November 26, 2015

A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part XXXII)

      Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
      This week we will continue looking at the events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 9:33-50 “Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, "What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?" But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me." Now John answered Him, saying, "Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us." But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where 'Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' "And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where 'Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire—where 'Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' "For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another."
        As we continue to examine this text from last week, the second area of importance that needs our attention is a byproduct of striving to be first: thinking that my way is the right and only way things should be done. John expresses this in his statement it Jesus, "Now John answered Him, saying, "Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us." Did you catch it? That person is doing your work but they are not one of ‘us’! they are not following ‘us’. This is the beginning of denominationalism. What a sad state of the church today and in ages past. One denomination conducts itself a certain way and because another denomination or church even within that denomination might do the same thing a little different the first separates itself from the other claiming to have a monopoly on God and to be the ‘only true church’.
        This certainly goes against both what Jesus taught at this moment (" But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side.) and what He would pray in John 17:15-21 “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
        All the division and strife within the church today; the insistence on having it ‘my way’; and the unwillingness to work together must grieve the heart of God. The ‘in fighting’ is a ploy of the enemy and makes the church so ineffective.
Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com


November 05, 2015

A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part XXVI)

​​     Greetings, precious people, My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
      This week we will continue looking at the events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 9:33-50 “Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, "What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?" But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me." Now John answered Him, saying, "Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us." But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where 'Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' "And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where 'Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire—where 'Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' "For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another."
       There are a number of items that are addressed here in our text. First, is the ongoing dispute among the disciples as to who among them was the greatest. This topic of greatness seemed to take up much of their thoughts and conversation, even up to and including the very time in which Jesus would be betrayed and crucified.
       This desire to be the ‘greatest’ has been a trait of mankind through the ages. It was one of the very things Satan tempted Eve with back in the Garden of Eden when he said to Eve, “You will become as god.” Today man falls for the same lie through various means, whether by evolution; humanism; or any other form it may present itself. As this desire to be ‘great’ is lived out by people in a culture, the effects on that culture are devastating. In one’s quest to be ‘great’, others are used; abused; taken advantage of and life becomes very cheap. We are seeing this in our culture, the ‘me’ mentality, as people are focused so much upon themselves, just consider the ‘selfie’ craze that is dominating many people’s lives.
       Jesus spent much of His time confronting His disciples about their being consumed with ‘self’ as is recorded in our text. "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." Today, Jesus through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God attempts to correct the thinking of those that choose to follow Him. It is quite ‘natural’ to think of ones self and seek to be first, but for those that would follow Jesus, there needs to be a totally different way of thinking as is expressed by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:1-4 “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com
October 15, 2015

A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part XXVI)

      ​Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
       This week we will look at 2 of 4 events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 10:1-16 “Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He taught them again. The Pharisees came and asked Him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" testing Him. And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her." And Jesus answered and said to them, "Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.' For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 'and the two shall become one flesh'; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. So He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." Then they brought young children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.”
     The first event is the religious group the Pharisees coming to Jesus questioning Him about divorce trying to trap Him while He was teaching the multitudes. Jesus set these religious leaders straight concerning the issue of divorce. From the beginning it was never God’s plan for a man and woman to divorce, rather to remain married until death.   God makes His will known very clearly concerning divorce, Malachi 2:14-16 “Because the LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. "For the LORD God of Israel says that He hates divorce, for it covers one's garment with violence," says the LORD of hosts. "Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously."
       It is quite significant what follows this discourse on divorce, parents bring their children to Jesus for Him to lay His hands upon them and bless them. Often the greatest tragedy of divorce is the affect it has upon children, their lives are devastated and they suffer tremendously when their mother and father divorce.
       Two things I want you to glean from this Jesus blessing of the children, first, as a parent, bringing your children to Jesus through prayer for Him to bless them is one of the greatest things a parent can do. The second thing is to realize who it was that were bringing their children to Jesus, it was both fathers and mothers. Most when this account is mentioned the picture of mothers bringing their children to Jesus is what comes to mind, but the Greek word that is used tells us it was both fathers and mothers that brought their children to Jesus. Dear precious parents, please regularly take your children to Jesus in prayer asking Him to lay His hands upon them and bless them. My wife and I did this nearly everyday of our children’s lives and we still do as they are now adults.
       There is a very tragic thing that happened when these parents brought their children to Jesus, His disciples tried to stop the parents from doing this. This is one of the  gravest errors the disciples made during their time with Jesus. It is a horrible thing for anyone to hinder children from coming to Jesus yet we see many parents, schools, and society in general doing this on an increasing degree.

October 08, 2015

A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah

( Part XXVII)
     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
     This week we will look at more events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus, Mark 9:30-50 “Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it. For He taught His disciples and said to them, "The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day." But they did not understand this saying, and were afraid to ask Him. Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, "What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?" But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me." Now John answered Him, saying, "Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us." But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side.  For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—where 'Their worm does not die,
     And the fire is not quenched.' "And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where 'Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' 
     "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire-- where 'Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'  "For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another."
       Jesus addresses a number of issues in this text: His upcoming death and resurrection; what true greatness is; the disciples attempt to start ‘denominationalism’; the need to deal radically with sin in one’s own life.
       I want you to try and capture the incredible insensitivity of the disciples recorded for us here. While they were walking to Capernaum and Jesus was once again telling the disciples of His upcoming suffering, death, and resurrection the disciples were occupied with their ongoing petty debate of who was the greatest among the disciples. I am humbled because I see myself and all of the human race in these men. We can be so occupied with self that we ignore the suffering that is all around us.
       This occupation with self is manifested again as John boasts about trying to stop someone that was not of “their group” from doing something the Lord apparently approved of. This is the beginning attempts at denominationalism. The Body of Christ (the Church) is so fragmented because of this mentality of “they are not of us”; this weakens the body and makes it much less effective.
      The final area Jesus addresses to His disciples is how we should deal with sin in our own life, rather than excuse it; ignore it; rationalize it; justify it, we should deal a death blow to it through the power given to us by Jesus.

