Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
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Daily Christian thoughts starting yesterday and going back through Saturday December 1st, 2001
Monday December 31st, 2001
I would guess that just abut everyone has heard the old adages, "Save the best for last." And "Last, but not least." Well, as we have arrived on the 365th day of the year of our Lord 2001, let's see what Jesus had saved for last, let us see what He said last in each of the four Gospels.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him: but some doubted.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:16-20
Afterward Jesus appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen. And Jesus said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And His eleven Apostles went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
And Jesus said unto the eleven Apostles, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.
And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
And Jesus led them out as far as to Bethany, and He lifted up His hands, and blessed them.
And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
And in John, the fourth and last Gospel, we see the Lord giving us an example of how liberal preachers and theologians working in the camp of the great deceiver would start twisting the Words of the Lord even back then. How even back then, there were those who would insist that they knew what God really meant to say in His book. And by twisting and corrupting His words in order to make themselves look smart, they make the Lord out to be both a liar and a buffoon, for if they are smart enough to know what God really meant to say in His book, are they not saying that they are smarter than GOD? Read carefully the last verses of the Gospel according to the Apostle John.
Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on His breast at supper, and said, "Lord, which is he that betrayeth Thee?" (see John 13:21-30)
Peter seeing him(John) saith to Jesus, "Lord, and what shall this man do?"
Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou Me.
Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that, that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
This is the disciple(John) which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that His testimony is true. 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 21:20-15
Peter had turned to Jesus to ask about what was going to happen to John. Jesus had said to Peter, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou Me. Yet, within a very short time the very words of the Lord had been twisted to make it seem as though the Lord had instead said that John would not die before Jesus came back. Not a big thing you say. Well I would have to disagree, you see, John did die , he died in 92 or so AD. And the Lord had not returned, as He has not yet returned. You see, if Jesus had said "John would not die till He returned," it would be incorrect, not true, and if there is anything in the Bible that is untrue, then all is suspect. For God can not lie, so therefore everything in His Book must be absolutely true, correct and without error.
So, if you are attending a church where the preacher preaches what God meant to say instead of what God did say, a nice new year's resolution would be to find yourself another church, find yourself a church where the preacher stands tall and each and every Sunday, he preaches God's word, not what God meant to say, but what God did say. For those who preach that God does not know what He meant to say in His own Book, the Holy Bible, are saying that they are smarter than God and that God is not only dumber than they, but a liar as well. For how smart or accurate can our lord be, if He needs men and women to correct Him and to tell us what He meant to say because He is incapable of making Himself clear.
Find a church led by a Pastor, that when you are asked about your church, you can focus, not on the dinners, the breakfasts, the parties and the good deeds, but instead the sermons delivered by the Pastor. When I am asked about our church. I tell folks that I attend that church because of the sermons delivered by our pastor, Rev. Warren Feustel, a man who fears God and eschews evil, a man who proudly and boldly preaches salvation and forgiveness by what the Lord Jesus did on the cross. A man who preaches God's Word, not as some would like it to be, but as God caused it to be written in His book.
What do you tell folks is best about your church? And what is it that causes you to attend your church? As we enter the new year, the year of our Lord two thousand and two, what better way to begin the new year than in a church that preaches the Creator's words the way the Creator caused them to be written.
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 1 Peter 1:20&21
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 timothy 3:16&17
As a nation, let us get back to our Christian roots, let us turn our backs on the horrors of abortion, homosexuality, pornography, and political correctness, let us get back to doing what is right in the sight of the Lord and not the site of the world. Let us be known as a nation that imports good, not as the nation importing the most illegal drugs. Let us become once again, a nation of morals and rights not a nation that protects the worst terrorist of all, the murderer of the baby in the womb, the abortionist.
Yeshua help us.
Thursday in Genesis chapter 33, we saw the way a man named Jacob protected his family when there was danger around and no 911 to call. Today, we will see that some of Jacob's bravery rubbed off on at least two of his sons, Simeon and Levi. Simeon and Levi were not afraid to do what was right, even against overwhelming odds. They couldn't rely on the king, for the king's son was the culprit. And it seems they couldn't even rely upon all of their own brothers, yet they did not hesitate, they did not look around for someone else to assume their responsibilities, they instead did what a man should do, they dealt with the problem themselves.
As you read about these two young men, ask yourself this, even had there been a 911 to call, do you think they would have?
1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. 2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. 3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
4 And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, "Get me this damsel to wife."
5 And Jacob heard that he(Shechem) had defiled Dinah his daughter:
Now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come. 6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him. 7 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he(Shechem) had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.
8 And Hamor communed with them, saying, "The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife. 9 And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you. 10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein."
11 And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, "Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give. 12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife."
13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister: 14 And they said unto them, "We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us: 15 But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised; 16 Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people. 17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone."
18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son. 19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father. 20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,
21 "These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters. 22 Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised. 23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us."
24 And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city. 25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males. 26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.
27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field, 29 And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.
30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house." 31 And they said, "Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?" (Genesis Chapter Thirty-four ACP/KJV)
Had Dinah been dragged off to a planned parenthood abortion mill by so called enlightened, liberal, well meaning women of the neighborhood, a clinic under the protection of the king, his courts and his officers, his politicians and his laws, how do you think Simeon and Levi would have reacted?
May the Lord our God open our eyes and teach us once again to be men. Help us Lord to understand that You have given us a government where we can change it when it is wrong, by simply supporting those who would do what is right in Your sight instead of any political party or ideology. Lord as we approach this new year coming up, raise up for us, candidates who will oppose abortion, oppose homosexuality, oppose pornography, and support You and Your Word. And Lord give us the strength to support, work, and vote for them.
And Lord, for those who claim to be Yours, who are currently in office, give them the strength, integrity and perseverance to end abortion, end homosexuality, and end pornography. Give President Bush and his the strength and desire to fight the evils of abortion, homosexuality and pornography with the same zeal he has shown in fighting the terrorists that attacked us on September 11th, 2001. And Lord give President Bush the strength to be honest, to tell the truth, even when it may alarm or bother us. Be with him and protect him Lord, but let him not do his will, but Yours.
Verse 8 of chapter 16 of the Gospel according to Luke, has always been one of the most difficult to understand. As you read verses 1-13, you might wonder and actually think that the Lord is congratulating the practice of thievery. And as in much of the word of God, we are unable to really understand what the Lord is talking about until we reach a time when the prophecy is fulfilled in our time and we can read it and understand it in light of today's events.
1 ¶ And Jesus said also unto His disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. 2 And he called him, and said unto him, "How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward."
3 Then the steward said within himself, "What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. 4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses."
5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, "How much owest thou unto my lord?" 6 And he said, "An hundred measures of oil." And he said unto him, "Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty."
7 Then said he to another, "And how much owest thou?" And he said, "An hundred measures of wheat." And he said unto him, "Take thy bill, and write fourscore."
8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Luke 16:1-13 KJV
You may want to read Luke 16 1-13 a couple of times, till you have thoroughly confused yourself on just what the Lord is saying here. For as you read it the more you read it, the more it seems to congratulate the steward for being a thief. And that would seem a contradiction.
Now that you are confused, let me quote to you a story from this morning's Drudge Report, drudgereprot.com
OH BUOY! POPEYE'S GONE GAY; JUICE AD CAUSES STIR
Thu Dec 27 2001 20:06:24 ET
HELLO sailor! Cartoon tough guy Popeye has been outed.
