Monday, October 31, 2016
The parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son are very applicable to the great work of man's redemption. The lost represents the sinner as departed from God, and exposed to certain destruction if not brought back to God. Jesus Christ came to bring sinners home, using various means and methods to bring lost souls unto Himself, with "more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents" (vv7, 10). God is very much ready to welcome and bless all who return to Him with repentance. The unrepentant person is dead in trespasses and sins, destitute of spiritual life, lost, separated from God, that if God's mercy would not be shown, will be lost forever. If sincere wholeheartedly, the Lord shall open their eyes and convince them on their sins, so that they view themselves and every object in a different light from what they did before. This was exactly what happened to us, that God had opened our eyes so that we may the see the true condition of our lives, and that forgiveness and mercy can be obtained through Christ our Savior. God bless.
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Saturday, October 29, 2016
The Lord teaches that pride will bring a person to a lowest statute. Our works to do good with the poor and the needy should be motivated out of love to Jesus not work of show. Salvation is a gift of God, by grace through faith in Christ, not by doing good works. We shall be rewarded not because we have done a lot of good works, but because we love the Lord. The parable of the great supper tells that invitation to enter into God's presence originates from God Himself. Salvation belongs to our God, not from ourselves nor from our own desire. Those who refused to come because of busyness in life will face the consequence on the day of reckoning. And those who come in though they considered themselves unworthy, poor and lowly in the world, shall be rewarded and exalted. Indeed the house of the Lord shall be filled with people with spirit of understanding, and it will be so when the number of the elect by God is completed. God bless.
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Friday, October 28, 2016
Eighteen workers had perished at the pool of Siloam when the towers collapsed while under construction. Jesus said that this tragic event does not mean those who perished were great sinners. In fact all have sinned against God, and all need repentance. We can't judge others because we are all equal in the sight of God. And if the fig tree that does not bear fruits shall be cut off from its root, so as the people that does not bear fruits on itself. The religious leaders were indignant with Jesus because He healed on the Sabbath, wherein He can perform healing after the Sabbath. But Jesus wanted people to be healed on the Sabbath, on the day where they are together in the synagogue, studying the Bible and worshipping the Lord. He wanted the Sabbath day to be a day of liberation and not day of imprisonment, a day of healing and not sickness. As we gather together on Sunday and Bible Study, may we receive healing and liberation from all pains, sicknesses, and worries, in the mighty name of Jesus. God bless.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
The fear of God is the opposite of hypocrisy. If we revere the Lord, we will obey Him with all our hearts, mind and strength, without any personal interest. To God, no hidden thing that will not be known, because all things are naked before His eyes. The true Christians are not ashamed of their faith and beliefs. In fact, they shared it with others with confidence, in season and out of season. Their focus is heavenly than earthly. Many people in this world are similar to the man in this parable that spent most of his time in doing business, job and money, only to find out that there is a due time to leave this world. It is foolishness to neglect our obligation to God that one day in our lives, we shall stand inHis presence for judgment. Therefore, as we serve God, don't be anxious of many things, but stay focus on Jesus, live a simple life, and always serve Him with the best that we can, for He knows all things. Be watchful always in our surrounding for God gave us the spirit to discern the sign of the times. God bless.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
"Lord, teach us to pray," is a good prayer, and a very needful one, for Jesus Christ alone can teach us, by his word and Spirit, how to pray. Let us in our requests, both for others and for ourselves, come to our heavenly Father, confiding in His power and goodness. Through the influence of the Holy Spirit, we are brought to know God and ourselves, to repent for our sins, to believe God, and to love Christ. As Jesus casting out evil spirit, we were told that He has all the power over darkness and wickedness. The conversion of our souls unto Christ is His victory over the power of Satan; that our house is washed by His blood, and is now clean and holy. While the Pharisees despised the discourses of our Lord, He promised that there should be one sign given, it is the resurrection of the Lord. It means that we should not desire for more evidence in order to believe Him. The Lord's teachings are enough for us to be saved to the uttermost, if we are willing to understand them and obey. God bless.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
After sending the twelve, Jesus sent this time the seventy other disciples to preach the good news of the kingdom. "I send you out as lambs among wolves" (v3). Unfortunately, some cities had rejected Him as the Messiah; Chorazin, Betsaida, and Capernaum. As the disciples returned to Jesus, He told them to rejoice not only because of their opportunity to preach the gospel, but also their names are written in heaven. Our names were also written in heaven because we accepted Jesus as Messiah and we preach His gospel to other people. So be careful with your name and your spiritual being, it is special to our God. The parable of the Samaritan is a lesson of loving our neighbors and friends, which is the very heart of the message of God. Jesus came to save all men and women regardless of nationality, race, education and past. Those who can show mercy to others are the ones that demonstrate the attitude of the Good Samaritan. Pray that we can also do the same with people that are in need. God bless.
