Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC

How could they not know that Jesus was the Christ?

Tuesday February 4th, 2003

As you read the four Gospels, have you ever asked yourself how anyone in the area in which the Lord walked and preached could not have realized that He was indeed the Messiah, the Christ. Think about it, Jesus healed the lame, those possessed with demons, those who had leprosy, those who were blind, and even raised the dead. Yet, still the majority cried out to have Him crucified, denying Him and wanting instead a murderer to be released to them.

So, how could it be that so many who actually saw these things happen, did not turn to the Lord but instead turned from him back to the priests and rabbis? Well, as we read Acts Chapter 13 today, we will see and understand how so many could be so ignorant and so doomed themselves.

Acts Chapter 13

1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. (and) 2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them (Barnabas and Saul who is also know as Paul), they sent them away.

4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John (John the nephew of Barnabas) to their minister. 6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: 7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him (Bar-jesus a.k.a. Elymas the sorcerer) 10 And said, "O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season." And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.

14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, "Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on." 16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said,

"Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience. 17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought He them out of it. 18 And about the time of forty years suffered (tolerated) He their manners in the wilderness. 19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, He divided their land to them by lot. 20 And after that He gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. 21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. 22 And when He (God) had removed him (Saul), He raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also He gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after Mine own heart, which shall fulfil all My will.

23 Of this man's seed hath God according to His promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

24 When John had first preached before His coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, 'Whom think ye that I am? I am not He (the Christ). But, behold, there cometh One after me, whose shoes of His feet I am not worthy to loose.'

26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. 27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew Him not (Jesus, the Christ), nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning Him. (Acts 13: 1-27ACP KJV)

Look again with me at verse 27, for there Paul answers the question of how those who lived in the time of Jesus and in the area in which He ministered failed to realize that He was and is the Christ, the Messiah.

For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew Him not (Jesus, the Christ), nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning Him.

Look at it this way, read it like this: For they that lived in Jerusalem, both they and their religious rulers, did not know Jesus as Saviour. Although they read the Scriptures and the Prophets every Saturday in Synagogue, they concentrated more on commentary and sermons about the meaning of the Scriptures and what the prophets had to say than what God really said and meant. Therefore, they have fulfilled the prophecies and Scriptures concerning the time that God was on earth in the form of His Son Jesus by condemning Him and crucifying Him.

Are you starting to understand the importance of reading your Bible yourself? Do you start to see what can happen to you if you only rely upon the words a preacher says and not get into the Word of God on your own? How many of you have read your Bible even once, I don't mean just the New Testament, I mean the whole Bible. Guys, the time is short, you have wives and kids who belong to satan, you yourself may be his as well, you are not going to get saved nor are you going to lead your wife and children out of the clutches of satan if you are not armed properly. You can not fight satan with commentary, you can only fight him with the pure unadulterated word of God and the strength that can only come from the Word of God, Messiah Yeshua.

I honestly believe that the commentary that I write here on the pages of ACP are amongst the best available, but, and understand this, it is not my word the Lord was talking about in John 17:20. When Jesus was about to allow Himself to be taken by the Jews and the Italians, He prayed the prayer in John 17. In this prayer Jesus says that He is not praying for everyone in the world, but only those who are His, His Apostles, He goes on in verse 20 and says: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word;

The Lord never said anything about your being saved by reading commentary, mine or otherwise. He said: that others in the future would believe on Him through the words written by the Apostles in His Holy Word, the Holy Bible. Yet, how many of you have read your Bible enough to even know that? How many of you have spent enough time in your Bible to catch a mistake made on the pulpit? How many of you have studied the Word of God and His word enough to know that any who are not Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians when they die are doomed to eternal damnation and can prove it through Scripture? How many of you have a deep enough understanding of God's word to know that it is absolutely His word? How many of you know the difference between God's word and God's Word?

If you don't know these things, how are you going to lead another to the saving Grace of the Lord? How are you going to even help your own children to escape the clutches of satan?

Please, read your Bible.

The Lord be with you all, amen.

Acts 13 continued through completeion.

28 And though they found no cause of death in Him, yet desired they Pilate that He should be slain. 29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulchre. 30 But God raised Him from the dead: 31 And He was seen many days of them which came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses unto the people. 32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that He hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, THOU ART MY SON, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE.

34 And as concerning that He raised Him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, He said on this wise, I will give You the sure mercies of David. 35 Wherefore he (David by the dictation of God) saith also in another psalm, THOU SHALT NOT SUFFER THINE HOLY ONE TO SEE CORRUPTION. 36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

37 But He (Jesus), whom God raised again, saw no corruption. 38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man (Jesus) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39 And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; 41 BEHOLD, YE DESPISERS, AND WONDER, AND PERISH: FOR I WORK A WORK IN YOUR DAYS, A WORK WHICH YE SHALL IN NO WISE BELIEVE, THOUGH A MAN DECLARE IT UNTO YOU (Habakkuk 1:5)."

42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.

43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, "It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth (Luke 2:32)." 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. 51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 13:28-52 ACP KJV)

God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.


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