Back Where He Belongs

Memorize: John 16:28–“I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father.”

Read: Luke 24

 

Monday—The book of John was written by the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” This is the man, who at the cross, was given the responsibility for Jesus’ mother, Mary. Jesus himself gave the order. (John 19:27) Do you have a relationship so strong that you would be entrusted with the care of your friend’s loved ones? We all know the love that John and Jesus must have had as best friends and student and mentor. So, when we read Johannine literature (or books in the Bible written by John) we need to read these books with this relationship in mind. John was on a mission, and he felt a sense of responsibility to tell us about his friend who wants to be our friend. In the very beginning of John we read some important information. Jesus was with God in the beginning. He was there at the creation of the World. This means that before Jesus came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem, Jesus was in Heaven with God.

Tuesday— Jesus lived 30 years on this earth studying and growing in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Then for 3 years he ministered, performed miracles, and trained his disciples to make more disciples. Jesus made a lot of people angry during that time not because he wanted to fight with them, but because he wanted to show us all the way to eternal life with Him in Heaven. Jesus’ message was different than the message of those who were in power at the time. At the end of that 3 year ministry, Jesus was betrayed by one of his close friends, handed over to Pontius Pilate, and sentenced to die a criminals death in place of a cruel murderer named Barabbas.

 

Wednesday— After the cross, Jesus was laid in a grave that was donated to Him. After three days in the grave Jesus arose. After Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus appears to his disciples. He appears to them on a few different occasions, enourages them, brings them the gift of the Holy Spirit, and commissions them to go into the world. When we look at these events, we realize the importance of Jesus’ earlier teaching to the disciples, “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7).  

Thursday— What does this mean for us today? It means that because Jesus came from Heaven, and has now risen from the grave and returned to Heaven, death is defeated. He has made the way to Heaven by taking all the sin of the world upon himself so that when those who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior stand before the throne of God, God will not see the stain of sin on us. Instead, he will see the blood of Jesus that washes us whiter than snow. It means more than this though. It also means that the Holy Spirit, who is our guide, advocate, counselor, and comforter is with us. He is a gift from Jesus and one that will lead us into all truth. (John 6:13)  

Friday— The church is the bride of Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives leads us to our Groom. Jesus is claiming us as His own, and He is preparing us for Himself. This means that Jesus is redeeming us and clothing us in the whiteness of purity. This is something that is only accomplished when He assumes His rightful place at the right hand of the throne of God in Heaven. This is where He came from, and where He returned to after His resurrection. (Mark 16:19). Jesus is back where he belongs. Are you where you belong, and where you need to be in order for his love to change your heart and make you into his bride?