The spinach-guzzling seaman's secret gay affair with arch-rival Bluto is revealed in a controversial new ad. The two sworn enemies are usually depicted fighting for the attention of the lovely Olive Oyl in cartoons and comics.
But in a new ad campaign for orange juice they only have eyes for each other.
Beefy Bluto squeals with joy as he pushes muscle-bound Popeye back and forth on a swing in a children's playground Then the two tough guys lark about on a see-saw before heading off to the beach.
Their new-found affection for each other is sealed when they get the words "Buddies For Life" tattooed on their bulging arms.
Bemused Olive Oyl spots the pair coming towards her on a tandem and tries to catch their attention by striking a sexy pose. But pipe-smoking Popeye and Bluto blank her and ride off into the sunset together.
The ad - by orange juice makers Minute Maid - has outraged moral crusaders in the USA, who claim the cartoon characters are spreading gay propaganda.
Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, stormed: "If parents think their children are being targeted by a homosexual campaign, they will switch brands of juice without blinking.
But Cathy Renna from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found the new gay icons amusing.
She said: "Gay people are raising their eyebrows and winking along with the ad."
Charles Torrey, Minute Maid's marketing director, said the ad was meant to be fun.
He said: "We're certainly not targeting any one group."
Minute Maid is a subsidiary of the Coca Cola Company. In order to use the Popeye comic characters they had to get the owner of that comics permission. Over the years we have seen governments put the agenda of homosexuals ahead of others, we have seen presidents, including the current president, place homosexuals in more and more high level positions. We have watched as men who die of aids, a disease contracted by homosexual behavior, placed on a pedestal and elevated to the position of hero or martyr.
We have seen over and over again, members of our own government, place the security and supposed constitutional rights of the terrorists who attacked our nation on September 11th, 2001 ahead of the true constitutional rights of our own servicemen's right to vote. In this generation, we have come to accept the brutal act of infanticide in the womb to be not only common place, acceptable and a woman's right, but a place of profit as well, taking the babies' body parts and selling them to the high bidder with the rest used for animal fodder.
We live in a generation where we condemn, not the terrorist, but the victim. For not once, but in almost every occasion where Israel retaliates for brutal attacks against it, the news portrays the retaliator as the aggressor and the bomber as a hero or martyr.
Now, let us look at Luke 16:8 again.
8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. Let us break it in half:
"And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely:"
"for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light."
And in the second half of this verse, we see exactly what Jesus is saying, He is telling us that as the time comes to the end, the people of this world, the unsaved, will be wiser than those of us who are saved, that as we approach the end, what is right in the eyes of God and His will be considered wrong in the eyes of satan and his, but since those who belong to satan will so greatly outnumber those of us who are saved, the world will adopt the standards of the unsaved, ignoring and criticizing the words of the Saved as words of religious fanatics and the such.
Praise God for with each bit of prophecy fulfilled, the closer we come to the return of the Lord.Amen.
Thursday December 27th, 2001
You know, once upon a time, there was no 911 to call for help. Back before 911 and phones, sheriffs and deputies, state police and feds, the un and the marshall service, people had to resolve problems on their own. Folks couldn't just pick up the phone and call 911 and say, "Help me, I'm too scared to do it on my own." No, they had to do it on their own, of risk death for themselves and theirs. So, men learned to work out their differences, some times with war, sometimes with talking or the offering of gifts.
Today, as we read Genesis chapter thirty-three, we will see one such instance. We will read how, as Jacob returned to the home land of his father Isaac, he was faced with his brother Esau, not knowing how Esau would greet him. Hearing that Esau was coming to meet him with four hundred warriors, Jacob had to find a way to deal with Esau, whose birthright he had taken along with his blessing, for there was no 911 to dial, no sheriff to call and cry to, no fed to call and complain to. This was a meeting that would come down to Jacob and Esau, a meeting where the outcome would be decided, not by a court or men with badges, but by the two brothers and their abilities.
With the president telling us that he expects the year 2002 to be one of war, this may be the ideal time for us to study men who stood on their own two feet and took responsibility for themselves and theirs.
1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids. 2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
3 And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. 5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, m "Who are those with thee?" And he(Jacob) said, "The children which God hath graciously given thy servant."
6 Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. 7 And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves. 8 And he (Esau) said, "What meanest thou by all this drove which I met?" And he (Jacob) said, "These are to find grace in the sight of my lord." 9 And Esau said, "I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself."
10 And Jacob said, "Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. 11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough." And he urged him (Esau), and he (Esau) took it.
12 And he (Esau) said, "Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee."
13 And he (Jacob) said unto him, "My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die. 14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir."
15 And Esau said, "Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me." And he (Jacob) said, "What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord." 16 So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir. 17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.
18 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city. 19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money. 20 And he erected there an altar, and called it Elelohe-Israel. (Genesis Chapter Thirty-three ACP/KJV)
In chapter thirty-four we will see how the manhood of Jacob rubbed off on at least two of his sons, and how they too did not need 911, just themselves and their manhood.
Lord give us strength to stay strong and self-reliant as we approach this year that our president says will be one of war. Help us Lord to stay focused on you and the fact that this nation nor this earth is our home, but that we, as Your sons and daughters are but visiting here. Help us Lord to stay focused on You and Your commandments to us. Lord keep an eye on our kids who go to fight this war and Lord help us end this war by rearing up a Paul for the muslim hordes.
As we have studied the last twenty-six chapters of the Gospel according to the Apostle Matthew, we have come to know that Jesus is not only the Son of God, HE is in fact God Himself in the form of His Son. As God, there is nothing the Lord can not do. Yet, to fulfill all the prophecies that He had predicted through His prophets of old, He had to show the most outstanding bravery, courage and righteousness ever demonstrated on earth. For HE had to allow humble creations, ilk of satan, to not only lay their hands on Him, but allow them to do Him severe bodily harm, resulting in the shedding of His blood and the temporary loss of His life, and spending of three days in the dark dank grave. That took a bravery never before seen and never again seen on earth. For at any time, the Lord could have stopped the entire thing, stopped the earth, let all mankind fall off, and started again. But that would have made God to be like satan, a liar. And that God can not and will not do.
Today as we finish the gospel of Matthew, we will see the Lord's torment and temporary death, His resurrection and His command to us.
1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death: 2 And when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
3 Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that He was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? see thou to that." 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, "It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood." 7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 8 Wherefore that field was called, 'The field of blood', unto this day. 9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, AND THEY TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER, THE PRICE OF HIM THAT WAS VALUED, WHOM THEY OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DID VALUE; 10 AND GAVE THEM FOR THE POTTER'S FIELD, AS THE LORD APPOINTED ME (Jeremiah 32:6-9 & Zechariah11:12,13) .
11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked Him, saying, "Art thou the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. 12 And when He was accused of(by) the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
13 Then said Pilate unto Him, "Hearest Thou not how many things they witness against Thee?" 14 And He answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. 16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, "Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?" 18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered Him.
19 When he(Pilate) was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, "Have thou nothing to do with that just man(Jesus): for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of Him. 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21 The governor answered and said unto them, "Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you?" They said, "Barabbas." 22 Pilate saith unto them, "What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?" They all say unto him, "Let Him be crucified."
