Jesus may not be what they think.

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 16:13-17

Archaeological findings per se are not reliable proof of existence of a certain person in history. The “antichrists” who do believe that Jesus Christ is a myth or a fabrication of early Christian zealots are questioning the lack of substantial archaeological evidence to support the existence of a man called Jesus Christ. They can not find CHRIST through archaeological means nor by extensive scholarly research.

Who do you think Jesus Christ is? You can guess who He is like the disciples.
Jesus is a unique person not like us. No one can fully know Him except the Father. We can know Him through the divine revelation of God the Father which is in heaven. The revelation is not through flesh and blood, not by human means nor pseudo discoveries of the unknown.

We don’t rely on antiquated rocks, stones or carbon dusts to prove the existence of Jesus Christ. The Word was from the beginning before the world was. History is man’s interpretation of the past. The lack of written or unwritten recordation of the facts does mean the non-existence of a thing or things.

If Jesus of Nazareth did not exist at all, how can you believe that He is married to MaryMagdalene with two children according to the alleged most recent archaeological finding in the Middle East. The agnostics should make up their minds whether there is a real Christ or not.

There were many people that were named Jesus during the first century. A vague inscription of Jesus and Mary on a piece of papyrus does not preclude that they were the Jesus of Nazareth. and Mary Magdalene of the gospels. This kind of evidence would not pass the rule of court to convict Jesus as an infidel who did not provide for His family and children; (granting that Jesus was poor and homeless)

Feasting upon His WORDS

Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said,
“Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.”
John 11:41

At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said,
O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.
Luke 10:21

Jesus gave thanks to His Father twice in the gospels. Now let us study the first one when He gave life to the dead body of Lazarus. He looked up to heaven for all good things come from above. Supernatural things are above and beyond our mental capacity to comprehend the wonders of wonder of our Father in heaven.

Jesus thanked His Father God for hearing all He says. The Father always wanted to hear every word He says and Jesus was thankful for that. We can see how important the words of Christ are. Every word had passed God’s approval. His word is guaranteed worth hearing, his words are life and spirit, nothing was spoken meaningless. We thank the Lord for His words.

The second one was when Jesus was filled joy of the Holy Spirit. He gave thanks to His Father for hiding the truth from those who think they are wise and clever but are not. Researchers and biblical scholars would find the truth about the existence of the historical CHRIST. The atheists will never, never find God for He is hiding from them. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

Jesus thanked His Father for doing His way, revealing the truth to the babes, childlike individuals who believe and do the things they heard from CHRIST. The disciples are followers of words of their master and lord Jesus Christ. Conscious revelation are given only to those hungry hearts and desperate souls, searching for truth. We thank our Father in Christ Jesus for preserving the words of Christ throughout the past generation. We feast upon His words on this thanksgiving holiday.

“I that speak unto thee am He”

The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. John 4:25-26

The Samaritan woman was telling and waiting for the coming of the Messiah, the Christ who will tell all things. This person has the power to unfold the mysteries of life. He is the wisdom of God who was incarnated in the flesh to become a man like us.

Jesus Christ rides and resides on his words. His spoken words are life and spirit. Every word He spoke vibrates with power, giving life and power to everyone who hears His everlasting words of truth.

Jesus told the woman that the one who speaks to her is He. Notice the emphasis on “who speaks to you, am He”and not on who appears to you,am He. Hearing Him speaks builds faith because He is the Logos (Word) of God from the beginning of time. All things were created through Him by the power of His words.

How do we know the words we hear are His words? Your spirit will bear witness with the Holy Ghost that the words are His. The Truth will always be the Truth. The Way will always lead you to the right way and the Life will never die to accomplish His purpose for each and everyone of us. You know Him not by sight but by listening to Him as He speaks to your heart and soul.

The negative force of this world is full of lies and misinformation. The father of lies is on the attack against light of Truth. You choose who to believe. The decision is yours between light and darkness. Some media outlets are twisting the truth about Christ. We shall stand firm upon His spoken words in the gospels.

The CRAP of this world.

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

They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:13-15

The seeds that fell on the rock are those who heard the word, believed for a while but had fallen away during the time of temptation because they have no root on a fertile ground. Rock has many uses, you can build an edifice on it or out of it. Solid rock is desirable and a good foundation for building projects. However, it is not not a good place for any seed to grow.

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.

Our Father did not test the loyalty and integrity of Jesus. He was tempted by the Devil in the wilderness and He overcame all temptations of the Devil. The temptation itself enters our minds for consideration, begging to agree with its evil proposition. We are tempted to do bad things and not the 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 when he was tempted by the Devil. 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 is inflicted with many thorns of temptation.

Jesus spoke of the “CRAP” of this life which are the cares, riches and pleasures of this world. They are like thorns of temptation choking those who heard then gospel and become unfruitful in their quest for a better and meaningful life. CRAP is a vulgar word, a slang for junk, something extremely worthless and of poor quality.

People do care too much about what they eat or where they shelter their heads The rising cost of living is becoming out of their means to take care of themselves.

The unbelieving person does not experience temptations from the devil. An evil person does not need to be tempted to do the right thing. So no wonder they have no conscience to abhor the things which are evil. Be thankful if you fall into temptation for you know you are doing right and the favor of God belongs to you.

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