Welcome friends, hello there, my name is David and welcome to our new video series titled The Commands of Jesus Christ.
We are getting ready to dive into an amazing study of the key statements that Jesus makes that opens an amazing window for us to get a better understanding what he was teaching his disciples.
One of the very last things that Jesus Christ did following his resurrection was to tell his disciples to go back to Galilee. To go back to where it all started. To go back to where they all had spent 3 years in training and where Christ had shown them how to walk out the mission.
So the disciples set out from Jerusalem, and walked the 120 miles back to Galilee, and climbed once again the mountain that Christ told them too.When they arrived, It seems that Christ wanted to have a chance to review his teachings. Almost if he was giving them one final pop quiz and few last words of instruction, before he had to leave them.
Have you ever wondered how far Apostle Paul traveled on his missionary journeys?
Paul used the amazing Roman Road network (and sometimes by sea) to travel across Israel, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. A lot of the details are included in the book of Acts in strong details. Most biblical scholars agree that Paul would have traveled over 10,000 miles – BY FOOT!
That would be equal to walking between New York and Los Angeles nearly 4x!
When you read the book of Acts you begin to realize that Pauls missionary journeys were not an easy walk. Paul gives us a small insight into his journeys in 2 Corinthians 11:25-27
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
The more one looks into the life of Paul and his complete dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ the more the words of Isaiah 52:7 apply.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
There is no other holiday on the Christian calendar that creates such a season of joy more than the Christmas season. A celebration of the birthday of Jesus.
Early signs of the festive occasion are seen when “nations from all over the world seek out a tree from the forest and cut it down with an axe and decorate it with silver and gold.” (Jeremiah 10)
Hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars are spent seeking out the perfect gifts to be able to celebrate this day called Christmas.
But is the day we know as Christmas really the day of Jesus’ birth? Do we know?
It must be acknowledged that the writers of the Gospels did not provide us with an exact date of the event. However, are there biblical clues that give us insight and understanding when this would have occurred.
Ezekiel 12:2 says, “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.”
Living in todays world has created a lifestyle where the worlds information is at your fingertips. It has been found that the average American consumes 12 hours of information per day – OUTSIDE of work.
“Between the dawn of civilization through 2003 about 5 exabytes of information was created. Now, that much information is created every 2 days.” (Eric Schmidt – Former Google CEO)
We are connected now more than we have ever been, with communication happening every moment of the day. However, people today are more blind and unable to hear real truth.
Have you ever stopped and asked the question;
“Why do people not SEE the truth?” Or with truth so readily available, “Why do people not HEAR truth.”
In the English language we have two words – To Hear, and To Obey. In english these two concepts are separate words. To hear means to hear words. To obey means to do action.
I just returned from spending a few days in the Negev desert where the children of Israel spent 38 of their 40 years.
Here are a few life lessons that occurred to me on the trail. Continue reading Life Lessons from the Trail