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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Matthew 24:1-3. "Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them (His disciples), “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
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Everywhere you look, there are definite signs that we are living in the end of the ages.  It is most likely that we will see Jesus return in our lifetime.  

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion, though, about Jesus' second coming and the Rapture of the Church.  Many Christians and preachers confound the two, often making them as appear one and the same.  They are not.
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Three Questions.

Just like you and I, the disciples were curious about future events. Who doesn't want to know what's coming, right? 

Just before they asked Jesus these questions, He had described what was going to happen to the temple Herod built for them.  True to His word, it was demolished.  The Romans came in and destroyed it in 70AD, and not one stone was left upon another. All that is left to this day is the western wall, which is not part of the actual temple.  
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After His prophetic words, Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to Him and asked about the signs of the end of the age, recorded here in Matthew 24: #1, When will these things be? #2, What will be the sign of Your coming? #3, What will be the sign of the end of the age?


These questions are in reference to His 2nd coming, not the Rapture.  They knew nothing about that.  The rapture is a mystery that was only revealed to the Apostle Paul, though Jesus hinted about it in the upper room. 

They were interested to know when Jesus would return to set up His earthly kingdom.  Their first question, "When will these things be?" was about the events that Jesus mentioned in regard to the destruction of the temple. But the other two were about His second coming, which will now happen after the seven years of tribulation.

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Two Phases Of His Cominig.

There are two phases to the Lord's coming. First He will come FOR HIS CHURCH in the Rapture. The world will know that we are gone but they will not see us go up. It will happen in an atomic second or, as the Bible says, "In the twinkling of an eye." 
At the end of the tribulation, He will return WITH His Church, FOR Israel, to rescue her. That's the one EVERY EYE will see!  There will be NO DOUBT that He has returned. 
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These are two very different and very distinctive events, so don't get them mixed up.

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It should put your mind at ease to know that Matthew 24 is not written to or about the Church. It is about Israel and the Jewish believers who will be on earth AFTER THE RAPTURE, during the Tribulation, also called, "The time of Jacob's trouble."  The Rapture will have already taken place, thank God, and the Church, comprised of saved Gentiles and Jews, will be in heaven.  Only after we are out of here can judgnent fall.  Quite literally, all hell will break loose. 

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The Sun And The Morning Star.

Revelation 22:16-17. “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely."

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Our God LOVES to hide gems and wisdom in His word.  In this verse from the very last chapter of the last book of the Bible, Jesus calls Himself, "The Bright and Morning star." In the very next verse He says, "The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come.'"  This is an obvious reference to the Rapture of the Church.  Of course, only Christians will be raptured. Unbelievers will be left behind to endure the judgments of Tribulation.

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Turn with me now to the very last book of the Old Testament, "Malachi." In chapter 4, verse 2, is this declaration: "But to you who fear My name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings;"

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Tell me: What do you see first: The Sun, or the Morning star? The Morning Star, of course!  It shows up about 3 to 4 o'clock, BEFORE the sun rises.  Now tell me, Church:  Which happens first: The Rapture or the Second Coming? The Rapture, of course!  The reference in Revelation is about the Church, while the reference in Malachi is about Israel!

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Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled.

Jesus' admonition to us, "Let not your heart be troubled," sure is a tall order these days, being the darkest and most dangerous of times to be alive.  Lawlessness, violence, and destruction are all around us.  Every day in the news are more and more acts of terror, credible threats of nuclear attack, cyber attacks, and all kinds of threats to our way of life.


In light of all that chaos, how can we do what Jesus asks?  How can we "Let not" our hearts be troubled?  Jesus Himself gives us the answer.

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The Key To Rest.


John 14:1-3
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
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Jesus Himself gives us the key to having a heart that is not troubled.  He said,"I will come again and receive you to Myself."  This is the Rapture.  He will come and receive us to Himself that where He is, we may be also in our MANSIONS (not huts) in the sky.  The knowledge of this causes our hearts not to be troubled.
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The Rapture is nothing more than us receiving our new bodies that are immortal and incorruptible; and we will be with Him forever!  Our incorruptible bodies will never get sick or bored or tired and there will be NO MORE DEATH!
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Teach Grace, Not Godliness.
Titus 2:11-13 "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and glory in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,"
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It is not for us to teach people how to live godly lives, but to teach grace.  Grace teaches people how to live right.  The most important part of that grace teaching is teaching our people to look for the blessed hope, which is the glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ.  THIS APPEARING IS THE RAPTURE!

