Monday, February 15, 2016
Blessed Thoughts About Jesus
Today, we will discuss several blessed thoughts about our Lord Jesus. First, remember that only in Jesus are we complete and fully blessed. Don't allow anything to sidetrack you from the complete blessings in our Lord Jesus. Pictured above, we see that Colossians 2:9 says For in Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him (Jesus), which is the head of all principality and power. Right now receive a complete blessing and make Jesus God of your life, believing Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again. Repent and turn from your sins to live every day with our Lord Jesus and be saved.
Note that the supreme experience is to get past all lesser experiences to Jesus Himself. Most people stop short of the Giver Jesus because they are forever seeking this or that gift. Many a saint can testify to years of being occupied with this doctrine or that, this blessing and that, but coming one day into a larger place of resting in Jesus Himself, finding in Jesus their reward and portion. Anything short of Jesus is fractional, immature, and incomplete.
We are complete in Jesus only, not in any experience or favorite doctrine. Jesus is the experience that excels all experiences because Jesus includes them all. The whole is greater than any of the parts. Don't allow anything to remove your focus from Jesus, the cross, and the blood of Jesus daily. Daily say I am crucified with Christ and covered by the blood of Jesus. Let the devil know daily the blood of Jesus has overcome you, evil must pass over me, and my sins are cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Jesus said at Luke 9:23 If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Pictured above, we see yet another scripture saying that with Jesus alone we have everything we need and a complete blessing. 1 Corinthians 3:21 tells us Therefore let no man glory in men; for all things are yours. Whether Paul, or Apolos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present or things to come, all are yours, And ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's. Whatever is lost in this world, if we have Jesus, in Jesus we have everything. All things are ours, and we are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
Getting through to Jesus is simply arriving at the blessed point where we rest in the Blesser Jesus and not in any lesser blessing. Instead of majoring on the gift, major on the Giver Jesus; instead of majoring on the blessing, major on the Blesser Jesus. Accept Jesus as your God today and receive rest for Jesus promised at Matthew 11:28 Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. All Jesus asks is that we come to Him and Jesus guarantees that He will not cast us out saying at John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me, and Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.
Next, let's learn how our Lord Jesus encouraged saints to be servants and wash one another's feet. The picture above is found at John 13:3 and says Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands and that He was come from God, and went to God, began to wash the disciples' feet. Wow, even though Jesus owned everything, Jesus humbled Himself and washed the disciples' feet. Instead of magnificence, Jesus chose meniality; Instead of sublimity (defined as excellence, grandeur, and beauty), Jesus chose service.
Jesus went on to say at John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. Jesus promised happiness to saints choosing to be servants saying at John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. But most people come to church to sit instead of going out to serve. Instead of being nominal disciples who only agree with the theories stated by Jesus, let's become servants and care about the needs of our fellow saints. Jesus spoke a lot about being a servant; Just look in any concordance and see how many columns it takes to list all the serve, servant, and service references.
For our next blessed thought about Jesus, Brother Bob asks all my friends everywhere Is Jesus your salvation and strength, or just a song? Many singers sing with plenty of art but a lack of heart. Their songs lack the presence of our Lord Jesus. Isaiah 12:2 encourages singers to remember Jesus as God as they sing their songs saying Behold God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. Not just a song; but a Saviour and a song.
After Jesus lifted us out of the miry clay and put our feet on the Rock Jesus, then he also put a song in our mouth. Psalm 40:2 tells us He (Jesus) brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God, many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. This scripture says to sing about how the Lord Jesus saved our lives to be effective witnesses and save souls for our Lord Jesus. Remember, not just a song; but a Saviour and a song.
For our last thought today we see Joshua pictured above wondering if the Lord Jesus had any more blessings for him during his old age. The bible says at Joshua 13:1 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years and the Lord Jesus said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.
God didn't tell Joshua to throw in the towel but encouraged him that there was more blessings beyond. God didn't say ne plus ultra (no more beyond) which was a warning on the pillars of Hercules to sailors and mariners to not sail from Spain or Portugal to America. Christopher Columbus ignored ne plus ultra and sailed from Portugal and Spain to discover the more beyond called America. Because Columbus left behind him the gray Azores (mountains of Portugal) and the gates of Hercules, many Americans today are living on the more beyond today.
And saints everywhere, there lies many more blessings beyond for us all in new heavens, a new earth and a kingdom. Let's all be like Christopher Columbus and ignore the ne plus ultra on the gates of Hercules as we all say On, Sail On, Sail On to our blessings beyond in the new heavens, new earth, and kingdom. Be encouraged because God says at Isaiah 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. Also 2 Peter 3:13 says Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
As always, it is a blessing to write these bible studies. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Until we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day.