- Published 21 Jul 2014
Jesus is hanging on the cross. One of those being crucified with Him turns to Jesus and says: “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Jesus promises him that he will be in with Him in Paradise. Not baptized, yet still saved, one could say. He didn’t have the opportunity to be baptized. The saving element is always the redeeming faith in Jesus. Paul answered the prison officer’s question of being saved as follows: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). Thus we can be saved through faith, even when we are all alone. We are not dependent on another person, which is the case with baptism.
- Published 12 Jul 2014
Jesus fulfilled this promise when He lived on earth. He healed people with fever (Matthew 8:14-17), paralysis (Mark 2:1-12), and leprosy (Luke 5:12-14). He healed the lame (John 5:5-9) and the blind (Mark 10:46-52). He even cast out demons (Matthew 8:28-34). This is a very small selection of Scripture passages where we can see the healing power of God. During His years of ministry, Jesus healed so many people that the Scripture cannot contain their names: “Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well” (Mark 6:56).
- Published 14 Apr 2014
When John the Baptist spoke about Jesus, he said: "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, ... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matthew 3:11). Here we see the promise of a baptism of Spirit and fire. Jesus also preached repentance (please read Matthew 4:17) and baptized with water (John 3:22, 26; 4:1-2). Just before He ascended into heaven, He said to His disciples: "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" (Acts 1:5).
- Published 16 Apr 2014
During their last evening together, Jesus revealed deep truths to His disciples. They would understand and experience the importance and far-reaching impact of these teachings only much later. One of these priceless truths was the ordinance of footwashing.
Once again, the Jews gathered to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus and His disciples met in a large upstairs room to eat the Passover meal. Just as He had done so often in the past few days, Jesus spoke of His suffering and death. It was, after all, the last Passover Jesus would spend with His disciples. Jesus shared many warnings and much good advice with His disciples on this occasion. He particularly emphasized the relative positions of the disciples.
- Published 07 Jan 2014