The genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the Son of David….
Jesus has a genealogical tree as many Israelites who attach great importance to it. They know their ancestors well. The family tree of Jesus goes back to Abraham and David. Jesus was God and man at the same time.
In the pedigree of Jesus 5 women are mentioned: Tamar, the daughter in law of Judas and mother of Perez, Rahab, the woman of Jericho, Ruth the Moabite, Batseba, the mother of Salomon and the original wife of the Hetiter Urija, and finally Maria who gave birth to Jesus.
The Bible does not put woman under man as often one has unfortunately misinterpreted. She is highly respected and esteemed by Jesus and His Father. God created man as male and female loving both in the same way. If He would not love the woman, you precious child of God would never have come into this world as a woman. He did so to make His creation perfect so that also the woman reflects His glory. How imperfect the world would be without the woman!
God, however, does not want females to be like men. He hates masculinization, as well as the battle of the sexes. The Gender theses are mere works of the enemy. As God respects man and woman alike all emancipatory efforts are totally superfluous.
Again, dear women, the Bible gives you the highest esteem! God had created you with the utmost love and gives you all His trust! There is no inferiority, only esteem and honor!
Yes, God`creation ist perfect! He does not want the mankind to be alone! Man and woman become one flesh. In His own image He created them.
How glorious our Lord is! Read the whole Bible which reported of many glorious deeds of brave and wise women in the power of the Lord besides those of men and of the churches in general.
Thank You, Jesus, You are great and wonderful! How strong and loving You appreciate the women! You give them their place in the Kingdom of God. Thank You for Your perfect creation, for Your love! I appreciate that all with adoration.
John the Baptist says:
I baptise you with water (as a sign) for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
If you look at this verse properly, it has a lot of importance for us. John was already a great preacher and servant of God. Jesus was much, much more. – John already had a lot for us, but Jesus has much, much more.
I’m afraid many have stopped at John. They love the rituals, they like to listen to sermons, they look at Jesus, the sacrificial lamb. But both John and Jesus always point out that there is more: Baptism of fire, assistance, consoler, fruits and gifts of the Spirit …. Do we even take this seriously?
I have just read an old book which proves that in all the times of church history and in all churches there were signs, miracles and the constant work of the Spirit. The present movements are not at all new, they have always existed. Signs and miracles have always happened in the name of Jesus, and are still exactly the same. Healings and other miracles happen through prayer in the name of Jesus; – just as it has always been.
I see myself and all the tired Christianity before me. What is missing? The fire is missing!
That is why my prayer for today is:
Lord Jesus, I want more of Your Spirit! It should penetrate me completely and take possession of me. I am tired of this tired, limp life. I want more! Lord, here I am, fill me with Your life and with the fire of the Spirit! Use me as You see fit! Yes, I belong to You, You are my Lord. AMEN.
Zacchaeus, come down immediately (from the tree)! I must stay at your house today.
Jesus Christ, in Luke 19, 5
Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. He knew what was waiting for him there. He had no haste, but also no fear. He trusted His Father and was safe and serene in Him. As He walked through Jericho, a huge crowd quickly gathered along the road. There in Jericho there was a small man, Zacchaeus. He suffered from his small growth. He felt expelled by his fellow men, who constantly teased him. So he became a thief, suffered from corruption and became very, very rich. Yet the people mocked him. Zacchaeus desperately wanted to see Jesus. He had already heard so much about Him! He knew that one of his disciples had also been a customs collector, a servant of the ruling power and certainly a corrupt fraud. He wanted to see Jesus, this friend of sinners. But the people blocked his way and his sight. They had such broad shoulders and could speak so intelligently …. he had no chance. Today he wanted to leave the devout alone. Then he came up with an idea, ran ahead of the train and climbed a tree along the way to at least see Jesus. When Jesus came to this place, He stopped. Something moved Him; – yes, the Spirit of God talked to Him. He looked around and then searched the tree and discovered Zacchaeus. Hey, Zacchaeus! I am looking for you! Come down quickly from the tree, for I must be your guest today! – This, of course, outraged the saints who expected Jesus to give them recognition and respect. And now He takes care of such a villain! Well, that can’t be a prophet if He doesn’t know what kind of guy that is! – But Zacchaeus climbed from the tree in no time. He no longer cared for the hypocrites and took Jesus by the hand and pulled Him to his house. Finally a guest who didn’t want to do “business”! He was very excited and quickly gave instructions for a good meal. People were outraged. He has come to a sinner! Such a “prophet”! Surely He could choose something better! No, a friend of sinners ….. perhaps He is of the same kind, a deceiver and liar? Who knows! – so the people talked. But Zacchaeus was happy. He looked into Jesus’ eyes, and he recognized Jesus’ heart: full of love and mercy, a true God. Jesus’ gaze penetrated him, and he saw himself as he was: a deceiver. But he also saw the love and encouragement of Jesus; he noticed that Jesus said yes to him, little Zacchaeus. He placed his deepest trust in Him and decided not to disappoint this Lord any more. So he said, “Lord Jesus, I give half my wealth to the poor who need it. And if I have betrayed any man, I will refund him fourfold! I don’t want to go on living like this! – Then the LORD looked at him again and saw the seriousness of Zacchaeus. Yes, Jesus thought, he has become a child of God. He said loudly to Zacchaeus, so that everyone could hear it: Today salvation has been given to this house because this man is also a son of Abraham. The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) has come to seek and save what is lost!
