What is The Kingdom of God

We are transitioning from the beginning of Christ’s Ministry to His Teachings. From this point forward, He begins talking about the Kingdom of God in Parables. There are many allegories involved along with a few literal teachings. Before beginning, it is important to discern what the Bible says the Kingdom of God is, and how it applies to believers.

It is of caution to recognize there are many heretics (not necessarily false teachers) that are ministering incorrect teachings about the Kingdom of God and giving maligned views of Revelation or Eschatological language. Some of these heretics do not mean to mislead you; however, be wary of anyone teaching a doctrine that is unbiblical or errs from the typical doctrine of the Bible (2 Timothy 4:3-4; Romans 16:17-18; Colossians 2:8).

We must stay true to God’s Word, that is The Holy Bible, for all manner of truth and do not trust man’s philosophies. That is why, with this website’s ministry, we stay true to the Word of God!

What is true about Kingdom of God teachings: Within us is the spiritual house of God, where we raise spiritual sacrifices. No building made by hands needed. (1 Peter 2:5; Ephesians 2:19-22).

The manifestation of the Kingdom of God in our life is the following: Not food and drink or even idolatrous things, but the things that bring about peace and up-building such as spiritual qualities and good character. The Holy Ghost is the one that causes these characteristics and qualities to come about! We read about this in Romans 14:17.

God erects an individual tabernacle (not a literal Kingdom) in the hearts of men so that the Holy Ghost may dwell within and work with the believer on pursuing godliness so that he is ready for the Coming Kingdom of God – the one that is eternal and expansive to contain all Christians. Absent from the mortal body, but present with the Lord God!

The Basis of Salvation into the Kingdom of God:

  • John 3:16-21
    1. We have this beautiful revelation of Jesus Christ when we are saved.
    2. We have the assurance that we receive eternal life, and not perish. This means that we don’t die, even when our physical bodies die. Our conscious and spirit overall (what many equate overall to our soul) will be with God forever and ever spending time with Him. We must explore this further.
  • The way we live our lives
    1. We commonly live our lives hoping for an afterlife, and we will see it according to the verse we read above.
    2. We, however, must keep in mind that we are to believe in Him…therefore, others that don’t believe will not be saved. They will not be able to spend eternity with Him.
    3. But God wants us to believe upon Him so that we can spend eternity with Him!
    4. We proclaim Him as our Father and we hope that we can spend eternity with Him, therefore, we have the assurance in the Bible that we have eternal life, so at the end of our physical bodies – that is, when our Earthly bodies cannot function further, our soul is placed into a Heavenly Body so it is fit for eternity. We can eat of the Tree of Life and have Eternity, but only through Christ. Let’s explore!

