Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, December 31, 2016 - Seventh Day of Christmas

First Reading
Isaiah 26:1-9
On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; he sets up victory like walls and bulwarks. Open the gates, so that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in. Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace-- in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for in the LORD GOD you have an everlasting rock. For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height; the lofty city he lays low. He lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust. The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy. The way of the righteous is level; O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous. In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul's desire. My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Second Reading
2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

The Holy Gospel
John 8:12-19
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." Then the Pharisees said to him, "You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid." Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf." Then they said to him, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also."

Morning Psalms
Psalm 46 Deus noster refugium
1   God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2   Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;
3   Though its waters rage and foam, and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.
4   The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
5   There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
6   God is in the midst of her; she shall not be overthrown; God shall help her at the break of day.
7   The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken; God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away.
8   The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
9   Come now and look upon the works of the LORD, what awesome things he has done on earth.
10   It is he who makes war to cease in all the world; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the shields with fire.
11   Be still, then, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.
12   The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Psalm 48 Magnus Dominus
1   Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised; in the city of our God is his holy hill.
2   Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, the very center of the world and the city of the great King.
3   God is in her citadels; he is known to be her sure refuge.
4   Behold, the kings of the earth assembled and marched forward together.
5   They looked and were astounded; they retreated and fled in terror.
6   Trembling seized them there; they writhed like a woman in childbirth, like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them.
7   As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God; God has established her for ever.
8   We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of your temple.
9   Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world's end; your right hand is full of justice.
10   Let Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments.
11   Make the circuit of Zion; walk round about her; count the number of her towers.
12   Consider well her bulwarks; examine her strongholds; that you may tell those who come after.
13   This God is our God for ever and ever; he shall be our guide for evermore.

Evening Psalms
Psalm 90 Domine, refugium
1   Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.
2   Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, from age to age you are God.
3   You turn us back to the dust and say, "Go back, O child of earth."
4   For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past and like a watch in the night.
5   You sweep us away like a dream; we fade away suddenly like the grass.
6   In the morning it is green and flourishes; in the evening it is dried up and withered.
7   For we consume away in your displeasure; we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation.
8   Our iniquities you have set before you, and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
9   When you are angry, all our days are gone; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10   The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty; yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone.
11   Who regards the power of your wrath? who rightly fears your indignation?
12   So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13   Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry? be gracious to your servants.
14   Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15   Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us and the years in which we suffered adversity.
16   Show your servants your works and your splendor to their children.
17   May the graciousness of the LORD our God be upon us; prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

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Verse of the Day - December 31, 2016

Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 (NIV) This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Reading Your Own Obituary"

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15–16)

If you were to read your own obituary today, what do you think people would remember you for?

I read about a man who died and told the truth in his obituary. He confessed, "As it turns out, I am the guy who stole the safe from the Motor View Drive Inn back in June 1971. I could have left that unsaid, but I wanted to get it off my chest."

He also admitted to kicking rocks into the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park, and to being "banned for life" from Disneyland and Sea World following youthful hijinks.

His wife of 33 years confirmed the events he confessed were true. She added, "He wanted to set a new standard on how obituaries should be written." I appreciate the honesty, but hopefully you and I will be remembered for more than that.

You don't determine the date of your birth or the date of your death, but you determine what you do between those dates.

The great evangelist D.L. Moody was asked the question, "If you knew the Lord were returning tonight, how would you spend the rest of your day?" Moody replied, "I wouldn't do anything different than I do every day."

Is that how you live?

We ought to live each year as if it were our last. We are here to redeem the time, not waste it. It has been said that, "men talk of killing time while time quietly kills them."

Though I am not a big fan of making New Year's resolutions, I do think the new year is a great time to "recalibrate." We need to live our lives with an eternal perspective, because—all things considered—life here on earth comes and goes very quickly. The Bible describes it as a "vapor of smoke" and "a story already told." Then comes the afterlife.

How will you keep an eternal perspective?

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Un Dia a la Vez - Oración por un nuevo comienzo

Nuestra boca se llenó de risas; nuestra lengua, de canciones jubilosas [...] Sí, el Señor ha hecho grandes cosas por nosotros, y eso nos llena de alegría. Salmo 126:2-3

Señor Jesús, solo pueden salir de mis labios palabras de agradecimiento por todo lo poderoso que has sido con nosotros en este año. En cada momento de mi vida estuviste a mi lado escuchando mi necesidad. Fuiste mi socorro en tiempos de angustia.

