The existence of the historical Jesus

 

We don’t trust all Bible scholars or historians. Some of them are alleging that Jesus does not existed at all. They kept on changing their weird theories about Jesus. Some scholars would claim that Jesus had a wife based on their archeological findings. How Jesus could have had a wife if he did not exist as a real person? There are some scholars who are claiming that they had decoded a code explicitly revealing that Jesus had real children. Again, how can Jesus had children when he is not real person but a mythological figure?

Jesus is a real person even though the Bible does not tell everything about Jesus from His birth to His accession to heaven. There are silent years of His life and the New Testament has not recorded a journal of His teenage years and when he was on his twenties. The New Testament biographical record of Jesus resumed when He was on his early thirties. Almost half of his life was a mystery. Jesus Christ as the divine Word of God is more complete than the recollection of the historical Jesus. We felt all along that the teachings of Christ is a solid foundation. Not everything Jesus did were written that we may know His full accomplishment on earth. We don’t guess or spend our time, thinking on the things that are not available to us.

Those who doubt the existence of the historical Jesus can exercise their belief anytime and anywhere. They have the total liberty to “suspect” that Jesus has never existed at all. Their action will not affect our commitment to the words of Christ. May the Lord bless them as they continue to look for another Jesus.

What does it mean to worship?

What is worship? Who do we worship? Jesus has the answer to these important questions. Every religion on earth teaches and practices their own form of worship, in fact even the most irreligious people do worship a thing, money as an example of the object of worship.

Worship is surrendering of one’s will to others. Bowing before a person or object is an outward expression of surrender. Raising of hand is a sign of surrender. The devil wanted Jesus to fall down as an act of surrender and worship him.

The decision to worship somebody requires total submission to the will of others. Nonetheless, you may worship yourself without being aware of it if you follow all your whims and caprices. You only worship a Master, you chose whoever you wanted to be your lifetime master. A master does not worship his or her servant or slave. You may make the master of yourself and gamble your soul’s future.

Jesus teaches to worship the Father in spirit and in truth. We have only one Father, therefore we serve only Him and Him alone. Jesus never asks us to worship Him but He accepts people who worshipped Him as recorded in the gospels. Jesus is Lord, whoever serve the Lord and follow His words is act of surrender.

Our voluntary service of love on a daily basis is a reasonable worship to our Father God. The worship that lacks servitude is a lip service and a highest level of hypocrisy.

According to Jesus Christ, the time has come that we can worship our Father anywhere and any place. We can pray while worshipping or we can worship while we are praying at any place, in the temple or in a closet of our home.

Our Father is seeking, wanting or desiring a worship that never ends from His worshipers. To worship The Lord God is an eternal vocation.

The devil is likewise seeking who may worship him. He will do everything and may offer everything to worship him. He would not ask less from you, he wants all of you. Guess what? The devil is a master too. He enslaves people to death.

Who do you worship? The choice is yours. Jesus said, ye cannot serve two masters. Let’s worship our Father who is also the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Son of Man

Jesus Christ refers to Himself as the Son of Man. He is a supernatural human being, a true Superman at best. Jesus appeared to His disciples and contemporaries like an ordinary man but that was not the exact, total picture of what He really was. Here are the reasons why He was the real Superman who ever lived on earth based on the spoken words of Christ.

1. The Son of Man or the Superman of all times came from heaven through virgin birth, without the male reproductive cell to consummate a natural birthing, with the help of the Holy Ghost. He was an “adopted” son of Joseph.

“No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven.” John 3:13

2. The Son of Man came to serve mankind and rescue the needy in times of need. He came to seek and save that which was lost.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt 20:28
 ”For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost”. Matt 18:11

The Son of Man healed the sick, raised the dead, walk on waters, command the winds to calm down, multiply bread and fish, turned water into wine and many more supernatural display of power.

