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Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

                      

                   

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   Jesus spoke of His ministry and purpose on earth in the Gospel of Luke;

 

Luke <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />4:16 – 21 

And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.

And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book, and found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

Because He anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim the release to the captives,

and recovery of sight to the blind,

To set free those who are downtrodden,

To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon him.  And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

 

In today’s world there are many who would divert our attention from Jesus and his ministry to the world.  There are those who would pervert the Gospel for their own gain.  There are those who would unintentionally digression from the message of salvation with what seems good.   Unfortunately many Christians get sidetrack by doing what they think is good over doing what is God’s will.  Far too many sermons are preached that do not have Jesus at the center on them.  Without Jesus no manner how good the deed, no manner how noble the intention the end can only be fruitless!  This is why the Apostle Paul said;

Galatians 1:6   I marvel that ye are so quickly removing from him that called you in the grace of Christ unto a different gospel;
7  which is not another gospel only there are some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be

accursed.

ADAMCLARKE'SCOMMENTARIES states about “another gospel”

It is certain that in the very earliest ages of the ChristianChurch there were several spurious gospels in circulation, and it was the multitude of these false or inaccurate relations…

There are many tests to see if our words or actions will glorify the Lord or push people away from Him.  Most important is to be so in tune with the voice of God, so that we know His voice when He speaks.  I find it helpful to ask if the words that I am about to say will have a positive effect on those hearing it or not.   We should ask ourselves if we are proclaiming thegospel to the poor;” if we are bringing healing to “the broken-hearted,” if what we are declaring brings freedom to those who are enslaved to this world, if our words will bring sight to those who are spiritually “blind,” are we setting free those who are hurting?  The sad thing is that many of us do not speak for these reasons, but rather to exalt our own egos.  The picture that I chose was one of the Planet Venus because it made me think of hell, the very thing that Jesus wants to save the world from in this life and the one to come.  I close with these two passages:

Colossians 3:17  And whatever you do, in word or in act, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving praise to God the Father through him.

 

1 Peter 4:11  If anyone has anything to say, let it be as the words of God; if anyone has the desire to be the servant of others, let him do it in the strength which is given by God; so that in all things God may have the glory through Jesus Christ, whose are the glory and the power for ever.