When Jesus sent the twelve, He told them not to worry about their physical and financial needs, for God is the Provider. The feeding of 5000 is a demonstration of God's power that He is able to perform miracles for His glory. However, as they go, be sure about the message that Jesus is not only a prophet of Israel, but He is the Christ of God. The true Christ must suffer for the sins of many, He shall be killed and be raised the third day. And those who are willing to follow Him must take up their own cross, and know that the soul is more important than the wealth of this world. The transfiguration is a foretaste of His glory that is to come, and only the redeemed of God shall see the glory and power of God. Believers from Jewish, Samaritans and Gentiles should not curse each other for they are one in Christ Jesus. God bless. (October 24, Monday)
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Jesus was so impressed with the faith of the centurion's servant. "I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! (V9). Faith matters to Jesus. Small but strong can move mountain, can heal the sick, can raise the dead, can forgive our sins, can build ministry, and can make all things possible, because nothing is impossible with our God. How's your faith? Is it increasing or increasing, ascending or descending, growing or shrinking? Let your faith in Christ grow, because He will look for faith on His second coming. God bless. (Friday, Oct. 21)
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It is lawful to good on the Sabbath because God wants us to be good to all kinds of people on daily basis. Erroneous understanding of God's word may lead us to do one thing that will not glorify the Lord's holy name. Jesus came into our lives in order to teach us the right way. The foundation of our faith should be based of His teachings. Jesus said that the poor are blessed for theirs is the kingdom of God, but the rich shall receive their consolation. By hearing and obeying Christ's teaching, we are building our own strong foundation, so that when the winds comes and floods come up, we are ready to face all the trials in life. Though many will fall when calamity comes, others will remain standing with the help of the Lord. God bless. (Thursday, Oct. 20)
Jesus called Peter to be His follower, and exercise his faith and obedience. "Lay down your net," said Jesus to him in which he did. Like Peter and other disciples we must be willing to lay down the most important thing in our lives, whether it is career, business, ambition, and wealth, for the sake of Christ. As we lay them down at the feet of Jesus, we shall receive abundance and full satisfaction in life. More fishes (rewards and blessings) will be caught, lepers (sin) will be healed, paralyzed (nonbelievers) will be delivered from demonic bondages, and the authority (key in God's kingdom) shall be given to us to preach the gospel to all people. What else do we want, we have Jesus, the fulness of our reward. God bless. (Wednesday Oct. 19)
Man shall not live by bread alone because human being is spiritual being. The real person is the soul that needs to be fed by the word of God. The body is the material being, and its food is material food that don't last long. These foods can't satisfy man's hunger, while the material water can't gratify the thirst to the full. Only the word of God can guarantee our hunger and thirst for eternity. The Lord Jesus knows it and He wants to share this wisdom to His followers. So that when He was tempted by the devil, He had successfully passed all the temptations thrown by His enemies. When Jesus began His ministry, He declared in the synagogue that He was indeed the long awaited Messiah. He proclaimed that He came to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the broken-hearted, set people free, and open God's door to all. We are so privileged to be part of Christ's plan in His kingdom. Therefore so let us continue to be loyal to follow His word because only few people are given of this opportunity. God bless from Jerusalem. (Tuesday, Oct. 18)
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Monday, October 17, 2016
John the Baptist was sent by God for a mission. He claimed that he was "the one crying in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord," but he was not the Christ. His preached his message that there is no way to flee from the wrath to come, expect by repentance. Today, the message of the gospel is still the same. He gave instructions to several kinds of people, such as, tax collectors, soldiers, ordinary people, and religious leaders. He warned them against the temptations of money, jobs, ministries, and all kinds of sins. Sincerity and turning away from sins are the evidences and effects of true repentance that being marked out. In all his exhortations, he directed people to Christ, not to himself, and had them baptized. He declared that the Christ is mightier than himself, whose sandal strap he was not worthy to loose (v16). He was a fearless preacher to the point of criticizing even the sins of the Herod family. When Christ came to be baptized, John assisted Him, and he saw the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like to dove upon Jesus. Indeed, Jesus Christ is our Savior, the beloved Son of God. Blessing.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016
