Monday, October 15, 2018
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Who is Jesus? Chapter 33 Who is my Neighbor?
The happenings in today's message are taken from the Gospel of Luke chapter 10.
Jesus had appointed 72 of His followers to go two by two and preach about him being the Messiah, to heal the sick and cast out demons. The 72 returned rejoicing saying; “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And Jesus said to them, “Yes, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. However, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
As Jesus continued to teach and minister, a young lawyer stood up to test him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you understand it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
But the lawyer, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “Tell me, who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied with a story as he often did to explain; “A man was going down from
to , and
some robbers surrounded him, stripped off his clothes, beat him and left him
half dead lying in the road. Now as it so happened
a priest was going down that road, and when he saw the injured man he gingerly
pulled up his robe so as to not soil it, and crossed to the other side of the
road. Soon a Levite approached but when he saw the
wounded man, he also passed by on the other side. Jericho
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where the man was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he carefully placed him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out money which was about two days wages and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and if you spend more, I will repay you when I come back.’
Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Now as Jesus continued on his journey teaching and ministering, he entered the
. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her
house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and
listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving her
guests. And she went up to Jesus and said, “Lord, do you not care that my
sister has left me to serve alone? Please tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but
one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not
be taken away from her.” village
So in today's broadcast we have considered that as believers we can go forward in Jesus name and especially rejoice that our names are written in heaven. We must also consider that our neighbor is the person who needs our help. And may we always be reminded that no matter how busy we are doing those things that seem important to us, we must also take time to sit at Jesus feet and learn more about Him and all He desires for us to do for Him.
Friday, October 12, 2018
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Who is Jesus? Chapter 32 A Woman Anoints the Feet of Jesus (from Luke 7)
Jesus had been traveling and teaching for many hours and the day was nearing evening. One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to come to his home and eat with him, and so he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at a table.
And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that Jesus was having a meal in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of sweet smelling ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet, anointing them with the ointment.
Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known what sort of woman this is touching him, for she is a sinner.”
And Jesus knowing The Pharisee's thoughts said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Go ahead and say it, Teacher.”
You will remember that Jesus often told stories and there was a reason behind all this. He wanted to make a point to illustrate a bigger picture to all who were in the house so He began by saying;
“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed several thousand dollars, and the other one a few hundred dollars. When they could not pay, he cancelled both their debts. Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.
You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
And he said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”
And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
The woman; a sinner had some to worship Jesus and show her love for him, and he repaid her by forgiving her sins, and telling her to go in peace. Jesus knew she was a sinner, because Jesus knows all about each and every one of us. He understands we are frail, but He wants to make us strong. He is ready to forgive the sins of the worse sinner and also the sins of those who think they are good enough already and don't need to be forgiven.
The woman did not care what others thought about her, she came to Jesus and received forgiveness and she left a righteous person.
Jesus is reaching out today to forgive your sins, large or small, regardless - - Jesus loves and cares for you and will always be with you no matter what. Kneel at his feet and he will accept you into His kingdom.
Monday, October 1, 2018
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Who is Jesus? Chapter 31
"Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant and Raises a Widow's Son"
"Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant and Raises a Widow's Son"
Today's happenings about Jesus are taken from the Gospel of Luke chapter 7:
After Jesus had finished a long session of teaching the people, he departed and entered the city of
a High ranking Centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of
death, and the servant was highly thought of and was like one of the family. Capernaum
When the noble Centurion heard about Jesus, he sent a message to Jesus by way of the elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, "This man is worthy to have you do this for him, because he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue."
So Jesus turned to go with them to the man's home. Now when he was close by the house, the Centurion sent friends, saying to him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy for you to come under my roof. This is the reason I did not presume to come to you. I know all you need to do is say the word, and my servant will be healed.
Because I too am a man given authority by my superiors, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it. By this I know that all you need to do is speak the word and my servant will be healed."
When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, "I tell you, not even in
have I found such faith." Israel
And when the messengers returned to the house, they found the servant well.
Soon afterward Jesus, and his disciples and a great crowd following him, traveled to a town called Nain.
As he came near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out; the only son of his widowed mother, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. Now Jesus knew the widow depended on her son to take care of her, so she was extremely heartbroken because of his passing at such a young age.
And when Jesus saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then Jesus came up and touched the stretcher and those who were carrying it stood still. And Jesus said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother alive and well.
Fear and amazement seized all the crowd that had gathered, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!" And this report about Jesus spread through the whole of
Judea and all the
Paul reminds us in Hebrews 13:7-9 Remember your leaders who have spoken God's word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives - - imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Be not carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace and truth.
