Monthly Archives: March 2016

Spectator (Fan) or Team Player (Disciple; the root word is discipline)

Spectator (Fan) or Team Player (Disciple; the root word is discipline):
Thousands of people followed Jesus for various reasons. Everywhere Jesus went, the sick and demon possessed were brought to him and He healed them. Everyone tried to touch him, because the healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone (Luke 6: 19). Instead of desiring God’s pardon and love, they only wanted physical healing or a chance to see spectacular events. In Luke 10, we can see that Jesus sends out 70 people two by two ahead of him to every town where he was about to go. Luke 6: 12 says that Jesus prayed overnight before selecting his 12 disciples. Make sure that all your decisions are grounded in prayer.
When Jesus was in the earth he had a core group of people (3 – Peter, James and John). He took these three men along with him to several places. For example, in Matthew 17: 1; He took them to and showed himself transfigured in mount olives (Mark 13: 3), in Jarius house (Luke 8: 31) and in Gethsemane (Mark 14: 32-34).
Jesus in Gethsemane

They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.”

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Thought:
Jesus will share his burden only to core individuals, not to everyone.
Where are we? Among 1000’s or 70’s or 12 or 3.
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Atonement – Reconciliation In Christ Jesus

Atonement – Reconciliation
Galatians 2: 20 says, my old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
CROSS
Thought:
Our Journey in Christ began when in unity with him we died to our old life (Romans 6: 5 – 11). And yet the focus of Christianity is not on dying but on living. Because we have been crucified with Christ, we have also been raised with him. We are reconciled with God through the resurrected power of Christ Jesus.
We are never alone in this planet because Christ Jesus lives in us. He gives the power to the powerless and strength to the weak. He is the true source for the fullness of life and tangible hope for the future (Colossians 1: 27).