Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011 February 3 - Morning Manna

Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
(Acts 2:22-38).

Today's Morsel: The martyred Apostles were not afraid to share the truth about Jesus.  They knew that they had been chosen to share the truth of the Messiah that many had long for and desired to see.  Jesus had told them to go into all the world and to preach the gospel.  On the Day of Pentecost, Peter began to preach and to teach about Jesus.  Stephen was willing to teach them by taking them all the way back to the book of Genesis and walking them through to Christ (Acts 7).  After his conversion, the Apostle Paul said, " I have made known to you all the counsel of God." He further stated, "And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:1-2).  They wanted the people to know that it wasn't about them, but that it was all about Jesus Christ.  The story of the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, must be spoken by all born again believers.  It is the gospel that will make men free.  Paul said that some have not the knowledge of Christ and I speak that to your shame (1 Corinthians 15:34). Until people have a knowledge of Jesus, their lives will remain in a dim and be a foggy mess.  Light will always show them the way.

Sing:  Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word, tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard; tell how the angels in chorus, sang as they welcomed His birth, glory to God in the highest! Peace and good tidings to earth.

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