23 And the governor said, "Why, what evil hath He done?" But they cried out the more, saying, "Let Him be crucified." 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it." 25 Then answered all the people, and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children."
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto Him the whole band of soldiers. 28 And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 30 And they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head. 31 And after that they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him, and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear His cross. 33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34 they gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink. 35 And they crucified Him,
and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, THEY PARTED MY GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND UPON MY VESTURE DID THEY CAST LOTS (Psalm 22:18).
36 And sitting down they watched Him there; 37 And set up over His head His accusation written, "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS".
38 Then were there two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39 And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads, 40 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, 42 "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. 43 He trusted in God; let Him(GOD) deliver Him(Jesus) now, if He(God) will have Him(Jesus): for He said, I am the Son of God.
44 The thieves also, which were crucified with Him, cast the same in His teeth.
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me?
47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, "This man calleth for Elias." 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink. 49 The rest said, "Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save Him."
50 Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God." 55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto Him: 56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre. 62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63 saying, "Sir, we remember that, that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night, and steal Him away, and say unto the people, "He is risen from the dead": so the last error shall be worse than the first.
65 Pilate said unto them, "Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can." 66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. (Matthew Chapter Twenty-seven ACP/KJV)
1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, "Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you."
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. 10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell My brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see Me.
11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. 12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they(Jewish leaders) gave large money unto the soldiers, 13 saying, "Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept. 14 And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you."
15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew Chapter Twenty-eight ACP/KJV)
How little He asks of us after all He went through for us. How can we say no? How can we put the things of this world ahead of our dear, sweet, Saviour? Yet, don't we? Forgive us dear Lord, forgive us please. Help us to serve You, help us to understand what it is that You ask of us. Blessed be thy holy name, for it is only through belief on You that we are saved, forgiven and cleansed.
Thank You Yeshua. Thank You and bless Thee.
I know, you have always heard that it is better to give than receive. But I say to you, it is better for you to receive than to give.
And when Jesus had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: (John 20:22)
There is no gift in comparison to the gift the Lord has given some of us, but holds out to all, the gift of salvation. If you are already saved, and have received ye the holy Ghost, why not help another receive the gift of life the Lord so freely offers to all as well.
Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is in all probability not the day He was born on, but what difference does that make? For it is His birth that is so important that it changed the way we record time. Around sixty four hundred years ago, Adam and Eve made a huge error, they followed satan instead of God. Forty-four hundred or so years later, God came to earth in the form a man named Yeshua. For it was only through a sacrifice better than anything earth had to offer that the sin of Adam and Eve could be atoned for. It was and is only through the body and blood of God that sin can be erased with.
It is that gift, that only God could give and only God can offer, that is the gift that is better to receive than anything we could ever hope to give.
So, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
May Yeshua bless you and include you in His family, may He invite you into His family by giving you the Holy Ghost to open your eyes, take the hardness from your hearts, the wax from your ears and taking from you, your desire to serve the god of this world over Him.
While way back in Matthew chapter five and six we saw the Lord's disciples asking Jesus to teach them how to pray, and the Lord instructing them in the Lord's prayer, here in Matthew chapter twenty-six, we see the Lord teaching us what I call desperation praying. Very few times in my life have I had to resort to this type of prayer, one of absolute desperation, knowing that God and only God can help. And that it would take nothing short of a miracle for this prayer to be answered. In each case, the prayer has been answered. It is this type of prayer that, if I had a real reason, I have no doubts, I could say to that mountain, "be thou removed into yonder sea,"and the mountain would be removed into that sea.
This is the second most wonderful gift the Lord has given us. The first is also described in this chapter of Matthew. It is the gift of the Salvation through the Lord's Body and Blood. And all either require to receive is but the faith of a grain of mustard seed.
1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said unto His disciples, 2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 and consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill Him. 5 But they said, "Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people."
6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7 there came unto Him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on His head, as He sat at meat. 8 But when His disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, "To what purpose is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor." 10 When Jesus understood it, He said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon Me.
11 For ye have the poor always with you; but Me ye have not always. 12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on My body, she did it for My burial. 13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 and said unto them, "What will ye give me, and I will deliver Him unto you?" And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that time he (Judas Iscariot) sought opportunity to betray Him (Jesus).
17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto Him, "Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the passover?" 18 And He said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, 'The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with My disciples'.
19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. 20 Now when the even was come, He sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they did eat, He said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray Me. 22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto Him, "Lord, is it I?" 23 And He answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with Me in the dish, the same shall betray Me. 24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of Him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
25 Then Judas, which betrayed Him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body. 27 And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom. 30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of Me this night: for it is written, I WILL SMITE THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP OF THE FLOCK SHALL BE SCATTERED ABROAD. 32 BUT AFTER I AM RISEN AGAIN, I WILL GO BEFORE YOU INTO GALILEE (Zechariah 13:7).
33 Peter answered and said unto Him, "Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet will I never be offended." 34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice. 35 Peter said unto Him, "Though I should die with Thee, yet will I not deny Thee". Likewise also said all the disciples.
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (John and James), and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith He unto them (Peter, John and James), My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with Me. 39 And He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.
40 And He cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done. 43 And He came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44 And He left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then cometh He to His disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray Me.
47 And while He yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he (Judas Iscariot) that betrayed Him (Jesus) gave them a sign, saying, "Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is He: hold Him fast." 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, "Hail, Master"; and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took Him.
51 And, behold, one of them (Peter) which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take Me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on Me. 56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. THEN ALL THE DISCIPLES FORSOOK HIM, AND FLED (Lamentations 4:20).
57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed Him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put Him to death; 60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 61 and said, "This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days." 62 And the high priest arose, and said unto Him, "Answerest Thou nothing? what is it which these witness against Thee?"
63 But Jesus held His peace. And the high priest answered and said unto Him, "I adjure Thee by the living God, that Thou tell us whether Thou be the Christ, the Son of God." 64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard His blasphemy. 66 What think ye? They answered and said, "He is guilty of death." 67 Then did they spit in His face, and buffeted Him; and others smote Him with the palms of their hands, 68 Saying, "Prophesy unto us, Thou Christ, Who is he that smote Thee?"
69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, "Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee." 70 But he denied before them all, saying, "I know not what thou sayest."
71 And when he (Peter) was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, "This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth." 72 And again he denied with an oath, "I do not know the man."
73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, "Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee." 74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, "I know not the Man (Jesus). And immediately the cock crew." 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. (Matthew Chapter Twenty-six ACP/KJV)
Lord, You hear and see the requests other of your servants and I receive. Please Lord, on this the day before we celebrate Your birth, grant me these three gifts, first, give to all who are Yours, the two most wonderful of all Your gifts, the gift of Salvation through your Body and Blood and the ability to pray in desperation. Second Lord I ask You to raise up a Paul for the heathen hordes we call muslims and the unsaved within Judaism and Roman Catholicism. And third Lord I beseech Thee to have compassion on the baby trapped in the womb. Please Lord open the eyes of the president.
Our Lord just keeps giving and giving and giving. Not only has HE given us salvation, but here He gives us examples of what heaven is like and tells us that there are no grey areas, no purgatory. While many who preach, preach grey areas, and things like purgatory and the idea that one can change, through prayer, the destination of one who has died, our Lord tells us the truth. He goes out of His way to bless us with the gift of His word so that we may know the truth.
