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THE WOMAN AT THE WELL – Jesus: a Kingdom Without Frontiers
The story of Samaritan woman is well known by many Christians. To me, what touches me most is that she recognized Jesus as the Messiah from the words of Jesus. In the exchange between her and Jesus, she was surprised when she heard thespeak out her secret—she had five husbands. Then she felt He was not an ordinary person. She asked Him where people should worship God, in mountain or in Jerusalem? The Lord answered her neither in the mountain nor yet at Jerusalem, and clearly told her, “When the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.” With only one word, the Lord showed the path of practice to worship God. At that point, the Samaritan woman recognized that Jesus was the coming Messiah in the Prophecy. This just fulfilled the word of the Lord Jesus, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (Jhn 10:27).
This story inspired us a lot: Only those who are able to recognizeand follow God truly belong to God. And no matter in what way God appears to people, they can put aside their own notions and accept the words and work of God. It is now the last days, we can see that many prophecies in have been fulfilled, and the disasters are getting worse and worse, many people feel the Lord has already returned. The Bible prophesies in many places that the Lord will come in secret, such as “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame” (Revelation 16:15). and “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). These verses mentioned that we should watch and prepare, focus on hearing God’s voice and seek the appearance of God in . Just as God says, “As such, since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for , for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life.” May we all can welcome the of Jesus.
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The Parable of the Lost Sheep - God’s Love For Mankind It’s a familiar parable of the lost sheep for Christians. And this parable in this short video is expressed in 3D animation, making us ponder this important teaching of the Lord Jesus and know God’s love for mankind. Additionally, God’s deeper intentions are hidden in this parable. God’s words say: “When God became flesh, when He appeared in the form of a man, He used a very appropriate metaphor to express the voice of His heart in humanity. This voice represented God’s own voice and the work He wanted to do in that age. It also represented an attitude that God had toward people in the Age of Grace. Looking from the perspective of God’s attitude toward people, He compared each person to a sheep. If a sheep is lost, He will do whatever it takes to find it. This represents a principle of God’s work among mankind this time in the flesh. God used this parable to describe His resolve and attitude in that work. This was the advantage of God becoming flesh: He could take advantage of mankind’s knowledge and use human language to speak to people, to express His will. He explained or “translated” to man His profound, divine language that people struggled to understand in human language, in a human way. This helped people understand His will and know what He wanted to do. He could also have conversations with people from the human perspective, using human language, and communicate with people in a way they understood. He could even speak and work using human language and knowledge so that people could feel God’s kindness and closeness, so that they could see His heart. What do you see in this? That there is no prohibitiveness in God’s words and actions? The way people see it, there’s no way that God could use human knowledge, language, or ways of speaking to talk about what God Himself wanted to say, the work He wanted to do, or to express His own will; this is erroneous thinking. God used this type of metaphor so that people could feel the realness and the sincerity of God, and see His attitude toward people during that time period. This parable awakened people from a dream who had been living under the law for a long time, and it also inspired generation after generation of people living in the Age of Grace. By reading the passage of this parable, people know God’s sincerity in saving mankind and understand mankind’s weight in His heart.” God’s words show me the importance of the work He did in the flesh. He tells us the truth we should know in a very digestible way. Hence, we know God’s intentions and His work, and feel His determination to save mankind. The Lord Jesus had predicted that the Son of man would return in the last days and utter His new words. “For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt 24:27). “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (Jhn 16:12-13). The Son of man in the prophecy should refer to God incarnate doing His work among man. Therefore, we will easily listen to and practice God’s words just like those who follow the Lord Jesus at that time. May we seek carefully, pay attention to the fulfillment of the prophecy and welcome His return.
Noah’s Ark is a famous story. At that time, the evil deeds of the people on earth had reached such an extent that God could not have any more patience with them. Therefore, God sent the rain that lasted for 40 days, drowning everything on the face of the earth. Only Noah obeyed God’s commands and took his family to build the ark and assembled all manner of living creatures. Then his family of eight survived the destruction and received God’s blessings. The historical event left us a lot to reflect, and Noah is an exemplar for us to imitate. Then why did God call upon Noah to build the ark? God’s word reveals the answer for us: “Why choose Noah? In God’s eyes, Noah is a just man, and no matter what God instructs him to do he will do so accordingly. It means he will do whatever God tells him to do. God wanted to find someone like this to work with Him, to complete what He had entrusted, to complete His work on earth.” “When Noah did as God instructed he didn’t know what God’s intentions were. He didn’t know what God wanted to accomplish. God had only given him a command, instructed him to do something, but without much explanation, and he went ahead and did it. He didn’t try to figure out God’s intentions in private, nor did he resist God or have a double heart. He just went and did it accordingly with a pure and simple heart. Whatever God let him do he did, and obeying and listening to God’s word were his conviction for doing things. That was how straightforwardly and simply he dealt with what God entrusted. His essence—the essence of his actions was obedience, not second-guessing, not resisting, and moreover, not thinking of his own personal interests and his gains and losses. Further, when God said He would destroy the world with a flood, he did not ask when or try to get to the bottom of it, and he certainly did not ask God just how He was going to destroy the world. He simply did as God instructed. However God wanted it to be made and made with what, he did exactly as God asked and also commenced action immediately thereafter. He did it with an