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I truly enjoyed writing yesterday’s post.  It was great to stroll down memory lane.  As I was thinking about the topic of “All Because of Another” I remembered a story that was hared at a friend’s memorial service.

My friend has been drinking and was involved in an automobile accident.  He was covered in blood that was not his.  He took his Bible and went to see the Pastor and ended up trusting Jesus Christ as his Saviour.  Praise the LORD!  This man was a dear friend and brother in Christ.

As I began to think about this I just kept thinking about him being covered in blood that was not his.  I am sure you see where I am going.  My mind raced to Jesus’ crucifixion.  As we have recently come through the Resurrection season I could not help but be reminded of some things.

You see, my friend came to the place where he realized what he was doing was not working.  He went a got help.  Far too many people just keep going on through life struggling and fighting against God.  This is futile and will end in eternal judgement.

What you and I need is to be covered in the blood of Jesus and have our sin washed away.  I hope you will do this before it is eternally too late.

So, how are you doing?

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A number of years ago my wife and I were in Church and a great man preached a great message that I still today remember the title to.  Brother Bob Carrico preached a message titled, “All Because of Another”.  I wish I could say that I remember the rest of the message; but, I don’t.  I am going to take his thought and develop it here.

As I am thinking about this today I think I remember the original message being about King David taking care of Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth.  Traditionally, the new king would destroy all the family of the former king to eliminate any uprising from them.  Look at king David’s response in II Samuel 9:11, “Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.”

Mephibosheth is a picture of salvation.  He was given what he did not deserve.  He was made a son to the king.  What an awesome account.  This is not just some Bible story in a book.  This is a real life event.  Now, imagine how Mephibosheth felt.  I cannot.  He was summoned to the king and probably expected to be executed.  What he did not know was that David had made a promise to Mephibosheth’s father Jonathan.  David meant to keep his promise because of the relationship he enjoyed with David.  Now that David is king he has the power and authority he needs to make good on his promise.

What about you my reader?  Do you feel abandoned?  If you will humble yourself and realize that you are a sinner and that you need a Saviour you are on the right track to finding WHO you need.  You see, Jesus will never abandon you.  If you will realize you are a sinner and you need a Saviour then you can put your faith and trust in Him and be saved.  The Bible tells us that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23).  The wages of this sin is death (Romans 6:23).  The Bible tells us that while we are in the very act of sin that God showed us His love in Jesus as He died on the cross (Romans 5:8).  We can have eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).  All we have to do is realize we are a sinner, confess that to Jesus and call upon Him in prayer asking Him to save us (Romans 10:9-10).  Will you trust Him today?

So, how are you doing?

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God allows people to come into our lives and leave our lives.  Some people come into your life and you are fulfilled and made better for them.  Still others come into your life and it can be a disaster.  I know there are people in my past that are better left there.  There are other people that I would love to have come back into my life.

I don’t like it when I am in the presence of people that want to verbally tear a person down.  I mean, this is so sad.  If the person doing the bashing really listened to themselves they would be embarrassed and would stop.

Everyone has an opinion.  We have various opinions of others.  We must be careful not to form an opinion too quickly.  The Apostle Paul and his friend Barnabas parted company.  Why?  All because of another.  Look at Acts 15:39, “And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;”  These two men of God had differing opinions about John Mark and it caused them to separate.  Thankfully it was only for a time and then Paul declared that John Mark was “profitable” to him.  This division came about “All Because Of Another”.  We have to be careful who we associate with because they can bring us down and not build us up spiritually.

So, how are you doing?

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This series of blog posts came about because of a message the Evangelist Bob Carrico preached nearly twenty years ago.  I still remember him saying, “All because of another”.  I hope that this series will stick with you like that too.

Today we see our society that for the most part is all about “me, myself and I.”  Sometimes they are all for “me, my four and no more.”  If someone makes a sacrifice and does something for someone else it is show on the evening news and portrayed as the person being a hero.  If more people would step up and do the right thing it would be more commonplace to see and would not seem so foreign.

Even Jesus’ ministry was not totally about Himself.  His ministry was ultimately about bringing glory to His Father and pointing people to Messiah (which is Himself).  There was a problem and Jesus came to rectify this problem.  The problem is found in Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”  Sin, is and was the problem.