This weekend, as we study Matthew Twenty-six, the Lord will tell us much about heaven. He will also make it abundantly clear that there is no purgatory. That there are no grey areas, that a man is either saved or damned. Now, while that may seem harsh, the truth, while harsh a t times, is the truth and it is what one should rely upon. For how foolish would one be to bet his salvation and his eternal destination based upon a lie. Yet many do just that, because they have never done what you have been doing, getting to know and understand GOD.
And that is one of the greatest gifts the Lord Jesus gives us, the truth. The truth through His word. For He is truth.
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, "Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves." 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, "Lord, Lord, open to us." 12 But he answered and said, "Verily I say unto you, I know you not."
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, "Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more." 21 His lord said unto him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, "Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them." 23 His lord said unto him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, "Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine." 26 His lord answered and said unto him, "Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury." 28 "Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
31 When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: 32 And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me."
37 Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, "Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? 38 When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? 39 Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?"
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me."
41 Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not."
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, "Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto Thee?"
45 Then shall He answer them, saying, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me." 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Matthew Chapter Twenty-five ACP/KJV
Oh Lord thank You, thank You for blessing us with Your salvation, Your love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness and desire that none of us shall be damned, by your telling us the truth about salvation. Thank You Lord, for it is only through You that any of us has salvation. Please Lord help us to serve You, help us to accept the gifts You so freely have given us. Help us Lord to always put You first, for in our desire to serve Thee, we have given Thee our free will, we have used our free will to give ourselves to Thee, please Lord accept us and give us daily that which You would have us do, but also that which we should know. For man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from thy mouth.
Thank You Jesus and please come quickly Lord, come quickly.
To be called God, one must not only tell us of the good things of heaven and the bad things of hell, One must also tell us of what it will be like when He returns, what the signs will be. Today, as we further learn about our Lord and our Savior, Christ Jesus, He does just that. He tells us in great detail what it will be like as we enter the end of the end times, the time just before He returns. What it will be like during the seven years of tribulation and what it will be like in the years immediately preceding those seven years, the time called 'sorrows'. Only God can do that and only a kind and considerate and truly loving God would do that. Jesus fills that bill completely. He not only can, but He once again proves His love for us, by doing just that, telling us, warning us if you will, of what it will be like just before He turns satan loose completely and with no restraints for a seven year period.
After reading todays thought, you will understand more thoroughly why it is that we not only serve Him, but completely believe in Him and love Him as well, for Our Lord JESUS is truly and absolutely GOD!
1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?"
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in My name, saying, 'I am Christ'; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet (Daniel 9:21-27), stand(ing) in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, 'Lo, here is Christ', 'or there'; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Saved).
25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, 'Behold, He is in the desert'; go not forth: 'behold, He is in the secret chambers'; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles (vultures) be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
37 But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman(owner or master) of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over His household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That He(Jesus) shall make him(faithful servant) ruler over all His goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, 'My Lord delayeth His coming'; 49 and shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for Him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites:
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth! (Matthew Chapter Twenty-four ACP/KJV)
Thank You Lord for giving us all we need to know. Hhelp us Lord to prepare not only ourselves, but ours as well, for that soon coming day when You will shout for us to join You, sparing us from that seven years. Blessed be Your name and blessed be we who are Yours. Lord, hear our prayers for salvation for our loved ones, revival for our nation, and an end to abortion. And please Lord come soon.
Today, we will see that our Lord, while being kind and full of love, can be, when necessary, a Man of rock will determination. We will see here today how it is impossible to snow the Lord, to mislead Him or to deceive Him with lies or by thinking you have done something that He doesn't know about. At first glance and first thought, you might think that is bad, Jesus knowing all things you ever did or will do, but when you take a moment to really reflect upon it, you'll, I'm sure come to realize as I did, that it is really a good thing, For with the Lord knowing all things, it keeps us both on our toes and on our knees in repentance.
My prayer is that by the Lord's birthday calibration on the 25th of this month, you will be getting to really know our Lord and understand why it is so important to make Him first in your life. Not just on CHRISTmas, but on every day. And why it is equally important for you each time you slip into sin, to go to Him and beseech His forgiveness.
1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to His disciples, 2 Saying,
The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor (bound to do it)! 17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty (bound to do it). 19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. 21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by Him (God) that dwelleth therein. 22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by Him (God) that sitteth thereon.
23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 24 Ye (are) blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess (filth and sin). 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres (graves), which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity (filth and sin).
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!, because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord." Matthew Chapter Twenty-three ACP/KJV
Lord thank You for being You, thank You for taking the time to come to earth as a man named Yeshua to shed your blood, giving us a way out of eternal damnation. And thank You Lord for leaving us with this book we call the Bible to help us to get to know, understand and more love You.
Happy birthday Lord and please forgive us and bless us, keeping us safe and strong and Yours forever.
Well, as we are now well within the final week before CHRISTmas, "What think ye of Christ?"
, "whose Son is He?" After having read 21 chapters of Matthew, we should all have a better understanding and knowledge of just who our Lord, Jesus the Christ is. There is no one else who on, his or her birthday delights in giving gifts to their entire family. No other person who ever walked the earth, now or in the past, aside from our Lord, has ever said to their family "ask anything in My name and God (I) will give it to you". Think about it, do you know of anyone else who gives gifts to everyone else in his or her family for his or her birthday? So, what will you ask the Lord for as your gift, on His birthday, this year?
Once upon a time when I was a young boy and I asked for young boy things, I probably said, "All I want for CHRISTMAS is my two front teeth.... a train, a pony, a gun, a chemistry set, an erector set, ...". But now I am no longer a youngster walking in the youth of my life, but a middle aged guy. I wonder why they call us middle aged, I don't know many 114 year olds, but anyhow, these days I ask for other things. This CHRISTmas I am asking the Lord to give me, on His birthday, a Paul for the muslim hordes, no pain for Christians who are seriously ill or for me if I get that way. I'm not asking for foolish things like peace on earth, for I know that there will be no peace till the Lord returns. But instead I am asking for a Paul for the Jews.
I'm asking Him for the salvation of all my children, their mothers, their fathers, their spouses, their children and grandchildren. I'm asking for salvation for my family, my brother, my sister and uncles, aunts and cousins who are unsaved. For what is important to me these days is not two front teeth, or trains, or erector sets. I've advanced too far in God's word to waste my and His time asking for things that will be done in His time as proclaimed in His prophecies, such as peace on earth. Now what is important to me these days is the salvation of the lost, a revival in our country and worldwide, and an end to the horrific slaughter of the baby in the womb and the protection of those who kill those babies by our tax dollar paid police on every governmental level. As we read Matthew 22, you'll see how hard it can be to get into heaven, not because the requirements are tough, but through the hardness of the hearts of so many who are invited, for all mankind is invited.
1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said; 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage." 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then saith he to his servants, "The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage." 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, "Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?" And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, "Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent out unto Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?" 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye Me, ye hypocrites? 19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And He saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, "Caesar's." Then saith He unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. 22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left Him, and went their way.
23 The same day came to Him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked Him, 24 saying, "Master, Moses said, "If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue (children), left his wife unto his brother: 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27 And last of all the woman died also. 28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her."