Gracias porque me ayudaste a que muchas de mis peticiones se hicieran realidad. Te agradezco también que me llenaras de valentía cuando pensaba que no sería capaz de salir adelante.

Te amo con todo con mi corazón y, a partir de hoy, entrego en tus manos mi vida, mi salud, mi economía, mi familia, mi trabajo y todos los anhelos profundos de mi corazón que ya tú conoces.

Guárdame, mi Dios, y acompáñame en mi entrar y en mi salir.

En el nombre de Jesús te lo pido, amén y amén.

NIV Devotions for Couples - When You Have to Say No

Esther 1:1–22

“This very day the Persian and Median women of the nobility who have heard about the queen’s conduct will respond to all the king’s nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord.” Esther 1:18

King Xerxes, the military leader of the Medes and Persians, tried to fulfill his father’s failed plan to conquer Greece. Darius had been defeated at Marathon in 490 B.C. and had died soon after. Xerxes amassed one of the largest armies ever and marched back toward Greece. His army managed to get around the Spartan forces at Thermopylae but went down outside Athens when the Persian fleet was sunk in the bay of Salamis.

Esther 1 records what may have been Xerxes’ planning meeting for the military campaigns of 482–479 B.C. During this lengthy meeting (lasting 180 days), the men feasted and drank extensively. At one point, Xerxes commanded his wife, Vashti, to appear before the assembled men. We are not told why Vashti refused, but given the circumstances and the rate at which we can assume the men were consuming alcohol, perhaps Vashti was afraid they would ask her to act immodestly—or worse.

Xerxes reacted like a spoiled child. He was furious that his order had not been obeyed. His advisers encouraged the king’s stupidity. They proposed deposing Vashti as queen and banishing her from the presence of the king. Then they planned the first Miss Universe pageant to replace Vashti with someone more beautiful and (hopefully) more compliant.

Enter Mordecai and Esther, two Jews who were still living in Persia. Although Mordecai may have also had a Hebrew name, his Babylonian name may betray the comfort his family had with Babylonian life; it is derived from Marduk, the god Nebuchadnezzar followed and to whom he dedicated Babylon, his capital.

Ultimately, Esther was chosen to be the new queen, placing her in a position to intervene at a time when her people were threatened. Esther and Mordecai were able to save the Jews, but the dire threat made to exterminate them as a people during that time made its mark. Perhaps it was an impetus for Ezra and Nehemiah to go back to Jerusalem to help the Jews there rebuild the city’s walls and reclaim their spiritual foundations.

Within this story, Vashti often goes unrecognized as a heroine. Yet perhaps that should be acknowledged, particularly within the context of marriage. For while Vashti had been obedient to her husband in all things, there came a point when her moral fiber pulled taut and would not allow her to cross a line that required her to do something she knew was wrong.

In our marriages we need mutual submission and respect, as the apostle Paul wrote (see Ephesians 5:21–33). But we also need personal courage to say no to one another when decency is twisted or when obedience to little things would deny obedience to God’s greater ways.

Wayne Brouwer

Let’s Talk
  • What iffy spots of moral behavior have caused disagreement in our marriage?
  • Has one of us ever asked the other to do something morally questionable? How do we balance mutual submission to each other with saying no to behavior that compromises our integrity?
  • How can we keep our relationship unified so that we avoid situations that cause conflict when our morals differ?

Standing Strong Through the Storm - DIFFICULT ASSIGNMENTS

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. Deuteronomy 30:11

It is possible! The persecuted church by example prove to us that it is indeed possible to lose suffer endure everything...yet maintain a joyful spirit and heart of love for the Lord.

So often our major shortcoming is simply to doubt that we could go through those experiences and come out of them as refined and triumphant as we have witnessed others in these devotionals. Jesus never promised that our life would be easy—just fulfilling. He never promised that things would be fair—only that He would be just.

Though we might think that life is too hard for these brothers and sisters about whom we’ve been reading, we have been given perhaps an even tougher spiritual assignment. Yet the principles in dealing with it remain the same.

Ruth Graham shared a convicting story about a Christian who had just arrived in a free country from years of persecution. He was appalled at the seeming casual commitment to Jesus and materialistic contamination of these Christians. And he said so. Sometime later he returned to visit the friend to whom he had spoken so bluntly when he first arrived:

He asked if his friend remembered what he had said, the bitterness of his criticism. The friend remembered. The man stood silent for a few moments, reflecting. The friend tensed for a second attack.

