Jesus is the center of all things. He holds them all together, he’s the goal of all history, he’s the one our hearts long for (even if we don’t know it). The picture is of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is a great picture of this: almost anywhere in that city, you can look up and see Christ!
At Grace, we are memorizing “50 verses to change your life” in 2016. We are in the second section of our memory journey, and this one centers on Jesus! The Psalmist cries out “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” (119:37, this week’s verse). If you want to avoid worthless things to look at, the greatest thing you could do is fill your vision with Jesus!
So for the next 8 weeks, we are going to memorize verses about Christ, and his work, and his love, and our future in him. Here they are in a quick “look-ahead”.
[PS – it’s not too late to start memorizing this week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and say, “sign me up for memory” and we will! You can choose if you want to memorize in NIV or ESV.]
Week 9: Psalm 119:37
NIV: Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
ESV: Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
Week 10: Romans 5:1-2
NIV: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
ESV: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Week 11: Romans 5:3-4
NIV: Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
ESV: More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
Week 12: Romans 5:5
NIV: And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
ESV: And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Week 13: Romans 1:16
NIV: I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
ESV: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Week 14: Mark 10:45
NIV: For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
ESV: For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Week 15: John 1:14
NIV: The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
ESV: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Week 16: John 20:31
NIV: But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
ESV: 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.