October 01, 2015

A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part XXVI)

​     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
      This week we will look at the second of two extraordinary events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 9:14-29 “And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. And He asked the scribes, "What are you discussing with them?" Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever he seizes him, he throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast him out, but they could not." He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!" Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast him out?" So He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting."
       The above event occurred as Jesus, Peter, James, and John came down off the mountain where Jesus had experienced the transformation. For Jesus and the 3 disciples it was a “mountain top” experience, no pun intended. And as often happens with any great experience with the Lord, one has to return to the place in life where there is often great pain, suffering, and sorrow.
       While up on the mountain, a father had brought his son who was demon possessed resulting in great suffering for both father and son. The father asked the disciples to cast the demon out of his son but they were unable. This is interesting because some time prior to this the Lord had entrusted and empowered the disciples to do this very thing, Matthew 10:1 “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.”
        So what was the problem with the disciples? From the response Jesus gave, it would appear there were 2 major issues for the disciples: lack of faith coupled with prayer and fasting. Now faith (lack of) was an ongoing issue for the disciples, Jesus would rebuke and reprove them on a number of occasions for their lack of faith. Matt 8:26 “But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”; Matt 14:31 “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"; Matt 16:8 “But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread?”
         The other issue was prayer with fasting. Now it may seem strange that Jesus would address the need for them to pray and fast, what were they to do when the father approached them? Tell the father “wait a few hours while we go and pray and fast about this.” No! that would be absurd, it was that they should have been doing this before so they would be ready for when something like this happened.

September 24, 2015
A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part XXV)

Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
            This week we will look at the first of two extraordinary events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 9:2-13 “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"-- because he did not know what to say, for they were greatly afraid. And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!" Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves. Now as they came down from the mountain, He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept this word to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant. And they asked Him, saying, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" Then He answered and told them, "Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things. And how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I say to you that Elijah has also come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him."
            There are a number of significant events that happened in this account and we have time only to look at a few. First is what happened to Jesus on the mountain when He took Peter, James, and John with Him, He was ‘transfigured’. The Greek word that is translated into English is ‘metamorpho’ which is where we get the English word metamorphism. We use this word to describe the radical transformation that takes place when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and a tadpole turns into a frog.
            Six days prior to this event Jesus had told His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power." Jesus being transfigured into His glorious body on the mountain with His 3 disciples was a fulfillment of this.
     When the Apostle John was on the island of Patmos which is where he received and wrote the Book of Revelation, he saw Jesus standing before him in His glorified body, Revelation 1:9-17 “I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,"… Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;… And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.”
     The second recorded event I want to draw your attention to is the testimony of the Father of His Son, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!" Whenever God (whether it be by way of the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit) uses the word ‘Hear’ there is the implied understanding that the hearer is to obey what they hear. When God speaks man is to obey.


September 17, 2015

A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah

(Part XXIV)
     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
      This week we will look at the third of three events that happened one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 8:27-38 “Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?" So they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ." Then He charged them that they should tell no one about Him. And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He spoke this word openly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."
       The final event recorded for us in our text is “When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."
       The first thing we need to notice is to whom Jesus made this statement, it was to the disciples and the people. Many professing Christians today take statements like this and say that Jesus was only talking to the disciples; that He would never require such radical commitment from His followers today. This is presumptuous; wrong; unscriptural; implying that Jesus and His Word have changed over the years. Jesus has not changed nor has His Word and neither ever will.
       The demands that Jesus made upon His followers 2,000 years ago are the same today. The worldly, fleshly, carnal “christian” finds this absurd and unacceptable. The Jesus that they have contrived in their own heart and mind would never impose such requirements on any of His followers let alone make “demands” upon them. “Their Jesus” exists only to bless, comfort, and make them happy. The problem with this Jesus is that he does not exist; he exists only in the imagination of their own heart.
       This is idolatry, it is the breaking of the breaking of the first and second Commandments which states, Exodus 20:3-5 “You shall have no other gods before Me. "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” The Word of God discloses the True Jesus to us and reveals any and all fallacies we may have conjured up in our own thinking.
September 10, 2015


