Phil. 1:9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.
At his inauguration in Washington on January 20 1961 John F. Kennedy sought to change the course of society, rather then being reliant upon Government, rather then blaming the Government for what they do not have, rather then blaming the Government for what they do not have or what is not fixed the shares:
"Ask not what the Country can do for you, but what you can do for your county. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America can do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
To have a love overflowing is one of action. We are told
James 2:17 “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
Phil. 1:9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ
Love, Agape love brings joy. The impact of a man and woman who Loves, is joy. As one gives of himself or herself to God, as one gives himself or herself to other believers, joy, this person will be filled with overflowing joy.
Paul gave of himself and thus Paul is able to express his joy even though he is in prison. Life was not about Paul, it was all about God.
Phil. 1:3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Paul had given himself to God and to them self-sacrificially . So he was filled with joy.
He was filled with joy for he had been receiving from them financial help.
He was filled with joy for he had been receiving from them their active participation in the ministry, sending him people to come and help with the work.
He was filled with joy for he had been receiving from them support in prayer.
So Paul is confident of God, that God will continue to work within them, making them more like Christ, because they by their actions have shown they Love God, God is their 1st priority in life.
John 20:31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Everyone saw that Jesus was crucified on the cross. They saw he was buried in a tomb. They saw a large rock was rolled in front of this grave. They knew about the guards stationed to secure the tomb. Now three days later, Sunday morning Mary Magdalene got up early and go to the tomb, finding the large stone had been removed. Mary quickly runs back and tells Peter and John that they moved the body. Peter and John quickly run to the to the tomb. John arrives at the tomb 1st, peers in but is reluctant to go inside. Peter, typical Peter goes inside without hesitation to find the body gone but the grave clothes neatly folded and laid on the shelf where the body was. Then we are told
John 20:8 Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— 9 for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead.
Then John believed. John had recalled what Jesus told them.
Luke 24:46 … that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
Mary goes back to the grave site and had the extraordinary opportunity to talk with Jesus. Mary recognize Jesus, Mary believes.
That very evening the Disciples are held up in an a room, door locked for fear of retaliation of the Jewish leaders. To their surprise, Jesus makes himself know to them and shows them his hands and side.
The Disciples believe. Thomas is absent and will not believe until he too can see with his own eyes and put his had on the scars on his hands and side. One week later Jesus appears to Thomas and has Thomas place his hands on the scars of his hands and side. Thomas Believes.
The Disciples Believed.
They believed, Jesus was raised from the dead. Death did not have power over Jesus. Death could not hold him in the grave. He was alive. He was risen from the Grave. Hallelujah - God be praised.
“but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name”. John 20:31
Jesus had traveled to Jerusalem declaring his Kingship by riding into Jerusalem on a Donkey. He had gone into the Temple, finding that the Temple no longer served as Holy Place of Worship. The Temple had become a place that was a lucrative business for the Jewish leaders to make money dishonestly. The Jewish leaders did not allow the Roman money which was commonly used for everyday commerce to be given in the Temple so they had Temple money. The Jewish leaders established exchange booths so the people could exchange their Roman money for Temple money and then give Temple money as their tithe or offering. But the Jewish leaders set a high rate of exchange for this service, thus a high profit for these leaders. People would bring their lamb which they hoped could be used as a sacrifice to God, but there lamb was often rejected, declared unfit. They would offer another lamb at a higher price, a lamb they said was worthy for sacrifice. Then this person would turn around and offer this lamb that was rejected as one worthy for sacrifice to another pilgrim brining their lamb for inspection and certification as being worthy. So it was a scam that was bing run by the Jewish leaders. The temple had truly became a den of robbers, no longer functioning as a lighthouse declaring the Glory of God to the Nations. So in our passage this Sunday Jesus enters the Temple courtyard, the courtyard for Gentiles where all this trafficking is taking place and does the unspeakable, He turns these money tables over, He opens the pens, allowing the animals to flee. Yes to the surprise and shock of everyone, He clears out the corruptible practices.
As we look at our own lives this Palm Sunday, the question we need to ask, the question that God is confronting us with is; if Jesus were to come into the courtyard of your life, would Jesus see some corruptible practices that you have allowed to creep in, practices that are corruptible in God’s eyes, practices that hinder the light of the Glory of God from emanating out from you and thus is hindering the Nations from seeing the Glory of God in and through you?
As Paul writes we are the Temple of God
2 Cor 6:16 For we are the temple of the living God
May your life (the temple of God) be a reflection of God’s Glory to the Nations.