I find it weird to finish a book. Like I don’t want it to end, but excited to see what is next at the same time.
Matthew 28. Let me ask you…before today if I said “what is the Great Commission” could you honestly tell me what it was. If you could, Kudos to you…I could not! Those who forget easily…here is how you can remember this…that is the GREAT (co) MISSION!!!! To GO…and Witness.
Do you realize the FIRST thing Jesus wants us to hear after the Resurrection is “GO!!”. Let’s put this in perspective. He had been teaching them HIS WAYS this whole time. Why? SO THEY CAN BE USED. Listen to me…Listen to me…not on their own accord but on the Spirit.
So now that you have read the Gospel or even the Bible…what does Jesus say “GO!!!” and don’t you dare say “I can’t because…..” because if you say that then you are taking any credit of self and not Spirit.
Ok…I am done. (for now). So we read the Great Commission and the Apostles (right now 11….trust me there will be a replacement for Judas…we need the 12 count back).
Let’s go over to Mark 16 and close out that book (without me preaching this time)
Let’s get two topics out of the way. First, Baptism. Mark 16:16 “Whoever believes and is Baptized will be saved”. Does this insinuate that if you believe and are not Baptized that you will not be saved. No.
The original grammar of the text is written in a Cause and Effect way. Example: If you touch the fire and are burned…
If you are Believer you will be baptized. To say it is required would first, contradict everything Jesus has taught us so far and more importantly it would impart SOME of Salvation onto OUR part and that just takes half of Jesus off the Cross. I don’t worship a half of Jesus. Notice the last Words Jesus said yesterday. “It is Finished!!!” The Greek word means “It is Accomplished”. He did not say “It is finished after I do this and you baptize yourself”. His death conquered our death and it His purposed was FULLY ACCOMPLISHED.
The last thing I want to talk about (minor compared to what I just went on and on about) is the 5 signs of the ones who believe.
In my name they will
- Drive out demons
- They will speak in New Languages
- Pick up Snakes
- Drink deadly drink and not be harmed
- Lay hands and be healed
Now as much fun as I like to have with my family and friends who think my Christianity is a Cult. (I attend a Baptist Church…and to my lost family yes they think it is a cult) I do like to tell them my church does all 5 of these on Sunday…but the reality is, Jesus was talking to the APOSTLES. The Scriptures JUST got done saying NOT ALL THE APOSTLES WERE YET BELIEVERS. So if they became believers they would GO and do the Great Commission and a SIGN to them would be the gift of these 5 things.
All 5 get fulfilled! (By the apostles…not my Baptist Pastor)
Well. I truly have a knot in my stomach. What do write? I want to write about Love. That is the ultimate reason for today’s reading. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17.
I first read Matthew. Event though the Gospel is for ALL I did however take the authors background into account as I read it. Anyway, I am going to just pull out a few bullets of interest today. otherwise I am sure the reading will be familiar without them.
First, they handed him to Pilot. Why? He was the Roman Governor in Judea. The ruling council of the Sanhedrin could not carry out the death penalty. Only the Roman emperor could. However, blasphemy was not punishable under Roman Law (it was a Jewish Law) sooooo NOTICE that they change the charge in front of Pilot. They NOW accuse Jesus of calling himself KING of the Jews (not the Son of God) . This on the other hand, was a direct threat to Caesar and would be punishable. (if it were a true accusation).
Know that I am trying to keep this short, but if you dig into the Old Testament you would see prophetic scriptures being fulfilled with each action…from Isaiah to Zechariah. I am however going to take a minute to discuss Barabbas. Completely fascinating. It was a tradition on the Day of the Feast to free a criminal. Pilot could have easily released Jesus. However, note that he “washed his hands clean of this mess” when he washed his hands in front of the crowd. All the way back to Deuteronomy you may actually remember me commenting on this.
Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley, and they shall declare: “Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done. Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, O LORD, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent man.” And the bloodshed will be atoned for. So you will purge from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the LORD. ( Deut 21:6-9)
Pilot was declaring he would not charge Jesus guilty and left it up to the crowd. Think about Barabbas. Barabbas was Guilty and deserved to be on the cross. We are Barabbas! Jesus took his place. Took our place! The criminal was not set free that day, he was replaced!
