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A Message from Jon

He is Risen Indeed, Dear SearchLighters!

And that Message is as liberating and enthralling today as it was a few days ago when we celebrated Easter in our various gatherings and congregatings all across the nation and around the world.

Indeed, it is as exhilarating today as it was when first heard almost 2000 years ago there in Jerusalem.

The work is done, the price was paid, the sacrifice was accepted, the Lord is Risen!

It Is Finished!

There is nothing left to do...

Rejoice! Receive! Rest! Believe!

You see, Grace is not the starting point, it’s the only point!

So laugh and rejoice and smile and be glad on this Magnificent Monday that follows Easter Sunday.

And do so on everyday of this week... on everyday of your life!

For The Savior declared, “Because I live, ye shall live also.”

Hallelujah and Amen!

Jon


Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

April 26

And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of theirs.

Genesis 43:34

Benjamin was given five times as much food as the others. Why did Joseph do this? I suggest it was in order to observe the reaction of his brothers. When Joseph was given the coat with the big sleeves, what was their response? Envy, jealousy, hostility, and anger. Therefore, Joseph wanted to see if his brothers would deal with Benjamin the same way they had dealt with him years earlier.

So too, the Lord measures the changes that have taken place in my life by how I react to my brothers, not just when they’re hurting, but when they, like Benjamin, succeed. It’s easy to weep with those who weep. It’s harder to rejoice with those who rejoice. If someone undergoes a tragedy, a catastrophe, or a problem, most of us feel a certain amount of sympathy rather easily. But it’s a little tougher for us to rejoice with the one who has everything going his way.

You’ll know a deep work has taken place in your life when you not only weep with those who weep, but rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15), without being jealous or envious, hostile or cynical.

“All men will know you are My disciples,” said Jesus, “by your love one for another” (see John 13:35). And “one another” includes the happy as well as the hurting.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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