Introducing Jesus

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3640995 – Jacob D The Father in heaven first introduced his Son to the earth with God-sized Birthday Gifts. He sent angel Gabriel to tell Mary the name of her coming Son and that his Father would be in heaven. A moving star guided wise men to the child, an angel chorus sang a birth announcement to shepherds and dream after dream to Joseph protected the one and only begotten Son of God. What an INTRODUCTION!

The Bible has much more information about this Jesus. Let us ORBIT AROUND HIM again and again and acquaint ourselves with this commanding figure.

Orbit 1 = The Conclusion of One of the Inner Circle of Jesus. After Peter had followed Jesus two years, he said, “YOU are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” Matt 16:16-17. Peter did not make this statement without investigation. He had seen and heard Jesus do many miracles and fulfill prophecies. But Jesus taught him that he was enabled to believe by the Father in heaven for “No one comes to Jesus unless the Father draws him.” John 6:44. So a partnership with God involves God AND you at the beginning of your relationship and as long as it continues. What a PRIVILEGE! To partner with the Almighty. ?Do you wish to partner with God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit?______________

Orbit 2 = The Pain of Being Close to the LIGHT of the WORLD. Why did Peter beg Jesus to leave him? Jesus was not angry with him but had just given him such a huge catch of fish that he and his companions were astonished. This big WOW caused Peter to be aware that he was a sinful man and this made a big OUCH in his soul. But Jesus did not leave. Instead he predicted, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” Lk 5:10. ? = Will you admit that your sin has humbled you?_______________

Orbit 3 = Jesus’ full glory paralyzed people. When Jesus walked on the water, Peter and others thought it was a ghost and cried out…Mk 6:49. When the inner circle, Peter, James and John, saw Jesus glow with bright, bright light “they were exceedingly afraid.” Mk 9:6 The people of Israel had begged God to come in a person like Moses: “Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, or see this great fire any more, lest I die.” Deut 18:16 So God left monotheism because the people asked him to change. So he sent Jesus veiled in human flesh but the glory of God still burst forth some times. Hallelujah! ? Has Jesus withheld his glory from you? Did he ever frighten you?_________ ? He wants to commune with you? Have you opened your door to him?______

Orbit 4 = John the Baptist preached, “Behold the LAMB OF GOD.” Jn 1:29. The fig leaves of Adam and Eve were not sufficient to cover the sin of thinking more of self than of God, so God covered them with skins. He knew that hundreds of years hence, humans would shed his own Son’s blood. That’s how sin would harden hearts. All the lambs that men offered down through the ages would point to this ultimate sacrifice of the LAMB OF GOD who takes away the sin of the world. If you feel the need to offer a blood sacrifice today, you slap God in the face. He has provided a once-for-all solution. Jesus has now become the RANSOM for many. Mk 10:45. What a great God. He is Creator and then he stoops to help us again as our REDEEMER. What an eternal gift! ? = Did Jesus have to die to show us how to obey the Father? Jn 14:31

Did Jesus die to show us how much he loved us? Jn 3:16

Do Jesus’ nail-pierced hands help God forgive us today?________________

Orbit 5 = Jesus proved his power to FORGIVE SINS.

Jesus spoke “Your sins are forgiven.” When some came for healing of body, he would first forgive his sins. Some thought he blasphemed, so one day he asked: “Which is easier, to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—-he said to the paralytic—-“I say to you, rise, take up the pallet and go home.” And HE ROSE! Mk 2:9-12. Jesus himself paid the PENALTY of sin by dying on the cross. The victory of obedience to God enables us to stop the PRACTICE of sin as we obey Jesus. And some day, heaven will bar the PRESENCE of sin. Oh, what perfect peace! ? = Do you know of any other world leader who has proved the power to forgive

sins?_______________

Orbit 6 = Jesus said He is I AM and accepted worship.

