Pray Without Tiredness – Prayer is a request that we hope for and will definitely happen. This is not just an ordinary saying, but contains a basic truth and is an important requirement for human life, such as the importance of breath for human life. We may spend more time doing our work and busy doing our daily activities.

In fact, we as followers of Christ must give ourselves time first to pray as the Lord Jesus did early in the morning. He prayed before carrying out His Work and Activities (Mark 1:35).

Prayer is a simple action that can be done anywhere and at any time and is not limited by time and space. Just like Jonah who prayed in the belly of the fish, he prayed in very difficult situations and conditions, but he still remembered to pray (Jonah 2:1). Maybe we pray when we want to eat, when we are worshiping, when we are alone, in quiet time, when visiting sick people, in times of distress and despair, or when we are very happy, we pray.

There are some people who may no longer pray because of their busy schedules in their daily activities. Maybe there are people who used to pray diligently but because God never answered their prayers, they no longer pray at all. He thought that God did not hear his prayers. What’s even sadder is that there are those who think prayer is meaningless and of no use at all.

But God’s Word clearly says that the prayer of a righteous person, when prayed with confidence, has great power (James 5:16). The Lord Jesus guarantees that whatever we ask in prayer with full confidence, we will receive it (Matthew 22:21).

But a question arises for us, is it in this digital era, are there still people who pray tirelessly? Indeed, this doubt has existed since the time of Jesus. And in the Sermon on the Mount, Lord Jesus firmly said: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.”

There are three important points from this verse which will be explained below:

First, Ask. Asking means we are aware of our needs (Philippians 4:6). God teaches us to ask based on what we need, and not what we want. Especially if we ask or pray only to satisfy our desires. (James 4:3).

Asking means we are aware of our abilities (John 15:7). We are like branches that cannot do anything apart from the vine, namely the Lord Jesus Christ.

Asking means we are hoping for the Giver (Matthew 8:2). When we pray, we hope for Jesus Christ as the Answerer of prayer. We are compared to a leper who came to the Lord Jesus to cleanse his leprosy. In this case, the Lord Jesus was not only able to cleanse the leper, but moreover He was willing and willing to cleanse the leper. Likewise with our prayers to God, He is always willing and willing to answer our prayers.

Second, look for it. To seek means not to remain silent, but to strive (Matthew 13:45). In waiting for the answer to our prayers, we must not remain silent but must do something that is our part, until God answers our prayers, which are His part.

Searching means using all available facilities (eyes, feet, brain, hands) (Jeremiah 29:7). The prophet Jeremiah was told by God to pray and seek prosperity in the city where they were exiled, namely Babylon.

Likewise, we must pray and try by mobilizing all our efforts, energy and thoughts for the welfare of our family, neighbors, community, government and nation and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia because the welfare of the nation and country where we are is our welfare too.

Third, tap. Knocking requires patience and steadfastness (Romans 12:12). The Apostle Paul reminded the congregation in Rome to always be patient and steadfast in waiting for answers to prayer and not to knock on other doors than God’s.

Knocking is a repetitive action (Luke 18:1-8). The Lord Jesus taught that when it comes to praying, it should be done diligently and repeatedly. Why did the Lord Jesus take the parable of a widow who pleaded with a tyrannical judge to defend her case? The answer was, because of perseverance and patience and not getting tired of coming to plead with the tyrannical judge, his request was granted by the tyrannical judge, even though the tyrannical judge did not fear God and did not respect anyone.

Won’t God justify His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Surely God will answer our prayers that sincerely ask Him, because He is a good Father.

As God’s children who have been allowed by Him, let us pray tirelessly for our families, neighbors, community, government to be given wisdom and wisdom in carrying out our duties and responsibilities to bring prosperity to the nation and the United State of the Republic of Indonesia, may the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ joins and blesses us all. Amen.

God Is Willing and Able

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Many things are happening right now. The pandemic has caused everything to change. The world is changing, and our circumstances are changing too. What used to be years of success and prosperity are quickly turning into failure and sorrowful situations.

