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Short Meditations about Jesus


 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:1





This is what the angels said to the shepherds the night of Jesus' Birth:  "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a SAVIOUR, which is Christ the Lord."  (Luke 2:11)

Jesus is The Saviour!

1st John 4:14 says:  "And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world."

Again, He is The Saviour!

Here is where our relationship with Him must begin.

If you desire to know Him ... He must be Saviour in your life!

Jesus only came to "save" (what a Saviour does) a certain kind of people.

Those are the "lost" or the "hopeless" or "sinners!"

Jesus is a GREAT Saviour!  (Isaiah 19:20)

He is "mighty to save!"  (Isaiah 63:1)

And ... perhaps best of all ... Isaiah 38:20 declares:  "The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD."

Amen!  "The Lord was ready to save me!"

Are you saved?

Jesus taught us how to be saved ...or to "have everlasting life!"  It's in John 5:24 --- "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."

Like my Uncle (a preacher) used to say:  "Are you saved?  If not, why not?"

                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell





It is extremely cold here in our little city this morning.  Seventeen degrees says my thermometer!  And the sky is so very clear, uncommonly so!  I've just been outside for a few minutes ... and the stars are so lovely! They are much more visible than usual at this early hour.

You can't look at the heavens without thinking of a verse in Revelation 22:16 where Jesus says: "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."

He is the bright and morning star!

You do have to get up early to see this star!  (The MORNING star!) And, at least spiritually, one has to get up "early" to best find Jesus!  Listen to Wisdom (Jesus) speak in Proverbs 8:17 --- "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me."

And men used to navigate by this bright and morning star!  It was always "true" in its guidance!  So is Jesus!  His name is Faithful according to Revelation 19:11. Amen!  He has never led me astray!

And this star is known for its brightness!  (The BRIGHT and morning star!) So is Jesus!  Remember the Mount of Transfiguration!  Our Lord is described in Hebrews 1:3 as "Being the brightness of his (the Father's) glory, and the express image of his person!"

And naturally the "morning" star suggests that soon the cold darkness will be dispelled and the warmth of sunrise will occur!  It's like the longing of the Bride in Song of Solomon 2:17 --- "Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my Beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether."  It's like the old song used to say:  "Some golden daybreak, Jesus will come!"

So the next time you're up early, step outside and find it, that "bright and morning star!"  It will be the most brilliant one in the heavens in the pre-dawn hours. Then just gaze at it for a little while ... and worship the TRUE Bright and Morning Star Who lives in your heart (if you have been saved).

Praise the Lord!

                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell





One of the most astounding things Jesus ever said is recorded in John 15:15.  There He tells us:  "Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you."

"I have called you friends" says our Lord to His disciples!

Therefore, I can Biblically say:  JESUS IS MY FRIEND!

That is precisely what the Bride calls her Bridegroom (the Church calls her Saviour) in Song of Solomon 5:16 --- "His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem."

"This is my Friend!"

The old song writer surely was right when he penned:  "What a Friend we have in Jesus."

Let me show you the depth of His friendship to you.  "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."  (John 15:13)  Jesus died for us!  Calvary is, among thousands of other things, the very essence of His Friendship to some lost and dying sinner!

Jesus is a Friend to Whom we shall never have to say good-bye!  "For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."  Hebrews 13:5

And as our Friend, Jesus tells us all we need to know!  He withholds no "secrets!"  Listen to Him in John 14:2 --- "If it were not so, I would have told you."  Wow!

Go back for a second and look at Song of Solomon 5:16 again.  She said "This is MY Friend!" (Like the little sheep in Psalm 23 could say "The Lord is MY Shepherd!)

Dear Reader today, be sure Jesus is your personal Saviour ... and Friend! Without Him you will miss the real meaning of this Christmas time of year!  In fact, without Him you will miss Heaven itself!

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The first time I heard a preacher say it ... I reacted negatively!

He was closing his public prayer ... before the whole church congregation ... and he ended in this fashion: "These things we ask in the Name of our dear Elder Brother, Amen."  By that title He meant Jesus.

I thought, "This man of God is failing to exalt the Lord as he ought."  He merely called Jesus our Elder Brother!

