Was Jesus a racist, a Jewish supremacist?

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 629 • April 14, 2021

A PREJUDICED, RACIST JESUS?

QUESTION: Was Jesus a racist, a Jewish supremacist? He called a Canaanite woman a dog and said we shouldn’t give holy things to the dogs. But he accepted all Jews as the chosen people of God even if they were sinners and didn’t accept him as Messiah. Continue reading

#geraldcowan, #jesus, #racism

Roy Davison: Jesus is the morning star!

Jesus is the Morning Star!

Articles have been added to my page in the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch.

A new day is dawning! Continue reading

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In the same boat

Often times we, as twenty-first century disciples, find ourselves in the same boat as the twelve disciples of the first century – a boat that struggles with little faith.

As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. So they came and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!”But he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was dead calm.

Matthew 8:23-26 NET
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#devotional, #faith, #jesus

He’ll make you forget your water-pot

John 4:5-7 says, “Now he came to a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since he was tired from the journey, sat right down beside the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink.” (NET)

Read a little further and you’ll find that John 4:28-29 says, “Then the woman left her water jar, went off into the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely he can’t be the Messiah, can he?”” (NET)

The lesson? Spend enough time talking to Jesus and we, like the thirsty woman at Jacob’s well, will forget all about the “water-pots” that seem so important and exchange them for the source of the fountain that freely flows.

Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 NET)

#Jesus #spiritual-illustration #devotional

He already knows the answer

Like a parent with their child, there are times when God asks questions or makes requests and the point has nothing to do with gaining knowledge for himself – the point has to do with the gaining of knowledge for the other half of the conversation.

For example, John 4:16-19 says, “Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here. The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

Jesus already knew about the woman’s marriage situation. He didn’t ask her his question to find out the truth. Jesus asked his question to see if she was willing to acknowledge the truth. And that acknowledgement led to an understanding about the truth of Jesus.

This same truth remains with us. We’re not forced to answer the personal questions and requests of the gospel in order to allow God to learn more about us … answering the questions and requests of the gospel causes us to learn more about ourselves (Acts 5:1-3; 10:13-15; 24:25; 26:14).

Jesus knows everything there is to know about us (Isaiah 46:10), but answering his questions reveals how much we want to know about him. Think about that the next time you find Jesus asking someone a question.

Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.” (John 2:23-25 NKJV)

#Jesus #Devotional #Gospel

What did Jesus write on the ground?

Remember the only time that Scripture records that Jesus wrote something? It was when the adulterous woman was brought to him as a test.

They asked this to test him. They wanted to find a reason to bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and used his finger to write on the ground. When they persisted in asking him questions, he straightened up and said, “The person who is sinless should be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then he bent down again and continued writing on the ground. Jn 8.6-8 GW.

No one knows what he wrote, of course, since the text does not tell us.

But might Jeremiah 17.13 provide a tantalizing clue?

O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all who abandon you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in dust, because they abandon the Lord, the fountain of life-giving water (GW).

The Hebrew text is a bit problematic, so that’s more reason not to be dogmatic.

Maybe, just maybe, the Lord was writing names in the dust, to “write off” his opponents. The idea in Jeremiah’s verse is judgment, where those who abandon the Lord will be destroyed.

Whatever Jesus was writing on the ground, we can be sure that, at that moment, it was nothing positive.

#Jesus #speculation #Jeremiah #writing

Jesus is the Logos!

By Roy Davison — When John stated that Jesus is the Logos (John 1: 1), it had a much broader meaning than ‘Word’ in English.

The following video’s in English and Dutch of my sermon for the church of Christ in Eindhoven, Holland for December 13, 2020 explains what John meant when he declared Jesus to be the LOGOS!

https://www.hearhisword.net/LOGOS/JesusistheLogos.html

https://www.hoorgodswoord.eu/LOGOS/JezusIsDeLogos.html

May the Lord bless and protect you.

#sermons #John #Jesus #logos

Twisting plain language to support a warped doctrine

Warped doctrines are built upon the foundations of the twisted plainly written scriptures. For example, today I heard a radio host call a brother of Jesus, “James, the ‘supposed’ brother of the Lord.”

“Supposed?,” I thought to myself. Then I answered myself, “You might hear James called “supposed” on the radio but you won’t hear it in the scriptures.”

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#catholicism, #james, #jesus

Why keep Jesus weeping?

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 563 • September 13, 2020

WHY KEEP JESUS WEEPING?

Scripture records three occasions on which Jesus wept. Each teaches a different lesson and raises a different question about our relationship with Jesus. We will look briefly at each of the three and then ask a few direct and pertinent questions. Continue reading

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Answer to Jesus

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

“… Turn to me so you can be delivered, all you who live in the earth’s remote regions! For I am God, and I have no peer. I solemnly make this oath – what I say is true and reliable: ‘Surely every knee will bow to me, every tongue will solemnly affirm; they will say about me, “Yes, the Lord is a powerful deliverer.’ All who are angry at him will cower before him. Isaiah 45.22-24

This passage is a prophecy of Jesus. Paul, in Philippians 2.10-11, cites these verses while talking about Jesus.

The old covenant, established between God and the Jews through Moses, was made with just one nation. The covenant that Jesus established and that is still in effect today is one that calls all nations to come to him.

The way to come to Jesus is by hearing his words and obeying them. In John 12.44-50, Jesus stated that he did not come to judge the world. The words that he had spoken would judge the world and those words came from God the Father. God told Jesus what to say. By obeying what Jesus taught, we are obeying God.

God has provided a way through Jesus for man to be delivered from sin. Sin is what separates us from God. God took the initiative to make it possible to return to him. For those who are not interested in God’s grace and salvation, Hebrews 10.12-13 tells us that Jesus is now seated at God’s right hand where he is waiting until his enemies are made a footstool for his feet. His enemies will cower before him in the judgment.

Whether by obedience or judgment, we will have to answer to Jesus. We make the choice for ourselves here in this life. What will your choice be?

#risingjoy #Isaiah #Jesus

More important

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

… You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but rather, ‘I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. He must become more important while I become less important.” John 3.28-30

I am sure that we all have either been to a wedding or perhaps, participated in a wedding. They are such happy occasions most of the time. I enjoy watching the groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time. It brings joy to the heart to see the groom with his bride.

John, who had been conceived by a miracle, Luke 1.13-18, had a purpose from birth. He was to make the people of the Lord ready to receive Jesus when he came.

Jesus and John were in the same general area in Judean territory, both teaching and baptizing. A dispute came up between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew. The disciples went to John, but they did not bring up the dispute. It appeared they were jealous on the part of John for everyone was flocking to Jesus! It would appear that John had done his job well.

Instead of reacting with jealousy, John reminded his disciples what he had already told them. He was not the Christ. He was the friend of the bridegroom that rejoiced greatly when he heard the bridegroom’s voice. His joy was complete. John knew that his role was to lead others to Jesus, not to compete with him for their attention.

It is also our role to lead others to Jesus. Or do we try to compete with Jesus for their attention? He must become more important while I become less important.

#risingjoy #John #Jesus

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 wonderful description of conversion

What does it mean to receive Christ? It means to receive his messengers who bring his Good News. The real ones, as distinguished from false teachers, bring a vigorous message of conversion. It means (1) hearing; (2) turning; (3) changing; (4) serving; and (5) waiting: Continue reading

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In exchange

“What can a person give in exchange for his life?”
Mark 8.37 NET

Jesus reminds us that nothing in this world can compare to, or compensate, for eternity.

#eternity #Jesus #soul

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