But, whatever is happening right now, the world may change and life may change, but we have a God who never changes.

In times like these, some of us may have lost direction and purpose in life, and even faced rejection. With this, I invite my beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, to look to God and run to Him because He is a strong tower.

Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

God is willing to help us and open Himself to us. It is an invitation from Jesus to us in these times that God is willing and able to help us. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

God is willing and able to do everything for us if:

  1. We come to Him.

Coming to God is not just a one-time thing, but it must be continuous. Because He always opens Himself to us in the midst of any situation.

The word of God, Matthew 11:28, begins with the words “Come to Me,” showing how much God cares about our lives. He wants us to always be close to Him and never give up or stop coming to Him.

  1. We are willing to learn from Him.

Matthew 11:29 says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

God is a good teacher who always makes time to teach us many things, especially in the midst of such situations. Many of us no longer know the direction and purpose of our lives, and even our minds have reached a dead end.

The way God teaches us is different from the way humans teach. Sometimes there are many things we don’t understand, but He understands, and perhaps what we don’t know, He knows very well. Believe that every problem we face is a learning process in this life. God’s eyes are always on us. He teaches us the paths we must take.

Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Learning from God helps us understand what God’s plan is for our lives.

  1. We continue to believe in His promises.

Matthew 11:30 says, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” A promise from God through the above scripture that every burden we face, if we are willing to come to Him and learn from Him, we become His partner. Thus, the burden we face will not be heavy because it has been carried and borne by Him. We never bear it alone because we are God’s partners. He who willingly died for us, even died on the cross, gave His life for us.

God’s promises never change. Perhaps at this moment, we continue to pray and even wonder why God does not stop the Covid pandemic? Never ask why, but continue to learn to understand God’s promises through His word.

Because the Word is God Himself, and the Word is alive and real within us.

Luke 11:10 says, “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Are we knocking on God’s door right now? Or whose door are we knocking on?

Return to God and believe in His promises. When we ask, we receive. When we seek, we find. When we knock, the door is opened to each one of us.

God declares His ability that He can do anything. Luke 1:37 says, “For no word from God will ever fail.”

Believe, my brothers and sisters, that God is willing and able to do everything in our lives. Because He is a God who cares and understands. God bless you all.

Religious Moderation and Life Service – This week’s study focuses on the Word of God taken from: Luke 10:30-35

  1. Jesus replied: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'”

We are grateful to the Lord that we are placed in this pluralistic Indonesia. Indonesia, consisting of thousands of islands, has a population of around 280 million people. We live amidst diversity; in ethnicity, language, and religion. Thus, our nation is known as a multicultural nation.

How do we as Christians live amidst this diversity? How can we live harmoniously and in peace with those who are different from us?

The Lord Jesus teaches us to love our fellow human beings as ourselves. This is very understandable, for it is the same Lord who created us and others.

God loves all humans regardless of their ethnic background, nationality, culture, language, or religion. God gives the sun to both the good and the evil. He also gives seasons to all human beings. We are all fellow creatures of God.

There are several things that indicate that all human beings are the same, namely:

  1. All humans are created by the same God – Eph. 2:10
  2. All humans are created in the image and likeness of God – Gen. 1:26
  3. All humans have a spirit within them to worship God – Zech. 12:1, John 4:24
  4. All humans are vessels to be filled by God – Rom. 9:21-23
  5. God loves all humans – John 3:16
  6. God desires all humans to be saved – 1 Tim. 2:3-4
  7. The Lord Jesus died for all humans – Rom. 5:8

Thus, we can understand that we are all the same. In order for us to live in harmony and peace in the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, we need to see our similarities with others so that we can pay attention to each other, help each other, and cooperate and collaborate to realize a better life.

The above Word of God teaches us that not only can we live in harmony with those who are different from us, but we can also help and serve those who are not the same as us. The Lord Jesus conveyed this to answer a question from a Torah expert who asked who our fellow human beings are. The passage above shows us that there was a man who was robbed and violently attacked. Not only was his property stolen, but he was also beaten and left half-dead.