Path to Eternal Life and Heaven

  • Romans 3:23 & 6:23
    1. All have sinned and fall short of God’s Glory
    2. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Romans 5:8
    1. Christ came and died for us while we were still sinners, for God sent Him because He loves us!
  • 1 John 5:11-13
    1. God has given us eternal life, which that life comes through His Son.
    2. We have eternal life! It is a gift unto us.
    3. Many have said that we already have it now; however, I say unto you that we may already possess it, but we are in this human body still and must complete the race of time before we are placed into the permanent dwelling place for eternity to spend with God. Our Spirit is bound for eternity with God, but we need to complete our human body experience first and help others obtain this gift. When we are saved, we have “locked in this gift” and it cannot be stolen away from us. We can reap the blessings of this gift when our physical bodies lay to rest, and our new resurrected body comes alive by Christ:
      • John 5:24-29
        • Our human bodies may be put to rest, but our soul will pass out of death and into eternal life as we see here in this verse. Christ has prepared for this event to occur and He will bring it to completion, as we see in Philippians 1:6.
      • John 6:51
        • Notice here that we will be raised up at the Last Day. When is the last day? We can safely assume the last day means the last day that we dwell on Earth; we will be immediately raised up. This means that our gift will be in reaping mode once we are raised. God has sown into our lives a gift, but the reaping of it shall be after this human body experience has passed.
      • Now, we have life in our human body experience, because humans were granted mortality, as we see in the story of Adam and Eve, the first humans. Originally, humans had access to the Tree of Life, however, since Man sinned, he chose the wrong path and partook of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which granted mortality to Man for as long as Earth stood, and the Tree of Life was guarded because it was only for the righteous. However, we learn through the Life of Jesus that He is the Tree of Life and we have access due to His Sacrifice for us! He obtained access to the Tree of Life for us, and through Him we can partake of this and have immortality, which means our old bodies will be put away and a new Heavenly body will be given for us to dwell in (just like Jesus’ body was after He resurrected).
        • Romans 5:12-21
          1. We see by one man sin entered the world (Adam), and therefore so did mortality. All humans are considered as sinners then.
          2. Even before the Law, mortality existed, and after the Law of Moses was established, death continued. Therefore, death is existent apart from the Law, so even if we as Christians are not under the Law, we are subject to death of the human body (and Spiritual death if we don’t become saved through Jesus Christ).
          3. One man, Jesus Christ, wherein we are then justified, gives us the gift of grace. We receive grace and righteousness through Jesus Christ. The disobedience of Adam that caused us to be made sinners is invalid because of the obedience of Jesus that brought to us righteousness. This righteousness brings us eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, to which, we are no longer subject to death by sin.
        • 1 Peter 1:3-9
          1. Jesus Christ obtained for us a lively hope, to which, we will receive an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, which will not fade away. This is reserved in Heaven for us (which means we don’t have access right this time, but will have as we pass from death to life).
          2. We greatly rejoice because of the temptations that are upon us, because we have glory in the future that will far outweigh this (Romans 8:18). The salvation of our souls is the great inheritance we look forward to!
        • Revelation 2:7, 22:14
          1. Those that overcome will eat of the Tree of Life, so hold on for we will have our inheritance as we pass from death to life.
          2. We have right to the Tree of Life and have right to enter into the gates of the city once we make it in the afterlife, which shall be in the New Jerusalem!
        • Our new Heavenly Body is described in Philippians 3:20-21
          1. Christ shall change us from our vile human body to be a more glorious body.
          2. (See also 1 Corinthians 15:51; Colossians 3:4; and 1 John 3:2.)
          3. Describing the Lord’s appearing and the resurrection of the saints who have died, Paul writes, “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians  4:17).
            • When Jesus was transfigured (or changed) before the eyes of some of His disciples and they glimpsed His heavenly glory, we’re told that Moses and Elijah appeared with Him — proof that we retain our individuality in heaven (see Luke 9:28-36).
            • The Bible declares that when we arrive in heaven, we will “be like him [Jesus]; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). Just as our earthly bodies were of the first man Adam, so will our resurrection bodies be just like Christ’s (1 Corinthians 15:47). “And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:49, 53). Many people recognized Jesus after His resurrection (John 20:16, 20; 21:12; 1 Corinthians 15:4-7). If Jesus was recognizable in His glorified body, we also will be recognizable in our glorified bodies.
      • Heaven was never brought to Earth and it is not coming here. Jesus was sent from Heaven, which means He came from a place. He came to conduct a mission that God sent Him on, which was Kingdom business. If Heaven were truly on Earth and in things around us, we wouldn’t be facing evil, struggles, imperfections, etc. Anyone believing we have Heaven already on Earth is following delusions from false teachings, for we have yet to experience the glory of His Majesty.
        1. John 18:36 (we also see some of this in John 3:16-21 that we read earlier)
      • After all His Majesty is too much for people to bear – as we see in the case of Moses who had to wear a veil over his face because people saw the glory of God on him (as we see in Exodus 34:29-35). People couldn’t partake the glory of the Lord either in the Temple, for a veil had to be in the Temple of Old (As we see in Exodus 30). The Lord would purposely separate Himself from people because of sin.
        1. However, when Jesus was crucified and said it is finished, the veil tore in two from top to bottom so that we may no longer be separated from God, which would be through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We have eternal life because of Jesus Christ, which allows us to behold His glory when we pass from death to life! We see this in Matthew 27:51 that the veil was rent from top to bottom. Also, look at Hebrews 6:19-20 and 10:19-22.
      • Jesus promises that He will come and rescue us and bring us unto Himself: John 14:1-6
      • Jesus promises to send us the Comforter to be within us so that He may dwell with us forever. He will also guide us into all truth, therefore helping us stay in relationship with God, being righteous, and helping others. John 14:16-20, 25-26.
      • We now belong to God because we are not of this world, for when we receive the Holy Spirit, we are considered bound for Heaven. John 15:19.
      • We receive the Comforter so it bears witness of Christ and reminds us of Him, so that we can share Him with others. We see more in John 15:26-27.
        1. We see the promise fulfilled in Acts 2:33.

