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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(Luke 6) Conditional Christianity

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And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritence among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32)

(6:46) Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things I say NKJV

After praying, and teaching the 12, Jesus descends with the apostles to the place where a large assembly of apostles, and followers were. (6:18) They came to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those tormented by unclean spirits were made well.

After preaching the Beattitudes, Jesus elaborates on these virtues of the believer-Building on the foundation of our faith, and maintaining the fundamentals of this faith we profess.

He  spoke of humility, remaining resplendent in the face of persecution-Responding with kindness to those who mock, and ridicule(6:28-29a) bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29a If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other.
He spoke of judgement-Is it ever alright? (6:37) Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Then, there’s the optics of our faith, The “Fruit” we bear. What does our faith look like in the eyes of the world? (6:45) A good man produces good out the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the over-flow of the heart. Do we pursue these things that transform our hearts and minds to reflect the indwelling Holy Spirit?
And He finishes with the “Foundation” of our faith-Construction terminology: “Footings” He speaks about the two foundations. Those who profess to be followers and live-counter-intuitively(6:48-49), and those who build their faith on solids foundations (Isaiah 28:16) Therefore, the Lord God said: “Look, I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation. The one who believes will be unshakable. Check the integrity of your foundation, Your faith depends on it: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built.

The Devil rear’s it’s ugly head

 

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Dealing with spiritual persecution:

(1Peter 4:12-14),”Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His gliry, you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed because the Spirit of glory and of God rest upon you.

“I don’t believe in God!” If He is such a loving God, then, Why…?! and, It’s all the Christians fault that…!! The resonate cry of the unbeliever. Now imagine it’s your sibling, a member of the same household?
(Genesis 4:6-7) Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why are you despondent? 7If you do right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. His desire is for you, but you must rule over it.
The reality is, Sin no longer crouches at the door, but sits with you at the dinner table, it occupies the very living space you do; It even sits with you in church.

We know God allows circumstances for a reason, and almost always for reasons we don’t understand. For the believer, it is a test of our spiritual fortitude, and represents the hope to grow our faith. For the unbeliever, the perfect reason to deny, and persecute Jesus Christ; Their “Sword of Damocles.”

This warfare is real: (1 Peter 5:8) Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a lion, looking for anyone he can devour. The scriptures are clear on the consequences of how we (believers) respond, and make no concessions for those who persecute His very own. (Ephesians 6:10-11) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Remain steadfast in the faith, Press harder into the cross. We are already victorious!John 16:33) I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.
Aloha ke Akua “God bless”

The “Least” likely

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“Why me Lord?!!” Almost always our first response to God in our season of circumstance, And yet, 66 books of the Bible give more than enough reason to respond,”Why Not me?” In my contemplation, I am lead to look at three areas that impact my faith, and maturity in Christ: How I view myself, How others see me, and What I might look like if….Let’s track together and see what the scriptures reveal about our disciplines in this area:

Gideon is called: (Jdgs 6:11-12) The Angel of the Lord came, and He sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash, the Albiezrite. His son Gideon was threshing wheat in the wine vat in order to hide it from the Midianites. 12 Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said: The Lord is with you mighty warrior.

“Gideon” A military commander, judge, and called to be Prophet to once again deliver His people from under the hands of the Midianites. To turn them away from the worship of Baal (Asherah), and back to Him.

(Isaiah 55:8) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. God will use the “Least likely” to accomplish great things.

He doubted his worthiness, and capabilities: (Judges 6:14-15) The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not sending you? 15 He said to Him, “Please Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.

Others didn’t think so: (1 Samuel 17:33) 33 But Saul replied,”You can’t go fight this Phillistine. You’re just a youth, and he’s been a warrior since he was young.
Even Moses doubted his ability to finish what God Almighty had already ordained(Exodus. )

..But you’ve been conditioning all along for this moment: (1 Samuel 17:33-34) David answered, “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock 33 I went after it and struck it down and rescued the lamb from it’s mouth.

Samuel, son of Elkanah and Hannah; His appearance was certainly a divine appointment: (1 Samuel 1:27-28) I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked for, 28 I now give the boy to the Lord. For as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord. Then he bowed down in worship to the Lord there.
First served in the tabernacle (1 Samuel 2:18) The boy Samuel served in the Lord’s presence and wore a linen ephod (hip length sleeveless garment). His duties included making certain the lamps remained lit until the sun rose, and opening the doors of the tabernacle.