O Jesus, thank You for seeking me out, for finding me and redeeming me!
The Lord, the King of Israel is with you!
Never again you will fear any harm…
Do not fear Zion!
Do not let your hands hang limb.
The Lord, your God , is with you,
the mighty Warrior who saves!
Zephaniah 3: 15ff
What kind of image you have of God? An old man with a long beard who always smiles benevolently no matter what we do, who seems to be happy when we go to church on Sunday but do any nonsense during the week.? This is not God, definitely not!
He is the Lord of Lords who wants all our love and attention. He is the Lord who does miracles, a strong Ruler, who defeated and drowned the army of Egypt, who saved His people, the city of Jerusalem, who rescued Jonah in the mouth of the whale. He is a powerful, almighty God who takes care of our concerns, big and small. He is worried about our welfare.
Do you remember the story where Jesus stopped the storm with one word, or where He freed the Gerasener from demons who then invaded into the 5000 pigs. On the Cross He looked at us forgiving and rose again in power und Glory. He is so omnipotend, strong and invincible. He created the earth in 6 days by His word alone. This God is in our midst! We enjoy His protection when we worship Him in community. We should not be like the people of Nazareth who hindered God`s work because of their unbelief.
Yes, God in His omnipotence protects and cares for His own and is watching them. He has promised help especially to the weakest and poorest. How strong the enemy, the destroyer may be, God is stronger! We may trust Him!
So we believe in a powerful God, victorious in every battle, and feel fully secure. He never forgets nor forsakes us! He wants to give the best to us, hears us when we call Him. He watches over our life, leads us on the right path. The enemy is defeated! Yes, He is the God who loves us. He is in our midst
Thank You, Jesus! You are the Son of God, sitting at the right side of Your Father, the Almighty. Everything is possible to You and You like to care for me. You are always present and look after me. You do not leave me alone. You are my shield! Thank You for Your love..
The poor will eat as much as they want;
those who come to the Lord will praise him.
May they prosper forever!
Psalms 22, 26
God sees the hunger and hardships in this world very particular. And it is not irrelevant for Him! And He never says: You themselves are to blame.
He is the helper and savior, and also from the greatest hardship He saves His friends. Who trusts in the Lord, will never be left from Him. It may be that the rescue does not always come immediately, but that we have to wait and almost despair. But He has promised: I’m there, even in the greatest distress, and I’ll save you!
Jesus himself was in greatest distress. Psalm 22 describes it very well and aptly how much our Lord suffered on the cross. And yet God has saved! He defeated even death to redeem Jesus and us. Since our current issue will be to solve for Him.
If we have found that security in Jesus, then our heart will revive forever. Then we can remain calm and quiet, even in big trouble. For He is at our side!
When we see the salvation that He has already done previously, we will praise Him, and trust Him that He will solve the need of today. Praise and thanksgiving expels the dark night of despair, of unbelief and restlessness! Praise and prices revive our heart, for we see the right perspective: God is the Lord and has the final word!
This is God’s goal with us: To revive our heart forever.