Heaven is a place all look forward to seeing, and we should love the plan that God has for us. The first promise that many liken about Heaven is the fact that there will no longer be any suffering, tears, and pain. This is great news, for suffering is the cause of so much anxiety and depression, and therefore, it will be eradicated, because God is preparing to transfer us into His Kingdom once we pass from death to life. We see this all in Revelation 21:4. This is great news.

More great news can be found in Revelation 4:8-11. Now, that is awesome. They worship God and proclaim His Name without ceasing! He is highly exalted and has such greatness and power. This is beautiful and something that we should look forward to being able to do, is to worship Him forever and ever; being in His midst; seeing His beauty; and spending all of eternity with Him. We see that the River of Life flows from His throne in Revelation 14:2. The glory of God is the beauty of life, involving things so beyond life!

We see that we will one day be part of the New Jerusalem, which shall descend out of Heaven after Christ’s return. We see this fully described in Revelation 21. It states that we will have a New Heaven and New Earth – the old has passed away. The very tabernacle of God will be with humans – which is saying that God will actually dwell with humans HIMSELF! This is not talking about the tabernacle within us – which explains the fact that we have a “holding place” for the Holy Ghost to live within us. This is talking about the Tabernacle of God being with His People.

Throughout the 21st chapter of Revelation, we see that John is taken on this journey and noting all of what he saw, which includes what was in the city, the gates of the city, the fine details and gems that decorate the city – he couldn’t put down all of what he saw most likely, because it was such splendor so difficult to put into words. It would be so awesome if we had gotten this same revelation and be able to have our mind blown by this. It blows my mind just trying to make sense of what John wrote, but also The Holy Spirit telling me that there is so much more than what you see here in these verses. It makes me want to shout with joy!

We are given the hope of eternal life and here is the proof from the Bible: “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11). We have further evidence of life after death based upon the words of Jesus Himself in John 5:24-29: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. In the Synoptic Gospels and the Pauline Letters, eternal life is generally regarded as a future experience, but the Gospel of John differs from them in its emphasis on eternal life as a “present possession”.

In John, those who accept Christ can possess life “here and now” as well as in eternity, for they have “passed from death to life”, as in John 5:24: “He who hears my word, and believes him that sent me, has eternal life, and comes not into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

When we pray, “our Father who art in heaven,” we are implying that heaven, at least in one of its most common uses, is where God the Father is. For example, 1 Corinthians 2:7 reads, “We impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages.” Where God dwells may not be a geographic place, but definitely somewhere we cannot fathom or understand. This means that Jesus, even though he has a body, is with God in heaven, which is outside the material universe. His People, the Christians who are truly saved will be part of that same with God once our mortal lives are complete and our body is transferred to our new immortal body just as Jesus’ was.

Further Reading for Apologetic Reasons

There are many that would attempt to bewitch you; however, the explanations above should undo the bewitching. Nonetheless, if you as a fellow believer (I hope) would like to dive deeper in research, which verifies everything said above, see the entire book of Hebrews.