Then I came across this verse in Hebrews.  It of course changed everything.

It is worded as follows and is obviously speaking of Jesus: "For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren."  (Hebrews 2:11)

"He that sanctifieth" is Jesus!

"They who are sanctified" represent blood-washed, born-again, spirit-filled children of God.

Then, of that godly group, we are told that Jesus is not ashamed to call them BRETHREN!


Therefore, by His Own teaching, I can call Jesus my Brother!

Again, listen to Jesus in Matthew 12:50 --- "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." This great statement is repeated in Mark 3:35 too.

Think of it!

Jesus is the Son of God, the Lord of lords and King of kings and a whole lot more ... yet He is not ashamed to call you Believers (and me too) "brothers!"

And He would have to be our Elder Brother because He is eternal!  As the Blessed Second Person of the Trinity and the darling Son of God He has existed forever! 

Our youngest Grandson (little Aaron who is 3 years old) just LOVES his "big brother" (Andrew who is 8).  It thrills me every time I heard him call for his "brober."  (That means "brother" in his vocabulary!)  Brother is his hero.

Well, I have a Brother Who is my Hero and Saviour and Lord and Provider and Protector (the list is just beginning) too!

And He (Jesus) isn't even ashamed to call me His little Brother either!

This brotherhood implies  that we both have the same Father!  (In a different way of course.)  Jesus is the only begotten sinless Son of God.  We are sinners saved by Grace and born-again (as well as adopted) into the Family!  He is THE Son and we are the sons of God!

That's fine with me.

What an honor ... to be in that Family!

And, good news, one of these passing days, we shall see Him, our Brother in all His Glory!

If you will allow me ... I believe (as He is King of kings and Lord of Lords) Jesus is also Brother of Brothers!

I sure hope no one leaves this Page today thinking I have devaluated Jesus!

On the contrary, I have sought to exalt Him more and more!

He is our Everything, our All-in-All!  Paul even said this:  "Christ is our Life!"  It's in Colossians 3:4 --- "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."

                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Job called the Lord by this Name.  It is repeated in the New Testament also.

It means "to buy something back again!"

Look:  "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth."  Job 19:25

When mankind was first created, he "belonged" to God.  After all, God made him!

But Adam and Eve "sold" themselves to sin! At least that's the term Paul uses in Romans 7:14.  ("For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.")

Isaiah charges the Israelites with selling themselves to iniquity (at a terrible price)!  "For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money."  Isaiah 52:3

Jesus as our Redeemer is motivated toward us by love!  "In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old."  Isaiah 63:9

And the PRICE for our redemption?  That would be the BLOOD of Jesus!  "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."  1 Peter 1:18-19

And once we are saved, it is true that:  "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

And our song through the eternal ages will be (along with multitudes already in heaven):  "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation."  Revelation 5:9

Today some time get alone with the Lord and THANK HIM for being your Redeemer!  Praise Him that He bought you!  Now we can truthfully and with meaning sing the old song:  "Now I belong to Jesus!"   Look with me at Isaiah 43:1 --- "But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine."


                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



ARTICLE 6 ... HE IS MASTER!  (Christmas Day, December 25, 2004)

I choose a strange Name for Jesus today.  At least it's unusual for this Christmas Day!

But, nonetheless, He IS our Master!  That is, if we're really saved He is!

Of course to be one's Mater ... Jesus must already be one's Redeemer and Saviour.

And, I promise you, salvation will not have been yours long ... until you will develop a keen desire to do something to serve the One Who delivered you from sin!

For years I have held a bit of a "negative" view of this title "Master," particularly in reference to Jesus.

The word used ("didaskalos") just means "teacher."  (Jesus will have to be MORE to you than a teacher ... for you to go to Heaven!  He must be accepted as the divine Son of God and Saviour Who shed His Blood on your behalf at Calvary!)

"Even Judas could call Jesus Master," I would often say!  (See here Matthew 26:25 --- "Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.")

BUT I've come to realize that MASTER is a legitimate Name for our dear Lord Jesus for sure!

But, Preacher Bagwell, "Master" is a term that sounds so demeaning!  It puts us in an inferior position!  It assumes a Leader/follower or a Lord/servant mentality! We believe in equality.  So say thousands in America today.

