My Days With Jesus
It has been more than a year since I was banished from my small village. Just before my sixteenth birthday, as I was working in the field. Two strangers defiled me, and even though I resisted, in the eyes of my village I was no longer fit to live. They first thought to stone me, but my grandfather, who was a village elder, convinced them to banish me instead. I wandered in the wilderness for three days, when I found myself on a cliff over looking a river. Being tired, and hungry, and not knowing how I would be able to survive, I thought of jumping off the cliff to the rocks below. Then I noticed a group of people camped on the bank of the river below me. The group was comprised of mostly men, but there were also several women there. No one seemed to notice me with the exception of one man, who was looking right at me, from below. I looked back toward the rocks below me, trying to summon the courage to jump, when I heard footsteps behind me. When I turned to see, there was a man emerging from the bushes. He had dark shoulder length hair and a beard. He was dressed in a modest robe, much like that of a laborer who might work in the field. As he approached, he began to speak. Fear not Sarah, he said, for I have heard your sobbing, and I know the aching that you have in your heart. I replied to him, sir, how is it that you know my name ?, and why is it that you presume to know my situation ?. The Holy Father in heaven he said, has instructed me to offer to you peace and comfort. For if you will but believe in my message, you shall have everlasting life in heaven. Does God speak to you ? I said. Then he replied, Did God speak to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob ?. I say unto you that God speaks to everyone who will listen. My name is Jesus. Come follow me, and you will see that my doctrine is true. So I followed Jesus.
As we traveled from place to place, Jesus would draw great crowds of people. When Jesus was questioned by the temple priest. He spoke as one who was educated, and he seemed to have an extensive knowledge of The Torah, and Mosaic Law. Yet when he spoke to the crowds of people. He would speak in a way, which everyone who was there could understand. He would tell stories, that he called parables. These stories were compared to things that the common person could relate to. Everywhere that we went, Jesus would cast out evil spirits from those whom were possessed, just by commanding the evil spirit to leave. Jesus had the power to heal the sick. I’ve seen him make the blind to see, and make the deaf to hear, and he would make the lame to walk. Jesus seemed to be able to heal all that believed in him. I once seen a man that had been dead four days, be raised from the dead, because Jesus commanded it to be so. Not long ago Jesus had been speaking for three days to a crowd of several thousand people. Jesus wanted to continue our journey, but though to feed the hungry crowd before he sent them away. When he asked what we had to give them, he was brought two baskets. One basket had a couple of small fish, and the other had a couple loaves of bread. Jesus prayed over the two baskets, and then he asked that the food be given to the people. It was like the baskets had no bottom. It was an endless supply of bread and fish. Every one of the thousands of people ate until they were full, and everyone believed in Jesus.
Jesus would say that God was his father. He would tell us that his father had sent him, to offer everlasting life to all that would believe. We were told what we must do to enter his kingdom. Love God with al of your heart, and mind. To love our neighbors as we love ourselves. And it was explained to us, how everyone is our neighbor. Jesus would tell us, that for God to forgive us for the wrongs that we do. We must first forgive our neighbors for the wrongs that they do to us. Jesus told us that all we had to do to gain entry into God’s Kingdom was to believe in what he says and obey what he had taught us. Jesus said that God had given him the authority to do great miracles, so that we would have proof that he is the son of God as foretold by the scriptures. The Temple Priest, even though they had seen Jesus perform miracles, did not believe that he was the messiah. The priest would often ask Jesus questions concerning the law. They would do this in an attempt to give them reason to stone him for breaking the law.
As the time of Passover drew near Jesus announced that we would go to The Holy city of Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.The feast of the Passover is always a joyous time for those who are a Jew. Every Jew knows the story, of God sending Moses, to lead his people out of bondage from Egypt. How the final plague of Egypt, would be the death, of every first born in Egypt, both man and beast. Moses, being armed with instructions from God, gathered the Jewish Elders together to speak with them. Moses told the Jewish Elders. The great I Am, has told me that a horrible plague will fall upon all the lands of Egypt. The first born of man and beast, will die this night, so that pharaoh will know, that the Lord our God, has power over all things. Moses then told the elders, to have every Jewish house sacrifice a young lamb. The blood from the sacrificed lamb was to be used to paint both sides, and the top of the entrance way of their house. The rest of the sacrificed lamb was to be fire roasted and eaten that night. God instructed the angel of death, to Passover every house that had the entrance way painted with the blood of the sacrificed lamb. Thus neither a single Jew nor any of their beasts would taste death due to the Passover. God gave further instruction, that every year from that night forward; a great feast should be held, to remind all Jews of what God had done for them.