To shortcut a bit, there is information you should be aware of that will help clear your mind immediately, which is believed to be a great blessing to you. See below:

  • The Temple is now Eternal in the Heavens (the entirety of the Temple with all pieces is with Christ in the Heavens, because He is now the High Priest (see Hebrews). Reference 2 Corinthians 5:1. In the Epistle to the Hebrews we are taught that the true holy of holies is the heaven into which Jesus has now entered to appear in virtue of His own sacrifice in the presence of God for us (Hebrews 9:11). Restriction is now removed, and the way into the holiest is made open for all His people that are saved (Hebrews 10:19-20).
  • The presence of Aaron’s staff in the Ark is fitting, since Jesus serves as our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-15).
  • Jesus Sacrificed His Life for our sins. When Jesus did this, the curtain in the Temple which separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place was torn in two, from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51). Sin no longer separated men from God, because once for all time, Jesus appeared and removed our sin by giving His own life as a holy sacrifice” (Hebrews 9:26).
  • Jesus also said He did not come to abolish the law or the prophets, but to fulfill their purpose (Matthew 5:17). Isaiah said the Messiah would exalt and honor the law (Isaiah 42:21)
  • Paul described how Jesus rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law because, when he was crucified, he took the curse for our wrongdoing upon Himself (Galatians 3:13)
  • The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world (John 6:32-33)
  • The Ark foreshadowed the coming of Jesus and the events surrounding his resurrection. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. As our High Priest, Jesus entered the Most Holy Place and secured our redemption forever with His own blood rather than the blood of animals (Hebrews 9:12).
  • The overall Kingdom of God is located within Heaven, and His People have their names written there, so that they will transfer to Him in eternity (Hebrews 12:23).

We welcome any commentary or additional discussion on this in the comments.

Master: Show us a Sign (Journey 21)

Key Points:

  • The Scribes and Pharisees wanted a sign, but Jesus presents an unexpected answer
  • People must turn from sin and accept Him to be relieved and forgiven of sin
  • Spiritual relationships are more important than natural relationships

Part 3: The Scribes and Pharisees Demand a Sign

Jesus is pressured by the Scribes and Pharisees to give them a sign… What sign do they desire? We are reading in Matthew 12:38-45, as Jesus is still on the journey in Galilee.

So again, the Pharisees asked Jesus to give them a miracle as a sign that He was the Messiah, to which, He refused again. The only sign would be His Resurrection from the dead, which would be the Father’s complete confirmation to them that Jesus is His Son! Through their rejection of Jesus, they would guarantee themselves greater judgment on Judgment Day than the heathens.

The Queen of Sheba (a Gentile Kingdom) recognized Solomon’s wisdom and the people of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah. However, the Jews of the current time of Jesus’ Ministry stubbornly refused to accept Him as Messiah (or even Savior).

Jesus then illustrated that people could not be just neutral. If they were not completely committed to Him, they would be against Him in the end. They would be as a person who benefits temporarily from cleansing of demons, but because of nothing positive to fulfill a better life, he becomes possessed by even worse demons.

People would benefit from His Ministry temporarily, but they would have to make a positively full turning away from sin and accept Him as Savior to be victors in the end. Otherwise, they would just be in more severe condemnation than they were originally.

What can we learn from this?

There is no room for Christ and unclean spirits together. Christ is the One who is able to set up residence for the Holy Ghost, as to become a Temple within for His Power. Therefore, people must recognize Christ as the Savior and believe, so that He may set up residence within us and prepare us for Eternal Life!

Part 4: Christ’s Mother and Brothers sought Him

Jesus is continuing in Galilee for the last part of this journey… We are reading now in Mark 3:31-35; Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 8:19-21. The children of Mary and Joseph born after Jesus were James, Joseph, Simon, Judas, and at least two daughters.

Jesus’ mother and His brothers come to seek Him and to speak with Him. Jesus shows that kinship is based on our relationship to God: all who obey Him are one big family. Jesus must have been so sad to have to see such an attitude in his brothers; however, He knew that more important than natural relationships were spiritual relationship. All those who are to obey God are related to Him and to one another in the vast Family of God.

What can we learn from this?

