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There was, and there is, and there will be, no one like Jesus.
Jesus had done countless things, the most important was He died for sinners to save them from eternal death.
Mar 7:37,“They were utterly astonished, saying: He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
Note: The Greek word for do is poieō which means to make, produce, make a thing out of something, act rightly, do well, bring forth, perform; - it occurs 579 times in the New Testament. All things mean everything. The Greek word for well is kalōs which means excellently, beautifully, finely, nobly, commendably; - it occurs 36 times in the New Testament. Jesus had done all things well. Jesus did all things well. The mystery of Christ’s dual nature is the fact He was very human and absolutely divine. The Gospels record many things that Jesus did well, not all the things. Two things cited in this Scripture that Jesus had done all things well were He made even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak. The Greek word for deaf is kōphos which means dull in hearing; - it occurs 14 times in the New Testament. A deaf man cannot hear. There are many spiritually dead and deaf who cannot hear the Word of God, the truth of the Gospel.
Jhn 18:37,“Therefore Pilate said to Him: So You are a king? Jesus answered: You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
The fundamental purpose of Jesus coming into the world was to testify to the
truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears the voice of Jesus. Hear the voice of
Jesus means listen to the voice of Jesus and obey.
1． Jesus created the universe.
Col 1:16,“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things have been created through Him and for Him.”
Note: This Scripture clearly states that Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. Scientists have difficulty enough to learn some things on earth and visible. Scientists could never learn or study things in the heavens, invisible. Scientiests could never know about thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. The Greek word by is en which means in, with, through, etc., - it occurs 2800 in the New Testament. Scientists could never perceive things not by the senses. The Greek word for through is dia which means by the means of, by reason of, on account of, by which, with the help of, because of; - it occurs 646 times in the New Testament. The Greek word for for is eis which means into, unto, to, towards, among; - it occurs 1774 times in the New Testament. The greatest theologian or scholar does not and could not fully understand the three prepositions of by, through and for. The finite mind could not grasp how by Christ all things were created, and all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Hbr 1:2,“In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.”
Note: The Greek word for make is poieō which means to produce, construct, form, fashion; to be the author of, to cause, generate; - it occurs 579 times in the New Testament. Through Jesus Christ God made the worlds. The worlds means the universe.
Rom 11:36,“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”
Note: The Greek word from is ek which means out of, by, away from, on, out of which, by which; - it occurs 921 times in the New Testament. The original word through is the same one used in Col 1:16. The Greek word for to is eis which means into, unto, towards, among, even to, for the benefit of; - it occurs 1774 times in the New Testament. No matter how great a theologian or scholar could not and would not understand from Christ and through Christ and to Christ are all things; all things the infinite things all inclusive.
1Cr 8:6,“Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.”
Note: The great mystery is the but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. We exist for God and we exist through Christ.
Col 1:17,“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
Note: The Greek word for before is pro which means ahead in time, space and order; prior to, in front of, in advance; - it occurs 48 times in the New Testament. Jesus Christ was Self-Existent, He is before all things. The Greek word for hold together is synistēmi which means to place together, bring or band together, cohere, unite into one; - it occurs 16 times in the New Testament. In Christ, all things, the universe, hold together. Without Christ all things would fall apart.
Hbr 1:3,“And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the Word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
Note: Jesus Christ is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of Divine nature, and He upholds all things by the Word of His power. The Greek word for uphold is pherō which means to carry some burden, to bear with one's self, to move by bearing; to bear up i.e., uphold (keep from falling); - it occurs 64 times in the New Testament. Christ is the Preserver of the universe.
Hbr 2:10,“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.”
For Christ are all things, and through Christ are all things – this is too
profound for human finite mind to comprehend or understand.
2． Jesus became a Man.
1Ti 3:16,“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.”
Note: God manifested in the flesh is the mystery of godliness. God manifested in the flesh means God became Man in Jesus Christ. This Scripture sums up the coming of Jesus Christ into the world with a mission to save sinners:
(A). Jesus manifested in the flesh.
(B). Jesus was justified in the Spirit.
(C). Jesus was seen by angels.
(D). Jesus was preached among the Gentiles.
(E). Jesus was believed on in the world.
(F). Jesus was received up in glory.
Jesus Christ is coming again with power and glory.
1Jo 3:5,“And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.”
Note: Jesus Christ, God who became Man, was to take away our sins and in Him there is no sin. The Savior must be sinless, that is why there is no salvation in all other religions whose founders were sinful men. Sinful men cannot save sinners. It is most stupid to confess your sins to Catholic priests who are as sinful as you are. Confess your sins to God who has authority to forgive your sins. The Greek word for take away is airō which means to remove, bear away, carry off, carry away; - it occurs 102 times in the New Testament. Jesus Christ removed the guilt and punishment of our sins by expiation, that is by dying for our sins, the Righteous for the unrighteous, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
1Jo 3:8,“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
The devil was the first one who sinned from the beginning. Sin came from the
devil. The devil also led the first man Adam to sin. The works of the devil are
wicked works, abominable works, works of deceit, works of iniquity, works
of falsehood, unrighteous works, evil works, unfruitful works of darkness, works of
the flesh, dead works. The Son of God came into the
world with a purpose. The Son of God appeared to destroy the works of the devil.
The Greek word for destroy is lyō
which means to overthrow, do away with, dissolve, do away
with, annul, break up; - it occurs 43 times in the New Testament.
