31 Days Meditating on the Majesty of Jesus

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Scripture tells us Jesus is Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Bread of Life, and Word of God, to name a few. But what do all of these names mean, and how can we incorporate Jesus’ characteristics into our daily lives? The answer is only one month away. Authors Dick Eastman and Jack Hayford invite you to join them on an unforgettable 31-day journey toward a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ via a daily exploration of his character as revealed through Scripture. As you discover the role of ...
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Scripture tells us Jesus is Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Bread of Life, and Word of God, to name a few. But what do all of these names mean, and how can we incorporate Jesus’ characteristics into our daily lives? The answer is only one month away. Authors Dick Eastman and Jack Hayford invite you to join them on an unforgettable 31-day journey toward a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ via a daily exploration of his character as revealed through Scripture. As you discover the role of Christ as your guide, protector, comforter, purpose, and refuge, both your prayers and your life will be radically transformed.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781414312910
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/16/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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31 Days Meditating on the Majesty of Jesus


By Jack Hayford Dick Eastman

TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.

Copyright © 2007 Dick Eastman and Jack Hayford
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-1291-0

Contents

Foreword......................................................................vi Introduction..................................................................viii 1. The Lord of Peace (Comfort)................................................2 2. Wonderful Counselor (Insight)..............................................6 3. The Bright Morning Star (Awakening)........................................10 4. A Foundation Stone (Stability).............................................14 5. A Refiner and Purifier (Growth)............................................18 6. The One Who Holds My Head High (Confidence)................................22 7. The Radiance of God's Glory (Excellence)...................................26 8. The Hidden Manna (Provision)...............................................32 9. The Bridegroom (Affection).................................................38 10. The Rescuer (Liberation)..................................................44 11. The Sacrifice That Atones for Our Sins (Forgiveness)......................50 12. A Wall of Fire (Protection)...............................................56 13. A Life-Giving Spirit (Vitality)...........................................60 14. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Boldness).................................64 15. The Lord Who Heals (Restoration)..........................................68 16. The Power of God (Mastery)................................................72 17. A Nail in the Wall (Security).............................................78 18. A Great Light (Guidance)..................................................82 19. The Way, the Truth, and the Life (Purpose)................................88 20. The Word of God (Creativity)..............................................94 21. A Scepter (Authority).....................................................100 22. My Rock (Refuge)..........................................................106 23. The Commander of the Lord's Army (Victory)................................110 24. The Head of the Body (Supervision)........................................116 25. The Expression of the Very Character of God (Reality).....................122 26. The Wisdom of God (Enlightenment).........................................128 27. The Bread of Life (Nourishment)...........................................132 28. The First and the Last (Totality).........................................136 29. The Cornerstone (Completion)..............................................142 30. The Amen (Finality).......................................................146 31. The Glorious Lord (Majesty)...............................................152 Endnotes......................................................................158 Names of Jesus................................................................162

Chapter One

Day 1 {COMFORT} The Lord of Peace

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

How often do you long for peace in your life?

St. Ignatius Loyola when compiling his Spiritual Exercises wrote: "In times of dryness and desolation we must be patient, and wait with resignation for the return of consolation, putting our trust in the goodness of God. We must animate ourselves by the thought that God is always with us, that He only allows this trial for our greater good, and that we have not necessarily lost His grace because we have lost the taste and feeling of it."

Comfort or consolation flows from God's divine nature. He not only possesses peace, His very nature is peace. Even in those times when we may "have lost the taste and feeling" of God's grace, His grace still abounds.

Sometimes Satan tries to convince us that God has abandoned us. But remember that Satan (the devil) is the "father of lies" (John 8:44). God may, indeed, be silent at times, but He is always there. He feels every hurt and senses every pain we endure. If you know the Lord, you will know peace, for Jesus Christ is the Lord of Peace.

Knowing His Name

When Paul concluded his second letter to the Christians in Thessalonica he added this benediction, "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all" (2 Thessalonians 3:16).

According to Paul, there are three unique things about God's peace: its intimacy, constancy, and supremacy.

First, notice the intimacy of this peace. The Lord Himself promises to give peace. Jesus doesn't use an angelic messenger to deliver His promise. He does it Himself-a picture of personal intimacy.

Second, note the constancy of this peace. "The Lord ... give you his peace at all times." We all experience unpredictable turns in our lives that cause turmoil, strife, and distress. But Paul says that at every point God's peace will prevail. That's a picture of true constancy.