As we came near the city, Jesus sent for a donkey’s colt for him to ride into the city on. I was later told that this was a prophecy from the scriptures. The road into the city was lined with thousands of people who had come to see Jesus. They were all cheering and yelling Hosanna as Jesus road past them. Along the way I met an old friend from my village named Mary. She told me that Pilate’s wife had hired her to work in Pilate’s house as a servant. And if I so desired, that Pilate’s wife would hire me also to be a servant in Pilate’s house. Pilate’s servants were well paid, and under the protection of Pilate. This would be a good opportunity for me. Mary told me to come to Pilate’s house after the Passover feast and ask for her, and she would take me to see Pilate’s wife. I did not want to leave Jesus, so I said I would think about it.
When we had entered the city Jesus headed for the temple. I was asked to go with some others, to prepare the place where we would eat the Passover dinner. We were camped outside the city, but a supporter of Jesus had offered an upper room in his house, as a place for Jesus and his disciples to have Passover dinner. When the feast began I was busy with preparing and serving food. I could only hear some of what was being said. I heard Jesus giving instructions as to what they should do when he was gone. He was speaking to all but Judas, for Jesus had told Judas to go and do what he must do. I did not know what that was. Then Jesus asked me for some bread and wine. I set in front of him a loaf of bread, and as I was pouring wine into his cup, he said to me. I hear your thoughts and I know what is in your heart. Go now he said, and see your friend Mary. Take the job that she has offered to you. The time has come that I must leave all of you, and where I go, none of you can come, at this time. As long as you believe in me I will always be with you.
I went to Pilate’s house, and Mary took me to see Pilate’s wife. I was hired and sent to work in the kitchen. It took seven days for the news to reach me, that Jesus had been crucified. I went at once to the place where we had been camped, but there was no one there. So I went to the upper room where I had last seen Jesus. Peter and the other disciples were there. I was told how the night that I had left. Judas had betrayed them, and led the temple guard to Jesus, so they could arrest him. I was told that Jesus had been crucified and lay in the tomb for three days. And on the third day was resurrected from the dead, and had appeared to the disciples. Jesus had told the disciples that by dying, he had taken away the sins of everyone. And that they should spread the word, that anyone that believes in him shall be given everlasting life in heaven. So for the rest of my days on earth. I gave praise to God who is the father, and to his son Jesus who is the Christ.
It was a cold stormy night. More than two feet of snow had already fallen with no end in sight. Many homes in the area were without power which meant for many, no heat to battle the freezing cold. Those people that had warm places to go, had already gone to stay with friends and family. Those who had no place to go, were guided to the local church by the lighted cross on top of the steeple, which being the only light in the area on such a dark night, could be seen clearly as a beacon of hope, by everyone in the neighborhood that was left in the dark with no heat. By the grace of God the church was the only building in the neighborhood that had not lost power due to the storm. Several of the church members had come to the church. Some had left the warmth of their homes to help. Some were there because they had no power themselves. The congregation was divided on many issues, and a disagreement soon arose. A small group of people led by Lou Cypher , argued that the church was not big enough to accommodate so many people, and that the church supporters should be allowed in first. While another group led by Will O. Fiam, argued that we should help all that are in need. This disagreement was settled when the pastor said that the church was God’s house and would be open to everyone, and all that come seeking shelter would be welcome inside. The pastor then asked if the members who owned four wheel drive vehicles, would drive around the neighborhood and pick up the people that were trying to make their way to the church and bring them to the church. Will was the first to volunteer, and Lou also volunteered. The volunteers would drop off people at the church and go out again. After dropping off a group of people, Lou headed out again followed by Will. A few blocks from the church, Lou lost control of his SUV and crashed into a tree. Will had seen it happen and rushed to Lou’s SUV to help. A gas leak had started a fire under the SUV, and just as Will opened the door, the SUV exploded, killing both Will and Lou. In an instant both Will and Lou were in heaven, and standing before Jesus for judgment. Jesus was sitting on a great throne of gold holding in his hands the book of life. Seated on his left were the twelve sons of Jacob. Seated on his right were the twelve apostles. There were millions of people all around them all dressed in pure white robes. Then Jesus spoke. Lou Cypher he said, your name is written in the book of life. I see all that you have done during your time on earth, and I see that your sins are many. Do you have anything that you would like to say before I pass judgment? Lou replied, Lord I have given a lot of money to the church. I have heard the message from the pastor almost every Sunday. I have served as a church elder on several church boards. I have participated in church functions to help the needy. I have prayed to God in your name. And many years ago I accepted you as my savior and asked you to forgive my sins. Jesus replied, You have given money to the church, but only what you considered extra money. You have heard the message every week, but often choose to ignore it. You served as a church leader. Where you imposed your opinions and will, with no