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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 May 26th, 2004
Luke Chapter Seven
1 Now when Jesus had ended all His sayings in the audience of the people, He entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto Him the elders of the Jews, beseeching Him that He would come and heal his servant. Do you see how the centurion felt unworthy to go to the Lord in person, so he sent emissaries, emissaries that he figured would be acceptable to the Lord, men whom he believed were servants of the Lord. To many today still do the same thing. They go to Roman Catholic heathen priest, they go to the so called 'men of God' in various denominations, all in a vain effort to reach out to God without having to take upon their own shoulders the burden of becoming Born Again. The centurion had an excuse, he came from a heathen background, he did not have a Bible with the Old and New Testaments in it, he only knew that there was something special about this Jew called Yeshua. But, what possible excuse could anyone have today?
4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought Him instantly, saying, "That he (the Centurion) was worthy for whom He should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue." Can't you just picture that, here comes the high mucky mucks, all dressed in their flowing robes with bells and stuck up noses. They come to Jesus and say, "Now listen here, we have come because we need You to do a miracle, we need you to go and heal this centurions servant, for you see, he is a fountain of money to us. He has already built us a new synagogue and if you do what he wants done, we will get the credit and he will give us all the money we asked him for."
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto Him, "Lord, trouble not Thyself: for I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto Thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, 'Go', and he goeth; and to another, 'Come', and he cometh; and to my servant, 'Do this', and he doeth it." Now take a moment to think about what the high mucky mucks said, then look again at what the centurion said when he heard that Jesus Himself was literally coming to his house.
9 When Jesus heard these things, He marvelled at him, and turned Himself about, and said unto the people that followed Him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Jesus has not said to the high Mucky Mucks, "Ok, you guys, I know you need more tithes, so I'll come and heal the servant because you intervened for him." No, what Jesus did, was comment on the centurions faith, faith in Him.
10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. Jesus did not heal the sick servant for the intervention of the religious leaders, He did it because the centurion had faith in Jesus's abilities, even from a distance, go back and reread verses 6-8. It is that faith in Jesus that resulted in the Lord's healing the servant, not some religious leader demanding tithes and claiming Devine intervention.
11 And it came to pass the day after, that Jesus went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and much people. 12 Now when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14 And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. There are only a handful of instances in the word of God where Jesus healed without first being asked, this is one of them, study it, for there is much there. Understand that God knows what you have need of even before you ask, but in most cases, He waits for you to ask. For He has given you free will, the freedom to come to him and ask, or to ignore Him. But, in some instances, He reaches out even when He has not been asked. You need to understand when and why the Lord does these uninvited miracles, for you may one day find yourself in the position of having received and uninvited, or unasked for miracle. And if you don't understand, at that time, that it came from God, you may forget to give Him praise and thanks for it.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother.
16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, "That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited His people." 17 And this report of Him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about. 18 And the disciples of John showed him of all these things. From verse 18 - 23, is much confusion and false teachings by the liberals of the pulpit. Many would have you believe that John the Baptist was not sure who Jesus was, that he was unsure that Jesus was the Messiah. That is, to put it nicely, horse dung. Go back to verse 18, and read straight thru till you get to the commentary at the end of verse 23, and maybe we can shed some light on just what happened.
19, 20. 21, 22, &23 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, "Art Thou He that should come? or look we for another?" When the men were come unto Him, they said, "John Baptist hath sent us unto Thee, saying, 'Art Thou He that should come? or look we for another?'" And in that same hour Jesus cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind He gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me. Now, instead of reading it as if John was unsure and needed his disciples to go and verify that Jesus was in fact the Messiah, by directly asking Him the question "Art Thou He that should come? or look we for another?" Instead think of it like this. John knew exactly who Jesus was, for after all he had started confessing that Jesus is the Christ even before Jesus came to him to be baptized. And at that baptism, John saw the Holy Ghost descend from heaven and alight on Jesus and then John heard and testified to the fact that he heard God Almighty say. "This is My beloved Son, hear Him!"
