One of the most comforting phrases of the gospel is found in this passage: “He shall not fail.”
Let us not quench the smoking flax in judgment of outward appearance. Let us fan the flame of all our fellow children of God to the praise of the glory of His grace!
The gospel is not a warning that judgment is coming. It is a declaration that the judgment has been made and the elect are justified in Christ.
Life without Christ is darkness. But when Jesus sovereignly “springs up” in the heart of one of God’s children, Light then dwells where there was once utter darkness!
Whatever tomorrow, or any other day, holds, do not live in fear of your enemies. Why? because they hated God before they hated us!
The gospel is how we come to discover and understand what God has done for us. It sets us free to love God out of pure thankfulness and not fear of condemnation!
The account of Nathanael is to show us that the gospel of Who Jesus truly is does not need fancy words or man’s devices to be presented properly.
What is there that is better than being in the presence of the King? What is it that causes your delay? Health? Wealth? Family?
I do believe there are a few themes that should come through when we are declaring the good news.
How is it that such a simple and short message could be so comforting as to replace extreme fear with extreme joy?