Posts Tagged ‘Christ’

with Dr David J Rogers
Foundational Scripture:
Luke 1.4
“That you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.”


Mt 4.12
Now when Jesus heard that John [the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin] had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee.
v.17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

1. Fishers of Men – call to Andrew and Simon, sons of Jonah
Mt 4.18-22 Mk 1.16-20, Lk 5.1-11
Mt 4.19 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

2. Delivered on Sabbath
Mk1.21-28, Lk 4.31-37
Mk 1.22-26 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.” 
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Hold thy peace, and come out of him.” 
And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 

3. Peter’s Mother in law healed
Mt 8.14-17, Mk 1.29-34 Lk 9.38-41
Mt 8.14-16 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick.
•Laid hands on the sick and she recovered; touched her hand and the fever left.
•God healed them all who were sick.

4. Call to disciples – James and John the Beloved, sons of Zebedee
Mt 4.18-22, Mk 16-20, Lk 5.1-11
Mt 4.21-22 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And, they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

•Andrew and John had been disciples of John the Baptist.
John 1.35-41 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 
One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 

5. Call to disciple – Matthew, the tax collector
Mt 9.9-13, Mk 2.13-17, Lk 5.27-32
Mt 9.9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. 

•Jesus came to those who are lost.
Mt 9.11-13 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

 Jesus came to proclaim the Kingdom of God is now. He said “at hand”.

Jesus did not come to call the righteous, those obeying and fulfilling the Law of Moses.

Jesus came to call those who were sinners – outside of the Law, those who were separate from God.

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Today’s Manna in the Word:
The Word became flesh

The impact of this phrase is not fully grasped when it is said by itself: the Word became flesh…

In John 1 we read the Word was and is the God of the Bible. He made everything that was made. Then, He became flesh, one of us.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬, ‭14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God so loved us (affection, appreciation, desire to be with, “agape”) that He gave us His Word. Now all we have to do is accept what He did, even at the Cross and the Grave, ask for forgiveness, and follow Him.

Ask Him.
Receive Him.
Be made new by the Word of God made flesh, Jesus by name.



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Foundational Scripture:
Luke 1.4
“That you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.”

The Wilderness
Jesus was led of the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, a desert place with no support other than God.

Have you ever had a big moment then immediately it seems like it was taken away and everyone and everything left you?

Jesus can relate.

Jesus went to see his cousin John, the Baptist. Jesus asked John to baptize him. John knowing who Jesus was prophesied to be said Jesus should baptize John.

1. Jesus baptized in the Jordan
Mt 3.13-17, Mk 1.9-11, Lk 3.21-23
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” 

The Lamb of God
John 1.29-34
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” 

It was a big moment. John baptizes Jesus for repentance, when Jesus had nothing to repent. God the Father announces Jesus is His son. The Holy Spirit lands on Jesus and anoints Jesus. You would think this would have been a time for celebration. Instead, …

2. Jesus led by the Holy Spirit into the Wilderness
Mt 4.1-11, Mk 1.12-13, Lk 4.1-13
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

Jesus, as a Man, a descendent of Adam, had to be challenged and deprived and win.

When you go through your “desert” places, your challenges, your extreme moments of lack: Jesus can relate.

Note also, it was not a “one and done” event with the devil. The Bible says that satan left for a more opportune time. Which means, the devil would come back to catch Jesus or stop Jesus with trouble. When that happens to you, do what Jesus did.

3. Return in Power
Lk 4.14
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 

4. Preached
Mt 4.17, Lk 4.14-15, Jn 4.1-4
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 
Mk 1.14-15
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

5. Rejected
Lk 4.16-21,28-30, Isa 61.1-2a fulfilled in synagogue 
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 
When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, he went away.

Even when others, even those closest to you reject you, continue in God. Go and do what God said do according to His word and according to what God has confirmed through His elders and prophets.

Be like Jesus, obey God. Repent for others, intercede for them. Resist the devil. Respond with the Word of God. Preach the good news of the Kingdom of God. And, watch what God does.

Praise God!


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Today’s Manna in the Word:
A Cross, A Grave, A Sonrise

Easter has passed, Passover is being resolved, now a price paid is being walked out.

Day before Passover, Wednesday, Jesus sits down with his disciples for the last time as their teacher: “I longed to have this meal with you.”

After dinner, Jesus goes to a garden nearby to pray. It is late. Three follow along a little further.

Soldiers led by Judas, a zealot, came to take Jesus away. On the second attempt he let them.

Thursday morning, in the mid watches, Jesus is accused by religious leaders. He is taken to the Roman governor for punishment. They lied about Jesus. The governor sends Jesus to a local royal for judgment. The royal only mocks Jesus and had him beaten and sends Jesus back.

Thursday morning, a crowd demands Jesus to be judged. The governor finds the meanest, most despicable person in prison and offers the choice: Jesus or Barabbas. They did not choose Jesus.

The governor asked what should he do now. The crowd cries out for crucifixion.

Thursday noon, the sky darkens. There is an earthquake. The Temple doors are knocked of their hinges. The curtain hiding the Holy of Holies, the inner sanctum of the Temple, is torn in half, top to bottom.

