Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Who is Jesus? Chapter 12Jesus was Moved with Compassion
Jesus was busy teaching in
the synagogues, healing the sick and casting out impure spirits, and in order
to rest, he often went either to the desert or up on a mountain to pray to His
Meeting in quiet times with his
Father God, gave him strength, power, an anointing, and divine instruction with
assurance that God's will be done.
There were times, Jesus and his friends were
invited to a meal at someone's home.One
day as he was very tired, he went into the house of Simon Peter, where Peter
lived with his wife and mother-in-law.It
is recorded in Mark 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever; And Jesus came
and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left
her, and she ministered unto them.
Notice, Jesus did
not pray for her, but merely took her by the hand, and virtue from him was
enough to rebuke the fever.You might
ask, "How could this be?"
The reason was; Jesus
had spent quality time in prayer with his Father God, soaking up the glory and
presence of God and being filled daily with the Holy Spirit.
This is the reason
that many ministers today are able to reach out expecting miracles to happen
that seem strange to those who look on.The truth is that all believers in Jesus can experience a relationship
with God as they spend time in their Bible, reading, studying and praying that
God would become extremely real in their lives.
My suggestion is to
begin with perhaps 15 minutes early every morning reading at least 2 chapters
in the Bible, and then write your thoughts and prayers in a journal or note
Also recorded in
Mark chapter one, was a leper coming to Jesus requesting healing.
1:40-42 And there came a leper to him, beseeching
him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst
make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and said unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had
spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
Notice in this
instance, Jesus was moved with 'compassion,' he 'touched' the man, and 'SPOKE;'
It is important for
us to 'feel' compassion for those hurting.Often our 'words' are healing and comfort.It is good to watch our words, our
expressions and our emotions.
important to God, and your hands can bless others with a touch, and your words
can also do the same to encourage those in distress and pain.
(Be sure you have spent that early morning
time with God first - then expect your day to be a day of opportunity.)
We will consider some of the
first things Jesus did as He began his earthly ministry.
After Jesus overcame the temptations of Satan in
the wilderness, the angels came and ministered to Him giving him strength.
was ready to begin His Ministry and He
returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee:
and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And
he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. Jesus decided it would
be good to return to his home town Nazareth.
Luke 4:16-19 So he came to Nazareth,
where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue
on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the
prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it
was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and SAT DOWN.And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue
were fixed on Him. And Jesus began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is
fulfilled in your hearing.”
is interesting is when Jesus sat down, He did NOT return to His old seat. History tells us there were two seats at the front of the synagogue, one of which
was kept empty at all times because it was the seat reserved for the Messiah.
This is the seat that Jesus sat in. He was demonstrating to the people that He
was the Messiah.
The Religious leaders murmured at
His words and actions, and Jesus declared that a Prophet is not recognized in
his own town.
As the leaders continued
to listen to Jesus, they were filled with
wrath, finally they grabbed Jesus and lead him out of the city as they planed
to throw him off a high cliff.
We are not told if
Jesus disappeared, but for some reason he passed through the
midst of them and went his way; coming down to Capernaum, a city of
Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days. And they were astonished at
his doctrine: for his word was with power.
And the fame of Jesus went everywhere, because
He was casting out unclean spirits, healing the sick and preaching about His
kingdom.Those who believe on Jesus are
entered spiritually into His kingdom, where there is peace for the mind, body
Are you ready to tell Jesus,
"I am ready to come to you and be part of your kingdom?"Today is a Good day to just simply make that
decision.Say Yes to Jesus.
continue our journey to discover who is Jesus, we are reminded that in the Old
Testament there were prophesies and also pictures showing Jesus as the Messiah.
shall take a short view of Jonah one of the rebellious prophets as he decided
to run from the commands of the Lord.God told Jonah to go preach to Nineveh
and tell them to repent or else in 40 days their city would be destroyed.
decided NOT to obey, because in his mind he felt the wicked city needed
punishment, so he entered a ship going in the opposite direction.(Isn't that like us at times?We know what we should do, but because of our
stubborn heart, we get ourselves in trouble and that is exactly what happened
says a great storm arose, not just a gentle rainstorm, but a gigantic fierce
hurricane with dashing explosive waves.
