One of the things that has particularly struck and encouraged me during this month’s re-reading of Mark’s gospel is the power and authority with which Jesus spoke. When Jesus spoke storms were calmed (Mark 4:39), demons were cast out (Mark 1:25 & Mark 5: 8-13) and the dead were raised (Mark 5:41-42).Last week, as I celebrated the anniversary of my coming to Christ for salvation, I was reminded of the marvellous truth that Jesus’ words still have that same power and authority today. Eleven years ago, as I walked through the streets of London feeling lost and in bondage to my sin, it was Jesus’ words (words written across the front of the Salvation Army building near St Paul’s) that arrested me; it was Jesus’ declaration that He was the “light of the world” that pointed me to Him for salvation; it was His invitation to leave the darkness and to follow Him into the light that drew me to Him (John 8:12).As we read the gospel accounts of Jesus’ miracles and marvel at the power of Jesus’ words back then, let us remember and rejoice in the wonderful truth that by the Spirit, Jesus’ words still have power and authority today. Let us rejoice in the truth that by the Spirit’s anointing upon the word and by His work in us, Jesus’ words (words which point us to who He is and all that He has done and promised to be for us) become alive to us and are of real help to us. By His Spirit, Jesus’ words still have power and authority not only to bring us to faith (Romans 11:14) but to make us wise (1Cor 1&2); to convict us of sin (Hebrews 4:12); to equip us for service (2Timothy 3); to sustain us (John 4:14 / John 6:51); to bring us peace and comfort (John 16:33); to give us hope (John 11:25); to defeat strongholds and to resist the devil (Ephesians 6:17); & to guide us (Psalm 119: 105 / John 8:12)………Oh let us thank God for and let us rejoice in the power that Jesus’ words still have to do us good, by the Spirit’s power. Let us come confidently and expectantly to His words to us, believing that they have power and authority. Let us come to His words (to those glorious declarations concerning Himself and His ability and willingness to save us and help us) asking that by His Spirit He would use them to enable us to see Him more clearly and to possess all that He is and has done for us, and so be helped and transformed by them – for His glory’s sake!
- Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea;
Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word!
- Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me,
As Thou didst bless the bread by Galilee;
Then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall;
And I shall find my peace, my all in all.
- Thou art the bread of life, O Lord, to me,
Thy holy Word the truth that saveth me;
Give me to eat and live with Thee above;
Teach me to love Thy truth, for Thou art love.
- Oh, send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes, and make me see:
Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed I see the Lord.
Notices & Points for PrayerLet us thank God for His word. Let us thank God for the salvation and the hope that has become ours as the truth that it reveals concerning Jesus has become alive to us! Let us pray that He will continue to speak to us and to others through it and by His Spirit, in these days – transforming us, building us up and bringing others to faith.Let us continue to pray for our immediate communities, our nation and our world as they respond to the pandemic. Let us pray that the loss and the challenges that we face will cause us to look to Christ in faith and repentance.Let us pray for our government. Let us pray that they will work to do the nation good and that, in any laws that are passed, the church will not be prevented from sharing the full gospel to those around us.Let us pray that even if it means suffering for Christ’s sake, we will not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ but will be able to declare it boldly to others – knowing that it is the message they need to hear. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are this day suffering for the sake of the gospel. Let us pray that they will be upheld and encouraged – for His glory’s sake!
In ChristRich–Richard Jenkins email@example.com; 07761979015