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The implication here is that failing to teach about the blessed hope, The Rapture, causes people to lose hope.  Why?  Because they cling more tightly to the things of this world and tend to forsake reaching the lost.  Those who are robbed of this blessed hope are worried about what is going to happen.  They worry about what they hear on the news, they are afraid for their families, and worried about what might happen to their finances.  The list goes on and on.

But of all the generations that have come on the earth, ours is the one that saw Israel come back as a nation.  We have seen many prophecies from ages past happen before our eyes.  We are the ones most likely to see the coming of our Lord in the clouds!  That is GOOD NEWS!!!  That is reason to hope, not to be hopeless.
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Secrets In The Hebrew Language.
Pastors are concerned that their people live holy lives in the meantime, but gow best to do that?  Many go about it by teaching do's and don'ts; you know, "Law."  Jesus has a better idea!

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Below is the Hebrew word for, "Righteousness:"

Tsadeqah:  (צְדָקָה)

Hebrew reads from right to left and is a form of picture writing, like Chinese.  The letters from right to left are, "Tsade (צ), dalet (ד), koph (ק), and hei (ה)."

Tsade means "Trail or journey," Dalet means "Door," Koph means, "Back of the head," and Hei means, "Grace."  The word pictures give us a glimpse of God's perspective on what righteousness means to Him:

"We who have taken the path to Jesus, the Door, have been turned back (from our former life) and into the realm of His marvelous grace!" 

That is righteousness to God.

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The Church Is Not Going Through The Tribuation.


1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
"For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, who He raised from the dead, event Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come."
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Paul, in writing to the Church at Thessalonica, explained in more detail about the Rapture to reassure them that they will not be going through that terrible time.  This is one of many assurances in scripture that the Church will be in heaven during that time.  

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First, he talks about the Rapture.  That's the "Waiting for His Son from heaven,"part, Who delivers us from the wrath to come, meaning theTribulation.  Those years are called "The day of God's wrath." We are not appointed to wrath, Church.  Jesus paid for us!  He took it in our stead!   That gives rest, peace, and assurance to our hearts. "Looking for the blessed hope," helps us "Let not" our hearts be troubled.
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Tribulation.
During those seven years, everyone who did not accept Jesus as their Savior, those who are "Professing Christians," not "Possessing Christians," everyone who has broken His covenant, come against Israel to destroy her, and/or persecuted the Church, will all be the focus of God's wrath during that time.
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But if you're a believer, you only need to be "Alive and remain," and you're going up, even if you don't agree with me that there is a rapture.  We can discuss it on the way up.  

Regardless of how faithful you have or haven't been, no matter what your position in the Church may be, or how many degrees you have, if you know Jesus, YOU ARE GOING UP!
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Therefore, comfort one another with these words, and Let not your heart be Troubled.












