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February 23, 2012

Daily Devotionals: (Feb. 23rd) Smile, Jesus Loves You

by colinmercer

The New Testament Church: Learning from the first disciples of Christianity

Reading: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:46-47

When bumper stickers were more in fashion a few years ago one of the most popular said, “Smile, Jesus loves you.”

But that slogan really misses the point of the gospel. It doesn’t address the great issue of sin or make clear that the real joy that Jesus gives is freedom from sin. It falls horribly short of the core truths of the gospel. True Christians—those who have been born again of the Spirit of God and who have therefore been brought into a saving union with Christ—and only true Christians have cause to be glad!

Real happiness is inseparably linked to salvation. That’s obvious from our text for today. The newly converted saints in Jerusalem continued daily in a spirit of gladness. They enjoyed being Christians. Despite the persecution of the church and the difficulties they faced, the early disciples knew that they had been delivered from their sins, from their guilt, from the wrath to come and that’s reason to smile!

The psalmist said, “Happy is that people whose God is the Lord.” Does your knowledge of the Lord make your heart smile? When you read His Word or hear it preached do you praise Him? As you face the trials and troubles of life do you grit your teeth, grin, and bear it? Or do you rest upon the Lord and rejoice in Him and trust Him in every circumstance? Can you smile because you know Jesus loves you?

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February 6, 2012

Daily Devotionals: (Feb. 6th) This Same Jesus

by colinmercer

The New Testament Church: Learning from the first disciples of Christianity

Reading: “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11

Christ really knows how to encourage His people. Even as He left His disciples and returned to heaven He made sure they were given promises, perfectly suited to their new circumstances. They were told that the Spirit would come upon them and that the Saviour would come again for them. The text is a gem sparkling with encouraging truths. It radiates the fact that Christ is in heaven. He has entered into the presence of His heavenly Father. He came to earth to do a work and when that work was finished, He appeared in the presence of God for us.

These words also glow with the truth that Christ is in heaven as a true man, one with us. The word was, “This same Jesus has gone into heaven.” The Jesus the disciples knew—the God-man, the perfect man, the gracious and sympathetic Saviour who wept with men and for them—went into heaven and is there for His people.

We have a High Priest who is touched with the feelings of our infirmities. As a man He knows our needs, and as a man in heaven He is able to meet our needs. But the luster of the text continues, for this same Jesus will return again. “He shall so come in like manner.” This world thinks Christ is finished. He is gone. But our Redeemer has gone to glory to wait for a time. He will return in power and glory to reward His people and judge His enemies. Jesus is coming again. Now, that’s a gem worth holding on to! Let the luster of this truth lift your spirits and brighten your life: “this same Jesus.”

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