In Luke 2:25 we’re told about a man, by name of Simeon, who was waiting for the consolation of Israel.
In Luke 2:25ff we’re told that this consolation had arrived in the form of a young baby boy – it was Jesus.
Have you ever thought about this name (consolation) that was applied to Jesus? What does it mean to you?
A popular topic to debate, or at least it once was, is what a sinner must do to be saved.
The answers to the proposition vary across the board: do nothing, do more good than bad, simply believe that Jesus rose from the dead, say a prayer, get baptized, etc.
Some of the answers are given to stand alone, while some answers include a mixture of do this but not that.
But common sense says all the options can’t be true no matter how skillfully the debaters present their case. So what’s a person to do? Well let me give the answer to settle all the questions:
“though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,” (Hebrews 5:8-9)
So you want to debate who’s going to Heaven? Don’t take it up with me – take it up with the words of Jesus (John 12:48).
Whether a person accepts the answer or not, Hebrews 5:8-9 says the debate has been settled for a very long time now.
Jesus is a friend to all those who love Him, just as He wants to be the Savior to all those who obey Him. A friend is defined in the dictionary one attached to another by affection or esteem. If you would like to be a friend to Jesus, as He very much wants to be a friend to you, then all of us at Highway will do what we can to help you be a “Friend to Jesus.” Hymn # 699 is a song about being a friend to Jesus, and we are to Him because He is a greater one to us.
The word “family” is a word that has associations and a much deeper meaning than the word “friend.” for some people, unfortunately, the word “friend” has more meaning than the word “family.” It seems that some came from families that never really developed as the Lord desired. Whatever might have been in the past, all who are members of the Highway Church of Christ are members of the Lord’s family. The word “family” in our context of today is for the friends of Jesus to be a member of the Lord’s family. Our family and friends day is about relationships one with another and an occasion where all can worship the Lord in peace, love, spirit and truth.
Thus, on this day, our friends and family guests are the honored ones in our presence –as we honor and worship the only One who is the Creator of us all.
“Then Peter came and said to him, Lord, what number of times may my brother do wrong against me, and I give him forgiveness? till seven times? Jesus says to him, I say not to you, Till seven times; but, Till seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)
If I had to guess, I’d say the only time that Peter was normally interested in doing math was when the fish were getting tallied at the end of the day. But regardless of how Peter felt about math, in Matthew 18 we find Jesus giving Peter a math lesson followed by a story so the point of his formula would not go over his head.
The formula is easy to quote. Most average Bible students are familiar with the 70 x 7 setup. It’s the answer that causes the frustration. I mean can the answer really be forgiveness as long as forgiveness is needed???
Do you think Peter ever wished Jesus would have left out the math lesson and stuck to teaching him how to be a fisher of men? Maybe. But if he ever did, he soon realized that the math lesson was doing just that (1 Peter 2:17-25).
So how did Peter get over the frustration that the 70 x 7 formula (which is much, much, much, much more than only 7) may have caused him? He did so by understanding where he stood in the follow-up formula that Jesus shared with him…and with us. By the time the math is finished, the story ends with the following:
“Then his lord sent for him and said, You evil servant; I made you free of all that debt, because of your request to me: Was it not right for you to have mercy on the other servant, even as I had mercy on you? And his lord was very angry, and put him in the hands of those who would give him punishment till he made payment of all the debt. So will my Father in heaven do to you, if you do not everyone, from your hearts, give forgiveness to his brother.” (Matthew 18:32-35)
Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics that you will find:
- Still the Most Critical Problem (Bill Jackson)
- Apollos (Sam Willcut)
- Bless the Congregational Lectureships (Bill Jackson)
- Religion and Politics (James Boyd)
- Fighting, but Not Striving (Tom Moore)
- Shall We Digress into Holy Rollerism? (Curtis Cates)
- Self-Control (Jerry Moffitt)
- Strong Churches (Neal Pollard)
- Jesus Brings Hope Out of Tragedy (Charles Box)
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Perhaps you are not aware of what the Qur’an says about Jesus. That which is taught, one can learn in Surah 2 (a “Surah” will correspond to a “Book,” or perhaps a “chapter” in the Bible). For instance, in Surah 2:87, one learns that Jesus was mortal. One won’t read that in the verse, but Islamic commentators will declare it. “Maulana gives some instruction concerning the Qur’an’s use of the Arabic word for Jesus (Īsā), followed by the epithet ‘son of Mary,’ ‘to show that he was a mortal like other prophets of God’” (footnote 128 in Maulana Muhammad Ali’s translation and commentary on the Qur’an; from RT’s personal study notes of the Qur’an).
The significance of this is in relation to what the Scriptures teach relative to Jesus. Note what charge the apostle Paul gave to Timothy, a young preacher he left in Ephesus: I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen (1 Timothy 6:13-16, ESV).
One does not need any other reason to oppose Islam, though there are untold numbers more!
The big football league of America sure seems to be overwhelmed with serious moral issues right now…intentional concussion-giving players included. As far as the bandwagon media attention goes, the flow will soon give way to the ebb, but the issues won’t disappear. And maybe it’s just because the issues revolve around the behaviors and decisions of people (sin and temptation are common problems to athletes and non-athletes, right?), but I can’t help but notice how the football league and its problems look strangely like a perfectly clear microcosm of the larger problem that the American culture is dealing with – namely how do we deal with the obvious errors of humanity.
For now, like the American culture at large, the response from the professional league has been to deal with the issues from almost a purely punitive aspect – fines, suspensions, and firings, with a little counseling mixed in here and there. But what about the root of the issues? It doesn’t seem to be the love of money because the problems are costing the players that stuff – not making it for them! What it seems to be is a lack of morality and common courtesy. And it seems that the big league is willing to endorse almost any cause other than the one that could and would solve the vast majority (it would be all, but the answer is based upon the application made by each individual) of the issues that are being dealt with today, not to mention the issues that will be dealt with tomorrow; but for now it seems like they’re only willing to throw a penalty flag at someone who is willing to attempt to introduce a new “head-coach” and “play-calling book” that could and would help every party involved.
Hey, I’m not trying to Monday-morning quarterback here. I just know from experience that when I fail to listen to Jesus, I end up on the bench every time with the decisions that I make; and anybody who has a desire to compete and win knows that sitting on the bench is not where you want to be.