Do you know my Jesus? “The Gospels”

Then he went down and settled in a town called Nazareth to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets that he will be called a Nazarene MATTHEW 2:23cropped-sheep
In one of my classes, I had everyone give a description of a person selected at random. We all have a mutual acquaintance with him so it wasn’t much of a task. In the end, everyone submitted a different description of this person. Who’s to say who’s was the correct description and who’s was wrong? We all knew Him and spent time with him.
DIFFERENT NOT NECESSARILY IN ERROR: It is argued that 4 different accounts contradict Jesus’ life and ministry invariably discrediting Christianity altogether. On the contrary, the gospels complement each other rather than contradict one another. Truth, 4 different eye-witness accounts give a much more complete picture of who Jesus (the man) and his divinity. The fact that these accounts were made at different times in different settings confirm there was no collusion in collecting these stories.
The Gospels are a collection of books surrounding Jesus’ life, his earthly ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension; Prophecies. He is coming to be persecuted so that the will of the Father will be done (ISAIAH 9:6-7) For to us a son is given; and the government shall be on his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace 7 Of the increase of his government of peace the will be no end ESV. So that we may reconciled back to God: [JOHN 14:3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
OT prophecies began unfolding in the book of Matthew and become crystal clear in the Gospels:
MATTHEW: Formally “Levi” A Gentile tax collector. After being called to be a disciple, Jesus re-named him, Matthew meaning, Man if God. His reputation as being greedy and unscrupulous made the Jews hate him. Ironically, Matthew wrote to Jewish audience. The thrust of Matthew’s writings was to convince the Jews that Jesus was the promised Messiah, he referenced OT prophecies to affirm that Jesus was the promised Messiah who would be crucified (Acts 2:36, That He will be resurrected from the dead (Romans 1:1-4). In all, Jesus’ coming fulfilled 353 OT prophecies. Matthew was an accurate recorded keeper Jesus’ life. He researched and documented his lineage and genealogy, Matthew that included Historical records (1:1).
MARK: Also known as “John Mark” Wrote to Roman Gentiles. His writings in the third person suggest he was not an eye-witness, but, knew and spent time with someone who knew Jesus intimately. Recorded Peter’s sermons and accounts intently and in detail. Joined Paul on his first missionary journey (Picked up in Antioch, Corinth). The gospel of Mark moves quickly through Jesus’s miracles on his way to Jerusalem. It wasn’t until his arrival in Jerusalem that this gospel slows and begins recording Jesus’s life in days up to his crucifixion. His message: Repent and Respond!
(Luke 1:2-3) just as the original eye-witnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. 3 It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in an orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus.
LUKE (Medical Doctor): “Gentile” Joined Paul on his first missionary journey, possibly from Antioch, Corinth (Asia Minor). Luke wrote the longest book on the NT (Luke/Acts); A doctor himself, Luke focused on Jesus’s miracle healings. Luke wrote Jesus biography in sequence say he was with someone who spent a lot of time with Jesus, and knew him intimately. Luke recorded the birth of Jesus, and John the Baptist, -His was the only to document Jesus childhood, pre-ministry, adult life, and genealogy in such detail. The gospel of Luke records Jesus post-resurrection appearances, describing in detail Jesus’s ascension into heaven ((Luke 24:13-53). The book of Luke tells of the stranger on the road to Emmaus (Luke13:13-35), and of Jesus encounter with Paul.
(John 1:1-5) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him and apart not one thing was created. Life was with Him, and that life was in the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.
JOHN: “The disciple Jesus loved” The gospel of John are reflections of his many years with Jesus; Unlike the three others, John emphasizes the identity of Christ as the Son of God and how we should respond to his teachings. The gospel of John is the most theological of all gospels. (John 1: 14) The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Again, Of the 4 Gospel authors, who gave the most accurate account of Jesus? They All did. Each gave a detailed account of a different facet of Jesus Himself;

PRAYER: LORD, we lift you up and praise Your name for giving of Yourself, so we may be reconciled back to you. Thank you for the miraculous transformation taking place within us, and for the continual out pouring out your mercy and grace upon is. Lord, let this hunger, and thirst within us never cease so that we continue to be quenched by Your spirit.

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Aligning our hearts with the will of God

3.18 The Book of the “CHRONICLES” 17-18 The Changing of the Guards
Historical record of events concerning God’s establishment of His kingdom; His royal priesthood. Placed between 1, and 2 Kings, Nehemiah and Ezra, Chronicles takes place during the time of Benaiah, Solomon, Samuel, and Esther, and the other champions of Hall of faith (Hebrews 11); at a time when the Israelites are returning from exile in Persia.
THE LINES OF DEMARKATION: I Chronicles begins with genealogies (starting with Adam), and identification of tribes. This was important because it was God’s instruction for individual contributions to be made toward the achievement of God’s overall plan for His people; Including religious leaders, and God’s succession of kings.