Today’s read was not a first for me but what hit me today was this moment of Jesus is God but here is is truly man. Truly. He was so beat and so tired that a man from Cyrene that was probably visiting for the Passover was forced to help him carry that cross. I just can’t take how much Jesus did that day. Scriptures like (30) “Struck him in the head again and again…” were moments of reality of ALL He took for me that day.
Maybe you grew up with images of this….
But truly it is an image of this…..
What makes it worse is that usually during a crucifixion the criminals were given a drink with gall to dull them to make the excruciating pain a bit less, and Jesus didn’t even do that…He took it ALL for us.
Jesus quoted Psalm 22 when in that moment He became the Sin and was separated from the Father! (Stop here and flip back and read the words of David, read Psalm 22:1-5.
As Jesus called out the Hebrews thought he may be calling on Elijah to come save him. Elijah was a prophet that was taken to Heaven without experiencing death. Then finally when He GAVE UP His spirit what happened?? Death was conquered immediately! How do we know, even without the evidence of the resurecion…what is called the raising of the Saints to some. Holy people, believers that had passed to death before the death of Jesus rose from the dead! (A Saint is a Believer) Even the Roman guard (called a centurion) at that moment professed Jesus as Lord!.
For those who spent what felt like 6 months reading about the materials inside the Tabernacle in the days of Moses you will for certain remember that God was separated from the priests by a huge thick curtain. At the moment when Jesus gave His life for us, that curtain was torn (top to bottom, leaving NO room for gravity explanations or rationalization) allowing us direct access to the Lord through the death of Jesus! (aren’t you glad I am trying to keep this short)
Please realize the GIFT you have today. What was only accessible once a YEAR by One man…we can access everyday through one Savior, the new High Prist…our Lord Jesus Christ. Please do not rush this read this weekend. Take the time to go back to Isaiah 53…READ IT. Note the fulfillment of each line, right down to the details of verse 53:9 relating to Matthew 27:59 when Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus in a rich man’s tomb.
The reading is very clear today so I actually am just going to open it for questions or discussions. Here are a few things I pulled out that were note worthy to me this time reading it.
- Passover (and the Feast of Unleavened Bread) The Feast took place all week, it celebrated the exodus from Egypt. They left in such hurry that the bread did not have time to rise. So now they commemorate this freedom with unleavened bread. The Passover is the first night of the feast. It was a night to remember the final plague that struck the Egyptians of the first-born child. If the Hebrew families sacrificed a perfect lamb and put the blood on the doorpost, the angel of death would not come and kill their first-born. He would Pass Over the house. That is when they left Egypts slavery. (Exodus 12)
- Judas Iscariot: he was a money lover wasn’t he. We see that with the woman pouring the expensive perfume on Jesus’s feet. He didn’t care about the poor…he thought about the money! Anyway, 30 silver coins. The same price it cost in Exodus to release a slave. See the point. It cost 30 shekels of silver to release our slavery to sin. (Exodus 21)
- Also, look at Zec 11:12, the Shepard that was paid a measly 30 silver coins, an insult for how much a shepherd does. Here too, for Judas, turning our Messiah over for a measly 30 coins.
