Saturday, July 28, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 12 Jesus was Moved with Compassion

Who is Jesus? Chapter 12  Jesus 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 Father God.  

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 book.

Also recorded in Mark chapter one, was a leper coming to Jesus requesting healing.

Mark 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;' "Be clean." 

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.  

You are 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.)

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 11 Jesus Makes a Declaration

He Found Where it was Written - - -

Who is Jesus? Chapter 11  Jesus Makes a Declaration

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.
Jesus 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.”

Then 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.”
What 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 and spirit.  

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.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Who is Jesus Part 10 Three days and Three Nights

Three Days and Three Nights was Enough !!

As we 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.

Today we 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. 

Jonah 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 to Jonah. 

The Bible 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.   
Then 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.” 
Nevertheless, 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.”  

So they 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 ever more.)

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 prophet."

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 mother."

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."  

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 9 "What others said about Jesus"


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: 10-14  shares:  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 David a 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 obey him.”  
Jesus began to select His disciples and Philip brought to him his friend Nathaniel later named Bartholomew.  John 1:45-50  Jesus 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 Lord.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 8 - Jesus Requests John to Baptize Him

Who is Jesus?  Chapter 8 - Jesus Requests John to Baptize Him

Elizabeth 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.

The people 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 with fire:  

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.’ ”

 John 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 their sins.

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.”

(John Baptizes 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)

 It 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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Monday, July 2, 2018

Scripture for our series Who is Jesus? Chapter 8

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 Elisabeth. 
6  And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 
7  And 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.
10  And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 
11  And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 
12  And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 
13  But 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. 
14  And 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. 
18  And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 
19  And 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.