When Jesus dealt with 12 angry men

Jesus faced his own version of 12 angry men one time. And the kicker is, the angry men were his own disciples!

Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10:13-16)

I don’t know exactly what made the disciples feel so miffed, but one thing that I know for sure was that the only person more unhappy than the twelve was the one who desired to receive the children.

God forbid that God’s own people would set up roadblocks in the path that leads to God’s kingdom. And God forbid even more that the roadblocks come in the form of spiritual baby-gates that hinder a child from coming to the arms that were spread out on a cross for them.

Jesus indeed faced his own version of 12 angry men, but the verdict of the case could not have been clearer.

#challenges-of-discipleship, #children, #jesus

1-12-2016 What Law Did Jesus Fulfill

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18 NKJV). Jesus, then, gave 6 quotes from the Law of Moses which He contrasted with His own Laws (Matthew 5:21-48). After He was raised from the dead, “He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures” (Luke 24:44-45 NKJV). Once fulfilled, the Law of Moses was removed by Jesus’ cross. “He takes away the first that He may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#cross, #fulfill, #jesus, #law, #moses

Dear Calvinist friend

Dear Calvinist friend,

What does it mean to sigh?

In case you’re not familiar with the meaning, the technical definitions are: 1.) (as a verb) to emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling, and 2.) (as a noun) a long, deep, audible exhalation expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling.

To say the least, practically speaking, sighing is a very human emotion that mixes frustration and pain and the overwhelming sensation of unbelief at the situation that can accompany either or both.

Did you know Jesus sighed? More than once according to scripture. But one time in particular is found in Mark 8:12 which says, “But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.”

Why did Jesus sigh in Mark 8:12? I mean that wasn’t just a sigh in the flesh there – it was a God in the flesh sigh that went all the way down to his spirit!

Well, think about the situation that he was facing.

Sign after sign after sign after sign had already been given to the people (just read John’s gospel – not to mention the miracle that Mark had just covered) but the entire culmination of those signs couldn’t be anything but one big sigh on the part of Jesus because of the unbelief on the part of the people!

Why would Jesus sigh if the people couldn’t help but be caught in unbelief at that time? Better yet, why would Jesus be caught in a state of frustrating unbelief if the people weren’t capable of doing what he desired of them? Either way it’s a good question. How could Jesus not believe what he was hearing if the people couldn’t believe in what he was doing?

My Calvinist friend, I hope you understand what I’m about to say when I think of the damage that the doctrine of irresistible grace has done to the truth of free-will and the responsibility that comes with it in the eyes of many of its followers…sigh.

#calvinism, #irresistible-grace, #jesus, #unbelief

Why do we love Jesus?

A new lesson in English and Dutch has been added to the Old Paths Archive: “Why do we love Jesus?


“Waarom hebben wij Jezus lief?”


Thank you very much to those who sent a response to my question: Why do you love Jesus? I quoted some of the replies (anonymously) to enrich the lesson.

May we all grow in our love for Jesus during 2016,

Roy Davison

#jesus, #love


A refugee is defined as a person forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Martin O’Malley (Democratic candidate for President of the United States) said Jesus was refugee (“Remember: Jesus was refugee child who fled death gangs.”).

Was Jesus a refugee? It is true that Jesus’ step father (Joseph) fled the wrath of Herod when Herod sought the death of the One that he felt threatened his position as king over the Judean province (Matthew 2:1-18).

Is that a refugee in the same sort of way that some are fleeing from other countries? A refugee in large quantities or in small numbers is still a refugee. There is a significant difference, however, in the two accounts.

First, one dealt with salvation history, that is, the Lord’s plan to save man from his own personal sin which leads to eternal destruction (Romans 6:23).

Second, it was the Lord’s sending of the family of three to the location wherein they went.

Third, it was the Lord who provided the means they used to get to their location of safety.

Fourth, Joseph and Mary returned to the land of Israel because of the very point of salvation.

Fifth, the refugees in today’s context are not the same. Whether this country accepts or does not accept is in direct relation to Islamic ideology that seeks to destroy American culture.

Perhaps there are other reasons that one might bring to our attention that contrasts the two scenarios. Whether there is or not, like many political candidates (Republican and Democrat), when one thinks that something related to Jesus can be used in his or her favor, He is wielded.

Jesus was not a refugee in the context of today, but as He was then, He is today the only Savior given to man whereby one can be saved (Acts 4:12).


#jesus, #refugee, #savior

12-18-2015 Jesus, More Than Meet The Eye

Peter reminded Christians of Jesus, “whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8 NKJV). Peter was there when Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’” (John 20:29 NKJV). The Bible describes everything about Jesus Christ we need to know to love Him, His: character, personality, compassion, doctrine, motive, knowledge, power, wisdom, dedication, and purity. Everything, that is, except His physical appearance. The churches of Christ in the New Testament, Christians, never had statues, pictures, or any physical representation of Jesus Christ; only what was revealed in written Scriptures. According to Jesus’ statement, and Peter’s letter, the Holy Spirit intended that everyone look inside Jesus to be like Him.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#jesus, #love-him, #not-seen-him, #physical-representation

December 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (The Messiah in Prophecy II)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Deuteronomy 18:15-19—A Prophet Like Moses (Bryan Hodge)
  • Genesis 49:10—Until Shiloh Come (Cody Westbrook)
  • Jeremiah 23:5-6—A Righteous Branch (Steven Lloyd)
  • Psalm 40:6-10—I Delight to do Thy Will (Bill Burk)
  • Psalm 22—The Cross (Troy Spradlin)
  • Psalm 16—The Resurrected Christ (Tom Moore)
  • Zechariah 13:1—The Fountain for Sin and Uncleanness (Rob Whitacre)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

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#christian-worker, #cross-of-christ, #forgiveness-of-sins, #jesus, #jesus-as-king, #jesus-relationship-with-the-old-testament, #messianic-prophecy, #moses, #resurrection-of-christ, #types-and-shadows