THE CURSE OF
larger problem than drugs
by Pastor Max
it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the
Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:21)
ADDICTION IS BECOMING A LARGER PROBLEM THAN DRUGS
man who drinks a little alcohol, drinks too much alcohol. If you
don't think so - well let us look at the sordid record of alcohol
consumption across the world today.
s fast becoming a bigger problem than drugs right here in Canada and
worldwide as well.
are drinking alcohol at younger and younger ages and are drinking alcohol
in such excess that every weekend the hospital emergency rooms are full of
young teenagers with Alcohol poisoning. There seems to be a
desperate need for young kids to escape from reality and turning to that
bottle of alcohol seems to be the answer for so many young people
searching for happiness.
Alberta, Canada, figures show that more money is spent each year on
alcohol than is taken in province wide in oil revenue. Alberta,
Canada's Oil Province will soon become known as the 'Alcoholic Province'.
And the destruction that follows the drinking is leaving families in ruins
with scars that do not heal.
can lead to cheating on your spouse, violence and turmoil in families,
divorce and confused troubled children having no stability and no where to
turn - so they in turn start drinking to ease the pain and loneliness.
and driving has killed thousands and caused a life time of heartache and
pain for surviving family members. As the drinking of alcohol
continues, what follows is loss of jobs, violent fights that at times end
in death and murder, car accidents an deaths caused by drunk drivers.
once said, "Alcohol gives you a red nose, a black eye, a green brain,
brown breath and a blurry outlook."
people drink alcohol to get their courage up....others drink alcohol to
get happy, but the happiness is just temporary.
day you wake up with a hangover and realize that you have no job, your
wife has left you, your kids have drifted away from you and you are all
alone. If that isn't bad enough, your children are following your
example and have now turned to drinking to ease their own pain.
what is the solution to your problem? You know you need help, but
the addition of alcoholism has set in and you now need to drink. You
continue to drink to dull the pain, to feed your addiction. Slowly
the problem progresses from bad to worse. The depression deepens and
the endless battle of trying to find happiness causes you to drink more
alcohol. What is the answer to the mess your life has become.
is becoming a world wide disease spreading quickly. Oppression and
lack of freedom experienced by 97% of the citizens of the former Soviet
Union for 70 years, and the majority of blacks and coloreds in South
Africa until recently, was the excuse given for excessive alcohol intake.
heavy alcohol drinking of Russians has paid off handsomely, producing a
nation of drunks, broken homes and abject poverty. And the hardships
suffered by many Canadians, unemployment, has given rise to the same
mental attitude...endure hopelessness through alcohol consumption.
drinkers get hooked and eventually graduate to the class called alcoholics
or alcoholism. Judge Lewis Drecker of Cleveland, Ohio stated:
"The chronic alcoholic and excessive drinker is a graduate of the
WILL EVENTUALLY DESTROY YOUR LIFE AND TAKE YOUR FAMILY ALONG FOR THE RIDe
has been the ruin of many great men in every walk of life, and for
thousands of years. Connie Mack stated, "All the umpires put
together have not put as many ballplayers out of the game as 'old man
Bach, the most gifted son of the great German composer Johann Sebastian
Bach, went to pieces through drinking alcohol. Michael Hayden,
younger brother of Joseph Hayden, and hardly less gifted, was also ruined
by alcohol. Franz Schubert became a constant wine drinker and died
in his early thirties.
CAUSED ROBERT SCHUMANN'S NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
the death of his wife, Rembrandt, then 36 years of age, became an
alcoholic. "I call drink the greatest trap that life has put
before the feet of genius." - Upton Sinclair
Penny never drank anything stronger than ginger ale. When someone
reported that he had indulged in cocktails, he said, "My reputation
which I value has been damaged. From henceforth it will be plain
water or tomato juice for me."
Lamb, English essayist, confessed that - because of alcohol, he was,
"gliding into the abyss with open eyes and bound will, seeing his own
destruction before him without having the strength of will to break away
and with all good drained from his heart."
ALCOHOLIC COMMITS SUICIDE ON THE INSTALLMENT PLAN
Havner - well know Baptist minister and writer stated: "The alcoholic
commits suicide on the installment plan." Marjorie Black -
chairman of the American Medical Committee on Alcoholism stated: "The
requirement of our society that drinking is a social obligation to which
one must conform is one of the major causes of alcoholism in our
Lincoln said, "Alcohol is the greatest and most blighting curse of
modern civilization. The liquor seller is simply and only a
privileged malefactor - a criminal."
Thomas - former Edmonton bureau chief for CHQU Radio - struggled with
alcohol from the age of 19 years. Twelve years of going to bed drunk
every night, with the exception of 6 or 7 sober nights a year. Only
July 30, 1982, he beat booze when he decided that he'd had enough and
called out to God for help. On the verge of losing everything,
friends, health and job, Iry became a tea drinker and is now a very happy
by the help of God and the Holy Spirit, he is still free from alcohol.
It can be done by faith in God, commitments to Christ and some old
fashioned will power.
Mohr was an alcoholic when he began attending Faith Cathedral, Edmonton in
1985. He had been hooked on alcohol for 16 years, even though he
could still hold good jobs because of his relative youth, talents and work
ethics. His marriage had ended up 'on the rocks' and realizing his
need for spiritual help he called upon the Name of Jesus for help.
