Sunday, May 27, 2012
Jesus Our Only True Friend
How about this picture above to start out this week's bible study of Jesus lifting Peter out to the water. Jesus told me to tell all those who forevermore read this bible study to notice that the only one helping Peter when Peter launches out into the deep is Jesus only. Notice that all of Peter's friends won't jump into the water to help Peter but stayed on the boat. But, Hallelujah, Jesus is always willing to lay down his life for you and save you when family, friends, and the world totally reject you. King Solomon spoke about Jesus when he stated at Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Saint that friend spoken of in Proverbs 18:24 that sticketh closer than a brother is Jesus.
John 15:14 proves that Jesus is your true friend that sticketh closer than a brother and says Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth, I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. The wonderful story about the picture above is located at Matthew 14:28 and says And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Notice, like Peter saint reading this when the world and everyone seems to abandon you because of your walk with Jesus, Jesus will immediately be there to raise you up and bless you.
The above picture reminds Brother Bob of the Apostle Paul and how Jesus always stood with Paul and strengthened Paul when all men forsook Paul and no man stood with Paul. This is recorded at 2 Timothy 4:14 and says Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil. The Lord reward him according to his works. Of whom be thou ware also (defined as be on guard); for he hath greatly withstood our words. At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me; I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding, the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me, that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear, and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion; Now saint wherever you are reading this as you say this next verse in Jesus name I claim that as you speak the Word that Jesus will preserve and keep you forevermore in peace. Now say 2 Timothy 4:18-And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom; to whom be glory forever and ever Amen.
To my friends all over the world, if you have been rejected by family, friends, and even so called religious people, be encouraged and say these following scriptures for Jesus will always be your friend and comfort you evermore. Psalm 27:10 says When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. This next scripture was given to me by my good friend the Son of Sam who now is saved and is called the Son of Hope David Berkowitz: I encourage everyone to view David Berkowitz's website by left clicking this link http://www.ariseandshine.org/. Also, please watch David Berkowitz's testimony by left clicking this link of how David states Jesus is the answer to anyone's problems http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdv78w6MN04. I am honored to say that David Berkowitz is a personal friend to Brother Bob and we write each other regularly for years. Jesus says when you bless someone in prison like David, you bless Jesus. Psalm 68:6 says God setteth the solitary in families: He bringeth out those which are bound with chains. You see if you feel solitary or alone with Jesus, Jesus has a new family for you and if Jesus has to, Jesus will send angels to you to be your family and comfort you. Jude 24 says Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
OK saint reading this notice the picture above and open your bibles to two bible verses Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23. Let's start with Isaiah 7:14 that says Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (defined as God). Hallelujah, Jesus was that son born by the virgin Mary that Isaiah prophecied about and Jesus was and is called God by the prophet Isaiah. Now notice that when Jesus actually came to the earth as a baby, the name Immanuel (God) changed to Emmanuel (God with us). Matthew 1:23 says Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel. (defined as God with us). Jesus truly is the Almighty God proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah thousands of years before Jesus even arrived on this earth.
Now saints I wanted to use the picture above stating that Jesus is Emmanuel (God with us) to proclaim to all the nations that Jesus will forever be with you as your friend to the end of time. Matthew 28:20 states Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Hebrews 13:5-6 says Let your conversation be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have; for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Now to all saints in all the nations, I recommend to all who regularly read this bible study to take time out and do a google search for DL Moody and read anything that DL Moody wrote. DL Moody is considered one of the greatest all time preachers for Jesus who as a lowly shoe salesman lived in the late 1800's and won thousands to Jesus. DL Moody's writings are highly anointed and Brother Bob has studied thousands of pages from DL Moody. Take time out and be blessed and read some writings of DL Moody.
For example look at what DL Moody wrote in the 1800's and I quote "Jesus' love is unchangeable. Many who loved you at one time have perhaps grown cold in their affection and turned away from you, it may be their love is changed to hatred; It is not so with Jesus who will love you always to the end of the world and forevermore." And wow, DL Moody quoted John 13:1 that proves that Jesus is your only true friend that will love you as a friend to the end. Wow what a gem of a verse. John 13:1 says Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end. DL Moody stated that Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him; yet Jesus loved Judas to the end. Jesus also knew that Peter would deny Him and swear that he never knew Him, yet Jesus loved Peter to the end. And remember, not only Judas and Peter would forsake and leave Jesus, but all of Jesus' disciples forsook and abandoned Jesus, yet Jesus still loved them all. This is proven at Mark 14:50 that says And they all forsook Him and fled.
