Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 38 Speak your faith and change your Mind



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Now when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on the young colt, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?"   And the crowds declared, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."

But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant, and they said to Jesus, "Do you hear what these children are saying?" And Jesus replied, "Yes; have you never read, "'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise'?" 

Soon afterwards, Jesus and his disciples left the temple, going to the city of Bethany to spend the night there.  Early the next morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry.  And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found on it nothing but leaves. And he said to the tree, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree immediately began to wither. 

When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree shrivel so quickly?" 


And Jesus answered them, "Of a truth, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only be able to do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' it will happen. 
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."

And when Jesus arrived at the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and chided him saying, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" 
Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.  The baptism of John, from where did it come? Was it from heaven or from man?" 

And they discussed it among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?'  But if we say, 'From man,' we are afraid of the crowd, for they all consider that John was a prophet." 
 So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Then Jesus began to tell a story:   "What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, 'Son, Please go and work in the vineyard today.'   Being very busy with other things, the son answered, 'I can't today,' but afterward he changed his mind and went.   So the man went to the other son and asked him to go work in the vineyard. And this son answered, 'Absolutely, I will go,'  But he did not go.  Which of the two son's did the will of his father?" 

The Priests and the elders said, "It was the first son who changed his mind and went." 

Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.


Today we all have our opinions, and many of us have some sort of religious training, but consider to re-think your options, and realize that Jesus is the Son of God, the Only way to heaven. 

It is time to put aside all traditions and understand the religion is a form, but serving Jesus is a Reality.  Jesus desires to have a personal relationship with you that will continue through out eternity.



4 comments:

Karen said...

Thank you, Hazel, for sharing the truth and power of God's Word. I have just been listening to my son online singing to Jesus, "I'm holding on to Your divine love. It's not my strength, it's that You're faithful!" I hope the fires will soon be out near you. Praying for rain.

Cheryl said...

I have been thinking much lately about how we are to speak TO the mountains in our lives. Life and death are in the power of the tongue is one of my mainstay verses right now. I love the title of your post. It is true when we start speaking our faith we start to believe our own words, and we truly do see a change come into our way of thinking. Thank you for another encouraging post, Hazel.

Aritha said...

Thank you so much for this new blogpost in the serie about Jesus. He is the Way to the father, yes. The only way.

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