Reading from Jonah chapter one:
Then the men were exceedingly afraid and
said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he
was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.
they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for
us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. Jonah said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then
the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this
great tempest has come upon you.”
the men rowed hard, in an
attempt to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and
more tempestuous against them.Therefore
they called out to the Lord,
“O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not
on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord,
have done as it pleased you.”
picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its
raging.Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to
the Lord and made vows.
And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up
Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
(From that dark
place of trouble, Jonah repented and made a decision - - "obedience is the
better choice.") So the Lord spoke
to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto the dry land.
We leave Jonah as he travels to Nineveh to obey God.Jesus
used this picture of "Death for three days" to illustrate his own
future, and that after three days He would raise from the dead, to be alive for
Jesus was without sin, and He always
obeyed His Father God.One day as he was
preaching in the temple, the rebellious Religious leaders asked Jesus for a
sign that he was the Messiah.
Matthew 12:39-40 "An
evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign: and a sign shall not be given it,
but the sign of Jonah the prophet." For as Jonah was three days and three
nights in the belly of the great fish; so shall the Son of man be three days
and three nights in the heart of the earth.
And Jesus repeats: Matthew 16:4 "A wicked and adulterous generation
seeks after a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonah the
While Jesus was
talking to the people, his mother and brothers came where he was, and his
friends said, look, your mother and brethren desire to speak with you.Jesus answered with a remark that to some
might seem harsh.
"Who is my
mother? and who are my brethren?"And He stretched out his hand toward his disciples, and said,
"Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my
Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, my sister, and my
Jesus was declaring that
those who obey God and follow Him will be likened onto a family.When you confess your sins and come to Jesus
Christ, you become a part of the "Family of God."
If you have not already done so, today would
be a good time to tell Jesus that you want to follow Him and become one of His
a Savior has been born; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
The earthly ministry of Jesus
is recorded in the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.You may wonder why there are four
gospels.As we think about it, we are
reminded that in the mouth or two or three witnesses there is truth.Many of the happenings are repeated, but some
accounts are not found in the other three gospels.
Who was the first to proclaim
who Jesus was?
Luke 2: 10-14shares:It was an angel appearing to shepherds at the Birth of Jesus.
And the shepherds were terrified. But the angel said to
them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for
all the people. Today in the town of Davida Savior
has been born; he is the Messiah, the Lord.This will be a sign to you: You will find a
baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great
company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom
his favor rests.”
As Jesus began his
earthly ministry, He approached John who was baptizing in the River
Jordan.John 1:29 Proclaimed:“Behold! The
Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
As Jesus began to minister, very often it was in the
temple.The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who
had authority, not as the teachers of the law.Mark chapter one shares (The evil
spirits knew who Jesus was): One day while he
was teaching, a man at the synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out,“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” said Jesus
sternly. “Come out of him!”
The impure spirit
shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people
were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new
teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they
Jesus began to
select His disciples and Philip brought to him his friend Nathaniel later named
Bartholomew.John 1:45-50Jesus told Nathaniel, behold a man in whom is no guile.I saw you when you were under the fig
tree.At those words Nathaniel
declared:"Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel." Jesus
said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You
will see greater things than that."
Jesus went about
teaching, preaching, healing the sick, and casting out evil spirits.
This was amazing to
the people and they brought the sick and troubled persons to Jesus so much so
that Jesus had to find a place in the desert or mountain to rest and pray.
John chapter 2
Records the first miracle at a wedding.As the celebration lasted into the night, the hosts ran out of
wine.Mary told Jesus, but He was not
concerned, however Mary urged the servants to do what ever Jesus asked them to
do.Jesus told the servants to collect
the large water pots and fill them with water.After this was done, He then told them to take a sample to the host of
the wedding. When it was tasted, it was
proclaimed, "Why have you saved the best wine until the last."
