Jesus is always there

 It never occurred to me when I married Doug and moved away from home how I would never be able to call home without it being long distance again. Of course, today we don’t even think about long distance calling or how much it costs. But back in the 70’s I was very conscious of it .

We were just starting out in marriage and Doug was in Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis working on a Master’s degree. I enjoyed talking to mother and writing her letters as we tried to stay in touch often. I’m sure she missed me as much as I missed her.

I can no longer call that familiar 897-2788 telephone number and hear her sweet voice on the other end. Today I dialed it once again and though I expected to get another voice, the recorded voice said, “I’m sorry the number you have reached has been disconnected or is no longer in service.” I can’t call mama anymore but there is someone who knows where she is, what she is doing, and how she is doing. I can call Him anytime.

I remember in January 2014 the morning after mother went to heaven I woke up and said, “Well Lord, how is mother doing this morning? I know she is fine and that you are taking care of her now.” How comforting to know that she is in His care and no longer in mine after ten years of loving her in our home.

It gives me great joy to know that I can call my Lord at anytime and He will see and answer my prayer. He is:

Waiting – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20).

Watching –  Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).

Longing – “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy ladened

and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).

Listening – “Ask and it shall be given unto you” (Matthew 7:7).

Concerned – “He cares” (1 Peter 5:7).

Happy to hear from me – “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). 

#jesus, #jesus-christ

A Prophet without honor

As I was reading the last few verses in Matt. 13, specifically verses 53-58, I was touched with emotion at how the people of Jesus hometown could not accept Him for who He was and what He could do. The people He probably would have wished to help the most were jealous of Him and they really messed up big time. They were amazed at His wisdom and His ability to perform miracles and they asked:

  1. Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?
  2. Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?
  3. Isn’t his mother’s name Mary?
  4. Aren’t his brothers names James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?
  5. Aren’t all his sisters with us?
  6. Where did this man get all these things?

And then the clincher, the scripture says, “And they took offense at him.” They were overcome with jealousy. I can imagine our Savior realizing this saying, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor” (v. 57b). And because of their jealousy, they missed a lot of blessings. They lost! Verse 58 says, “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

We might feel a bit of anger creeping in toward those people in his hometown for their jealousy. Think of the blind that did not get their eyesight healed. Think of those with broken bodies who were left unhealed. Perhaps there were people who died who could have been saved or restored to life. All because the hometown folks were jealous. They couldn’t accept Jesus for who he was, and for what He could do with his miraculous powers. They couldn’t accept his wisdom, for wondering where he got it. Why, he was just a carpenter’s son. They knew his mother. Her name was Mary. They knew his sisters. They were there with them. They knew his brothers and could name each of them. But they took offense, the Bible says, to Jesus instead of rejoicing in Him. Because of that Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. Jesus must have been very sad as he left his hometown, the people he knew and loved and wanted to help.

We may think, “Ah, I wouldn’t have done Jesus that way.” Ah, wouldn’t you? How do you think it makes Him feel when we reject Him by failing to worship Him, to give our life completely to Him, to fail to study our Bible, to lead others to Him? If the shoe fits, let’s wear it!! 

Are you making Jesus sad? Think about it! Do something about it while you are on this side of eternity where you can make a change.

#jesus, #jesus-christ

What does the Bible say about being ready when Jesus comes

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr. 

“He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).

Jesus is preparing mansion in heaven for His faithful people and is coming back to take us there (John 14:1-3). But when He returns He will come as our judge, and not as our Savior as He was when He came the first time (Matthew 25:31-46).

When Jesus comes again it will be unexpected as a thief in the night, and the earth will be burned up (2 Peter 3:10-11). The resurrection will take place (John 5:28-29), and the Christians, with those still living, will be changed and receive an incorruptible body (1 Corinthians 15:51-54). Then all Christians shall be caught up together “in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

We must realize the necessity of preparing for eternity in this life because there will not be a second chance when Jesus comes again. As the Bible teaches, we must be obedient now because we are told, “now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

To be forgiven of sins we must obey Jesus by faith, repentance, confession, and baptism, and then live the life of a Christian as a follower of Jesus. The only way we can be blessed eternally is to “die in the Lord” (Revelation 14:13). The only way to be in the Lord is to be baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Galatians 3:26-27).