Jesus’ mother and brothers did not accept Him as the ones who accepted His Salvation and heard His Teachings, to which, Jesus spoke that family relationships were not as important as spiritual relationships. The reason for this is probably:

  • Family relations may not accept you for who you’ve become, because they are too familiar with your past self.
  • Putting the Father’s Work first is most important!
  • Kinship is based on our relationship to God.
  • All who obey Him are one big family.
  • If your family supports you and is part of your spiritual family as well, this may not apply.

Jesus cursed for working with Beelzebub (Journey 21)

  • Jesus is cursed by many Scribes, Pharisees, and other prejudice people
  • What did Beelzebub have to do with Jesus’ Ministry? Well people thought His Miracles came from Beelzebub’s work…
  • But how would good miracles come from evil masqueraded work?

Before we dive into the juicy details of Jesus being cursed for working with Beelzebub, we must first explore how Jesus even started into His second tour of Galilee. Jesus, His Twelve Disciples, and a number of women, make a tour of cities and villages.

Visiting all the towns of Galilee was not easy; therefore, Jesus and His Disciples were helped by a group of women who went with them to look after their needs. These women were Mary Magdalene, who had seven devils leave her, Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others.

We are reading in the following Scriptures (linked to for easy access): Mark 3:19-30; Matthew 12:22-37. If you would like to reference the other Scripture surrounding Jesus’ tour of Galilee, see: Luke 8:1-3

On one occasion of casting out demons, the Pharisees blamed Jesus of doing it to the power of satan. Jesus replied that if the devil was being used to cast out demons, the devil would only create war in his kingdom, because he would be destroying himself. The only way a strong man can be defeated is if a stronger one overpowers him. In casting out demons, Jesus showed He was stronger than satan and his demons. His Reign, which would result in crushing the serpent’s head, has begun.

God can forgive such doubts and misunderstandings about Jesus; however, He would not forgive blasphemous remarks or defiant rejection of Jesus’ Work, because His Work was good and originated in God! Those that called His Spirit “satan,” were clearly putting themselves in position to disrepute God’s Goodness.

Therefore, those that blasphemed would not receive forgiveness. One would not want forgiveness anyway, if he/she were to blaspheme against God, because their heart would have hardened completely or their minds completely blinded to the Grace of God!

The Good Works of Jesus were evidence of His Goodness, just as good fruit came from a good tree. The evil works of the Pharisees were the evidence of their evil hearts, in that; such evil will be used against them in Judgment.

What can we learn from this?

The Savior humbled Himself so much that He needed people to be kind to Him, which encouraged and blessed Him. We can do the same by offering our praise, gratitude, and service unto Him! He was rich in Spirit, but He became poor for our sake.

This tells us to focus more on Spiritual wealth for His Kingdom, rather than physical wealth. Though physical wealth may profit us here on Earth, it is only temporary; however, Spiritual wealth is Eternal!

It doesn’t mean that we need to become poor or stay poor; however, our focus must be on Spiritual wealth and less on physical wealth. It’s not bad to have “things,” but money is to serve us. If we are found to be serving money, we will be serving two masters, to which, we may love one and not the other.

We must choose God over money; family over money; Spirituality over money; etc. Man must work for the money he needs to support himself and his family; however, we must remember to make time for our family, but especially for God!

Now, the Doctrines of Christ seemed to have a boiling effect upon some people, especially religious leaders; however, it had the Power to break the devil’s power, which cast him out of people. Instead of satan possessing people, Christ was able to insert His Power to override and overthrow that demonic power, so that His Power could envelope the beings.

This brought grace, healing, and Salvation to the mortal bodies. We know that when Christ came in our lives, He had ridden the sin, evil, and other foul things out of our lives so His Grace, Healing, and Salvation could envelope us as well.

When we allow His Work to be done, it will be done to the overflowing abundance of Glory unto God! Therefore, we must beware of any evil speaking against Him, but rather, acknowledge His Glory!

What Beelzebub means…

Beelzebub is generally linked to being the “prince of demons,” or the devil himself. Many sources claim that this word comes from “Baal-zebub,” resulting from the idol deity of old from the Ekronites, which would call him the “lord of flies,” or “fly-god.”

