I Know A Man Who Can 1

Yesterday I was listening to music.  When I woke up it was time to make lunch.  The song on at the time was by Greater Vision and is titled “I Know A Man Who Can”.  We are needing a miracle in my family right now.  We are watching as one of our dear members slowly transitions down in health and upward toward Heaven.  This is a painful process.  I have not been able to make it to the hospital for several days due to schedules and shift changes.

With this in mind I was listening to this song; which is a favorite of mine, and some thoughts came to my mind.  Let me share some of these thoughts.

I. I Know A Man Who Can – heal the broken heart.
Look at John 20:15, “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.”  For the most part those who followed Jesus believed He was who He said He was.  Then they watched Him be crucified and then buried.  How would you feel?  You and I would be crushed.  We would be disillusioned.  There is an entire gamut of feelings associated with what these people had and were going through.

Then Mary in this state goes to the tomb of Jesus.  She sees a man that she thinks is the gardener.  When she speaks to this Person she finds out it is Jesus.  Then all the feelings fade away in sight.  The disillusionment drops off like rain off a duck’s back.  All the wrong feelings disappear at the revelation of who Jesus really is to Mary.

Now, let’s make this personal.  I don’t know what is happening or not happening in your life.  I can tell you this for sure.  If you will come to faith in Jesus Christ the trials of life will probably not get better.  What changes is your perspective on the problems and your response should change also.  This will make all the difference in the world.  You see, “I Know A Man Who Can.”  Take your needs and cares to Him and let Him work in your life.

So, how are you doing?

Mary Did You Know?

It will be less than a week and the wrapping paper and tape will fly through the air as presents are opened.  This is the one day of the year that some people look forward to.

If you were a young Jewish girl there was another day that you looked forward to.  This is the day that Messiah would come.  The reason these girls looked forward to it was because they dreamed of being the one God used to birth Messiah into this world.

As you and I now know, Mary was that chosen vessel.  Many religions want to put far too much emphasis on Mary.  Oh, I do not seek to discredit her because she was blessed above all other women in this world.

Here is the thing.  Even as blessed as Mary was, she was still like you and I.  After the greeting of her cousin Elisabeth, Mary sought to take the spotlight off her and put it where it rightfully needed to be.  Look at Luke 1:46-47, “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”  I think it is interesting that the word “magnify” means to make or declare great; increase or (figuratively) extol.

Mary directed the praise where it should go.  Then she makes a declaration that we all need to take notice of.  In verse 47 Mary tells of her need of a Saviour.  She said, “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”  Mary was acknowledging that she was a sinner and needed a Saviour just like you and I.

So; my friend, it does not matter how highly you think of yourself.  The fact is that you and I need a Saviour.  The Saviour of the world came humbly as a babe, wrapped in grave clothes and was laid in a place that animals ate.  He did all this for you and I.  He came to us so that we could come to Him.

Will you trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour today before it is eternally too late?  Do not take a chance and step out into eternity without having an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ.  He love you and died for you.  Trust Him today.

So, how are you doing?

Three To Make Ready

As I look around it seems to me that service is a lost art today.  Most everyone wants to be waited upon and almost nobody wants to wait on anyone else.  This is sad; but, it has crept into the Church too.  I mean, Jesus Himself put on a towel and washed dirty feet.  Gross!  Why would the King of kings and LORD of lords do such a thing?  He was setting an example for those then, us now and those in the future.  This was the right thing to do.  When someone came to your house they probably walked and with sandals their feet would get extremely dirty.  It was a custom to have water and towels for these dirty feet to be cleaned before entry into the home.

This example of service was also seen in Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome.  They knew of Jesus death and they went to the tomb with burial spices and oil to anoint Jesus.  This was just the right thing to do.  However, Jesus’ death and burial were different.  He only intended to use the grave for a short time and then leave for another to use.

Out of love and respect for Jesus these three women came to prepare Jesus’ mortal body.  Look at Mark 16:1, “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.”

What they found was something far different.  Jesus was gone.  He was alive and risen from the dead.  He had conquered death, hell and the grave.  Amen!  If you will trust Him today you can have eternal salvation and the fear of death can leave you forever.

So, how are you doing?

Christmas 16

I hate to admit it; but, I am usually the first to complain about an unpleasant situation.  I have been trying to see these situations as they are, a part of God’s plan.  This is not always easy.

As I was reading some Scripture I came across this verse in Luke 2:1, “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.”

I am sure that this was not something that Mary and Joseph looked forward to doing.  Mary traveling pregnant would be so stressful for her.  I feel sorry for them.  Yet; on the other hand, God had orchestrated these most unpleasant circumstances to move Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.  His plan was playing out just as He; Almighty God, had planned.  God used a decree by a pagan king to bring to pass His will for Jesus to be born into this world.  This was not comfortable and it was not convienant at all.  Remember God cares about our character more than our comfort.

So, how are you doing?