But let me assert that this Preacher has NO TROUBLE calling the dear Lord Jesus Master!  I am delighted to be His servant!  I acknowledge Him as my Lord joyfully!

Listen to something the Queen of Sheba said to Solomon one day: "Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom."  1st Kings 10:8

If the servants of Solomon were happy ... will not the servants of a Greater Than Solomon be even happier?  Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

What, work for Him (Jesus) the rest of our days?

Serve Him faithfully?

Seek to obey His every command?

Just remember this, fellow Believer:






Jesus, Who did (and still does) so much for the redeemed, gladly should be served by us all forevermore! 

And it seems that I'm hearing a bunch of "Amens" right now echoing across the land!

Jesus loves to hear us call Him Master too!  "Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am."  These are the words of our dear Lord!  He just said that He IS the Master!  And He added that it is good to call Him That!  The verse is in John 13:13.

The first thing a delighted Mary Magdalene said to Jesus almost immediately after His Resurrection is recorded in John 20:1.   "Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master."  Wow! She called the Lord, in His glorified Body, simply "Master!"  (The title "Rabboni" also means chief or prince or master!  It is an Aramaic word.)

Let us all this Christmas Day join the Psalmist and declare:  "O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant."  Psalm 116:16  (Twice He said it in succession!)

In Exodus 20:5 a released slave, who refuses to leave the house where he has so long served, says this:  "I love my master."  That says it all!  "I love my Master too!"

That's service ... compelled by love!

That too was one of Paul's motives, you remember.  "For the love of Christ constraineth us."  (2nd Corinthians 5:14)   To "constrain" is to compel or propel or even to grasp and hold!

And for those of you who may be still having trouble on that "serving Jesus" idea ... you had better not go to heaven!  For we are told that eternally the saints will serve the Lord!  "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads."  (Revelation 22:3)  Now, remember, this is in the last chapter of the Bible, not the first!

I've written this little note to my fellow servants this Friday in December.  Thank God for the privilege of being His slave!   The common word for "servant" in the New Testament is just that, "doulos," a slave!

Lord Jesus, today we think of Thee as the Babe in a manger, as the Child of Bethlehem.  But also help us to remember Thy Deity and Sonship to Almighty God.  In fact, Thou are very God Himself!  And That makes Thee MASTER of all!

Gladly I so acknowledge Thee as Such!

                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Once Jesus, referring to Himself, said this: "But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick."  (Matthew 9:12)

It is obvious that Jesus of course could heal diseases physically.  Lame men walked and blind men saw and deaf men heard at His touch or command.  BUT in reality there is a greater malady than just bodily sickness!

The old-timers years ago called it "sin-sickness."

In fact, sin is a spiritually fatal condition ... every time!  James puts it this way: "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."  James 1:15

This "sin" thing is bad!

Psalm 103:3 actually says this of our great God, He ... "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases."  Amen!

And that (most importantly of all) includes the cancer called sin!

Listen to the Psalmist as he prays:  "I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee."  Heal my SOUL!

Jesus is The Divine Physician!

Our Lord's healing credentials are even more clearly stated in this Old Testament verse:  "I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee."   Exodus 15:26

But HOW is this soul sickness of ours healed?

That, like everything else in the Christian life, begins at the Cross of Calvary!

Isaiah 53:5 tells us:  "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

The Doctor named Jesus, the One Who controls the "Balm in Gilead," is yet available today!  He sits at the Right Hand of the Father in Heaven!

"Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?"  Jeremiah 8:22

Yes, there is!  

And His Name is Jesus!

Do you know Him today?

(And while I have emphasized the spiritual healing of Jesus today, which is by far the most critical to humanity, He also is able to touch and heal us physically.  Thank God for good medicines and doctors ... but all true healing comes from the Lord!  He made us!  He knows all about us!  And He can touch us and repair our bodies as well as regenerate our souls!)

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Paul says it in 1st Timothy 1:1.

"Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope ...."

Notice the Title He gives Jesus here.

He is our HOPE!

Years ago we often sang a song at the little church we attended (when I was a boy).  Its opening words were:  "My hope is built on nothing less ... than Jesus' Blood and Righteousness!"