3. The Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins, past and present offenses against Heaven.

“So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” Matt 9:6

4. The Son of Man will judge all people according to their deeds.

“The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one.The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world,* and the harvesters are the angels.
“Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world.  The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” Matt 13:37-43

5. The Son of Man is Lord. He is also the Lord of the gods and angels.

“For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” Matt12:8

6. The Son of Man rose from the grave after three days. He resurrected from the dead as He promised to do so to His disciples.

“For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.” Matt12:40

New kind of Atheism

All persons have their own god, even the atheists have a god of their own with different names or designations, some call it, the Big Bang , the Mother Nature or the First Atom.

There must be a beginning of all things. There can’t be something out of nothing. The eternal nothingness is impossible to comprehend because we are progressively developing from something and the fact we do exist, proves that there was something from the beginning of time and matter.

That “Beginning” is the Word, the mastermind or the living intelligence where all things came from. There should be no debate about what is the beginning of the universe. The logical assumption is something can’t come out of nothing. How can nothing manufacture or create something?

We don’t quarrel with the atheists. It is a matter of personal preference. If they choose to have no god, so be it. We respect all different persuasions in life. We just hope the atheists would also respect our own belief in God.

An important note so hard to ignore is we too, have no god. We are a new kind of atheists. We exchanged our god to a Father. We now have a Father in heaven through Jesus Christ, our Lord. All things were made through Him, by the power of His words. No one should challenge us to prove that we have an Almighty Father. It is none of their business to disapprove our experience with our Father. How can we show our Father to them even if we want to? He is a Spirit and too big for them to see.

Temptation is for good people.

 

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Matt 6:13

Watch and pray,

that ye enter not into temptation:

the spirit indeed is willing,

but the flesh is weak.

Matt.26:41

Jesus wanted us to pray that our Father will not lead us to temptation. Our Father knows our strength and ability. He has the knowledge about our past, present and future. God does not need to test us for Him to know whether we are for Him or not. Only our Father can block us going to temptation. Always pray for divine deliverance from the evil one.

Our Father did not test the loyalty and integrity of Jesus. The devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness and He overcame all the temptations. The temptations that enters our minds for consideration, begging to agree with its evil proposition are regular and natural process in our minds. The Enemy is tempting us to do bad things and not to do good things in line with the divine principles of our Father. In case we fall short in doing the things Jesus wanted us to do and begin considering doing which is evil, pray that our Father will deliver us from evil thoughts.

We are not sinning while we are in temptation.

Jesus did not sin or had been sinning for that matter, when the devil tempted Him. Our minds are open all the time to different temptations. The Spirit with our spirits is willing to submit to God the Father but the flesh is weak to temptations. In fact, our flesh is the source of temptation. Our flesh has many thorns of temptation. Remember, the Holy Spirit is our helper to combat the negative voices in our thoughts.

The unbelieving person does not experience temptations from the devil. An evil person is not tempted to do the right thing. So no wonder he or she has no conscience to abhor the things which are evil. Nothing is no right or wrong, just do it.

Be thankful if you are in temptation for you know you are doing right and the favor of God belongs to you. Otherwise, the enemy of your soul will leave you alone because you are already part of darkness. The aim of temptation is to bring us in darkness, not knowing what is good or bad. 

Temptation comes to the righteous with free mind. Good people with great potential are not immune to temptation . The words of Jesus is the most effective force to counteract the attack of temptation. Jesus used the power of the Word against the devil.

Lastly, live a normal life, don’t worry about your vulnerability. Fear not for our Father is with us. We are in good hands of our Father who is heaven. Temptation is aimed at the still standing good people in this world.

 

 

 

The Prayer for Unity

 

That they all may be one; 

as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, 

that they also may be one in us:

that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

John 17:21

Jesus prayed to His Father that all followers of Christ, those who believe and live by the truth of His words and obey His commandments may be one.The prayer was for the unity in the Spirit of all true believers obedient to the teachings of Christ. 