We might ask: Who is this person who was robbed? Although it is not clearly stated about his ethnicity, nationality, or religion, since these words were spoken by the Lord Jesus to answer a question from a Torah expert and because the person who was robbed came from Jerusalem, we can know that the person who was robbed was a Jew.

At that time, there was a prevailing chauvinistic view that considered fellow beings to be of the same race and religion. Samaria was a major area in the northern part of the state of Israel, also its capital city (1 Kings 16:24, 29). Around 700 BC, the Assyrians conquered this place, then brought people from Babylon and pagan nations to inhabit it (2 Kings 17:6, 24). Since then, the inhabitants there (the Samaritans) became a mixed-blood society between pagans and Jews. But the Jews did not recognize them as part of the Jewish people.

When seeing that there was someone who really needed help, the heart of this Samaritan was moved by compassion, immediately helping the person who was almost dying. Actually, this Samaritan had many reasons not to help: the Jews were not friendly with the Samaritans; the Jews did not consider the Samaritans as part of the Jewish people; the Jews avoided socializing or even crossing paths with the Samaritans; the Jews considered the Samaritans as second-class citizens.

I am reminded of Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, a figure of religious moderation, who said: “Religious moderation never uses terms like ‘enemy,’ ‘opponent,’ ‘fight,’ or ‘eliminate’ against those who are considered excessive and beyond the limits in religion. Because the goal of religious moderation is to invite, embrace, and bring those who are considered excessive and beyond the limits, to be willing to come to the middle for a fairer and more balanced approach to religion. Furthermore, in religious moderation, there is no such thing as an enemy and hostility, but rather guidance and comfort for even the most extreme.”

Thus, we know that in terms of religious moderation, it is not the religion that needs to be moderated but the way we practice religion, the implementation of religion in daily life that needs to be moderated.

Brothers and sisters, perhaps you are a public official or a community leader, perhaps you are a leader in a company, or perhaps you are a civil servant. The Lord has placed us in this multicultural country. Whoever we are, we are Samaritans today, we are servants of the Lord, whom the Lord has placed in our respective positions, we are servants of life.

Although the Samaritan was not regarded by the Jews, as soon as he saw the dying man, he immediately helped him, without asking about his religion, identity, or even questioning how the Jews had treated the Samaritans up to that point. May the Lord continue to bless us, so that our hearts are preserved like this Samaritan, easily moved by compassion. If someone is not a fellow believer, they are certainly a brother in humanity. Amen.

Living in Harmony with the Holy Spirit – Overall, the Book of Galatians has a central theme, which is freedom or liberty. This is not a ticket mpo slot to continue living in sin. Instead, it is the Christian freedom that enables us to be more in tune with God’s will. It is also the power of Christians to live in victory over sin that comes solely from the Holy Spirit.

From the perspective of Galatians, chapter 5 generally begins with news about Christian Freedom. The key sentence in this chapter is “Christ has set us free from the power of sin and death” (Galatians 5:1). Therefore, we are no longer slaves to sin, but we live led by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16).

This means that with Christ, our lives begin to be enriched with the fruits of the Spirit. That is the life that Christ desires for His people. In his explanation, the Apostle Paul, as the author of the letter to the Galatians, reminds us that we belong to Christ. It means that we need to crucify the flesh with all its desires and passions. Only after that can our lives be led by the Spirit prediksi gunung kawi.

Galatians 5:25, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” In this verse, there is a phrase that is a repetition of verse 16a, which has the same meaning but with a different emphasis. The difference in verse 16a is:

First, live by the Spirit. The phrase in Greek is “pneumati peripateite.” This phrase is interpreted as “walk by/with/in the Spirit.” The command peripateite (walk/live) comes from the root word “peripateô.”