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32 I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB (Exodus 3:6). God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at His doctrine. 34 But when the Pharisees had heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, 36 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, What think ye of Christ? whose Son is He? They say unto him, "The Son of David." 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying, 44 THE LORD SAID UNTO MY LORD, SIT THOU ON MY RIGHT HAND, TILL I MAKE THINE ENEMIES THY FOOTSTOOL (Psalm 110:1)? 45 If David then call Him Lord, how is He (Christ) his (David's) son?
46 And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions. Matthew Chapter Twenty-two ACP/KJV
So, what are you asking Jesus for this year as His birthday gift to you?
Lord hear our prayers and help us to pray for gifts from You that will help Your kingdom. Let them not be things like out two front teeth and erector sets, unless of course the one praying is a child, and then I would ask that You delight them with their delights. But Lord hear our prayers, keep us safe, open our eyes and bring to the Jew, the muslim and the rest of the unsaved heathens, a Paul just for them.
In Thy sacred name I pray.
Today, as we read Matthew, chapters twenty and twenty-one, think about the title of todays thought, when Jesus said "What will ye that I shall do unto you?" Ask yourself, what would You have Jesus do for you? One of the things the Lord loves to do for His children, us, who are Born Again is to answer our prayers. He loves to do this for, through blessing us, He also blesses the heathen.
Remember back in Matthew chapter five, we read: " That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:45) Well, it is through the blessings He gives us, in answer to our prayers, that He blesses the rest of the world, for He hears only His children, and for us, there is nothing He will not do, nor is there anything to hard for Him to do.
Let me see if i can give you an example. I know of a teacher here in Maine who has been overwhelmed with the requirements of her job this year. She has fallen behind and casually asked the Lord for help. The help she asked for was really not much in the ways of miracles, as a matter of fact, when you compare it to moving a mountain, it really wasn't asking God for much at all. What she asked the Lord for was a snow day. A day when school would be called off, giving her a chance to catch up, do to the roads being to snowy for the busses to bring the kids safely to school.
Well, the Lord heard her prayer and answered it this very morning. But how you ask does this help the heathen? Well aside form heathen teachers also having the day off, hear this, Maine is in the midst of the worse drought it has ever recorded according to the news. The mountains have been closed for skiing, since there is no snow and it has been to warm to make snow, this at a time when the state, like the rest of the country is going through some pretty rough financial times. This six or so inches of snow equals not only a half inch in the wells, but means that the snow resorts can open, employing thousands. But not just the ski resorts benefitted, but the snow mobile business, and all those who cater to the tourist coming to Maine to ski, to snowmobile, to enjoy our winter wonderland.
As we read and study Matthew chapters twenty and twenty-one today, let us focus on, how by our asking God for the right things, we can also shower the world with blessings. What can you ask God for that would help the baby in the womb? can you think of something to go to the Lord in prayer for that might help make the womb something other than the most dangerous place on earth?
Matthew Chapter Twenty
1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. 2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? 7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, 12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, 18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, 19 and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him: and the third day He shall rise again.
20 Then came to Him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping Him, and desiring a certain thing of Him. 21 And He said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto Him, "Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on Thy right hand, and the other on the left, in Thy kingdom." 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, "We are able". 23 And He saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on My right hand, and on My left, is not Mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of My Father.
24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 25 But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. 30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David." 31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David." 32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? 33 They say unto him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened." 34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
Matthew Chapter Twenty-one
1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto Me. 3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, "The Lord hath need of them"; and straightway he will send them.
4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 TELL YE THE DAUGHTER OF SION, BEHOLD, THY KING COMETH UNTO THEE, MEEK, AND SITTING UPON AN ASS, AND A COLT THE FOAL OF AN ASS (Zechariah 9:9).
6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 7 and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set Him (Jesus) thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."
10 And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?" 11 And the multitude said, "This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee."
12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves. 13 And said unto them, It is written, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED THE HOUSE OF PRAYER; BUT YE HAVE MADE IT A DEN OF THIEVES (Jeremiah 7:11).
14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and He healed them. 15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David"; they were sore displeased. 16 And said unto Him, "Hearest Thou what these say?" And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES AND SUCKLINGS THOU HAST PERFECTED PRAISE (Psalm 8:2)? 17 And He left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.
18 Now in the morning as He (Jesus) returned into the city, He hungered. 19 And when He saw a fig tree in the way, He came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, "How soon is the fig tree withered away!"
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
23 And when He was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority doest Thou these things? and who gave Thee this authority?" 24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell Me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; He will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? 26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. 27 And they answered Jesus, and said, "We cannot tell". And He said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, "Son, go work to day in my vineyard." 29 He (the first son) answered and said, "I will not": but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, "I go, sir": and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, "The first". Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. 35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. 37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41 They say unto Him, "he will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons." 42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THE SAME IS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE CORNER: THIS IS THE LORD'S DOING, AND IT IS MARVELLOUS IN OUR EYES (Psalm 118:22&23). 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard His parables, they perceived that He spake of them. 46 But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitude, because they took Him for a prophet. (Matthew chapters twenty and twenty-one ACP/KJV)
So, yes, we can benefit the rest of the world, by simply asking Jesus to give us something we need. A snow day in Maine, while relieving the stress for one Christian school teacher, brought a blessing to thousands of heathens, and maybe, just maybe, one of them will look to God and thank Him, and maybe even ask Him to bless him with salvation.
The Lord bless all of you and be with you and yours, keeping you safe and hearing your prayers.
As we come within eight days of Christmas, could we agree to forsake something for the Lord? Could we agree to forsake a bit of our time and agree to spend fifteen minutes a day reading, studying and contemplating His words? Wouldn't it be nice, if over these next eight days, we all got to know our Lord better, if we all did as Peter did and just asked Him a simple question or two?
Oh how happy we would make our God if we gave Him just a bit more time, if we took just a little bit more interest in Him, if we started to show Him that He indeed is more important to us than all others. Let us start, by really studying Matthew chapter nineteen. Read it well enough to formulate questions. Read it so that you understand the parables and the questions asked the rich young man and Peter. And then. Please, take a moment to email me and let me know what you got for answers.
1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, He departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan; 2 And great multitudes followed Him; and He healed them there.
3 The Pharisees also came unto Him, tempting Him, and saying unto Him, "Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?" 4 And He answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female? 5 And said, FOR THIS CAUSE SHALL A MAN LEAVE FATHER AND MOTHER, AND SHALL CLEAVE TO HIS WIFE: AND THEY TWAIN SHALL BE ONE FLESH. (Genesis 1:24) 6 WHEREFORE THEY ARE NO MORE TWAIN, BUT ONE FLESH (Genesis 2:24). What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
7 They say unto him, "Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?" 8 He saith unto them, Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
10 His disciples say unto him, "If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11 But He said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
13 Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should put His hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. 15 And He laid His hands on them, and departed thence.
16 And, behold, one came and said unto Him, "Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" 17 And He said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto Him, "Which?" Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto Him, "All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?" 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23 Then said Jesus unto His disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 When His disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, "Who then can be saved?" 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. 27 Then answered Peter and said unto Him, "Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed Thee; what shall we have therefore?" 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Matthew chapter nineteen ACP/KJV
Please Lord, let us all be unlike the rich man, let us understand that the things on earth are trash, that what we strive for are the things of Your and our heavenly home. Help those who are unsaved to open their eyes and understand Your words, help them to reach out to and get to know you better. And please Lord, for my gift from You this Christmas, raise up a Paul for the muslim hordes on the wide pathway to hell and open our president's eyes to the truth about abortion.
