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"Imagine!"

April 4, 2004

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Today’s Reading: John 18:15-40 & Psalm 130

“I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “… I said nothing in secret. Why question Me? Ask those who heard Me. Surely they know what I said.” John 18:20-21

Jesus has taught in public places and has held no locked-door sessions. Now on trial, He moves to a very bold position—He places His entire defense with His hearers!

Imagine … Jesus says, “Go out and ask those who have heard Me speak. I’ll stake My life on what they will say.” Imagine … every fisherman, tax collector, blind man, woman drawing water from the village well, or little child … if they have heard Jesus speak, He places His defense with them.

Jesus Christ is still on trial. Many challenge His lordship and deny His claims. Yet He responds, “Ask those who heard Me.” Every factory worker, office worker, homemaker, student, or church member … if they have heard Jesus speak, He places His defense with them.

Imagine … Jesus taps us on the shoulder and says, “I’m calling you to take the witness stand in My defense. I’ll stake My life on what you will say. You have heard My teaching.” Me—a witness for Jesus?

And what about Jesus? He moves from His trial to His cross on Calvary. On that cross, He says, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34) … then He secured that forgiveness. He accepted the God-forsaken agony of the damned. He exclaimed, “It is finished” (John 19:30). He won forgiveness for the judges, for the man with the hammer and nails, for the witnesses that did not appear…for you…for me…for us.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, who sent Your Son to atone for all sins, give us the kind of faith that daily reaches to Him for the forgiveness that is ours because of His great sacrifice, so that we may grow in our witness to Jesus Christ, through whom we pray. Amen.

Response
What have you heard Him say that you can share with others today?

Today's Bible Readings: Deuteronomy 30-31    Luke 8:1-25

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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