The high priest asked Jesus, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Mk 14:62 Also in John 8:58, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” You must choose: Either Jesus is God or a liar. Jesus left a trail of signs and wonders and people worshiped him and he never rebuked them for it. After Jesus healed a blind man, he worshiped Jesus. After Jesus walked on the water, the disciples worshiped him. When the disciples saw the risen Jesus, they worshiped him. This was not so when men wanted to worship Peter. He said, “Stand up, I too am a man.” Acts 10:26. When John wanted to worship an angel, he said,”Do it not. Worship God.” Rev 22:9. ? = Do you love Jesus?_____________________________________ ? = Is Jesus worthy of your worship?___________________________ ? = Is Jesus GOD?________________________________________

Orbit 7 = Hear the Voice from Heaven Bless Jesus. Mk 1:11. When Jesus was baptized, he heard, “This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” And when Jesus was transfigured in front of Peter, James and John, they heard, “This is my Beloved Son; listen to him.” Mk 9:1-8. ? = Will you follow Mary’s words also: “Do whatever HE tells you.” Jn 2:5. ? = Did you know that Jesus is very very sad because so few believe the words

he spoke to us? In a Vision, he told this to some boys in China in the 1900’s.

VISIONS BEYOND THE VEIL by H.A.Baker

ISBN 0-88368-019-X. 1973.

Orbit 8 = Jesus Christ is Feared and Obeyed by Unclean Spirits. An Unclean spirit cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” Mk 1:24-27. Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and sent him out of the man. And Jesus was obeyed! Jesus did not wish this spirit to witness about him because he knew his chief, the Devil, is a liar. Being friends with foes will ruin the Kingdom of God. Jesus will not destroy evil spirits but will finally send them to hell, the jail God has prepared for the Devil and his angels. Matt 25:41. ? = Do you value the protection from evil forces?_______________________ ? = Satan lies to his followers that no one is stronger than he is. But one day

some Satanists went to kill some believers and were knocked flat on the

ground by angels of God. Then one of God’s angels spoke: “Why do you serve Satan. He wants to destroy you. Give your life to Jesus. He died for you.” She did finally, but found it hard to give up power that Satan gave her over others. She came to Christ while she was continually going to the hospital–40 times. The Devil nearly did destroy her. So why will Satan be released again after the thousand year reign? How else will believers show their firm trust in God if they never are tested?

Orbit 9 = See Jesus as the King of the Unshakeable Kingdom of God. Heb 12:28. Because Jesus is on King David’s throne [Lk 1:32] some preachers teach that Jesus’ kingdom has physical boundaries also. But again and again, Jesus taught that his kingdom was not of this world. [Jn 18:36] He showed its concern with the spirit world by casting out demons, The territory of the inner person is what Jesus claimed. He cast out demons not Roman soldiers. After all, he created us and does not wish for foreign domination. Sometimes it appears that the Righteous are losing. Jesus had 144,000 angels at his command but did not call them to stop his unjust cross. He endured his cross because the Divine Plan was set out and he followed the Father’s will. The OUCH of the cross was accepted because of the hope of the WOW of the Resurrecton and Ascension to Glory. Our one-quart minds can hardly accept such ten-gallon experiences, but we have the choice of which king to follow. Jesus revealed to John that “the kingdom of the world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.” Rev 11:15. But until the final Judgment Day, Jesus must use physical words to describe spirit-world realities. He said he was the Door and the disciples thought my house door; He said Water and they thought the thirst of my flesh; He said “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees ” and they thought bread for the stomach. Mk 8:15-21. So as teachers of this Kingdom, we must study Jesus stories and realize that even he could not win all hard hearts. Jesus knows we need help and he gives it. ? = Are you a member of the universal Body of Christ?__________________ ? = Who is your King of kings?_____________________________________

Orbit 10 = Jesus said, “You MUST be born again, fathered by the Holy Spirit.” This the help that Jesus sends. His commands so demanding—-You MUST forgive; You MUST be perfect in love which means loving even your enemies; Go as sheep among wolves; Rejoice always; Endure to the end….—– that they can not be accomplished unless we become new creations in Christ Jesus. So how does this happen? In hundreds of different mysterious ways. Ask God for what you really want. Read John 3 and discuss it with someone and pray for wisdom. Watch your life for new loves and habits being born. Look for Holy Spirit fruit in your experiences. Galatians 5:18-26. Please invite Jesus to master your will today. Too many people come to the very end of their human resources—-like Gert Behanna, they do suicide after three failed marriages—-before they are willing to allow Jesus to direct their lives. But even then, Jesus raised her from her death bed and she gave a powerful testimony in her book, THE LATE LIZ. ? = Would three people who know you well, say that you are born again?______

