For those of you that might be interested, Matthew 20:29-34 and Mark 10:46-52 recant this same story.
Beggars regularly lined up along the streets close to urban areas since that was the place where they had the option to contact the most people. Typically impeded somehow or another, they could not make money, they could not earn a living. Medical assistance was not accessible for their issues, and individuals would in general disregard their commitment to tend to the poor (Leviticus 25:35-38).
Beggars had little expectation of getting away from their degrading lifestyle. In any case, this visually impaired beggar took trust in the Messiah. He boldly shouted out to get Jesus' attention, and Jesus said that the man's faith made him see. Regardless of how urgent our circumstance may appear, if we call out to Jesus in faith, He will help us.
The man called out “Jesus, thou son of David.” Although the blind beggar could not see with his physical eyes, he saw Jesus with his heart. He knew that this was the Messiah, while the religious leaders were spiritually blind though they physically saw His miracles. It is ironic that so many people with the physical ability to have vision in their eyes cannot see Jesus when he passes by.
Hebrew 2:17, Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
In the Old Testament, the high priest was the arbiter, or mediator, between man and God. His work was to consistently offer animal sacrifices as indicated by the Law and mediate with God for the sins and transgressions of the individuals. Our High Priest now is Jesus Christ. He did not come to earth as a holy messenger or an angel. He came to earth as a human being like the rest of us.
Subsequently, He comprehends our shortcomings and weaknesses and shows mercy unto us. He has unequivocally suffered the consequences for our sins and transgressions by His sacrificial death on the cross (atonement), and we can rely on Him to reestablish our wrecked relationship with God (reconciliation). We are delivered from transgression's control over us when we submit ourselves completely to Christ, believing and trusting totally in how and what He did for us.
Jesus said bring him to me, bring all who have need of saving. In spite of the fact that Jesus was concerned about the impending events that were to occur to Him in Jerusalem, He showed what He had recently taught His disciples regarding service (Matthew 20:28); by halting to focus on the blind beggar. His concern was for this man that cried out for mercy. Christ hears us when we call out to Him. It is up to us to call upon Him.
The man only asked for his sight. He only asked to be healed. His was a prayer of faith. The blind man's sight was restored. His faith in Jesus had saved him. The man began praising and glorifying God, and the people who saw what had just happened, they began to give praise to God as well.
Luke 7:50, And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Luke 17:19, And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Many people today with 20/20 vision have yet to see Jesus' death on the Cross and how it relates to their lives and forgiveness of sins. As in then, Jesus is still passing by today. We can listen to others tell of what Christ has done for them, either for saving their souls, giving healing to their bodies, or what Christ has done for their friends and family members. The people gave Him praise, honor, and glory. Do we not give our recommendation and endorsement regarding a particular product or service that we have received? We want to tell others about it.
There is an old song by the Primitive Quartet, He's Still Passing By.
When Jesus passed by, the dead would arise.
Some that were blind he opened their eyes.
The lepers were cleansed, the dumb made to talk.
The lame and crippled would rise up and walk.
And he's still passing by, He's still passing,
He still extends mercy today,
The blood that He shed, on Calvary's tree,
still washes my sins all away.
Jesus passed by a woman one day.
With an issue of blood, the Bible does say.
She spent all she had so the story is told.
But when she touched His garment,
she was made whole.
One night on my knees at an altar of prayer.
Jesus passed by and rescued me there.
I called on His name while He was yet nigh.
What a wonderful change when Jesus passed by.
And he's still passing by, He's still passing by,
He still extends mercy today.
The blood that He shed, on Calvary's tree still,
washes my sins all away.
Why not tell others that Jesus is still passing by today.
Today could have been the last morning that someone may have eaten their last breakfast. Today could be the last sermon that someone will have heard preached. Today could be the last day someone will spend on this earth. Not many preachers speak on hell anymore. I want to warn those that do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, that you need to come to Him now before it is too late. Today’s society is all about a false brotherly love.
Before we get started, let me first remind you that the Lazarus in this story is not the Lazarus that Jesus rose from the dead in the Gospel of John 11.