Second, live by the Spirit. This is a translation of the Greek text “zômen Pneumati”. The word zômen (live) is rooted in the word zaô referring to a good and orderly life. While pneumati (Spirit) is rooted in the Greek word pneuma which means wind, air, or breath; the Holy Spirit is the one who gives the breath of life. Thus, the journey referred to here shows an official journey, walking to carry out a certain mandate; it means walking according to the guidelines—marching in line, lining up in a military row, disciplined steps.

Living in harmony with the Holy Spirit implies that we walk formally, in line with disciplined steps according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the journey of Christians is a journey to carry out the sacred mission of God, which always remains focused on God’s purpose for this world, and the entire journey will continue to be controlled by God Himself. This is not just an ordinary journey, but it is a journey of grace accompanied and led by God Himself. Truly amazing.

Referring to all the meanings above, living in harmony with the Holy Spirit in the context of Indonesian society, which has diverse cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions, then it is only right that Christians should be able to maintain a ‘rhythm’ of brotherhood based on love. The Lord Jesus summarized all the laws of the Torah in two main laws, as in the Gospel of Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said to him: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. This means that the journey of becoming a Christian is a journey that upholds the dignity of humans as fellow creations of God.

There are several impacts that can be seen regarding living in harmony with the Holy Spirit. First, living in harmony with God. A life that is in harmony with the Holy Spirit is God’s purpose for humanity. In the Bible, we actually find many people who are willing to live in harmony with God. Genesis 5:22 says, “Enoch walked with God…” meaning Enoch’s life rhythm was in harmony with God. Enoch lived in a time when people did not remember God. They forgot God, and God was outside their lives. But Enoch was different from the people of his time.

Second, living in harmony with others. The journey of a Christian is not a solitary journey, but a journey together with others. In the journey together with others, then all differences are a wealth to be grateful for. Through a journey full of differences, the fruits of the spirit become more alive and real, expressing our identity as Christians. In Galatians 5:22-23 Paulus explains the fruit of the Spirit as follows: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Third, living in harmony with nature or other created beings. Through nature, God provides human needs to be enjoyed. Currently, the phenomenon of environmental damage has become a globally relevant issue that needs to be addressed wisely and judiciously. Environmental destruction, exploitation of the sea, and indiscriminate waste disposal are scenes that occur everywhere. Yet in Genesis 1: 11, 12, 26, 28 it gives scriptural clarity that responsibility is given over the earth/land. Specifically in verse 28, “And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'”

Humanity rules the earth, not based on human rights, but based on trust from God. Let us maintain the harmony of this life so that the earth becomes a comfortable place for all of God’s creation. Amen.

Jesus Christ the Passover Lamb – Ladies and gentlemen, and beloved brothers and sisters, the lyrics of any song always encapsulate the heart, feelings, or expressions of its writer about something that they then pour into a song. For example, the song “Amazing Grace,” a very popular Christian hymn, written by John Newton. This song reflects John Newton’s story when he was on a ship caught in a storm. In the midst of his fear in that storm, John prayed, surrendering his life, and then he felt the grace of salvation from God. This song became a sign of spiritual repentance for John Newton, who was previously a wicked man involved in human trafficking but later turned into a priest. Similarly, Psalm 114:1-8, which serves as today’s word of God, is a song written based on memories of an extraordinary history experienced by the people of Israel.

Explanation of the Scripture

Psalm 114 is a song born out of the event of the exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt. This psalm is a summary of the events experienced by the people of Israel, which is used as a Passover hymn. According to Israel’s tradition records, when celebrating Passover in the context of the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt, they sit down to enjoy a meal of unleavened bread. At that time, this psalm would usually be sung, as a reminder of God’s miracles in their lives.

Verses 1-2 in this text talk about the separation that God made for the people of Israel from foreign nations. In the second verse, there is a declaration that Judah is a sacred place, and Israel belongs to God.

Verses 3-4 in this text speak of the miracles performed by God in the process of the Israelites’ exodus. The crossing of the Red Sea, the River Jordan pushed back, and the mountains skipping like rams, likely referring to the shaking experienced by Mount Sinai.

