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Live to Love Scripture Encouragement Norm Wakefield

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Podcast by Norm Wakefield

    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.57

    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.57

    John 11:57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he was to report it so that they might seize Him.
         The dragnet tightened. Their evil scheme was in motion. They were determined to seize and eliminate Him. We should be amazed at the wisdom and glory of God to allow men to scheme and carry out evil against His anointed as the means by which He overcomes evil, sin, and death. In the end times, it will be the same with His people. Evil men will be allowed to carry out their schemes against His Holy ones, but they will display God’s wisdom and glory as they trust in Him and lay down their lives in love for Christ and others. Jesus will prepare us for this time as He prepared Himself. Abide in Him today.

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    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.56

    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.56

    John 11:56 So they were seeking for Jesus, and were saying to one another as they stood in the temple, "What do you think; that He will not come to the feast at all?"
         Imagine the scene. Men straining their necks, searching the crowd for Jesus. They were wondering what He would do. Have you ever wondered what Jesus would do? Jesus did eventually come, but not when they expected it nor how they expected it. That’s often the case in our lives. We look for Him in the natural, reasonable ways, but His ways are not ours. Jesus always moves in a redemptive, God-glorifying path. Look for Him there today.

    • 57 sec
    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.55

    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.55

    John 11:55 Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover to purify themselves.
         John lets us know the historical context surrounding the Passover celebration. Jerusalem’s population swelled with committed worshippers preparing for Passover. John implied that Jesus was expected to show up and that He would be easy to find. But Jesus didn’t need to purify Himself. He was perfectly pure. He was the Spotless Passover lamb. Remember the first Passover in Egypt? A lamb was slain so the death angel would pass over the home of the Hebrews. All who believe in Jesus will never die. His blood was shed that we might live to love with Him. Hallelujah!

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    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.54

    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.54

    John 11:54 Therefore Jesus no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.
         Apparently Jesus knew of their plans and it wasn’t the Father’s timing so He avoided the conflict and spent time with His disciples. We can learn from this that there are times when we should avoid those whom we know cannot tolerate or handle the testimony of God in our lives. Love in this case stayed out of their path. It was best to love those who were yearning to learn and who responded to His love. He was making disciples. Who are we investing in who need to be loved by Him?

    • 56 sec
    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.53

    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.53

    John 11:53 So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.
          The Pharisees made their evil plans as God established their steps. John wants his readers to understand that God accomplished His purposes through evil men who thought they were in control. God was working toward His greatest display of love and glory in the death and resurrection of His son. In the affairs of men it looked like darkness was prevailing, but in reality and truth, the stage was being set for the greatest revelation of God in all the history of mankind. May this encourage us that every situation is an opportunity to trust God and love with Jesus.

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    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.52

    Live to Love Scripture Encouragement John 11.52

    John 11:52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
         As the Pharisees are meeting to plot Jesus’ death, God is working to make all of His children throughout all of history into one nation for eternity. We are so limited in our view and judgment of the affairs of men. We know so little. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12). What a glorious day it will be when we see all of God’s wisdom and glory in the affairs of men. This verse should encourage us to love and trust God in everything that happens in our lives.

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