3． Jesus came into the world.
Hbr 10:7,“Then I said: Behold, I have come--In the volume of the book it is written of Me--to do Your will, O God.”
Note: Jesus had come to do the Father’s will. The Old Testament was written of Jesus Christ before He came. The New Testament was written after Jesus had returned to the Father, to the highest heavens.
Hbr 10:9,“Then He said: Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God. He takes away the first that He may establish the second.”
Note: The sacrifice and offerings for sin according to the law was taken away that He might establish the offering of the body of Christ by grace once for all.
Jhn 6:38,“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
Note: Jesus came down from heaven to do the will of the Father who sent Him. Jesus Christ existed before He came down from heaven into the world, that was called His Pre-existence. Christians live to do the will of God.
Jhn 10:10,“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Note: To steal, and to kill, and to destroy are the works of the devil. Jesus came that we may have life, and that we may have it more abundantly. The spiritual life is the abundant life. The victorious life is the abundant life.
Jhn 12:46,“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”
Note: Jesus Christ came as the Light of the world, that whoever believes in Him should not abide in darkness. The warmongers, supremacists, imperialists, hegemonists, capitalists, and terrorists abide in darkness. The Greek word for abide is menō which means to remain, to continue to be, live; - it occurs 120 times in the New Testament. Whoever believes in Christ should not live in darkness. The children of darkness live in darkness.
Jhn 18:37,“Therefore Pilate said to Him: Are You a king then? Jesus answered: You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Note: The Greek word for truth is alētheia which means what is true objectively, what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth; the true notions of God, the truth as taught in the Christian religion; - it occurs 110 times in the New Testament. The truth is the truth in Jesus Christ, outside of Christ there is no truth.
Jhn 1:17,“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Jesus came to testify to the truth. The Greek word for testify is martyreō which means to be a witness, to bear witness, to give and not to hold back testimony, to affirm the truth, to prove or confirm by testimony; - it occurs 79 times in the New Testament. Jesus Christ confirms God created man and woman; to believe in evolution is to reject the truth in Jesus Christ. If you believe in evolution, you do not hear the voice of Christ, and do not claim to be a Christian. If you reject the Christian truth, you do not listen to the voice of Christ. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve God and serve the myth of science.
Jhn 3:13,“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.”
Jesus is the Son of God who came down from heaven to become the Son of Man.
Jesus was in heaven in the eternal past. Before Jesus came down to the earth He
was in heaven with the Father.
4. Jesus spoke.
Jesus spoke many parables and taught many things, the following is only a sample of His statements.
Jhn 7:46,“The officers answered: Never has a man spoken the way this Man speaks.”
Note: The Greek word for speak is laleō which means to utter a voice or emit a sound, to use the tongue or the faculty of speech, to utter articulate sounds, to talk; - it occurs 296 times in the New Testament. No one spoke like Jesus. No one ever talked like Jesus. No one ever spoke like Jesus. When Jesus speaks, God speaks. Man cannot speak the way God speaks. What did the offers who were sent to arrest Jesus hear?
Jhn 7:37-40,“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying: If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said: From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying: This certainly is the Prophet.”
Mat 13:3,“And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, the sower went out to sow.”
Note: The Greek word for parable is parabolē which means comparison of one thing with another, likeness, similitude, an example by which a doctrine or precept is illustrated; - it occurs 50 times in the New Testament. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus spoke in many interesting, instructive and inspiring parable.
Mat 13:33,“He spoke another parable to them: The Kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”
Note: Jesus spoke many parables about the Kingdom of heaven.
Mar 12:12，“And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And so they left Him and went away.”
Note: Jesus spoke the parable against the Pharisees and the Herodians because they rejected the truth, rejected the Son of God.
Luk 2:50,“But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.”
Note: The Greek word for statement is rhēma which means that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, speech or discourse having definite meaning; - it occurs 70 times in the New Testament. In this case, Joseph and Mary did not understand the statement which Jesus spoke to them. Often the disciples did not understand the statements which Jesus spoke to them. The Greek word for understand is syniēmi which means to set or join together in the mind, perceive, know and grasp what is meant; - it occurs 26 times in the New Testament. We need the Holy Spirit to enlighten us and lead us into all truth. Most of the statements that Jesus made are written in the Gospels. It is of utmost importance to understand the statements which Jesus made about Himself.
In the Gospel of John alone, Jesus Christ declares His ten “I AM” as follows:
(A). I AM the Bread of life.
Jhn 6:35,“Jesus said to them, I am the Bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” See also Jhn 6:48.
(B). I AM the Light of the world.
Jhn 8:12,“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying: I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
(C). I AM from above.
Jhn 8:23,“And He was saying to them, You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.”
(D). I AM the Door.
Jhn 10:9, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
(E). I AM the Good Shepherd.
Jhn 10:11,“I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
(F). I AM the Son of God.
Jhn 10:36,“Do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, You are blaspheming, because I said, I am the Son of God?”
(G). I AM the Resurrection and the Life.
Jhn 11:25,“Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.”
(H). I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Jhn 14:6,“Jesus said to him, I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
(I). I AM the Vine.
Jhn 15:5,“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
(J). I AM the King of the Jews.
Jhn 19:21,“So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, Do not write, The King of the Jews; but that He said: I am the King of the Jews.”
Note: Please read Jesus Christ – the Great “I AM” on my website.
Luk 5:36,“Then He spoke a parable to them: No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.”