When Jesus comes again suddenly we shall be judged and rewarded according to the life we have lived (Hebrews 9:27). We dare not delay obedience to the gospel of Christ.

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no one has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own; live, love, toil with a will. Place no trust in the morrow, for the clock may then be still.”

The tragedy of waiting for tomorrow to obey Jesus is seen when we realize that Christ may come today!

#jesus-christ, #jesus-2nd-coming

I love you more

For some time we have been trying to help a homeless young man get his life on the right track. Recently he was about to leave our home and as he gathered up his things from the front porch, I was standing at the door watching him and said, “I love you.” Immediately he said in return, “I love you more.” I’ve never had that said to me before and it took me by surprise because I truly believe he does love me. He just doesn’t know how to show it, probably never had anyone to tell him they love him…maybe ever, but he said he loves me more than I love him. 

I couldn’t help but think that no matter how much we love a person, Jesus is the one who can truly say, “I love you more.” He said he loved us more by…

…leaving the beauties of heaven to come to this earth to live as a mortal man,

…coming to this earth and facing the hardships of man

…having no place to lay His head

…being spit upon

…being whipped or scourged by sinful man

…being commanded to carry his own cross up the hill of Golgatha

…being nailed to the old cross

…suffering the pain associated with the nails, the ridicule, the hate, the disgust of those who wanted nothing more than to watch Him die.

…enduring the humiliation of the cross.

…enduring the six agonizing hours hanging suspended between heaven and earth.

…seeing his accusers wagging their tongues at him and yet being able to say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

We stand in awe of our Savior. We love Him because He first loved us and gave Himself for us. Yes, he truly “loved us more.” May we never forget it was He who loved us first before we were ever formed in our mother’s womb. It is He who blesses us with unlimited blessings days without end and it is He who stands at the door ready to welcome us home and back into His fold when we are ready. May we always stand ready to show the world that we indeed “love Him more.”

#jesus-christ, #love-of-christ

What does the Bible say about Christ coming again?

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men ofGalilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’” (Acts 1:9-11).

“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7).

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32).

Jesus will come unexpectedly as a thief in the night (Matthew 24:43; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10).

When Jesus came the first time, He came as our Savior, but when He comes again He will be our judge (John 5:22; Acts 17:31). When Jesus comes again all will be raised in the resurrection (John 5:28-29). There will not be a long span of time between the resurrection of righteous and wicked. At Matthew 25:31-36, Jesus describes His coming again; His separating the righteous and wicked; and the Judgement Day.

2 Peter chapter 3 tells us, “the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

Nothing is more reasonable than the coming of the end of time, and nothing is more clearly taught in the scriptures. Yet there are people who live as though Jesus never came to provide salvation from sin for us, and that things discussed in this article will never take place. But it is a subject that we need to think about seriously, and make preparation for heaven as we obey and live for Jesus.

2 Peter 3 also tells us of scoffers who will not believe that Jesus is coming again. They say things have continued the same, but Peter reminds them that this is not true because of the flood during Noah’s day. Are you ready for the Judgement Day? We can help you if you are not. God bless you all.

#bible-study, #jesus-christ

Jesus went with him: Mark 5.24

“Jesus went with him, and a large crowd followed and pressed around him.”

Mark 5.24

The willingness of Jesus to help others is shown in his going with Jairus, the synagogue ruler, to heal his daughter. The Lord is not unmoved by human needs.

Jesus has come to mankind, in the flesh. He also moves in our direction, to satisfy our need, to forgive our sin. Am I moving in his direction?