“17” The LORD’S Covenant with David;
God’s will; Our assignment: 1 Chronicles 17:1-4 By all accounts, there was no question about David’s heart and commitment for God. 17:3 But that night the word of God came to Nathan:4 “Go to David My servant and say,’ This is what the LORD says,” You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in.” David felt responsible for building a permanent tabernacle for the Ark, after all, he was responsible for transporting it from place to place. Though this was not the designated place and God had a more pressing assignment.

II God’s overall plan. Aligning the intentions of our heart with the word of God (I Chronicles 17:5-6) From the time I brought you out of Egypt until today I have not lived in a house; instead , I have moved from tent to tent and from tabernacle to tabernacle.6 In all My travels throughout Israel, have I ever spoken a word even to one of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people asking: Why haven’t you built Me a house of cedar?’
IN DUE TIME; “God’s Time”: God’s house will be built and with all the deserving splendor-That has already been established. (1 Chronicles 17:11-12) When your time comes to be with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who is one of your sons, and I will establish his kingdom.12 He will build a house for Me, and I will establish his throne forever.
III CLARITY AND PURPOSE: Almost always non-existent: I Chronicles 26-27 17:6 Then King David went in, sat down at the LORD’S presence, and said: Who am I God and what is my house that you have brought me this far? David was being groomed all along, after the death of king Saul and David’s installation as King, a large following began. Soldiers from opposing tribes were enlisted, and alliances were formed with Gad, and the Philistines that allowed David to conquer and secure territories and provisions.
David’s prayer of Thanksgiving (17:16-27); David’s overwhelming appreciation for God’s faithfulness: I Chronicles 17:19 Lord, You have done all this greatness, making known all these great promises because of Your servant according to Your will.
IV VICTORY AND OBEDIENCE: 18:1-17 Defeats Philistines 18:1-2 After this, David defeated the Philistines, subdued them, and took Gath, and its villages from Philistine control.2 He also defeated the Moabites and they became David’s subjects and brought tribute.

In due time; “God’s time!”

1 Chronicles 17:11-12 When your time comes to be with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who is one of your sons, and I will establish his kingdom.12 He will build a house for Me, and I will establish his throne forever HCSB

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There was no question when it came to David’s heart for God. After all, he was responsible for transporting the Ark of the Covenant and all the elements of the temple. Despite his concern that God had no permanent temple, we see that God had another plans for him; plans that would ultimately affect God’s overall plan for His people. We need to understand the designated place for His temple had not yet been reached. God’s house will be built and with all the deserving splendor-That has been ordained and long been established. God knows the intentions of our hearts, therefore, aligning our hearts with the will of God should be our greatest aspiration. Only then can we appreciate that our present assignment is conditioning us for a much bigger outcome. Thursday’s Blessings

His will be done. Checking our faith:

 

(Mark 16:15) Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
“The Great Commission” (Establishing the New law)

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(Matthew 28:16-20) 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples if all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20 Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you to the end of age.
We are chosen to do this work. *Barnabas, and Saul were called out from among all the prophets and priests preaching in Antioch.
(Acts 13:2-3) While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work for which I have called them.3 So after they had fasted and prayed they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
And the weary worker will be continually renewed in the Lord.
(Matthew 11: 28-30) “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 All of you, take up my yoke and learn from Me,” because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. 30 For My yoke is easy and my burden light.

“Continue in this good work”, its our obedience:
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
Philippians 2:12 “Just do it!” Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work. 12 So then, my dear friends just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, nut even now more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling

Pursuing Jesus; Just a glimpse

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Deuteronomy 7:9) Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands

Matthew 9:21 Just then a woman who had suffered from bleeding for 12 years approached from behind and touched the tassel of Hid robe, for she said to herself, “If I can just touch His robe, I’ll be made well HCSB
*For she said within herself, If I may touch his garment, I shall be whole KJV
Gardarenes: On the southeast region of the Sea of Galilee at the outset of Jesus’ ministry. The woman: possibly Hebrew.
This woman was humiliated, a social outcast; unworthy. Yet her condition did not affect her faith. The bleeding woman was ceremonially unclean and prevented from entering the temple for worship. The penalty for breaking this law was punishable by stoning.
*OUR CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD NEVER CAUSE US TO SHRINK BACK FROM OUR FAITH; Never affect our need for God.
After all, Moses Stuttered: 10 But Moses said to the LORD, ‘Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue EXODUS 4.
Faith is fueled by our Love for Him. 12 Restore the joy of Your salvation to me and give me a willing spirit PSALM 51:12
Matthew 14:36 They were begging Him that they might only touch the tassel on His robe. As many as touched it were made perfectly well.
“LONGING” a yearning a desire (to be in His presence) 2 My soul thirsts for the living God; When shall I come and appear before Him? PSALM 42:2
Seek to be filled with spiritual substance; Not only will we be filled, but will be sustained: Psalm 107:9 For He has satisfied the thirsty and filled the hungry with good things HCSB
*For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. KJV
Press in and pursue His healing: Matthew 5:6 The sermon on the mount “The Beatitudes” They came hungry and thirsting: 6 Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed for they will be healed.
James 5: He is faithful to restore those who obediently pursue Him: 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven
Let us pray: LORD, I offer my praise, and thank you for Your transforming spirit at work within me; Thank you for the healing and restoring me back to yourself. I pray that in my season, I may just have a glimpse of your goodness and be filled

