Isaiah 53:3-5 (HCSB)
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.
Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.
Taste the Lord!
1 Peter 2:2-3 (HCSB)
Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Yesterday, I got the bitter- sweet news that my oldest sister, had gone to be with the Lord.
Passing of loved ones, is never something that we relish. While we, don’t wish to see those who are suffering near the end of their time here with us, and long for them to receive their heavenly reward; a bit of selfishness is almost always present, because we fear the time upon us when we can’t interact with them in the manner we are accustomed to.
This passage was brought to the surface I’m certain this morning, to provide calming assurance.
Grow in your salvation; taste the Lord and know that He is good!
The Faltering Belief
In this passage, Jesus is responding to a father, who has brought his son who has been possessed since childhood, to be freed.
The father, speaking to Jesus, demonstrated his flawed belief. He’d been disappointed because when the disciples of Jesus were unable to do anything. Here in front of the Master say “If you can”.
Mark 9:23-24 (HCSB)
Then Jesus said to him, “ ‘If You can?’, Everything is possible to the one who believes.”
Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”
Jesus, saw the fathers trust and hope was in the right place but faltering, so He says to the father, “If you can? Everything is possible to the one who believes.”
Then the cry we find ourselves crying out in times when the storm is so daunting, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”
Acknowledging, that his faith was there, but was under attack, and required strengthening from the Master, “Help my unbelief.”
The Thief’s Belief
Jesus clearly seeing that seed of faith in even the thief hanging feet away from him on the cross. As that thief asks Jesus to allow him passage into His kingdom!
Luke 23:43 (HCSB)
And He said to him, “ I assure you: Today you will be with Me in paradise.”
In all things Lord, “Help my unbelief.”
1 John 1:8-9 (HCSB)
If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (HCSB)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
1 Peter 3:18 (HCSB Strong’s)
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm, but made alive in the spiritual realm.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB)
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.
Matthew 22:37-40 (HCSB)
He said to him, “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind., This is the greatest and most important command.
The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
Our bodies of faith (the church), needs to examine themselves carefully today. There is an abundant preponderance of sin and corruption in full display today.
This does not exclude us from ‘The Great Commission’. If we are to effectively present the Gospel of Jesus to the lost, we must not just approach them with the Gospel; we must LOVE THEM WITH THE GOSPEL!
Loving God comes first, but loving our neighbors around us, as ourselves is essential. Without this love, our message and efforts fall flat.
Romans 3:23-24 (HCSB)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Romans 6:22-23 (HCSB)
But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification, — and the end is eternal life! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Acts 10:36 (HCSB)
He sent the message to the Israelites, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ — He is Lord of all.
Philippians 4:6-7 (HCSB)
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalms 37:8-9 (HCSB)
Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated — it can only bring harm. For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land.