Jesus had never sinned, could not sin and will never sin.  He is the Sinless Son of God!  He came to earth “All Because of Another”.  This is you and I.  Jesus came to die on the cross at Calvary to pay our sin debt so that we can go to Heaven when we die.  This allows us to spend eternity with Him and the Father.  Jesus mission can be found in the Word of God in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  That is you and I.  Without Jesus we are lost, unsaved; but, we can be saved if we will put our faith and trust in Him.

So, how are you doing?

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My mind kept going to a certain account in the Scriptures.  As Jesus was passing by a man that was blind his disciples posited this question; “who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”  This is a valid question.  We; as these disciples, know that sin brings consequences with it.  They failed to realize a great truth.  They focused on the negative.  Their question shows this.

Notice their tone.  They were basically saying, “Who sinned?”  “This man or his parents?”  It had not entered their minds that neither had sinned.  Then Jesus tells them.  “Neither one has sinned.” (This is my interpretation.)

So, why was this man born blind?  He was born blind so that Jesus could demonstrate the power of God to heal.  This man was an instrument in the hand of God to show His power and His person.  I mean, that by his healing it was to point people to Jehovah.  Instead the so-called religious people looked down upon Jesus.  They interrogated the man as to Who had healed him.  It was somehow his fault that Jesus had healed him it would appear.  This shows the extent that people will go to in discrediting Jesus.

You see, this man was born blind “All Because Of Another”.  He was born blind so that the power of God in healing could be revealed to the world to draw them to Jesus.  The point was to draw men to Jesus for salvation.  All because of another.

So, how are you doing?

John 9:2-3, “And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?   Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

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Mephibosheth is a tremendous study.  I would highly recommend you take some time and study him in his entirety.  There is something about him that just draws me to him.  Maybe it is because if he were living in our day he would be considered a person of “special needs”.  He would be considered disabled.  I prefer to see him as differently able.  I cannot put my finger on it.

Our man Mephibosheth (Yes, I do like to say his name.  Ha, Ha!), is a picture of you and I.  Here is a man that is lame.  He cannot walk.  He is without the ability to do many things for himself without help from someone else.

I think of myself and others just like me.  Sin has crippled the human race.  We cannot save ourselves no matter how hard we try.  We cannot do enough good things in life to out weigh the bad we have done no matter how good we have been or tried to be.  We are plagued with an incurable disease from our perspective.  Yet, there is One who is well able to cure us from this plague for all of eternity.

God, the Father showed you and I just how much He loves us by sending Jesus to die in our place.  All we have to do is put our faith and trust in Him.  Maybe the Scripture can say it better.  Look at Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners (in the very act of sin), Christ died for us.”  Every one of us is pictured in Mephibosheth.  We are all spiritually lame.  We need the King of all kings and the LORD of all lords to come along and offer to take care of us.  He has done this.  Will you listen to Him call you today and please respond in faith believing and trusting in Him.

So, how are you doing?

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Last night was a cold and snowy evening.  I really wanted to stay home; but, I had committed to go to hear a photography presentation.  I am glad that I went as I learned a lot.  The snow was more like sleet when we came out to leave.  I was glad to be sitting in the back seat and not be driving.

The reason I braved the cold and snow was because I had said that I would be there.  A friend was one of the presenters and I was obligated to uphold my word.  Then I was thinking about the past four or five posts and the things that we do “one for another” and my mind raced back to the Old Testament.

Look at II Samuel 9:7, “And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.”  This is about a man named Mephibosheth.  He was lame (he could not walk) because the person who cared for him had dropped him in the process of fleeing the house.  He was not able to walk.

This is the setting that we find our passage of Scripture today.  King David was making a vow to care for Mephibosheth because Mephibosheth could not care for himself.  What a picture.  King David cared for Mephibosheth because he was the son of David’s dear, close friend Jonathan, the son of the former king Saul.  Because David loved Jonathan he cared for Jonathan’s son after Jonathan had been killed in battle.  King David did it “all because of another.”

So, how are you doing?