Not exactly a very dignifying name. Others believe his name comes from “Beel-sebul,” which means, “dung-god.” Again, not very dignifying, as this would point him overall to being the author of pollutant abominations of idolatrous worship.

Christ shall be glorified above all! He is not associated with evil, He is Alpha and Omega Only and Above All on Earth!

Events leading to Jesus’ Anointing (Journey 20)

Part 3: Jesus chastises three cities

Before Jesus is anointed, He deals with the behavior of three different cities. We are reading in Matthew 11:20-30, where Jesus has journeyed to other parts of Galilee at this time.

The Galilean towns of Bethsaida, Chorazin, and Capernaum were places where Jesus did much of His Work; however, some other cities were more immoral, such as Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom.

Because such cities witness the Ministry of Christ, but deliberately rejected Him, they would suffer more severe judgment than the Gentile towns that have not heard of Him or witnessed His Ministry.

Great privilege brings great responsibility, to which failure brings a greater judgment.

People refused to come to Christ and repent of their sins, because they were too comfortable in life and in their pride. However, many who were helpless turned to Christ, because they needed someone to help in their deepest needs, and through Him then came a New Relationship with God!

True refreshment is found in learning from Jesus and obeying His Teachings, to which, they found True Life!

What can we learn from this?

We must continue to come to Christ for rest for our souls, obey Him, and repent for our sins—which brings us into greater relationship with God. It is important for people to continue to come to Christ, refusing their vain pursuits, because their souls need saved from hell.

It may require self-denial, but it is completely rewarding in the end. Idolatry needs to end in any of our lives, because God is the only One on the throne and the only One worth worshiping!

We are given three commands:

  • Come unto me…
  • Take my yoke upon you…
  • Learn of me…

There are four things He said of Himself:

  1. I will give you rest
  2. I am meek and lowly in heart
  3. My yoke is easy
  4. My burden is light

Part 4: Jesus is anointed by a sinful woman in the House of Simon the Pharisee

We are beginning to see Jesus’ miracles on a more significant scale. We are reading now in Luke 7:36-50. As a whole, a Pharisee called Simon invites Jesus to eat with him. An immoral woman of the city anoints Jesus’ feet, weeps, and wipes His feet with her hair. Jesus exposes Simon’s self-righteousness and declares the woman’s sins be forgiven her, thus provoking inner questionings among the guests.

As most Pharisees were, Simon kept the Laws as well of holiness, and he thought of God as being more pleased with him than the outcasts (like tax collectors and prostitutes).

He was surprised that Jesus would allow a prostitute to wash His Feet, and in his view, Jesus did not have Divine Knowledge as He said He did. Otherwise, Jesus would know what kind of person this woman was, and would not allow her to touch Him.

Jesus knew the thoughts of Simon, therefore, He told a story that would contrast his attitude with the woman’s, to which, Simon would never come to Jesus needing forgiveness. He had no reason to feel any love or gratitude for Jesus; however, the woman had heard Jesus’ message of forgiveness and was sorry for her sins so much that she came in trusting in His forgiving love for people. She showed her loving gratitude in the most meaningful way that she could.

What can we learn from this?

Jesus purchased the most gracious gift: Forgiveness, and provides it to all who ask. No matter whom you are, what you are, etc., you are welcome to Christ’s forgiveness by humbly coming unto Him!

Let us not let the spirit of the Pharisee come upon us; rather, we only rejoice in Christ and are prepared to obey Him.

The Two Messengers from John the Baptist (Journey 20)

We begin in part two of Journey 20, where two messengers are sent to Jesus from John the Baptist. We read of this in Matthew 11:2-19; Luke 7:18-35, where Jesus is still around Galilee. John the Baptist was the son of Zacharias and Elisabeth born about six months before Christ was.

Being in prison, John the Baptist didn’t know much about Jesus’ Ministry, which, likely upset him. Some reports he thought to be inaccurate, and some reports made John ponder if Jesus was really the Messiah he foretold.