- So here we see the Last Supper, some call it the Eucharist, and some communion. All very fitting terms. The Last Supper is the remembrance of the last Passover, Eucharist is a term of Thanks and Communion that is what we do with the Lord when we take it. PLEASE remember WHY it is remembered. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
- If you have not read the Old Testament, I urge you to. The reason I say this is because we must fully understand the entire picture for our foundation of faith and to be able to properly bring the message forward to others. Mt 26:54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
For me the biggest thing that caught my eye was the trial process. I remember when reading the law all the key points to a fair trial and I wish I had kept notes on it. Jesus here is brought to 2 trials. The first was the Sanhedrin. See, the Hebrews (now called Jewish after the exile) were released and kind of left alone to rule their own government. The Sanhedrin was the ruling council that would hear such civil cases. Now, as far as the death penalty goes, they were not allowed to carry out the death penalty without the Roman’s Governor’s consent. (Hmmmm who is the Roman Governor, we have not met him yet but I am sure you know his name). So the first trial which happened during the night (not supposed to occur after sundown). You see Mark 14:57 (read it closely!) the chief priests and the Sanhedrin looking for false evidence against Jesus SO THAT they could bring him in front of the Romans. Well 2 men came forward and declared that Jesus said “ I WILL destroy this man made temple and in three days will build another” DID HE SAY THAT?? NO! Go back…
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” John 2:19
The evidence was false. He was speaking of Himself as the temple. He never said He would destroy it. It says even their testimony did not agree (In Mark). What?? What happened to the law. After all this is the Sanhedrin right? The ones that have a law around the law around the law! Deuteronomy 19:15
One witness is not enough to convict a man accused of any crime or offense he may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. Deut 19:15…GO UNDERLINE THAT IN YOUR OLD TESTAMENT
If you continue to study the Bible you may read or hear someone refer to this reading as the Olivet Discourse being he is on Mt Olive (or the Great Discourse). Often this is an ignored topic. Why is it that we will sit and talk about the commandments or any other great event with a group of people, at work, with strangers, even family but start to talk about “End Times” or “Christ Coming Back” and we are stigmatized by the stereotype of being a lunatic. Go to the food store and say to the cashier “We should try to live by the 10 commandments”…well ok, not a big deal to say, but say to that cashier “The end of time is near , Jesus might be Back today, if today is the day for Christs return, are you ready?”. Well good golly how awkward, right. Why? As a matter of fact there is more written word about the Second Coming than of the Commandments, so why is it so hard to talk about. Some say well “I don’t understand the book of Revelation”. Well guess what? I don’t either, but I do understand Jesus. And I am reading HIS words straight from the Father here, and uhhhhhh it’s pretty clear…He is COMING BACK! With Great Power and Glory. I know you all looked to see if there was a Revelation Cross reference in your Margin….well heck yeah there is!
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Look, he is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. ”I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Homework: Be Bold and unashamed of your faith today. Within the next 24 hours I want you to somehow talk about the End Times with someone in your life: friend, family or stranger…Can you do it? All Jesus has done for you, can you be so bold today?
ok, let’s get our scenario.
- About a month ago a man named Lazarus was raised from the dead. A huge moment. The crowd this created for Jesus grew exponentially. At that point, Caiaphas said “enough! he must die”, and Jesus knew it was not his time fled the city and crossed the border into Ephraim (where the Jews had no jurisdiction).
- SO now Jesus is back in town and the crowds are huge, why? because the Passover is in a few days and most of the Jews would travel 3 times a year to the Temple to make a sacrifice. Since we read the Old Testament, we know from the Scriptures that the Savior is the “Lamb of God who takes away the Sins of the World” repeated by the last prophet John the Baptist. The LAMB, the spotless, unblemished perfect sacrifice on the Passover.
So today we have 3 very powerful Political Parties that normally would be squawking at each other are now on the same team…the team against Jesus. The highest of the high is probably standing there to ask Jesus questions they have concocted to trap Him into just one small wrong answer (enough to arrest Him), and when I say wrong it could have been against Roman Law (who had the rights to punish in all the Palestine area but since he was now in Judea, Jerusalem specifically, the San Hedrin (the Jewish COuncil) could also arrest him now. SO the questions they ask are double whammies! Most of them if He answers Yes he breaks one law and if He answers No he breaks another…but It IS NOT HIS TIME. Jesus will say when He will lay His life down…we never took it.
So the first parable we read is about the evil farmers. During the week, we crossed out the parable names and inserted the intended names. Did anything stand out? Well for me it did! The landowner (God) rented the Land. Reality check! Nothing on this earth including the earth is ours. He has given us ALL this and one day the lease agreement will be up and He will take it ALL back, including this earth.
We have spent a lot of time learning so that these scriptures would take a whole new meaning. Many of you jumped on at the New Testament so please feel comfortable asking questions! Picture the scene when the Leaders start asking their questions: The Pharisees and the Herodian. (Pharisees are a religious based political Party, Herodians are a political party that are full supporters of the Roman Government rules by the Herod Dynasty). SO they start the ”trapping” and fail. SO here comes the big ole Sadducee, I am sure extremely pompous in his presence, questions Jesus about the resurrection. Why?? Cmon, I know you know this…the Sadducees are a group of religious leaders that ONLY believe the WOrd of God was written in the first 5 books of the Bible. RIght? WHo wrote the first 5 books? MOSES. So unless Moses said it…it ain’t true in their eyes! And according to the Sadducees, Moses never mentioned the Resurrection! So they jump in with their ‘trapping’ questions from Laws that were brough to the Jews back in Deuteronomy 25. HOw does Jesus answer? He knows his audience (always does…look how differently he spoke to the woman at the well vs. Nicodemus), anyway, he answered them from Scripture from Exodus, in their language!