Thank You, Jesus, Your promises are not empty words, but the truth! You yourself make Your word come true, You want to save me from all distress. I can trust You limitless, for You are the Lord over all. You have the final word. You love Your children and do everything for them.
You are my shepherd, I have everything I need. You let me rest in fields of green grass and lead me to quiet pools of fresh water. You give me new strength. You guide me in the right paths, as You have promised. Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for You are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me. You prepare a banquet for me, where all my enemies can see me; You welcome me as an honored guest and fill my cup to the brim. I know that Your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and Your house will be my home as long as I live. (Psalms 23)
God, examine me and know my mind.
Test me and know all my worries.
Make sure that I am not going the wrong way.
Lead me on the path that has always been right.
Psalms 139, 23f
Some people think, that God has a perfect plan for their life. But if they decide wrong, they have to make many detours to reach their goal, or sometimes even the whole plan doesn’t work. Some have missed the “super plan” and have to be content with plan B. And some are so incompetent that they already try to fulfill “plan Z”. No, there is a lapse of thought! God has a goal for you, and also a way how to get there. Don’t fear! He is the Lord of lords, He will lead you to the goal, even if you can’t believe it yet.
There are many people who God has appointed to a special task. But they didn’t want; Other things were more important to them. God says: I have forgiven you, and now forgive yourself! Don’t look back melancholy, but look ahead! Give me your heart and your skills, we want to lay hands about the things together. I am the Almighty Lord and I want to create something wonderful from your current life. With me your present life may flourish!
There are people who found Jesus very late. He tells them: Just as your life is, it is right. I want to use you in this place. I will bless you and you shall be a blessing! Yes, I hold you in my hand! Just walk on my ways and don’t move back again!
God has prepared a way for us. This path directly leads to His heart, in a very close communion with Him. Some things appear to us like a detour, somehow unnecessary. But God wipes off all the burden from our heart. Everyone has his own way, but He Himself is the goal. Yes, in the end we will be united with Him!
Jesus, how good, that you watch over my ways! How good, that you always keep track! Yes, with you, on your hand, I can easily and carefree go through life. You are my sun and my shield!
See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are!
1 John 3, 1
Many call themselves children of God, but they are not. Although everything seems to be all right, they realize themselves that there is something shady about it: Between them and God is a distance. He is not their personal and warmly father; – And they are not His children.
It is not to condemn anyone. Because we can never know exactly how it looks in the other’s heart. It’s about the help to be a true child of God, or to become. Many religions seek God and offer ways to Him. But it always is very difficult to find the benevolence of God. However, our Father, Jesus Christ just loves us. He is our Creator! And He wants more: He wants us to be His real children! Not only in name we are to be “Christians”, but with all our heart!
He will dwell in our hearts with all His love and wants to be father and king there. We want to invite Him into our hearts and let Him rule. He should throw out everything that does not honor Him, all falsity, dishonesty, untruthfulness, lying and deception, loose-packed words, selfishness and pride. We want His spirit of humility, charity, compassion, patience and love. We want to belong to Him entirely and trust Him completely. Then His peace will fill our hearts and we will remember: He the Father loves us!
Thank you, Father for giving me Your love; – I don’t need to elaborate it. I am Your child! And this I do not deserve as well, but it is Your choice. Father, how much do You love me, when You have chosen me! I can not understand that You really want me, but I will accept it in faith, for Jesus has said it.
I let myself be found by those who did not seek me; I revealed those who did not ask for me. About Israel but he says: All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinant people.
Romans 10: 20f.
Have our people God wanted or asked for God? No, but missionaries brought the Gospel and some took it on willingly. God himself revealed himself and could be found.
And we, were we looking for him and asking for him? Many probably not. Yet God revealed Himself and could be found. As we are of course happy!
And what about the many people who live without a relationship with God that actually do not know God at all? He promises: I will let them find me and reveal myself. But it not happen, if nobody tells them who God is and what the path to God is.
God wants to encourage us to show others the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone has their own method and ability to it to tell others. At the end of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus promises: “And they went forth and preached everywhere. . While the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that happened “.
Lydia, a woman from Philippi, heard the gospel of Paul and The Lord opened her heart she found the Lord, he revealed himself to her.. (Acts 16, 14).
