Tuesday, September 27, 2016

GREAT JOY

Today’s Reading: Luke 24

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This is the entrance of the Garden Tomb, where the body of Jesus may have been laid. Over 2,000 years ago, this large trough was carved from the rock so that a huge stone could be rolled in front of the doorway.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Luke 24:52

And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy…

 

There are many, many proofs of the truth of the resurrection. Those who believed numbered in the thousands in Jerusalem. Approximately 3,000 people believed on Him on the Day of Pentecost (most of these were pilgrims from Galilee and elsewhere) and some 5,000 (mainly from Jerusalem) saw the lame man healed and responded to Peter’s message in the courtyard of the Temple (Acts 3:1-26 and 4:1-4). These counts referred to the men, then add in their families, and you have a huge number of witnesses! Later, in Acts 6:7, we read that “the number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.” It has been estimated that when the authorities began to persecute the followers of Jesus, at least half the population of Jerusalem were believers in Him. If thousands of people were lying, the authorities would have been all over them. But there is no record of a contradiction in the minutes of the Sanhedrin, known as the Mishna. No one could ever tell me that Jesus simply swooned and escaped the city or was substituted by someone else, as Muslims believe, or that His body was removed from the tomb as a cover up, as the High Priest’s office claimed. These “great joy” people were Jews who worshipped Jesus as God! This all happened within a few months of Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension. If we aren’t rejoicing too, let us check our pulses to see if we’re still alive!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I pray that today and every day I’ll be a “great rejoicing person.” This kind of joy in believing will result in believers being multiplied in my community and in my Church. I love You Jesus! Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

The most marked up, finger-printed page in my Bible is page 1256, Hebrews 12:1-3. If I ever become weary or discouraged, here’s where I go. I could just ask you to look it up, but it’s so important to me that I’ll type verses 2 & 3: “Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him Who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest You become weary or discouraged in your souls.” Once again, as I type this blog, I am considering Him. I cannot help myself. I’m filled with “great rejoicing.”

Yours for every weary and discouraged person,

David

12 thoughts on “Tuesday, September 27, 2016

  1. Amen My peace I give unto you, as Jesus says, when we are feeling those discouraged feelings look up and get close to the people who are your friends in Jesus.

  2. Pastor David, I for one cannot be discouraged by what you have written today. Praise God Almighty for this blog and for you, even though in hospital you still give words that encourage us. Bless you, your family and all who follow this blog. Eleanor M.

  3. Dear David,
    Thank you so much for your daily blog.
    I too love that scripture Hebrews 12:1-3. I get emotional every time I hear this word or when I read it
    Praying for complete recovery of your health. 1Peter 2:24. By whose stripes you were healed.
    In Christ,s Love

  4. Oh, we rejoice in You, Jesus–the Author and Finisher of our faith. Amen! Blessings dear David and fellow saints, in the Lord!

    “for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
    as even some of your own poets have said,
    “‘For we are indeed his offspring.'” Acts 17:28 ESV

    Here In Your Presence (with lyrics) New Life Worship
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq8P5i9U7-g

  5. Truly, I appreciate your faithfulness, David and all your family in presenting this daily manna!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  6. Thank you Rev. Reynold Mainse for the wonderful photo of the Tomb. It was a great experience to be there, and also to go in it!!! You brought out its splendor; well portrayed, thank you!!!

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