Do you believe? I read this passage out of Luke this morning. Have you ever really thought about the words that Jesus said and exactly what the implications are? Luke 14:26-27 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." I believe that salvation from the wrath of God that we all deserve for our sin is a gift, by His grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. But faith is not without legs, is it? If I am standing on a rail road track and I believe that a train is barring down on my position, am I not going to get off that track and out of the way of the train? Like wise, if I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; that He promised eternal life to His disciples, was crucified dead and buried then on the third day arose from the dead; am I
John 19:18 There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between. I began memorizing and meditating on John 19:18 this morning. When Reading it in the past I did not realize just how incredible it is. This single sentence is a picture of the judgment. Jesus taught His disciples about the judgment in Matthew prior to His crucifixion. Matthew 25:31-33 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Note that Jesus seperates the sheep from the goats and He is between them. Now pay attention to what happens at the end of the judgment. Matthew 25:46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” The ones on His left go a
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, Immanuel, which translated means, God with us. Jesus came forth from the Father into the world as Prophet to testify to the truth and as Priest to redeem the sheep. Jesus will return at a time of the Father's choosing as King for judgment. The Seven Signs: Jesus turned water into wine (Jn 2:1-12). Jesus healed a Nobleman's son from dying over a great distance (Jn 4:46-54 ). Jesus healed a man who had an infirmity for 38 years that had made him lame, when Jesus had healed him the man took up his bed and walked (Jn 5:1-17). Jesus feed five thousand men with five barley loaves and two fish (Jn 6:1-14). Jesus walked on water across the Sea of Galilee or Tiberias (Jn 6:15-25). Jesus gave sight to a man who had been born blind (Jn 9:1-41). Jesus called a man who had been dead for four days out of the grave alive (Jn 11:1-46). The Seven I Am Statements: Jesus said, " I am the bread of life; he who comes
Are you in a struggle with sin? I was thinking about this when out for a run this morning. The apostle Paul said; What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, " You shall not covet." (Rom 7:7 [NASB]). Let us stay with this sin of coveting that the apostle speaks of in this passage. I see something that belongs to someone else, I desire it, then I remember the Law; "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor." (Ex 20:17 [NASB]). So when I remember the Law I say to myself, "Don't covet!" which causes me to think about the object all the more. And the more I say "Don't covet!" the more I think about the object. Is it the L
Today has been a truly good day to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, but isn’t everyday like that? How do I gage a day? Is a day good because I feel good or am happy? Or is a day good because God made it and everything He does is good? I have not always though t that way and I am still guilty of often looking at myself; how I am feeling or my personal situation in declaring the day good. I may not be happy and I may even be sad, but that does not make the day bad. “Then God said, “Let there be light ” ; and there was light. God saw the light was good; and God separated the light from darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” (Gen 1:2-5). Yes the day is good because God made it!