The Pharisees looked at having wealth as a proof that the person was righteous. Jesus confused them with this story in which an ailing beggar is recompensed or rewarded, and the rich man is sentenced. The rich man did not end up in hell because of his wealth but because of his selfishness with it. He would not give Lazarus food nor take him into his home or care for his wellbeing. He was pitiless despite his incredible gifts. He had no common courtesy or common decency. The measure of money we have is not so exceptionally significant as the way we use it. What is our disposition toward our wealth and assets? Do we store them egotistically for ourselves, or do we utilize them to help other people?
In verse 22:
The beggar died and was carried away to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
In verse 23:
He will Look…
But the rich man being in hell, (1) he lifted up his eyes, (2) he recognized where he was, (3) he was in torment, (4) he saw Abraham and Lazarus afar off, (5) undoubtedly, he recognized those around him after death. Just for a moment, just try to imagine what that must be like.
In verse 24:
He will Lament…
The rich man, (not so rich now) he cried out, he mourned, (extreme pain, persistent, recurrent distress). No Tylenol, Motrin, or narcotic pain killer will work to ease that type of suffering. How many of us have burned our hand at a kitchen stove, on a grill, or in a fireplace? The pain is intense so try to imagine what hell must be like, being burned all over your body and not being able to ease the suffering.
The man begged for mercy, but mercy did not come, grace will not be there, no matter how much you cry out or beg. The pain and anguish are continual. It will never cease. The man asked for a missionary, “send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” But there is no water, there is no release, and it will be too late to send missionaries out now.
In verse 26:
He will be lost forever…
There is a great gulf fixed between heaven and hell. Only sinners are allowed in, and once a person has ended up there, there is no coming out. There is no escaping it. There is no half-time. There is no break or timeout.
There are two types of death…
The Physical death where the body dies, and the spirit leaves the body. The Spiritual death where the sinner will be separated from God.
In verses 28 - 31:
The rich man felt that his five siblings would clearly accept a messenger who was raised from the dead. Yet he is told that if they did not trust Moses and the prophets, who spoke continually of the obligation to poor people, not so much as a resurrection would persuade them. Notice the incongruity in Jesus' assertion; in route to Jerusalem to die, he was completely mindful that in any event, when he had returned from death, most of the religious leaders would not acknowledge him. They were stubborn, and neither Scripture nor God's Son himself could shake them free.
Do we live a life like this rich man? Do we want to die like this rich man? Do we know where we will spend eternity?
The two men that were going back to Emmaus missed history's most noteworthy event since they were excessively centered around their own personal frustrations and issues.
In verses 13-16:
The two men walking toward Emmaus were so caught up in themselves and their own problems that they did not see Jesus or even recognize Him. Undoubtedly, they had heard His preaching, the various parables, and what He was teaching about Himself. It was as if they were not looking for Him. When we quit looking for Jesus, we fall. When we take our eyes of Christ, we stumble. We must keep our eyes on Christ, looking for that Blessed Hope.
In verses 17-24:
The news had spread through Jerusalem regarding the crucifixion of Christ. Jewish pilgrims had been visiting the city because this was the Passover week. Jesus asked them what was wrong and why were they so sad. The men could not believe that someone did not know about the current events. So many people called Jesus a prophet. They thought He was dead, nor did they believe that He had risen. These men then gave witness to the Gospel, they told Jesus what had happened at the tomb. We all need to learn how to give witness to others of what Christ has done for us.
These two disciples from Emmaus had been expecting Jesus to redeem Israel. Many people believed that the prophesied Messiah would come as a military and political leader. They were not expecting the Messiah to come save mankind from the slavery of sin. Everyone lost hope when Jesus had died on the cross, and no one understood its significance.
People knew that the tomb was empty, but they could not understand that Jesus had risen from the tomb. Even though the women had brought witness of His resurrection, and that this had been verified by other disciples, these two men still could not believe. Even people today cannot believe Christ rose from the dead, that the tomb is empty. What will it take to get people to believe? For some reason, people cannot or just will not have faith. It does not fit into their intellectual way of thinking. As Christians, it is our job to present Jesus to the world in a manner that will help them to build their faith.
