The Book of John: Reading Between the Lines

I love the Book of John.  It’s the first book I read when I became a follower of Christ.  It paints a picture of Jesus in living color.  John was not only an eyewitness, he was also part of the inner circle.  Jesus regarded John so highly that when He was on the cross, He asked him to take care of his mother.  The Book of John also contains a mystery in the following verses:

Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples [after the Resurrection], which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name (John 20: 30-31 NASB).

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which were written (John 21: 25 NASB).

Luke, the only Gentile writer in the New Testament, wrote the Book of Luke and the Book of Acts.  (The latter is a continuation of the former.)  Luke begins Acts with a passage that illuminates the “mystery” in the Book of John.

The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom he had chosen.  To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.  And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1: 1-5 NASB).

Over forty days!  Jesus performed many convincing proofs over a forty day period between His Resurrection and Pentecost.  I would love to know what the other “signs” and “convincing proofs” were.  But in this season of miracles, I have no doubt that Jesus rose from the dead and offers eternal life to those who repent and accept Him as Lord and Savior.

 

 

Jesus the Healer

Sheryl Wright Stinchcum:

Marty’s story is a must-read for every Christian, and the timing is perfect. as this is the season of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

Originally posted on Walking in Faith:

Jesus the Healer

Today I am working in the store and the Holy Spirit is working overtime! Our God is so amazing!

As you all know my daughter has been diagnosed with Perthes Disease and I have been praying for healing for her. Although, I shared in a past blog that I allowed doubt to creep in. I believe God is strengthening my faith in healing. It has been on my mind more than ever.

So this afternoon this man walks into the store, with a cane. A man that comes into the store on occasion with his girlfriend. I believe he is 30 some. He usually walks with crutches after some type of foot injury. I asked immediately where his crutches were and expressed to him that I was just thinking of him and how he has had the crutches for so long. I was thinking I wonder if he has something…

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Mark Blitz Speaks on Jewish Voice Re: the 4 Blood Moons and the Biblical Calendar

 

About 7 minutes and 50 seconds into the video, Rabbi Jonathan Bernis (Jewish Voice) interviews Mark Blitz about the four blood moons, which occur consecutively on Passover and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) in 2014 and 2015.  This is the most comprehensive interview on the subject I have seen yet.

March 5, 2014

Sheryl Wright Stinchcum:

Excellent post differentiating between God’s commandments and man-made regulations.

Originally posted on Virtual Vitamins:

Deuteronomy 4:1-2 Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.

It strikes me strongly that it didn’t take the Israelites long to violate what Moses says here, because they added a great deal to what he said to them from the Lord. It was all couched as “interpretation,” but it effectively amounted to a mountain of regulations that, as Peter said much later, “neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear.” (Acts 15:10) The purpose of God’s rules and regulations is always our good, to keep us from…

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Worship and learn more about the four blood moons falling on the feast days beginning with Passover 2014.

Was Jesus Crucified on Good Friday?

JONAH AND JESUS

And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights (Jonah 1: 17, NASB).

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12: 40, NIV)

If Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Sunday, He was not in the tomb three days and three nights.  So when was Jesus crucified?

BACK TO LEVITICUS

The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, according to Exodus 20: 8.  In addition to the weekly Sabbath, seven Sabbaths fall within the feast days listed in Leviticus 23: 1-44, and they often occur on weekdays.  In the Feast of Unleavened Bread alone, you will find two of these “special” Sabbaths.  Read on.

” ‘The LORD’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.  On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD’s Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread without yeast.  *ON THE FIRST DAY HOLD A SACRED ASSEMBLY AND DO NO REGULAR WORK.  For seven days present an offering made to the LORD by fire.  AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY HOLD A SACRED ASSEMBLY AND DO NO REGULAR WORK’ “ (Leviticus 23: 5-8, NIV).  [I added all caps for emphasis.]

If Jesus was crucified on Wednesday (Passover) and buried before sundown, He was in the grave Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and rose from the dead on the first day of the week before sunrise.  Thus, He was in the grave three days and three nights.

24 HOUR DAZE

Keep in mind that a day on the Hebrew calendar is from sundown to sundown.  Why?  According to Genesis 1: 5, God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”  And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.

If you didn’t learn this in Sunday school, you’re not alone.  Neither did I.  I once heard a devout Christian say, “Leviticus makes me sick.”  Isn’t that sad?  I don’t blame her for saying that.  The truth is that Christians have been conditioned to pay lip service to the Old Testament while ignoring many of its teachings.  Understanding Leviticus is essential to understanding God’s timeline and calendar. He goes by the Hebrew calendar not the Gregorian calendar. His feast days are define appointments.

* The first and the seventh day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread are Sabbaths.  If the Passover fell on a Wednesday that year, then the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread began at sundown Wednesday.  In between the first day and the seventh day of the Feast was the weekly Sabbath (Friday at sundown through Saturday at  sundown.)  That’s adds up to three Sabbaths during the week of Passover.

For more information about the Resurrection, see “Easter, Eostre, Resurrection Sunday.”

Revive Us Again

“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine throughout the land–not a famine of food or thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.  Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD. but they will not find it” (Amos 8: 11-12 NIV)

Context:  Amos was prophesying  before Israel was captured by the Assyrians.  Is there a famine of hearing the words of the LORD today?  Pray for revival.