Note: It is of great importance not to mix the dispensation of law with the dispensation of grace, the old one with the new one. Jesus Christ came to fulfil the law so that the righteousness of God is given freely to all who accept and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Luk 6:39,“And He spoke a parable to them: Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?”
Note: European leaders have led Europe fall into the ditch of big debts. American leaders have led America fall into the ditch of big debt crisis. The Western imperialism has done great harm and injustice to the world. Certain powers are on the verge of collapse, but their blind leaders and followers do not realize their days are numbered. The Occupy Wall Street movement has begun to waken up the 99 percent of Americans from exploitation and oppression of the 1 percent. The American two-party system does not represent democracy; they serve the narrow special interests. American capitalism and democracy have greatly benefited the 1 percent financially at the expense of the 99 percent.
Luk 8:4,“When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable:”
Note: Large crowds came to Christ together without any crusade or campaign preparation. Today large crowds do not seek the truth; they seek entertainment and glamor, the pleasures of sin.
Luk 9:11,“But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the Kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.”
Note: Jesus received and spoke to the multitudes about the Kingdom of God. Some politicians use God and Christ to seek the power of empire and world domination.
Luk 9:31,“Who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”
Note: Moses and Elijah spoke of Christ’s death for sinners about to accomplish at Jerusalem. The substitutionary death of Jesus on the cross was the central cause of God became Man in order to redeem mankind.
Luk 11:27-28,“And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him: Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You! But He said: More than that, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!”
Note: Whenever Jesus spoke the Word of God, He always stressed the importance of keeping and doing it. Blessed are those who know what is more and better. The spiritual things are more and better that the material things. The heavenly things are more and better than the earthly things. The eternal things are much more and better than the temporal things.
Luk 12:16,“Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.”
Note: The big firms yield profits plentifully and yet they do not pay taxes thanks to capitalism and democracy and corrupt officials.
Luk 13:6,“He also spoke this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.”
Note: There are so many fruitless and useless people in the world, in particularly the elites in government and business. A barren nation does not able to pay its bills, instead it has budgets to attack and occupy other nations. A barren dictator has so much wealth, but his people live in abject miseries. An unproductive nation cannot feed its people and yet it spends a lot to build aircraft carriers and buy weapons of mass destruction.
Luk 15:3,“So He spoke this parable to them, saying:”
Note: Jesus spoke of the parable of the lost sheep. The man left his ninety-nine sheep in the wilderness to look for the lost one. When he found it, he rejoiced with his friends and neighbors. There is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents and gets saved. Today for one who is saved probably there are ninety-nine who are lost.
Luk 18:1,“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”
Note: This is a disciple required of all believers: Pray always and not lose heart.
Luk 18:9,“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.”
Note: There are two groups of people: those who trust in God and those who trust in themselves. Those who trust in God are humble knowing that they are sinners and helpless. They need salvation and guidance. Those who trust in themselves are self-righteous, arrogant, abusive, and oppressive who think they are superior and they despise others. Supremacists (black or white), imperialists, hegemonists, militarists, capitalists and terrorists belong to this group of people. They rule and threaten the world under the influence of the devil.
Luk 19:11,“Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the Kingdom of God would appear immediately.”
Note: The Jewish believers were wrong in thinking the Kingdom of God would appear immediately during Jesus’time. Jesus Christ may return imminently but not immediately. There should be no mistake about it, any one who predicts the exact date of the second coming of Christ is a false prophet.
Luk 20:19,“The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them.”
Note: Jesus preached against the religious establishment of His time who were the scribes and the chief priests and the Pharisees. True servants of Christ must preach against those who use God or Jesus to campaign for president or high office. Preachers must preach against same-sex marriage, homosexuality, greed, love of power and pleasure, corruption in government and business, and injustice that gives the rich tax-cuts and uses taxpayer money to bailout the rich and powerful, and let predatory doctors and hospital owners, drug and insurance executives to fleece and bankrupt millions of families.
Luk 21:29,“Then He spoke to them a parable: Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.”
Note: Jesus calls people to look, look at the signs of the time. Look at the perilous things that government and business do. Look at wars and oppressions in the world. Look at Europe and America which are on the brink of collapse. The sole superpower has super failure. Look at Western powers which intervene in the internal affairs of many nations and use military force to overthrow certain governments in order to set up pro-Western governments. Look at the sole superpower leading a wild pack of nations making false claims to the South China Sea in order to grab its oil, gas and mineral resources. Look at the lies and falsehoods published and propagated by mass media, especially Western mass media. Look at the injustice and inequality and lawlessness in the world. Look at sufferings and troubles everywhere because the Kingdom of God is near.
Luk 24:6,“He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee.”
Note: The importance of time-sequence is vital in determining whether a prophecy is true or false. True prophecy always precedes the event. While He was still in Galilee Jesus often spoke of His death and resurrection. In fact, whenever Jesus spoke of His death He always spoke of His resurrection.
Luk 24:44,“Then He said to them: These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
Note: All things written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Jesus Christ had been fulfilled except the second coming when Jesus Christ shall return to judge the world and reign with the saints forever.
Jhn 8:12,“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying: I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Note: Jesus is the Light of the world. He who follows Jesus shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.
Jhn 8:27,“They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.”
Note: Jesus spoke to the Jewish crowds of the Father but they did not understand God is true.
Jhn 8:30,“As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.”
Note: When Christ spoke, God spoke. Do you believe in Jesus?
