OceanSide church of Christ

Read devotionals for April 2021

May 1, 2021

John 4:37, 38 – And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that where on ye bestowed no labour: other men labored, and ye are entered into their labours.

Thought: The Lord was about to send His disciples out to reap where others had sown. A Christian can be either a sower or a reaper. Sowers do the first work. This is often the most difficult work. Reapers follow the sowers. They benefit from the labors of those who have gone before them. The ones who reap need to give thanks for those who sowed. They also need to remember them and give them credit for the work in which they engaged. Sowers and reapers are desperately needed.

Matthew 23:34-35

May 2, 2021

John 4:39 – And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that I ever did.

Thought: The faith of one woman caused many others to believe. This has happened many times in the history of Christianity. The influence of one can open doors to ten, to hundreds, and to thousands of people. We never know when the seed planted in the heart of one person will blossom into a plant that brings forth much fruit. This is why it is so important to make certain we sow the seed. An abundant harvest may be just one person away.

Acts 10:24

May 3, 2021

John 4:40, 41 – So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that ye would tarry with them, and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his word.

Thought: When Jesus and the Samaritan woman crossed paths, Jesus used the opportunity. This opportunity tuned into something unimaginable. He got to talk to the woman, and talked to numerous people in the city of Sychar. In addition, they desired for him to tarry longer with them. His simple stop at a well turned into a two-day evangelistic effort. The results were phenomenal. “And many more believed because of his word.” Warning: Be careful when you talk advantage of an opportunity.

Jonah 3:6-10

May 4, 2021

John 4:42 – And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Thought: There are two ways to come to faith. First, faith comes by witnessing something firsthand. This writer has been to the ancient city of Olympus and believes firmly it exists. Second, faith comes by the testimony of reliable witnesses. This writer has never been to the Eiffel Tower, but I believe it exists just as much as I believe Olympus exists. Why? My mother and father saw and told me it is there. I believe their testimony. Both of these faith-producing methods are mentioned in this verse.

John 20:24-29

May 5, 2021

John 4:43, 44 – Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.

Thought: After two days, Jesus left Samaria and entered Galilee, His home region. His reception there could be quite different than the one He received in Samaria. Why? “A prophet hath no honour in his own country.” The close ties of home make it much more difficult for individuals to accept a person who is in an influential position. His family is known. The manner in which he was reared is known. Oftentimes those who are closest are the most jealous and envious. They love, but they also resent.

Acts 7:51-52

May 6, 2021

John 4:45 – Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.

Thought: Instead of a quiet entrance into Galilee, Jesus was eagerly welcomed by the Galileans. The reason for the welcome is because many of them had seen “all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast.” It was there Jesus had performed many miracles (John 2:23). Miracles involved supernatural works. These works defied natural law. They often brought remarkable benefits to mankind. Having seen Jesus’ power, the Galileans were eager to be beneficiaries. This is a common mindset among men.

Matthew 15:30-31

May 7, 2021

John 4:46 – So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.

Thought: In our travels, we never know who we will meet. Jesus entered into the town of Cana and met a man from Capernaum there. This was not just any man. The Bible calls him a nobleman. This man was of kingly lineage. This man also had a difficulty in his life. His son was sick. This meeting was not arranged by Jesus. It was the nobleman who sought out the Christ. We never know when another might search us out. When they do, we need to be ready to assist them if at all possible.

Galatians 6:10

May 8, 2021

John 4:47 – When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

Thought: When it comes to our health, we will do almost anything to be cured. When it comes to the health of our children, matters become that much more important to us. Jesus had performed many miracles at the feast in Jerusalem. News of this had spread abroad. When the nobleman heard about Jesus’ presence in the city, he sought Him out. His situation was dire. The Bible says his son was “at the point of death.” The nobleman may have seen this as his only hope. So, he took the chance.

Luke 8:41-42

May 9, 2021

John 4:48 – Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

Thought: These words of Jesus sting our hearts as we read them. We must remember that Jesus had the ability to read the hearts of men. The Samaritans had received Jesus without any signs displayed among them. The Galileans were not of that disposition. They desired a sign before they would believe. If Jesus would heal this man’s son, he would believe. Into which camp would we have fallen? Would we have simply believed Jesus was the Christ? Or, would we have needed a miracle?

Matthew 27:41-42