Messiah Yeshua, I love you,
As we read the teachings of Jesus in Matthew eighteen, we see the face of the Lord as He tells us, through His disciples, who the greatest in heaven are , and how serious He is when it comes to our forgiving those who do us wrong.
But there is one more underlying bit of information we should keep in mind at this time of the year. We know that the greatest gift we can give Yeshua for His birthday is to bring to Him one more soul. In verse 20, we read: "20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them." As you look around your neighborhood, is there even one family with children that you seriously doubt are saved? If so, how about you, your wife and maybe your kids committing to praying for that family's salvation. Or at least the kids. Wanna put a smile on the Lord's face this Christmas? Pray for one of His lost sheep and or one of His little ones. Give that kid a little drink of water, not the water that we get from the well, but the water that will keep him or her from ever thirsting again, the water of God's Word.
1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2 And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were (would be) better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man (Judas Iscariot) by whom the offence cometh! 8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. 9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind (save) on earth shall be bound (found) in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose (walk away from, damning) on earth shall be loosed (not allowed) in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.
21 Then came Peter to Him, and said, "Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?" 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, "lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all". 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, "Pay me that thou owest." 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, "Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all." 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. Matthew Chapter 18 ACP/KJV
Lord help us to forgive those who have done us and ours harm. Help us Lord so that You can forgive us and we can be more like You. Lord, Yeshua, for your birthday, please make me more like You.
Now that we have gotten to know our Lord a bit better by having read and studied Matthew chapters 1-16, are you starting to see just how often the Lord tells us not to be afraid. Over and over again, Jesus comes to His and tells them not to be afraid, no matter the earthly circumstances, the Lord tells us to not be afraid. He tells us to not fear satan, his minions, his ilk and those who serve him. For satan can only kill the body. But we are instead to fear, which means love with all your heart, God, who can not only kill the body, but then cast the soul into hell for all eternity.
As we go into Matthew chapter seventeen today, we see Jesus once again saying "...be not afraid". And what do we have to fear? Have you noticed that if you are His, a born again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, you seem to be impregnable to death, till you have done everything the Lord has appointed you to do here on earth. Oh that doesn't mean you can tempt God by walking off of cliffs and the such, but it does mean that satan can not kill you till God allows him to. And that will not happen till you are done doing what God has for you to do here on His earth, His footstool.
As we read Matthew seventeen, let us focus on the love and protection that Jesus has for us, let us also focus on what just a little faith will do for us.
1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 and was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him.
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." 5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him. 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. 10 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?" 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist.
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to Him a certain man, kneeling down to Him, and saying, 15 "Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to Me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he (the devil) departed out of him (the boy): and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, "Why could not we cast him out?" 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: 23 And they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.
24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, "Doth not your master pay tribute?" 25 He saith, "Yes". And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? 26 Peter saith unto Him, "Of strangers". Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free? 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for Me and thee. (Matthew 17 ACP/KJV)
Tired of paying tribute?, we call them taxes today. Are you saved? Well if you are saved, then your days of paying tribute to the town, the city, the county, the state, the fed and the un are coming to and end. For there is no tribute to pay in heaven. How do we know that? Well let us look again at who pays taxes and who doesn't:
"24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, "Doth not your master pay tribute?" 25 He saith, "Yes". And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? 26 Peter saith unto Him, "Of strangers". Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free? 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for Me and thee."
As Gods adopted children, as the adopted brothers and sisters of the Lord, we are His sons and daughters and as such, we do not pay tribute in heaven, for we are family. But, for those who are unsaved, they pay tribute, big time, it is called the eternal lake of fire.
Thank you Lord for giving us the perfect gift, the gift of salvation, and Lord come quickly, please.
So, who do you tell people Jesus is? With only 12 days till we celebrate His birth, wouldn't it be nice to study Him, so as to know whose birthday you are celebrating? As we look at Chapter sixteen of Matthew today, we see a Lord who is unbelievably patient with His disciples. He is just as patient with us. But one day He is going to ask each of us the same question He asked His disciples 1971 years ago, "But whom say ye that I am?" What will your answer be?
1 The Pharisees also, with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired Him that He would shew them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, "It will be fair weather: for the sky is red." 3 And in the morning, "It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring." O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas (Jonah). And He left them, and departed.
5 And when His disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread." 8 Which when Jesus perceived, He said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? 9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12 Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, "Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
20 Then charged He His disciples that they should tell no man that He was Jesus the Christ. 21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, "Be it far from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee. " 23 But He turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
24 Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works.
28 Verily I say unto you, There be some (the Apostle John) standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom (the prophecy of the book of Revelation).
For Christmas of this year, in honor of the Lord, why don't you deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him. For to give up your life for Yeshua is to find life eternal.
The Lord be with you all, may He continue to bless all and to keep us all safe. And may He open the eyes of the president to the horrors of abortion. For the satan worshiping abortionist in this country are worse than any Bin Laden terrorist group. No terrorist group in the world compares with the abortionists in the sheer numbers of those they have tortured and slaughtered. May the Lord our God deal with them soon.
Sometimes we rely to much on the words of priest, rabbis, preachers and other so called experts, on God's word. This has worried the Lord for the past 6,000 years it seems, but no where is it more apparent than here in Matthew chapter fifteen. For here the Lord warns us of those who are blind to the true meaning of God's word and their followers. Only a Lord who so loves His creation that HE is willing to die to preserve them and give them a way out of their sin, could possibly care enough about us, to warn us to turn from those who are preaching for profit and not for God and His people.
How it saddens me, and I'm sure the Lord, when I hear that so many read my commentary, but not the Scripture that the commentary is built around. Why I wonder, for is it me that went up on the cross for them? No, not me, but He whose scripture many ignore. Is it me whose birthday we will celebrate in just 13 days? No, not me, but the Lord God Creator of heaven and earth, Messiah Yeshua. So, if you have to ignore anything, ignore the commentary and focus on the Word of God and God's word. For if after all this time, you still don't understand that it is Him and His Word and His word that save, not me, then I have failed.
As we approach His birthday, let us commit to knowing Him and His words better.
1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2 "Why do Thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread." 3 But He answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, HONOUR THY FATHER AND MOTHER: AND, HE THAT CURSETH FATHER OR MOTHER, LET HIM DIE THE DEATH. (Exodus 20:12) 5 But ye say, "Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift," by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honour not his father or his mother, "he shall be free". Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites,
well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 THIS PEOPLE DRAWETH NIGH UNTO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH, AND HONOURETH ME WITH THEIR LIPS; BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. 9 BUT IN VAIN THEY DO WORSHIP ME, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN. (Isaiah 29:13)
10 And He called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. 12 Then came His disciples, and said unto Him, "Knowest Thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?"