A “New Season”

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Acts 2:38 Repent, Peter said to them, “and be baptized each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the Holy Spirit.
Repentance; To turn away. Changing the mind will cause the heart to change which will in-turn cause the flesh to follow:
FAITH CHECK: When first coming to Christ, what was my reaction when told I need to give up my Old self (carnality) to follow Christ? What about now?
Focus: John the Baptist (Matthew 3)-The need to change. Read 3:11, What is John implying, how do I interpret this message? *Walking the Walk, Keeping our faith feet to the fire.

The dilemma: Bondage:
Genesis 3. “We want” We are bound by our carnality (Pneuma-Sarx); helpless in our humanity: Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. ESV
*Impetus (Focus): John the Baptist (Matthew 3)-The need to change. Read 3:11, What is John implying, how do I interpret this message?
Question: What are some things we can do change our ways? There is nothing we can do. Our righteousness is imputed (Paid was by another), Our grace. Unmerited.
John the Baptist tells us we must be Emancipated-Freed from Our old-selves. This freedom can only come through submission and surrender:
Romans 8:10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Matthew 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Three virtues we need to keep in check in our walks:
Proclamation: Baptism, Public Statement of “My Choice” to follow Jesus. Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live
Conviction, Commitment: “I Will” at all costs: Living out my faith. “Read:” Mark 10:38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup I drink or to be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with
Affirmation: “I can” Philippians 4:13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens Me.
*These are intrinsic. You cannot have one without the other.
These virtues can only be developed by repetition, Daily. Perhaps we need to re-commit our lives back to Christ. Thoughts?
What about devotionals, sitting at the throne of the King: 27 Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my up rightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant PSALM 35:

A NEW RESOLUTION.
“I Choose to” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
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Out of obedience, “I Will” (Mark 10:38)
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Because,
“I Can” (Philippians 4:13)

Let us pray: Lord, Thank You for the precious gift of my salvation. Thank You for Your unceasing mercies and grace you pour out on me. I recommit my life to you and submit all that I am to be filled with Your trans-forming Holy Spirit. Let me find my strength in you and help keep my eyes trained on You. Let me find victory in You through a constant renewing of my heart. I love You, and turn all my praises back to You. In the mighty name of Your Son Jesus Christ, Amen.

A NEW SEASON; A new set of downs

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Thank God for His mercies unceasing and graces overflowing that we can have fresh starts; Let’s try this again. As we enter into the new year, our first order of business is to relish in His grace and commit to renewing the vows of our relationship with the LORD Almighty. John the Baptist tells us everything starts with a genuine desire to change, a commitment  to start fresh.  Let’s do this again.

Repentance; To turn away. Changing the mind will cause the heart to change which will in-turn cause the flesh to follow:
Acts 2:38 Repent, Peter said to them, “and be baptized each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the Holy Spirit.
FAITH CHECK: When first coming to Christ, what was my reaction when told I need to give up my Old self (carnality) to follow Christ? What about now?

The dilemma: Bondage:
Genesis 3. We are bound by our carnality (Pneuma-Sarx). We are helpless in our humanity: Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. ESV
What are some things we can do change our ways? There is nothing we can do. Our righteousness is imputed (Paid was by another), Our grace. Undeserving.

Emancipation comes from submission and surrender:
Romans 8:10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Matthew 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Christ followers have three virtues present their walks:
Proclamation: “I Choose” Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live
Conviction, Commitment: “I Will” Mark 10:38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup I drink or to be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with
Affirmation: “I can” Philippians 4:13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens Me.

A RESOLUTION.
I choose to:
I will…
Because, I can:

Let us pray: Lord, Thank You for the precious gift of my salvation. Thank You for Your unceasing mercies and grace you pour out on me. I recommit my life to you and submit all that I am to be filled with Your trans-forming Holy Spirit. Let me find my strength in you and help keep my eyes trained on You. Let me find victory in You through a constant renewing of my heart. I love You, and turn all my praises back to You. In the mighty name of Your Son Jesus Christ, Amen.