I love those words.

Without Jesus we have no hope!  Again Paul tells us:  "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world." Ephesians 2:12

Hope here does not mean a "rabbit foot" or "four leaf clover" kind of thing!  It means an assured confidence of future events based upon the promises of God!

The Greek word for hope ("elpis") is even once translated "faith" in the King James Version of the New Testament.  (Hebrews 10:23)

Therefore, be sure your hope for Heaven and your hope for all your future provision and your hope for answered prayer and your hope for _____________ (everything else good and holy too) ... are based on Jesus!

If so, you will live a victorious and happy life on earth.  (Not necessarily a wealthy life and certainly not a problem free life ... but a blessed life!)  "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God." Psalm 146:5

Again I say ... today, Monday, live with all your hope and trust and faith leaning on the Lord Jesus!  (I mean consciously live that way!  Remind yourself of that Fact again and again!)  See what a difference that little deed makes in your daily schedule!

"... God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."  Colossians 1:27

Now this is a "blessed hope!"  And will become even more so when Jesus comes again!  Live ... "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."  Titus 2:13

                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Jesus is our Captain!

Such is said of Him in Hebrews 2:10 --- "For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."

Precisely, He is the Captain of our salvation!

The noun here (in Greek ... "archegos") means One who leads the line!  One Who is in first place!  A pioneer!  The trailblazer!

The word is usually a military term in Scripture. 

It's good to know that when the conflict rages (against the world and the flesh and the devil), we have a Captain!  One Who has never lost a battle!

In Judges 11:6 the people of Israel plead for help with these words:  "And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon."

"Come ... be our captain!"

That's exactly what we need to say to our dear Lord!

Back in Joshua 5 the Lord appeared (a pre-incarnation appearance of Jesus I believe) to a hesitant leader ... and identified Himself as the Captain of the Lord's Host, The Leader in battle!  "And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the Captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so."  (Joshua 5:14-15)

We often sing these words:  "Saviour, like a Shepherd lead us ... much we need Thy tender care!"

Then a few of you will remember this song:  "Lead on, O King eternal, we follow not with fears!"

But our thought today says, "Lead us O great Captain ... If Thou be for us, who can be against us?  The battle is the Lords!"

Let us say along with those in 2nd Chronicles 13:12 --- "And, behold, God himself is with us for our Captain!"

Our youngest Grandson, little Aaron Elijah Bagwell, sings a chorus:  "I'm in the Lord's army!"  (It's about marching in the infantry and riding in the cavalry and shooting the artillery!) 

I'd like to say we had all better acknowledge that we too are in the Lord's army! And that He's The Captain!

Let HIM lead you today!

Then you can surely say with Paul, "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."  1st Corinthians 15:57


                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The Lord Jesus is, according to Jeremiah, our very RIGHTEOUSNESS!

"In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."  Jeremiah 23:6

In God's eyes ... our own "human" righteousness is terrible!  "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."  Isaiah 64:6

Even in the New Testament we see this Truth.  "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference."  Romans 3:22

Here's a verse that will literally make you shout for joy!  "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels."  Isaiah 61:10

Trust Christ Jesus as your Saviour.  Believe on Him and be saved.  And when you do, He will wash away your sin.  He will truly take away your man-made goodness ... and reckon to you the Righteousness of God!

"Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come ...."  Isaiah 45:24

What peace this Truth brings!

Enjoy it today, dear Believing friend!

                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Jesus died as our Substitute!

That's exactly what Peter means when he says this:  "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit."  Those precious words are found in 1 Peter 3:18.

See where Jesus died as "The Just" ... suffering for the unjust!

Our Lord is The "Just" One.  We were the "unjust" ones, lost in our sins.

He is our Substitute!

When Peter says "the Just FOR the unjust," he uses the Greek preposition "huper." It specifically means "in one's stead!"  Others dictionaries say it means "on behalf of!"  Here, in King James English, it is simply rendered "for." All these valid definitions teach the same Truth!

He died in my place!

Throughout Old Testament history, little innocent lambs died in the place of their wicked owners!  They were sacrificed at an old-fashioned altar. Here is how Moses describes it:  "And he (the sinning Jew) shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering (the lamb); and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him."  Leviticus 1:4

There it is again!