13 But He answered and said, Every plant, which My heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, "declare unto us this parable." 16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught (sewer)? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David, my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil." 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought him, saying, "Send her away; for she crieth after us." 24 But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, "Lord, help me." 26 But He answered and said, It is not meet (right) to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, "Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
29 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. 30 And great multitudes came unto Him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast (placed) them down at Jesus' feet; and He healed them: 31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
32 Then Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
33 And His disciples say unto Him, "Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?" 34 And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, "Seven, and a few little fishes." 35 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And He took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. 38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. 39 And He sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala. Matthew 15 ACP/KJV
Thank You Lord for caring enough about us, your sinful earthly creations, to give us not only the Blood of Your Word, but Your word as well. Praise be Your name and Glory be unto Thee, for Holy and Sacred are Your names. Forgive us Lord and help us to forgive others, and give us Lord a hunger for Thy word, give us this day our daily bread, not the bread that adds fat to our waist, but the bread of Thy word, for You have told us that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Thank You Yeshua.
Two weeks till the second most important day in Christendom, the day we celebrate the earthly birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we learn more about this Lord that we serve, it is impossible not to see the difference between our Lord, Jesus and the lord of this world, satan. As you read and study our Lord in Matthew 14 today, look at the things our Lord did when people came to Him and contrast that to the things satan orders his slaves to do when they come to him on bended knees with backsides in the air and faces on the ground, chanting allah, allah, allah.
While our Lord feeds thousands, heals the sick and announces Himself by saying "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." Satan orders his minions, his slaves, those who serve him and call upon his name, to attach a bomb to themselves and go detonate it. To fly a plane into a building full of people killing themselves and thousands. Our Lord is the God of life, satan in the god of death and horror.
1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, 2 And said unto his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him." 3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. 4 For John said unto him, "It is not lawful for thee to have her." 5 And when he (Herod) would have put him (John) to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. 7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. 8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, "Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger." 9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. 10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. 11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
13 When Jesus heard of it, He departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed Him on foot out of the cities. 14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick. 15 And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals."
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. 17 And they say unto Him, "We have here but five loaves, and two fishes." 18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. 21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
22 And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear."
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water."
29 And He said, Come.
And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, "Lord, save me." 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. 34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of Him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto Him all that were diseased; 36 And besought Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment:
and as many as touched were made perfectly whole. Matthew 14 ACP/KJV
What a wonderful Lord we serve, how kind and gentle, how sweet and caring He is. How is it that so many of us can put other things ahead of Him? How I pray that as we come to th day we celebrate as His birthday, that our eyues will be opened to the wonders of our Lord and not the trinkets under the tree.
Oh Lord, help us to focus on what is important, not on the things that rust, are stolen, break and are of this world. Help us to see You and not the pavement of Your streets.
In Jesus name I pray to the Father, amen.
For the last day or so, I think the majority of conversation I've had with people have, at one point or another come down to what they are buying, making or trading for, for CHRISTmas gifts for loved ones. I know you have heard that it is better to give than receive, but, while you are focusing on giving of toys, clothes, jewels, and the such to your friends, and loved ones, the greatest gift of all is going unnoticed. The gift of salvation.
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man (one healed by the name of Jesus) stand here before you whole. 11 This is the Stone (Jesus) which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:10-12 ACP/KJV)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
And that is what our focus should be on all year long, but especially at this time of the year. For whose birthday are we celebrating? Is it not the birth of the Redeemer of the world? So stop focusing on what you will give and start focusing on what you have been given, by Him who shed His blood for your salvation.
For salvation is the greatest gift of all.
Have you heard the song, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth"? You know what Jesus wants more than anything for His birthday gift from you?
Here is a hint or two:
In His own words:
And Jesus said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:19
Yes, what Jesus wants from you more than anything, for His birthday present from you to Him this year, is one more soul. Not a hobby horse, not an action figure, not a book, not a flashy new ring or gold, for what is gold to the Lord other than pavement for His streets.
Therefore, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Messiah Yeshua have patience with you and bless you.
Before we do anything today, let us look at verse 51 of Matthew 13: Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, "Yea, Lord." As we continue to strive towards a better knowledge and understanding of our Lord, the Messiah we call Yeshua, it is important to understand just how patient He is with us and the understanding He has of us. With this chapter, the Lord has told us exactly how to go about understanding what He has to say. All we have to do is the same thing His disciples did back then, ask Him what He means. And after asking, He will give us the understanding we need to understand Him and His sayings. Chapter thirteen also explains to us why the Lord speaks in parables, not to make it hard on us, that is for sure, but to get us to ask Him to explain.
This weekend our study of He whom we call Lord, He whose birthday we will celebrate in just a little more than two weeks, gives us insight into what will happen to those who are saved and those who are not in the end days. Yes, the Lord we serve, Jesus the Christ, does not want any to perish, but makes it very clear to us that many will. This weekend we will see that our Lord is indeed, kind, gentle and very patient with us.
1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto Him, so that He went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And He spake many things unto them in parables, saying,
Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto Him, "Why speakest thou unto them in parables?"
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, BY HEARING YE SHALL HEAR, AND SHALL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND SEEING YE SHALL SEE, AND SHALL NOT PERCEIVE: 15 FOR THIS PEOPLE'S HEART IS WAXED GROSS, AND THEIR EARS ARE DULL OF HEARING, AND THEIR EYES THEY HAVE CLOSED; LEST AT ANY TIME THEY SHOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND SHOULD UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART, AND SHOULD BE CONVERTED, AND I SHOULD HEAL THEM (Isaiah 6:9&10).
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
24 Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, 'Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?'
28 He said unto them, 'An enemy hath done this'. The servants said unto him, 'Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?' 29 But he said, 'Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.'
31 Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
33 Another parable spake He unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them: 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS WHICH HAVE BEEN KEPT SECRET FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD (Psalm 78:2).
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, "Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field."
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man (Jesus); 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, "Yea, Lord."
52 Then said He unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, He departed thence. 54 And when He was come into His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, "Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not His mother called Mary? and His brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?" 57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58 And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13 ACP/KJV)
Many hearts are so hard that they can not accept Christ, which is unfortunate. We should strive towards reaching as many as possible with both the Word and the word, knowing that all we speak to will not accept with Joy, the Lord. But that some will and while some will have appeared to, they will not really. We must just ask the Lord to let us have just the faith of a grain of mustard seed.
May our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus be with and bless you all, and may He help you to understand His word and Him.
Isn't it nice to know that we have the Lord's word that we who are saved, are more than just His servants, but His brothers and sisters as well. As we study the Lord in Matthew chapter twelve, we will see how He makes a clear distinction between those who are His and those who are satan's. The Lord Himself will show us by example, just what we should do when persecuted by heathens. What a wonderful Lord we serve, contrast the teachings of Jesus with the teachings of satan in the guise of allah. For while our Lord preaches life allah preaches suicide bombings.
Thank You Jesus.
1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and His disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto Him, "Behold, Thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day."
3 But He said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I WILL HAVE MERCY, AND NOT SACRIFICE (Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6-8) , ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
9 And when He was departed thence, He went into their synagogue: 10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked Him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days?" that they might accuse Him. 11 And He said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13 Then saith He to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against Him, how they might destroy Him. 15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew Himself from thence: and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all; 16 And charged them that they should not make Him known: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias (Isaiah) the prophet, saying, 18 BEHOLD MY (God the Father) SERVANT (Jesus), WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN; MY BELOVED, IN WHOM MY SOUL IS WELL PLEASED: I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM, AND HE SHALL SHEW JUDGMENT TO THE GENTILES (all who were not Jews). 19 HE SHALL NOT STRIVE, NOR CRY; NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS. 20 A BRUISED REED SHALL HE NOT BREAK, AND SMOKING FLAX SHALL HE NOT QUENCH, TILL HE SEND FORTH JUDGMENT UNTO VICTORY. 21 AND IN HIS NAME SHALL THE GENTILES TRUST.
