Sunday, August 2, 2009

Friend Of The Bridegroom


Read Matthew 4:12–17; John 3:22–36
     The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less" John 3:29-30 NIV
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     John's ministry was about to come to an end. His message was: "Repent! The kingdom of Heaven is at hand!"The Messiah is here – prepare your hearts! As John was thrown into prison, Jesus' three year ministry began.
     When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" (Matthew 11:2–3) Jesus sent word that he was indeed the Messiah, proven by the signs of His miracles.
     Of John the Baptist Jesus said, I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (Matthew 11:11)
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     Lord, because of the ministry of faithful men and women, we heard the gospel. I pray that our home will be a lighthouse shining in the darkness, helping others find the Way. Like John said, "He must become greater and I must become less." May we do all things for Your glory.
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     When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee… From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." Matthew 4: 12, 17 NIV

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