Orbit 11 = Jesus Commands Us like a King Does. Jesus says, “You are my friends, if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.” Jn 15:14. These are not mere suggestions. DO the Great Commandment = Love God with all…Mk 12:29-31. Do the Great Commission = Make Disciples…Matt 28:19, 20. Repent and believe the Gospel; Inherit the earth; Bind and Loose; Take up your cross daily; Be salt and light; Fear not those who can kill only your body, but fear him who can destroy your body and soul in hell; Remember my broken body;Be not troubled; Endure to the end; Follow me! ? = Do you receive these commands gratefully as guidance towards LIFE?_____

Orbit 12 = Notice the Creativity in Various Healings. Jesus healed blind men in many different ways. He healed two blind men when they declared their faith in his ability to heal them. Then he touched their eyes. The next time he healed, no actions are recorded. The third time he spit on their eyes and put his hands on him — twice. The fourth healing, Jesus spit on the ground and made some mud with saliva and put it on the man’s eyes, and said, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam.” The fifth time he healed blind Bartimaeus by speech only: “Go, your faith has healed you.” Can you see these six men starting new churches? One calls his the Church of the Touch; Another is The Spitters; Another emphasizes water = The Church of Pools; And Bartimaeus begins The Church of the Word.

May we never dictate to each other HOW the Holy Spirit must enter our lives. God moves in mysterious ways to confirm his presence in persons. He will not be boxed and delivered to everyone the same way. All kinds of Christians have had all kinds of experiences in baptism, dreams and visions, voices in the room or car or the gift of a new language. Jesus once said what I think fits here: “What is that to you? You follow me!” Jn 21:22. ? = Do you have assurance that you are a Child of God? Jn 1:12._________ ? = Have you demanded that God must work a certain way in your life?____

Orbit 13 = Will the Hubble Telescope Hobble Our Speedy Jesus? Some scientist are teaching that billions of years were necessary to create our universe. When Jesus cleansed the leper, or calmed the wind and the sea or raised a dead 12-year-old girl, he did it IMMEDIATELY. John 1:3 teaches that Jesus created everything. And the Ten Commandments state he did it in six days. In this literal law literature, the length of day is defined by our sabbath day. Ex 20:11. How did Moses know such a fact? Ex 34:28 states that the Lord showed Moses many things during forty days and forty nights. Does the scientist you are following have the miracles behind him to match Moses? Will you treasure the revelations of God? One scientist has written to this effect: “When science has scaled the last frontier and pulls itself up over the final craggy summit, it will find a band of theologians discussing the revelations of God.” Interpreting the givens is a task in which our loves [hearts] direct our minds. May God be merciful to us all! ? = Do you believe Exodus 20:11?_______________________________

Orbit 14 = Jesus is the Force that holds every ATOM together. Colossians 1:17. A scientist taught me to claim Col. 1:17 as the answer to why each atom does not explode. It should because at the center of every atom, the protons are all positive. They should repel each other but there is a force that holds them together which science cannot name. The Bible may have the answer. Job 34:14 states, “If he should take back his spirit to himself and gather to himself his breath, all flesh would perish together.” And Hebrews 1:3 explains that Jesus is “upholding the universe by his word of power.” If Jesus were to release every atom by a word, II Peter 3:10 would happen: “The heavens will pass away with a loud noise and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” ? = Does your explanation of the end of the world ignore these scriptures?__ ? = What are you teaching your children and grandchildren?_______________

Orbit 15 = Jesus had to Fulfill Many Prophecies in order to be THE MESSIAH. When I look at some Old Testament prophecies which are claimed to be fulfilled by Jesus’ actions, some of them do not seem to fit well. This is the way I think today. The important thing is that it impressed the people of Jesus’ day and the way they interpreted scripture. Jesus lived to fulfill Scripture: At his garden capture, he said, “Let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” Mk 14:49 The following are some fulfillments: 1] A virgin is to bear a son = Jesus. 2] He will be born in Bethlehem. 3] Gentiles will hope in Jesus. 4] Jewish leaders will reject Jesus. 5] His bones will not be broken. 6] He will be buried in a rich man’s tomb. 7] He will rise from the dead the third day after his death. There are hundreds more if you want to research them. ? = Will you live to fulfill scripture? “You are the Light of the World.” Are you?___

Orbit 16 = Jesus Promises are Trustworthy because of his Character. 1] He who believes in the Son has eternal life. 2] The hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice, and come

forth…Jn 5:28-29. 3] The one who comes to me, I will not cast out. 4] If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. 5] I go to prepare a place for you. 6] Because I live, you will live also. 7] I am coming soon. ? = Are leaning on Jesus’ promises?_____________

