Posted in John Chapter 5, My Notes On The Gospel Of John

They Both Go Hand In Hand

Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? – John 5:45-47

Many people today say just live in, study and obey the New Testament, that Jesus is the author or a newer and better covenant, that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament when He died, that the LAW has no power over us.  To the BELIEVER, that is TRUE.   However, the above verses show that the laws of the Old Testament are still in effect today. Whether you believe in Jesus or not, you can’t go around killing people. Exodus 20:13  In fact, if you DO NOT believe in Jesus, you are going to be JUDGED by the laws of the Old Testament and Jesus is not going to be your accuser, MOSES is!

This concludes my notes and thoughts on John Chapter 5

Posted in John Chapter 5, My Notes On The Gospel Of John

Find Jesus

Search the scriptures; for in them ye THINK ye have eternal life: and they are they which TESTIFY of me. – John 5:39

This is one of the most awesome verses in the entire bible.  I know so many people who study and know their bible and still DO NOT know Jesus!  In fact, a lot of Atheists know their bible better than most Christians do, yet they still do not believe.

Let me get something straight right now.  The bible is NOT the word of God.  It is the WORDS of God.  The bible is NOT Jesus.  It merely TESTIFIES of Jesus.

Jesus is REAL.  He was a REAL person and HE lived on this earth among us.  Many people seen Him, many people seen the miracles HE did, many people even seen HIM after HE raised from the dead.  1 Cor 15:6, yet many people still have not found HIM, nor do they believe in HIM.

The bible records 12 times that Jesus appeared after HE raised from the dead.  They are:

1st of 12 The appearance of Jesus to Marry Magdalene Sunday 17th or 21st of Nisan – Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:9-11, John 20:11-18

2nd of 12 The appearance of Jesus to the other women – Matthew 28:1

3rd of 12 The appearance of Jesus to two disciples (Cleophas and another) on the road to Emmaus – Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:13-32, John 24:33-35, 1 Corinthians 15:5

4th of 12 The news of the appearance of Jesus to Simon Peter – Luke 24:33-35, 1 Corinthians 15:5

5th of 12 The appearance to the astonished disciples (Thomas absent) with a commission – Mark 16:14, Luke 24:36-43, 1 Corinthians 15:5

6th of 12 The appearance of Jesus to the disciples the next Sunday night  – John 20:26-31

7th of 12 The appearance of Jesus to seven disciples besides the Sea of Galilee – John 21:1-25

8th of 12 Jesus appears to the eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee – Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-18

9th of 12 12 Jesus appears to about 500 hundred people on a mountain in Galilee – 1 Corinthians 15:6

10th of 12 12 Jesus appears to James his brother  – 1 Corinthians 15:7, Galatians 1:9

11th of 12 Jesus appears to the disciples with another commission –  Luke 24:44-49 & Acts 1:3-8

12th of 12 Jesus appears to the disciples with another commission –  Luke 24:44-49 & Acts 1:3-8

And yet, with all that recorded testimony, there are still people who still do not or will not believe!  Go figure!

There, I did all the hard work for you.  NOW will you believe?

 

Posted in John Chapter 5, My Notes On The Gospel Of John

Only Believe

When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? – John 5:6

At the pool of Bethesda, there was a man who had suffered 38 years with a disease, sickness or as the bible says it an infirmity.  He tried to get in the pool to get healed, but someone always beat him to it.  I believe Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be made whole for 2 reasons.

  1. To stir up hope in the man.  Most likely the man at that time was probably hoping Jesus would put him in the water.

  2. The second reason I believe was to get the mans eyes off the pool and get them focused on Jesus. Here the impotent man meets the omnipotent God!

How many times have we asked Jesus to heal us and instead of BELIEVING, we subconsciously still look for other means to be healed?  We pray “Jesus please heal me of this cold, (or whatever) and then we go look for cough medicine, aspirin, or we make an appointment to go see a doctor.

I’m guilty of this myself.  I believe we all are at one time or another.

Jesus don’t need any outside help to heal us.  He has only 1 condition.  BELIEVE what HE says!

And that truly is an apple of gold.

Posted in John Chapter 4, My Notes On The Gospel Of John

Do We Really & Truly Believe?

Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man BELIEVED the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. – John 4:50

In the book of John chapter 4:46-53 there is the story of a nobleman who’s son was sick and he came to Jesus to ask him to heal his son.  Jesus told the man to go home, that his son would live.  Notice here that Jesus did not go home with the man to heal his son.  He simply spoke it.

Now here is the thing, the man simply BELIEVED what Jesus told him and he went home and found his son healed!  Can you imagine how hard it must have been for this man to simply take Jesus at His word?

How many of you have a loved one who is sick, or needs surgery or simply needs healing? How many of you have gone to Jesus in prayer and asked for it?  I believe that Jesus is saying to you now, “Go thy way, thy son or daughter liveth.”

Now what are YOU going to do?  Are you going to sit there, worry, rehash it over and over in your mind and heart, and fill yourself up with doubt and fear?  Or are you going to BELIEVE Jesus and GO THY WAY?

Think on this a moment…Matthew 5:36 tells us that we can’t make a single hair on our heads turn white or black.  John 15:5 says that apart from Jesus we can do NOTHING!  So, why are we worrying about something we can’t do anything about?  What we CAN do is PRAY and BELIEVE.  Most of us have the praying part down to a science, but the believing part, that is where most of us fall short.

My truck broke down on me several months ago.  I need a new vehicle and I have no money to get one because I live on a fixed income.  I’ve asked Jesus over and over for a new vehicle.  At the time of this post, I still havent gotten one yet.  But I BELIEVE it is coming.  Somehow, some way, out of the blue, a new vehicle will just miraculously pop into my possession.  Usually, when I expect it the least.

Without that BELIEF, I’d be a jumble of worry and fear which will accomplish NOTHING.  I can’t make a new vehicle come to me.  All I can do is dump my request on Christs shoulders and LEAVE it there.  The rest is up to HIM for like John says…apart from Jesus I can do nothing anyway, so why drive myself nuts with worry?

Did I make my point?  Heck the reason we woke up this morning is because of Gods grace and mercy.  It is NOTHING we did of our own accord.  We need to apply that to EVERY area of our lives.

BELIEVE what Jesus has said concerning your loved one or your situation and GO THY WAY.  If this is too hard for you to do, ask yourself this?  What else CAN I do?

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. – James 1:6-7