Jhn 10:6,“Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.”
Jhn 12:36,“While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.”
Jhn 17:1,“Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You.”
Jhn 18:9,“That the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke: Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.”
Jhn 18:20,“Jesus answered him: I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.”
Jhn 18:32,“That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die.
Jhn 21:19,“This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him: Follow Me.”
Act 18:9,“Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent.”
those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not
hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.”
5. Jesus wept.
Jhn 11:35,“Jesus wept.”
Note: This is the shortest verse in the Bible, but it has long meanings. The Greek word for weep is dakryō which means to shed tears, cry silently; - it occurs only once in the New Testament.
Gen 21:16，“Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said: Do not let me see the boy die. And she sat opposite him, and lifted up her voice and wept.”
Note: Hagar wept because she was helpless and hopeless and she could not bear to see her boy Ishmael die. Almost 99 percent of people wept for a hopeless situation. Jesus wept not because it was hopeless for Him to do anything. Jesus suffered to see Mary weeping and all the Jews who came with her weeping. Jesus wept out of sympathy and compassion. Gen 27:38, “Esau said to his father: Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father. So Esau lifted his voice and wept.”
Hbr 12:16,“Lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.”
Note: Esau wept because he was profane and for one morsel of food sold his birthright. Most people wept not because they did wrong but because they faced the consequences of their misdeeds.
Gen 37:35,“And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said: For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning. Thus his father wept for him.”
Note: Jacob wept for Joseph because he loved him so much and thought a wild beast had devoured him and so Jacob refused to be comforted. Only a father knows the bitterness of losing his beloved son. Another interesting story was about David wept for his child.
2Sa 12:21-22,“Then his servants said to him: What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food. And he said：While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said: Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?”
Gen 45:14,“Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.”
Note: Joseph and Benjamin wept on each other’s neck because of brotherly love after many years of separating and Benjamin’s thinking that his brother Joseph was dead.
Gen 50:1,“Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him, and kissed him.”
Note: Joseph wept over his father Jacob because he died. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son.
Jdg 14:16,“Then Samson's wife wept on him, and said: You only hate me! You do not love me! You have posed a riddle to the sons of my people, but you have not explained it to me. And he said to her: Look, I have not explained it to my father or my mother; so should I explain it to you?”
Note: Watch out for the tears of a woman who want to betray and destroy you. Probably no man should tell his secret to his wife. If you are a good woman, think about what Delilah had done to Samson.
1Sa 1:10,“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish.”
Note: Hannah was provoked severely to make her miserable and so she wept in anguish and prayed to God. I have known how supervisors who provoked their subordinates and made them suffer greatly. I knew a supervisor who abused her secretary that she was in bitterness of soul and anguish and developed brain tumor and died.
Mat 26:75,“And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him: Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times. So he went out and wept bitterly.”
Note: Peter wept bitterly because of his cowardly act in denying the Lord three times and he repented. It is one thing to weep for your sin and repented; it is another to weep because of fearing the consequence of your sinful act.
Jesus wept not because Lazarus died, not because He could do nothing.
wept because of seeing human desperation. Jesus wept because of unbelief in the
world. Jesus weeps if you reject Him as your Lord and Savior knowing you will
die in your sins.
6. Jesus slept.
Jesus slept when there was a storm and a raging sea.
Mar 4:37-41,“And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him: Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing? And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea: Hush, be still. And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them: Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith? They became very much afraid and said to one another: Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
Luk 8:22-25,“Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them: Let us go over to the other side of the lake. So they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying: Master, Master, we are perishing! And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them: Where is your faith? They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another: Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”
The wonder was not Jesus slept; the wonder was that Jesus slept in a fierce
gale of wind and a ranging sea. This incident illustrated the dual nature of
Jesus Christ, human and divine. Jesus Christ slept because He was human; He
slept in a storm and a ranging sea because He was divine. The Lord who creates
and controls nature is not disturbed by the power of nature.
7. Jesus sighed.
He sighed not because He was helpless and hopeless.
Mar 7:34,“And looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him: Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.”
Note: The Greek word for sigh is stenazō which means to make a sound in expressing sorrow, sadness, grief, etc.; groan, - it occurs 6 times in the New Testament. Ephphatha means be opened. Jesus commanded a deaf mute to open. Immediately the ears of the deaf were opened to hear and his tongue was loosened and he spoke plainly. Mar 7:37,“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.” Yes, indeed; Jesus had done all things well. Jesus did all things well. The problem of man is we have done all things badly and poorly. Jesus made both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak. Why did Jesus sigh? The Bible does not explain. In this case I believe Jesus sighed because many who would not listen to the Word of God, they are spiritually deaf.
Mar 8:12,“And he sighed deeply in His spirit, and said：Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.”
Note: Jesus sighed deeply in His spirit because a crooked and sinful generation sought a sign instead of repenting for their sins and seeking forgiveness from God.
Exd 2:23,“Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God.”
Note: The word sigh first appears in this Scripture. The Hebrew word for sigh is 'anach which means to groan (in pain or grief), gasp, moan; - it occurs 12 times in the Old Testament. The sons of Israel sighed because of their bondage; the Egyptian slavery made them suffer misery and anguish. The sorrows and sufferings in the world make me sigh.
Psa 77:3,“When I remember God, then I am disturbed; when I sigh, then my spirit grows faint. Selah.”
Note: Why did the psalmist sigh when he remembered God? The psalmist was overwhelmed by the trouble he encountered.
