"I have been sent by the Lord Jesus Who appeared to you on the way here, to help you recover your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." —Acts 9:17
Jesus wants all to be saved (1 Tm 2:4). He wants this so much that He:
- hung on the cross, shed His blood, and died,
- gives us the Holy Spirit (Mk 1:8),
- founded the Church (Mt 16:18),
- will knock a person to the ground with a flash of light and then audibly question them (Acts 9:3-4),
- will strike a person blind to lead them to repentance (Acts 9:8ff),
- calls Christians to risk their lives (see Acts 9:13ff) and even be martyred,
- saves the worst of sinners as "an example" to show that He can save anyone (1 Tm 1:15-16),
- gives us His flesh to eat and His blood to drink (Jn 6:55),
- lives inside us (see Jn 17:23), and
- insists on each of us proclaiming the gospel to all creation so that as many as possible believe and are saved (see 1 Cor 9:19).
In this Year of Faith, live and die that all may be saved.
Prayer: Father, may I want all to be saved more than I want anything else in life.
Promise: "He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has life eternal and I will raise him up on the last day." —Jn 6:54
Praise: Because another Christian cared enough to lovingly speak the truth, Rhonda repented of living with her boyfriend.
Reference: (Give your all to Jesus by being a Bible teacher. For encouragement, order our tapes on the Bible Teachers Series. Our six-tape audio series starts with AV 117-1. Our three-part video series starts with V-117.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 2, 2012
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