It is nearing the time for Passover. A request was made for the body of Jesus. The governor did not believe Jesus was dead. The Roman soldiers broke the legs of the two hanging on crosses near Jesus. They found Jesus already dead. A soldier ran a spear through Jesus’ side to make certain.

Before sunset, a tomb holding the body of Jesus was sealed.

Friday was Passover.

Saturday was Passover Sabbath.

Sunday was the first day of the week. Three women, disciples of Jesus, went to care for the body properly. The stone was removed before they arrived. A man sat there and asked: “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”

Sunday before: Hosanna!
Thursday before: Crucify him!
Sunday after: He is risen…

His witness and testimony are true.







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with Dr David J Rogers
Foundational Scripture:
Isaiah 6.8
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Who will go?
Isaiah 6.1-8
•In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 
•And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” 
•Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” 
•And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 

Many are called, few are chosen
Matthew 22.14
For many are called, but few are chosen.
•This verse comes at the end of the parable about the wedding feast and guests. Many were invited, many rejected the offer, so the servants went after anyone who would accept the invitation and were covered by the host with a wedding garment.

Isaiah saw his own failings and was cleansed.
Isaiah 6.5 – “… I am a man of unclean lips…”
Isaiah 6.6-7 “… your guilt is taken away …”

Who should go?
Mark 16.15
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Matthew 28.18-19
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” 

To whom was Jesus talking?
Isaiah 61.1-2a; Luke 4.18-19
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,…”

John 14.12
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”

Are you are a “whoever”?
Then, Jesus was talking about you…
•Go and tell…
•Go and proclaim the good news to the whole creation
•Go and make disciples of all nations…

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Today’s Manna in the Word:
Though it tarries, wait for it

Has God given you a vision, a promise, that seems too long in coming?

Wait for it.

It has an appointed or assigned moment.

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”
‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2‬:‭3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Waiting is a terrible thing to do; especially when others tell you to “make it happen”.

But wait.

Wait in faith, trusting and knowing that if the God of the Bible said it will happen, it is going to happen.

““God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭23‬:‭19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

““For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55‬:‭10‬-‭11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So, what is the promise given to you?

Praise Him for it. It is about to happen.

Wait for it.










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with Dr David J Rogers
Foundational Scripture:
Luke 1.4
That you may know the certainty concerning the words which you were taught.

The God of the Bible is different from who and what the world sees as deities or gods.

The God of the Bible says He is God all by Himself.

The God of the Bible made us like Himself and wanted/wants to be with us.

The God of the Bible had a plan for us.

In the beginning there was God

Genesis 1.1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 2.4
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God [YHWH Elohim] made the earth and the heavens

In the beginning was the Word and the Word became flesh

John 1.1-2
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. 

John 1.14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 

God with us
Isaiah 7.14
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 
-Immanuel or Emmanuel: literally, with us God; God with us. [Strong’s H6005, G1694]

A sign given to us, who He is
Isaiah 9.6-7
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

The God of the Bible is different from who and what the world sees as deities or gods.
God had a plan, from the beginning, that we would find salvation and be with Him.
John 3.15-17
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 

This changes things tremendously.
Sin separated us.
The Cross reunited us.
And God did it all.

Note: I will teach this lesson at RiversEdge Church, Montgomery, Alabama, USA on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
You can watch on Facebook or YouTube. Search for RiversEdgeChurchMGM.

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Today’s Manna in the Word:
The Lord is Good

For all of the controversy surrounding the God of the Bible, and all of the opposition, one thing remains true: the Lord is Good and His Mercies Everlasting.

So, let us seek Him while He may be found by us. Let us enter into His presence by faith [hope, confidence, trust]. Let us enter in with thanksgiving; thanksgiving for the many things He has done. Let us enter into His presence with praise; for He a good, good Father, a loving Father God, a giver of good gifts.

By His mercy we are saved.

By His truth we are set free.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100‬:‭4‬-‭5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The God of Creation, the God of the Bible, so loved us He gave us His only begotten son, Jesus, so that if we believe – have faith – that Jesus and the Cross were enough we can have an everlasting life and right relationship with the God of the Bible.

Only choose to believe.
Make a decision to believe.

And, enter into His presence where there is joy everlasting.











God loves you, pray for one another, and together we will build the Kingdom of God, in Jesus’ name.

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Today’s Manna in the Word:
Not in your wisdom

There is a saying:
Be wiser than most, if you can, but never tell them so.

It is a fact that we cannot calculate nor account for all of the variables in this life.

Our limited understanding will only get us so far.

Instead, seek wisdom and understanding from someone who sees more than we do, understands more than we do.

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭20‬-‭23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting,
get understanding.”
Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Look to your Father in Heaven for wisdom and understanding. He will give it to you.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God is able. God is willing to help.

We do not have to think it through all by ourselves.






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Today’s Manna in the Word:

The God of the Bible did not set a limitation.

There is no pre-qualifier, no lineage requirement, no economic requirement, no piety requirement.

He said just call to Him. He will answer.

“For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The only requirement was and still is: call on Him who is able to save you.

The God of Creation gave you Jesus, the Salvation of God, that you could have a life with Him and He with you.

It is just that simple.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Receive the gift of a right life with the only true and living God.








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