Verses 5-6 are a rhetorical question about who the cause of everything that happens in the third verse to its fourth. This question is then closed with an answer in verses 7-8 about God’s presence for the people of Israel. God’s presence is the cause of everything that happens. The liberation that Israel received is solely because of God’s miracles and grace.


Ladies and gentlemen, this psalm is a song that serves as a reminder for the people of Israel about what God has done in their lives. A great work that was not even understood by Moses initially became a wonderful reality for the entire nation of Israel that they were freed from the land of slavery. Reflecting on this, what message can we take from the word?

Nothing is impossible for God. The miracles that happened to the people of Israel explain God’s extraordinary nature for His people’s lives. If we are currently in a difficult situation, faced with a problem, we are invited to always call on God as our Savior. Because we as Christians who have been redeemed by Christ also belong to God. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Even in difficult circumstances, through this text, we are invited to remember the miracles that God has done in our lives. By remembering, we can realize that God’s power is never absent from our lives. This will also help us to continue to be thankful for life.
Like the people of Israel who have been freed from slavery, currently, as Christians, we have also enjoyed the work of God’s liberation in our lives. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been released from the slavery of sin. Therefore, we are invited to be grateful for what God has done for our lives.
There is nothing we can boast about in our lives in this world, as what happened with the people of Israel in this text. God is the one who plays a central role, without God’s intervention, nothing can happen to the people of Israel. Our lives are solely because of God’s grace and mercy.

Live With Wisdom – I convey this to my fellow believers and fellow countrymen in Indonesia. All praise and gratitude goes to God’s presence for all God’s goodness that we are enjoying right now.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us meditate together on God’s Word this morning which is taken from the Book of Colossians 4:5-6 which reads as follows: “Live wisely among the pagans, and make the best use of every day.” chance. Keep your conversations friendly and interesting so you’ll get appropriate responses from everyone.”

When I read the book of Colossians, I was reminded of the lives of believers at that time who were faced with challenges from outside parties who challenged the Christian faith, namely denying the divinity of Jesus Christ. Similar things are happening around us today. There are some people whose faith is weak. Therefore, Paul reminds us that we must grow and be rooted in Christ (2:6-7). There are also people who believe in the influence of empty myths and philosophies, turning away from their original faith in Christ and disrupting relationships with each other.

In fact, the situation and conditions we are currently experiencing are not much different from the past. Often we are faced with difficult situations and conditions in various aspects of life. We are faced with a national crisis, a humanitarian crisis and a crisis of faith. Therefore, my brothers, I appeal to all Christians wherever we are, to reflect deeply on how we and our brothers should take the attitude commanded by the Apostle Paul in his letter.

There are three things we must do to maintain harmonious relations in church and state life. First: Live wisely (verse 5). As believers in Christ, I am sure that we will be given wisdom by God through the Holy Spirit who resides and governs our lives. Jesus Christ is God’s wisdom for us. The wisdom from above is pure, peaceful, friendly, obedient, full of compassion and good fruit, impartial and sincere (James 3:17). As believers, we must not be jealous, not be selfish, not be arrogant, and not lie about the truth (James 3:14).

In facing all life’s problems, our role as Christians is to actively contribute to the government in building this great nation. I am proud as the successor of the past generation who gave birth to Pancasila as the basis of our country, I am proud of all government institutions, DPR, MPR as a form of democracy as policy makers and law makers, I am proud of the civil servants who we are called to be servants of the state, Likewise, in whatever institution we work, we must have thoughts and express our stance with God’s wisdom. Paul emphasized that we as God’s church must live wisely towards people outside the faith.

Second, as believers in Jesus Christ, we must make the best use of the time we have (verse 5b). Brothers and sisters, wherever you are and work, we should be grateful to God who has given us the time or opportunity to breathe, live and work, both as public and private employees. All of this is a gift and the result of hard struggle to obtain it. Let’s improve our respective performance, so that God’s name will be glorified through our lives. As Paul emphasized, whatever we do, do it wholeheartedly as for the Lord.