Might I ask: "Are you paying attention to the message you are hearing?"
Saturday, September 29, 2018
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Who is Jesus? Chapter 30 Jesus and the Adulterous Woman
As he often did Jesus went to the
Mount of Olives to pray, and
about dawn he came again to the temple. All the people came to him,
and he sat down to teach them.
Soon the Religious leaders and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and had her stand before them. They said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. Now Moses commanded us to stone such a women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, so they might have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to question him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he stooped down and continued to write in the dust.
(I have often wondered what Jesus was writing in the dust of the ground. Do you suppose he was writing the names of those who were guilty of this very sin?)
What ever he wrote, conviction set in and those who heard him begin to leave one by one, first the older ones, and finally, Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on - - sin no more.” She knew it was time for a life style change for she owed her life to Jesus.
The people had observed all this and were amazed at his wisdom. Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jesus said to the Jews who had believed on him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Jesus did not accept the woman's act of adultery as an okay thing to do. Rather than judge her, He forgave her and told her to stop living that way and to change her occupation.
When God created man and woman; sex was God's idea. His perfect plan was for man and woman to leave their father and mother and live together in marriage harmony enjoying one another. God intended for marriage to be holy and sex inside of marriage to be lawful and right.
Paul reminded us in Hebrews 13:4 Let marriage be kept honorable in every way, and the marriage bed undefined. For God will judge those who commit sexual sins, especially those who commit adultery.
Paul continue in his letter to the Ephesians chapter 5: "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the
and of God. Let no one
deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s
wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were
once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of
light (for the fruit of the light consists in all
goodness, righteousness and truth) and
find out what pleases the Lord." kingdom of Christ
If you are being tempted to engage in sex outside of marriage, let me suggest: If you both consider yourselves to be in love, it is up to the man to bring a lawful and legal solution to your union. If he truly loves the woman, he will take action to be united with her in marriage which not only brings respect to the woman he loves, but legal rights and financial gains for her upon his death. (if he should go first.)
Jesus cared for the woman and gave her a choice. It was up to her to make those decisions on how to live.
Today out of His love for you; Jesus is asking you to decide to put Him first and to obey his plans for you and for your life.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Who is Jesus? Chapter 29 Jesus Says Some Puzzling Words
Today's message is taken from John chapter 6.
Although Jesus ministered from boats, many times out in the desert or on Mountain tops, it was often that he taught in the Jewish Synagogue. One Sabbath day as he taught in the synagogue located in
, the people found him there and
asked; “Rabbi, when did you
come here?” Capernaum
Jesus answered them, Of a truth, you are seeking me, because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.
Then they said to him, “How must we do the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom God has sent.” Jesus then said to them, “I tell you the truth, indeed Moses gave you manna, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.
So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. I truly tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and receive eternal life. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world - - is my flesh.”
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, know that I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
(Okay Jesus, now you are changing the subject and getting weird - why is this? Tell me Jesus; Are you looking into your future when your flesh is broken and placed on the cross for our sins and healing? Are you speaking of the table of communion in remembrance of your death? Those listening to you, do not see into your future, because their eyes are only fixed on what you can do for them each day for their food. In a few days there same people might be part of the crowd that yells 'crucify him.')
On hearing these strange words and not understanding that Jesus was speaking of spiritual things referring to his future in a few days. Very soon when his body would be broken during his appointed time of judgement, and the glorious future celebration of communion. They could not understand that Jesus was not speaking of actually eating his flesh and drinking his blood, so as natural men, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man go up in a cloud to heaven where he was before! (This too was a future event when after the resurrection, Jesus would return to heaven in a cloud.) The Spirit gives life and the words I have spoken to you they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though he was one of the Twelve, later would betray him.)
Today are you like Peter who says, I believe You are the Holy One of God?
Monday, September 24, 2018
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Who is Jesus? Chapter 28 - Jesus heals a Blind man - - from John 9)
Jesus had been teaching at the temple in
and as he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth. And his
disciples asked him, “Master, who sinned, this man or his
parents, that he was born blind?” Jerusalem
Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be done in him. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Having said these things, Jesus spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” So he went and washed and came back seeing.
The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he looks like him.” But he kept saying, “Yes, I am the man.” So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
The neighbors decided to bring the man who had formerly been blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “Jesus put mud on my eyes, and I washed like he told me, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” The man declared: “He is a prophet.”
The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the man's parents and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then is he able to see?”
His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind; But how he now sees we do not know, neither do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” (His parents said, 'He is old enough, ask him,' because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ and the Messiah, he was to be put out of the synagogue.)