September 03, 2015

​A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah

(Part XXII)
     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
      This week we will look at another event that happened in a day of the life of Jesus. Mark 8:27-38 “Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?" So they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ." Then He charged them that they should tell no one about Him.
     And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He spoke this word openly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."
     Here we have 3 distinct events recorded for us in these verses: Jesus establishing the fact of who He is “the Christ” to His disciples; Peter revealing his worldly, carnal thinking as he rebukes Jesus and Jesus correcting Peter and rebuking him; Jesus reiterating to the disciples and the multitudes what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
     This question that Jesus asked His disciples,  “who do you say that I am?” is a question that you should ask yourself right now. You may be like many of the people of Jesus’ day that responded by saying that Jesus is merely a good man; a prophet; an extraordinary person; a great teacher. You may even acknowledge and recognize like Peter did that He is the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the World.
     If that later is your idea of who Jesus is, how is that belief affecting your life? What impact is His being the Christ, Jesus Christ the Lord having on the way you live your daily life? Many call Him Lord but as we all know talk is cheap! Jesus addressed this very thing one day to His disciples when He asked them a very poignant question, Luke 6:46 "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?”
     If you consider Jesus to be the Christ (whether you do or not does not change the fact that He is) then believing this should radically affect your life; you should be following Him with reckless abandonment to Him and His cause; you should not be seeking to be friends with the world nor loving the world as the Word of God admonishes us in James 4:4 “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” 1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
     Even though Peter had been given the divine revelation by God as to who Jesus is, he still had his heart and mind upon the things of the world as is displayed by his attempting to correct Jesus and Jesus’ rebuke of him, “He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
     It is not until a man or woman is broken before God; surrendering their life without condition to Him, that he or she can truly begin to follow Christ in a manner worthy of His calling.
Next week we will continue looking at the other two events in this account.

August 27, 2015


August 20, 2015

 A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah
(Part XXI)

     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
     This week we will look at another event that happened in a day of the life of Jesus. Mark 8:11-21 “Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him. But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation." (Matthew tells us a little bit more of this encounter with the Pharisees Matt. 16:1-4 “Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red'; and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." And He left them and departed.) And                  He left them, and getting into the boat again, departed to the other side. Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat. Then He charged them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod." And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have no bread." But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?" They said to Him, "Twelve." "And when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?" And they said, "Seven." So He said to them, "How is it you do not understand?"
      There are two groups of people I want us to focus upon in our text. The first is the Pharisees and Sadducees the second is the disciples, both were confronted and corrected by Jesus for their unbelief. This is part of the function and purpose of the Word of God. Jesus is the Word, John 1:1-14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men..... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” We also see in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
       The Pharisees and Sadducees wanted a sign. They had seen and heard of the many miracles that Jesus had already performed as well as having the Word of God that attested to Jesus yet they would not believe. This speaks of how powerful and devastating unbelief can be, no matter how many signs they would see they still would not believe sealing their fate for all eternity. This is the unfortunate reality for many today, even with all the evidence of God’s existence and His Word people still choose to not believe resulting in the same fate.
        The disciples on the other hand had seen and been part of even more miracles than the religious leaders, and they too struggled with unbelief. Their unbelief was due to a hardened heart. This is a very present danger for all of us that follow Jesus. We can read His Word, see Him work in any number of situations in our life and then when the next trial arises we can act as if we had never seen Him do anything for us. As with the disciples so too with us today, God is faithful to work the unbelief out of our lives and bring us to a greater faith which is what honors Him.

August 13, 2015

 A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah
(Part XX)

August 06, 2015

 A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah

(Part XIX)
      Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
       This week we will look at another event that happened in a day of the life of Jesus. Mark 7:31-37 “Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."
        Once again we see Jesus on the move, not staying in any one place too long, there were too many people to reach with the Gospel, for He is the one that stated the truth found in John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." Should not we who believe in Jesus follow His example and do the same?
        In this account a man was brought to Jesus who was deaf and could not talk clearly. This is a common occurrence for those that are deaf for they cannot hear how words are pronounced correctly thus having nothing to mimic when they begin to speak. Jesus does something that, to us may seem somewhat strange, “put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue.” To be candid with you, I have no idea why Jesus healed this man in this way, He could have just said the words, “be healed” and as with countless other people this man would have been healed. Whether I understand the reasons and methods by which God does things really does not matter, He does what He wants and has a reason for it all.
       The prophet Isaiah put it this way concerning God’s ways, Isaiah 55:8-9 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Jesus could have healed in this way simply to show that He does not always do things the same way or in a way that we may expect.
       What Jesus does next and how the man and others like him who had been healed respond, I find quite interesting. First, Jesus tells the man not to tell anyone, Jesus had told others that He had healed to keep quiet about it also, why? Again I can not say for sure, possibly because Jesus did not want people coming to Him only to be healed; to receive a blessing. Unfortunately this is how Jesus is portrayed by many preachers, teachers, and pastors today, “Come to Jesus and get your blessing” they say. Many come to Jesus for totally selfish reasons.
        How the man and others like him responds to this ‘request’ of Jesus I find most fascinating, they go out and tell everyone they can find. The reason I find this so interesting is because there is such great irony in it. Here Jesus told them not to tell others; today Jesus commands us to tell others and most people keep silent about what Jesus has done for them. A great tragedy indeed!
         You who claim to know Jesus, when is the last time you told someone about Jesus? Last week, last month, last year, never? Why? Has not Jesus given you marching orders, Mark 16:15 "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
     Matt 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
      Oh, you say, “That is not for me.” Really! Tell that to Jesus.