In verses 25-27:
“O fools,” Jesus says, as He refers to the scriptures and the prophecy. The men had head knowledge but no heart knowledge. In essence, read the Book, but not with the intellectual mind. Even though they knew the prophesies, they neglected to comprehend that Jesus’ suffering was for His glory. They could not comprehend why God had not interceded. They were focused on worldly adoration of political and military power. They were not ready for the reversal of human expectations with the values of God’s Kingdom; the last will be first, and life becomes out of death.
The two disciples explained to Jesus why they were feeling the way they were, why they were sad and confused. Jesus then gives the Scripture and applies it to His ministry. What do we need to do if we read Scripture and <lo not understand it? First, we should pray and ask the Lord to open our hearts and minds to the Scriptures. We can also ask our Christian friends to help us.
In verses 28-30:
As they came closer to the village, they asked Jesus to stay and break bread, they had dinner. Undoubtedly, they were all hungry from their long travels and they needed time to rest. It appears as if the men were enjoying His company. How often do Christians today get together in fellowship either at the church building or in our own homes? But let us be mindful, do not have so many fellowships that we leave Christ out. No true Christian fellowship can happen unless Jesus is there.
In verses 31-32:
Finally, their eyes were opened! They suddenly realized that Jesus was right there with them. It did not take a great big miracle, just the simple act of breaking bread. Too often people are so busy looking for the big miracles that they cannot see the small ones right in front of them. One of the men asked the other, “Did not our heart bum within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” The same should be with us. Our hearts should bum within as we read and study the Scriptures. Our hearts should burn as we commune with God Almighty.
In verses 33-35:
Here we see that they went back to where they came from and told of what happened to them. They were telling the Good News that just happened in their lives. They were giving a witness to others of what Christ had done for them. Have we been a witness for what Christ has done for us0 Have we shared the Gospel to others? If not, then why not?
That inwardly heavenly fire will start to burn when you get in line with Christ. Get a good case of spiritual heartburn, the kind no earthly medicine can put out. Physical heartburn is painful, it is caused by wrong foods, stress, and we may need to take medicine to ease the pain. Spiritual heartburn is not painful, it comes from taking in the right food, God's Word.
What road are we on? Will it take us toward Jesus or away from Him?
In verses 11 – 19:
Was the miserable son wasteful? The young son’s portion of the property was 33% (Deuteronomy 21:17). By and large, he would have gotten this at his father’s death, although fathers in some cases decided to split their property early and resign from dealing with the estates. What is surprising here is that the younger son started the division of the property. This showed disrespect for his father’s position as the head of the family.
As indicated by Moses' Law, pigs were unclean creatures (Leviticus 11:2-8; Deuteronomy 14:8). This implied that they could not be eaten or utilized for sacrifices. To shield themselves from pollution, Jews would not touch them. For a Jew to go as far as taking care of pigs was an extraordinary embarrassment, and for this young fellow to eat the food the pigs had contacted was to be corrupted too much. This youth man had really sunk to the bottom.
The young son, in the same way as others who are defiant and juvenile, needed to be free and live however he wanted, he needed to arrive in a desperate predicament before he "came to himself” (started thinking clearly). It regularly takes incredible distress and misfortune to make individuals look to the One who can help them. Is it true that we will carry on with life in our own particular manner, childishly shoving aside any obligation or responsibility that impedes us? We need to pause and look before we hit bottom and save ourselves and our families much pain and sorrow.
He was given much but could not handle it all. His eyes got too big for his head and the world was too enticing for him. The young man lost what he had and lived in filth. He finally realized that he was wrong, and he went home to ask for forgiveness. How many of us have been in a comparable situation?
In verses 10 – 24:
Why did the father not punish the young son, he deserved it? In this story, the dad watched and paused. He was managing a person with his very own will; however, he was prepared to welcome his child in the event that he returned. Similarly, God's affection is consistent, and he is waiting. He will look for us and offer us chances to react, yet he does not constrain us to come to him. Like the dad, God stands by persistently for us to wake up.
The sheep was lost since it foolishly meandered away (15:4); the coin was lost through no flaw of its own (15:8), and the son left with because of self-centeredness (15:12). God's incredible love connects and discovers sinners regardless of how and why they get lost.
