Sunday, September 16, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 26 Jesus teaches about Life

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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.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 25 The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath

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Who is Jesus? Chapter 25 - The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath  
(Today's happening is taken from John chapter five: ESV)

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic  called Bethesda, which has five roofed porches.  In these lay a multitude of invalids; blind, lame, and paralyzed.  One man was there who had been crippled for thirty-eight years.  

When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”  The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”  Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”  And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

Now that day was the Sabbath.  So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is against the law for you to take up your bed today.”  But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man told me to ‘Take up my bed, and walk.’”  They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”  Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a large crowd in the place. 

 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made whole! Sin no more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.”  The man went away and told the Religious Leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.  And this was the reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.  But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

Jesus began to tell the Religious Leaders where he received his authority and said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing.  For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.   For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that He himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 

Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.  I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me receives eternal life; and he does not come into judgment, but has passed from spiritual death to eternal life.

For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.  And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of God.  

Jesus continued to speak to the Religious Leaders: "For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.  You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,  Yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.  For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

Today we have heard Jesus testify of himself, that all He did was a direct command from our Father God, and if we seriously take these Words and believe in Jesus as God's son, we shall pass from spiritual death to eternal life.  

A wise person will say Yes to Jesus.  I believe and I receive your everlasting life, come into my life and I will follow you always.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Who is Jesus? chapter 24 Jesus is Transfigured and Delivers a Possessed Boy

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Who is Jesus? chapter 24  Jesus is Transfigured and Delivers a Possessed Boy

Our message today is from Mark chapter 9 English Standard Version.  Jesus was speaking to his disciples and he said to them, “Of a truth, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”  (In six days they were to SEE the Glory of the Kingdom in a glance.)

After six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured or changed before them,  and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.  And there appeared him, Elijah and Moses, as they were talking with Jesus.  And Peter not knowing what else to say, declared to Jesus, “Master,  it is good that we are here.  Let us make three temples, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah."  Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”  

And suddenly, as quick at it happened, as they looked around, they no longer saw anyone else with them but only Jesus.  And they were terrified at what they saw and heard. 

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  So they kept the matter to themselves, but they were puzzled and wondered what this rising from the dead might mean. 

 As they descended from the mountain and came to the other disciples, they saw a great crowd, and scribes arguing with them.  And immediately all the crowd, when they saw Jesus, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him.  And Jesus asked them, “What are you arguing about with the scribes?”

And a man from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that causes him to not be able to speak.  And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid.  So I asked your disciples to cast out the spirit, and they were not able.”   And Jesus answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to bear with you?  Bring him to me.”
And they brought the young boy to him. And when the spirit saw Jesus, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground rolling about, foaming at the mouth.  And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.  Often it has thrown him into fire and into water, to destroy him; But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”  And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can believe, All things are possible for one who believes.”

Immediately the father of the child cried out  saying, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You voiceless and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, the spirit came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took the boy by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.  

When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast the spirit out?”  And Jesus said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.”

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know where he was because he wanted privacy so he could teach his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”  But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Jesus was desiring to prepare his disciples for his death, burial and resurrection, but their spiritual understanding was darkened and they failed to realize the truth in what Jesus was telling them.  

How often do we find ourselves unwilling to listen and understand what the Holy spirit is saying to us?  May be open our spiritual ears to listen and then with our heart be ready and willing to obey God's plan for the day, for the coming weeks, and possibly be willing to accept a change coming in the new future.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 23 - - Who do you Say I am?

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Who is Jesus? Chapter 23 - - Jesus asks; Who do you Say I am?
Today my desire is to take you to some happenings that are recorded in Matthew chapter 15 and 16 and also in Mark chapter 8.
Everywhere Jesus went he was pushed and prodded as people tried to reach out and touch him.  Jesus often needed to get away from the crowds to rest. At this time he went up on the mountain and sat down there.  And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the crowd wondered; and they glorified the God of Israel.

Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way." And the disciples said to him, "Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?" And Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish."   Directing the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish, and gave thanks as he broke the food and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples distributed them to the crowds.  

And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over. Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.  And after sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.

The Pharisees and Sadducees  came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.  Jesus knew their hearts were full of unbelief, and he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, Why do you seek after a sign? I must say to you, There shall no sign be given except that of Jonah.  And he left them, got into the boat again and departed to the other side. 

When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “Is he saying this because we brought no bread.”  

But Jesus, aware of this, said, “why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread?  Do you not understand? Don't you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?  Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?  How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread?  Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  

Today we must also be careful what we read and messages we listen to that seem good; and to examine what actually does the Bible say?  Many are deceived by man's opinion or fanciful stories instead of the true gospel. 

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  He said to them, “What about YOU; who do YOU say that I am?” 

Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus answered him, “Simon, You are Blessed! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 

Now Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”  But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 

Today, this also is a good question for us to consider and to make our choice now to follow Jesus the Christ.  Nothing in this world would be of value if we were to lose our own soul.  If you have not already done so, decide today to receive Jesus into your life and follow him.  He is just a prayer away.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Who is Jesus? chapter 22

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Come Heal my Tormented Daughter 

Who is Jesus? chapter 22 
Jesus explains about tradition; Heals a young girl and opens deaf ears.   Our message today is taken from Mark's gospel chapter seven.

