The Prequel

Posted on March 29, 2016 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters

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Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them, and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.” ~John 2:22

I guess it’s been a number of years ago when a new movie came out and instead of calling it a sequel they called it a prequel. It was then explained to me that the new movie took place before the events of the original movie.

The Gospel of John is my favorite Gospel because of the emphasis on the deity and divine authority of Jesus. It is also written as a prequel as John recounts the experiences he had with Jesus witch seem to all make sense after the resurrection.

As I read certain accounts of John’s gospel I can see the ”hands on” teaching that Jesus does knowing most of what He is teaching isn’t going to make sense until after He is ascended.

It’s not until the power of The Holy Spirit indwells the disciples and becomes the ingredient that brings everything into focus.

I think it’s a good lesson for us as believers to realize that without the help of the Holy Spirit we are just fact finders, able to accumulate knowledge but without the interpretation from the Spirit it’s just information.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26

Have you ever gone through something that is painful and troublesome and it seems like there’s no hope in sight? I’ve developed a saying “The things we are going through today may not be used until tomorrow and then it helps to make sense of yesterday”. That time Jesus spends with His disciples in John 14 didn’t make any sense until much later. We love the idea of accepting Jesus as Savior but it seems we fall short of trusting “The Helper” with the rest.

So if you’ve only been living with the knowledge of your salvation maybe it’s time to watch the prequel, because it’s not just our future with God but His past is now our past.

“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” Romans 6:5

Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member at America’s Keswick in the maintenance department.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 89; Proverbs 29

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Daily Quote: “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds, in a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear.” ~John Newton

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah ~Psalm 46:1-3

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