The Father forgave him.
In verses 25 – 32:
Was the maddened son self-centered and resentful? It was difficult for the elder brother to acknowledge his younger brother when he returned, and it is similarly as hard to acknowledge younger siblings today (or even older people). Individuals who atone after living sinful lives are regularly held in doubt; churches are often reluctant to concede them into church membership. All things considered, we should cheer like the angels in heaven when an unbeliever atones and goes to God. Like the father, acknowledge apologetic sinners wholeheartedly and give them the help and consolation that they need to grow in Christ.
In the narrative of the prodigal son, the father’s reaction is apparently different in relation to the older brother's reaction. The father forgave because he was happy, and the older brother would not forgive since he was angry toward what he considered was injustice, His hatred delivered him similarly as lost to the father’s adoration as his younger sibling had been. Try not to allow anything to hold us back from pardoning others. If we are declining to forgive others, we are missing out on a magnificent chance of encountering joy. Make our delight develop; forgive someone who has harmed us.
At the point when Jesus recounted this story, the older brother represented the Pharisees, who were furious and angry that sinners were being invited into God's Kingdom. All things considered, they thought that they had sacrificed and accomplished such a great deal for God. That it is so natural to detest God's charitable absolution of others whom we consider more sinful than ourselves. Be that as it may, when our self-righteousness impedes rejoicing at others coming to Jesus, we are as bad as the Pharisees. The older brother had been there all along. He had been faithful. But pride set in (look at me). He always had the blessings, but he did not claim them.
The father stated thy brother was dead and lost but is alive and found.
When a fellow Christian falls, do not let them stay there. Help them up and point them back to repentance. When they do repent, give them the support and encouragement that they need to grow. Do not let things keep us from forgiving others. It destroys our joy. Do not let self-righteousness get in the way of leading others to Christ.
In verses 1 - 2:
Why were the Pharisees bothered and irate that Jesus related with these individuals? The strict religious leaders were consistently mindful to remain “Clean” as per the Old Testament Law. Truth be told, they went well past the Law in their aversion to specific individuals and circumstances and in their ceremonial washings. Paradoxically, Jesus took the idea of “Cleanness” delicately.
He gambled debasement by contacting lepers and by failing to wash in the Pharisee's recommended way. He showed total negligence for their approvals against mingling with specific classes of individuals. He came to offer salvation to sinners, to show them that God loves them. Jesus did not stress over these affiliations. All things considered, he kept going to the individuals who required him, paying little mind to the impact they may have on his standing.
In verses 4 - 5:
The sheep left the fold. Was the missing sheep a rebellious sheep? Did the sheep not want to stay, or did it mistakenly wonder off? The shepherd found the sheep and brought it back to the others. Some shepherds would break the legs of the sheep to keep sheep in. Thereby the shepherd would have to carry the sheep, and the sheep began to rely on the shepherd.
We can maybe comprehend a God who might forgive sinners who come to him for leniency, yet a God who carefully looks for heathens and afterward cheerfully pardons them must have uncommon love. This is the sort of affection that incited Jesus to come to earth to look for lost individuals and save them. This is the sort of exceptional love God has for us. On the off chance that we feel a long way from God, do not despair or give up hope. He is looking for us.
It appears to be absurd for the shepherd to leave the 99 sheep to go on a quest for only one. In any case, the shepherd realized that the 99 would be protected in the sheepfold, while the lost sheep was at serious risk. Since every sheep was of high worth, the shepherd realized it was advantageous to look perseveringly for the lost one. God's love for every individual is incredible to the point that he searches everyone out and celebrates when the person is "Found". Jesus associated with sinners since he wanted to bring the lost sheep, individuals considered past hope, the Gospel of God's Kingdom. Before we became believers, Jesus looked for us, and his love is still searching for those who are lost.
In verses 6 – 7:
The shepherd called his friends and neighbors, telling how he had found his sheep. How often are Christians like this? What will it take for the Good Shepherd to find you?
Wolves will come and attack the wondering sheep. The shepherd will give his life to protect his sheep. What did the shepherd do after he got home? He told somebody. This was a praise report. He had to tell others the Good News.
