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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: Wednesday April 7th, 2004
But no lesson in the chapter is more important than the one that, for the most part, goes unnoticed in verses 1-9. For in those verses we see the compassion of the Lord towards His leaderless sheep, those who find Him, not because of a religious leader, but in spite of the teachings of mainstream religion(s). Today, as was in 30 AD, many of those who preached, preached themselves and their riches rather than Christ and His unbounded love for mankind. Even with the corrupt preaching of today, we see men, women and children seeking and finding the truth of the Christ, not with the help of mainstream denominations, but in spite of them, but through the help, guidance, and diligence of the Holy Spirit in response to a plea for help from one little lost soul.
Let us proceed: Mark Chapter Eight
1 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and saith unto them, 2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with Me three days, and have nothing to eat: 3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers(many) of them came from far.
4 And His disciples answered Him, "From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?" 5 And He asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, "Seven." 6 And He commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and He took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to His disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. 7 And they had a few small fishes: and He blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. 8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. 9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and He sent them away. Four thousand men, women and children had followed the Lord for three days. They had left family, friends, kin and home to be with the Lord these three days. Many, if not all, had now run out of food. Most, if not all, had been without food for a day, maybe two while they followed, listened and learned from the Lord, and now it was time to send them on their way. The service had ended. But Jesus, as He looked out upon them, knew that many had come a long way and that they being hungry would have a hard time making it home. So, He feeds them. He could have simply sent them on their way, or brought them to a place were they would have been able to buy food, but instead He fed them. He, the Good Shepard fed His flock. It is the same today. When one using his God given free will, offers that free will and his life to the Lord, from that day on, if he stays with the Lord, He will feed him. But not just with the food that adds inches around one's belly, but with the all important bread of life, the Holy Word of God and understanding of it.
10 And straightway He entered into a ship with His disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. 11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with Him, seeking of Him a sign from heaven, tempting Him. 12 And He sighed deeply in His spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. 13 And He left them. Verses 10- the first three words in 13 make up one of the saddest yet one of the most important verses in the Bible. In verses 1-9 we saw the Lord do the miracles of feeding His sheep, yet here, the religious leaders ask for a sign, Jesus knows in His heart that they are not going to be His, so He tells them they will not see a sign. And then He leaves. There comes a time in every unsaved man, woman or child's life when they have enough knowledge to make a decision for or against Christ. If they, at that point, choose satan, they never get another chance, the Lord walks away from them and they are damned. We don't know when that point comes in a man's life, but we do know it had come in the lives of these Pharisees, and we know it comes in every man, woman and child's life at some point in time.
And entering into the ship again departed to the other side. 14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. 15 And He charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. 16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have no bread." 17 And when Jesus knew it, He saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? 18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? 19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, "Twelve." 20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, "Seven." 21 And He said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? I would have to ask many the same question. They come to church, they attend ACP daily, yet they do not give their lives to Christ. Why? How is it that they do not understand? What have I failed to say? What Scripture have I missed? How is it that some of you still have not turned your life over to the Lord? Do not wait till the Lord turns His back and says within Himself, "Enough, you have no more chances, you have made your choice by not making a choice."
22 And He cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto Him, and besought Him to touch him. 23 And He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when He had spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, "I see men as trees, walking." 25 After that He put His hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And He sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town. At the end of verse 24 we see the blind man answering the Lord's question asking the blind man if he can see. The blind man says, "Yes, I see but not too clearly, men look like trees, but I can see." The blind man doesn't say, "Hey, I need more healing, everything is foggy, if You can't do it right, just leave me alone." Then we see the Lord, without being asked, finishing the job and giving the man 20/10 vison. Too often we see men turn to the Lord only to turn away because they didn't get everything they thought they should get from the Lord the first day or two of their conversion. What happens to them? I don't know, only God knows how far He will allow one who turns to Him to go before casting Him out. As we turn to and give our lives to the Lord, He has a plan for and a use for each of us. It is His plan and it is His timing that counts, not ours. Why is it that you can accept menial jobs at Wal-Mart in gratitude for being hired, but you can not accept the work the Lord gives you to do in gratitude for His forgiving and accepting you? Be like the blind man, accept what the Lord gives you, do it faithfully and maybe He will give you more without even being asked, just as He gave perfect vison to the blind man.
27 And Jesus went out, and His disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way He asked His disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? 28 And they answered, "John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets." 29 And He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answered and saith unto Him, "Thou art the Christ." 30 And He charged them that they should tell no man of Him.
31 And He began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And He spake that saying openly. And Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him. 33 But when He had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. Verses 27-33 could be entitled "A pat on the head and a kick in the tail." What do we learn from these 7 verses? We learn not to rest on our laurels, not to figure we did enough for the Lord yesterday so we can afford to take the next day or two off, not to figure that we do enough by going to church for an hour or two on Sundays so we can live in and with the world for the next six days 22 hours.
34 And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:1-38 ACP/KJV)
I'm going to close, not by lecturing you on verses 34-38. But instead by quoting Jesus to you. In Matthew 10:33 Jesus says: "Those who deny Me before men, I will deny before The Father." If you are one of the happy go lucky, live for the day for tomorrow we die, small c Christians, than what I have to say now is just for you. Get on your knees, go to Lord in prayer and ask Him to tell you where you stand as far as Mark 34-38 and Matthew 10:33 go. And keep praying and asking till He answers you, your salvation depends on His answer.
The Lord be with you all, amen.
I would also like to thank the Lord that Dorothy has a large print Bible, while I am not to happy about the way she got it, I am pleased that she has it. And now my prayer is that she will read it and the Lord will let the Holy Spirit guide her to understanding it. Amen.
The Lord be with you all and please keep me in your prayers. I have some very important decision to make over the next few weeks or months, I need your prayers. 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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