God has made his Son, Jesus Christ, the head of the church. Prophecies describe him as being the Cornerstone of the church.
We need a new heart and we need to be born again.
John is writing this book so that we might believe who Jesus is and what he has come to do and out of that belief we receive eternal life. We will focus on verse 17 ‘zeal for your house will consume me’.
Sometimes we think of buildings when we speak of church. This passage shows us the true church is comprised of people.
There is nothing better than knowing Jesus but you can’t know him unless you have been shown him.
John brings another perspectives from the accounts in the other gospels, Matthew, Mark & Luke. His gospel is written after the others and he writes as an older man.
We look at the reactions of the people in this passage: the anger of Herod, the apathy of the religious leaders and the adoration of the Magi.
Even in hardship we can look forward to something better. How can we make this song ours today?
We sometimes doubt ourselves and we sometimes doubt God but this psalm is an encouragement. Verse 7 tells us: ‘Be at rest once more O my soul for the Lord has been good to you.’
Just as marathon runners trust their training to help them overcome challenges, so as Christians we need to exercise our trust and hope in God and then we can keep on going in our Christian lives. It’s not a sprint, it’s a long distance journey.