In verses 8 - 10:
Was the silver misplaced due to carelessness? Maybe it is in the house, but we just cannot remember where it was placed. Maybe we should turn on light dispel the dark so we can see. Maybe we need to sweep out the dirt. But what did the woman do after she found it? Again, a praise report is given. She went to tell others.
Palestinian ladies received ten silver coins as a wedding present. Other than their money-related worth, these coins held sentimental value like a wedding band, and to lose one was very troubling. Similarly, as a lady would cheer at discovering her lost coin or ring, so the heavenly angels would celebrate over a contrite sinner. Every individual is valuable to God. He laments over each misfortune and cheers when one of his children is found and brought into his Kingdom. Maybe there would be more joy in our churches if Christians shared Jesus' concern and compassion for the lost.
How is this like some Christians?
Life gets too busy. We lay the silver down. We may even forget about it. Or maybe something gets placed on top of it. Maybe it falls and lands somewhere else.
What should we do?
We need to search for it. We need to go back to where we last saw it.
The supper is ready and the invitations have been sent. But what is an invitation? An invitation is to request someone to be present, a summons to participate, or an attempt to get someone to join you at a specific event.
The man with Jesus saw the brilliance of God’s Kingdom, yet he did not yet see how to get in. In Jesus’ story, many turned down the solicitation to the dinner because the circumstance was badly arranged; the timing was inconvenient. We also can oppose or postpone reacting to God’s greeting, and our reasons may sound sensible. Our work obligations, family duties, monetary need, or whatever might be the situation. In any case, God’s invitation is the most important occasion in our lives, regardless of how awkwardly it could be coordinated. Is it true that we are rationalizing to try not to react to God’s call? Jesus advises us that the opportunity will come when God quits inviting us, and it will be past the point where it is possible to get into the banquet.
A king makes a marriage for his son, some responded, some did not.
In Biblical times, it was customary to give two invitations. First to announce that an event was to take place, this is a preparatory invitation. The second was to state that the event was ready, now it is time to arrive. The guests in Jesus' story offended the host by rationalizing when he gave the subsequent greeting. The first invitation came from Moses & the prophets, the second invitation came from Jesus. The religious leaders accepted the first invitation but not the second one. They accepted that God had called them to be his people, however they offended God by declining to acknowledge his Son. Consequently, as the master in the story sent his servant into the roads to welcome the poor to his feast, so God sent his Son to the entire world of destitute individuals to reveal to them God's Kingdom had shown up and was prepared for them.
These guests insulted the host with excuses when the second invitation was sent. The first man was concerned with his possessions. The second man was concerned with his business. The third man was concerned with his family.
An invitation is:
When a ship is sinking, do you have to invite people to get in the lifeboat? Size of the boat is not the problem; it is that there are not enough rowers. The entrance to heaven is by God’s invitation only. We cannot buy our way in or use our social status. When God calls, man will have to answer in one way or another. If people act today as did these pious Jews, the invitation may not come again.
Is your invitation for salvation, or to get your heart right with God?
We have quit asking, we have quit seeking, and we have not knocked for so long that we have forgotten where the knocker is!
What do I mean by that sentence? Well, when is the last time we actually talked to God the Father, petitioning him due to some circumstantial issue that might involve either ourselves or someone else? Have we honestly prayed about or for something or someone?
We always seem to pray for the big things, but we seem to forget to pray for the little things. There are times when our prayers seem to go unanswered. We get discouraged. Answers to prayers and events happen on God's time, not ours. So, what are we to do when we come to the Throne of Grace and petition the Father on behalf of either ourselves or for someone else?
Jesus advises us to continue seeking after God. Individuals regularly surrender after a couple of weak endeavors and presume that God cannot be found. Yet, realizing God takes confidence (faith), center (focus), and completion (follow-through). Jesus guarantees us that our endeavors will be remunerated. We ought not surrender in our endeavors to look for God. We should keep on asking Him for more patience, love, knowledge, wisdom, and comprehension to look for God. on asking him for more patience, love, knowledge, wisdom, and comprehension. He will offer them to us.
