Tag Archive | belief in Jesus

Genesis 49:10 ” The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until He comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is His.”

This Messianic prophecy is of Jesus coming to rule and reign over all the people of the world…both Jew and Gentile.  This is also shown in Isaiah 49:6 where it says that Jesus is coming not only to Israel, but to the Gentiles…”that You may bring My salvation to the ends of the earth.”  It’s not that there’d be a continuous reign by the descendants of Judah…only the promise of the permanent right to rule…this being in Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  And at that time He will say, ” Before Me every knee will bow; by Me every tongue will swear.”  (Isaiah 45:23)

Luke 4:28-29 ” All the people in the Synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove Him out of the town, and took Him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. But He walked right through the crowd and went on His way.”

Jesus was back in His hometown of Nazareth…the place where He had been brought up, and where everyone knew Him and His family.  We find Him on the Sabbath in the Synagogue where someone handed Him the scroll of Isaiah to read from.  He read from Isaiah 61:1-2 …( Which was Jesus’ exact job description here on earth) and then sat down.  Everyone spoke well of Him until He uttered 8 words, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  No wonder the people were furious!  All they could see was Mary and Joseph’s little boy…and now He’s daring to claim to be the Messiah!  Their minds refused to believe…their hearts were hardened by pride…their eyes were blinded to His Deity.  Their long-awaited Messiah had come and was in their midst…yet they rejected Him.

Ezra 4:24 ” Thus the work on the House of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill until the second year of the reign of Darius King of Persia.”

The important part of this Scripture is not what is said, but rather the space of time between when the building of the Temple stopped and it was restarted.  For it was 16 years that no work was done at the building site.  How many people do you think looked at the Temple foundation year after year and considered all the work a loss?   We will all have setbacks in life…times when our forward motion is hampered or even stopped for a season… and we don’t know why.   This delay is not a time to declare defeat…for with God, any setback is only temporary in His timetable.  And if we have faith and persevere, any delay will have success in the end.

I John 2:1 ” My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

As it tells us in Romans 8:34, at this very moment, Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf.  Jesus is our advocate…one who comes forward on behalf and as the representative for another.  He is then also our intercessor and substitute…standing in our place before God…intervening in our defense.  We have no greater advocate than Jesus…no greater champion and friend.

John 4:13-14 ” Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thrist. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ “

Jesus spoke several times in John about this idea of water and thirst.  John 6:35 says, “He who believes in Me will never be thirsty.”  and in John 7:38, Jesus quoted the Old Testament from Isaiah 58:11, when He said,  “You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”  Thirst is a very strong desire.  It’s a longing to fill the dryness within us…whether with actual water, or spiritual water.  For within us all is this God-shaped emptiness…but sadly,  we will spend our entire lifetime trying to fill this emptiness with the wrong type of water.  Arid and parched,  we search for everything and  anything to satisfy our thirst…but every time we think we’ve found it, the water dries up and we thirst again.   It’s finally not until we find that Well of Living Water that we can drink and be fully satisfied.

II Peter 1:16-18 ” We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the Voice came from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is My Son, whom I love.’ “

Peter, James, and John were with Jesus on the Mt. of Transfiguration when Elijah and Moses appeared and Jesus was for a time transfigured from an earthly form into a supernatural one.  True to form though, Peter started to babble, putting a foot into his mouth…when God interrupted him saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5)  However, this mountain top experience changed Peter, James, and John forever. They were witnesses to the power and majesty, glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ…and this personal knowledge and experience changed who they were and how they shared the Gospel Message from that time on.

Psalm 56:8 ” Record my lament; list my tears on Your scroll – are they not on Your record? “

The Lord hears and puts down in writing all my mourning and outcries.  He keeps a record of every tear I have shed and places them in His wine-skin…or some translations say places them in a bottle.  We may think that our grief and weeping goes unnoticed…but it’s never beyond the compassionate eye of God.