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Wednesday, February 13, 2002


Things Only Jesus Can Show


"Just as you can hear the wind but can't tell where it comes from
or where it is going, so you can't explain how people are born of the
Spirit.<br>
"What do you mean?" Nicodemus asked.<br>
Jesus replied, "You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don't
understand these things? I assure you, I am telling you what we know
and have seen, and yet you won't believe us. But if you don't even
believe me when I tell you about things that happen here on earth,
how can you possibly believe if I tell you what is going on in
heaven?"
-- John 3:8-12 (NLT)


KEY THOUGHT:
Jesus wants to drive home the essential point with Nicodemus.
That point? Jesus is the authority on all things spiritual,
especially spiritual rebirth. If a respected teacher and leader like
Nicodemus cannot understand the things of heaven, then who can
explain them? Who can show the way? Only one -- Jesus! He is "from
above." He knows the Father's will and came to reveal it to us. He
knows the path to spiritual rebirth and has come to share it. He
knows because he has been there and he has seen it. Jesus is saying
to Nicodemus, "Let me teach you, O teacher. Let me lead you, O
leader!" He comes to us and says the same thing. "Learn from me,
dear child, I long to give you the things of heaven, the things no
one else can give." This is Jesus' personal invitation to Nicodemus,
and to us. Jesus calls us to follow his journey to the Cross and
beyond. He wants to give us genuine and lasting life. Will we
follow?

TODAY'S PRAYER:
Create in me, O God, a searcher's heart. Make me hungry to know
your will and your Son more completely. As I follow Jesus through
his ministry, capture my heart, fire my imagination and conquer my
will so that I can receive what only Jesus can give and so that I can
understand what only Jesus can explain. It is in his name, the
glorious Christ and Savior, I pray. Amen.

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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT -- http://www.heartlight.org/
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February 13, 2002

VERSE:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal
life.
-- John 3:16
http://www.StudyLight.org/desk/?query=John+3:16

THOUGHT:
Did you know the Bible doesn't just say, "God loves you." Now
don't let me confuse you. Scripture does tell us many times that
God loves us. However, don't miss the important truth here. Each
time Scripture tell us that God loves us, it also demonstrates that
love as well. God's love is more than emotion and intention.
God's love is demonstrated. God loved us so much he didn't just
say, "I love you." God showed his by sending and sacrificing his
Son to give us his incomparable love! We never have to doubt that
God means what he says. He has backed up his promises of love with
his actions.

PRAYER:
Loving and Almighty God, thank you for loving me. Thank you for
both saying it and showing it. Please know, dear Father, I love
you, too! Accept my words and actions today as a testimony to my
love. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.