August 06, 2015
A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part XVIII)

      Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas,
expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
            This week, we will look at another event that happened in a day of the life of Jesus. Mark 7:24-30 “From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs." Then He said to her, "For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter." And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.”
            There is something of great importance that I want you to see at the beginning of our text, “From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon.” Jesus was constantly on the move going to where the people were and ministering to their needs. He serves as the example to everyone who names the Name of Christ. Jesus was very missions oriented, His mind was (still is) the mind of a missionary. What, you may ask is the mind of a missionary? Just look at Jesus, He was constantly going to where the people were to reach them with the Gospel. He did not build a building and sit in there waiting for people to come and see Him.
            This has been one of the major shortcomings of the modern church, instead of following Jesus’ example, nice buildings are built for a few to meet in and be comfortable for a few hours a week while the surrounding communities in which they live are dying and going to Hell. There exists in San Diego County many opportunities and needs in each community for the people of God to follow Jesus’ example by going into the schools and doing Bible studies with the children, going to the convalescent homes and ministering to the seniors; going to the prisons and reaching those incarcerated; going to the beaches and malls reaching people for Christ but it is only a very small percentage of churches that are involved in any of this. It is far more “comfortable” to sit in our pretty little homes and churches than follow Jesus’ example.
            Here in the region of Tyre and Sidon, a woman who had a daughter that was demon possessed entreated Jesus for His help. It would appear that Jesus went there to “get away” for a while and when the woman sought Him out it almost seems that He tried to discourage her. That would be the wrong conclusion to come to for Jesus makes clear in His Word that He wants all to come to Him; that He is not willing that any would perish but all come to repentance. Rather than discourage this woman from seeking Him, Jesus said what He said and responded as He did to draw her faith out showing how great of faith she had. We are able to come to this conclusion by what Matthew writes concerning this same event, Matt 15:21-28 “Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed." But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”
            God’s Word promises that all those that “diligently” seek Him will find Him and all that come to Him must come to Him in faith for without faith it is impossible to please Him. God at times uses delays in answering our prayers to bring us to a greater faith.

July 23, 2015

A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part XVI)

     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
            This week, we will look at the second of two events that happened one day in the life of Jesus. The first was, as we saw last week, the feeding of the 5,000; now we will look at the events that occurred after this. Mark 6:45-56 “Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled, for they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.”
            Consider for a moment what the disciples had just been part of before getting into the boat to cross the Sea of Galilee, Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two small fish into enough food to feed over 5,000 men not including women and children, so much so that all that had eaten were stuffed and had 12 baskets leftover. If we couple this miracle along with all the others that the disciples had been privy to, we might think that their faith would be tremendous, but as we read the account, this was not the case.
            What was the problem? “For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.” Before we look in depth of what a hard heart is, let us first begin by realizing that any one of us at any given time can have a hard heart. Now let us look at what the Word of God the Bible tells us is the cause of a hard heart.
            In an effort to warn his readers (us included) of the dangers of acquiring a hard heart, the author of Hebrews reaches back to a time in history that his current believing Jews would be familiar with, the time when God delivered the Jews from captivity in Egypt. Hebrews 3:7-15 “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, 'They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.' So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.' " 
     Then he brings us to the present and warns of how the same thing can happen to us, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."
      In examining the above text closely, we see the cause and affects of a hard heart. First, the causes, unbelief and the deceitfulness of sin; both originate in our own heart. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” They refused to take God at His Word (believe) even after all that they had seen and been part of. How many times do we do this? God has shown Himself faithful to us time and time again; then the next trial happens in our life and we are quick to worry, fret, be fearful, and question God.
            The affects of a hard heart are devastating, for the Children of Israel, they could not enter into the Promised Land nor God’s rest that He had for them. For any believer in Christ the affects are just as devastating: inability to enter into God’s rest; departing from the living God. What a terrible place to be.

​July 16, 2015

A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah

(Part XV)
     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
     This week we will look at one of two events that happened one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 6:30-44 gives us the first, commonly known as the feeding of the 5,000.  “Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, "This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat." But He answered and said to them, "You give them something to eat." And they said to Him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?" But He said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go and see." And when they found out they said, "Five, and two fish." Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled.  And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.”
      The account begins by the disciples gathering themselves back to Jesus, the question must be asked, ‘where had the disciples been?’ Earlier in Mark 6 we are told that Jesus had sent them out 2 by 2 into neighboring towns, Mark 6:12-13 “So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.” Now they have returned to Jesus and as we are told in another Gospel, the disciples began to report all the wonderful things that they had done and seen. Maybe you can imagine how excited they must have been as they saw people healed and demons cast out of people.
      Jesus does something one may find strange and out of the ordinary, He tells His disciples to come away with Him to a quiet place. Strange because this might seem like the opportune time to keep on going; spreading out all over Israel and even into the neighboring countries. But Jesus does something everyone involved in ministry must recognize and practice, the importance of taking time to just simply spending time alone with Jesus. I have been ministering to pastors all over the world for 30+ years and many of them become so busy with “ministry” that they neglect to spend quiet quality time with Jesus.
        As Jesus and the disciples get to where they think will be a quiet place they find a great multitude of people waiting for them. I am greatly blessed by Jesus response toward them, “He had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” After teaching and ministering to them all day (taking care of their spiritual needs) He then meets their physical needs by feeding all 5,000 men plus women and children from just a few loaves of bread and small fish. He graciously involves His unbelieving disciples; wanting to teach them some important lessons along with blessing the multitudes. Next time we will see why I said the disciples were unbelieving.