22 Then was brought unto Him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, "Is not this the son of David?" 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if satan cast out satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad. 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, "Master, we would see a sign from Thee."
39 But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, His mother and His brethren stood without, desiring to speak with Him. 47 Then one said unto Him, "Behold, Thy mother and Thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with Thee." 48 But He answered and said unto him that told him, Who is My mother? and who are My brethren? 49 And He stretched forth His hand toward His disciples, and said, Behold My mother and My brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother. (Matthew Chapter Twelve ACP/KJV)
Thank You Lord for giving us eyes to see and ears to hear with. Thank You Lord for taking the scales from our eyes and the hardness from our hearts. Thank You Lord for the gift of everlasting life and showing us how, by Your three days in the belly of the earth. Lord come quickly.
With but twenty days left till CHRISTmas, we have but nineteen days left to get to really know our Lord, Messiah Yeshua. As we read Matthew chapter eleven today, we see how gentle our Lord is with His, those who are Born Again, and how sharp He can be with those who deny Him. Matthew eleven starts off with the Lord telling the disciples of John that yes indeed, He is the Christ. And ending by telling us to turn to Him in our time of need for there we will find rest for our souls.
Imagine, it is His birthday we celebrate, yet it is us who have been given the greatest gift of all, salvation through the Blood of the Lord Jesus.
1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding His twelve disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto Him, Art thou He that should come, or do we look for another?
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.
7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he (John), of whom it is written, BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER BEFORE THY FACE, WHICH SHALL PREPARE THY WAY BEFORE THEE (Malachi 3:1). 11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias (Isaiah), which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they (the leaders of the Jews) say, "He hath a devil". 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, "Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners." But wisdom is justified of her children.
20 Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. (Matthew chapter eleven ACPKJV)
Thank You Lord for all You have done for us. Thank You for shedding Your Blood for us, so that we can be Yours. Oh Lord how we beseech Ye to be with us and protect us, to guide us and to help us understand the trials and tribulations we face. Help us Lord to use those trials and tribulations to do Thy work. For as You turned adversity into a gospel preaching lesson, so help us to do the same.
Lord keep us close to You and help us to further understand You as we approach this time of the year when we celebrate Your coming to earth as an infant born by a virgin.
How many of us consider ourselves the disciples of the Lord, some even go to churches with names like, "disciples of Jesus". Yet, I can not help but wonder, as I read Matthew chapter ten. Where have I gone? where has the Lord sent me? Have I gone everywhere He wishes me to go? How about you? And how can we know where He would have us to go and what to do when we arrive, if we do not study Him, His word and His teachings?
Matthew Chapter Ten
1 And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 12 And when ye come into an house, salute it. 13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22 And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his Lord. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master, and the servant as his Lord. If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of His household?
26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it. 40 He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth Him (God the Father) that sent Me. 41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Sometimes going out and doing the Lord's work can be scary. There are times when we feel as if the entire world is against us and what we do. At times it seems, that even the bumper siticker on our car, the one that says "No Jesus, no peace. Know Jesus, know peace." can cause people to give us dirty looks and not so friendly hand signals. Yet, even these things has the Lord prepared us for: 24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his Lord. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master, and the servant as his Lord. If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of His household?
Yes, we can expect a certain degree of animosity when we go where He would have us go and do what He would have us do, but, remember, it is His birthday we are about to celebrate. And wouldn't it be a nice gift for Him, if we just, for just this month, went where He would have us go and do what He would have us do?
Lord, help us to give one of Your little ones a drink. Help us to give You a birthday gift, by helping us to follow Your word, give us Lord a hunger to read Your work, to know You better and a desire to put satan behind us and serve You better.
Have you noticed all the people wearing these little tags with WWJD on them? The WWJD stands for "What Would Jesus Do" and they are suppose to remind the wearer to ask himself or herself to ask that question before doing anything or making any kind of decision. I have seen doctors wear them, dentist wear them and Christian musicians wear them. As I have seen lawyers and even some ministers wearing them. Seems just about every teenager in town has one on as do a great number of other folks.
1 When He was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean." 3 And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched Him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, 6 And saying, "Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented." 7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8 The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it." 10 When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, He saw his (Peter's) wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. 15 And He touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
16 When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES, AND BARE OUR SICKNESSES (Isaiah 53:4).
18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave commandment to depart unto the other side. 19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto Him, "Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest." 20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.
21 And another of His disciples said unto Him, "Lord, suffer (allow) me first to go and bury my father." 22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow Me; and let the dead bury their dead.
23 And when He was entered into a ship, His disciples followed Him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep. 25 And His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us: we perish." 26 And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. 27 But the men marvelled, saying, "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!"
28 And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of God? art Thou come hither to torment us before the time?" 30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the devils besought Him, saying, "If Thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine." 32 And He said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
33 And they that kept them (the swine) fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. 34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their coasts.
1 And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city. 2 And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, "This man blasphemeth." 4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith He to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7 And he arose, and departed to his house.
8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. 9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, He saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and He saith unto him, Follow Me. And he arose, and followed Him. 10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, "Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?' 12 But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
14 Then came to Him the disciples of John, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but Thy disciples fast not?" 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the Bridegroom (Jesus) is with them (His discipes)? but the days will come, when the Bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
18 While He spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped Him, saying, "My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay Thy hand upon her, and she shall live." 19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did His disciples. 20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment: 21 For she said within herself, "If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole." 22 But Jesus turned Him about, and when He saw her, He said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. 23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, 24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn. 25 But when the people were put forth, He went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. 26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying, and saying, "Thou Son of David, have mercy on us." 28 And when He was come into the house, the blind men came to Him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto Him, "Yea, Lord." 29 Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. 31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
32 As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a dumb man possessed with a devil. 33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. 34 But the Pharisees said, "He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils."
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.
I wonder, do you think Jesus would charge a thousand dollars an hour to fix a broken toe? Would he charge two thousand dollars to get a man a divorce? Would he even take on divorce cases? Do you think He would set a minimum of a couple of hundred dollars to come to a church and sing worship songs? As a teen, do you think he would say to His parents "In a minute" or "It's not mine turn" or how about "James never does anything, tell him to do it"?
If Jesus was a contractor, do you think He would charge a hundred dollars and hour? As a mechanic, do you think He would charge for hours he was taking coffee breaks? As a teacher, do you think He would teach evolution? As a police officer, do you really think He would obey and enforce the law when it infringed or trampled on a mans Constitutional Rights or worse yet contradicted God's law? As a politician, do you think for even a moment that He would put abortion on a back burner? Could Jesus even be a member of any of the secret police forces of the USA?
Yet I have seen all of the above folks wearing bracelets or tee shirts or bearing bumper stickers on their cars that had on them "WWJD". Maybe if they knew who and what Jesus is, they wouldn't have to ask and we wouldn't have to wonder if they were Christians or not. For can you not tell that Jesus is Lord by His life?
So, can others tell that you are a Christian by your life?
Read the word of God my brothers, read the word so that you will get to know the Word whom we worship. For it is He whose birthday we celebrate this time of the year. May the Lord Jesus bless you and keep you.
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