regard as to what I would do. Often you have prevented those whom I have sent, from doing the good works that I called upon them to do. You participated in church functions to help the needy when it was convenient for you, and rarely did you anything for the needy outside of the church. You have prayed to my father. Mostly in the presence of others, so that they would see and hear you pray. When you were alone, your prayers were often for those things that would benefit only you. You have accepted me, and asked for forgiveness. So to you I fulfill my promise and you are welcomed into my kingdom. However your placement as to how close to me you will be, is based on the number of treasurers that you have stored up during your time on earth. Your treasures are few, so your abode shall be far from me, near the outer edge of my kingdom. Your eyes will not gaze upon me forever. Jesus then spoke to Will O. Fiam . Jesus said Will your name is written in the book of life. I see all that you have done during your time on earth, and I see that your sins are many. Do you have anything that you would like to say before I pass judgment? Then Will fell to his knees with his face to the ground, and said. My dearest most high lord, have mercy on your servant, for I am a sinner. Jesus said to Will, I see that you donated to the church. And many times you did without those things that you wanted, so that you could donate more. Not only did you hear the message at church, you helped all that would listen, to understand its meaning. You were given good works to do through the church by me. And although you were often persecuted by the church elders, you were always persistent. When you were able, you helped the needy through church functions and often you helped the needy outside of the church. You have prayed to my father often. Mostly when you were alone, your prayers were often for those things that would benefit others. You have accepted me as your savior, and asked for forgiveness. So to you I fulfill my promise and you are welcomed into my kingdom. However your placement as to how close to me you will be, is based on the number of treasurers that you stored up during your time on earth. Your treasures are also great, so your abode shall be near to me. Not with in my inner circle, but near enough so that your eyes shall gaze upon me forever. Although this is a fictional story, there are two facts that will always be true.
1) Everything on the earth that is living will one day die.
2) Forgiveness for your sins does not exclude you from judgment.
What would it have been like, to walk the world with Jesus.
To hear what Jesus said, and to see him raise the dead.
To have been there on the mountain, when he feed the multitude.
Would I have stood beside him, when Jesus was accused.
What would it have been like, to walk the world with Jesus.
Would I have seen it as a sign, when he turned the water in to wine.
To see him cure the lepers, and to make the blind to see.
Would he have cast out evil spirits, right in front of me.
What would it have been like, to walk the world with Jesus.
Would I have believed that he would rise, as I watched him as he died.
Would I have lost my faith in Jesus, when he was nailed to that tree.
And would the risen Lord have come unto me, just so I’d believe.
What would it have been like, to walk the world with Jesus.
All that I can say, is that I’ll know for sure someday.
I know that Jesus is my savior, and that he always spoke the truth.
He gave his life for world salvation, he gave his life for me and you.
What would it have been like, to walk the world with Jesus.
God’s Plan – God’s Will – Free will
What is God’s Plan ? No earthly soul, will ever know all the details of God’s plan for the future of the earth, or that of the human race in itself. The Holy Word of God tells us of the things to come. But not even the sum of all biblical scholars, from the creation of Adam until now, are able to provide details of the future events, except those that are revealed to us all through God’s Holy Word. I do not claim to have any more knowledge of God’s Plan, than any other earthly soul. I instead offer my personal perspective, as to what is meant by God’s Plan and also as to what is meant by the Will of God, and what is meant by free will. Although all three have different meanings, all three work together. What is God’s Plan?. The best way to explain What is meant by God’s Plan, is to compare it to the writing of a book. Any author, before they start writing will create an outline of what they intend to write about, from the beginning to the end, in their mind they know exactly what is going to take place throughout the whole story. Before the existence of creation, the complete story of all existence from beginning to end was authored by God. Every detail of all that has existed or will exist is already known to God. Everything that you have done, or said, or even thought, happened with the pre-knowledge of God. Most people find difficulty accepting the idea that everything that happens both good, and bad, was because God planed it to happen, way back before time began. If you win the lottery, it is because God planed it. If you get a paper cut it is because God planed it. The statement “ God is all knowing” is true because, like the writer of a book, he wrote the story. It is God’s Plan.
Now let us add free will into the story. This often confuses people. You are free to make choices concerning all aspects of your life. But God knows what choices that you will make before you make them. This does not mean that God is the one making decisions for you. Every living person on the earth, both young and old, is given the freedom, by God, to choose their own path to follow throughout their entire lives. God knows, what is in the hearts and minds, of every soul that has, and will ever exist. Therefore, God, knowing every detail of all future events, already knows what decisions you will make. Don’t blame God because you made a bad decision, because you alone are responsible, for every decision that you make.