July 09, 2015
A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part XIII)

Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
            Today we will turn our attention to some events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus as He returned to His home town of Nazareth. Mark 6:1-6 “Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, "Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" And they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house." Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.”
            The Apostle Matthew writing of the same event gives one insightful point concerning the reason for which Jesus could not do many mighty works during His time in Nazareth, Matt 13:58 “Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
            Let us look at some important points from our text and see how they may apply to us. First, it is amazing to me that though they acknowledged; recognized; were astonished at Jesus’ teachings and miracles, the people were ‘offended’ at Him. This word offended comes from the Greek word ‘scandalize’ which has the meanings: to be tripped up; stumble; be enticed to sin; have displeasure toward.
            The reason for this is twofold, first, they were convinced that nothing good could come out of Nazareth, after all the Scriptures made it clear that the Messiah would come out of Bethlehem. Had they only done a little research, they would have come to know that Jesus did come out of Bethlehem, just as was prophesied in the Old Testament. This is true with many people today, if they would only take the time to study the Bible then all of their misconceptions about Jesus would be cleared up.
            The second reason and without doubt the greatest reason for their being offended with Jesus was His teaching. This happens to be the greatest reason people are offended with Jesus today, His teaching. Yes, many like “parts” of His teachings like the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7); when Jesus talks about the love of God, forgiveness, mercy, joy, grace and such the like.
            But that favorableness all comes to a screeching halt when Jesus begins to address sin; repentance; Hell; judgment; requirements for following Him, et al. For example: Luke 9:23-27 “Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.” Luke 14:25-27; 33, “Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, if anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Mark 11:26 “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." These words of Jesus have and continue to cause many to be offended.
            The final point is addressed in both accounts: the people’s unbelief. How tragic it is that the people of Jesus’ day as well as present day keep themselves from experiencing the wonderful work of God in their life because of unbelief; unwillingness to take God at His Word whether they understand it or not. Don’t be one of those dear ones.
July 02, 2015

A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah

(Part XIII)
     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
     Today we will turn our attention to 2 amazing events that happened one day in the life of Jesus just moments apart from one another. Mark 5:21-43 “Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live." So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment; for she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?" But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction." While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe." And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi," which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.”
     The beginning of our text tells us that as Jesus and His disciples returned from the event of the previous verses (the casting out of a legion of demons from a man from Gadara) a great multitude met Him on the shore. One of those that met Him was a ruler of the Synagogue in Capernaum. Important to note is that previous to this the rulers had agreed to put Jesus to death because in their estimation He had broken the Sabbath law by healing people on the Sabbath. This rulers name was Jairus, and he was now in a very difficult place in his life as his 12 year old daughter was lying sick to death at home and the only one that could help his daughter was the very same Jesus that he and others had agreed to have put to death.
As Jesus was on His way to the home of Jairus, a woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years; suffered much at the hand of physicians; spending all her money was also brought to a place in her life that the only one that she could turn to was Jesus. This is both tragic and wonderful at the same time. Tragic, in that most people like this woman and Jairus will turn to anyone other than Jesus; wonderful in that Jesus is so kind and merciful that He will allow Himself to be touched by those that would previously have nothing to do with Him, even those like you and I who have blasphemed His name.
      As you can read, Jesus healed the woman and later raised the daughter from the dead. How great is the Lord! He still does wondrous things today in the lives of those that will humble themselves and turn to Him.

June 25, 2015
A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part XII)
     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
     This week, we will turn our attention to another astounding event in a day in the life of Jesus. Mark 5:1-20 “Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me." For He said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!"  Then He asked him, "What is your name?" And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for we are many." Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may enter them." And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened. Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine. Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region. And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you." And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.”
     The first thing I want you to understand is that everything Jesus did; everywhere He went had purpose, He did not just aimlessly wander around. Here in our text we find Him traveling across the Sea of Galilee to a place known as the Gadarenes. This was on the east side of the Sea of Galilee and was the area the tribe of Gad (one of the 12 tribes of Israel) who had settled in it rather than go into the Promised Land many years prior. Jesus was seeking out those who had gone astray for this is why He came, to seek and to save those which are lost (He still does this today).
     Next we see who greets Jesus and His disciples, a man that was possessed by a legion of demons. One can only imagine how utterly horrifying this man’s life had to have been. We are told from our text a part of how bad it was, “dwelling among the tombs; no chains could hold him thus being a terror to all the people around; always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.”
     It is quite disconcerting how there is such an interest today in the demonic realm. It is made out at times to be innocent fun; a way to acquire fame, fortune, and notoriety; Fox even has a new show titled “Lucifer” (which is another name for Satan) and he is made out to be a “good guy”. How foolish our society has become, to think that Satan and his demons want good for anyone! God’s Word the Bible tells us his character, John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”
     Finally, take note of the mercy Jesus had on this man as well as all the people who had been terrorized by him. Jesus set the man and the town’s people free of the terror. Strangely enough, the town’s people begged Jesus to depart while the man was so grateful and wanted to follow Jesus. One would think everyone would be grateful.   