Thursday, May 4, 2017

Five Smooth Stones

1 Samuel 17:38-41
"Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.
Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine. So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him."
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Goliath had been coming before the armies of Israel for 39 days straight, taunting them.  He dared them to send out any man and, iIf that man could defeat Goliath, the Philistines would be servants of Israel.  But if Goliath won, the Israelites would serve them instead.
But this imposing giant of a man even went so far as to hurl insults at the God of Hosts.  BIG MISTAKE!
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King Saul and all his troops, of course, were terrified of the giant!  I mean, who wouldn't be?  His height was "six cubits and a span," the Bible says.  That's about 9'6" tall!
Now, all you skeptics out there may think that no one that tall could possibly stand up let alone bear the weight of all his armor.  But understand this: Goliath was not fully human.  He was a demon/human hybrid, a post-flood version of the Nephillim known as "Anakim and Rephaim."  He had demonic help.
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(For more on that topic, follow this link:
https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/noahs-ark-flood-series-part-1/)
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On his head, he wore a bronze helmet and was dressed all in armor of bronze, which weighed five thousand shekels (approx. 125lbs).  He had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. His spear was as big as a weaver's beam (you know, like the size of a telephone pole), and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels (15lbs).  The total weight was more than 1,000lbs!   
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David Arrives.
On day fourty, young David came on the scene, sent there by his father to check on the status of his brothers.  He heard the same taunts from the giant man that everyone else heard, yet his response was quite different. 
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1 Samuel 17:26
"Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, 'What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?'”
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David knew his God, the One Who was with him when a lion or a bear came near his sheep to harm them.  Every time, he defeated the wild animal.  This God would help him defeat this Philistine.
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But there was only one giant.  So why did he choose five smooth stones?  Do he not fully trust God or himself?  No.  There was another reason.
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Four Brothers
2 Samuel 21:16-22
" 16 And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.
18 In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.
19 In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.
20 In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 21 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David’s brother, killed him.
22 These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men."
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According to the above passage of scripture, Goliath wasn't the only giant in town.  There were at least four others:  Ishbi-Benob, Saph, the brother of Goliath the Gittite, and a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot."  The last two are not named, but were obviously giants like Goliath.
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It is quite likely that David knew of them.  After all, they were related to Goliath in one way or another.  Could it be that David thought he might have to kill the other four giants?  I think so!   Now, THAT'S FAITH, Church!
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And that, Church, is why David picked up Five Smooth Stones!







Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Gospels Part 1: The Key Hangs By The Door

2 Peter 1:2
"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord."
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God's word is full of eternal truths that benefit and bless us.  It tells us in the verse above that the more our knowledge of Jesus increases, the more grace and peace are MULTIPLIED in our lives.  He wants us all to have life, and to have it more abundantly.
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Key Hangs By The Door.
When you want to study the gospels or, for that matter, any book of the Bible, the key to each and every one of them hangs, as it were, by the door.  What do I mean by that?  
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Somewhere in the first few verses or, at least in the first chapter, you’ll find the key that reveals the theme of the entire book. This key will help you increase that knowledge and understanding, whatever you are reading or studying.

Let’s take a look at a couple of examples.

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Genesis.
The first few words of the book of Genesis are, "In the beginning," right?  This book is all about "beginnings:"  The beginnings of humanity, of civilization, of marriage, the beginning of nations, of the Jewish people, and so on.
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Ecclesiastes.
Here's another one.  This can be one very puzzling book.  What is it all about?  "Vanity of vanities," King Solomon writes.  "Everything is vanity."   It's about the vanity of life "under the sun" (ch. 1, vs. 3) without THE SON.  
In this book, we find King Solomon, a man who had virtually unlimited wealth.  He could have, do and experience pretty much anything and everything a man could ever want to in life, yet he found it all so much emptiness. 
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Song Of Songs.
In stark contrast, the very next book, "The Song of Songs," is all about life above the sun WITH The Son:  "The King has brought me into His chambers." (vs.5).
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Compare And Contrast.
These two books are placed by the Holy Spirit side by side to compare and contrast one with the other.  In Ecclesiastes, Solomon at last concludes, "Emptiness of emptiness; life is empty," under the sun and all his work was emptiness.  But in the Song of Songs by contrast, above the sun in the heavenlies WITH THE SON, life and work are not in vain.  In fact, they are enjoyable!
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Revelation.
This book is yet another good example.  It perhaps one is of the most confusing of all, full of strange symbols and even stranger creatures.  But right in the very first verse, it says, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants..."  It's not a revelation of all the weird creatures or symbols, but of Jesus Christ!
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With all that in mind, focus on the theme of whatever book it is you are studying and you will understand and see things you never saw before.  The whole Bible will open up to you.
Armed with that information, let's go check out the some interesting things about the Gospels in general.  
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Please follow the link below to Part 2 where we will be discussing why we have four gospels.  