Biblical counseling and prayer, we were able to help Marvin back to God
and a new life in the Holy Spirit. Today he is a prosperous
businessman on the West coast, with a heart for God and the work of
Eppinga immigrated to Canada from Holland as a very young man. After
about 5 fives of hard work and prosperity, but extremely lonely, he got
involved with the wrong crowd and spent his time in the bars every weekend
and soon each evening.
wasn't long before Gerry became addicted to alcohol. He lost his
desire to wok and inched his way downward to a place where he was losing
his health, money and ability to work were gone. He ended up running
a nightclub in Prince Rupert and began supplying the Native Indians with
illicit drugs with as many as 8 pushers. He was banned from every
bar in that city.
Gerry heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ is our crusade in the Islander Hall
in 1975. He was gloriously converted and was delivered from his
demon spirits. Gerry's Club 7 nightclub was situated on the main
floor of the Islander Hall and we were conducting a gospel crusade in the
large ballroom above.
I heard loud rock and roll music, I inquired from whence it came.
Someone said, "That's from Gerry Eppinga's Club 7." I
declared to the congregation, "Let's close down that hell hole, in
the Name of Jesus."
next evening, Gerry attended the service and was converted. During
the sinner's prayer and 'confession of faith', the evil spirits threw him
in the air, screaming. I commanded them to leave in Jesus' all
powerful Name and they had to go.
became a successful man, an ardent Christian and a witness of Jesus
Christ. He sold his business, attended Bible College and spent a
number of years as a missionary to the Haida Indians of the Queen
Charlotte Islands. At this time, Gerry ministers to the Dutch
population of B.C.'s lower mainland and his former homeland of Holland.
God has endowed him with a marvelous gift of preaching.
McInness of New Sarepta, Alberta, couldn't function as an engineer without
his daily bottle of hard liquor - which he had consumed for many years -
until he met Pastor Marvin Swanson of the New Sarepta Country Church.
Pastor Swanson, formerly a heavy drinker, led Dan to a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ and he was delivered by the power of the
Holy Spirit. He is still free from alcohol and very active in the
Huisman of Smithers, B.C. was hooked on booze from his late teenage years.
After years of heavy drinking - whiskey on a regular basis - he thought of
suicide, but God intervened and he received Jesus Christ into his life.
Together with his wife Patti, Randy is a solid, sincere and motivated soul
Brass, formerly of Keys Reserve near Norquay, SK was brought to Faith
Cathedral, Edmonton in 1985 by his nephew Reverand Allan O'Soupe.
who had diligently consumed about a gallon of wine on a daily basis for
almost 40 years was saved and set free from his sin, as I prayed in the
Almighty Name of Jesus Christ. Russell stopped drinking immediately
and remained sober, free and full of God's joy for the next 8 years until
his death - Hallelujah!
ALCOHOL TAKEN YOU CAPTIVE? Jesus came to set the captives free
forget my friend, Jesus came to set the captives free. Hear His
words of truth and liberty. Believe them and be free.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor. He hath sent me to heal the broken
hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to
the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." (Luke 4:18)
ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be
not deceived: neither fornicators, no idolaters, no adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the
kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
used to be called drunks - high class drunks, middle class drunks and
skid-road drunks. Preachers used to call drunkenness a SIN and
medical doctors warned about a deviant lifestyle that leads to sclerosis
of the liver, heart disease and death.
have come "come up in the world". They are now called
alcoholics and excessive drinking is no longer considered sinful by many
but a terrible disease called alcoholism.
is one of North America's leading health problems
alcoholism is a serious problem in North America is an understatement.
It is a major problem which will NOT go away. A recent report from
the North American Indian Counseling Services says, "Alcoholism is
one of North America's top health problems, along with cancer, heart
disease and mental illness."
report lists the harmful effects of alcoholism for the individual, their
families and the economy. It warns that alcoholism ruins a person's
life, causes loss of self respect, happiness and affects health and
out of twenty alcoholics are intelligent men and women, not skid road
types. The average alcoholic has 4 others in their family.
Loss of income and loss of respect lead to greater problems.
loss to the economy is staggering. Ten billion dollars is lost annually
directly related to alcohol. Alcohol directly affects loss of work
hours to businesses, industry and civilian, government and military
100 billion dollars each year is spent on health and welfare services and
medical costs stemming from alcohol.
100 billion dollars is spent on health and welfare services for alcoholics
and their families. 30 billion dollars in property damage, medical
costs and the overhead costs. This amounts to an average annual cost
of $14 nationally. We all pay for this.
ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ALCOHOLISM?
symptoms of alcoholism are: loss of control over alcohol intake,
developing a need to drink more and more to achieve the same effect,
painful withdrawal symptoms and hangovers, uncontrollable reliance on
alcohol to cope with problems.
ARE THE STAGES OF ALCOHOLISM?
stages of alcoholism - Increased use of
alcohol at social functions, drinking to relieve tension, drinking every
day as a relaxant, getting drunk when not intending to.
stages of alcoholism - The person develops a
cycle drinking more and more, the person experiences guilt and isolation
when drinking, needing a drink first time in the morning, occasional
blackouts, preferring lower class of companions to drink with
stages of alcoholism - The person is often
lonely and depressed, living to have the next drink, having severe
personality swings, Liver damage and major health problems
YOU HAVE HIT ROCK BOTTOM -
Death, prison, mental institution, marital breakup, violence
is hope for the alcoholic and other addictions
forget my friend, Jesus came to set the captives free. Hear His
words of truth and liberty. Believe them and be free.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor. He hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of
sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."