June 18, 2015
A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part XI)
     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
     Today we will turn our attention to a particular teaching that Jesus gave while in the area of the Sea of Galilee. This area would become His home base; Capernaum was located on the Sea of Galilee and was also where Peter lived. Mark 4:1-9 “And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.”
     What we read next is the first recorded use of parables as a method Jesus would use to teach. A parable is a true to life story with a spiritual meaning hid with in it. The purpose was to enable those who had a desire to know God’s truth to grasp it and those who did not, it would be foolishness to them. “Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: "Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." And He said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
     Fortunately for us, Jesus would explain the meaning of the parable later in His discussion with the disciples. In Mark 4:13-20 “And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
      The seed represents the Word of God, the four different types of soil represents four types of hearts and how they respond to the Word of God. The truth of this parable has been seen through out the ages, from the time of Adam and Eve to the present. A  group of people and myself go to the area malls every Saturday night; to the beach one Sunday a month to witness to people concerning the Gospel. As we talk to people about the Word of God we see the truth of this parable over and over again.
     A large number of people are like the first soil and how it responds to the Word, their hearts are hard and they want nothing to do with it. Fewer are like the second soil, they have heard the Word before sometime in their life but it was a shallow belief that they had; they trusted in the Lord for what they could get out of Him and when He did not “deliver” like they thought He should, they turned away from Him and His Word.
     Many “professing believers” (church goers) are like the third soil, they believe but have allowed the cares and worries of the world; deceitfulness of riches; and the love of other things to take such a place in their lives that there is no fruit whatsoever in their lives. This I have found after 35 years of ministry describes the vast majority of those in churches today.
     Very seldom will I talk to someone in whom the Word of God has taken hold in their life and are living a fruitful productive life for the glory of God. This should NOT be the case, every Christian should be living their life for the glory of God, bearing fruit for eternity. Be honest! Which of the four best describes your life right now?  
June 11, 2015
A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part X)
      Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
            Today we will turn our attention to an event that was repeated many times during Jesus’ 3+ years of ministry. Mark 3:7-12 “But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him. So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him. For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, "You are the Son of God." But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.”
            Word spread far and fast about the wonderful things Jesus was doing; everywhere He went great crowds gathered, some wanting to hear His words, others seeking to be touched by Him. The above cited Scripture represents one of many such occasions. There are 4 events from our text I want to draw to your attention.
            First, Jesus told His disciples as they went down to the Sea of Galilee to ready a boat. This was not for the purpose of escaping the crowds rather for the opportunity to reach more of the crowd. How you may ask? Jesus created nature therefore He knew all the laws that govern nature. As the crowds of people pressed in on Him fewer and fewer people would be able hear Him, so He used the natural acoustics of nature. Have you ever been to a lake or the bay here in San Diego? I was just at San Diego Bay yesterday waiting to pick up some of my family from the airport. As I sat on a bench facing the bay I could hear the conversations very clearly of those that were coming in from the ocean on boats; even those across the bay on land as if they were sitting right next to me.
            Luke records one of these instances in Luke 5:1-3 “So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.”
            The next thing I want you to see from our text is that “He healed many”. It does not tell us that He healed everyone but many. Through out the Gospels we see that Jesus had such great compassion on people (He still does today). His method of healing people varied, with some He merely spoke the word and they were healed; with others He physically touched them; and with some He would have them do what may seem strange to us but He had His reasons. Dear ones, Jesus still heals today, He does it His way and in His time.
            The third thing to take note of is how whenever those that had unclean spirits (possessed by demons) came in contact with Jesus, “they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, "You are the Son of God." There was one group that without fail always recognized who Jesus was: the demons. Demons are fallen angels that once, long ago, were in the presence of Jesus but then a third of them followed Satan in his rebellion against God and was cast out of Heaven. Much of the evil that we are experiencing today can and should be attributed to demonic forces at work. I am not saying that we can blame everything on the Devil and his workers but as man rejects the only true and Living God, man opens himself up to demonic influences.
            Finally, Jesus “sternly warned them (the demons) that they should not make Him known.” Jesus would not have any evil force attest to who He is as this would give some validation to them.
            Dear ones, we are living in an extremely evil day, the only hope you have is Jesus Christ, surrender your life to Him without condition or exception.

June 04, 2015
A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part IX)
     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
     Today we will turn our attention to an event that was repeated many times in the short time Jesus walked this earth; it was the controversy over the Sabbath day as recorded for us in the Gospel of Mark. Mark 2:23-28 “Now it happened that He went through the grain fields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain. And the Pharisees said to Him, "Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" But He said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat, except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?" And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."
       As previously stated, this “seemingly controversy” over the Sabbath would be presented often to Jesus. The reasons for this were multiple. First and foremost, the religious leaders of Jesus’ day, (the priests; Pharisees; Scribes; and others) had made the Sabbath to be something God never intended it to be. In our text, Jesus sets them straight on the intended purpose of the Sabbath, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."
      Like many of the rites and rituals of the Jews (even those that God had ordained) the religious leaders had turned them into something God never intended. The rite of Circumcision was another. God instituted the rite of Circumcision as a ‘sign’ of His covenant between Him and the Jews (Genesis 17:9-14). The rite of circumcision was also intended to point the Jews and really all of mankind, of our need to have our heart circumcised for all the heart of man is by nature (fallen sinful nature) hard toward God. The religious made it into a mark of their own righteousness and trusted that if they had this they were automatically ‘right’ with God.   
      Let us now return to our text. Jesus makes reference to an event that occurred with David in the Old Testament. When David and his men were on the run from King Saul who had put a contract out on David, they came to the place where the Ark of the Covenant; Table of Showbread and other of the furnishings for the Tabernacle were. Because they were hungry (they had physical need) the priest Abiathar gave them the bread that was on the Table of Showbread. This bread was to be eaten by the priests but since David and his men had need, it was given to them. Simply put, man’s need (not lusts, wants, desires) superseded that which was originally intended.
      I want to draw you attention to the verses that follow our text. Mark 3:1-6 “And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, "Step forward." Then He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.”
     We do not know if these events occurred the same day of our text or some days afterward, but what we do know and see is how the religious were so bent on keeping “their” understanding of the Sabbath that they were willing (or not willing) that this poor man with the withered hand to be healed on the Sabbath. Worse yet, because Jesus did ‘upset’ their idea of the Sabbath, they would begin to plot and plan on how they could murder the “Lord of the Sabbath”.