Christ was born in Bethlehem in the fullness of time, to teach us to be become sons and daughters of God. Humans are outcast from God's presence, helpless, hopeless and miserable. But when we view the Son of God being made man and lying in the manger by faith, we were given new hope and new life. Multiple of angels heralded His birth, but only few poor and humble shepherds saw this big event. On His second coming, the angels will blow their trumpets to announce the return of the King for final redemption. His birth had been revealed also to people like Simon and Anna who were filled with the Holy Spirit. It had been revealed to them that this Baby Jesus is the Savior of the world, a light to the Gentiles and the glory of Israel (v26). Without the Holy Spirit, the people will never recognize who is this Jesus, and what is the meaning of the message of the gospel. Thanks be to God that we have been born again through God's Spirit. At twelve years old, Jesus was very much aware of His calling, but still obedient to his parent as a demonstration of respect to the basic unit of society, the family. God bless.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Theopilus was a man of learning and had been instructed of Christian faith. He commissioned Luke, who had a perfect understanding, to make an intense research on the truth about Jesus in order to supersede many erroneous narratives in circulation during those days. Luke tells that the Lord heard and answered the prayers of Zacharias after many years of waiting. His wife Elizabeth shall bear a son who shall be called John, and "he shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways" (v76). Then the angel of the Lord was sent by God to Mary of Nazareth announcing that she had found favor with God. She would become the mother of a son whose name she should call Jesus, and He will sit at the throne of David forever. Though she was single, but the power of God will overshadow her, so that the son to be born will be called Son of God (v35). In all conflicts and questions in life, let us always remember that with God nothing is impossible. So Mary said that she is a willing servant of the Lord. With Mary's song and Zechariah's prayers, let us seek peace with God and in our own conscience, as we seek to grow strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
The women in the ministry were the first witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, while the other eleven disciples had deserted the Lord. The faithful women saw the angel of God in white robe sitting in the right side. It shows that only those who are actively serving the Lord shall witness miracles and supernatural thing in their lives, but others shall always miss them. Though Mary Magdalene had been delivered from seven demons, the Lord did not consider her past. God will not disqualified us for service because of our dark experience. He is a forgiving God, a loving Savior who is willing to embrace our weaknesses, and give us strength. Some people may reject our witness like what the other disciples did to the women (v13), nevertheless God will always believe in us if we are truthful and sincere followers of Christ. At the end, Jesus told His disciples to go and preach the gospel to all creatures, but He also rebuked their unbelief, because it will hinder the growth and expansion of the kingdom. He has called us because Jesus knew that we can do it for His glory. God bless.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
God was in control, not Pilate nor the Sanhedrin at the crucifixion of Jesus. The release of Barabbas was an exchange of life, that He who is without sin became the Victim, while the sinner was being forgiven. Barabbas was a representation of all people in the world that can be declared innocent if they are willing to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. Simon a Cyrenian who bear the cross of Jesus is also a metaphor that the true followers of Christ should bear their own cross, deny their selves and follow Christ. The two crucified robbers in between Christ is a symbol that all people are prisoners of pain and sufferings, but one group will accept Jesus and be forgiven, while other group will reject Him but condemned forever. As Jesus breathed His last breath, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, showing that the door of God is now open to enter His presence through Christ. Today, God has millions of men and women everywhere like Mary Magdalene, Salome, and Joseph of Arimathea that are willing to serve Jesus and His people in whatever capacity that they could. God bless.