#votd #Mark #Jesus-Christ

What does the Bible say about the name of Jesus Christ

“And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Continue reading

#bible-study, #jesus-christ

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10-27-2017 Fear Of Salvation

People are afraid of Jesus Christ when they don’t know, nor understand, the truth about Him. He walked on the sea and His disciples “supposed it was a ghost, and cried out ” (Mark 6:49-50 NKJV). At His resurrection, the women were told: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said” (Matthew 28:5-6 NKJV). “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3 NKJV). People who don’t know nor understand the truth about salvation are afraid to be baptized to be saved. God explained: “do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). No salvation is out of Christ. Fear not to obey.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#afraid, #jesus-christ, #salvation

Live for him: 2 Corinthians 5.15

“And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised.”

2 Corinthians 5.15

The apostle Paul has written several times to the church in Corinth. He explains his mission and affirms his pure motivations. His message centers in Christ and how he changes those who live by him.

Christ’s death gives us life. That life is to be lived for him, no longer for ourselves. We must die to self. He gives us meaning, morale, and mission. We do all in hope of being like him.

#motivation #Jesus-Christ #VOTD

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6-26-2017 The Influence of Jesus Christ

“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen” (John 21:25 NKJV). Jesus’ impact was too great for historians to deny it; His effect was too great for theologians to change it; His motive was too great for sinners to ignore it; His church is too great for apostates to smear it; His miracles were too great for false prophets to imitate them. The written Word of God contains more power than the world can hold, and the worldly can admit, for it teaches us “that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:12 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#jesus-christ

Hugh’s News & Views (Christ . . .)

CHRIST IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS

The New Testament book of Hebrews draws many striking contrasts between Moses and Christ, the law of Moses and the gospel of Christ, the old covenant/testament and the new covenant/testament, the Jewish tabernacle/temple (physical structures) and the church (a spiritual house), and Judaism and Christianity. Key words and phrases used throughout this book are: “better,” “greater,” “more than,” “more excellent,” “greater and more perfect,” and similar terms of comparison. In every instance, the purpose is to show the superiority of Christ and Christianity to Moses and Judaism. Continue reading

#hebrews, #hughfulford, #jesus-christ

Self-centeredness is cast aside in Christianity

The cross of Christ was in the center of the three crosses the day Jesus was crucified (John 19:17-19), but it’s not because Jesus was self-centered (Mark 15:27-28).

From his birth to his death, Jesus led a life of self-denial (Philippians 2:5-8). This self-denial wasn’t denial for the purpose of denial in-and-of-itself. Nor was Jesus’ self-denial for purpose of making himself the center of attention (John 14:10). Jesus’ self-denial was for the purpose of helping others and glorifying his father in Heaven (Acts 10:36-38; Matthew 5:16).

Self-centeredness must be cast aside to follow Jesus. Look at the context of Paul’s, “Let this mind be in you…” statement in Philippians 2:5. The context is getting rid of self-centeredness (Philippians 2:1-4). It’s then that Paul proves his point by using Jesus as an example as to why the church at Philippi (and us today) should look beyond their own circle of self when it comes to dealing with others.

But in case you have some unreasonable reason that causes “Paul’s words” to carry no weight with you – keep Luke 9:23 in mind and get over yourself.

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.” (Romans 15:1-7 – NKJV)

#following-jesus, #jesus, #jesus-christ, #self-denial, #self-centered

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9-30-2016 God Exists 2

Without the God of the Bible, no one can explain:

1) The Creation: Of world-wide oceans, God “fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors; When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’” (Job 38:10-11 NKJV); 2) The Bible: After all efforts to ignore or destroy it, “the word of the LORD endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25 NKJV); 3) Jesus Christ: God in the flesh, “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:8-9 NKJV); 4) Christians: “who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19 NKJV).  Can “atheism” explain these?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#christians, #creation, #god-of-the-bible, #jesus-christ, #the-bible

The day Calvary’s crown was made

Do you know the day that Calvary’s crown was made? Continue reading

#calvary, #consequences-of-sin, #jesus, #jesus-as-king, #jesus-christ

The most exciting find of all (and it’s not bacon)

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There must have been no greater exclamation among the Jews of the first century than that which Andrew declared to his brother Simon and what Philip told his friend Nathaniel: “We have found the Messiah!” Jn 1.41, 45. One can feel the excitement in those words. The NET Bible rightly ends it with an exclamation point. Continue reading

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