This is not an assurance that we can get anything we want essentially by asking Jesus and believing. God does not give demands that would hurt us, hurt others, or that abuse his own temperament or will. Jesus' assertion is definitely not an unlimited free pass. For prayers to be fulfilled, our solicitations should be in line with the standards of God's kingdom. The more grounded our conviction and belief, the almost certain our petitions will be in accordance with God's will, and afterward, God will be glad to give them.
Jesus, our model for supplication, when implored, “All things are possible unto Thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt” (Mark 14:36). Our prayers and petitions are regularly propelled by our own desires and wants. We like to hear that we can have anything. In any case, Jesus prayed for God's will to be done. When we pray, we should communicate our yearnings, however, we should want his will to be done over our own. We should examine ourselves to check whether our petitions center around our inclinations or God's.
Jesus has alluded to "abiding in" him. This refers to the individuals who are really associated with the True Vine, and who bear spiritual fruit, therefore (John 15:1-6). This additionally alludes to those in whom His words "abide". That suggests a similar established, personal, nurturing relationship between the plant and its branches. In different spots, Jesus unmistakably associated fulfillment of prayer to the will of God (Matthew 6:10; 26:39). We are not to act as if God is like a snack or soda machine, where we can pick and choose what we want. Addressed supplication possibly happens when what we ask is essential to God's will.
Has anyone of us become grown tired or burnt out on appealing to God for a person or thing? Paul says to "Continue". Perseverance shows our confidence and faith that God answers our petitions and prayers. Faith ought not falter and die if the appropriate responses come gradually, for the deferral might be God's method of working his will in our lives. If or when we begin to feel exhausted in our petitions, realize that God is available, he is continually tuning in, and he is continually acting. Perhaps not in the manners we had hoped for, but rather in manners he knows are ideal.
God does not allow each neglectful or childish solicitation. To “ask in faith” signifies asking with certainty that God will adjust our longings to his purposes. A brain that "wavers" is not totally persuaded that God's way is ideal. It deals with God's Word like any human guidance holding the alternative of noncompliance. It sways between sentiments, the world's thoughts, and God's orders. If our faith is new, feeble, or battling, we should recall that God is dependable. We ought to be faithful to him. To balance out our faltering or suspicious minds, we should submit
ourselves wholeheartedly to God.
If our conscience is truly clear, we can come to God unafraid, assured that our solicitations will be heard. John reaffirms Jesus' promise, “Ask, and it shall be given you” (Matthew 7:7, 21:22; John 9:31, 15: 7). We will obtain when we obey. When we obey, we ask in accordance with God's will. Obviously, this does not mean we can have anything we want, like instant wealth. If we are genuinely looking for God's will, there are a few requests we will not ask.
The significance here is on God's will, not our will. At the point when we speak with God, we do not request what we want, but rather we discuss with him what he wants for us. If we adjust our petitions to his will, he will hear us; and we can be sure that when he hears us, he will offer us a distinct response.
Notice at the beginning of the chapter, the order of the prayer that Jesus was teaching the Disciples?
John 16:23, And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
God-centered will, not self-centered will. Submit to His will and then commit to His will.
Why is it that too often people have put, or they are putting Christ last? Here the questions are asked about the requirements for following Jesus, not the way to salvation. The cost of discipleship is brought out in this passage of scripture.
In verses 57-58:
The first man is impulsive. He said that he would follow. Jesus said that the Son of man had no place to lay his head. This signifies that "the man" would have to give up his lifestyle, and that following Jesus "the man" would be rejected by the world as Christ was rejected.
In verses 59-60:
The second man seemed willing, but he wanted to bury his father first. Jesus wasn't saying that the man could not go to the funeral. Apparently, the man was putting human affections before doing the Lord's will. This signifies that the man was more concerned with something else than the Lord.
In verses 61-62:
The third man seems anxious but volunteered. However, his family had to come first. It looks like he didn't want to have to sacrifice something. Jesus says no man can plow and look back. Plowing requires one to continually look forward. For one to look back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.