However, Jesus sent word to him that He was ministering relief to the oppressed, which was foretold of Jesus the Messiah in the Old Testament. Of course, this was not the typical Messiah; one to bring political victories as the old messiahs would of the Old Times. Jesus, therefore, promised a special blessing for those who understood His Ministry and did not lose heart.

To prevent people from speaking harsh of John, because of the questioning, Jesus remarked many things of John the Baptist:

  • He was great
  • Was not weak in character
  • Was not uncertain of himself
  • Was not easily swayed by people’s opinions
  • Did not seek comfort
  • Did not seek prestige, power, awards, etc.
  • He was a Prophet as many of the Prophets who endured hardship
  • A man of endurance.

Nonetheless, John was the last and greatest predecessor Prophet before the Messiah; however, because he belonged to that era, he is less blessed than the humblest believer that enters the Messiah’s Kingdom.

In preparing the way for the Messiah and the entrance of the Kingdom of God, John was the “Elijah” of whom the Prophet Malachi spoke of (Malachi 4:5).

Those that believed and obeyed the preaching of John were pleased to hear Jesus’ remarks of him; however, the religious leaders that hated John couldn’t care less, to which, they were just even angrier.

Jesus turns His attention to the people of His day, to which, they are as many children playing in the streets with no cares. A lively wedding game or a slower funeral game would not be satisfying. The Jews were like such children, who criticized John, because he followed strict rules about food and drink, and lived as a hermit would in the desert.

After that, they criticized Jesus, because He had no rules on food and drink, and would honestly and proudly associate with disreputable people in their regions. However, God had a purpose in sending John and Jesus in their separate callings and styles. God’s Wisdom did have proof in the changed lives of those who accepted their messages.

What can we learn from this?

The Messiah’s “political victories” that He was supposed to have were not physical, Earthly victories; rather, they were Kingdom of God victories, ones that won souls for the Kingdom of God. This is His Ministry to be understood of helping people pass from death to Life, sin to Righteousness, darkness to Light, etc. He also asked John to trust Him, and we should be doing the same in trusting Him!

In addition, when people make remarks about us, persecute us, etc., Jesus will be there to defend us and call us what we truly are, to which, we are Righteous in Him! The multitudes are unconcerned about what happens to their souls; however, we must attend to God’s Word and build up our souls, so that we can help save those that are dying!

Unbelief is all around us, and there are plenty of people to save. Those who believe in Christ, their faith will be found to be praiseworthy of honor and glory to God—which is a sweet-smelling savor to God!

The Widow’s Son WAS raised from the dead (Journey 20)

We begin in part 1 on Journey 20 (out of 3 parts), to which Jesus is journeying from Capernaum to Nain, and then goes to other parts of Galilee. We are reading in Luke 7:11-18.

The town of Nain was a humble, small village north of Capernaum that has a beautiful view across the plain to Carmel and over the Nazareth hills past Tabor. Even the white peak of Hermon can be seen glistening in the sun! The village was once prosperous, but fell economically, and is now a wee hamlet.

Jesus went into a city called Nain. Many of His Disciples and many people went with Him. They met a funeral procession and Jesus raised a widow’s son to life. Fear came upon everyone and the rumor that a great Prophet was risen up among them went forth throughout all Judea and roundabout.

In the town just north of Capernaum called Nain, Jesus helps a widow’s son to life again. In this case, He did not do it on a request, but He went Himself, because He felt pity for this woman.

With her husband and her only son dead, she was possibly to deal with hardship and poverty for the rest of her life, and therefore, Jesus stopped the funeral and resurrected her son back to her!

What can we learn from this?

Here is one proof that Christ has power over death in the raising of the widow’s son. The Gospel call to all people, especially younger ones or lost ones, is to arise from the dead (the deadness of your sins) and come to life in Jesus Christ! He will give you Life and Life more abundantly!

If we’re ever in any chance to bring someone to Christ who we know or might know that is spiritually dead, we should try so, because Christ is able to work through us at any time to bring people from death to life!

It is important that we do so that we can help people have life and have it more abundantly. It is our duty as Christians to bring people from darkness into His Marvelous Light through the Power of Jesus Christ and His Will!