And the great 53rd chapter of Isaiah gives us this same Truth.  "Surely He (Jesus) hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all."  Could it be any plainer?

Then Isaiah continues:  "For the transgression of my people was He (Jesus) stricken.  By His knowledge shall My Righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities."

Then ... "He (Jesus) bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."

I don't want to be too repetitive ... but Jesus is our Substitute.  He died FOR you and me!

Dear Christian friend, as you worship our dear Lord today ... thank Him and glorify Him and adore Him for being willing to die in our stead!

Paul, in 2nd Corinthians 5:21 went so far as to say this:  "For He (God The Father) hath made Him (Jesus, God The Son) to be sin for us, (Jesus) Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."  He became sin FOR us!  (That's "huper" again!  In our stead!)

The theologians call it "vicarious atonement."  (Vicarious is from the Latin word for "substitute," spelled "vicarious!"  Letter for letter it's the same! When that occurs it is known as a "loan word.")

He died FOR sinners!

Lord, thank You!

Thank You for being our Substitute!

Today we praise Thy wonderful Name!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Jesus is our Shepherd! 

That's one of the word pictures He has left for us ... to encourage us along life's road!

In His death ... He is the Good Shepherd!  In John 10:11 Jesus says:  "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." 

In His resurrection ... Jesus is the Great Shepherd!  Listen to Hebrews 13:20 --- "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant ...."

And in His second coming ... our Lord is the Chief Shepherd. That's according to 1 Peter 5:4.  "And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away."

Listen to Isaiah 40:11.  "He (the Lord) shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young."

Our Shepherd gives us FOOD!  ("Feed His flock!")

He gives us a LOVE!  ("Gathers us in His Arms!")

He gives us TRANSPORT!   ("Carries us in His bosom")

He gives us GUIDANCE!  ("Leads us!")

And 1st Peter 2:25 compares our Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, to a Bishop!  "For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls."  The noun for "bishop" here is "episkopos" which means one who "looks over" His flock!  (The word "scope" in seen in episkopos!)  He's watching and guarding us, folks!

And ... last of all ... perhaps best of all, the Lord is MY Shepherd!  "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want."  Psalm 23:1

The old song says "What a Friend we have in Jesus."  I today am saying "What a Shepherd we have in Jesus too!"

This surely makes a Believer feel "safe!"

Listen to our Shepherd one more time:  "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.  I and my Father are one."  John 10:27-30


                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Our God is a "giving" God!

"For God so loved the world that He GAVE ...!"  So says John 3:16.

But ... look WHAT he gave!

I really should say look WHOM He gave!

"For God so loved the world that He gave HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON ...!"

I am prepared to say this:  Jesus is The Gift of God to a lost and dying world!

I once read of two young Bible students who sought through all Scripture to find HOW MANY gifts God has bestowed upon His people!  They found 530 of them! 

In fact, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."  James 1:17

But What is the BEST Gift of all?

Jesus is!

Why, Preacher Bagwell, you can't "classify" God gifts!

Yes, you can!

Paul did anyway!

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."  2 Corinthians 9:15

That must be Jesus!

"That in all things he might have the preeminence."  Colossians 1:18

We should thank God today in adoration and worship ... for the Greatest Gift of all!

Jesus is The Saviour, The Redeemer, The Lord, The Christ, The Son of God ... and The GIFT of God!

Praise His Name!

                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Jesus is, among many other beautiful things, our LEADER!

Precious Psalm 23 makes that abundantly clear!

"He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."  Psalm 23:3

We can not find our way all alone! 

In fact, "All we like sheep have gone astray."  (Isaiah 53:6)  We MUST have a Leader!

There's a little Greek word that fits well here.  It's used in our King James Bibles 4 times.  It means "leader."  (But in a specific way!)

"Archegos" (pronounced ar-kay-gos') combines two little words.  "Ago" means "I lead" and "arche" means first or chief!  Jesus is The Chief Leader!  (That "arche" gives us words such as arch-angel!  Chief angel!)