SO now the Sadducees failed…so the Pharisees jumped back in to talk about the commandments and David’s line….are you kidding me! What a spectacle it must have been to watch! Oh the humanity of it all! It’s like watching a Darwinist explain the beginning of time, keep asking…eventually they get to a point of stuttering!
And today we end with ALL these powerful, educated, rich people who own and read the scriptures (look around your church) who have no faith! And here comes a woman, old, frail, poor, uneducated, who has enough faith to give all she has to the Lord! Man o man! what a read
I will look for a map to email out. Jesus enters the city, the Temple is the first place he would pass. Visually picture that the city each day will get increasingly populated because Passover is coming up and most Jews will be making a pilgrimage to the Temple for this celebration.
Palm Sunday, the crowd yells Hosanna! (Saves!) as he enters the city not as a Warrior (as they thought) but as a Peace Maker. The Jews recognize Jesus on the donkey as the scriptures in Zec 9:9 however, this will be the same crowd that in less than a week will yell Crucify Him! Did anyone keep their thoughts on the Fig tree? The symbolism? Until I read it chronologically I didn’t realize how many reference there were to the production of fruit or actually, the lack of! The fig tree represented Israel, a planted nation for the purpose of fruit. But just like the tree, Israel was not producing.
John 12. John the Gospel is for ALL, John recorded Jesus explaining WHY he MUST die. Many of us still struggle with this. RIght? Why the awful Crucifixion. He is God after all, why not just elevate and glow to show your Holiness…right? Well, we see Jews and Gentiles in the crowd and Jesus explains that His death as man will Show God’s Glory! He has come to Glorify the name of God. Satan is death and the Jesus needed to prove that HE is the overcomer of death. Do we forget what a huge part of the picture Satan is? In verse 31 he is referred to as the prince of the world, well he was. But thank the Lord that the King powers over Him! Like a stalk of wheat (picture the cat tail top that hold all the seeds) When that wheat is cut down ALL those seeds disperse and scatter and GROW. That is the analogy here. Jesus must die to overcome death and from that, the seeds will start to grow and grow and grow.
I am going to touch on something that I think is difficult for many to understand. God hardens the hearts of people and they will not see or believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Go back to Isaiah’s commission in Isaiah 6. How many hundreds of years did we read in the Old Testament. From Genesis to Malachi, God was so Patient with the people, He provided for them, saved them in miraculous battles, fed them with manna, split the sea for them, raised up judge after judge for them, brought them into exile as an act of correction, the scriptures go on and on and never did the people of Israel obey what the Lord commanded. If you are unsure of what the Lord Commanded go back and look at Deuteronomy 6 to begin with, but summarized it is saying Love the Lord your God with all your Heart, Soul and strength and Teach it to your children. (the word strength really stood out this time around for me) But click the blue Deut 6…read it!
Anyway, God had hardened their hearts just as the Scriptures said they would (this is not the first time in History this happens). The Pharisees were blinded not because God did not want them to see the CHrist as the Messiah, but because He knew they wouldn’t. Please understand that, that is only one layer (as this whole read is truly only scratching the surface of God’s great book!) Had the Jews seen Jesus as the Christ, the door would not have been open for His public ministry to the Gentiles in Galilee and Samaria for 3 years and the Covenant could not have been fulfilled in Genesis with Abraham that the whole WORLD would be blessed through his line. SO as sad as I am that a few Jews have been blinded by the Spirit of the CHrist, I know and trust that God has a plan for them and through that the Gentiles were to be Loved.
Don’t just read Matthew and skip Mark. Mark has some incredible Scriptures in it.
