10/23 God’s Simple Plan

Date: Tuesday October 23, 2012
Today’s ChaptersLuke 6-7
Message Title: God’s Simple Plan
Hello My Friend,
Since God created people on earth philosophers, those who think they know more than God, have taken God’s simple plan of salvation and turned it into something difficult. That is why you will find many people questioning why it is so simple as trusting in Jesus Christ to get them to heaven. After Jesus chooses His disciples He took them upon a mountain and preached to them.
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” – Luke 6:20-26,35.
Those who are simply trusting in Christ, while they will face some affliction and even some rejection from others, will see the Kingdom of God. The more you live for Christ the more affliction you are going to face, but count it as a blessing because He is working a great work in you and while you may not see many rewards from those who are in the world you will see great rewards from God Himself. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;we are perplexed, but not in despair; For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seenare temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8,17,18.
We all have to admit that we long for a savior, someone who can save or preserve us, someone to give us hope and redemption, and while many do believe in God they find it hard to believe that Jesus is the the Savior. From the time Adam and Eve caused sin to be the death of all mankind the promise of the Messiah had been foretold to the Jews. John the Baptist was sent by God to prepare the Jews of the coming of the Messiah, yet even John questioned whether or not the things he heard about Jesus was true. John had not seen Jesus since he baptized Him so when he heard of all the miracles taking place he sent some of his disciples to see if it really was Jesus.
When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” – Luke 7:20-28.
John the Baptist was well known throughout Jerusalem as the man who preached repentance and baptism as a remission of sins, some believed and got baptized, some did not, yet if John the Baptist never believed in Christ himself he would be in hell right now. No matter how much we do for God, even if we do believe the Gospel, unless we receive Him personally we are not getting into heaven. It’s simple, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of GodAnd we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” – 1 John 5:12,13,20.
The Pharisee’s knew of Jesus, yet often sought opportunity to try and discredit Him, such as the case of a woman who came to Jesus to be saved. “And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.” – Luke 7:37-39,44-48.
What seems as God’s foolishness to the world is wiser than the smartest Bible scholar who cannot see past their own egos to personally accept Christ as their Savior. Can you guess how many theology majors actually know the Gospel and are saved? I imagine not many, since many are not even given the Bible to read, but a book that teaches them what it says. Jesus came to save sinners, and only sinners, those who think they have not done anything wrong in their lifetime cannot be saved. Those who humble themselves before God and accept the simple truth that they have done wrong in their lives and understand that Jesus is the only one who can save them will be saved. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:9,12,13.
Today’s PrayerGod, I believe that Your Son, Jesus took my place on the cross to save me, a sinner, and am only trusting in Him to take me to heaven when I die. Lord, let me not be overcome by foolish and vain talkers who are ready and waiting to see me fall. I am fully trusting in You to deliver me, strengthen me, and protect me as I go about my day in this world of corruption, immorality, and deception. I love You Lord and pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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