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The feast of passover and unleavened bread is the first feast to be celebrated in a year, a redemptive act of God to the people of Israel that begins from Egyptian bondage. A lamb sacrifice should be offered as a propitiation for the sins of God's people. Jesus, being the sacrificial Lamb, was betrayed by His friend Judas, denied by His faithful disciple Peter, judged and rejected by His own people the Israelites beginning from the High Priest and other religious leaders. He then prayed to the Father to "take this cup away from Me, not what I will, but what You will" ((v36). When the Sanhedrin asked if He was the Christ, He answered them claiming that He was, and they would see Him sitting at the right hand of the power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. Indeed, the promise of Jesus is true and eternal, it will never be changed, and no one can alter God's plan. Like Peter, we denied Him several times, but don't give up, He is willing to forgive our sins and cleanse us from our unrighteousness because He is our loving Savior. God bless.
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Monday, October 10, 2016
The signs of the times can be seen and felt everywhere and in all aspects of life; family, academia, politics, entertainment, social media, church, and gospel proclamation. Jesus will return in the clouds with power and glory, together with His angels to gather the elect Christians from four corners of the earth, to be with Him forever and ever. Let us be reminded how needful it is for us to have a more lasting place in heaven, and to be prepared by the influence of the Holy Spirit in this present world. As Jesus explained the things to happen, He also told His followers the roles they were about to play. We need to preach the gospel, endure persecutions and tribulations, do not allow deceptions from false teachers and lazy believers, be fruitful and productive, be watchful on our surrounding, and focus on relevant things until all things transpire. By doing these, we will always be ready to meet our Redeemer in our permanent home. God bless.
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Saturday, October 8, 2016
The parable of Vinedressers is God's judgment to the religious leaders of Israel that had been entrusted to care for the nation. They received all the blessings and privileges from the Lord, but have not brought forth the expected fruits. God sent His Son, but instead of honoring Him because He was the Son and heir, they abused and killed Him. But this rejection that led to exaltation was the Lord's doing, and it was marvelous in His eyes. Our lesson is that God shall demand fruits from all Christians in due time. As we continue our journey in this world, let us obey the rules of the land and those that are in authority, without compromising our faith in Christ. In the end, God will reward us with new life, a resurrected body fit for God's eternal kingdom. To love Christ should be our first and foremost goal in life, followed by our neighbors, especially those who belong to Christ. The widow's offering is a sample of complete surrender of life and everything in Christ. God bless.
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Friday, October 7, 2016
The triumphal entry of Jesus in Jerusalem shows that He was not afraid of the authority and of His death. This would encourage His disciples who were afraid to face people, sufferings and the reality of life. They welcomed Him with a shout saying, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord" (v9). Jesus Christ must be our best affections, because He is in the highest heavens, and the blessed One forever. As He looked for some fruits from the fig tree and found none, He made it withered as example to the men of that generation. It was a figure upon the Jewish nation, to which He came to seek fruit but found none. Those who will reject Christ will become unfruitful, unproductive and useless vessels in the kingdom of God. And they shall find their right and eternal place in the world to come. The authority of Christ came not from men but from God, so as the believers' in proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom. We need not afraid and embarrassed to share the truth, pray for the sick, and encourage people to accept Jesus. We are His representative in this world. God bless.