“I have come to apologize both for what I said and the way in which I said it,” he said simply. “I was merely afraid. I did not know how dangerous freedom could be. It has been a year now. And I am worse than those I criticized.”

Then he added a significant statement: “It is more difficult to live the Christian life under freedom than under repression.”

Iranian Christian leader Luke Yagnazar lives in the United States. He concludes, “It is more difficult to be a Christian in the USA than in Iran. There you are either a Christian or not!”

Pastor Samuel Lamb in southern China says, “We have physical persecution but you have materialism. Your lot is harder because we know what we are spiritually fighting. Many times you don’t.”

Another Chinese church leader adds, “Once you are chasing after money there is no time and energy for church affairs...And the government knows that materialism will destroy the church faster than persecution can...I tell my co-workers in China that the biggest enemy we’re facing is no longer communism, it’s materialism.”

We must remember it’s a spiritual battle we fight in and we fight with spiritual weapons only.

RESPONSE: Today I resolve to begin the New Year ahead accepting the more difficult assignment and putting God and His kingdom ahead of all others and all else.

PRAYER: Lord, help me accept the more difficult assignment putting You and Your kingdom first.

LHM Daily Devotion - "A Common Name with a New Meaning"

December 31, 2016

And at the end of eight days ... He was called Jesus ... (Luke 2:21, ESV)

New Year's Eve was exciting when I was a kid. We say goodbye to the old and ring in the new. With each New Year came all kinds of exciting opportunities, hopes and dreams.

Jesus has now reached the age of eight days and something new is about to happen. Every Israelite boy who reached the age of eight days was required to be circumcised and receive his name. As we saw earlier in the naming of Zechariah and Elizabeth's son John, names were important to the people of Israel.

Mary and Joseph have already been told the Name that God has given for His Son. So in obedience they gave Mary's Child the Name of Jesus. It was a common name at the time. It means "The Lord is salvation" or "The Lord saves." In the Old Testament the names Joshua and Hosea are variants of the name Jesus. Every other Israelite boy carrying this name in effect reminded people to turn their attention to God, who is their salvation.

In the case of Mary's Son it was completely different, however. In His case the Name pointed to Himself as Lord -- the One who is now present to save His people from their sins. Many years from now His enemies will hurl His Name back at Him in mockery, as He hangs on the cross: "He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He trusts in God, let God deliver Him now, if He desires Him. For He said, 'I am the Son of God'". (Matthew 27:42-43)

But there on the cross Jesus was fulfilling His Name -- the Lord saving His people from death and hell by suffering for their sins.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You truly are the Lord who saves His people. Receive our thanks for being the Savior Your name said You would be. Amen.

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Devociones de Adviento - Nuestros ojos vieron su salvación

Sábado 31 de Diciembre

Lucas 2:25-32

Señor, ahora despides a este siervo tuyo, y lo despides en paz, de acuerdo a tu palabra. Mis ojos han visto tu salvación, que has preparado a la vista de todos los pueblos. (Lc 2:29-31, RVC)

Un anciano venerable camina hacia el templo. Muchas otras veces ha hecho ese trayecto: disfruta de estar en la presencia del Señor en ese lugar. Muchos en Jerusalén lo saben. Saben que es un hombre venerable, justo y piadoso, como un lazarillo celestial; el Espíritu Santo es quien lo guía en su caminar. Mientras camina, piensa en la promesa de los profetas y teme que le llegue la muerte sin verla concretada. ¿Cuándo enviaría Dios a su Ungido?

Pero esta vez el Señor le tiene reservada una sorpresa. El Señor mismo estará cara a cara con Simeón, en persona. El Señor del templo-¡el Señor del mundo! -lo mirará a través de sus ojos de bebé, para aprobar su fidelidad. El Mesías está ahí, visible, palpable: el niño Dios traído en brazos por sus padres, para celebrar el rito de la ley. Y Simeón tomará a ese niño en sus brazos y pronunciará una alabanza que sigue sonando a través de los siglos.

¿Qué nos queda para ver cuando ya hemos visto el amor de Dios en persona? ¿Qué nos queda para ver luego de haber sabido de su encarnación manifestada en un pesebre? ¿Qué nos queda para ver luego de haber visto su cuerpo colgado de una cruz, sufriendo y muriendo por nuestros pecados? ¿Qué nos queda para ver, oír y degustar, luego de haber recibido su bautismo, su palabra de perdón y el sacramento de su cuerpo y su sangre? Vayamos a su templo. Recibamos sus dones. Unamos nuestro canto a Simeón.