CHRIST DIED FOR YOU
- JESUS CHRIST LOVES YOU
more beautiful words were ever spoken by men or angels than these, "I
know God loves me!" Praise God. Say these precious words and
believe them and you will see what a change will be affected within your
- JESUS CHRIST KNOWS ALL ABOUT YOU
the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show
himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward
him." (2 Chronicles 16:9)
so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word, Just to rest
upon His promise, Just to know, Thus saith the Lord."
every situation of life God knows about you! During every trial,
heartbreak and discouragement in the temptations and struggles of life
Jesus knows about us and makes a way of escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
God knows and He is ready to help - Say it to yourself, "God knows
about my existence and He loves me - His eyes are upon me and I know
everything will be alright."
- JESUS CHRIST CARES ABOUT YOU
all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you." (1 Peter 5:7)
often seems like a rat race with dog eat dog and whoever gets in first get
what he needs and whoever gets in last misses everything. People can
often be hardhearted and cruel - circumstances and situations can make
life almost unbearable. Many times Satan has filled peoples' hearts
and minds with such tremendous disillusionment and depression that they
have in utter hopelessness taken their own lives.
hymn writer penned the words, "What a Friend we have in Jesus, All
our sins and grief's to bear! What a privilege to carry - Everything
to God in prayer."
am thrilled with the great news of God's love every time I hear it.
I am thrilled that God loves me, He knows all about me and that He cares
about me - my difficulties and my needs. Praise God! Say it to
yourself - "I know God cares about me and will help me!"
- JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU
God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. No
wonder the Apostle John wrote, "We love Him because He first loved
us." There is a word that is seldom used in today's world but
one which is probably one of the most powerful in our vocabulary. It
is the word "Apodictic" and it means "Evident beyond
contradictions". It is one of my foremost words because it
relates to the gospel and to Christ our wonderful Lord. When you
speak about God, His power, His words, His promises, His grace, His
goodness and His mercy and love, the word Apodictic covers them all!
beyond Contradiction! His existence is so real that only a foolish
person could try to contradict the fact! No wonder the Bible says,
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God". (Psalm 14:1)
5 ~ JESUS CHRIST AROSE FROM THE DEAD AND WILL HELP YOU TODAY
dead man has no power to help anyone - He cannot even help himself! That
is why so many traditional churches and nominal Christians receive no
answers to their prayers and have no victory in their lives. They believe
in and worship a dead Christ. They wear crucifixes that have a resemblance
of Christ, dead on the cross. Beloved friends, the cross is empty - Jesus
Christ is alive for evermore with all power at His disposal.
has the power to set His children free from every bondage and situation in
which we find ourselves that is embarrassing, improper, humiliating and
behold the man of sorrow, lo behold Him in plain view. There He stands
that mighty conqueror, since He rent the veil in two."
serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today; I know that He is
living, whatever men may say; I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of
cheer and just the time I need Him, He’s always near. He lives, He
lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me, along
life’s narrow way. You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my
very essence of Christianity, the heart of the gospel and the foundation
truth of the church is that Jesus Christ, God’s Son died upon a cross
for our sins and that He was raised from the dead on the third day for our
Justification! (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
all religions only Christianity can boast a resurrection and only Christ
is a Saviour, for He only is Alive Forevermore. Praise His Name.
IS THE ONLY WAY
wonder Peter said, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there
is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
saved”. (Acts 4:12)
Because the name of a dead man can save no one but Jesus is not dead HE IS
ALIVE FOREVERMORE! Hallelujah. His entire ministry while upon this earth
revolved around preaching the gospel, healing the sick, forgiving the
sinful, restoring the diseased back to health, feeding the hungry and
raising the dead.
He was crucified His ministry came to an end abruptly - until 50 days
later - after He had risen from the dead and spent 40 days with His
disciples He ascended into heaven and poured out upon His followers the
“Baptism of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4) Then His ministry
continued greater than ever through those who believed upon Him - The
blind saw, the deaf heard, the lame walked, the dead were raised and the
gospel was preached to multitudes.
Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer,
being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was
carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called
Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing
Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he
gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter
said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the
name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the
right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones
received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with
them into the temple, walking, and leaping and praising God.” (Acts
by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the
people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. And of the
rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And
believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and
that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds
and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might
overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities
round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed
with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.” (Acts 5:12-16)
is evident the Book of Acts is a continuation of the ministry of Jesus
Christ through His followers by the power of the Holy Spirit, and that it
is God’s will for His power to continue to bring blessing and healing to
His people in every generation until the church age is over and Christ
sets up His kingdom and ushers in the millennium -
His words to all who believe, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the
world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And
these signs shall follow them that believe, In my name shall they cast out
devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents;
and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay
hands on the sick, and they shall recover”. (Mark 16:15-18)
Holy Bible says, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto
you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as
the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
you are called, you are saved and if you are saved, the baptism of the
Holy Ghost and power is for you! Again see what St. James writes to the
church, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the
church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of
the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall
raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven
him”. (James 5:14,15)
SCRIPTURE CANNOT BE BROKEN
in closing let us see what Jesus Himself said concerning praying and
receiving an answer....
and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7,8)
me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for
the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on
Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these
shall he do; because I go unto My Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in
My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If
ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:11-14)
said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that
believeth.” (Mark 9:23)
I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any
thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is
in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19)
ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and
it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7)
beloved friend, Jesus Christ is indeed alive and waiting to hear from you.