The disciples of Jesus were observing all Jesus was doing and they believed on him.
They became "friends" with Jesus and
learned to know Him in a personal way.Jesus
desires that we too come to Him and receive Him as our Personal Savior and
If you missed some of the chapters you can catch up here:
Who is Jesus?Chapter
8 - Jesus Requests John to Baptize Him
was in her 6th month of pregnancy when Mary, who was then pregnant with Jesus,
came for a visit.Upon hearing the
greeting of Mary, the babe (John the Baptist) leaped in the womb of Elizabeth and she and the
babe were filled with the Holy Spirit.
Jewish families are close knit and Mary stayed three months just before Elizabeth gave birth to
John.The child grew and at an early
age, would spend time in the desert seeking God as he knew there was a calling
on his life.By revelation he knew his
cousin Jesus was a special young man, and that he was to announce the soon to
be ministry of Jesus. Time passed.
Both young men were now 30 years of age, and we find John
preaching repentance and baptizing believers in the river Jordan to show
they have buried their old life and have risen to a new life.
asked John if he was the Messiah, but he denied saying; "I am sent to
prepare the way for Him."John said
this about Jesus in Luke chapter 3:16
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed
baptize you with water; but one mightier than I comes, the latchet of whose
shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and
As it happened one day, we read in Mark chapter 1: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus
Christ, the Son of God.As it is written
in the Prophets:
“Behold, I send
My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.”
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’ ”
came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the
remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea,
and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and
were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing
Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and
with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “There comes One
after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop
down and loose. I indeed baptized you
with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus: Notice Jesus is physically in the water, The Holy Spirit descends upon
Jesus like as a dove, and the Father's voice declares this is my Beloved Son.
God is revealed in 3 personalities, Father, Son and Holy Spirit)
came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth
of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He
saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Jesus left John
and the people departing into a desert place to fast and pray for 40 days.At the end of the time, Satan came to tempt
him, but he quoted scripture and would not yield to Satan.Then angels came and ministered to Jesus
giving him bread and drink.
If you have
been tempted - - you are not alone.The
thing is to NOT yield and to come out smelling like freshly baked bread and sweet
as cool water.
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https://youtu.be/ewh89oRkY4I WIJ #2
https://youtu.be/znSlYhVwQtQ WIJ #3
https://youtu.be/s0ovn5zvj8w Who Is Jesus? Chapter 4 "I AM"
https://youtu.be/XTn3GoLq2n0 Who is Jesus? Part 5
https://youtu.be/Bsj128b-yI0 Who is Jesus? Chapter 6
https://youtu.be/NV5gS9anfJg Chapter 7 Jesus at 12 years old
https://youtu.be/b5WWrNzumvM Chapter 8 Jesus and John and temptation
https://youtu.be/dl3i6TRas-o Who is Jesus chapter 9 Jesus Begins Ministry
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https://youtu.be/7u-YYhyb5M4 Who is Jesus? Part 11 Jesus reads Isaiah
Reading today a portion from Luke chapter 1, which is an
important scripture that will be with our next chapter "Who is
Jesus?"(The birth of John the Baptist was a miracle,
because both of his parents were old and his mother was barren.But an angel appeared to the Priest Zacharias telling him the good news, however because Zacharias doubted and said negative words, the angel caused him to be mute
and not speak until the child was born.)
Luke 1:5 There
was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias,
of the course of Abia: and his wife was
of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was
they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and
ordinances of the Lord blameless.
they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
8 And it
came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the
order of his course. 9
According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense
when he went into the temple of the Lord.
the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of
there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the
altar of incense.
when Zacharias saw him, he was
troubled, and fear fell upon him.
the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy
wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15 For he
shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor
strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his
mother's womb. 16 And
many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17 And he
shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the
fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make
ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man,
and my wife well stricken in years.
the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of
God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings. 20 And,
behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these
things shall be performed, because thou believed not my words, which shall be
fulfilled in their season.