Thursday, April 28, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 April 28

And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way, And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. (Luke 4:28-32)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things I find out about Jesus is that if you don’t want Him, He’s not going to force Himself on you.  Like today's passages, so many people have been witness to God’s love, mercy and grace, but also like today’s passage they have rejected them.  Solomon said, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).  When Jesus is continually rejected by a person, pretty soon that person’s life is going to feel the pressures of life and have no one to help.  When Jesus came to the earth, He said that part of His mission was, “To preach the gospel to the poor; heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).  He cut short this scripture and did not conclude with the words, “and the day of vengeance of our God” as was recorded in Isaiah 61:2.  This will be implemented when He returns to judge the world.  But while He was here on earth, His mission was to reconcile us back to Himself.  Believe me, Jesus will walk away if you reject Him.  He told the religious leaders, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).  Jesus is no respecter of persons.  Welcome Him while He is near.

Sing:  Oh my brother are you ready for the call?  To crown your Savior, King and Lord of all?  The kingdoms of this world, shall soon before Him fall, we shall see the King when He comes.

Thought For Today: Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, I will repay.

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