Today’s readings.. (2 Chronicles 9), (Ezekiel 44), (John 11)

What do you believe?  Equally important, if not more so – is – Why do you believe what you claim to believe? We have searched our hearts in times past to give a genuine answer to this question ourselves.

Our asking of this question was prompted by what we read today in John ch. 11.  Jesus was conversing with his disciples and when he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep” [v.11] they did not realize that he meant he had died, “they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.  Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.” [v.15]

The account of the drama of Lazarus coming out of the tomb “his hands and his feet bound with linen straps, and his face wrapped with a cloth” [v.44] was surely an overwhelming experience for those privileged to witness it?  This happened “so that you may (really) believe,”  said Jesus; that is, have the certainty of complete conviction in your hearts.

We believe in the return of Jesus – that this is the only hope for an increasingly discordant, chaotic and troubled world. The troubles vary depending on where you live. Many troubles are man-made, others are earthquakes, huge forest fires and the like.  Do we possess such total conviction in our hearts that we will not be shaken when this world starts to become torn apart in the time Daniel was told about?  It is the time immediately preceding the resurrection.  He was told” there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time” [Dan. 12 v.1]  Jesus also predicts this, see Matt. 24 v.21-27.

Is our conviction of belief such that it is creating in us complete confidence and sureness of mind?  At the end of that marvellous chapter about the sureness of the resurrection (1 Cor. 15), Paul tells them, “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.”

Our personal experience is that the more we abound in the work of the Lord the stronger becomes our sureness of belief.

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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