In all instances, None knew where there paths would lead and the impact they would have. Gideon doubted, David was believed to be inferior to the task, Moses was both, and Samuel had no clue whatsoever. The common thread was in their obedience to move pass their limitations, and through their circumstance. The season you are in is your conditioning for your next assignment. Aloha, God bless

Why do BAD THINGS happen to Good people?

Why BAD THINGS happen to Good People?
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Unbelievers pose this cynically: “If you’re God is a loving God, then why does he allow bad things happen to good people? Believers might approach it from a standpoint of distress and despair: “Why me”Lord?

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(Matthew 5:6) Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they are filled

Consider this,

(Matthew 19:17) There is no perfect human-The only One perfect man went to the cross to save us from our human condition-So, to compare ourselves to him is a misnomer-a complete misstatement to our relationship to him (Isaiah 55:8-10) For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither is your ways My ways Isaiah…
Think for a moment about what you see as you’re flying thousands of feet above the earth-The layers of clouds separating the atmospheres, the large land mass, surrounded be huge bodies of water, the actual curvature of the earth’s horizon-Pretty impressive. Now, Imagine what the God outside all space and time sees. Where would we begin to wrap our heads around it?

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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

Why do we suffer? (Phil 1:6) He who began a good work in you will see t to completion to the day of Jesus Christ. 2 Peter tells us the Lord is not unwavering in his promise 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance

In our pain, and suffering, it’s difficult to believe that this is God’s plan for us-That he would care for the man who walked into Emmanuel Ministry (Charleston), watch as people prayed, the without remorse gun them down. In our humanity, this sickens us to our very core. Why does God allow the innocent to die? God is concerned for our eternal welfare, the Big picture (The airplane). Our eternity is of greater worth than our temporal state (Fleshly state). Whether we like it or not, we all will be separated from our flesh at some point, and all will have eternal life. How and Where we end up matters to God.

In the book of Acts in verse 7, Peter is stoned to death after preaching the gospel (7:54) When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him 55a but Stephan full of the Holy Spirit looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God..So, why didn’t God strike them down for this wicked act? “So that NONE would perish.” No one would be deprived of God’s promise (2 Peter 3:9)
No one escapes the process (Romans 8:23) Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly wait for the adoption to the sonship the redemption of our bodies.
Peter completed his assignment-Those who stoned him fall under the same promise of God’s grace-We will all pass through the Refiner’s fire. We must be willing to accept this truth (2 Corinthians 5:8) We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord; Up to the point of redemption.
Why don’t we just Check-out-Take our own lives and be totally done with the suffering?
(Luke 9:62) Jesus replied,”No one puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God-We matter to Jesus- WHERE WE SPEND OUR ETERNITY MATTERS TO HIM *John 15:13: No greater love has he who is willing to lay down his life for a brother-Quitting is Not an option!
Indeed Bad things will happen, and we should be excited that we have such an opportunity to serve Him intimately.

Wisdom is knowledge, Rightly applied. B. Franklin. God didn’t say be ye wise like Solomon a man who was given wisdom unlike any man. We must think how to defeat this enemy (serpent) that has deceived Eve-The one who makes us see God’s plan as evil.
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Empowered by “The Spirit”

When we are in our darkest moments, and all seems helpless, We can call out and re-activate the Spirit of the Lord.(Heb 13:5) I will never leave you nor forsake you- You can take Him at His word:

(Judges 6:15-16) He said to Him, “Please, Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.”
16 “But, I will be with you, the Lord said to Him.” You will strike Median down as if it were one man (HCSB)

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Has God called you to task, and all you did was come up with an excuse why you didn’t think you were ready, or good enough? Growth begins in the going-If we don’t step out in faith, how can we know what we are really capable of? Moses found himself at the same cross roads, but look what happened when he stepped out in faith(Exodus 14:15-16)-And David? He was the runt, and youngest, The most likely not to? In our Faith walk, we come to these proverbial lines when we Will question our spiritual fortitude, and worthiness-Truth is, We are given more than enough grace to complete an assignment [2 Cor. 12:9]. It is the health of our faith that will allow us to step over the line, to take on the next assignment, or remain where we are.

God has an assignment for you that He has been grooming you for all this time. SELF EXAMINATION: It will require every ounce of your faith, The complete abandonment to self, and to own the victory that was won on the cross.

Aloha, God bless

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