May 28, 2015
A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part VIII)
  Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
       Now we move onto an account given to us of another day in the life of Jesus. Mark 2:1-12 “And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?  Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go your way to your house." Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"
     By this time in Jesus’ life, His fame had spread through the whole northern region of Israel. Wherever He went, crowds were quick to gather. In our text we read of one such instance. The house to which Jesus had gone was packed now with people inside and out wanting to see Him and be ministered to in some way. Four men, (we do not know if they were friends, acquaintances, family members or complete strangers to this paralyzed man) believing that Jesus could help this man, picked up the man on his palate and carried him to the house where Jesus was. Because of the crowd they could not get the man to Jesus, so they went to the roof, removing the tiles and letting him down to where Jesus was. Their faith in Jesus made the men persistant.
     True faith works, as James makes clear in his letter. James 2:14-20 “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe--and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”
     Notice what Jesus did, He first forgave the man his sins for this was the man’s greatest need, next to prove that He had the power to forgive sins He commanded the man to rise up and walk. In our text there are 3 things Jesus does to prove His deity. First, He forgives the man his sins. The religious leaders were correct when the stated, “Only God can forgive sins.” Second, Jesus knew their thoughts, only God knows the thoughts and intents of man’s heart. Psalm 94:11 “The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.” Matthew 9:4 “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Finally, Jesus heals the man.
     Jesus still touches peoples lives, He has not changed in all these years.

May 20, 2015
A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part VII)
      Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
     As we look at various events in the life of Jesus we must keep in mind that He has not changed and never will. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And as Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that, Jesus is the express image of God, Hebrews 1:1-4; as well as what Jesus told Philip in John 14:7-10 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him… He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”
     Because He is Who He says He is and that He never changes, the work He did 2,000 years ago, He has continued to do it through those who are surrendered to Him, offering themselves as vessels fit for the Master’s use; in and through those who believe in Him. This brings great hope to us today as we live in a dark and hopeless world. The reason I remind you of this is because there are many today that would have you believe that Jesus is not who He says He is; that He is not the same today and forever.
     During or after Jesus was traveling from town to town with His disciples, a wonderful event took place, Mark 1:40-45 “Then a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, "If You are willing, You can make me clean." And Jesus, moved with compassion, put out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed." As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every quarter.”
     There are some crucial truths we need to observe here. First, this man that had been struck with the horrible disease of leprosy had come to Jesus desiring that He touch him and make him whole. This implies that somehow, someway, somewhere this man had heard about Jesus, possibly from someone that had experienced a healing by Jesus themself, or maybe it was a friend or relative that had told him about Jesus and His power to heal, or even a stranger told him. The important thing for us who profess to be followers of Jesus is that like the person who told this man about Jesus, we need to be telling others about Him as well.
     Second and foremost, is how Jesus responded to this man’s plea for help, He had compassion on him and reached out and touched the man. This may not seem like that big of a deal to us because we do not understand the thinking of the day and seriousness of the disease. The thinking among the Jews concerning this particular disease was that not only was the person who had the leprosy unclean but anyone that would come in contact with him would become unclean as well. It was and still is a most horrible disease; there was no cure and it always resulted in a slow and agonizing sure death.
No one would ever touch a person with leprosy for fear of contracting the disease but Jesus reached out and touched him because He had compassion on this man. Think of it, this man had possibly not experienced another human’s touch for years making him feel worthless; unwanted; despised; rejected; a total outcast without any hope at all. Then all of a sudden this man Jesus comes walking by and not only stops to listen to him but touches him and restores his flesh to that of a baby.
     Jesus still desires to touch the untouchables of this world; to have compassion upon the outcasts of society; to reach out and touch the rejected, despised, and unwanted of our day. Only today, He chooses to do it through those who are following Jesus. We who believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever are to be His hands, feet, and voice. Will you offer yourself to Him for the task?