So it’s a lot more to God than to us if we continue to share the gospel. He can open their heart, he can be found and reveal himself. How should we reveal God to people? We can only proclaim, the real work has to do God. But we can help him much, as we have a good relationship with Jesus, living and speak well of him, which is a good report. And we must pray expectantly, because he wants to find other people and to show them. Cheer !! God wants to be found! He stretches out his hand to people who do not yet know Him!
And we ourselves? Are we in God’s hands, in good contact with Him? Or He stretch out his hands in vain for us and are we stubborn, rebellious and disobedient? How many blessings are lost on us if we have God only in our mouth and otherwise go our separate ways!
Thank you, Jesus, I found you! That was certainly not my merit. No, you have loved me so much that you showed me yourself. And when I saw your love, I said yes. Give me hope for other people who do not know you!
Only in God do I find rest;
my salvation comes from him.
Only God is my rock and my salvation –
my stronghold! – I won’t be shaken anymore.
Psalms 62, 1f
A few days ago we were at a festival. Many people were there and crowded around the market stalls. But before one was a long queue of serious-looking people. I looked into the little tent and saw a woman who was predicting their future by reading the people’s hands. Oh, I thought, that’s terrible!
So it is when people do not know the living God. They are looking for security when they are in serious circumstances. They have urgent questions that need answers. But to whom should they turn? The psychologists, fortune-tellers, dream interpreters and horoscope writers have much to do! It is bad when people get involved with the devil through fortune-telling, interpreting dreams or horoscopes; – Because they actually ask him. Actually there is no man who can know what will happen tomorrow. But the enemy can tell us what has been shown to him from the future. And so the people turn to him instead of to the living God. So where are the Christians who have the answer?!
A man went to the fortune-teller who told him many details of what will happen in the future. Then, as really everything gradually got fulfilled, the man got scared. He sought God and found Jesus. There he broke down using these bindings and since then no more prophecy was fulfilled. Jesus is the Lord of life, the ways of the enemy bring fear, misery and despair.
God wants us to live our lives trusting in His mercy. He wants to be our rock on which we stand safely. He wants to carry us, today, tomorrow, and always. From His hand we can accept our fate, for it is a hand of love. He keeps me, so I shall not be shaken. From Him my help comes from, not from the enemy, who just wants to harm me.
Thank You, Jesus, with You I am safe! You know every day that once will come, and You’ll be with me every day. I can confidently look into the future, because You’re there! You are my rock and my strong castle, my dear helper and loyal friend! How great that I have You and so do not need any divination! You’re my future!
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
It is amazing how much some people want to constrict Jesus Christ. He is allowed to do this but not that. They refer to the Bible. But basically they want to limit Jesus to what is possible in their minds.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and for all eternity. What He did when He was on earth is not impossible for Him today. He is still healing the blind and the lame, exorcising demons and saving the lost. He is still the friend of sinners and has mercy on them.
When the earth was still desolate and empty, who would have had enough imagination to imagine what God wanted to create? – No one could have imagined paradise.
When Jesus was on earth, would there have been people who had enough imagination to know everything He could do? – No. Again and again people were amazed and frightened by Jesus’ authority over storms, sin, sickness, demons and death. It was as if a new time was dawning. And that is true: With Jesus God came into the world and with Him His whole glory, salvation, peace, joy and boundless love. With Jesus came redemption from all that tormented us. Hallelujah! A new time, a time of redemption is here!
Even today, theologians still want to explain to us all Jesus cannot do. But they are mistaken. They do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. In any case, we do not want to restrict God and Jesus, but trust Him to do everything. The blind should see, the lame should jump and the bound should become free, sins should be forgiven and forgotten and the joyful gospel should be preached everywhere.
Our view of the world is wrong. We think we are here and God is somehow somewhere else. He becomes the counterpart, He is not a part of this world.
But the Bible says that God permeates everything. There are not two worlds, earth and heaven. He is always there, directly with us, He intervenes constantly and always. He is there, Helper and Saviour, is not only beside us, but in us, closer than the air we breathe. Let us trust Him more!
Oh, Jesus, how good that You are so close to me! How good that You penetrate my thinking, feeling and my body, that You explore and turn everything to good. Lord, I trust You, I trust You with everything, I want to see Your glory!