I am going got talk about the commandments today, When the man came to him and asked “How do you get to Heaven” Jesus answered with what the man thought would be the answer “Follow the commandments”. And the man responded…’Yup, I do” Then Jesus says “Really?? Well the last commandment says do not Covet your stuff or there is another about idols, So why don’t you sell it all and follow me”. The man said “OUCH, that hurt”.
See the point of the story is that none of us can follow the commandments. It is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for us to get ourselves into Heaven. What Jesus is saying is “It’s IMPOSSIBLE”. It is Hard for the Rich to Enter the Kingdom of Heaven…think about that Phrase! Now look at the 10 commandments. How many have we broken? Golly…probably almost all of them!’
Shall have no other gods before me: Ummm make a list of 10 really important things in your life that if you closed your eyes and it disappeared you would freak out. (401K, bank account, house, car, TV, clothes, job,) what do you walk around thinking about more than the Lord? What do you WORRY about the most?
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them. Well this is a huge range many of fall into…some religions have actually created a false worship system inside the actual church bowing to priests or statues and others have worshipped people. Anyone we emulate we put up as a god. Someone on TV, musician, actor, neighbor…who are we bowing down to be more like other than Jesus?
Shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. Maybe you were brought up in a way that you have never SLIPPED on this one (doubt it). But a person in your life that does misuse the name…do you kindly correct them or do you not say anything?
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Did you get that last part?? Keeping it Holy. Holy means SET APART. Is one day of your week set apart for the Lord? I am not talking about attending Church although I hold that pretty high on my Holy Day, I am talking about getting in His Word, Doing the Work of the Lord. Good Golly I attend a church of 6000 and I have trouble getting 20 people to give an hour a year to service…UmmmmI think Christians might be falling short on the Sabbath. It is a day of Rest IN HIM, not a day of Rest with potatoes Chips.
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. I looked this one up in Hebrew. Honor is a Verb, an action. It means Heavy too. What intentional emotion do you portray to you mother and father. By the way, the verb “roll your eyes” does not count. LOL.
You shall not murder. Ummm pay attention to the new Health Care Reform Agenda. Do you support or turn your other cheek to abortion?
You shall not commit adultery. We all read it…Anyone who looks at another in a desirable way has already committed adultery. Uhhh I am 39, I think that may have happened once or twice.
You shall not steal. Have you EVER taken anything that did not belong to you. From a store, from the Office, from a friend, from God”?
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. Have you ever said something that if the person was standing next to you, you would not have said? It’s called Gossip.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. What? Your not a jealous person? REALLY. You never looked and thought…I wish I had that. That wardrobe, that house, that boat, that butt, those kids (lol), that decorating money, that talent. Covet means “Chamad” on Hebrew, meaning Desire. I call it window shopping!
My point is not to make you feel horrible that you just scored maybe a 2 out of 10, my point is that God knows the one that we fail. And we ALL have failed one. In this story the man’s money was his idol. We are only made righteous through the Son Jesus. (unless your camel fits through the eye of the needle) But go back to the Questions and Answer:
The Man asked: “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus Answered: “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Click here for the reading (Matthew is categorized by theme, not chronologically, that is why we are jumping to 12)
Sabbath. I try to take note to everything in the Bible but a lot slips me by, but if you have read any of the OT and now just the little of the NT you will see the topic of the Sabbath is spoken of often. SO where did it start and does it apply to Christians? The 10 commandments were given twice in the Bible…and they weren’t the same. Which one changed? The Sabbath.
Exodus 20: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy…For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (We rest because the Lord rested, referring to the Creation)
Deuteronomy 5: “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you… Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day. (referring to the Exodus)
In the prophecy Books, the Lord describes that one of the many sins His people did was not observing the Sabbath. The Sabbath is mentioned by name 151 times in the Bible. So is this for the nation of the Jews alone? No. Why, because we have the Sabbath day as a remembrance of the Resurrection. The single most important event in History for all people. It is said to us in the book of Hebrews:
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
Does that mean serving the Lord’s work? No. Jesus in all the examples was serving the Lord for the greater kingdom. Never mistaken our work with the Lord’s work. Keep your Sabbath Holy. He made it FOR us.