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Thursday, October 6, 2016
Divorce was not in God's original plan. But because of the fall of Adam and the hardness of men's heart, Moses wrote this precept to do something for man and woman's relationship. But in Christ Jesus, God Himself joined man and wife together, to comfort and help each other; God is in the midst of them. As parents and guardians, it is our job to bring the children closer to God. And we must receive the kingdom of God as little children, and stand affected to Christ and His grace. Unlike this young ruler who was trying to be righteous in the eyes of Jesus, but unwilling to bear his own cross and follow Him, let us follow the words of Peter saying: ""See we have left all and followed You" (v25). The reward is enormous in this age and especially in the age to come, because the greatness in serving God is not in the size of ministry but in the size of our obedience. That "he who wants to be great should be the servant of all" (v44). In Jericho, Jesus met the blind man Bartimaeus and gave him brand new eyes, showing that when the gospel in preach, people got healed, received wholeness in Christ our Lord. God bless.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
In tranfiguration, Jesus was presented as the Son of God who is higher and above all God's creation. Therefore we must allow Him to be our beloved Savior, and must surrender ourselves to be ruled by Him. In the next section, the father of the suffering boy complained that the disciples couldn't drive the demons away from his son. Jesus said, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes" (v23). Those that grumbled of unbelief must look up to Christ for grace to help them against doubt and unbelief. Though the disciples were unable to do some ministries, yet they disputed among themselves who is the greatest (v34). For Christ, the true great man and woman of God are those that can tame their rebellious hearts, act like a little one in humility and obedience, and be the servant of all. The followers of Christ must not think quickly that the works in the kingdom is easy and undemanding. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, all things are possible to him who believes. To be the salt of the earth is to be with the Lord and His people till the end of their lives. God bless.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
In the feeding of 4000, there were seven large baskets of leftover representing the seven continents in ancient time. While in the feeding of 5000, twelve baskets remain representing the twelve tribes of Israel, showing that Jesus can feed the hungry and supply the needs of all people in the world. Indeed, God will supply our needs according to His riches and glory! Unfortunately, the miraculous works of Jesus didn't sink in the hearts of His disciples during that time, and probably in our time too. "How is it that you do not understand?" (v21). When we forget the miraculous works of God and distrust Him, we should rebuke ourselves, ask God's forgiveness, and continue to believe in His promises. The blind man in this section (v22-25), is a reminder that some of His disciples are still blind spiritually, and they need to receive spiritual eyes from Jesus. Unlike the people of Caesarea Philippi, let us be sure of ourselves that Jesus is our Messiah, and He is not just an ordinary good prophet. By total obedience and self-denial, we can show to the Father that Jesus will be our Lord and Savior forever. God bless.
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Monday, October 3, 2016
Jesus rejected the ceremonial laws that can't make a person clean and righteous before God. They are only traditional and outward form of worship that nullify the Word of God. However, if a person conformed to the traditions of the elders during the time of Jesus, he found a strategy to free him from the claim of his duty to family and community. For Jesus, the Word of God is supreme, above our own belief and personal understanding. A spiritual knowledge of the word of God will cause a person to seek for the grace of the Holy Spirit, and to keep down the evil thoughts that work within. Christ's goal is to seek and save the lost including Gentiles. He never put aside the non-Jews in His program, only that it has to be sequential and in order. While Jesus rebuke the proud people like the Pharisees, He manifest His compassion to the poor and humble sinners who look to Him as Savior and Provider. Let us continue to bring new souls to Christ, like this man with speech problem, for this is the very purpose of our existence. God bless.
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Saturday, October 1, 2016
A prophet is treated with honors everywhere, but most of the time not in his own country. Jesus did not make many miracles in Nazareth because of unbelief of the people. They saw him as ordinary person, and not as the Man of God. When He sent the twelve two by two, He empowered them and gave instruction not to be affected by the rejection and persecution, but shake of the dust under their feet as a testimony against those who rejected the name of Jesus. John the baptist, who had been beheaded by the Herodians was another example that persecution and suffering shall be experienced by the people of righteousness. However, those who shall follow the Christ shall see the power and majesty of God. The feeding of 5000 is a demonstration that Jesus can provide the needs of His people. When He walked onto the sea, it shows that He can handle every situation in our lives miraculously. If a man shall believe in the name of Jesus, God shall touch him and he shall be healed and saved. God bless.
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