When their boat had crossed over, they came to the land at Gennesaret.  And the people immediately recognized Jesus and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was.  And wherever he came, to the villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched him were made well.

Now when the Pharisees with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were not properly washed.  (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in special ways by their tradition. And there are many other traditions that they observe.  

And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of our fathers, but eat with defiled hands?”  And Jesus said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, "This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine the man made commandments." You leave the commandments of God in order to carry out your traditions.

And he called the people to come close and said to them, “Listen, and understand:  There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”
Now when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him to explain what he had just told the people.   And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters his stomach and is expelled and not his heart?” (Thus he declared all foods to be clean.)  

And he continued saying; “What comes out of a persons mouth is what defiles him.  For from within, out of the heart of a person, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,  coveting, wickedness, deceit, envy, slander, pride, and such foolishness.  All these evil things come from within, and they degrade a person.”

And after they had a time of rest, Jesus arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  And he entered a house and tried not to let anyone know where he was, but he could not be hidden.  

Immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet.  Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.  And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”  But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”  And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” And she went home and found her child resting quietly and the demon was gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre and going through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the area of  Decapolis.  And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a problem with his speech, and they begged Jesus to lay his hand on the man.  

And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.  And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that means, “Be opened.”  And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 

And Jesus  charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.   And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

My prayer today for you is that your spiritual eyes and ears will be opened to Listen to Jesus saying:  Come onto me and I heal your heart, your eyes and ears, and cause you to become a new person as you follow me.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 21 Jesus Heals a Blind Man and Sends out His 12 Disciples

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Jesus Heals two Blind Men

Who is Jesus? Chapter 21   

Today I will present some happenings from Matthew's gospel.   As Jesus passed by on the way to the house, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” The blind men followed him into the house, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.”  Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”  And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about this.”  But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

As the blind men were leaving, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to Jesus. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke.  And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.”  But the religious Pharisees refused to accept that Jesus was sent from God, and said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons," and they planned how they might do away with him.

So Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 

When he saw the  great crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;  therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

And Jesus called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 

These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go no-where among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans,  but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. 

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.  The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward.  And who ever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the surrounding cities saying; "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Then Jesus began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. He declared; "For if the mighty works done in these cities had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

Jesus went on from there and entered their synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. The Religious leaders asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”— because they wanted to trap him. He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not help it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”  Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other.  But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all  and ordered them not to make him known.  This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:

“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.  I will put my Spirit upon him,  and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.  He will not quarrel or cry aloud,  nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;  a bruised reed he will not break,  and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

Jesus came to bring light and life where there is darkness in men's souls.  Jesus says to come to him and He will give you everlasting life and rest for your troubled spirit.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Who Is Jesus? Chapter 20 Jesus Declares "I Am He"

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Who Is Jesus? Chapter 20  Jesus Declares "I Am He"

Our story today is taken from John chapter 4 of the English Standard Version.  Jesus and his disciples left Judea and departed again for Galilee.  And he needed to go through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well;  Because his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food as it was about noon time.

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 

Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." 

The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock." 

Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water."

Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." The woman answered him, "I have no husband."  

Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true." 

The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship." 

Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.  But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." 

The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things." 

Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you AM He."

Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but they did not ask the question, "Why are you talking with her?" 

So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did.  Can this be the Christ?" They went out of the town and were coming to him.

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But Jesus said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." 

So the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought him something to eat?" 

Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me all that I ever did." So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world."

After the two days Jesus departed for Galilee. So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.

Jesus boldly told the woman, I am the Messiah.  After hearing Jesus' words, the people, declared; This is indeed the Savior of the World.

Today if you will listen to His Words, and will believe in Jesus, He will be your Messiah.  Do not delay to acknowledge that Jesus is your Savior and then you will receive His eternal life.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 19 Jesus meets a Religious Leader.

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Even So Must the Son of Man be Lifted Up

Who is Jesus? Chapter 19  Jesus meets a Religious Leader.

Late one evening Jesus had a visitor, Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a leader of the Jews; who stated, I know you are a teacher sent from God, because no one can do these miracles, unless God is with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  These words puzzled Nicodemus, and he asked, how can a man be born again when he is old; how can he enter again into his mother's womb and be born?

Jesus answered Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  The wind blows and you hear the sound, but you can't know where it comes and goes.

Nicodemus answered, "How can these things be?"

Jesus said to Nicodemus, "You being a teacher of the law should understand about "Being Born Again." 

(Jesus was referring to the prophesy of Ezekiel 36:25-28.)  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, I will cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them.  And I will be your God.

Jesus continued speaking: If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how shall you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 

Jesus predicted his death by reminding Nicodemus of when God told Moses to lift up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of man be lifted upThat whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 

Jesus continued with a verse it would be good to memorize if you haven't already done so:  John 3:16  "For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."

Nicodemus left Jesus that night with much to think about.  It is good for us also to contemplate what Jesus said: 

Have you considered these words of Jesus?  "God so loved the World, (and that includes YOU;) that whosoever (and that also includes you;) will believe on Jesus, you should not perish but have everlasting life."  

All it takes is a choice to believe and receive Jesus into your life and you will be "born again."  Today is a good day to do make that decision.

Listen, the wind is blowing - - - it is speaking to you now.