Matthew 12:7 “I desire mercy not sacrifice”
- Mercy (eleos in Greek) means: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them
The next part of Matthew is when the crowds start to follow and he tells them not to tell everyone who he is. Why?? Because it is not time yet. Jesus has ministry and teaching to do first. He has 12 chosen men that are going to go out and start the spreading of the Gospel, he has to teach them first (just like us, and we are learning everyday in His Word).
Again we are in Matthew, the audience of this book is the Jews so Jesus quotes Isaiah 42. I took a moment to read this in a better translated version. Look who Jesus is talking about:
This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
BEHOLD, MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN;
MY BELOVED IN WHOM MY SOUL is WELL-PLEASED;
I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM,
AND HE SHALL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES.
HE WILL NOT QUARREL, NOR CRY OUT;
NOR WILL ANYONE HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS.
A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF,
AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT,
UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY.
AND IN HIS NAME THE GENTILES WILL HOPE.” (NASB Version)
In Mark they mentioned the “Herodian”. Just know that there were several religious/political parties in Christ’s day: Pharisees, Sadducee, Herodians, Zealots, Teachers, and the Essens. Here is the deal, they all opposed each other but when it came to confronting Jesus, they all became allies with each other. Hmm. In this text the Herodians were the supporters of the Herod Dynasty. They were concerned about Jesus coming in and creating Political instability.
UNDERLINE Mark 3:28-29. ALL sins against MAN are forgiven. There is one sin that is not. There is only 1 Sin in this whole Life that Jesus’ blood will not cover! Blasphemies the Holy Spirit is rejecting Christ. If someone rejects Christs Death and the work of the Holy Spirit, you are GUILTY. All other sins WILL be forgiven.
Luke. Lord how do I keep this short?? The 12 chosen Apostles? The Beatitudes? The Golden Rule? Fruit? Foundation? All in one reading! Incredible. But let me tell you what I know…Something stood out to you. The Lord for certain made something a message to you. Maybe you were saddened by it. Maybe you didn’t get it. Maybe your heart sank cuz its the one thing you won’t do. Maybe you were filled with joy because you now get it. Maybe you read it and nodded..Amen, I know that’s right. Whatever it is I KNOW the Lord spoke to each of us today. I can feel it.
It’s Saturday. Stay up a little late tonight and re-read Luke 6 all cozied up in a blanket. Nearly ALL of it is the Words of Jesus himself. Better yet, Read it to your kids.
Click here. Today may be one little chapter but filled with importance. Broken into 4 subcategories, which one caught your heart?
- Jesus heals a paralyzed man. What caught your eye? The fact that the Believers were standing around together not even acknowledging the sick man? That Jesus healed him spiritually first? Jesus SAW their faith? (God does not need our testimony for he knows man’s heart) That we think more of physical needs than spiritual needs? Do you know what blasphemy is? You will want to know, it is the verdict that God will use to put Jesus on the Cross for us.
- Jesus eats with the sinner. So much to this story! I noticed it was the “religious” ones that were the most judgmental..hmmm. I was greatly reminded that Jesus didn’t come for the believer but for the unbeliever. Are we building up the church for us or for the ones that are not us?
- Fasting. Jesus reminds us that any worship we do on the outside must be from an inward response to coming closer to the Lord. So many denominations have different outward expressions of prayer, worship, confession, communion…as long as it stems from a right heart and a Spirit of the Lord , let’s rejoice in our differences as long as they are biblical. Also, the description of the patch on the old wine skin: This means that Jesus in not coming to Patch the Old Covenant, He is coming to make a NEW! Also, listen to me…you can’t mix the 2. You cannot live under Law AND in the Freedom of Christ. We are NEW! Worship the Father according to the New…not the Old!
- Picking Wheat on the Sabbath (hey sbux, I know your listening). Pay attention to Jesus on the Sabbath. Now fast forward to the Cross for a minute. JESUS GOES TO THE CROSS SINLESS. SO what is the take home here? He is showing us what is LAWFUL and RIGHT for the Lord’s day and what is not. Now, in this text the Pharisees are on the scene so Jesus talks to them in their language…Jesus brings up the mighty and revered KING DAVID! He reminded them of history when David needed help on the Sabbath and David was able to use consecrated bread (just for priests, and David was not a priest) in order to restore himself physically and mentally. God is showing us here that ”The sabbath was made for man, not man made for the Sabbath”.
So which one did God highlight for you?