Psa 90:9,“For all our days have passed away in Your wrath; we finish our years like a sigh.”
Note: The days of our life are passing away in pain and sorrow; and we finish our years like a sigh.
Eze 9:4“The LORD said to him: Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.”
Do you sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed by
the community of nations (especially Western powers) and the evil deeds of men
and women represented by Wall
8. Jesus went about.
Jesus’transportation was mostly on foot, and sometimes by boat. He rode on a borrowed colt when He entered Jerusalem triumphantly. Jesus went about healing the sick, performing miracles, and preaching the Kingdom of heaven.
Luk 8:1,“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. The Twelve were with Him.”
Luk 8:4,“While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:”
Note: The Greek word for travel is diodeuō which means to pass through, travel here and there, go about, go through; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. Jesus traveled from one town and village to another proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ came down from heaven to save sinners was the most important work of God.
Luk 17:11,“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.”
Mat 20:17-19,“As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the way He said to them:
Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”
Note: This is the core of Christianity: Jesus Christ died for sinners and rose again for the justification of all believers. Justification means to be counted as righteous before God. This is the good news of the Kingdom of God. The saved or the children of God will inherit the Kingdom of God.
Act 10:38，“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
Note: Jesus did all things good and well and healed all the sick and all who were oppressed by the devil. Do you notice in Jesus’time, the devil oppressed peoples physically; today the devil rules the world through corrupt leaders and officials with greed and oppression and injustice.
Act 13:31,“And for many days He was seen by those who had traveled with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now His witnesses to our people.”
Mar 1:38,“He said to them: Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.”
Note: Jesus came primarily for preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God; healing the sick, casting out the demons and performing miracles are secondary.
Mar 6:45,“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away.”
Luk 8:22,“Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them: Let us go over to the other side of the lake. So they launched out.”
Mar 11:2,“He said to them: Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here.”
Note: Jesus went about doing many things and there are many things that Jesus did were not recorded in the Bible. Among the things that Jesus did were:
(A). Proclaiming good news.
(B). Doing good.
(C). Healing the sick.
(D). Casting out demons.
(E). Performing miracles.
Luk 8:42,“For he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. But as He went, the crowds were pressing against Him.”
Note: The crowds were pressing against Jesus as He went about because of their needs.
Mat 28:19,“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
Mar 16:15,“And He said to them: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.”
Note: Just as Jesus Christ went from town to town preaching the Gospel, so Jesus wants disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.
Mat 9:31,“But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land.”
Note: The servant of Christ like Paul went about preaching the Kingdom. False prophets go about preaching the doctrine of demons. False preachers go about preaching prosperity gospel. Christians go about being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated.
There are only two groups of people: Those go about in the business of the Lord, and those who about for money, power and sex.
Act 20:25,“And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the Kingdom, will no longer see my face.”
Hbr 11:37,“They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated.”
Note: It is not normal if you claim to be a Christian and yet you live a life of luxury for you and your family and friends and doing nothing for the Kingdom of God. There are many American politicians and officials who claim to be Christians, they live in luxury and do nothing for Christ.
9. Jesus knew.
Mat 12:25,“But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”
Jhn 6:61,“When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them: Does this offend you?”
Note: The Greek word for know is eidō which means to perceive by any of the senses, notice, discern, discover, have knowledge of, understand, see with the mind’s eyes; - it occurs 666 times in the New Testament. The Greek word for thought is enthymēsis which means a thinking, consideration, cogitation; - it occurs 4 times in the New Testament. Thoughts are private matters, no man or scientist can know the thoughts of another person. Jesus Christ knows your thoughts. God will judge men according to their thoughts, words, and deeds. Only God can know the thoughts of men. Christ knows whatever is thinking in your heart or mind.
Luk 6:8,“But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand: Arise and stand here. And he arose and stood.”
Jhn 6:64,“But there are some of you who do not believe. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.”
Jhn 13:1,“Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.”
Jhn 13:11，“For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said: You are not all clean.”
Note: The Greek word here for know is oida which means to have knowledge of, understand, perceive, have a clear understanding of, be aware of any fact; - it occurs 301 times in the New Testament. Jesus knew the hour, the moment of the time, the right time. Men fail often because they confuse the timing. Men do not know the right time to do or say anything. Jesus actively and certainly knew who would betray Him before it happened. Actually Jesus knew Judas would betray Him from the beginning. This is divine knowledge. Divine knowledge is the complete knowledge from the beginning, from eternity to eternity. Jesus knows a betrayer is unclean. A traitor is unclean. A deceiver is unclean. A warmonger is unclean. An aggressor is unclean. An evildoer is unclean. In comparison to divine knowledge, human knowledge is accumulative, progressive, tentative, limited, time-related, restricted, narrow and uncertain, imperfect and incomplete. For a simple thing, when you drive looking for a parking, you do not know where there is a parking space. When you enter a subway train, you do not know which door you enter you will find a seat. There are infinite things that a human being does not know. You do not know what would happen tomorrow. Even the most brilliant scientist does not know when he is going to die. Jesus knows everything because He is God Omniscient, God Omnipotent.
Mat 12:15,“But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.”
Jhn 2:24,“But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men.”
Jhn 4:1,“Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John.”
Jhn 5:6,“When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him: Do you want to be made well?”
Jhn 16:19,“Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them: Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said: A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me?”