If you will accept Him as your personal Saviour and trust in Him you will
definitely receive answers to your prayers and the assurance that all is
well with your soul, for He has promised and guaranteed you that His word
is true and the scripture cannot be broken. (John 10:35)
to new converts in Rome, he stated: "The Gospel of Christ is the
power of God unto salvation..." (1 Corinthians 1:16) The
gospel is the power of God. What an awesome statement!
was anticipating a visit to Jerusalem and ultimately to Rome - where he
knew he would suffer imprisonment - so he wrote the epistle to educate,
prepare and strengthen the saints, who would also suffer such a fate for
their belief in Jesus Christ!
everywhere were being persecuted and undoubtedly, many believers were
afraid to witness their faith publicly or were ashamed of being a part of
a movement that was so maligned, and that made them a laughing stock
before their peers!
Timothy was feeling the pain of Paul's persecution and having anxious
moments about his own life being so closely allied to the great Apostle.
DEMANDS TOTAL SURRENDER!
Paul admonished Timothy: "God hath not given us the spirit of fear,
but of power, love and a sound mind. Be not thou therefore
ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner: but be thou
partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God:
hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our
works; but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in
Christ Jesus before the world began." (2 Timothy 1:7)
oft refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chain." (1
Timothy 1:16) To Church at Philippi, he wrote: "For me to
live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21)
didn't pull any punches. Jesus didn't make it easy for people to
follow Him. He demanded all or nothing and because He gave all, He
expected His followers to do the same.
Saviour said: "Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his
life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the
Gospel's, the same shall save it." (Mark 8:34-36)
the man who exclaimed: "Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever
Thou goest", Jesus answered, "The foxes have holes,
and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to
lay His head."
Lord said to another, "Follow Me", but he said, "Lord,
suffer me first to go and bury my father." Jesus answered, "Let
the dead bury their dead, but go thou and PREACH the Kingdom of God."
to Jewish tradition, the eldest son had first right to the inheritance and
had to take charge of family matters when his father died. In this
case, the man's father may have still been alive but he felt it his duty
to stay at home until his passing.
had a different view on the matter. His message is this, if you
are called to follow Him and proclaim His Gospel that trumps other
obligations that are not as important. Even if the man's father was
already dead, others could be assigned to bury him!
other words, let those who are spiritually dead bury their dead and allow
those that are spiritually alive to preach the gospel and save precious
souls to Christ!
another also said, Lord, I will follow Thee; but let me first go bid them
farewell which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No
man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the
Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:57-62)
is Jesus teaching us through this? Jesus is serious about our
spiritual life and eternal salvation. Everything fades into
insignificance when you compare temporal things with the spiritual needs
of the individual. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. He
came to heal the broken hearted and mend sick bodies and spirits. (Luke
is as important as pleasing God and sharing His mercy and love to family,
friends and neighbors. He stated: "Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the
second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
IS STILL THE GREAT PHYSICIAN
gave His life so that we may live. Jesus is our Saviour, Redeemer,
Deliverer, Healer and Sustainer. His Gospel is the greatest
news our sinful and sick world could ever hear.
stated: "Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down
his life for his friends. Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I
command you." (John 15:1)
am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine. As
the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father and I lay down My life
for the sheep." (John 10:14-15)
when we were without strength (hopeless), in due time Christ
died for the ungodly. But God commendeth His love toward us, in
that, whole we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
the Council of Nicea in AD 325, ATHANASIUS the intrepid Champion of the
true deity of Jesus Christ vigorously opposed the spurious attacks of
ARIUS and the UNITARIANS who denied our Saviour's divinity. A
wishy-washy friend warned the great Man of God thusly: "Have a
care Athanasius: The world is against you!"
Athanasius answered: "Then, I am against the world!"
MAKE THE GOSPEL SO POWERFUL?
was it about Jesus of Nazareth that so captivated the apostles and early
disciples that they forsook all earthly conveniences, fortunes and zones
of comfort to follow Him, even to their deaths?
impressed Matthew the tax collector, Luke the
physician and Zenas the lawyer, to forsake all and follow
the Master? And what has inspired millions more down through the
last two Millennia to worship the Lord Jesus Christ as very God and to
make known His name to multitudes everywhere, often at the cost of their
was it that caused Peter and Andrew, Thomas
and Bartholomew to follow in the footsteps of Jesus?
What was it that caused the proud Pharisee Saul of Tarsus to humble
himself, repent of his folly and become the greatest of all Gospel
preachers, after his encounter with Jesus Christ on the Damascus Road?
What made this 'Jewish terrorist' and injurious persecutor of Christians
and blasphemer of Jesus, make this sudden switch?
inspired Silas and Timothy, Barnabas and Apollos,
Jude and Agabus, to pick up the torch of this
Evangelical Gospel? What was the reason that Justin Martyr and
Polycarp declared their faith in Jesus Christ at the cost of
made John Huss go to his death so that the Gospel of Christ
would not be compromised? What inspired Bishops Lattimer
and Ridley to shout God's praises and continue to confess
Christ from Papal Rome's Burning Stake?
was, my beloved friend, the indisputable, indestructible, unmistakable
call of the Holy Spirit of God upon those whose love for Jesus Christ and
His gospel had become greater than life itself!
CHRIST: GOD INCARNATE !
stated: "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow
Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which
gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of
My Father's hand. I and My Father are one.
ye of Him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou
blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God. If I do not the
works of My Father, believe Me not. But, if I do, though ye believe
not Me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father
is in Me, and I in Him." (John 10:27-29, 36-38)
is the amazing truth that Jesus of Nazareth who was born in a stable in
Bethlehem was more than a man. He was the Eternal Son of God from
Heaven and the Creator of all life. He was God incarnate (God in
came to earth on a specific mission to redeem Adam's fallen race from sin,
fear, sickness, disease, death and demons!