Monday, April 17, 2017

The Gospels Part 7: John

John 1:1-3, 14
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made."
"14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." 
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Finally, we come to John, a gospel like no other.  John speaks of Jesus' Divinity, the One Who came to us directly from heaven.
The Gospel of John is quite different from the other three, which are known as the synoptic gospels.  Synoptic: "Syn," means, "Together; "Optic," means "to see."  They are "seen together" and parallel each other in many ways.
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(For details about the gospel of John that are not covered in this article, follow the link below:
https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/the-gospels-part-3-of-16-rightly-dividing-the-word-of-god/)
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Signs.
The miracles in this gospel are called, "Signs."  Yes, they are only miracles He actually performed, but they "signify" deeper spiritual truths and have prophetic significance.  God saw fit to single out these seven "signs" to teach spiritual truths and tell us about things that would happen in the last days.  
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The Gospel Of Love.
This account of Jesus earthly life is all about the Love of God.  It says in chapter 1, vs. 18, "No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who IS in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him."  Bosom, or breast, is where love resides.
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Notice the present tense of the word, "IS."  The reason Jesus lived such a victorious life on earth and was able to do so many miracles was His unceasing awareness of the Father's love for Him. He didn't come FROM the bosom of the Father, as if He left that place to come to earth.  He IS always living there!  
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Unique To John.
95% of the stories and accounts in John are not found anywhere else.  The Gospel of Mark is just the opposite. 95%of his gospel is found in the others.  Only 5% is unique to Mark.  
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If John had not written his gospel, there are many things of which we would be unaware.  In Chapter 1, for instance, he told us that "The word became flesh and dwelt among us."  In Chapter 2, Jesus turned the water to wine. That isn't mentioned in the other gospels.
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In Chapter 3 we have the story of Nicodemus.  This account is also is not found in the other gospels.  Chapter 4 is the story of the woman at the well.  If not for chapter 5, we wouldn't know about the pool of Bethesda.  Chapter 6 is details the woman caught in adultery.  Chapter 7 is all about the amazing story of Lazarus being raised from the dead.  Every single one of these accounts is peculiar to John.
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Lord Of Time.  
The first miracle Jesus ever performed, where He turned water into wine demonstrates that He is Lord of time.  
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When you want to make wine and you start from scratch, it takes several years for the seedlings to mature to the point where the grapes are suitable for making wine.  Even then, once the vines have produced fruit, you must wait another 3-4 more years until they are mature enough to make wine.  The longer you wait, of course, the better the quality of your grapes.
After they have matured and you have made your wine, the longer it ferments, the better the quality of your wine.  The longer you keep it, the better the quality.  20, 30, even 50 years later. And yet, in an instant, Jesus compressed time and the water in the 6 water pots became the BEST WINE!
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Sign To Israel.
This miracle is a sign to Israel that the days of continual cleansing for purification, washing their hands and feet, have come.  Jesus turning that water into wine indicates the times of celebration have come.  The days of the Law and constant cleansing are over!  Ever sin has been removed by the precious blood of the Lamb of God!  He has made us the righteousness of God In Christ.  
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Saved The Best For Last.
As you saw, Jesus turned the water into the best wine to the point that the governor of the feast said to the bridegroom that he had saved the best wine until last.  Very unusual!  Normally, the best was served first and the cheap Wilde saved for the end.  
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The message is that Jesus, THE BRIDEGROOM, has saved the best for last:  The end-time generation!

(For more on the prophetic message in the miracle at the Pool of Bethesda, follow the link below:

(For more on this topic of Lazarus being raised from the dead, follow this link:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/lazarus/)
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It is also only in John that we have the teachings in the upper room, the message for the Church, and Jesus' high priestly prayer.