2Cr 5:21，“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Luk 10:22,“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”
Note: The Greek word here for know is ginōskō which means to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of, perceive, have knowledge of, understand from what precedes; - it occurs 223 times in the New Testament. Jesus knows all men. Jesus knows the past and present U.S. presidents and politicians who pretend to be Christians and use the name of God and Christ to advance their political position and power. It is foolish to commit yourself to untrustworthy people. You can come to know something by what it preceded. If there is a nuclear plant meltdown or natural disaster, it will be foolish to go to that area. When you know where there is a danger, you must withdraw from it. It is not advisable for Christians to go to a radical Islamic state that kills and rapes and robs Christians. Jesus knows the condition of every man and woman on earth; do you want to be saved? Do you want to be made well？The sinless Christ died for our sins so that we are made well spiritually. You cannot know the Father except through the Son, and you do not know the Son except the Father reveals to you. The Son of God came into the world to reveal the Father. To know Jesus Christ is to know God. Christianity is a revealed religion, not a man-made religion. Any man-made religion cannot help you to find the true God. You cannot find God by scientific means or any means. You can know God as Jesus Christ reveals Him.
Jhn 6:6，“But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.”
The Greek word for know here is the same original word used in Jhn 13:11.
Jesus Himself knew what He would do. God knows what He would do. God does not
need any assistance. Men do not know what to do. The more ignorant and
incompetent you are, the more things you do not know what to do. European and
American big debt crisis demonstrates how incompetent and ignorant human beings
are, how useless politicians and officials are. Jesus knew everything and
everyone. Jesus knows all things and all men and women. Jesus knows what is
happening in the world. Jesus knows what Wall Street, Washington,
and terrorists have done.
10. Jesus revealed.
Jhn 1:18,“No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has revealed Him.”
Note: The Greek word for reveal is exēgeomai which means to unfold, declare, draw out in narrative, explain, unfold a teaching, make known, interpret; - it occurs 6 times in the New Testament. God is Spirit that is why no one has seen God. Spirit is invisible. God is invisible. God became Man in Jesus Christ to reveal God, to explain God, to interpret God.
Mat 16:15-17,“He said to them: But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus said to him: Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Note: The Greek word for reveal is apokalyptō which means to make known, make manifest, disclose what before was unknown, uncover, lay open what has been veiled or covered up, make bare; - it occurs 26 times in the New Testament. No flesh and blood can know the divine truth. Peter knew Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. Jesus said it was the Father who revealed this truth to Peter. God reveals Jesus Christ to believers just as Christ reveals God to believers. Jesus Christ makes known what was hidden before. Jesus Christ makes known the invisible God.
1Cr 2:10-12,“For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God.”
Note: The Scriptures cited explain that Jesus Christ reveals God, and God reveals Jesus Christ, and God reveals the things of God through the Spirit of God. The Holy Trinity works together to reveal the way of salvation so that men may believe in Christ and receive the eternal life.
Eph 3:5,“Which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit.”
Note: The Gospel was not made known to the sons of men in generations past, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit. The writings of the holy apostles and prophets in the New Testament were inspired by the Holy Spirit so that the sons of men may know the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.
1Pe 1:12,“It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven --things into which angels long to look.”
The Gospel of Jesus Christ revealed by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven is so
wonderful, things into which angels long to look. The good news is that Jesus
died for sinners and rose from the dead so that all who repent and believe in
Him may have eternal life.
11. Jesus testified.
Jhn 3:32,“And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony.”
Note: To testify means to bear witness. Jesus Christ came to testify for the truth. Human nature is so depraved that people will reject the testimony of truth but accept lies willingly.
Jhn 4:44,“For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.”
Jhn 13:21,“When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said: Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me.”
Note: Since Judas the traitor, there have been many false prophets and false teachers and preachers and false believers and theologians who betray the Lord by distorting the Word of God.
1Ti 6:13,“I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate.”
Pontius Pilate represents all officials who know what is right but they do
wrong anyway. It is wrong to give tax cuts to the rich and powerful. It is
wrong to attack and occupy other nations. It is wrong to make false claims to
the South China Sea and the East China Sea. It
is wrong for predatory doctors and hospital owners and greedy drug and
insurance companies to defraud and fleece and bankrupt millions of families
because of the high costs of healthcare.
12. Jesus taught.
Mat 5:2,“Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:”
Mat 7:29,“For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”
Mat 13:54,“When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said: Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?”
Note: Jesus taught not as others taught; when Jesus speaks, God speaks. Jesus Christ is the Wisdom and Power of God.
Mar 1:21-22,“Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”
Mar 2:13,“Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them.”
Mar 4:2,“Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching:”
Mar 9:31,“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.”
Mar 10:1,“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.”
Mar 11:17,“Then He taught, saying to them: Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of thieves.”
Mar 12:35,“Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple: How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?”
Luk 4:15,“And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.”
Luk 5:3,“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.”
Luk 6:6,“Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered.”
Luk 20:1,“Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the Gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him.”
Jhn 6:59,“These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.”
Jhn 7:14,“Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught.”
Jhn 7:28,“Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying: You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.”
Jhn 8:2,“Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.”
Jhn 8:20,“These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.
Jhn 18:20,“Jesus answered him：I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.”
Note: Jesus spoke openly to the world. Jesus always taught in synagogues and in the temple. Jesus also preached in the desert and by the sea, etc. Jesus said nothing in secret. The claim of Jesus’ secret message is phony and deceitful.
Act 4:2,“Being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
Eph 4:21,“If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus.”