Orbit 17 = Jesus Conquered Death. Jesus showed that there is Life after Life, not total silence. His Resurrection is such a great victory that I go to church every Lord’s Day to celebrate it. You, too? God showed that he could over-ride death in the lives of Enoch and Elijah. This may have been his Garden of Eden plan. Jesus’ death and resurrection is so special because it opens heaven to sinners if they will wear Jesus’ ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS which he earned by being totally obedient to the Father. Jesus’ resurrection shows the Father in heaven’s total approval of his BELOVED SON. What a glorious way to stun the fear of death in us. Jesus walked right through it, not around it, not over it but through it. Death is not the end. That is a lie. Jesus even taught that all people in the past “are alive to God.” Lk 20:38. ? = Do you have a proper fear of God, not death? Matt 10:28.____________

Orbit 18 = Jesus will be the Final Judge of the quick and the dead. Acts 10:42 Jesus is such an open and fair judge that he tells us beforehand the standards he will use on Judgment Day. We can prepare to meet our Creator. 1] HIS WORDS will judge us. Jn 12:48 2] YOUR OWN WORDS will judge you. Matt 12:37. 3] Our own DEEDS will judge us. Matt. 16:27 & 25:35-40. 4] Our BELIEF ABOUT JESUS. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life.”

Jn 3:36. The wrath of God abides on anyone who claims that it really was not

necessary to send Jesus to save us from our sins. God has judged that it was

very necessary so that we could dwell with a holy Father in heaven. ? = Do you accept these as helps for your day in Divine Court?___________

Orbit 19 = Jesus Offers These Gifts to Us Now! 1] His Holy Spirit to father us and guide us. 2] His shed blood to forgive and cleanse us from our sins. 3] His prayers of intercession for us at the throne of God. 4] An Unshakeable Kingdom of God 5] Kingdom gifts with strings attached = IF you forgive, then you will be forgiven.

If you want much, much will be required…

If you want eternal life, believe in the Son. 6] The Bible as a Lamp and Light 7] The Songs of the Church as a daily lift. 8] Testimonies of New Believers to woo us to Jesus. 9] Worship with Other Believers to Express Our Gratitude. 10] Services the Church Provides to Others. 11] The Peace of God Jn 14:27 12] Visits to Earth. Acts 7:56 & 9:4.

Orbit 20 = Grace in the Wrath of the Lamb. I follow THE LAMB OF GOD who will one day show that he is also THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH. He has promised the martyrs that he will avenge their murders. Rev 6:10-11. And he will do it with a word = the sword in his mouth. Rev 19:15. I remember this when I witness how the wrong seems oft so strong. I have faith that I know who will win in the end. He holds the key to the bottomless pit. Rev 20:1. So where is the grace in his wrath? It is in every day that he waits for one more sinner to repent and cling to Jesus. It is in the mercy he will extend to ones that offend him like Peter who was false to him before others and then Jesus seems to have disregarded his own principal = deny me before men and I will deny you before the Father in heaven = when he directs the angel to tell “and Peter” Mk 16:7. that he is to come meet Jesus again in Galilee after the resurrection. The grace comes to a thief on the cross who has deserved his cross but receives heaven merely because of his last-minute faith in Jesus. The heat of Sodom and Gomorrah was not applied to Lot and his family because Angels graced these cities with their presence. The wrath of the flood was tempered many months as Noah built the ark in front of all the world. It called very loudly for neighbors to decide if Noah was a true prophet. God himself had to shut the ark’s door on those who would not live by faith. They only wanted to climb aboard after they knew the outcome. ? = Will the fear of hell drive you to Jesus?_______________ ? = Can you see the mercy of God in your life?____________

Orbit 21 = Jesus Spent lots of Time in PRAYER.

Do you want to follow Jesus?

Pray pray pray pray pray pray.
Do you want to demonstrate that you live by faith?
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Do you want to draw close to Jesus and the Father in heaven?
Praypraypray. Do you want to enjoy prayer more?
Praypraypraypraypraypraypraypraypray.
Do you want to be a Friend of God?
Praypraypraypraypraypraypraypraypray.
Do you want to move from confrontation to conversation to communion?_____

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