OF NAZARETH was born to die in order to defeat Satan, the enemy of our
souls. And to rise from the dead, victorious over death, hell and
the grave! Jesus Christ is truly the Saviour of the world,
the Liberator of sinful man, the Healer of every sickness,
the Emancipator of the human race and the Possessor of
is the final victory speech of St. Paul who was personally recruited by
the Lord Jesus Christ to spread His glorious Gospel across the Gentile
I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the
faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to
me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing." (2
Gospel is the GOOD NEWS of God's unconditional love, unmerited
mercy and prevenient grace toward lost and perishing
humanity. How do I know all this? God Himself says so.
His Holy inerrant Word proclaims that it is so. And He cannot deny
Himself, change, make a mistake, fail or lie!
RECORD VERIFIES AND CONFIRMS THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND MERCY OF GOD
historical record verifies and confirms it. God's dealings with
mankind recorded in sacred as well as secular writing show His
unconditional love for carnal, lost and ungodly men by providing a way of
escape from Satan the perverted Evil One called Satan the Hater, Oppressor
and Adversary of God and man!
greatest mission of unconditional love, overcoming all barriers of sin,
death and judgment was manifested on Calvary's cross nearly 2,000 years
ago when the incarnated SON of God paid the ransom price for the souls of
lost humanity, meeting the demands of Divine Justice through His perfect,
vicarious and all atoning death and glorious resurrection from the dead!
sought us before we knew Him or even thought of Him! The songwriter
scribbled these words: "When He was on the cross I was on His
mind. He loved me before I knew Him.." And St. John wrote: "We
love Him because He first loved us." (1 John)
is the power of God because it changes those who receive its life giving
message. It not only transforms the inner man but it heals sick and
diseased bodies through the efficacious power of the shed blood of Jesus
that was given freely for us on Calvary's tree.
RIDDLE OF THE CHANGED CALENDAR
2,000 years later, Dr. A.U. Michelson, another prominent Jew wrote in 'The
Riddle of the Changed Calendar' as follows:
mighty earthly monarch decreed and ordained the rise and fall of the
tides? We all know there was none. It is a decree of
nature, of a force not set in motion by man. Nor could the
entire human race do anything to check its regular flow and ebb.
what earthly monarch decreed or commanded, or even suggested that all
civilized peoples should date their calendars backward and forward, B.C.
and A.D. from the birth of Jesus Christ?"
furnishes no clue to this question; for there never was such an edict; no
such suggestion ever came from the lips or the pen of any world potentate.
Each human ruler would much prefer to impose upon the face of history a
date system whereby some great deed or victory of his own should forever
be commemorated. Such futile attempts were repeatedly made; some
even simultaneously with the slow, but inexorable, forward march of the
most notable attempt in modern days to find a new starting point for
civilized time was that undertaken by France in 1793. This
revolutionary calendar fell with the cause it represented. It lasted
just thirteen years, and its only legacy to history is the tangle of dates
which confuses the record of these thirteen years."
history also is strewn with these forgotten way marks of time - Babylonian
Eponyms, Greek Olympiads, Roman Consulates. For centuries before
the birth of Christ, the letters A.U.C. designated the founding of that
great city, And, yet when, and by whom, was it decreed that the letter
A.U.C. should give place to A.D. and B.C.? No imperial edict
forced this change; yet all civilized time bears the signature of Jesus
Christ. How did this come to pass? Again history is mute in
answer to this question."
is the person to whom the whole civilized world gives daily
was a humble inhabitant of an obscure town in a small province of the then
existing Roman Empire. His public life was short. He wrote no
book. He overthrew no government. He left no great band of
highly influential followers. In fact, after three years of
pedestrian itineraries, He was put to death as a criminal. His
followers, few and humble, forsook Him and fled.
reject the claims of Jesus as being equal with God, as being God the Son,
the very almanac of the modern world is an incredible absurdity.
a jury of historians had to explain, on purely historical grounds, the
letters A.D. and B.C. which now serve universally as the point from which
civilized time is reckoned, they must report that "some force",
mysterious in origin, and independent of human will, but with range and
energy sufficient to affect all civilized nations, and persistent enough
to run through all the centuries, has "somehow" put the impress
of Christ's hand on all history!
possible explanation is there for this enigma?
is a man of the darkest age of the world. He lived in a subject
province. He never wrote a sentence that has been preserved.
He died when He had scarcely reached manhood; and He died cast out by His
own race, and abandoned by His scanty band of followers.
yet, twenty centuries after He hung upon a cross, His birth is accepted by
believers and unbelievers alike, at the point from which all centuries are
dated. Every morning all the newspapers of the world, even though
some are impregnated with hatred and ridicule of Jesus Christ, adjust
their dates to His cradle. The very dates on our cheques and
letters, all governmental records, all legal documents, all literature,
yes, all are unconsciously a testimony to the birth of Jesus Christ.
can be but one explanation for this riddle of the 'Changed Calendar.'
It is that He who hung upon that Roman cross, was, at He claimed, more
than a man, that he was, in fact, God incarnate. God in the person
of His Son - Himself the Creator of Time. And this Lord of Creation
performed upon that cross a far mightier work than all human achievements
put together - namely, the redemption of the human race; available to all
who will believe and receive Him as Redeemer and Lord.
