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Part Of A Plan

Redbird's Roost

“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day.'” Luke 24:45-46 (NASB)
Jesus emphasized that His death and resurrection were a part of a plan; this was something that had to happen. A suffering messiah had not been easy for the disciples to accept (Matthew 16:21-22). This is why so many failed to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, and why many saw the cross as a stumbling block (1 Corinthians 1:23).
Jesus specifically mentioned the prophecies of the resurrection on “the third day.” This has troubled some students of the Bible, because they cannot account for three full days in the Scriptural record. But in the normal speech of that time, a span of “three days” could cover any portion of those days. Jesus was crucified on…

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Walk by Faith, Not by Fear

Susan Irene Fox

“Two men went to the temple to pray.”

Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” Luke 18:10-11

One wonders how the disciple Matthew, a former tax collector, must have felt upon hearing this parable.

Jesus most certainly told the story to convey a message to the Pharisees: those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who are humble will be exalted.

He also wanted to communicate to those in this honor and shame culture that those who were traditionally the subject of finger-pointing, shaming and humiliating were those who Jesus himself invited to the table to eat the Bread of Life and drink his Living Water. It…

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The Church Persists And Perseveres According To God’s Purpose

“And He said, ‘How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? It is like a mustard seed, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.’ With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.” Mark 4:30-34 (NASB)
The mustard seed to which Jesus referred is not the plant from which the familiar seasoning comes. The plant Jesus mentioned grew wild and its leaves were used as “greens.” While the seed may not have been the smallest seed in the world, it was the smallest of which Jesus’ audience would have been aware. This tiny seed, when carefully cultivated, could grow to heights of twelve to fifteen feet–taller than any other garden plants. It grew so large that birds could nest under its shade.
The point that Jesus was making in this parable is that the kingdom of God would have a small, even insignificant, beginning, but would then grow mightily. So it was that the church began on Pentecost with only a few of Jesus’ followers. These devout followers pitted against the might of the Roman Empire whose population numbered into millions seemed like insurmountable odds. Yet today Christ’s Church numbers hundreds of millions around the world, while the Roman Empire lies buried in the musty pages of history.

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 94

“Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
Mark 6:50 (NKJV)

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