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Rembrandt's "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee"

What do you do with a high fever?

Then He got up and left the synagogue, and entered Simon's home. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him to help her. And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately got up and waited on them. - Luke 4:38-39

Jesus spoke to it.

Selah

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What do you do with a barren fig tree?

Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again!" And His disciples were listening. - Mark 11:13-14

Jesus spoke to it.

Selah

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What do you do with a violent storm on a raging sea?

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. - Mark 4:37-39

Jesus spoke to it.

Selah

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What do you do with an unclean spirit?

When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him,…
…For He had been saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" - Mark 5:2, 8

Jesus spoke to it.

Selah

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What do you do with a dead girl?

While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?”…
... Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, "Talitha kum!" (which translated means, "Little girl, I say to you, get up!"). - Mark 5:35, 41

Jesus spoke to her.

Selah

BenThanks for stopping in.

Speak to your mountains today!

Ben

And I say to you, that many shall come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. ~ Matthew 8:11-12

Ok – so what do you make of this?

This is where I am in my stroll through Galilee with Jesus and He blurts this beauty out there. Just happened to come on a Friday, so I thought – hey let’s get some chatter going on this one.

So in context He is talking to the Roman Centurion we have been talking about for a few days, and who demonstrated great faith that caught Jesus’ attention.

Perhaps He is simply putting this out there for the Pharisee’s in the following masses. He makes the point that He has not found this kind of faith or understanding of His authority in those of Israel’s race.

John brings light to this in the opening of his wonderful account of Jesus’ life, when He says

He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, John 1:11-12

So is that it? Or does this run deeper?

Clearly it is not an indictment of all Israel since these that come from the East and West are reclining with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

What do you think?

Tell me your take on these strong word from the Word Made Flesh.

BenThanks for coming by

Ben

River of Living Water

The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us. (John 4:25 NASB)

Well now she has said a mouth full!

When the anointed one comes He will declare all things to us.

Jesus is the Word made flesh

Jesus is the express image of God

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son. (Hebrews 1:1-2 NASB)

So here is this woman, who does not know the first thing about worship, talking to the King of Kings and Lord or Lords, the very Word that God spoke to spin the universe into the nothing.

Do you get how completely crazy it is that someone like this broken woman should have an audience with the First born of all Creation, the One who has all above all and in all, in whom all the fullness of the God head dwells bodily?

Jesus is nothing like the gods of this world who spin us to their whim and fancy, bending us unnaturally to do their bidding, then letting us crash and burn, all the while laughing at our plight.

Not Jesus. He actually takes time away from the 12 who left everything to follow Him, and spends time interacting with a broken woman.

I love this man!

Do you hear today that no matter how you have screwed up your life to date, Jesus is ready to meet you at the well where you are trying to draw life, and lead you to living water?

And what will He declare over your life?

Much as He said to this woman – it might go like this.

I know who you are, I know what you’ve done, yet I have living water for you to drink that will satisfy the longings I placed in your inner most being, when I spoke your name in your mother’s ear.

Come to Jesus and drink deeply today.

BenThanks for stopping by.

See you tomorrow.

Ben

 

Why do some Bibles highlight the words of Jesus in red? Isn’t it all the Word of God? Absolutely! Every Word of God – the entire Bible as we have it today is the inspired and
inerrant Word of God, written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. So why make
some of it red and the rest in black.
Jesus says: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits
nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”
(John
6:63 NASB) Jesus says of His own words – they are Spirit and they are Life. Jesus
is the “Word made flesh” (John 1:14) God spoke the Word (Jesus) and created all
things. There is no more powerful force in the universe that the Word of Jesus.
“If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of
our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is
conceited and understands nothing…” (I Timothy 6:3,4a NASB) Paul tells us that
all doctrine must line up with the teachings of Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate
plumb line. We must judge all doctrine and all our theology against the life
and words of Jesus. It is a big mistake to take the words of Paul and allow
your interpretation of them to “trump” the words of Jesus. This goes for the
Old Testament as well. For instance, if you take the example of the life of Job
and superimpose it over the life of Jesus, and explain away the words of Jesus
based on the life of Job, you are misunderstanding.
Paul also tells us: “…attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of
understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ
Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians
2:2b,3 NASB) Here we see that true wealth and treasure is all hidden in Christ.
Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that Jesus is the express image of God, so if we want to
see what God is really like, we should not dig around in the Old Testament, but
rather look at the clear image of God – Jesus.
This blog will ponder some of the red letters – Jesus’ own words - and hopefully encourage
and challenge the reader to get closer to Him, and conform more fully to His
likeness.


Thanks for reading!

Ben
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