Now how about these words of life from the pen of DL Moody. DL Moody stated that when you have any problem in this life, first take a glance at the problem and then next fix your eyes on the remedy Jesus Christ crucified and do not take your eyes off of Jesus Christ crucified. Jesus already destroyed all your problems on the cross as you all proclaim I am crucified with Christ. As you all keep looking at Jesus Christ crucified, Brother Bob proclaims in Jesus name that all your problems will disappear and not exist forevermore Hallelujah. You see we all are poor wretched sinners, but we all need to take John the Baptist's advice and fix our eyes on the Lamb of God Jesus which taketh away the sin of the world.
Now, just as a side note, Brother Bob wants to give you all some divine knowledge given to us all thousands of years ago by the wonderful prophet Hosea. Hosea posed a question as to whether Jesus would take away all our iniquities and wow what a tremendous answer did Hosea give us all at Hosea 14:4. The question was posed at Hosea 14:1 and says O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God, for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord; Say unto Him, take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously; so will we render the calves of our lips. Now saint reading this lift up your hands and wave to Jesus in praise for the glorious answer at Hosea 14:4 that says I will heal their backsliding; I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him.
Finally, to prove Jesus' love to you saint reading this in any nation, note when sinners were mocking and persecuting Jesus on the cross, Jesus loved them and said at Luke 23:34 Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Jesus did not cast down fire from heaven to consume them. There was nothing but love in Jesus' heart to all those who hated and persecuted Jesus.
OK, now to end up this week's bible study, Brother Bob will prove to all saints in all nations by the Word of God that Jesus is God and Jesus only should be worshipped as God. Jesus is not just a person, great teacher or great prophet, but Jesus is Almighty God. Now take a look at the two pictures above. The first picture is of the leper worshipping Jesus as God after the leper was healed by Jesus. The second picture is of Paul and Barnabas at Lystra telling the people to not worship them for they are mere men and not Jesus or God. Also, note that Jesus can not be just a mere angel because even the angels say to Worship God or Jesus. Revelation 22:8-9 says And I John saw these things, and heard them, And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not; for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book; worship God.
The first picture above is recorded at Matthew 8:2 that says And behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. The second picture is recorded at Acts 14:12 and says And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes,and ran in among the people, crying out, and Saying Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.
Paul and Barnabas were very wise and humble, telling the people to only worship Jesus as God and not man. And wow if you read further on in Acts 14 you will find out that the very same people that were worshipping Paul and Barnabas were within a short while stoning Paul and Barnabas. It's amazing to me that in this walk with Jesus, people who we think are close friends can in an instant change and hate us and become some of our worst enemies. As saints, we must pray for these enemies and ask Jesus to forgive them and bless them. But, remember Jesus will always be a friend and never become an enemy to a saint that has dedicated his life to Jesus.
OK, Brother Bob suggests to all saints in all nations to write down the following scriptures that prove Jesus is the Almighty God and rejoice and praise Jesus as you write down these awesome scriptures. 1 John 5:20 says And 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 and eternal life. 1 Corinthians 15:47 says The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. John 17:3 says And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 10:30 and the actual words of Jesus says I and my Father are one. Finally, Jesus proclaimed Himself to be God and called Himself the Great I Am and John 8:58 says Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am. Jesus also proclaimed that He was Almighty God at Revelation 1:8 that says I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty(defined in greek as Almighty God.)
Finally, to close out this week's bible study look at all these examples of people in the bible that worshipped Jesus as God, proving that Jesus was God and not a mere mortal man. Look at the conversation between the blind man healed at the pool of Siloam and Jesus at John 9:35 that says Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him? And Jesus said unto him Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him. As stated earlier in the picture above, notice that the healed leper worshipped Jesus as God at Matthew 8:2 saying And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And finally, notice the Caananite woman at Matthew 15:25 who also worshipped Jesus as God. Matthew 15:25 says Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. Also, note that Jesus never stopped these people in the bible from worshipping him as angels did because Jesus was Almighty God Hallelujah.
And finally, even in the old testament, Joshua worshipped Jesus who was the Captain of the Lord's host as God. Joshua 5:14 reads And He said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto Him, What saith my Lord unto his servant? Jesus truly is the captain that Joshua witnessed proven by Hebrews 2:10 that says For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
As always, I've truly enjoyed writing today's bible study which I pray in Jesus name will bless you all with great peace and joy. Always feel free to email Brother Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob at Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till the next week, keep looking to your true friend Jesus and have a blessed day to all my friends in all the nations everywhere.