Finally, consider the supremacy of this peace. "The Lord ... give you peace in every situation." This is no ordinary peace; it is "peace supreme." For every troubling situation we may encounter, our Creator provides His own unique "measure of peace" for that specific circumstance.

2 Corinthians 1:3 says, "All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort." Mercy and comfort are not merely promised, they are insured in and through the One who offers them from His endless supply. Think of it this way: There will never be a shortage of either mercy or comfort; there will never be a restriction. God has the monopoly on them both!

Living His Name

The Greek word for peace, eireney, implies unity or wholeness. When that sense of inner unity is broken, it is "unpeaceful." But in three different ways, Christ, our Lord of Peace, restores brokenness with His breath of wholeness.

First, Jesus breathes calm into troubled situations. Consider the unforgettable words Christ spoke to a raging storm: "Silence! Be still!" (Mark 4:39). His authority over creation was magnificently displayed, to the awe and wonder of His frightened disciples.

"Who is this man?" they asked each other. "Even the wind and waves obey him!" (Mark 4:41). Not only was there immediate calm, there was a lasting tranquility.

Second, Jesus breathes unity into troubled situations. "Our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son," Paul tells us (Romans 5:10). In Jesus' name we have been joined to God's heart. We not only have a Savior who calms the storms of life, but in Christ we have an anchor of hope that secures us in a safe harbor (Hebrews 6:19).

Finally, Jesus breathes reconciliation into troubled situations. Paul wrote, "For Christ himself has brought peace to us" (Ephesians 2:14). The grace we have received from God can change our attitude toward others. The Lord of Peace works in and through us to bring reconciliation in difficult situations. Ephesians 2:14-17 details Jesus Christ's pivotal role in breaking down the wall of hostility-whether it be a wall of racism, religious dissension, or cultural differences. We are not only called to love one another in Jesus' name, but we are given a resource for reconciliation through prayer.

Praying His Name

When we pray in Jesus' name, the Lord of Peace, we bring His peace and comfort into each potentially trouble-filled situation. It doesn't guarantee that things will change the way we want them to. God's specific purpose for bringing difficulty into our lives may be to make us long for more of Jesus, our Lord of Peace. Our prayers not only flood our spirits with peace, but more important, the prayers summon the presence of Christ, Who is our Peace, to fill us.

As you call upon the Lord of Peace, you are accessing God's divine rest. You can pray expectantly as reflected in the poet Christina Rossetti's nineteenth-century prayer:

O Lord, Jesus Christ, who art as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land, who beholdest Thy weak creatures weary of labor, weary of pleasure, weary of hope deferred, weary of self; in thine abundant compassion, and fellow feeling with us, and unutterable tenderness, bring us, we pray Thee, unto Thy rest.

Today's Prayer

Help, Lord! My world today seems like Galilee at tempest time. I feel very small-my boat is paper-thin and the waves are steel scissors. Today I understand the disciples cry: "Master-don't You care that we're sinking?" Forgive my fears, my faithlessness. I come to You believing: You, Lord Jesus Christ, are the Lord of Peace. I turn to You and away from the storm. I look to You and away from fear. Today I step into the resources of Your name-Prince of Peace. In Your almighty name I welcome calmness, wholeness, and harmony. Praise Your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.

MY PERSONAL MEDITATIONS

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MORE NAMES FOR JESUS

Check the index beginning on page 162 for these additional names for Jesus that suggest the Lord of Peace: Bringer of Peace; God of Love and Peace; Great Shepherd of the Sheep; Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord Is Peace; Prince of Peace; True Place of Rest.

Chapter Two

Day 2 {INSIGHT}

Wonderful Counselor

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Is God the first person you go to when you need counsel?

When it came to mathematics and languages at Cambridge University, Henry Martyn was brilliant. In 1806, Martyn left for India as chaplain for the East India Company with the goal of translating the New Testament into Hindi. During the next six years of his life (before an untimely death at thirty-one), Martyn completed that God-directed assignment, then did the same with a Persian New Testament before undertaking a revision of an Arabic New Testament. Yet as talented as Martyn was, he experienced times of deep frustration with the projects. At those moments, Henry Martyn cried out to the Lord for insight. With simplicity and candor Martyn prayed:

Lord, I am blind and helpless, stupid and ignorant. Cause me to hear; Cause me to know; Teach me to do; Lead me.

As Martyn pored over the Scriptures, he noticed that a considerable number of biblical prayers were not requests for material blessings but for spiritual insight. The psalmist, for example, repeatedly prayed "Show me," "Lead me," "Teach me," "Direct me," "Instruct me," and "Guide me." The apostle Paul also was not hesitant to include similar reminders in his personal prayers. To the Colossians he wrote, "So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Colossians 1:9).

