A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Today's Christian thought: Monday March 22nd, 2004
You might remember that as we studied Matthew chapter 27, as Jesus hung on the cross, even after all He had done, it was still said to Him: And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save Thyself. If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross." 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. (Matthew 27:39-42 ACP/KJV) Today, in Mark chapter one, we are going to see how absolutely blind and/or stupid they who said those things were. For as you will come to see, the very ones who blind the unsaved, know exactly who Jesus is, they know He will in His good time cast them into eternal suffering and they fear Him. Not as we who are Saved fear Him, but they are terrorized by Him, for they know what awaits them.
Now without further ado, let us move into the Gospel as God dictated it to John Mark.
Mark Chapter One
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
2 As it is written in the prophets, BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER BEFORE THY FACE, WHICH SHALL PREPARE THY WAY BEFORE THEE. 3 THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT. (Malachi 3:1 & Isaiah 40:3)
4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 7 And preached, saying, "There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost." Even before Jesus started His ministry on earth, John, His cousin, was preaching repentance of sins for salvation. The backbone of Salvation still starts with honest repentance of sins. Still to this day, we go to the Lord and start by confessing that we are miserable sinners, asking for the Lord to forgive us for all the things we have said, done, thought and even dreamt that are offensive to Him, for what is offensive to God is what sin is. Another thing I find interesting is where John lived, in the desert, not in a castle or fancy church. What he wore, rough strong clothing, not fine suits made of silk. And what he ate, locust beans and wild honey, not expensive cuts of steak, lobsters and fine fancy foods. John put his efforts into preaching salvation and the coming of the Lord, not fancy living.
9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he(John) saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him(Jesus): 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 12 And immediately the Spirit driveth(took) Him into the wilderness. 13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of(by) satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto Him. Now, as we will see, when we get to the Gospel as dictated by the Holy Spirit to Luke, baptism is not a prerequisite for salvation, but, I have been baptized, my wife has been baptized and I recommend that every professing Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian be baptized, not because it is a part of the requirements for salvation, but because, if it is good enough for Jesus, if Jesus found it important to be baptized, then it is good enough and important enough for me.
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Now we have Jesus saying the exact same thing that John had said, REPENT! But the Lord added, for the first time mentioned, "and believe the gospel". That word gospel must have had folks saying "The what's" for another 20 years or so or until the first Gospel was made available. And that completes the plan of salvation, for to believe the Gospel is to believe that Jesus and God the Father are one, to believe that what Jesus did was come to be the Lamb offered up for our salvation, and to repent of ones sins honestly and completely.
16 Now as He walked by the sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed Him. 19 And when He had gone a little further thence, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. 20 And straightway He called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after Him. Can I ask you to be honest with yourself for just one moment? If so, ask yourself this question, "Would I have followed Jesus?" In all honesty, I probably would not have, I would have been to concerned with my wife and family, my business and my home, the things of this world.
21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day He entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22 And they(the rabbi and the people) were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And there was, in their synagogue, a man with an unclean spirit; and he(the demon) cried out, 24 Saying, "Let us alone; what have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth? art Thou come to destroy us? I know Thee who Thou art, the Holy One of God." Now at this point, I, while still not willing to give up all and follow Him, would have believed that He is the Son of God, the Messiah. For here we have a demon acknowledging that Jesus is the Holy One of God.
25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him! 26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him(the man who was possessed), and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth He(Jesus) even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him. Remember those folks back in Matthew 27, looking for one more sign? Well contrast them to the folks in this synagogue, those in Matthew 27 were after Jesus had been preaching and doing miracles for 3 ½ years, while these folks had only heard Him one time and had seen but one miracle, aside from maybe hearing about His having changed water into wine.
28 And immediately His fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee. 29 And forthwith, when they(Jesus and those with Him) were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon(immediately) they tell Him of her. 31 And He came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. As we go through the Gospel of Mark, I would like you to try to keep track in the back of your mind just what it was that Jesus was doing. How He was showing, that He is the God of life, not death, of life without pain, not pain and suffering. As you will see, Jesus never once ever brought pain on a person, oh He did make a fig tree barren, but He never caused a man, woman or child pain. He never put a devil in a person, only drove them out, freeing that person to be able to choose.
32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto Him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. 33 And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34 And He healed many(all) that were sick of divers(diverse) diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him.
35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 36 And Simon and they that were with Him(Jesus) followed after Him. 37 And when they had found Him, they said unto Him, "All men seek for Thee."
38 And He said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. While on earth, Jesus healed many, He even raised some from the dead, but what He came for, was not to heal the sick and raise the dead, what He came for was to preach salvation through Him.
39 And He preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils. 40 And there came a leper to Him, beseeching Him, and kneeling down to Him, and saying unto Him, "If Thou wilt(wills), Thou canst make me clean." 41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 42 And as soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And He straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; 44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. This leper knew that Jesus was God, he knew that God had simply spoken all things into existence, and he know that if God simply willed or thought that he should be healed, that he would indeed be completely healed. And he was sure enough that he spoke it out. Notice how the Lord tells him not to go around telling people, but to just go to the temple and show himself to the priest, telling them how he got healed. Well that shows that Jesus was willing to live by the very same laws that He had dictated to Moses.
45 But he went out, and began to publish(tell everyone how Jesus had healed him) it much, and to blaze(broadcast) abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to Him from every quarter. Even those of us whom God does wonderful things for, at times turn right around and are disobedient. The leper knew who Jesus was, and he had been told to not go around telling everyone what happened, but he, like so many of us, did what he wanted and not what God ordered.(Mark 1:1-45 ACP/KJV)
Like the leper, we are going to be disobedient. But, let us always remember that once we are truly Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, while we may slip, He will never let us fall, not as long as we simply go to Him and say, "Lord, I'm sorry, will You please forgive me?" And then add, "For it is Jesus name I ask, amen."
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with and bless you all and may He bless those who bless us ten fold and may He deal with those who curse us. And may He choose to bring revival to earth. Amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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