Dios de amor: no permitas que muera sin ver tu salvación. Me arrepiento de los pecados de este año que termina, confiando en tu perdón. Guíame a tu casa. Amén.

© Copyright 2016 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones

Our Daily Bread - Now Is the Day

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:18–6:2 | Bible in a Year: Malachi 1–4; Revelation 22

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

Our preschool-age granddaughter Maggie and her kindergarten-age sister Katie hauled several blankets to the backyard, where they proceeded to build a blanket tent in which to play. They had been outside a while when their mom heard Maggie call for her.

“Mom, come here quick!” Maggie yelled. “I want to ask Jesus into my heart, and I need your help!” Apparently at that moment her need for Jesus became clear to her, and she was ready to put her faith in Him.

Maggie’s urgent call for help in trusting Jesus brings to mind Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 6 about salvation. He was discussing the reality that Jesus Christ’s coming—including His death and resurrection—instituted an era he called “the time of God’s favor.” We live in that time, and salvation is available to all right now. He said, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (v. 2). For all who have not yet trusted Jesus for forgiveness, the time to do so is now. It is urgent.

Perhaps the Holy Spirit has alerted you to your need to put your trust in Jesus. Like Maggie, don’t put it off. Run to Jesus. Now is the day!

Heavenly Father, I now understand my need to have my sins forgiven. I also realize that only Jesus—because of His sacrifice on the cross—can forgive my sin. I put my faith and trust in Jesus today. Please forgive me and become the Lord of my life.

There’s no better day than today to enter into God’s family.

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Hoy es el día

Leer: 2 Corintios 5:18–6:2 | La Biblia en un año: Apocalipsis 22

… He aquí ahora el tiempo aceptable; he aquí ahora el día de salvación (2 Corintios 6:2).

Nuestra nieta Maggie, de edad preescolar, y su hermana Katie, que va al jardín de infantes, llevaron varias mantas al patio trasero, donde construyeron una tienda para jugar. Ya habían estado allí durante un rato, cuando la madre escucho que Maggie la llamaba.

«¡Mamá, ven rápido! —gritó Maggie—. ¡Quiero que Jesús entre en mi corazón y necesito ayuda!». Aparentemente, en ese momento, sintió claramente que necesitaba a Jesús y estaba lista para poner su fe en Él.

El llamado urgente de Maggie pidiendo ayuda para confiar en Jesús me recuerda las palabras de Pablo en 2 Corintios sobre la salvación. El apóstol estaba exponiendo la realidad de que la venida de Cristo —incluso su muerte y resurrección— había instituido una era llamada «el momento propicio de Dios» (nvi). Actualmente, vivimos en dicho momento, y la salvación está a disposición de todos ahora mismo. Pablo afirmó: «He aquí ahora el tiempo aceptable; he aquí ahora el día de salvación» (v. 2). Para todos los que todavía no han confiado en Jesús para ser perdonados, el momento de hacerlo es ahora. Es urgente.

Quizá el Espíritu Santo esté alertándote sobre tu necesidad de poner tu fe en Jesús. No lo pospongas; haz como Maggie. Corre hacia Jesús. ¡Hoy es el día!

Señor Jesús, pongo mi fe en ti. Perdona mis pecados. Sálvame hoy.

Hoy es el mejor día para entrar en la familia de Dios.

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Jetzt ist der Tag

Lesen: 2.Korinther 5,18–6,2 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Maleachi 1–3; Offenbarung 22

Siehe, jetzt ist die Zeit der Gnade, siehe, jetzt ist der Tag des Herrn. (2.Korinther 6,2)

Maggie, unsere Enkelin im Vorschulalter, und ihre kleinere Schwester Katie schleppten ein paar Decken in den Garten und fingen an, damit ein Zelt zu bauen, in dem sie spielen wollten. Sie waren schon eine Weile draußen, als ihre Mama plötzlich nach ihr rufen hörte.

„Mama, komm her! Schnell! Ich will Jesus bitten, dass er in mein Herz kommt. Du musst mir dabei helfen!“ Das Bewusstsein, dass sie Jesus brauchte, war ihr anscheinend gerade jetzt ganz deutlich geworden, und nun wollte sie sich ihm anvertrauen.