Both the apostle Paul and Henry Martyn had discovered a vital secret: Praying in Jesus' name means receiving counsel and insight at the highest level, for Jesus Christ is our Wonderful Counselor!

Knowing His Name

Have you ever listened to Handel's Messiah? One of the most joyous songs contains a list of prophetic names describing the future Messiah, Jesus Christ, as proclaimed by Isaiah. One of those names is Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6). Isaiah is foretelling of the One Who will be the ultimate answer to Israel's every problem. At the time of the prophecy, the kingdom of Judah was in desperate need of a ruler who would be able to provide "wise counsel" for mounting troubling situations.

We all find ourselves on occasion facing problems that defy solutions. But in Jesus' name, our Wonderful Counselor, we can find help.

Franz Delitzsch, a Hebrew scholar, notes how the seventy translators of the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament from the Hebrew) joined the two words Wonderful Counselor in their translation, literally describing Christ as the "One counseling wonderful things." An alternative translation renders it "a wonder of a counselor." Essentially, Christ embodies both a wonder-working essence (that is, a person filled with wonders, a person "wonderful" in His own right) and the counsel of heavenly origin which, when combined, bring divine insight into human difficulties.

The Hebrew words translated secret (KJV) and wonderful (NKJV) are taken from the Hebrew word pehleh meaning "a marvel, a miracle, or a wonderful thing." The NIV translates it as "beyond understanding" (Judges 13:18) and "an amazing thing" (Judges 13:19). Interestingly, pehleh's primary root pawlaw, which means "great, marvelous, or wonderful," has a fundamental meaning of "to separate or distinguish." Obviously the idea of these words is that this title of the coming Messiah, Wonderful, is indicative of the fact that He stands out far over and above and separate from every other source of ability or counsel. There is none comparable!

And when this expression Wonderful is combined with the term Counselor (from the Hebrew word yawats meaning "to advise, resolve, or guide"), we have an exciting concept of One who gives amazing advice "beyond understanding"; One whose advice is wonder!

Living His Name

Living in Jesus' name, our Wonderful Counselor, is facing each day anticipating an inexhaustible supply of His advice from a supernatural vantage point. Because Christ sees all there is to see, His counsel, instruction, teaching, and direction are exactly what we need to navigate every circumstance.

When someone receives Christ as his or her Savior, that person is usually told that Jesus has come into his or her heart to dwell personally. Christ embodies divine insight, so as He speaks from where He lives (the hearts of believers), we must learn to listen "within" for His advice and counsel. If what we hear in our hearts is really of God, we can rest assured that His Word (Hebrews 4:12) along with the wise counsel of Spirit-led advisers (Proverbs 20:18; 15:22) will confirm it.

Praying His Name

The hymn writer Charles C. Converse wrote, "O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer."

Insight for today is but a prayer away if you'll just learn to listen. Too many of us are like Joshua who, after seeking insight from God prior to his triumph at Jericho (Joshua 5:13-15) failed to go directly to God before what became his defeat at Ai (Joshua 7:2-5).

As we spend quality time alone with God, He will show us the day through His eyes. After all, Jesus didn't just say "pray." He said, "Watch and pray" (Matthew 26:41).

Our enemy Satan wants to defeat us by tempting us at every turn-especially targeting the most vulnerable areas of our life. Whom will we meet? Where will we go? What plans do we have? Is temptation waiting in some future hidden moment? Christ will warn us if we stay close to Him. While we are "keeping our eyes on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2), He will be looking out for us (John 10:28).

Today's Prayer

Someone has said, Lord, "It's a jungle out there." He was talking about this world You created in beauty and perfection, but which has degenerated so much-dragged down when we as humankind sinned. Dear Lord, this jungle is my address. I'm not blaming You for the animal-like behavior of people who prey on each other. Nor am I complaining about the confusing situations which prevent a clear view ahead. I simply come to pray. I'm so thankful for You, Jesus, My Wonderful Counselor, Who gives insight, wisdom, perspective, and knowledge beyond my own. Today as I face daily demands, I proceed in Your name, depending upon You to help me know what to do and how to do it. In Jesus' name, Amen.

MY PERSONAL MEDITATIONS ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________

MORE NAMES FOR JESUS

Check the index beginning on page 162 for these additional names for Jesus that suggest a Wonderful Counselor: Good Teacher; Great Light; Teacher and Lord; Wisdom of God; Word of Life.

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