Some Christians Put Christ Last:
Sinners Put Christ Last:
Those Who Have Put Christ Last:
We cannot have a half-hearted commitment. We cannot pick and choose where and how to follow. We must accept the cross along with the crown; accept the judgment as well as mercy. We must count the cost and be willing to abandon it all. Do not allow anything to distract us from the manner of living Christ calls us to. If we intend on following Christ, we need to put aside worldly things. We cannot profess Christ and covet the world. At the judgment seat, what will happen to you then, knowing that you have put Christ last in your life?
Luke 1:5-25 tells us of how Elizabeth, the childless spouse of a priest, discovers that she will bring forth a prophet. This youngster will ultimately be known as John the Baptist. Her husband, Zechariah, gains this information from a heavenly messenger (an angel) however, he questions this because of his old age. Thus, he is delivered briefly mute, and probably lost part of his hearing also (Luke 1:62). As anticipated, he and Elizabeth consider and anticipate the introduction of their child. This happens a while before one of Elizabeth's family members, Mary, also gets much seriously astonishing news from a holy messenger.
One of the more famous predictions of the Old Testament was the case that Elijah would come back, before the appearance of the Messiah (Malachi 4:5). This was attached to the expectation that a prophet would go about as a messenger for the Promised One (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1).
Zechariah, who has recently discovered that his wife’s soon-to-be child will satisfy this position (Luke 1:11-16), will understand this association. After the boy, later known as John the Baptist, is conceived, Zechariah will refer to this official messenger’s job (Luke 1:76). Curiously, Jesus will bring up that this job as Elijah has a restrictive viewpoint. John the Baptist won't in a real sense be Elijah, in some type of resurrection (John 1:19-21). If the people of Israel completely acknowledged John's message, he would have satisfied this very capability (Matthew 11:14). The vast majority would keep some distance away from the total truth of the Gospel (John 6:66).
All things considered, John's service would be strong and viable. His preaching would set others up to grasp an understanding of the messages that Jesus would teach (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:2-3). Indeed, even after his own passing (Mark 6:17, 27), and after Jesus' ascension (Acts 1:8-9), John's preaching would be essential for the early church's course of evangelism (Acts 13:24-25; 19:4).
Jesus removes the hard, deaf, and immovable heart, and replaces it with a tender, receptive, and responsive heart. Christ is the true heart surgeon. He exchanges a stony heart for a soft heart. He exchanges a rigid heart for a pliable heart. He exchanges the skeptical heart for a trusting heart. He exchanges the closed heart for an open heart.
The disciples had a willing heart.
Who stands in need of a heart surgeon?
Church Hymnal, page 357, Is Thy Heart Right With God?
Have thy affections been nailed to the cross? Is thy heart right with God?
Countest thou all things for Jesus but lost? Is thy heart right with God?
Is thy heart right with God, Washed in the crimson flood,
Cleansed and made holy, humble and lowly,
Right in the sight of God?
What have we done with what God has entrusted us to do?
Levi reacted as Jesus would want the entirety of his supporters to do, he followed his Lord promptly, and he assembled his companions to meet him as well. Levi left a worthwhile and exploitative tax-collecting business to follow Jesus. Then Levi held a gathering for his kindred collectors and other scandalous sinners so they could meet Jesus as well. Levi left behind a material wealth to acquire spiritual wealth, and he was glad to be related with Jesus.
The Pharisees enveloped their wrongdoing by trying to be respectable. They caused themselves to look good by performing beneficial deeds publicly and pointing out the transgressions of others. Jesus decided to invest time and energy with individuals who detected their own transgression and realized that they were not adequate for God, not with these self-righteous, proud, and boastful religious leaders. We must repent of our sins that it may be possible to come to God. And for us to be possible to renounce our sins, we must recognize them for what they are.
Which of these sins are we guilty of?
The Sin of Disobedience to Command –
The Sin of Lack of Love for Christ –
The Sin of Not Following Jesus –
The Sin of Not Abiding in Christ –
The Sin of Dishonesty in Sacred Trust –
The Sin of Folly of a Shortsighted Fool –
The Sin of Bloodguilt and Not Winning Souls –
Not only bloodshed but all sin worthy of death:
Paul had said:
What had Paul done after he met Jesus? He told others. If we have heard the message, then we are responsible to tell the message to others. Jesus told his disciples to go and tell others, so that they would tell others and so on, and so on.