BED CONFESSION OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
W. Kates, writing in The Churchman says, "It is hardly to
such a man as Napoleon Bonaparte one would turn for spiritual
enlightenment: but it is interesting indeed to note what he said
about Jesus of Nazareth and the Christian Religion".
see in Lycurgus, Numa, and Mohammed only legislators who,
having the first rank in the state, have sought the best solution of the
social problem"; said Napoleon, "but I see nothing there which
reveals divinity ... nothing announces them divine. On the contrary,
there are numerous resemblances between them and myself, foibles and
errors which ally them to me and to humanity."
is not so with Christ", he continued in this conversation
with General Bertrand, one of his companions during the twilight days of
his meteoric career.
search in vain in history to find the equal of Jesus Christ, beyond the
march of events and above the human mind."
in Him astonishes me. His spirit overawes me, and His will confounds
me. Between Him and whoever else in the world, there is no possible
term of comparison. He is truly a Being by Himself. His
ideals and His sentiments, the truths which He announces, His manner of
convincing, are not explained either by human organization or by the
nature of things."
birth, and the history of His life; the profundity of His doctrine, which
grapples the mightiest difficulties, and which is, of those difficulties,
the most admirable solution; His Gospel, His apparition, His empire,
His march across the ages, and the realms, is for me a prodigy, a mystery
insoluble, which plunges me into a reverence which I cannot escape, a
mystery which is there before my yes, a mystery which I cannot deny or
explain. Here I see nothing human."
nearer I approach, the more carefully I examine, everything is above me,
everything remains grand - or a grandeur which overpowers."
religion is a revelation from an intelligence which certainly is not that
of man. There is a profound originality, which has created a
series of words and of maxims before unknown. Jesus borrowed nothing
from our sciences. One can absolutely find nowhere, but in Him
alone, the imitation or the example of His life."
another place Napoleon wrote: "I know men; and I tell you that Jesus
is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and
the founders of empires, and the gods of other regions. That
resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and
whatever other religions the distance of infinity...."
states his conception of the Christian religion in the following words
when he says it is "neither ideology nor metaphysics, but a practical
rule which directs the actions of man, corrects him, counsels him, and
assists him in all his conduct."
Bible contains a complete series of facts and historical men, to explain
time and eternity, such as no other religion has to offer. If this
is not the true religion, one is very excusable in being deceived for
everything in it is grand and worthy of God."
to Christ's empire and His Church in contrast to his own passing fame and
glory, Napoleon who has been described as the "world's greatest
traveling man of slaughter" said:
speak of Caesar, of Alexander, of their conquests, and of the
enthusiasm they enkindled in the hearts of their soldiers; but can you
conceive of a dead man making conquests with an army faithful and entirely
devoted to his memory? My armies have forgotten me, even while
living, as the Carthaginian army forgot Hannibal. Such is our
is the history of the invasion and conquest of the world by Christianity.
Such is the power of God of the Christians; and such is the perpetual
miracle of the progress of the Faith and the government of His Church.
Nations pass away, thrones crumble, but the church remain. What is,
then, the power which has protected this church, thus assailed by the
furious billows of rage and the hostility of ages? Whose is the arm
which for eighteen hundred years, has protected the church from so many
storms which have threatened to engulf it?"
Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires. But on what did we
rest the creations of our genius? Upon force! Jesus Christ
alone founded His Empire upon love; and, at this hour, millions of men
would die for Him."
and rather pathetically, the great Napoleon remarked to his companion:
"We are mere lead now, General Bertrand, and soon I shall be in my
grave. Such is the fate of great men! So it was with Caesar
and Alexander, and I, too, am forgotten, and the name of a
conqueror and an emperor is a college theme."
the destiny, near at hand, of him who has been called the great Napoleon!
What an abyss between my deep misery and the eternal reign of Christ,
which is proclaimed, loved, adored, and which is extending over all the
earth! Is this to die? Is it not rather to live? The
death of Christ - it is the death of God!"
GOD THE FATHER BE GLORY - THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD
John the Apostle had been exiled to the Island called Patmos for his
testimony about Jesus Christ. It was while he was serving his sentence
there, that he was visited by the Eternal living and resurrected Son of
God in all His glory.
the very presence of the Glorified Christ, John fell at His feet as dead
but Jesus laid His hand upon him, saying: "Fear not; I am in
the first and the last: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and
behold I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of
death." (Revelation 1:17, 18) To God be all the Honour,
Praise and Glory forever and ever. Amen.
JESUS CHRIST BORN?
Jesus Christ was
born to to destroy the works of the devil
however, was in the world because Satan (the devil). The devil, who
is the father of sin and death, had been cast out of Heaven and is called
the 'Prince of the power of the air', as well as the 'god of this world'.
(Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4)
devil had caused previous disruption and chaos. (Genesis 1:2;
Ezekiel 28:13-19; Isaiah 14:12-17).
of Satan (the devils) rebellion and hatred for God, he had cunningly
planned his strategy by tempting Eve, with the Tree of Life, in the Garden
of Eden. (Genesis 3:1-6; Job 1:8-22; Job 2:1-8)
CALLED ADAM WHERE ART THOU?
great transgression had been made by Adam & Eve. Now, for the
moment of truth. How would Adam & Eve feel? Would they now
be wise as God, as Satan (the devil) had promised them? Was the
rebellion and disobedience towards God worth it? No - a thousand
& Eve's eyes were opened. But, what did they see? Adam
& Eve saw their own vulnerability, stupidity, weaknesses, sin and
nakedness. Fear stalked and filled their souls. They had never
felt fear before sin entered their lives. They realized they were
naked, vulnerable and inadequate. Now, they realized they must face
the music, and meet God alone.
where was Satan (the devil)? Where was the evil one who had been
their wise tempter such a short time ago?
course, the devil was gone, to gloat over his victory. I'm sure that
the devil, the liar and deceiver was not far away, probably hiding behind
a tree, excitedly waiting to see the inevitable outcome of their sin.
