18 “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’
19 Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.
20 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
In order for us to understand this we have to understand the background. Jesus, talking to His disciples, tells them that one of them is going to betray Him. Judas has not yet been identified but Jesus knows whom he is and what he is going to do. It was prophesied hundreds of years earlier. Judas was unwittingly fulfilling prophecy.
Jesus wanted the others to know that He was aware of what was going to happen and that He was still God. Judas’s actions were not going to be taking Jesus by surprise.
But then Jesus makes a statement about receiving and being received. When we receive the messengers of Christ we are receiving Him. When we receive Jesus we are at the same time receiving God the Father. Jesus thought this teaching important enough to tell his disciples shortly before Judas’s betrayal. For in his betrayal, Judas rejected Christ as God in the flesh and rejected the Father also!
My friends, our faith is totally wrapped up in the deity of Jesus Christ whom when we accept we are also accepting God the Father. Conjointly, when we place our faith in the Son we are also placing our faith in the Father. If we reject the Son we reject the Father. If we reject the Father, we also reject the Son! Therefore, we cannot accept any belief system that does not allow Jesus to be equal with God the Father nor allows the Father to be equal with the Son. It is all or nothing, either we accept Christ as God and God in Christ or we don’t. There is no acceptable-to-God middle ground.
Tonight we will be having our second week of Kids4Truth. We had a good turn out last week but would love to see a few more kids from VBS show up. Pray with us about this. Mike has done a great job teaching our teens on Wednesday nights and Kyle has been running the games. We are tweaking it as we go and the teens have made the transition with enthusiasm. Mike is going through the book of Daniel comparing Daniel to our teens. It is a very comparable application.
The adult prayer time and Bible studies start at 7:00.
I would ask you to pray for Pastor Bill’s recovery of his strength. While in the hospital he was five days on a liquid diet and in bed. Now at home he is eating much better, thanks to Kit, and getting some exercise every day. Just join me in prayer for a little bit more strength to return to him.
Have a great day in the Lord,