Theology


Behold, My mother and My brothers!

Behold, My mother and My brothers!


Posted By on Nov 14, 2013

 And someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But He answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”  And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold, My mother and My brothers!  “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matt. 13:46-50).   It is apparent from this Scripture citation that obedience to Jesus Christ and following Him, in many cases, will cause the fracturing of some or all of one’s earthly family. One of the most difficult challenges many Christians face is trying to maintain close family ties, while still being obedient to Jesus Christ and growing in the Word of God. In some cases, it just cannot be done. A Christian’s unbelieving family does not understand the things of God, nor are they able to (1 Cor. 2:14). Therefore, severing close relations may be a choice based on ignorance.   Being a true disciple of Jesus Christ can painfully and invariably separate Christian’s from non-believing family members, regardless of blood ties and initial closeness; Jesus Christ divides (Matt. 10:21-22, 35-36).  Many families have permanently fractured because of Jesus Christ, never again having unity or harmony. For some professing Christians, division from family members is extremely difficult or a virtually impossible experience to endure. And unfortunately, because of this reason some Christians will choose to elect family continuity, rather than allegiance to Jesus Christ and will repress association with Him.   Interestingly, many believers’ audaciously marvel when they read of how Christ’s disciple, Peter, denied Jesus three times in order to escape persecution (Matthew 26:69-74). Yet, every time a Christian marginalizes or denies Jesus Christ, so as to keep peace within his earthly family, is guilty of the same sin Peter committed.  Division may be necessary and required by God to accomplish His work, no matter how severe the pain. Read how Jesus challenged His potential followers.   …in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three…father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:52-53).      This must have been hard teaching for the ears of the multitude who listened to Jesus Christ, but this hard teaching is relevant for anyone seeking to be His follower. He admonished all potential disciples to seriously “count the costs” before choosing to follow Him (Luke 14:28).   Even if Christians try to avoid conflict and...

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He Calms the Storm

He Calms the Storm


Posted By on Oct 24, 2013

A storm began to rage as Jesus Christ’s disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee.  It was an excursion the disciples routinely made numerous times before, especially since some of them were fishermen by trade.  They knew exactly how to handle various weather conditions, yet, during this particular voyage, Scripture tells us that a dreadful “tempest” engulfed them with such ferocity, it caused them to panic.  Even the seasoned fishermen aboard the ship, were no match for the tumultuous storm that overtook them (Matt. 8:23-24).  The Webster’s dictionary defines “tempest” as: a violent windstorm accompanied by heavy rain and possibly hail.   The disciples encountered a storm so furious, that extreme terror and desperation dominated their minds and actions.  They frantically feared for their lives, and did not hesitate to rouse the Lord Jesus Christ, who was sleeping aboard the ship and pled for His help.  Amazingly, amidst the great turmoil and chaos, Jesus slept peacefully.  When I read this passage, I couldn’t help thinking; why should Jesus fear, for He was indeed sovereign over the sea!  Nevertheless, Jesus arose nonchalantly, admonished His disciples for their meager faith, and rebuked the savage winds (Matt. 8:25-26). Instantly, the roaring sea calmed!  The disciples marveled and exclaimed “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him” (Matt. 8:27)?  But, that is exactly how God conducts His will!  What is inconceivable or literally impossible for mankind to perform, is very much possible for God (Matt. 19:26, Mark 10:27, Luke 18:27)).  The believer’s faith is constantly being challenged, especially, when God allows the “storms” of life to toss them to and fro.  It is while in the midst of trials, that He wants His children to turn to Him for comfort, peace, and resolution.  He can be trusted and will deliver His elect out of trouble.  The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles (Ps. 34:17). In the 107th Psalm, the Psalmist writes: “Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.  Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven” (Ps. 107:28-30).  In this Psalm, the writer employs the analogy of sailors in trouble at sea, to which God delivers them.  He …calms the storm”…, He makes life bearable and tolerable for those who put their trust in Him.  Even in the most terrifying situation, God will sustain you, if you call on Him!  Ultimately, He imparts boldness in place of fear, hope instead of...

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