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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Amish farm in southern Lancaster County
This Amish farm is in southern Lancaster County. I can only imagine what it must be like to hang wet clothes on the line when it's below freezing (Brooksyne reminds me that she needs no imagination since she hung up clothes in the winter until she left home for college. That's when her folks finally got a dryer!) However winters were just a tad milder in Oklahoma.

"Jesus Is Not Ashamed"

Message summary: We can all rejoice today in the wonderful truth expressed in the daily verse that contains just four words, "Jesus is not ashamed"!

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“Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers” (Hebrews 2:11).

To be ashamed is to be "embarrassed or guilty because of one's actions, characteristics, or associations". It first appears in the Bible when Adam and Eve were in the garden before the Fall and were not ashamed (Genesis 2:25).

Have you ever been ashamed?  If you’re made of the human frailties that are commonplace to all of us there are things you’ve said, done or thought that later made you feel ashamed. 
Have you ever been ashamed of someone else – a family member, a close association or someone you esteemed as a leader? I’m sure we can all relate to this familiar scenario as well.  
Shame because of sin is a healthy response that will hopefully lead to confession, repentance and a restored relationship with God (and if needs be, with others as well).

However, enduring shame, following genuine confession and repentance of sin, demonstrates our failure to recognize Christ’s work in our lives and experiencing the glorious truth expressed in Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus".
Likewise, shame as a result of our associations, can either be good or bad.  If the shame is due to a feeling of superiority that's based on pride that’s bad.  If it’s due to the recognition that “bad company destroys good character”, that's healthy.

We can all rejoice today in the wonderful truth expressed in the daily verse that contains just four words, "
Jesus is not ashamed"!

“Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family." The One (Jesus Christ) who makes men holy and those (us) who are made holy are in the same family. The basis is His finished work on the Cross. The verse is so clear.  He “makes men holy” (active); we are “made holy” (passive).  There is no room for pride here, but rather a humble acceptance of what God has done by placing our faith in Him. Our proper response includes a heart filled with thanksgiving for Christ's removal of the scorn and shame that resulted from our sins. What a wondrous and loving act Jesus did on our behalf!

"So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers."  "The amazing statement that the Son of glory is not reluctant or ashamed to call the redeemed his "brethren (and "sistern")"! We as the set apart ones, the spiritual brothers and sisters of the Lord Jesus Christ have the same God as Father. This is an indescribable condescension on the part of our glorious Lord! Notwithstanding His superior and exalted dignity, He is not ashamed to call us His brethren!" (from Precept Austin online commentary)

Have you placed your faith in the One who died for your sin? This is the only divinely ordained way of salvation.  Here’s a prayer I said many years ago and often reaffirm in my heart. In fact I do so today.

“Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner.  I believe that you came to this earth and died as a substitute for me.  I place my faith in You and what You have done for me. I receive You into my life and choose this day to follow and serve You. Thank You for hearing my prayer.”

We welcome all of you to say this prayer with me today. For most it will merely be an affirmation of previously expressed faith. But for others it might be your initial enlistment into the family of God. Welcome!

Our chains are gone
Our debt is paid
The cross has overthrown the grave
For Jesus's blood that sets us free
Means death to death
And life for me

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, becoming a member of Your family is only possible because of what You did in sending Your Son, Jesus, to die for our sins on the cross of Calvary. You not only removed our sinful state, but You also took away our shame and replaced it with grace, grace that is greater than all our sin. I give my whole life to honor such love and acceptance from the holy One who makes us holy through His divine blood and lovingly calls us His brother and sister. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"The Passion"  Video  Calvary Church choir and orchestra from our service this last Sunday.

Brooksyne's Note: I loved singing "The Passion" this last Sunday. Two lines that really spoke to my heart, even making it difficult for me to sing: "The cross has overthrown the grave"...."I give my whole life to honor this love". These two lines speak of how God rescued me from eternal death and my grateful response to such love!

"Is He Worthy"  Video  Maverick City Music

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