We continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.
We’re in the midst of a series entitled JESUS ON EVERYTHING, where we’re looking at what Jesus said on a wide variety of subjects with a minimum of commentary from me.
Today’s topic? JESUS ON THE POOR:
We’re taking a deeeeep dive into this rather provocative question: Who did Jesus say he is?
In his very first words recorded in the Bible, Jesus made it clear that he’s God’s son. We’ve been exploring exactly what he meant by that over the past few days.
Today, we’ll look at a prayer he prayed for his disciples and — get this — you and me. Wow.
Bask in each and every word:
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You may have heard that the world is supposed to end tomorrow. Guess I can skip that 5K I was supposed to run with my wife.
According to TIME Magazine, a man named Harold Camping says that mathematical calculations based on “hidden Bible prophecies” indicate that everything will come to a screeching halt tomorrow.
What should you do? Freak out? Cancel your golf plans? Buy lots of canned goods and maybe even some guns and hunker down in the basement?
Lots of people have predicted the end of the world going back practically to the beginning of time. Guess what? They were all wrong.
Jesus made it 100% clear that absolutely no one but our Heavenly Father knows the exact date the world will end. Here’s what he said:
No one knows about that day or hour,
not even the angels in heaven,
nor the Son,
but only the Father.
(Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32)
So, anyone who makes specific doomsday predictions should be ignored.
But what, if anything, should we do to prepare for Jesus’ eventual return? Here’s what Peter said:
Since everything will be destroyed in this way,
what kind of people ought you to be?
You ought to live holy and godly lives
as you look forward to the day of God
and speed its coming.
(2 Peter 3:11-12)
Or, put another way, we should:
wait for the blessed hope —
the glorious appearing
of our great God and Savior,
So, basically, we should wait expectantly in hope and love. The world needs both right now.
(For the record, Mr. Camping previously used his mathematical system to predict that Judgment Day would be September 6, 1994. I’m pretty sure he was wrong.)
Moments ago, the 33rd (and last) miner was rescued from the collapsed Chilean mine after 69 grueling days.
The miners emerged one by one wearing shirts that proclaimed “THANK YOU LORD.” On the back was a reference to Psalm 95:4, which contains these stirring words:
In his hand
are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks
belong to him.
The shirts were donated by the brother of miner Jose Henriquez, a Christian who has been described as the “spiritual guide” for the group. Henriquez insisted on remaining in the mine until all the others had been lifted to safety.
Mario Sepúlveda, was the second miner rescued and the first to speak to the media. “God and the devil were fighting over me and God won”, he said. ” I always knew they would get me out. I always had faith in the professionals here in Chile and in the Great Creator.”
“Faith has moved mountains,” said Chile’s President, Sebastián Piñera. “Because it has been the faith of the miners, the strength, the courage, the will of these 33 miners, and of their family members, of the rescuers, of the Chilean government and of all Chileans that have made possible this miracle.”