The inevitable outcome, the separation, dis-fellowshipping of God and His
special creation, man.
DEVIL REJOICED OVER ADAM & EVE'S FEAR & TERROR
satisfaction filled the devil's heart as he observed Adam & Eve's
plight, their complete confusion, perplexity, fear and terror.
& Eve heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the
cool of the day. God said, "Adam, where art thou? ADAM,
WHERE ART THOU?"
God called Adam that day, He is still calling you and me. "John,
where are you? Mary, where are you?"
answered, "We are hiding, we are naked, we are afraid"!
God questioned, "Who told you that you were naked? You were
clothed with My glory. Have you eaten of the fruit that I forbad
gave a typical answer from a typical sinner! Adam said, "The
woman you gave me, she gave me of the fruit. It is Eve's fault, she
gave me the forbidden fruit and it's really Your fault, Lord, because You
gave me the woman".
LIKES TO PASS THE BLAME TO SOMEONE ELSE
seems normal for people to justify themselves. It's much easier to
pass the buck, or to blame someone else rather than take the blame,
saying, "I made a mistake, I am wrong, please forgive me."
similar to the preacher who enjoyed portraying woman in a negative way.
One Sunday morning as he was preaching on 'The Fall of Man', he vigorously
attacked Eve. If Eve, the weaker vessel, hadn't fallen, the world
wouldn't be in the mess it's now in. The preacher nailed Jezebel and
Delilah. "Women are the ruination of many good men", he
the close of the service, the minister stood at the door shaking hands.
Some complimented him on a wonderful sermon, while others were glad to get
out the door.
tall lady shook his hand and she wasn't smiling. She squeezed his
hand until he said, "Woman, you are hurting me". She
looked him square in the eye and asked, "Pastor, what is the
telephone number of the Garden of Eden"?
answered, "I don't know what you are talking about". She
squeezed his hand again until he said, "Ouch". She spoke
again, "Pastor, do you know the telephone number of the Garden of
Eden"? He answered, "Woman, I do not and by the way you
are hurting me." She said, "Well, I know the telephone
number of the Garden of Eden. It's Adam 8-1-2", and she let go
of his hand and left.
ate one too! Eve wasn't the only one to blame. Adam also
disobeyed God, but really the blame goes into further - straight to the
evil one, the devil (Satan).
DEVIL IS TO BLAME
didn't argue with Adam. He turned to Eve and said, "Woman,
what is this that thou hast done?" Eve made more sense than
her husband. She put the blame where it belong. "The
serpent beguiled me and I did eat."
agree with Eve. Satan (the devil) is the culprit. The devil is
to blame for all the sin, fear, heartbreak, divorce, alcoholism, drug
addiction and juvenile delinquency. He is the architect of all that
is evil, wicked and destructive. Riots, anarchy, thievery, murder,
sickness, disease and war are the outcroppings and results of his plans,
goals, purposes and seduction.
(the devil) IS TO BLAME. Shout it loud and clear - the devil is the
CALLED THE DEVIL A LAIR & MURDERER
called him a liar, deceiver, murdered and thief. (John 8:44; John
10:10) Our Lord said, "The thief cometh not for to steal,
kill and destroy. I am come that they might have life and more
abundantly." (John 10:10)
- THE DEVIL IS TO BLAME FOR ALL SIN
said, "THE SEED OF THE WOMAN SHALL BRUISE THE SERPENT'S HEAD."
God called out "Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou among
all the beasts of the field. Upon thy belly shalt thou go all the
days of thy life..." (Genesis 3:14-15)
is noteworthy that some scientists believe that at one time serpents and
snakes walked upright and didn't crawl on their bellies as today.
I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed (the
wicked) and her seed (the righteous). It (Jesus, the seed of the
woman) shall bruise thy head..."
DEFEATED THE DEVIL WITH HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS
Golgotha's Hill, Jesus defeated the devil. When Jesus paid the
supreme sacrifice for the sins of the world, and rose again from the dead.
He had delivered the death blow to Satan.
Jesus cried, "It is finished", He had defeated Satan (the devil)
and since that very hour the blood of Jesus Christ washes away all the
sins of the repentant sinner, and His stripes bring healing to the
believing, sick person..
Bible says, "He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was
bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;
and by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
DID JESUS COME INTO THE WORLD?
Bible says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have
everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn
the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." (John
Bible says: "Neither is there salvation through any other, for
there is none other name under Heaven given among men whereby you may be
saved, but by the Name of Jesus"! (Acts 4:12) "There is
one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus." (1
CAME THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE
said, "I am come that they might have life and have it more
abundantly." (John 10:10) And St. John stated:
"For this purpose was the Son of God manifested that He might destroy
the works of the devil". (1 John 3:8) The Scripture says, "When
the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with
devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that
were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the
prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our
sicknesses." (Matthew 8:16-17)
DID ISAIAH PROPHESY?
it and hear it well: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He
was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was
upon Him (Jesus) and by His stripes we are healed."! (Isaiah 53:5)
Bible says, "Who His own self (Jesus) bare our sins in His own
body on the tree (cross) that we, being dead to sins should live unto
righteousness, by Whose stripes ye were (at the cross) healed"!