My brothers, beloved church of God. God wants us to use the time He gives us. Have we taken advantage of the opportunity to serve society, the opportunity to serve God to the maximum? Paul says I have worked harder than any of the other apostles. With my own hands I work to meet my own needs and the needs of my friends (Acts 20:34). Don’t waste your time, use the opportunities that exist and serve others.

Third, live with love (verse 6). Paul emphasizes that your words should be full of love, not bland, so that you know how to respond to everyone.

My brother, as Christians, as servants of God, as children of God, we have been given wisdom by God. The Holy Spirit rules our lives, leads our lives. We have been given the gift of salvation freely through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are given the right and power to express our faith to our brothers who do not know, do not understand, do not yet experience the love of salvation in Jesus. Our responsibility is to love them not only with wealth, but how we are required to testify to the goodness of God who has saved us from the mire of sin and saved us from death.

Are we ready to take responsibility for our faith? Our life, our words are living witnesses for everyone. Therefore, guard our thoughts, our words. Use them to build. Because you are the salt of the earth.

I am confident that as Christians, we will be able to live wisely, and continue to work and live full of love as brothers in faith, brothers and sisters. May God bless your work, bless your life, and bless our nation. Amen

Fragrant Traces of Love, Understanding Mary’s Actions in Anointing Jesus

Ahead of this Good Friday celebration, there is an interesting saying of Jesus for us to ponder together. This is related to the event of a woman who came to anoint Jesus’ feet with narwastu oil.  

“It has done what it can do. He has anointed My body in preparation for My burial. I say to you: Indeed, wherever the Gospel is preached throughout the world, what he did will also be mentioned to remember him.” ( Mark 14:8-9

Why did the woman anoint Jesus’ feet, who was she and why was what she did so important that the Lord Jesus wanted this to always be remembered together with the preaching of the Gospel?  

Let’s dig together the truth from this story.  

In Mark 14:3-9 it is recorded that this event happened in the house of Simon the leper, in the city of Bethany where Lazarus, Mary and Martha lived. In John 12:1-8 it is written that the three of them were present at the dinner, as usual Martha helped serve, Lazarus sat with Jesus and the other disciples.  

But this time Maria made everyone surprised when she suddenly came with a flask full of expensive narwastu oil. The price of a bottle of narwastu oil that Maria brought at that time was three hundred dinars or equivalent to a year’s wages. He poured all the oil to anoint Jesus. The writer of the book of Mark tells that the oil was poured from the head of Jesus, while in the book of John the focus is on how Mary anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. 

7 Bible Verses About Salvation in Jesus Christ

Have you ever pondered what salvation means? In Indonesian, safety can be explained as a condition that is safe, secure, happy and prosperous.  

What does salvation in Jesus Christ mean?

Salvation in Jesus Christ is a condition where we are safe, secure, happy and prosperous because of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us. Because previously we were humans who should have perished because of our sins.  

7 Bible Verses About Salvation in Jesus

To understand more deeply about salvation in Jesus Christ, let’s meditate together on these 7 Bible verses: 

1. John 14:6 

Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

Through the verse above, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself stated that He was the only way to come to Heavenly Father. In Him there is the way and the truth and the life, this refers to eternal life through the redemption of His blood.  

2. John 3:16-17 

Because God’s love for this world is so great, that He has given His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. Because God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save it through Him. 

In the verse above, Jesus Christ stated the mission of His coming to this world. He came as the Lamb of God, given by the Heavenly Father, so that through His sacrifice on the cross those who believe in Him can obtain eternal life.  

3. Yesaya 53:5-6 

But he was pierced for our rebellion, he was crushed for our iniquity; the reward that brings salvation for us is inflicted on him, and by his stripes we are healed. We have all gone astray like sheep, each of us has gone our own way, but the LORD has laid upon him all our iniquities.

What Jesus Christ underwent until he died on the cross was prophesied, He who was without sin became sin for us. Because He had to take away all our sins and iniquities, so that through His blood sacrifice we who believe in Him may be saved by faith.  