Jesus spoke and taught the truth.
13. Jesus healed.
Mat 4:24,“The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.”
Mat 8:16,“When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.”
Mat 12:15,“But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all.”
Mat 12:22,“Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.”
Mat 14:14,“When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.”
Mat 15:30,“And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them.”
Mat 19:2,“And large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there.
Mat 21:14,“And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.”
Mar 1:34,“And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.”
Mar 3:10,“For He had healed many, with the result that all those who had afflictions pressed around Him in order to touch Him.”
Mar 6:5,“And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.”
Luk 5:15，“But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.”
Luk 6:7,“The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him.”
Luk 6:18,“Who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured.”
Luk 9:42,“While he was still approaching, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father.”
Luk 13:14,“But the synagogue official, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, began saying to the crowd in response: There are six days in which work should be done; so come during them and get healed, and not on the Sabbath day.”
Luk 14:4,“But they kept silent. And He took hold of him and healed him, and sent him away.”
Luk 22:51,“But Jesus answered and said: Stop! No more of this. And He touched his ear and healed him.”
Stop of what? No more of what? Stop and no more of violence.
14. Jesus performed miracles.
Mat 11:20,“Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent.”
Note: The Greek word for denounce is oneidizō which means to reproach, upbraid, revile, condemn strong and publicly; - it occurs 10 times in the New Testament. Jesus denounces those who do not believe and repent. The Greek word for miracle is dynamis which means mighty work, deed of divine power, supernatural work wrought by Christ; - it occurs 120 times in the New Testament.
You may think if people witness miracles they would believe and repent. Jesus had done miracles in many cities and those people would not believe and repent.
Jhn 12:9-10,“The large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He raised from the dead. But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also.” The chief priests not only did not believe after knowing that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, they wanted to kill both Jesus and Lazarus.
Mat 13:58,“And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”
Note: Miracles do not necessarily bring faith, some people even after seeing many miracles and still did not believe. Unbelief is in an evil heart that rejects the truth.
Mar 6:2, “When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands?”
Luk 19:37,“As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen.”
of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by
God with miracles and wonders and signs which God
performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know.”
15. Jesus prayed.
Mat 26:39,“And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying: My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Mat 26:42,“He went away again a second time and prayed, saying: My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
Mat 26:44,“And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more.”
Mar 14:32,“They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here until I have prayed.”
Mar 14:39,“Again He went away and prayed, saying the same words.”
Luk 22:32,“but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
The most holy and sacred prayer Jesus did is written in the Gospel of
John Chapter 17.
Jhn 17:1-26, “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me. I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them. I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
This prayer gives believers a glimpse of the relationship between the Father
and the Son, and the relationship between believers and the Father and the Son.
May I suggest that you read the Scripture aloud and reverently.
16. Jesus died.
Not because the wages of sin.
Not because He was a victim.
He came not to live, He came to die.
Unlike all human beings past, present and future; Christ did not die because the wages of sin is death. The most incredible and incomprehensive and wonderful was the death of Christ because He died so that sinners may be saved from eternal damnation.
Why did Christ die?
(A). Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:6,“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”
(B) Christ died for sinners.
Rom 5:8,“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
(C). Christ died to sin once for all.
Rom 6:10,“For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.”
(D). Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
1Cr 15:3,“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.”
(E). Christ died for all.
2Cr 5:15,“And He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”
Note: The Gospel mainly has two parts: Jesus died for sinners; He rose from the dead to give life to believers. The former explains the way the Redeemer paid with His life; the latter explains the power of the Savior over death. The death and resurrection complete the way of salvation.
17. Jesus rose.
He rose from the dead because death could not hold Him.
Act 2:23-24,“This Jesus, delivered up according to the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. But God raised Him up, having put an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible that He should be held by it.”
Rom 8:34,“Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”
to this end Christ died and lived again, that He
might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.”
18. Jesus manifested.
Jhn 2:11,“This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.”
Note: Jesus manifested His glory through His mighty miracles, wonders and signs.
Hbr 9:26,“Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
Jhn 21:1,“After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way.”
After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared many times to the disciples in
19. Jesus ascended.
He came from the Father and returned to the Father.
Jhn 20:17,“Jesus said to her: Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.”
Eph 4:8,“Therefore it says: WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”
Eph 4:9,“Now this expression: He ascended, what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?”
Eph 4:10,“He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.”
Note: Jesus ascended to the highest of heavens, He is above all.
Note: It is important to know this truth:
Jhn 21:24-25,“This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.”
Most of the things that Jesus did are written in the Gospels. There are many
other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, even the
world itself would not contain the books that would be written, that was the
testimony of John the Apostle.
20. What is Jesus doing.
A. Jesus is preparing a place.
Jhn 14:2-3,“In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Note: Some 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ went to the Father and prepared a place for all believers. Heaven is a place not just a state of mind. I am sure the heavenly place has been prepared long ago. See the masterpiece of Christ’s creation: a new heaven and a new earth, and the Holy City, New Jerusalem.
Rev 21:1-7,“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying: Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Then He who sat on the throne said: Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me: Write, for these words are true and faithful. And He said to me: It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
Note: Yes, it is done.
Rev 21:10-27,“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. The construction of its wall was of] jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.”