This specific term was used by those in the Greek world to indicate the "line leader," the one who went first ... for others to follow!  Well, Jesus is The Line Leader for us Believers!  (And by now it's a long line too!)

In Acts 3:15 Peter calls Jesus "The Prince of Life!"  He is the "archegos" of life! He's the line leader on the way to eternal life.  He IS the Life (John 14:6)!  I have eternal life today because Jesus led me to it ... and gave it to me!  (By faith in and the power of His shed Blood!)

Then Acts 5:31 says this of Jesus:  "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins."  Jesus is our Prince ("archegos," line Leader) Who is already in Heaven right now, exalted there by the Hand of God!  (If the line Leader is already in Heaven ... I reckon the line will end up there too!)

And Hebrews 2:10 adds to our picture.  "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."  Jesus is Captain ("archegos," line Leader) of our salvation!  Am I saved?  Are things all right?  IF I'm in the line Jesus leads, yes!  He's the True Salvation of a lost soul!

Lastly, in Hebrews 12:2 Jesus is called "The Author and Finisher of our faith!" The noun author is "archegos," line Leader!  Wait a minute, Preacher Bagwell!  You just said Jesus is the Leader of the line and the Finisher of the line!  (No, I didn't say it ... the Bible did!) 

How can He be first ... and last?  (Beginning and End?  Alpha and Omega?) Because He is eternal and omnipresent and GOD!

Jesus is our LEADER!

But maybe Isaiah, in a verse too long unfamiliar to me, says it best.  God is talking about His coming Son and says:  "Behold, I have given Him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people." (Isaiah 55:4) Here God Himself just called Jesus our Leader!

By the way, do note that if Jesus is Leader ... He is automatically Commander too!

Christian friend, aren't you glad you're been put in His line?  (The other line goes to a place of destruction!)

What was it the old hymn used to say?  (It ought to still be saying it in our churches ... but we now have "choruses" to sing, don't we?)

"Lead on, O King, eternal!"

Today thank God for your Leader!

And follow Him closely!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Every Christian remembers the story of the "Passover."

That night in Egypt long ago, if the blood was applied to the doorposts ... safety was assured!

If not, at midnight instant death came!

It's all recorded in Exodus chapter twelve.

However in Exodus 12:13 the Lord promised Israel:  "And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt."

What I'd like to show you today (concerning the Passover) is a truth revealed in Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians.  There he is correcting some sin problems in that local church and says:  "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us."  Wow!

The Apostle just called Christ Jesus OUR PASSOVER!

Yes, Jesus is The Lamb of God Who was slain that we might be saved!

Listen to John the Baptist:  "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29  (That's "Passover" language!)

Oh, dear friend, be SURE you have been "washed" in the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Listen to John the Apostle from the Island called Patmos as he tells us what Jesus has done with His precious Blood!  "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood."  Yes!

The Bible still says:  "The soul that sinneth, it shall die."  (Ezekiel 18:4 and 18:20)

The ONLY escape from that sure death is The Blood of our Passover Lamb!


                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Paul said an unusual thing in Colossians 3:4.  He called Jesus our very LIFE!

"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory."

Now we all know that once we have trusted the Lord Jesus as our Saviour and Redeemer, we are saved.

We have literally been given "eternal life!"

And Jesus, when praying in John 17, defines this Life in the following manner: "And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent."  (John 17:3)

So ... by definition Christ IS our very Life!

But moreover, in practice, He is our Life too!

Look at what Paul said of Jesus in Acts 17:28 while preaching at Athens:  "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being!"  That sure sounds like we live IN Him!  He IS our very Life!

And when Paul tells us repeatedly that we are "IN Christ," the case of the noun (object of the preposition) suggests a locative sphere.  We are within the circle of Christ's being!  We live inside the ball (sphere) of His Grace!  To Paul we are spiritually IN Christ Jesus!  (The phrase "in Christ" is found 77 times in the Bible ... and all but 2 of those occurrences are used by Paul!)

Let me close by reminding you of one more thing Jesus said about this.

"Because I live, ye shall live also."  John 14:19


Today, believing friend, enjoy life!  I mean ... enjoy LIFE!

Jesus IS our Life!

                                                                                      --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




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