But Jesus

Much has been said about first lines of books.

There are many great first lines of Bible Chapters too, for example:

In the beginning God… (Genesis 1)

The Lord is my shepherd… (Psalm 23)

Blessed is the man… (Psalm 1)

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord... (Isaiah 6)

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth… (Revelation 21)

Probably my favorite of all time:

There is therefore now no condemnation… (Romans 8)

Now look at John ch 8

But Jesus…

I am on a men's retreat and our text last night was John 8:31-36. Great stuff. I got back to my room and started at the top of the chapter to see what is going on.

The chapter starts with "But Jesus"

Now I want to know what is going on.

In chapter 7 Jesus is under attack from the religious leaders of the day. At the end of the day and the chapter we have this verse

Everyone went to his home. (John 7:53 NASB)

Then chapter 8 begins:

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. (John 8:1 NASB)

Jesus goes home to the presence of the Father. You get the impression from the text that He spends the night in communion with Papa.

He did not go and repent for being too hard on the crowd, or ring His hands in worry.  He went to be in the presence of The Lover Of His Soul.

And when you read chapter 8 you will see He was receiving some amazing revelation that night.

Our time with The Lord is a time to receive downloads in preparation for the day ahead. We have to resist the temptation to spend all our time worrying in King James English, or complaining of our plight.

Ask Father to open His word to your heart, and open your heart to His word.

He will give what we need to face the ‘evil’ of the day ahead.

Thanks for stopping in today. Come back again soon.

Ben

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  1. meetingintheclouds

    Two of my favourite words in Scriptures are "But God". The most outstanding of these is in Ephesians 2 where the opening verses leave us guilty, condemned, without excuse, and hopeless to do anything about it. The come those glorious words of promise in verse 4 which throw out a radiant beam of light and change everything . . . "But God"

    When we accept that wonderful promise and become blood-bought, adopted children of God, we know that no matter what happens there is a "But Jesus" (a "But God") and that when we turn to Him in faith, He WILL undertake.

    What an amazing God!

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  2. Caddo Veil

    Great post, as always, brother Ben. This isn't entirely on topic, but you know me--hand waving in the air because I "just have to share": my fave scripture (subject to change) is Rom 5:6-- "You see, at just the right time..." It was years ago that those words jumped out at me, and it was blessed assurance and confirmation that God is never late, or too early, for that matter. Every time I read it, I can "hear" our Father God's voice so clearly--I just LOVE it. Okay, heading for bed now--God bless you BIG--love, sis Caddo

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