Monday, April 20, 2015

Mark 1:16-18

16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.

So I think that modern men might not know what was meant be fishing in those days. Today people think of rod and reel with bait cast into the water, but back then it was different. The fishing with nets that Peter and Andrew were using was much different - they would cast out a net into the water and let it sink down on top of the fish. They would then tug on a rope to cinch the net together and pull in their catch. I am not sure of how that fishing method could be used as a metaphor but I am interested to know what Christ meant and what His words meant to them.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mark 1:2-4

2 just as the prophet Isaiah had written:

“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
    and he will prepare your way.
3 He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!
    Clear the road for him!’”

4 This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.

God wants for me to be in relationship with Him. So much so that He has sent a huge crowd of prophets, messengers and kept the integrity of His words intact for me to read about what has been done for me. God wants me to change who I am inside and to symbolize this change with the baptism ceremony in order for all the times I have missed God's standard for my life to be forgiven.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Matthew 28:18-20

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

For a majority of my youth I was taught that it was my duty to share my faith with those around me in hopes of winning them to heaven. As I have grown older the idea was presented that God had prepared the soil, I was to plant the seed and God would do the rest of the tending to the garden from there. More recently this idea of making disciples has been taught to me. My duty is to not just tell someone about my experience with Jesus, not to just plant the seed and hope for the best but to come along side the person who I am sharing with as a mentor to lead them in walk of faith.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Matthew 27:62-66

62 The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 63 They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’ 64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.”

65 Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” 66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.

Why did the religious leaders go to such lengths to secure Jesus' body after death? They did this because they were afraid that Jesus might actually be telling the truth or that His disciples would make it happen so that others would believe also. God's light will shine through me each day if I let it, but there have been many days in my youth where I tried hard to pretend to be like everyone else and hid that light to fit in. God take this life and let Your glory shine from me so that the world will know I am Yours.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Matthew 27:28-31

28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29 They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. 31 When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.

My feelings get hurt when someone says something bad about me. I go through a daily grooming routine in hope that my appearance won't be offensive to anyone. Here is the picture of my Savior, stripped and beaten then mocked because of the love that He has for me. Why do I worry so much about what others think about me? Why am I not more concerned about what they think about Jesus?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Galatians 2:20

20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 

My life here is over because I have been put up on the cross with Christ. My attempts to live out life are done - it is Christ who will be doing the living out of my years in me. My life is based solely in trusting the Savior who's love longs for me so much that He surrendered Himself to death to have me. 

Matthew 27:15-26

15 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to the crowd—anyone they wanted. 16 This year there was a notorious prisoner, a man named Barabbas. 17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 (He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)

19 Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Leave that innocent man alone. I suffered through a terrible nightmare about him last night.”

20 Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death. 21 So the governor asked again, “Which of these two do you want me to release to you?”

The crowd shouted back, “Barabbas!”

22 Pilate responded, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”

They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

23 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?”

But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”

24 Pilate saw that he wasn’t getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. The responsibility is yours!”

25 And all the people yelled back, “We will take responsibility for his death—we and our children!”

26 So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.

Mob mentality is dangerous. Getting lost in the crowd leads to having the same happen to my unique personality and point of view on things. I would rather stand alone and unheard for the truth than to have my loud voice heard as part of the ungodly masses.