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Events In The Garden.
John is the only one who told us about certain events that transpired in the Garden of Gethsemane.  For instance:  
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One thousand big, strong, temple guards came to arrest Him, brandishing their spears and swords.  Jesus, knowing ALL that would soon happen, nevertheless stepped forward and said, "Whom do you seek?"  
When they answered Him, Jesus responded with one word:  "Anoki: I AM," the Name He revealed to Moses at the burning bush.  At the mention of His Name, one thousand big, burly, strong soldiers fell flat on the ground before Him!  They were pinned to the ground until He let them go. No other gospel tells us that.
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Jesus Was Bound.
No other gospel mentions that Jesus was bound.  Why is it recorded only here?  Because this is the gospel all about the Love of God. 
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The very first mention of someone being bound in the Bible is when Abraham bound Isaac.  Isaac was his "beloved son" and a picture of Jesus who would give His life for the whole world one day.
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(For more on that topic, follow the link below:
https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/isaac-and-rebecca-patriarch-series-part-2/)
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NO ONE can bind Jesus unless He allows it.  Remember, at the mention of His Name, all the soldiers fell.  They we pinned to the ground simply at the mention of His name.  He had to wait for them to recover and get back up in order to arrest Him.  Then He said to them a second time, "Whom are you seeking?”
And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,” that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.”
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What a Savior!  What a hero the way He protected His people!
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The Death Of Jesus.
The Gospel of John is the only one that tells us the following information about how Jesus died.
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Many people were crucified at hands of the Romans in Jesus' Day.  It was the most humiliating kind of death.  Though this ignominious form of death did not originate with them, they certainly perfected it.
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Archaeologists tell us that victims of this cruel form of execution, in their attempt to gasp for air, often cracked the back of their own skulls.  Their necks were all bent back at a severe angle in their struggle.  In a matter of a few hours, the victims died of asphyxiation as their lungs collapsed.  It's the most horrible way to die.  
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Jesus, however, in stark contrast, did exactly the opposite.  Yes, He was in extreme pain from all the physical abuse He had undergone, but He did not die from those wounds.  Demonstrating His majesty and complete control, he bowed His head....FORWARD....dismissed His spirit and breathed His last.  
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John 19:30 
"So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit."  
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The Greek word for "gave up" in this verse is the word, "paradidómi."  It means, "to hand over deliver, commit, commend."  Jesus didn't helplessly lose his life, overcome by the pain and the suffering He endured.  His spirit could not leave without His consent.  He purposefully committed His spirit into the hands of His Father, after He spoke His last word, "Finished."  The price was paid; our redemption was complete; all judgment was satisfied to the fullest extent of the law.  
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The other word in bold letters comes from the Greek word, "klinó," which means, "Rest."  The only other time this word is used is in Matthew 8:20.  "And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Jesus at last had found a place to rest His head.  He found rest in saving us, in loving us, when He bowed His head and dismissed His spirit.  
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Oh how He loves you and me!  What a God!  What a Savior!  I'm so glad John wrote about our wonderful Jesus and His love for us! 
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Please follow the link below to part 8




The Gospels Part 6: Luke

Luke 1:3-4
"it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the CERTAINTY of those things in which you were instructed."
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Luke was a physician and the only non-Jewish writer of the Bible, who wrote about the Perfect Man, Jesus.  Tell me, who better than a doctor, familiar with the physical workings of man, to write about the Perfect Man?
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God's Word Deals In Certainty.
He wrote his gospel in a letter to a young believer named, "Theophilus," so that he would know "the CERTAINTY of those things in which you were instructed."  How many young people today lack that sense of certainty?  No wonder they turn to drugs, alcohol, and hedonistic lifestyles.  They have no security, no sure foundation.
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Priestly Gospel.
Luke opens up with the story of John the Baptist's father, Zechariah, who was a priest.  
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Luke 1: 5
"There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years."
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Son Of Man.