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “If he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that once I was blind, now I can see.”
They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you refused to listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” And they became very angry and reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”
The man answered, “This is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Since the world began - - it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and do you assume to teach us?” And with one accord they cast him out. (To be thrown out of a synagogue and lose their Jewish privileges, was very humiliating to a Jew.)
Jesus heard that they had cast him out, so He found him and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”
Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is now speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he fell down at Jesus feet and worshiped him.
The once blind man acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah and worshiped Him as God.
Often our spiritual eyes are blinded to the truth about Jesus, but when we ask Jesus to remove our blindness, we will recognize that Jesus is Lord. If you have not already done so; Today is a good time to tell Jesus you believe in Him and you will follow Him all the days of your life.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Jesus had been teaching for many hours, and the feeding of the 5000 had been completed.
John chapter 6 records: 'After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. '
Jesus discerned the thoughts of the people; Here was their opportunity, all they could see was daily food without work and this appealed to their selfish nature.
At the instruction of Jesus, his disciples entered their ship and determined to go to the other side of the sea, as Jesus sent the people away, He ascended higher up on the mountain to pray and be alone with His Father God.
Matthew chapter 14 states: "But their ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary." Rowing very hard, they were only able to go about 3 or 4 miles and the disciples were not able to control their ship because of the storm. Their greatest fear was that they might perish.
Mark 6 tells us it was sometime between 3:00 and 6:00 in the early morning Jesus was alone standing on the land watching. He could see the disciples rowing frantically as the winds and waves tossed their boat and - - Immediately Jesus went to them walking on the water. (Wow - - That must have been an amazing sight, and scary too.)
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out in fear. But right away, Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer; it is I; do not be afraid."
Can you really blame the disciples for being afraid? How would you have reacted if you had been there? I think I know the answer and so do you.
Peter hoping that maybe this was really Jesus and not a spirit, answered Jesus by saying, "If it is really you, then ask me to come to you on the water." And Jesus said, "Come." Taking a bold step of faith, Peter stepped out and began to walk on the water toward Jesus, but suddenly fear took over and he looked down at the troubled sea and began to sink. His next move was a good one, because Peter cried out "Lord Save me."
Immediately Jesus reached out and caught the sinking man, and lifted him up, saying to him; "Oh you of little Faith, why did you doubt?"
As the two of them entered the boat the wind and waves ceased and all who were in the ship fell at Jesus feet and worshiped him saying: "Truly you are the Son of God."
The disciples took some deep consideration to confess that Jesus was the Messiah, but never the less, Jesus accepted their worship, and if he were merely mortal and not God, it would have been wrong to allow them to deify him.
Today each of us need to understand that Jesus is waiting to hear what we have decided about him. Are you ready to say; "Jesus you are the Son of God, and I will worship you?"
Sunday, September 16, 2018
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Who is Jesus? Chapter 26 Jesus Teaches about Life - From Matthew 7
High up on the mountain was a favorite place for Jesus to use as a place of solitude, but the crowds often followed him. Then he would find a place to sit where they could hear him teach.
On one occasion they asked Jesus to teach them to pray and he gave them an example: 1. Address God as your father: "Our Father which is in heaven - -2. "Tell Him you recognize he is Holy: "Hallowed be your name." 3. Give Him permission for His will to be done on earth: "Your Kingdom Come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." 4. Ask Him for your daily provision: "Give us this day our daily bread," 5. Ask for forgiveness and help to forgive others: "And Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us." 6. Ask for assistance to avoid evil and to live right: "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil," 7. Acknowledge that God is supreme and His Power and Glory is over all the earth: "For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."
Jesus began to teach about Judging others: He said, it is better not to judge, because it will come back on you. For with the judgment you declare, you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
Why do you see the tiny speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the two by four that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the big log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
Jesus continued to teach about Asking, Seeking and Knocking: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Jesus compared asking God for something you need, with a child asking of their earthly father: He put it this way: "Which one of you, if your son asks you for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give him a scorpion? Of course not! If you then, who are natural men, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Jesus continued to teach what we know as the Golden Rule: "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."
Following Jesus Christ is not always easy, and he gave an example about two gates: "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, but the path to eternal life - - is worth every step you take.
Jesus warned about false teaching that sounds good, but is not the true gospel. He said: "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit and is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Jesus likened allowing Him to be your foundation for life; as a wise man building a house. He put it this way: "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
God's Word is still teaching every one of us today. Are you paying attention to what Jesus is asking you to do? He is calling you to follow Him and allow Him to be Lord of your life.