The Will of God, or God’s Will. There is no clear way to explain God’s Will. As I mentioned earlier, God’s Plan, free will, and God’s will, all work together. Anyone who has even a little knowledge of the Bible, can see that God at times, imposes his will in order to complete his plan. There are many things that happen, that we all know, are the Will of God. Since no living person can know all of the details of God’s Plan, except those that are revealed to us through scripture, we cannot explain the reason that God does, the things he does. When a loved one dies, we all feel saddened by the loss of that person, because they are no longer with us on the earth. Often I hear such statements as, “Why did God do this “ or “ If there was a God my child would still be alive “ . The only answer I can give, is to trust in God. For those who keep the faith, all will be revealed in time. Though you may have to wait until you leave this world to get the answers that you seek. I will give one more example of God’s Will imposed. Although there are many, and most people just refuse to accept that it is God’s Will. World leaders are put in or removed from power as God sees fit. The Bible reveals to us again, and again many times, that God does this for reasons that we may never know, but if you claim to be a Christian, you should trust in God’s decisions without the need to know why. God’s Will can also be voluntary. Love thy neighbor, feed the hungry, forgive those who do harm to you, are just some examples of voluntary God’s will. Once again, I refer you to the Bible, where these, and many other things are commanded of us by God. Because of free will you are given the choice to obey or to rebel against the voluntary commandments of God. God wants everyone, both believers and non-believers, to be a reflection of his image. We must accept God’s will without question. We must exercise our free will and follow his commandments. And we must trust that God has a plan, that is for our benefit, because God loves us all.
While listening to “Thru The Bible”, Dr. Vernon Mcgee once used the term Cosmetic Christian. The Webster’s Dictionary defines the word cosmetic as: “Any external application intended to beautify and improve the complexion.”
Which basically means to put on a covering, in order to deceive others as to what the true condition of a person actually is. For our purposes, we will be speaking of the condition of one’s soul. Apostasy, gossip, hate, greed, self-will, pride, these are just a few of the antichristian events that are most prominently seen in our churches. Though this occurs worldwide, I put my focus on the church. Any Christian Church is a gathering of people that are professing to be Christians. The Webster’s Dictionary defines the word Christian as:, “ one who professes belief in the TEACHINGS of Jesus Christ” . Most church members, if asked what makes them a Christian. Will reply with “, I believe that Jesus is the son of God, and that he died for the sins of the world”. Some may include the very important, but often omitted phrase “, and was resurrected “. Few if any, will include, that they abide in his teachings. Being saved and being a Christian are Two different things. You are saved by God’s Grace when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You are a Christian by learning and obeying the teachings of Jesus. 1 John 3: 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. John 13: 34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Due to every human having a sin nature, there is not even one of us that is able to fully abide in the teachings of Jesus. There are however things that can be brought into the light to every Christian, that will help to bring unity to a congregation. First of all, the gossip has to stop. There can be no unity in a church, where gossip runs ramped. James 4:11-12 “Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” If you have an issue with someone in the congregation, talk to that person about the issue. If that does not resolve the problem, go to your pastor. The pastor will decide what action if any needs to be taken. Keep in mind that the problem may lie within you, and you may be the one that must make changes to resolve the issue. If you wish harm upon another you are NOT following the teachings of Jesus. 1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”. Members of your congregation, murders, child killers, rapist, terrorist, are all God’s creations. God wants us all to go to heaven. As long as a person’s heart beats, no matter what they have done, they are by the Grace of God, given the opportunity to be saved if they so choose. If you call yourself a Christian but make a statement that you wish someone would die, or the most famous statement, I hope they burn in hell. Then you openly deny the teachings of Jesus, and you are a Cosmetic Christian. When Jesus was hanging on the cross, he asked God to forgive the vary people that put him there. Your salvation is guaranteed, but rewards must be earned. Matthew 6: 19-21 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. When your time comes to sit on the Bema Seat of Christ, you will be held accountable for what you did, or did not do with your time on earth. The way to store up treasures in heaven, is to humble yourself, and to obey the teachings of Jesus. Matthew 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind. This verse speaks of people that occasionally do for others, but want everyone to know what they did, when they do. These are the same Cosmetic Christians that often have the resources to help others, but are too greedy to give their time, or money just because Jesus says that it is right to do so. Luke 21: 1-4And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all.4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. Here is one of the best examples of a Cosmetic Christian I have ever heard. “Church service should not last more than one hour, because we have other things to do”. If you feel that 1 hour a week out of 168 hours, 52 hours a year out of 8736 hours, is all that you can spare to worship God, who is the reason that you have, all that you do. This is the God that sent his son to the cross, so that you, would have the opportunity to live forever, for free in his house. And all that he ask in return, is for you to love one another, and obey his words, given to you thru his son Jesus, who is the Christ. Then you are a Cosmetic Christian. Matthew 7:24 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. If the only time you open your bible is at Sunday Church Service. Then you are a Cosmetic Christian. Deuteronomy 17: 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them. I am sure that many who read this, will think that they are guiltless. But I say that we are all guilty of being Cosmetic Christians, for at times we are all guilty of turning a blind eye to God’s will. Since I study the Bible every day, I am more guilty than most of you. John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
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