4th & 5th February

Weekend Edition

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

God will supply all your needs. A bold statement but one echoed by Jesus Himself in the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:11) and again in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 7:11). God will provide for us. That’s a promise. And when God makes a promise, He doesn’t lie. His promises are Yes and Amen.

Yet is this verse purely talking about physical possessions? Well, of course in its context yes it is. Paul is addressing the faithfulness of the church in Philippi and the generous support he had received. Yet Paul notes that even though the support came from people, it ultimately came from God. He then leaves an encouragement for us too, his readers, by saying that the ‘same God who supplies my needs and has taken care of me, will also take care of you.’

But here is where it takes on a deeper meaning, perhaps more than just physical needs. Paul comments that God will “supply all” our needs from His own glorious riches. In other words, everything we have, everything Paul was provided with through the hands of the church in Philippi, was indeed God’s. His provision provided Paul’s support; from the throne room of Heaven, to Paul’s hands. Yet there is even more depth in Paul’s words which takes this meaning beyond just physical wealth. Paul says that God will supply our needs, from His glorious riches, “which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” What is that? It is every spiritual blessing. Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:3 that we are “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united in Christ.” Because of Jesus, we have everything we need spiritually. And these blessings will never run dry. It is from God’s unlimited storehouse, for all His children.

The 6 Last Days

3rd February

The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the One who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!”

John 12:12-13

Interestingly, from John chapter 12 until the end of the book, the writers focus is on Jesus’ last 6 days before His crucifixion and His resurrection and ascension. It is an interesting fact, because it is almost half of the Gospel of John. This tells us that John obviously wanted his readers to fully understand Jesus’ last days, His last words and last miracles as a matter of utter importance.

He starts with mentioning the Passover, which we now know was when Jesus was crucified. This is an important fact, as it shows us why so many were in town (Jerusalem). Another reason why there was a lot of people in the crowds was because “many…. had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and….were telling others about it” (John 12:17). Jesus, as we know from the other gospels came into the city riding on a donkey; a direct fulfilment of scripture. The crowds were full of jubilation for Jesus, so much so they were venerating Him as the ‘King of Israel’, the ‘One who comes in the Name of the Lord!’ Yet these very same people, 5 or 6 days later, were the ones shouting ‘Crucify Him’ to Pilate when he asked the crowds what to do to with Jesus.

This presents us with a clear and provoking challenge. There is no doubt that Jesus’ miracles are amazing, wonderful and attract us to the person of Jesus. Yet unless you encounter Jesus for yourself, like Mary and Martha, whose lives were completely changed by being with Jesus, you will just be like a crowd goer, attracted by the waves of wonder, but soon drown in the sea of disbelief when the storm comes. Don’t be a person who gets caught up in the crowds but be a follower of Jesus because you have personally been changed by Him. Let your foundation be Jesus Himself.