Luke portrays Jesus as the Son of Man in his account of His life.  This particular phrase appears more often in Luke's Gospel that in any other.  He documents not only His birth but His genealogy, proving He descended bodily from Adam.  He didn't take on human form like invasion of the body snatchers or something.  He was fully human.  100% man; 100% God.
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This gospel reveals the glory of this perfect. Man.  It is the only one which has any details of His growing up.  The story of his birth in Bethlehem is here.  We also find only in this gospel the story of Him as a young lad in the temple, asking the doctors of the law questions.  When they had no answers, they asked Him.  He answered their questions to with such wisdom and understanding that they were utterly amazed!
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From His lineage, traced all the way back to Adam, to His birth, account of Him in the Temple at age 12, to adulthood, Luke proves that Jesus grew up and lived a normal, human life.  He grew in grace, in stature, and in favor.
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Deaf And Dumb?
Did you ever notice that, when John was born to Zacharias and Elizabeth, that when they asked the father what they should name the boy, they made "signs to him" what he should be called.  If he was only struck dumb, why did they have to make signs?  BECAUSE HE WAS NOT JUST DUMB BUT DEAF AS WELL.  Otherwise, they could merely speak to him and he could hear them.
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"His Name Is John."
Zacharias asked for a writing tablet and, as you know, wrote John's name on it.  John's name means, "God's grace."  As soon as wrote his son's name on that tablet, he was once again able to speak.  
This is no coincidence!  Upon writing the word, "Grace," his voice and hearing returned.  That's right, folks:  Grace opened his ears and loosed his tongue!  
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There is a wonderful message about Jesus in the meanings of the names of John and his parents.  To read all about it, follow this link:  https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/god-remembered-his-promise/
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First Mention.
The "law of first-mention" is the principle in the interpretation of Scripture which states that the first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern, with that subject remaining unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.
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The very first mention of a "writing tablet" is in the Old Testament where God wrote on "tablets of stone" the Ten Commandment; and the very first mention of writing tablet in the New Testament is right here, in this story.  It's a picture of Law and Grace!  Grace is greater than the law!
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Compare And Contrast.
As we saw in the Gospel of Mark, events were listed in chronological order.  Not so the book of Luke.  The Holy Spirit has purposely placed many chapters side by side to compare and contrast law and grace.  Chapter 18 about the rich young ruler and chapter 19 about Zacchaeus, demonstrate to us the differences between the two.  Law demands; grace supplies.  
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In Luke 18, the rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked what he could "DO" to inherit eternal life, emphasis on, "DO."  Zacchaeus, on the other hand, was dealt with totally by grace.  
Where the rich young ruler went away and could hardly give up one cent to the poor, the sinner, tax collector Zacchaeus, not only gave back everything he stole to those he robbed but restored four times what he took.  Not only that, but half of his goods he gave to the poor.  Amazing!  
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For more on the topic above, follow the link below:
https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/where-your-treasure-is/
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Jesus is portrayed in this gospel in very domestic settings, living among the ones He loved so much:  Mary, Martha, Lazarus. The Prodigal son is recorded here. 
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Why portray Him as a man?  Because it is so easy to get caught up in His majesty and might as a holy God that we sometimes forget that He is also fully human.  He has human emotions and human sympathies.  He doesn’t merely know how we feel: He feels what we feel!  He loves us as family!
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The first three gospels are known as the "Synoptic Gospels."  They are "Seen together."  There are stories in Luke that are found the other two, like the account of the Centurion's beloved servant.  These stories, though similar, have important differences.
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Different Strokes For Different Folks.
In Matthew 8 it says that the Centurion came to Jesus and begged Him to heal his servant, which He did.  But in the Gospel of Luke there is information that was not mentioned in Matthew.  Let's follow the story:
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Luke 7:3-10
"So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.
Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.
When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick."
 
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The Holy Spirit purposely did not have Matthew record that this centurion sent elders of the Jews to Jesus to ask Him to heal his servant; but He allowed Dr. Luke to document the fact.  Why?
Because Matthew was writing to the Jews.  If he had written that this Roman centurion, this Gentile, had sent elders of the Jews to Jesus, it would build pride in them.  But Luke was writing to Gentile believers.  Gentiles need to respect Israel, so he let it be known that this man sent Jewish people to speak for him. 
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You see, what is included and what is omitted is by Divine intent.  God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.  He wants us to be full of grace which means He wants us to be humble people.
You see, like water, grace flows to the lowest place.  So if you stay low, grace will always find you and lift you up!  Not that you have to make yourself low to earn grace, mind you.  
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Don't  you just love the Bible even more?  God is SO AWESOME!!!  He knows what to reveal to whom for their greatest benefit! 
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Please proceed to Part 7 where we'll talk about the theme of the Gospel of John: