A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. (John 21:25 ACP/KJV)
Have you ever given that closing by John much thought? Well, let's ponder it for a minute or two. If every miracle done by Jesus were put in writing, according to John, the books would overflow the earth. Even if John only meant the world as it was known in AD 33, we are talking hundreds and hundreds of millions of books the size of the Bible.
Now, think for a minute, Jesus preached for about three and a half years before allowing satan's minions to capture Him, torture Him and fulfill prophecy by nailing Him to a cross. During those years, He started out by changing water into wine, then He raised a young girl from the grave, then healed a centurion's servant, then raised Lazarus from the dead, healed a woman who had an issue of blood, healed a bunch of lepers and gave sight to one born blind. Think perhaps just about all the common folk of Israel, *the am ha aretz, knew about these miracles? Yup, me too.
But what, you ask, does that have to do with filling books in such numbers that the world could not contain them all? Well just think if every one of the below cases was told in detail.
But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all; (Matthew 12:15 ACP/KJV)
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14 ACP/KJV)
And great multitudes came unto Him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and He healed them: (Matthew 15:30 ACP/KJV)
And great multitudes followed Jesus; and He healed them there. (Matthew 19:2 ACP/KJV)
And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and Jesus healed them.(Matthew21:14 ACP/KJV)
After a three and a half year ministry, where the Lord healed thousands upon thousands, how many do you think were showing up each time He made an appearance? Do you think it was just those who were dying? Just those with serious diseases? Or do you think there were some coming who only had poor eyesight, crooked teeth, a long ago broken bone that hadn't healed correctly? I think by the end of His ministry people were coming from hundreds of miles away with just about anything and everything wrong with them. For while to some a need for healing is a missing limb, blindness or leprosy, to others poor eyesight, crooked teeth and acne are things in need of healing.
My guess would be that just about everyone who came to Him throughout Israel, Judah, Samaria and the known world was healed. That could have easily run into the millions. And if all of the healed had a detailed writing about the illness and the healing along with their and their families' reaction to the healing were printed in book form we are talking a lot of books. What saddens me and reminds me of today is that probably 9 out of 10 did not put their trust in Jesus and follow Him afterwards.
And it came to pass, as Jesus went to Jerusalem, that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
And they lifted up their voices, and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." And when He saw them, He said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at Jesus' feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. (Luke 17:11-19 ACP/KJV)
Leprosy was one of the most serious, if not the most serious disease at the time the Lord walked the earth, yet only one of the ten healed became a follower of the Lord. Imagine how few of those healed for minor things became Christ' followers.
Before I close with two specific prayer requests, let me add this:
He that planted the ear, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not He correct? He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not He know? The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. ...for He cometh, for He cometh to judge the earth: He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with and by His truth. ... for He cometh to judge the earth, with righteousness He shall judge the world, and the people with equity(equally).
Today and over this weekend I would ask you to pray for Steve and his family. Steve's mom just died and he and his family are in Wyoming. Ask the Lord to give Steve and his family peace and safety. Amen.
I would also like you to pray for me. I am, as many of you know, going to be spending the next year in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I need a part time job. I would love to work in a church, and I can fill any position from janitor to interim pastor. But, whatever the Lord has out there, I am more than willing to do. So, please ask the Lord's help and direction in my search. Amen.
* am ha aretz is Hebrew for the common people.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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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 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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