(1 Peter 2:24) "He that believeth on the Son hath
everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;
but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
IS ONLY ONE WAY - JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH & THE LIFE
said, "I am the way, the truth and the life and no man cometh unto
the Father but by Me." (John 14:6) Again our blessed
Saviour said, "I am the door, by Me if any man enter in, he
shall be saved..." (John 10:9) Again He said, "Come
unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you
rest." (Matthew 11:28)
DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?
Bible says, "Without the
shedding of blood there is no remission for sins."
(Hebrews 9:22) "It is the blood that maketh atonement for
the soul." (Leviticus 17:11) Again, "The
soul that sinneth it shall surely die." (Ezekiel
Old Testament times, an animal - without spot or blemish - would be
sacrificed, spilling his blood. (Atonement means "covering")
AS THE LAMB DIED ON THE ALTER IN THE TEMPLE, JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD, DIED
ON THE CROSS TO PAY FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD.
Scripture says, "If we walk in
the light as He is in the light we have fellowship one with the other, and
the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." (John
is the Lamb of God, Who was slain for our sins! "One of the
elders saith unto me, weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the
Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven
seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the
throne...stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven
eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
He came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the
throne. And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and
twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps
and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints."
they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to
open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by
thy blood of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;....Worthy
is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and
strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."
every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth,
and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying,
Blessing, and honour, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." (Revelation 5:5-13)
SPOILED SATAN'S KINGDOM
Bible says, "And you, being dead in your sins and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having
forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances
that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,
nailing it to His cross, and having spoiled principalities and powers, He
made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians
2:12-15) Oh, Praise God.
serve a risen Saviour, he's in the world today. I know that
He is living, whatever men may say...
I see His hand of mercy....I hear His voice of cheer....And just
the time I need Him....He's always near.
lives....He lives...Christ Jesus lives today.
He walks with me and talks with me, along life's narrow way.
lives...He lives....Salvation to impart....
You ask me how I know He lives....He lives...within my heart.
power! What might! What strength, and what great ability Jesus
has. St. Paul brings it out so graphically in his epistles.
Drink in these truth and be set free and filled with all knowledge, joy
and Holy Ghost power.
eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know what is the
hope of His calling, and what the riches of glory of His inheritance in
the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward
who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He
wrought in Christ, when he raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His
own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and
power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in
this world, but also in that which is to come. And hath put all
things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the
Bible says, "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in
us." (Ephesians 3:20)
Paul writes, "Who (God) hath delivered us from the power of
darkness (Satan) and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son
(Jesus Christ) IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, even the
forgiveness of sins." (Colossians 1:13)
referring to Jesus, John the Baptist made the startling statement, "Behold
the Lamb of God which taketh away from the sins of the world."
(John 1:29) To this agree the angel's words to Joseph, "Ye
shall call His name Jesus (Salvation) for He shall save (salvage) His
people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)
this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself
of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled
Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name is above every
name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven
and in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
DAY IS THE SCRIPTURE FULFILLED
book of Isaiah is called the "Gospel of the Old Testament".
The 53rd chapter prophecies the death of Messiah Who would bring
forgiveness and healing to His people. Isaiah 7:14 speaks of His
virgin birth; Isaiah 9:6 speaks of His Kingship and the fact that He is
very God; Isaiah 28:11-12 foretells the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the
end-time phenomena of glossalalia, or "speaking with other
tongues" as a gift of God to bring stability, rest and peaceful
strength to the Church in times of pressure and tension. Isaiah
61:1-3 prophecies the Gospel Age of His salvation with forgiveness,
healing, deliverance and joy!
he came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was,
He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And
when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,
Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because he hath anointed Me to preach the
gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, the recovering of sight to the blind, to set
at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the
He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister and sat down.
And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.
And He began to say unto them, This day is the scripture fulfilled in your
ears." (Luke 4:16--21)
entered the synagogue in Nazareth and read from Isaiah the Prophet.
He ended the reading by saying, "This day is this scripture
fulfilled in your ears". He declared Himself the Son of God and
Jewish Messiah by those words.
year of Jubilee could not begin until first the Great Day of Atonement had
taken place. He would die on the cross like the lambs died on the
alters of Jerusalem because He is the Lamb of God which taketh away the
sins of the world." (John 1:29)
would fulfill the Old Testament 'Great Day of Atonement' when the high
priest entered into the Holy of holies with the blood of the sacrificial
animal. Jesus was not only the sacrifice but also the high priest
Who carried His own blood into the Holy of holies in Heaven itself.
scapegoat (Leviticus 16:7-21) is also a type of Jesus carrying away our
sins. He is our substitute! Every 50th year Israel celebrated
the 'fear of Jubilee' when all the prisoners and slaves were freed and
debts were forgiven. This is a picture of the Gospel Age when
everyone is set free by the blood of Christ and His everlasting Gospel!
THEY WERE OFFENDED IN HIM.
dear friend, Let me admonish you to receive him into your heart and life
as your Lord, Saviour, Redeemer, Healer, Baptizer and King.
CAME TO SEEK & SAVE THE LOST
said, "I am come to seek and save that which was lost." (Luke
19:10) You are included in that number, for "All have sinned and
come short of the glory of God". (Romans 3:23) You say, 'I
cannot live a Christian life in my own strength'!
are absolutely right. You can't do it in your own power, but He will
change you and give you the power to live for Him.
Bible say: "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.
But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of
God, even to them that believe on His name." (John 1:11-12)
promised, "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you...." (Acts 1:8) Finally Jesus said, "I will
never leave thee nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5) "...and
lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew
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