Posts Tagged ‘Galilee’


John 7:1-10
After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him. Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. You go to the Feast. I am not yeta going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.” Having said this, he stayed in Galilee. However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.

After the miraculous conversion of water to wine as requested by his mother Mary, Jesus is now forced to go to the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles in Judea by his own brothers. This is the 2nd record of him being forced into doing something that he felt not led to as his time had not yet come. However, again Jesus goes to Judea and ministers to the people there but at the cost of nearly loosing his life. What is the issue Jesus has with going out and showing himself as the messiah? Why are his family finding it difficult to believe in him? What in all this is the Lord saying to us??

It is obvious that at the time, Jesus’s brothers did not believe him or his claim that he was the son of God. They were trying to test him and thought he was holding back because he was not sure. However, for Jesus, things were not the same. His intention was not to have the world make a mockery and spectacle of him. He came to save the lost and not entertain the crowds. He knew his time was short because his ministry was not going to something the world loved but hated because he came to show the world how desperately their situation was and how he was the only hope for them. In our lives, what are we seeking from Jesus? Are we looking for a miracle worker, a wise man who can give us good counsel, a famous personality we can associate with or are we seeking to find hope in a hopeless world? Jesus wants to help only those who want help and I hope this morning, you are woken up to this fact that the messiah is here and waiting for you to put your trust in him completely.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Beachside Beggar


Matthew 5:3-12
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

As Jesus continued to teach in Galilee, these were some of his words that to me stood out in chapter 5. They stood out because these were a preamble to his teaching on murder, adultery, divorce, oaths, revenge and loving our enemies. What specifically got me again and will never stop is the fact that Jesus is talking not to the rich, the strong, the wise, the faithful, the righteous, the saints or the people we perceive as the ones whom he would recognize among us but instead, his words were to the poor, the sick, the broken, the frustrated, the suffering, the weak, the hungry or in essence the ones who realize that they need help, over and above anything they can get from this world or the powers and authorities of this world.

Jesus spoke then and still speaks now in the same language. He does not want our wealth because he has more and he does not want the ones who have achieved a lot because they believe in themselves and their own efforts and feel no need for a God and savior. Therefore, whenever I hear people saying ‘Believe in yourself; Mind over matter; self realization; power of inner self; etc’, it worries me because these people are capitalizing on the one thing we all desperately need, a SAVIOR. When our savior becomes anything but the Lord Jesus Christ, we are serving no one else but the devil whose only goal is to steal us from God and ruin our lives. Are you in need of saving? Turn to Jesus and know that you can have newness of life, unceasing joy and peace in his him and through his love and sacrifice for us.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet