Wednesday, January 06, 2016

January 6, 2016: My Redeemer Lives

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 6  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of images from an anonymous group singing … I Know That My Redeemer Lives, expressing the truth behind our faith … that our Savior and Lord, having died on the cross, now lives to grant me entrance into His glory.

Highlight Passage:   2nd Timothy 4: 16a & 17a [NKJV] …  
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; … for the Lord upholds him with His hand. 
 … Imprisoned in Rome and feeling alone.
Highlight Context – Psalm 37:21-31 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
 … David knew that His Redeemer and Savior was always there to lift him up.

Reference Passage #1 ... Job 19: 25 [NKJV] …  
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, … and He shall stand at last on the earth. 
… In spite of his maladies and misfortune, Job had faith that His Messiah would one day save him.

Reference Passage #2 ... Isaiah 41: 10 [NKJV] …  
10 Fear not, for I am with you; … be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. 
… Isaiah saw the truth of The Messiah seven centuries before He came.

Reference Passage #3 ... John 20:24-29 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus came back to show a doubting Thomas that He was alive … so that Thomas could believe … and so that we could know that He now lives in Heaven to intercede for all believers.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Bill Crowder, began with a report of the famous clock, Big Ben, in the Tower of London, which peals, with it’s bells, a refrain from Handel’s Messiah, I Know That My Redeemer Lives, which is a reference to today’s highlight passage from Psalm 37, where King David affirms his belief in a coming Messiah, … a Redeemer/Savior, Who would one day live to save and uplift David and mankind … no matter what our failures might be. 

Job wrote about it even before David (see Job 19:25); and seven centuries before the Christ was born in Bethlehem (as prophesied), the Prophet Isaiah, wrote of a Messiah, going to the cross to die for our sins. And we know that this Messiah returned from the grave to show even a doubting Thomas [see John 20:24-29] that He was risen and alive; … and our Redeemer now lives in heaven to intercede for us and to draw the lost to glory.

 The question is … do we believe that HE LIVES? I do!! … How about you? … Because if you really do believe our Redeemer lives, not needing to touch His scars as did Thomas, … King Jesus has redeemed us from our sins; and we will live with Him forever (knowing the truth and the promise of John 3: 16).

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … You live, … even for all who believe and desire to be with You in glory. Praise Your Holy Name!!! Amen  

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