4. Rome 5:8-9 

But God shows His love towards us, because Christ died for us, while we were still sinners. Moreover, since we have now been justified by His blood, we will surely be saved from God’s wrath.

Did you know that the Lord Jesus saved us even when we were still in sin? The salvation we receive is solely His grace.  

5. John 1:12 

But to all who received Him, He gave power to become children of God, even those who believe in His name; 

When we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, our status changes from being a prisoner who must die for sin to being a child of God who has a share in the Kingdom of God.  

6. Ephesians 1:13-14 

In Him you also–because you have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation–in Him you too, when you believed, were sealed with the Holy Spirit, whom He promised. And the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our portion until we obtain the whole, namely the redemption that makes us God’s possession, to the praise of His glory. 

Just like a seal that makes a piece of paper has a strong legal force, so also the Holy Spirit in our life becomes a guarantee or seal that we obtain salvation in Jesus Christ and also the promises of God that He has spoken.  

7. Titus 2:11-14 

Because the grace of God that saves all people is evident. It educates us so that we leave wickedness and worldly desires and so that we live wisely, justly and worshipfully in the present world by looking forward to the fulfillment of our happy hopes and the revelation of the glory of the Great God and our Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself up His for us to free us from all evil and to sanctify for Himself a people, His own, who diligently do good. 

God’s gift of salvation is for all humans, including you and me. However, there are steps we must take, namely to accept this gift. After we gain salvation and status as children of God, of course our lifestyle must also change. That is why the Bible is a tool to educate us to have a lifestyle that is similar and in the image of Jesus Christ.  

8 Teachings of Jesus About Love for Others


8 Teachings of Jesus About Love for Others – Jesus places us in the middle of world problems, the refugee explosion phenomenon occurs and God gives us the choice to take action; ignore or care. Jesus asked everyone who followed Him to be people who had lived these 8 teachings of love.

1. Love God first so you can love the things God loves.

Matthew 22: 17-18  says,  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. That law is the first and greatest”.  Yes, loving God means loving the things he loves.  Deuteronomy 10:18  tells us that God ‘gives justice to the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing’.

Jesus invites us to love strangers, and this is what we should do to those who are different from us.

2. Love your neighbor as you love yourself

This advice was given by Jesus by telling about the kindness of a Samaritan when he helped a man who was helpless in the middle of the road ( Luke 10: 30-36 ). Jesus taught us that the people around us are our neighbors, not our enemies. So, do good to anyone who needs help.

3. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

Matthew 7: 12  says that whatever we want others to do to us, do also to them. Jesus did not say that we should deliberately do certain things for others in order to get the same treatment. But Jesus emphasized more that we do what we deserve to do to others.

4. Don’t expect more comfort than the Lord

Jesus teaching his followers about the position of a servant. In  Matthew 20: 24-25  it is written, “A disciple is not above his teacher, or a servant above his master. It is enough for a student if he becomes the same as his teacher and for a servant if he becomes the same as his master. If the master of the house is called Beelzebul, let alone his household”. That is what Jesus expects us to do at this time.

5. Not afraid

After Jesus said that we should not expect more treatment from Him, we are reminded not to be afraid of people who can only kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Because the fear of God will save body and soul from hell ( Matthew 10: 26-28 ).

6. Willing to deny yourself and take up your cross.

Jesus gave conditions to his followers to be willing to deny themselves and take up his cross. For whoever saves his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Jesus will find it ( Matthew 11: 24-26 ).

Jesus calls us to die every day for the sake of others. There is no guarantee of having a safe country if we lose our lives for loving ourselves.

7. Love your enemies.

This is important to protect us from enemies. We are not asked to view those of different nationalities, such as Syrian refugees living in European countries, as people who seek to kill and destroy. Because this action was only carried out by ISIS. Even though the whole world currently hates the existence of ISIS, Jesus reminds us to respond wisely.

