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Know Your Time

Rev. Tse Amable | July 1, 2024 | John 13:1-17

KEY VERSE:

“It was just before the PASSOVER FEAST. Jesus knew that THE TIME HAD COME FOR HIM TO LEAVE THIS WORLD and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.” John 13:1 (NIV)

 

MESSAGE:

The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1 ”THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING, AND A SEASON FOR EVERY ACTIVITY UNDER HEAVEN”.

 

Jesus Christ knew the right time to do what the Father sent him to do on the earth. When, at the wedding in Cana, his mother wanted her son to help in solving the problem of the shortage of wine, Jesus Christ replied “MY TIME HAS NOT YET COME” (John 2:4). In John 12 when Philip and Andrew went to see Jesus Christ with the request of some Greeks who wanted to see him, Jesus Christ told them “THE HOUR HAS COME FOR THE SON OF MAN TO BE GLORIFIED” (John 12:23). A few verses down, he said “IT WAS FOR THIS VERY REASON I CAME TO THIS HOUR” (John 12:27).

 

Jesus Christ knew that he came into this world as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. He knew there was a set time for that mission to be executed.  In the past, attempts to arrest him and kill him were not successful. Here in John 13, he knew “THE TIME HAD COME FOR HIM TO LEAVE THIS WORLD”. And he made himself ready to go to the cross.

 

You too have a set time to do what the Lord has called you to do. You must know that time and do what it calls for. I want to challenge you with the words Mordecai sent to Queen Esther:

 

“For if you remain silent AT THIS TIME, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS?” (Esther 4:14)


FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Meditate on the truth that there is a time to do the works of God after which you cannot work again.

PRAYER:

Father, I thank you that you have set a time for me to do what you called me for. Please help me to be sensitive to your timing so that I will not go ahead of my time or fall behind. Let me be like the “men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32). Amen.

THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: TIME

The Greek word for "time" in this context of the Key Verse for today's devotional is "ὥρα" (hōra), which can mean a specific hour, a fixed point in time, or a season. It often denotes a significant moment, especially in the context of God's plan and actions. In John 13:1, "time" signifies the crucial moment when Jesus was about to fulfil His mission through His death and resurrection. This "time" marks the transition from His public ministry to the final, private moments with His disciples, emphasizing the impending culmination of His earthly mission. Theological significance is seen in how Jesus' entire ministry led up to this predetermined hour, showcasing divine sovereignty and purpose. Reflections:

Reflect on how God's timing plays a role in your life. How can you trust in His perfect timing, especially during significant or challenging moments?


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