8 because the words that You gave Me, I have given them. They have received them and have known for certain that I came from You. They have believed that You sent Me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those You have given Me, because they are Yours. 10 All My things are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I have been glorified in them. 11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one as We are one. 12 While I was with them, I was protecting them by Your name that You have given Me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled. 13 Now I am coming to You, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have My joy completed in them. 14 I have given them Your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world. 15 I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 I sanctify Myself for them, so they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their message. 21 May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. 22 I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. 23 I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world’s foundation. 25 Righteous Father! The world has not known You. However, I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me. 26 I made Your name known to them and will make it known, so the love You have loved Me with may be in them and I may be in them.

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John 3:17

Many people know John 3:16, but verse 17 is good news also!

“For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

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When the Storm Comes

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Mark 4:35-41

35 On that day, when evening had come, He told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the sea.” 36 So they left the crowd and took Him along since He was already in the boat. And other boats were with Him. 37 A fierce windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But He was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him up and said to Him, “Teacher! Don’t You care that we’re going to die?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 Then He said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you still have no faith?” 41 And they were terrified and asked one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

Jesus and His disciples were by the sea.  So many people had come to hear Him, He got into a boat and went out from shore to teach. When it started to get dark, He stayed in the boat and told the disciples they were going to the other side of the sea. There were other boats with them. Jesus was not only fully God, He was also fully man. He was exhausted from teaching all day. So He went into the back of the boat and went to sleep. When a storm came up, those on the boat with Him became terrified. They woke Him up, like he didn’t know what was going on!  After He rebuked the storm, He rebuked the disciples. You get the impression that they had just flunked the test. After all, He had commanded them to go to the other side of the sea. Jesus asked, “Do you still have no faith?”

When you are obeying a command from the Lord, and you get in a storm, maybe you say, “Is this right? Are we going the right way?” Remember, He is in the boat with you. Maybe He wants you to rebuke the storm through His power. He wouldn’t put you in a situation that He can’t handle. And what about the other ships with you? They will be watching to see how you handle the storm.

When it seems circumstances are arrayed against you, use it as an opportunity to strengthen your faith. We need to remember that at this point in time, He never sleeps.

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