attitude of wanting to satisfy God. Was he doing it to help himself avoid the disaster? No. Did he ask God how much longer before the world would be destroyed? He didn’t. Did he ask God or did he know how long it would take to build the ark? He didn’t know that either. He simply just obeyed, listened, and did it accordingly.” From God’s word, we can see that Noah treated God’s commission with a pure and obedient heart. Noah didn’t give any consideration to whether he gains or loses prospect, nor did he have any doubt about God’s word. He just did whatever God commanded. Even though he suffered the scorn and ridicule of others while preaching the gospel, his faith in God had never wavered. Finally, Noah and his family survived and inherited God’s blessings. Then look at my attitude towards God’s orchestration and arrangements. In many cases, I have my own plans, and I just infer God’s intention. Moreover, when I encounter difficulties or scourges, it’s difficult for me to keep my faith in God. So, the deeds of Noah really touched me. All we have including our lives are bestowed by God, so, as a follower of God, we should be a person who simply obeys Him, just as what the Lord Jesus taught us, “Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Sometimes, we don’t know God’s intentions behind the circumstances He arranged for us, but as long as we follow and seek Him all along with an honest and pure heart like little children, one day His intentions will be revealed to us, and He will make the best arrangement for us. The same goes for the matter of welcoming the second coming of the Lord. Only if we obey and follow as soon as we hear God’s voice can we have the chance to be approved by God. If you have other understanding or new light about this video, you’re welcome to have a chat with us via the online chat window at the bottom of the website or send an email to email@example.com. We Look forward to sharing with more brothers and sisters about your enlightenment from God and growing together in Christ. You may be interested in this video: God’s Story: Creation – Creative And Easy To Understand
This movie clip makes me feel God’s love and authority. On the Sabbath, the Israelites must stop working to keep the Sabbath in the temple, or they would be stoned to death. However, on this very day, the Lord Jesus healed a hunchbacked woman, who had been crippled by evil spirit for 18 years. This made the Pharisees displeased. But the Lord Jesus revealed their hypocritical nature by His words, and He made them held their heads down in shame. This reminds me the words the Lord Jesus said when he was leading His disciples through the corn fields and ate the ears of corn and to eat: “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” The Lord Jesus used His own actions to tell people that He had brought the new work and went out of the Sabbath. On Sabbath day, He could work as usual, He could pluck the ears of corn to eat when He was hungry, and He could preach and heal the sick. He could do any work without being constrained by any regulations. Just like God’s word says, “When He initiates new work, He appears to mankind with a completely new image, from a completely new angle, and in a completely new way so that people can see different aspects of His disposition and what He has and is. This is one of His goals in His new work. God does not hold on to the old or take the beaten path; when He works and speaks it’s not as prohibitive as people imagine. In God, all is free and liberated, and there is no prohibitiveness, no constraints—what He brings to mankind is all freedom and liberation. He is a living God, a God who genuinely, truly exists. He is not a puppet or a clay sculpture, and He is totally different from the idols that people enshrine and worship. He is living and vibrant and what His words and work bring to humans is all life and light, all freedom and liberation, because He holds the truth, the life, and the way—He is not constrained by anything in any of His work.” The Lord Jesus liberated the hunchbacked woman who was crippled by evil spirit for 18 years on Sabbath day. Maybe it is the true meaning of what the Lord Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17). That is to say, God let us observe no more outward rituals, formalities or material objects, but truly gain the inner peace from Him. If you have other understanding or new light about this video, you’re welcome to have a chat with us via the online chat window at the bottom of the website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We Look forward to sharing with more brothers and sisters about your enlightenment from God and growing together in Christ.
God's Story: Creation This video is so creative and easy to understand: The use of hand drawing quickly shows us God’s creation of the heavens and earth and all things. We can see the supreme authority of God’s word from the fact that He used words to create all things. God speaks, and it will be accomplished; He commands, and it will stand fast. Everything is accomplished because of His words. There are unknown mysteries hidden behind the sentence that is repeatedly emphasized: “and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:21). God’s word says, “‘God saw that it was good’? What does it symbolize? It means that God had the power and wisdom to accomplish that which He had planned and prescribed, to accomplish the goals that He had set out to accomplish. When God had completed each task, did He feel regret? The answer is still that ‘God saw that it was good.’ In other words, not only did He feel no regret, but was instead satisfied. What does it mean that He felt no regret? It means that God’s plan is perfect, that His power and wisdom are perfect, and that it is only by His authority that such perfection can be accomplished.” “When God saw that all that He had done and achieved was good, everything made by God was set by His words, which is to say that, when ‘God saw that it was good,’ all that He had made assumed a permanent form, was classed according to type, and was given a fixed position, purpose, and function, once and for all eternity. Moreover, their role among all things, and the journey that they must take during God’s management of all things, had already been ordained by God, and were immutable. This was the heavenly law given by the Creator to all things.” After reading God’s word, I finally understood the real meaning of this sentence. Whatever God made is the most perfect. Therefore, I believe even more that the life trajectory God has prepared for everyone is the best and most suitable. Even though we may meet something unpleasant or difficult in our journey of life, we should believe that we can overcome all the hardships if we rely on God. Meanwhile, It reminds me of the Lord Jesus’ prophecy: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:12-13). That is to say, when the Lord Jesus comes again, He still has things to say to us. These words must be very important. We are looking forward to welcoming the second coming of the Lord soon, continuing to listen to the Lord’s word and follow the Lord’s footsteps.