May 14, 2015
A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah
(Part VI)
     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
     As we look at various events in the life of Jesus we must keep in mind that He has not changed and never will. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And as Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that, Jesus is the express image of God, Hebrews 1:1-4; as well as what Jesus told Philip in John 14:7-10 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him… He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”
     Because He is Who He says He is and that He never changes, the work He did 2,000 years ago, He has continued to do it through those who are surrendered to Him, offering themselves as vessels fit for the Master’s use; in and through those who believe in Him. This brings great hope to us today as we live in a dark and hopeless world. The reason I remind you of this is because there are many today that would have you believe that Jesus is not who He says He is; that He is not the same today and forever.
     Let us now look at some other accounts of things Jesus did in the days of His three years of ministry. After He had taught in the synagogue; cast demons out of a man that was in attendance; then healed the Apostle Peter’s mother n law; cast out more demons from people and healed many that same night; we read of some of the events of the next day. Mark 1:35-39, “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. When they found Him, they said to Him, "Everyone is looking for You." But He said to them, "Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth." And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.”
     A few important points I want us to consider here, first, after a full days events that would cause us to want to get a good nights sleep, Jesus rises well before sunup and goes to a quiet place to pray. Jesus was/is known for many things, one of them is prayer. We often find Him praying, sometimes all night, other times like this one early in the morning, alone or in front of His disciples or a multitude of people. Prayer was a vital part of Jesus’ life and so should it be for those who call themselves His. Everything Jesus did serves as an example to those who choose to follow Him. Another wonder fact about Jesus’ praying is that once He ascended to Heaven, He did not cease praying for we read in Hebrews 7:25 “Wherefore he (Jesus) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession (praying) for them.”
     Also make note of the statement Jesus gives as to the reason He came into the world, "Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth." One of the reasons He came was to preach. Two things we must take to heart here is 1) what was it that He preached? We find the answer to this in Matthew 4:13-17 “And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum… That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying… The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus’ message was one of Repentance to those that were in darkness of sin because the kingdom of heaven was at hand! 2) All that follow Jesus today should follow His example, preaching to those that are in darkness the message of repentance because the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
     One final point from our text, Jesus said, "Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach.” Jesus is still traveling from town to town, house to house, country to country, only now He is doing it through those who call Him Lord.
     Let me ask you something dear one, you who say that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, when is the last time you traveled anywhere to tell someone the message of Jesus? The message of repentance from sin and surrendering life to Jesus. It is all too comfortable to stay in your cozy little world while the multitudes are perishing and facing an eternity in Hell. My message to you today is repent and get out and follow Jesus’ example.


May 07, 2015
A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part V)
     Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
     As we look at various events in the life of Jesus we must keep in mind that He has not changed and never will. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And as Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that, Jesus is the express image of God, Hebrews 1:1-4; as well as what Jesus told Philip in John 14:7-10 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him… He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”
     Because He is Who He says He is and that He never changes, the work He did 2,000 years ago, He has continued to do it through those who are surrendered to Him, offering themselves as vessels fit for the Master’s use. This brings great hope to us today as we live in a dark and hopeless world. The reason I remind you of this is because there are many today that would have you believe that Jesus is not who He says He is; that He is not the same today and forever.
     Up to this point we have seen some of the events in ‘a’ day in the life of Jesus as recorded in Mark 1, we read about how as He taught in the synagogue in Capernaum all were amazed at His teaching because He taught as one with authority; during His teaching there was a man that was possessed with demons and Jesus cast them out setting the man free; He also healed Peter’s mother n law; then at night the same day healed many that were sick and cast out demons from those that were possessed of them.
     Jesus spent a little over 3 years ministering to people. It is no wonder then why the Apostle John said the following in John 20:30-31 “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” John 21:25 “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”
     Through the Word of God the Bible, I have been trying to help you see that as Jesus has not changed, He still works in people’s lives today. But there is another side to this that is equally important that you understand. In that He has not changed there is also something that will keep Him from working in your life today: UNBELIEF! Unbelief is manifested in our lives through disobedience; stubbornness; rebellion; hard heartedness; to name but a few.
      When Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth something unfortunate happened as we read in Matthew 13:54-58 “And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” For the Children of Israel that were miraculously led out of Egypt, they too suffered a horrible fate because of their unbelief, Hebrews 3:12-19 “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion." For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”
            God will not force you to believe Him; nor will He force you to enter into His rest or have Him work in your life. You must trust in Him.


April 30, 2015 
A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah 
(Part IV)
      Greetings precious people, this week we continue our series which is entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible.
      As we look at various events in the life of Jesus we must keep in mind that He has not changed and never will. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And as Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that, Jesus is the express image of God, Hebrews 1:1-4; as well as what Jesus told Philip in John 14:7-10 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him… He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”
      Because He is Who He says He is and that He never changes, the work He did 2,000 years ago, He has continued to do it through those who are surrendered to Him, offering themselves as vessels fit for the Master’s use. This brings great hope to us today as we live in a dark and hopeless world. The reason I remind you of this is because there are many today that would have you believe that Jesus is not who He says He is; that He is not the same today and forever.
      Up to this point we have seen some of the events in a day in the life of Jesus as recorded in Mark 1, we read about how as He taught in the synagogue in Capernaum all were amazed at His teaching because He taught as one with authority; during His teaching there was a man the was possessed with demons and Jesus cast them out setting the man free.
      Now we pick up with what happened next, Mark 1:29-34 “Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. Now at evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.”
      As Jesus enters into the house of Peter, He is made aware of a sickness that has come upon the mother in law of Peter. Without hesitation Jesus goes to her and touches her and heals her. I find it significant what happened next, she rose up and began to serve Jesus. This serves as a great picture and example of what the person who has been touched by Jesus is “to do” upon being forgiven, healed, ministered to in some way, get up and serve Him.
      This is made evident many places in Scripture, Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.”
      Word traveled fast of Jesus and His ability to heal and cast out demons, so at night Peter’s house is surrounded by people with great needs. Jesus heals many, no doubt going into the early morning hours of the next day.
      Listen, dear ones, this Jesus that we read about in the Word of God the Bible has not changed and never will. He is still very interested in people’s lives; He loves you and wants to touch your life and most of all He wants to grant unto you forgiveness of sin and eternal life, but you must just as the people did in Jesus’ day ‘come to Him’. You come to Him on His terms not your own, you must humble yourself and call out to Him for mercy, surrendering your life without condition or exception; repenting of your sin and placing your trust in Him and Him alone.

  With Pastor Drew

​​Wisdom for Everyday Life 

Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com