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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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

In the midst of the storm

Hebrews 10:7 Then I said, ”See-it is written about me in the volume of the scroll,
I have come to do your will, God!HCSB

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Your pain does not belong to you: You number my wanderings; put my tears in you bottle. Are they not in your book? (Psalm 56:8) NKJV

SEEING THE WORKS OF GOD IN MY LIFE

Psalm 10 1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off?

Why do you hide yourself in times

Of trouble?

2 In their arrogance the wicked hunt down

The weak,

Catching the schemes they devise

Feeling abandoned (by God), Standing outside the grace of God, Why? The Psalmist is probably addressing an agnostic, or someone in the infancy of their faith. The focus is inward in the plight. As opposed to God’s greatness

(Psalm 10:8-10) He waits in ambush near the villages;

He kills the innocent in secret places,

His eyes are on the lookout for the helpless.

9 he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket.

He lurks in order to seize the afflicted and drags him in his net

10 So he is oppressed and beaten down; the helpless fall because of him

”Help Me” Lord, I am afraid…

We forget,

God is powerful because, GOD DOES NOT CHANGE (Hebrews 13:8), He is Immovable and Uncompromising (Isaiah 40:28) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

God is JUST: (Exodus 33:19) ‘And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and proclaim before you My name ‘The Lord’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.

(Proverbs 3:5-6) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths KJV

*Submit all your ways to God, Enter into a Intimate relationship with Him: (Psalm 9:10) Those who know Your name trust in You because You have not abandoned those who seek you Yahweh

Celebrate God in All Things

(Psalm 9:1-2) 1 I will thank Yahweh with all my heart; I will declare all your wonderful works 2 I will rejoice and boast about you; I will sing about your name.

Remember what He has Done, and, Is Doing in your life

11 Sing to the Lord who dwells in Zion; proclaim his deeds among all nations 12 For the One who seeks an accounting for bloodshed remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted

 

 

 

Making amends

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(Ezra 9)

(Ezra 9:9) For we are slaves [Bondmen]. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but extended to us His steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair it’s ruins, and to give us protection in Judea snd Jerusalem

God’s grace extended. God issues a decree to Cyrus king of Persia to allow exiles return (to Jerusalem) to rebuild temple, and wall. They would settle among all the other tribes who also lived in the surrounding areas.

Do not be un-equally yoked! (2 Corinthians 6:14) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? KJV The Israelites were God’s chosen people, A people with an unsullied (undiluted) blood-line -Set apart for Himself.

The fruit of disobedience. (9:2) For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness.

Bad seed begets Bad fruit. Of course, Their atrocities against God led to more atrocities. “The wild ass” (Jeremiah 2:24) a wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need not weary themselves; In her month the will find her. * Even more disgusting is. Those charged with leading the people (priests, Levites) were the ones most guilty.

They were warned. (9:10-11) “And now, our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken your commandments.” which you commanded by Your servants the prophets, saying, 11 The land that that you are entering to possess is a land unclean with pollutions of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations. They have filled it from end to end with their uncleanliness.

Does God show favor to His own? (9:13) After all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our i iniquities deserved and has given us such a remnant as this. *Favor doesn’t mean “Without” consequence.

With remorse and repentant hearts 9:15, 10:1) 15 O Lord, God of Israel, you are just but we have escaped as a remnant, as in now the case. Here we are before you in our guilt, though no one can face you because of this. [10:1] While Ezra prayed and made his confession, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women and children gathered to him out of Israel; the people also wept bitterly.

They must be Purified and Re-consecrated. Foreign wives and their children rejected. (10:10-12) Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, ‘You have trespassed and married foreign women, and increased the guilt of Israel. 11 Now make a confession to the Lord the God of your ancestors, and do his will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives. 12 Then all the assembly answered with a loud voice, ‘It is so; we must do as you have said.

The path to reconciliation was cut. Our Perseverance will bring it to pass. (Dan 9:24) “Seventy weeks have been determined concerning your people and your holy city to put an end to rebellion, to bring sin to completion, to atone for iniquity, bring perpetual vision, and anoint a most holy place.

“Good works” Action, or Attitude of worship?

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(2 Timothy 4:7) I have fought the good fight, I gave finished the race, I have kept the faith

(James 2:14-17) What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of them says,” Go in peace, be warmed and filled, without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

As James illustrates, It was Abraham’s obedience that caused his faith to grow, which in-turn gained God’s favor-He moved ahead without understanding God’s reasoning (Genesis 22:2-11). Good works is an Act of Kindness-Approaching others from a point of benevolence-Doing for others without return, and without pomp and circumstance.

(Hebrews 13:16) Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Hebrews 13 appeals to acts of benevolence-Doing what is honorable. In fact, This chapter opens with the most profound piece of scripture regarding works: (13:1-2) Let brotherly love continue. 2 Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this sone have welcomed angels as guest without knowing it.

Good works is an act of Obedience that ignites our faith. Our good works cannot get us into heaven (Luke 10:38-41), The “Fruit” of our good works does: (John 6: 27-29) Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the good works of God? Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in whom he has sent

Therefore, our works cannot get us into heaven any more than being good makes us more acceptable (Ephesians 2:8) For ye are saved by grace through faith; and this is not of yourselves; It is a gift.

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Servanthood, The “Approved Worker

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Background: 2Timothy is one of three (1 Timothy, Titus) Pastoral Letters. Unlike the Pauline letters that were written to the church and it’s leaders, Paul wrote these specifically to the gospel workers.

(2Timothy 2:14-15) Remind them of these things, charging them before God not to fight about words, this is in no way profitable and leads to the ruin of the hearers. 15 zBe diligent to present yourself to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.

In this passage, Paul lays out the attributes of the true workers of Christ; In Deed, and in Speech, Representatives of the gospel possess character traits above reproach. They must always be mindful that their words build up rather than tear down (2 Timothy 2:14).
True gospel workers have discernment. Their intimate relation with the Holy Spirit that allow them to view everything through the lens of God: (2Timothy 2:20-21) 20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver bowls, but also those of wood and clay, some for honorable use some for dishonorable. 21 So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart useful to the Master

True servants of God constantly seek to mature in their faith (2 Timothy 2: 22) Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. By their virtues, others will follow: (2:24-26) The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient 25 instructing his opponents with gentleness leading them to the knowledge of truth. 26 Then they may come to their senses and escape the Devil’s trap, having been captured by him to do his will.

Relationship or Religion

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“I don’t have a a Religion, I have a Relationship” The first arrow to be drawn from our quiver when our faith is questioned, and compared to worldly beliefs. Excellent response, except there is no meat on the bones, No conviction behind our statement. So, Do we really understand the power behind the ministry and finished work of Christ, Do we harness, and possess that power in our faith-walk? Aren’t the basic premise of relationships built on Trust-believing without question that your partner will do as they say, and Bonding-being united in spirit?
Three events unfolded that created a trust and a bond for all who would believe to enter into a relationship with God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit-Three events that forever set Christianity apart from all world religions:
“God Felt”(Acts 1:9) After He had said this, He was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight. We serve a Living God. A God who experienced the emotion of welcoming His son back into the heavens.
“The chasm was bridged” (Hebrews 8:1) Now the main point of what is being said is this: We have this kind of high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens Through the obedience of the Son, man was given access to the Father [Matthew 9:21] The “Temple Veil”
Man experienced God through the Spirit (Jn 16:7) Finally, the ascension underscored the fact that Jesus had given His apostles a mission as His ambassadors God would empirically inhabit man through the Spirit (Acts 2:4) Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and begun to speak in different languages as the Spirit gave them the ability for speech. Blessings