In  Matthew 5: 43-48  it is explained about how we should love our enemies and prefer to pray for their salvation. We only do things in vain if we only repay kindness with kindness. Therefore, we must imitate Jesus who has shown His love for us sinners. Christ died for us to be reconciled to God.
8. Walk in God’s path.

Stay away from selfish attitudes and focus on caring for others. Just like Jesus who left His royal throne to become like humans ( Philippians 2: 4-8 ). Humility is needed by Jesus’ followers to be able to do Jesus’ work in the world, namely being servants to serve others.

If you claim to be a true follower of Jesus, adopt the 8 teachings of love above as the identity and lifestyle of God’s people. So that you become an example for people who don’t know Jesus.

Jesus and His Teachings

Jesus and His Teaching of Fasting – Fasting is one of the rituals or religious worship that is always performed by all the followers of religion in the world since the previous peoples until now. Fasting is one of the forms of religious rites that can improve the spiritual quality of humans and as a means of self-purification in order to draw closer to God, which in its implementation refers to the respective scriptures.

Fasting in each religion has a different concept, as does fasting in Christianity. However, what needs to be understood is how religious communities are able to understand, realize and appreciate the fundamental meanings contained therein, rather than being trapped in the realm of formality.

Fasting in the Old Testament comes from the Hebrew  tsum, tsom  and  ‘inna nafsyô  which literally means to humble oneself by fasting. In the New Testament, fasting comes from the Greek  nêsteuô  (not eating),  nêsteia , and  nêstis . In the Bible, the letter of the Acts of the Apostles (27: 21, 33), the words asitia and asistos are used (Douglas (ed.), 2008: 280).

Fasting is a voluntary act of abstaining completely or partially from food and/or drink, either for religious purposes or for other purposes (Heuken, 1994: 52), for example as an expression of sorrow and suffering, sorrow or sin, as well as wanting to reflect on things that holy (Sismono, 2010: 76).

Fasting in the Bible generally means not eating or drinking for a certain time (eg Est 4: 16), not always abstaining from certain foods (Douglas (ed.), 2008: 280). Fasting is also not done seasonally (Agung, 2003: 3).

Legal Basis for Fasting
In the Bible there is a statement that fasting is one of the things that every Christian needs to do apart from giving/zakat and praying. As explained by Franklin (2009: 11) that during the years when Jesus lived on earth, Jesus took time to teach his disciples about the principles of God’s kingdom, principles that were in conflict with worldly principles.

In the Sermon on the Mount, namely Jesus’ most famous sermon which was spoken while sitting (Bleeker, 1995: 77), specifically in Matthew 6, Jesus provides a pattern for how humans live as children of God. According to Franklin (2009: 11), this pattern is three special obligations for a Christian, namely giving alms (Matthew 6:1-4), praying (Matthew 6: 5-6), and fasting (Matthew 6: 16-18).

In the matter of fasting, Mat 6:16-18 mentions, “And when you fast, do not be gloomy like the hypocrites. They change their facial expressions, so that people see that they are fasting. I say to you: Verily they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that no one sees that you are fasting, but only your Father who is in the secret place. Then your Father who sees what is hidden will reward you”

In carrying out the teachings above (giving, praying and fasting), it should not be used as an exhibition of piety, but should be made a purely internal matter. That is, let God alone know about our giving, our prayers, and our fasting. All of this is used to further deepen the command in the Bible that the implementation of a teaching is not enough as a mere rite, but must be interpreted and lived with a sincere heart.

Jesus himself fasted twice a week and paid zakat of one tenth of his income. As stated in the Bible (Luke 18: 12): “I fast twice a week and I give a tenth of all my income.”

Jesus explained that fasting, like giving and prayer, is a normal part of the Christian life. The attention given to fasting should be as great as the attention given to giving and praying (Franklin, 2009:11). As stated in the Bible, “And if one person can be defeated, two will survive. Three cords are not easily broken” (Eccl. 4: 12). What is meant by the three ropes here are giving, praying and fasting.

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