Maggies dringender Hilferuf erinnert mich an das, was Paulus in 2.Korinther 6 über die Erlösung sagt. Er sprach davon, dass mit dem Kommen von Jesus Christus—sowie mit seinem Tod und seiner Auferstehung—eine neue Zeit angebrochen ist, die er als „Zeit der Gnade“ bezeichnete. Wir leben noch immer in dieser Zeit und die Erlösung ist auch jetzt für alle da. Paulus sagt: „Siehe, jetzt ist die Zeit der Gnade, siehe, jetzt ist der Tag des Herrn“ (V.2). Für alle, die Jesus noch nicht um Vergebung gebeten haben, ist jetzt der Moment gekommen. Es eilt.

Vielleicht hat der Heilige Geist dir bewusstgemacht, dass auch du jetzt dein Vertrauen auf Jesus setzen solltest. Wie Maggie schieb es nicht auf. Lauf zu Jesus. Jetzt ist der Tag!

Himmlischer Vater, ich begreife jetzt, dass ich Vergebung für meine Sünden brauche. Ich erkenne auch, dass nur Jesus meine Sünde vergeben kann—weil er am Kreuz dafür gestorben ist. Ich will heute mein Leben Jesus anvertrauen. Bitte vergib mir und sei du der Herr in meinem Leben.

Es gibt keinen besseren Tag als heute, um sich Gottes Familie anzuschließen.

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Сегодня

Читать сейчас: 2 Коринфянам 5:18–6:2 | Библия за год: Малахия 1-4; Откровение 22

Вот теперь время благоприятное, вот теперь день спасения. — 2 Коринфянам 6:2

Наша семилетняя внучка Мэгги играла со своей младшей сестрой в саду. Они натаскали туда одеял, из которых строили палатку. Прошло довольно много времени. Вдруг их мама услышала, что Мэгги зовет ее.

«Мама, иди скорей сюда! – звала девочка. – Я хочу впустить Иисуса в свое сердце. Помоги!» Видимо, в ту минуту она, пусть по-детски, но ярко осознала свою нужду в Спасителе и не хотела откладывать это важное дело на потом.

Это напомнило мне слова Павла о спасении во Втором послании к коринфянам. Мы живем во время, когда спасение в Иисусе Христе доступно всем и каждому. Апостол пишет: «Вот теперь время благоприятное, вот теперь день спасения» (2 Кор. 6:2). Для всех, кто еще не обратился к Господу за прощением, самое благоприятное время – сегодня.

Возможно, Святой Дух побуждает вас обратиться к Иисусу Христу. Подобно Мэгги, не откладывайте на потом. Поспешите к Спасителю. Сегодня – день спасения!

Небесный Отец, я сознаю свою нужду в прощении грехов. Я также понимаю, что только Иисус, благодаря Своей жертве на кресте, может спасти меня. Я возлагаю свою надежду на Него. Прости меня и стань Господом моей жизни.

Для входа в Божью семью нет лучшего дня, чем сегодня.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - Voici maintenant le jour

Voici maintenant le temps favorable, voici maintenant le jour du salut. (2 Corinthiens 6.2)

Notre petite‑fille Maggie, d’âge préscolaire, et sa soeur Katie, qui est en maternelle, ont emporté plusieurs couvertures dans le jardin, où elles se sont confectionné une tente pour y jouer. Il y avait un certain temps qu’elles s’y trouvaient lorsque leur mère a entendu Maggie l’appeler.

« Maman, viens vite ! cria Maggie. Je veux demander à Jésus de venir dans mon coeur, et j’ai besoin de ton aide ! » De toute évidence, son besoin de Jésus lui est apparu clairement à ce moment‑là, et elle était prête à mettre sa foi en lui.

L’appel urgent à l’aide de Maggie pour mettre sa foi en Jésus rappelle les paroles de Paul dans 2 Corinthiens 6 au sujet du salut. Il parlait de la réalité selon laquelle la venue de Jésus‑Christ – incluant sa mort et sa résurrection – avait instauré l’ère qu’il appelait « le temps favorable ». Or, nous vivons à cette ère, et le salut nous est offert à tous. Paul a dit : « Voici maintenant le temps favorable, voici maintenant le jour du salut » (V. 2). À tous ceux qui n’ont pas encore mis leur foi en Jésus pour le pardon de leurs péchés, sachez que l’heure en est venue. C’est urgent.

Il se peut que le Saint‑Esprit vous ait alerté de la nécessité de mettre votre foi en Jésus. Comme Maggie, ne remettez pas la chose à plus tard. Courez vers Jésus. Voici maintenant le jour !

Il n’y a pas mieux qu’aujourd’hui pour entrer dans la famille de Dieu.

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