Yesterday I was given the opportunity to participate in the “dedication” of our latest grandbaby - Jude.
I shared the basics of the following...think it is for all of us.
Jude’s namesake is found in the Bible.
Jude wrote a letter - we know it as “Jude”...short book, 25 verses, just before Revelation. We do well to read it on a regular basis. It speaks to today.
From this short message we learn much.
We learn the following about Jude:
- He was a slave/bond-servant of the Lord Jesus...an amazing description considering he was the earthly brother of Jesus…”the brother of James”
- He was humble in describing himself this way
- He heard the Spirit
- He was an encourager
- He was an exhorter
- He was a speaker of the Truth
- He was a contender
- He knew the Word
- He proclaimed the Word
- He spoke prophetically
All this can be gleaned from the first three verses…
1 Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,
To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ:
2 May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.
3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.
4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
“Our” Jude was born for such a time as this.
His timing, His life, His purpose is no accident in the eyes of the Lord.
He will be a vessel of the Most High God to lead many to salvation, to confront evil, to speak the Truth.
May we do likewise.
Remember, we are…
- beloved in God the Father
- kept for Jesus Christ
Remember, we might want to say one thing, the Lord might release something else.
- Jude wanted to write about “our common salvation”
- He then felt it necessary to appeal that we “contend earnestly for the faith”
- Why? Certain ungodly persons have crept in.
The balance of Jude speaks to the situation.
It describes the church today.
Rejoice in “our” Jude.
Rejoice in the final words of Jude.
24 Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy,
25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now, and forever. Amen.
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