No John wasn't confused in the least about who Jesus is, but instead, some of John's disciples were. They watched as John preached mightily and baptized and many of them thought he was the Messiah, yet they heard him saying, "no not me, Jesus." So John said to these disciples, "Go, go to Jesus, watch Him for a while and see for yourselves." And in the next verses you will see Jesus say much the same, about the faith of John and who John was.
24 And when the messengers of John were departed, He began to speak unto the people concerning John,
What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. 26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. 27 This is he, of whom it is written, BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER BEFORE THY FACE, WHICH SHALL PREPARE THY WAY BEFORE THEE (Isaiah 40:3). 28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. Do you think God would send a weak minded doubter to fulfill one of the most important prophecies in the Bible? Do you think God would send a doubter, a weak minded, undecided, non believer to herald the coming of the Lord's ministry? Many liberal preachers would like you to think just that.
29 And all the people that heard Him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. 31 And the Lord said,
Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! 35 But wisdom is justified of all her children. Want to understand what the Lord is talking about here? Go to a playground on a nice spring day. A day when the temperature is around 75 or so and the humidity is real low, a day when the sky is blue with not a cloud in it. A perfect day for children to play and sing and jump around. And you will see some kids who are invited to come and dance to the music with other kids, sit by with glum on their faces, shaking their heads as they look grumpily at the ground. You will see other kids sitting and hearing a story read, who have blank looks on their faces, having not the foggiest idea what is being read, for they are not listening. Those are the pharisees and scribes, the sadducees and the lawyers of whom the Lord is talking. They see all the Joy and happiness, miracles and blessedness going on around them, yet focus on their man made traditions in an effort to prove that the Son is not shining, the world is not spinning and the flowers are not blooming.
36 And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment. I was like that Pharisee once, not exactly like him but I felt something like he must have felt. Here he has throwing a dinner party for the Lord. He has invited all the best people in town and in comes this 'woman of the city', that is real polite language for a street walker. And worse yet, before the Pharisees guards could toss her out, she is right there at the Lord's side, making a spectacle of herself. And Jesus, if anything, is encouraging her. So this pharisee doubts Jesus Divinity for a minute, but the Lord will help him to understand.
How was I like that pharisee? I wrote a thought one time about how some really unsavory people were invited into the white house to have diner with President Bush, yet, while I was in the Washington area for a week, I, even I, was totally ignored by the White house. You see, I'm human too, I too at times think very highly of myself, I too put myself up on a pedestal. And then along comes the Lord and says "Does thou good to be wroth?" (Jonah 3)
39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, "This Man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner." 40 And Jesus answering said unto him,
Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, "Master, say on." 41 There was a Certain Creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing to pay, He frankly forgave them both. Tell Me therefore, which of them will love Him most? 43 Simon answered and said, "I suppose that he, to whom He forgave most". And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. The creditor is Christ, the debtors are you, me, the President and every other soul on earth. Some think they owe the Lord little if anything, others like me, figure we owe Him more than we could ever even count, more than the national debt. For we know that we owe to Him our very lives, the air we breath and the gravity that holds us on earth, that we owe Him for the sun, the moon and the food we eat, we owe Him everything, for, "All things were made by Him (Jesus); and without Him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1)
44 And He turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet: but she hath washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45 Thou gavest Me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment.
47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48 And He said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49 And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, "Who is this that forgiveth sins also?" 50 And He said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (Luke 7:1-50 ACP/KJV)
To be human, is to be a sinner, to be Saved is to be one who recognizes both, the life of sin and the one way to salvation through Christ Jesus. Guys, face up to the fact that what you owe the Lord makes the national debt look paltry in comparison, wash His feet with your tears, and dry His feet with your hair. And ask the Lord this very day to help our brother Steve and our sister Janice. Amen,
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, 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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