This is Not the unity of all religions. Neither this is a call for the establishment of a single united Christian Church. It is commendable to see all christian churches glamour for unity. They are nostalgic about having unity even to the point of compromising their (long-held) chartered doctrines.

For our part, our goal is to be united with the Father through Jesus Christ as He prayed,“That they also may be one in us.” In His Kingdom, we are one flock of one Shepherd. We worship the Father everywhere and any time of the day and night. Not all of us attend church services or mass but we are all committed to obey the words of Jesus Christ.

We are reconciled with the Father. We are one in Him, united as one in the family of God.We love our Lord God with all our heart, soul and mind. We also love our neighbors and even our enemies. We respect all religions and we honor their leaders. We love the Catholics, Protestants and the Evangelicals.

We love Pope Francis for trying to follow the teachings of Christ as close as possible. We should pray for him instead of judging him as the anti-christ. He is not perfect human being but he does things to clean his church with thieves and hypocrites. He is outstanding in his effort in helping the poor. A real humble leader of the Catholic Church. We don’t agree to all what he said and done but we still honor him with warmth affection.

Let us be united with the Father of all, our Father who is in heaven. Our Yes is yes and our no is no. We don’t double talk because we walk in the light and not in darkness. We value our words and honor every word we say because our Lord is Christ whose words shall not pass away. He words will not return void. We can never offer you an artificial unity like politicians do. Our unity is in the Spiritual realm of things without walls.

 

The Living Proof of the Holy Spirit

John 14:1

the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive;
for it doesn’t see him, neither knows him.
You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you.

John 14:26
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he will teach you all things,
and will remind you of all that I said to you.

John 15:26-27
“When the Counselor has come,
whom I will send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify about me.
You will also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

John 16:13-14
However when he, the Spirit of truth,
has come, he will guide you into all truth,
for he will not speak from himself;
but whatever he hears, he will speak.
He will declare to you things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
for he will take from what is mine,
and will declare it to you.

There are some Christian Bible scholars who are questioning the validity and accuracy of the authorship of the Four Gospels. They believed that the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were not written by themselves but by some unknown writers that were given the credit as the authors during the second century. Of course, these were just their allegations. They may be right in their findings or otherwise, they may be standing on an empty and unreliable premise with questionable conclusion.

We believed in Jesus Christ not because Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the true authors or writers of the gospels. Whoever wrote the books is immaterial, we may not be able to know for sure the human writers behind the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, nevertheless we are confident that the Holy Spirit collated all the truth, teachings and commandments of Christ.

The Holy Spirit is a supernatural agent of the Father to reveal Jesus Christ to us who love His words and follow His commandments. The world can not see nor know the Holy Spirit for they have not received the Spirit. The real author and editor of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is the Holy Spirit.

The written gospels were from oral gospel, delivered from person to person, enabled by the Holy Spirit to become living proof (witnesses) to the fact that Jesus Christ had truly resurrected and alive forevermore.. We cannot prove the existence of Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit, the Helper. The words of Jesus Christ will pass away if The Holy Spirit had not been sent during the day of Pentecost.

No person can successfully refute the experience of the early disciples who carried the historical version of works and life of Jesus Christ, real people endued with power from on High. Higher Criticism can only stand against the historical integrity of the gospels but the spiritual aspect and the supernatural undertakings of the Holy Spirit. How can you say my experience is false when we have two different experiences? How can you say the Holy Spirit is not true? There are many things in this world that we don’t see, unobservable matter and yet we consider as true and factual.

The Holy Spirit empowerment is not exclusively for the Pentecostals and /or the Charismatic people. Every follower of the words of Christ is a Spirit-filled witness of the living Christ. They are scattered in every nation testifying their personal encounter with Christ. Some of them are members of certain denominations but their allegiance belongs to their Master and Lord Jesus Christ. We are the living proof of the Holy Spirit that the message of Christ is relevant and true.

But ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:8