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Certain Bible passages predicted Jesus' death many centuries before He was born. There was King David, for example, when he wrote Psalm 22. In it, he describes a kind of death that is most clearly a death by crucifixion. The Prophet Isaiah in chapter 53 of his book, 700 years before Christ, spoke also about One who would bear the sins of many in His death.
Very few if any people live up to their full potential. We are doing less than we are capable of doing. That’s true in many respects. Our minds are capable of much more than we engage them with. Bodily, and physically we probably could do much more than we are doing if we were, in fact, doing all we could. The real sin is when we are satisfied with less than the possible. To be the best we can be, we should reach for more every day. We need to know then what is expected of us.
In life, we achieve the most when we set goals for ourselves. It is usually best to set a goal that isn’t reached too easily, so we must stretch, as it were, and try just a little bit harder to achieve that goal. In the spiritual life, there are also goals to be achieved.
There are no two people who are exactly alike. Sometimes we may see someone who reminds us of a friend, but we are all a little different. Yet, we can say Jesus has no one nearly like Him. The Bible calls Him the only one of God.
For the disciples, Jesus’ words were often above their understanding. They puzzled over them. There are people today who still puzzle over the words of Jesus. They are unsure as to what they mean. Let's listen to this teaching from the book of John on Plain Speech.