Thursday, November 15, 2018

More than a Prophet

Act 3:22  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

Jesus fulfilled this prophecy. He was a prophet and also the Messiah and the only begotten Son of God. Peter had spoken earlier to the crowd that Jesus is both Lord and Christ.

Act 2:36  Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 
Act 2:37  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 
Act 2:38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Mat 16:13  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 
Mat 16:14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 
Mat 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 
Mat 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 
Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 

 Only by believing in Jesus will your sins be forgiven. When I first began attending a church where I would be baptized, the associate pastor was fresh out of a liberal theological seminary. I was with him outside of the church observing a nativity scene of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. He shook his head and turned to me saying, Joseph was the real father of Jesus. After many years I can look back at this and say, no, you were very wrong. Jesus was conceived through the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit and God is His Father.  So many do not understand who Jesus really is, We must sometimes unlearn some things in order to grow our faith in the truth of God. Lord God, give those who read this a desire for more of you. Let us see what you have for us, in Jesus name.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Touch me not

I remember in my mother's garden a flower that was called Touch me not or Impatiens. The flower got it's name from it's seed pods that when dried would explode to the touch, sending the seeds out as projectiles.

John 20:15  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 
John 20:16  Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 
John 20:17  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 
John 20:18  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

I doubt if anyone completely understands this section of scripture. The resurrected Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, the Mary from which  he had cast out seven demons. At first she did not recognize him, but he called her by name; Mary. One commentator said that she knew the voice of the Shepherd and that when we are in heaven we will see again our loved ones and hear their voices. She called him master and apparently she fell to his feet and clung to him. He said, touch me not for I am not yet ascended to my Father (he will not yet leave.) Mary was to deliver the good seed of his word to the disciples. Jesus still calls his disciples brethren, identifying with them. He also shares that they have the same heavenly Father and God. "I ascend unto my Father and your Father; and unto my God and your God." Mary, the first evangelist of his resurrection came to the disciples and shared the good news.

Jesus was touchable in a real body, not as a spirit. Later he came and asked his disciples to see and to touch his wounds as proof of his resurrection.  We are blessed to believe the good news that Jesus has overcome death with eternal life. We need not touch his physical body to believe him. He said to us, blessed are those who not seeing believe in him. 

John 20:29  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 

We see him now by faith and touch him by prayers and worship.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thy word is truth

The world hides from God, and God's word the Bible is truth. If the world acknowledged God and His word a lot of hatred and confusion would go away. They would understand that God created everything with Jesus, his son who is the Living Word.  They would obey his word by receiving Jesus as their savior from sins punishment. They would receive eternal life and they would love God with all their heart and their neighbors as themselves. That is the good news that most hide from.

John 17:14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 
John 17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 
John 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 
John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 

My words are awkward, so listen closely. So, we can expect the world's people to hate us if they see that we are Christians?  Is that why so many hide their faith?  Do we fear people more than God? Lots of questions for you and for me. The truth is, that the world needs Jesus. Lord you have sanctified us, made us your people for your service. Holy God draw the lost souls to you and receive them. May we be used for this purpose, in Jesus name, amen.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Free From Fear

I was asked by an acquaintance who does counseling and was preparing to share at our prayer breakfast,  "do you have fear?" I replied no, because Jesus has given us his peace. We have peace and the assurance of everlasting life.

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 
John 14:2  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 
John 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 

The Greek translation for mansions can be rendered "a place to stay."  The importance is not how fancy our dwelling place is but who our neighbors are. We will be with Jesus! Also, we will see our loved ones again.

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 

God dwells with us, we are to love him and love one another.  When we leave this body, he will remain with us and we shall see Jesus face to face. We see Jesus now through His Holy Spirit, the Comforter that he sent to us who believe in him. 

John 14:25  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 
John 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

John 14:28  Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. 

That peace of God keeps us going. Sure, I have doubts about my human frailties and the condition of the world around me, but if we abide in Jesus he loves us and his peace keeps us free from fear. 

1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Tears of Forgiveness

Luk 7:36  And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. 
Luk 7:37  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 
Luk 7:38  And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 

Luk 7:44  And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 
Luk 7:45  Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 
Luk 7:46  My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 
Luk 7:47  Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 
Luk 7:48  And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 

A woman who comes to our prayer breakfast often cries. When a hymn touches her heart, she cries. When we share about Jesus she cries. She cries because her sins are forgiven. When there is good news, she cries. I spoke to her that her tears were like this lady who washed the feet of Jesus with tears; she liked that. I am thinking that Jesus loved women who openly loved and cared for him. He chose women first to deliver the good news that he was the Messiah and again, when he was risen from the grave, it was a woman who he asked to share the good news with his disciples. No, he had no girlfriend or wife, but I think that God made women with outward showing of emotions because men so often can not show them. Men and women are made to complement one another, and they achieve their best as disciples of Jesus.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Before Abraham, I Am

There is the expression "seeing is believing."  But that is not necessarily so. To see the things of God we need his spiritual eyes. To hear his word we need his spirit. Living by faith in the word of God is better than living with our natural understanding. Blessed are you if you can see and hear the truth and respond to it by faith.

John 8:54  Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 
John 8:55  Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 
John 8:56  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 
John 8:57  Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 
John 8:58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 

The Son of God existed before Abraham. He spoke to Moses in the burning bush as the "I AM."

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 

By faith Abraham saw the Messiah, Jesus. 

(Abraham) saw it and was glad; he saw it with an eye of faith, he saw it in the promise, that in his seed all the nations of the earth should be blessed; and when it was promised him he should have a son, which was the beginning of the fulfilment of the other, he laughed, and therefore his son was called Isaac, to which some reference is here made; he saw him in the birth of his son Isaac and rejoiced, and therefore called his name Isaac, that is, "laughter": he saw also Christ and his day, his sufferings, death, and resurrection from the dead, in a figure; in the binding of Isaac, in the sacrifice of the ram, and in the receiving of Isaac, as from the dead; and he not only saw the Messiah in his type Melchizedek, and who some think was the Son of God himself, but he saw the second person, the promised Messiah, in an human form, Gen_18:2; and all this was matter of joy and gladness to him. (John Gill)

We must see Jesus by faith. Many who saw him as a man, could not see him as he was "the Son of God." Many now see him by faith.

John 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 
John 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 

Do you see who Jesus is? 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Doing the Work of God

John 6:27  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. 
John 6:28  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 
John 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

John 6:39  And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 
John 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 

John 6:47  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

The work of God is that we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 

John 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 
John 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.