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2021_11_05 Insight Post- Emma Keeton

This week's reading- John 5-6

In John chapter 5 verses 19-30 the religious leaders persecute Jesus for healing a paralyzed man on the Sabbath. Jesus responds to them by explaining who he is and who his Father is and in turn, records for us a glimpse into the relationship between them. These verses tell us that:

God the Father and God the Son are always at work

The Son does nothing by himself, but can only do what he sees the Father doing

The Father shows the Son everything he does

The Father raises the dead and gives life

The Son gives life to those he is pleased to give it

The Father has entrusted to the son all judgement

Everyone who hears and believes God's word and believes the Father will have eternal life

The Son only seeks to please the Father, not himself

These truths of scripture communicate the Holiness of God. The Hebrew word for Holiness is Kadosh, which means something that is other, set apart and full of sanctity. Life and death, judgement and mercy are all in God's hands. We are here because we have been created by him and have breath today because he sustains us. Human words cannot aptly describe his majesty, yet amazingly we are invited into this relationship with the Father and the Son. In all God's holiness he gives us life for eternity when we believe his word.

What is our own response to such an invitation? Is it silence in the awesome presence of the trinity? Gratefulness for all he has done? Do we show our devotion by wanting to please God? Wherever you are right now ask God by the power of the Holy Spirit to give you a picture of his awesome holiness. Then let us fix our eyes solely on Jesus today.

Arise, my soul, arise;

Shake off thy guilty fears;

The bleeding Sacrifice

In my behalf appears:

Before the throne my Surety stands,

My name is written on His hands.

Charles Wesley

Emma Keeton

Prayer Team Lead