Note: The Holy Jerusalem is not what the Palestinians or Arabs may make claim to; only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life may enter and reside. No matter who you are, Arabs or Palestinians, crooks of Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood; if you would repent and believe and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you may be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
B. Jesus is interceding for the saints.
Rom 8:34,“Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”
Note: The Greek word for make intercession is entygchanō which means to pray, entreat, supplicate, make petition, plead for one; - it occurs 5 times in the New Testament. It is not estimable how many times Christ makes intercession for poor and weak believers. It is the power of Christ that keeps and holds believers and makes them grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Hbr 7:25,“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Note: Christ is able to save Christians to the uttermost (to the end) because He always lives to make intercession for them. I live because my Redeemer lives. Jhn 14:19,“After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.” I do not have power on my own to live in this sinful and wicked world. My God and Savior keeps and protects me until the Kingdom comes or until I meet the Lord. It is not calculable how and what the Lord does to keep His followers from the evil one. How the Lord keeps His children unstained by the world, keep them in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. There are other things that Jesus Christ is doing which is not revealed.
There is one important point to remember. The world is not like a ship floating in the sea tossed by wind and waves. The world is marching according to the predetermined plan of God and according to His schedule.
we know that God causes all things to work together
for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His
purpose.” God controls whatever comes to pass. God knows what warmongering
nations are doing. God knows what Wall
are doing. God knows what terrorists are doing. Nothing happens without God’s
knowledge and nothing will take God by surprise. Nothing and no one will thwart
the will of God. The final or ultimate event in the universe which is going to
happen is the second coming of Jesus Christ.
21. Jesus is coming again.
The world history will culminate with the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ shall return and reign with the saints for 1,000 years on earth.
Jhn 14:28,“Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love Me, you will be very happy for Me, because now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am.”
Note: For Christ to ascend to heaven was to go to the Father.
Mat 24:30-31,“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”
Note: Power and great glory will characterize the second coming of Christ.
2Th 1:7-10,“And to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.”
Note: The great marvel is that the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire.
Jud 1:14-15,“It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying: Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Note: Jesus Christ is coming to execute judgment upon all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way. The ungodly of Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood will be judged of their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way.
Rev 20:2-3,“And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while.”
Note: Dragon in Greek is drakōn which means a great serpent, a name for Satan; - it occurs 13 times in the New Testament. Unfortunately, the emperors of China identified themselves as sons of the dragon. The dragon is that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan. After the Devil is bound and thrown into the pit, shut and sealed, the millennium will begin.
Rev 20:4,“Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the Word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”
Note: Children of God will reign with Christ on earth for a thousand years. Reign in Greek is basileuō which means to be king, to exercise kingly power; - it occurs about 21 times in the New Testament.
Rev 20:6,“Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years.”
Note: There are two resurrections: The first resurrection is the resurrection of all saved souls and the will receive spiritual and glorious bodies to be with the Lord for eternity. Death has no power over them because they will receive eternal life. The second resurrection is the resurrection of unbelievers and evildoers who will suffer body and soul in hell forever and ever.
Dan 4:2,“It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me."
You do not know what the Lord Jesus has done for me. I know what Jesus Christ my Lord has done for me.
What Jesus Christ has done for me, I would not exchange it for the world!
Jesus Christ can do something for you that you would never dream of.
What Jesus Christ has done for me:
(1). The good Lord has blessed me with a Christian heritage and a wonderful mother and saved my soul from everlasting death and given me the Spirit of Christ living in me and helping and guiding me in my pilgrimage on earth.
(2). The good Lord has saved me from drowning when I was a little boy and destined me to do something good and do well.
(3). The good Lord has saved me many times from death due to accident, sickness, danger, etc. One example was when my car tire blew up on a California freeway driving at 75 miles per hour on the left lane. He spoke to me: Move to the right before the tire blew up and spared me from harm or injury.
(4). The good Lord has helped me working my way through with higher education at one of the top American universities without owing anyone a penny, and when I completed my master’s degree with excellent grade I was asked by the university to move on to Ph.D. program without application and offered a teaching fellowship.
(5). The good Lord protected me when I traveled in many parts of the world without harm or deadly experience.
(6). Discriminated in America, the good Lord opened the door in China and that I was offered a professorship by the Ministry of Education to teach at a Chinese university.
(7). The good Lord helped me through with my professional career which started at the federal government in Washington, D.C. for a short period of time and later completely in the American business world full of discrimination, adversity, injustice, risk and hazard. The Lord has provided me all my life that I am neither rich nor poor. The good Lord has prevented me from making fatal or terrible mistakes.
(8). The good Lord has helped me to encounter some world famous and interesting people and achieved tremendous experiences and insights in a unique way that very few people have.
(9). The good Lord has helped to proclaim the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ absolutely free to all races and peoples in the world through the Internet, as of August 18, 2014, my websites have reach peoples of 112 nations.
(10). I know the good Lord will help and protect and keep me in my obedience to the great command of Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel to every creature until that day.
What Jesus had done for you personally of the greatest importance
is His redemptive work. By dying for sinners on the cross and rose again from the
dead Jesus has accomplished salvation by the grace of God for all those who believe
and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. You can now receive the eternal life and
simply come to Him and say: Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and believe
you are the Son of God sent to save me. Please let your Holy Spirit come into my
heart and give me a new life. Amen.
Rev 22:20,“He who testifies to these things says: Yes, I am coming quickly. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
My friend, you do not know how wonderful is the Savior Jesus Christ. You can know Him if only you would believe in Him. Would you now accept and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Now is the day of salvation, would you do it now?
January 13 , 2017
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