The Undisputable Miracles of Christ

God never fails to place Himself as the true God, and He used Christ’s miracles as the means of setting Himself above everything. No other false gods match God’s eternal grace.

We are discussing the Gospel of Matthew. In this Gospel, God established His Son Christ as King of the Jews (Matthew 2:2). The Lord made His King unlike any other king manned. No human king equals Christ’s eternal powers. Because when Christ walked on earth He healed many human sicknesses (Matthew 4:23).

It’s important to realize the way God operates. When we look at the last three scriptures in Matthew’s fourth chapter, we notice God’s divine plan working in Christ’s healing ministry. Our Father captivated those present since many traveled to see Him work wonders. They became baffled over Jesus’s ability to heal.

Christ carried out thirty-seven recorded miracles. With this in mind, God leaves no doubt of whom Christ is because those unusual events come from God and no human can duplicate them. No human past or present can heal or cure the many physical defects known to humanity.

Yes, the disciples healed others, but it was through the Holy Spirit they did miracles. And those miracles are a witness to God’s existence and His powerfulness.

In the days of Christ’s ministry, God saw it fitting to show those living on earth an unbelievable experience. Right before their eyes, a first of its kind set of events unfolded. They heard of the miracles of how God parted the Red Sea and provided food.

With their own eyes, the indisputable existence of Christ’s supernatural powers emerged.

One of the greatest of miracles Christ showed was raising humans from physical death. To highlight His unique qualities, Jesus raised three people from the dead (Matthew 9:18, 23 Luke 5:11 John 11:43).

Take a moment and envision this incredible display of Christ’s amazing ability. It’s inconceivable. But God is almighty, and this resurrection miracle (Matthew 9:25) proves Christ is His Son because no human restores human life.

Besides resurrecting others from death, Christ gave sight to the blind (Matthew 9:29  ).

Imagine being blind, never seeing God’s stunning natural wonders. Unable to predict the way your mother looks or fixate on a sunrise. They lived in darkness. Then through your faith and asking Christ for healing, your sight restored watching the world for the first time. God is remarkable, and this miracle is the essence of Christ’s unbelievable ability to do the impossible (Luke 18:27).

Another miracle Christ did was curing a leper. When Jesus walked on earth, this infectious disease frightens people. Hopelessness plagued those inflicted. The infected became outcasts living in isolation. They couldn’t live with family friends or with the general population.

Those free from the illness thought unfavorable towards them because of superstitions. Anyone touches a leper became uncleaned and could not live among the healthy. But Jesus placed His hands on him, and the leprosy was no more (Matthew 8:3).

The indisputable miracles of Christ give us the wisdom of God’s powerfulness. Miracles explain the extraordinary attributes of God aimed at showing us His love for humanity. Christ’s miracles strengthen our faith because in our present times we don’t experience miracles. Remember our faith isn’t by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

What do Jesus’s miracles mean to you?

 

Christ: The Essence of Real Discipleship

After Christ had returned from His 40 days of fasting (Matthew 4:1-2), He chose His first four disciples. God planned for His Son’s ministry to be short, and Christ needed to teach others the mysteries of God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:26-27). These four men became the essence of real discipleship.

It’s not by accident Christ approached these men. Since Christ is God (John 10:30), we see God’s Spirit working because those men without delay followed Jesus. They didn’t question who Jesus is and did as He asked. This illustrates God’s undeniable presence in a faithful believer’s life.

The first two men anointed to discipleship are Peter and his brother Andrew (Matthew 4:18). They were fishermen casting their nets from the shore. Christ told them He will make them fisher of men (Matthew 4:19). Here Jesus gives us the essence of discipleship-fishers of men. In fact, Christ appointed Peter as the leader of His church.

The next two who Christ called on is James and John (Matthew 4:21-22). Again Matthew highlights the impact God made in their lives. Those two men showed an unshakable trust in Christ because upon hearing God’s command they picked up their cross and walked with Christ.

When we take an honest look at the way, those men responded to Christ; we gain knowledge into true discipleship. The first thing to remember is their unselfish commitment to God. Their faith shows us a disciple denies oneself for the will of God. It takes selflessness to live as a disciple. Likewise, for us to become disciples, we must do the same.

Jesus recruited eight more disciples. One of those twelve betrayed Him (Judas Iscariot) in the garden of Gethsemane. Many others entered discipleship because God planned for anyone who believes in Christ sovereignty (John 8:31-32). Today others are still being granted this same privilege.

The essence of discipleship is applying Christ’s teachings to our everyday lives. It’s easy speaking the Gospels. But a more challenging presentation of God’s Spirit is exemplifying the impact Christ has in the way we respond to adversity.

For example, our reactions to life terms need to radiate the way Christ dealt with His troubles. Even though our problems don’t match the ones Jesus endured, He shows us the spiritual principles necessary in staying firm on God’s word. It’s our reliance on Christ that we find courage beyond ours to face the world full of evilness.

One of the first things to remember is discipleship radiates God’s Living Spirit. This doesn’t mean a disciple is perfect. Everyone falls short of living in God’s will (Romans 3:23), and no one is free from sin (1 John 1:1-10). With this in mind, we must remember it’s our willingness to repent and let Christ remove our trespasses. Nothing pleases God more than a believer’s action of repentance.

A disciple is a spiritual craftsman working for Christ’s Deity spreading God’s truth. And for this purpose, the Holy Spirit is the driving force behind discipleship. Without God’s Spirit present in the life of a disciple, the message of Christ’s Kingship is ineffective. This includes taking a self-righteous approach in sharing Jesus’s truths.

Discipleship is of divine importance because our spiritual lives depend on our willingness to live in Christ. This significant God-granted experience is not without responsibility. We must pick up our cross (regardless of its pain) and become His servants. Remember we no longer living in the world but God’s kingdom!

Have you found your discipleship?

Christ Defeats Satan’s Temptations

As we continue looking at Matthew’s Gospel we see how God made Christ the King over temptation. A most compelling evidence attesting to this truth is the way Christ defeats Satan’s temptations in the wilderness (Matthew 4:3-11).

A temptation is a real and devastating problem. Eve couldn’t resist it nor did Adam. I can’t either and neither can you. The moment we give into its demand, everything changes for the worse. In fact, this three syllables ten letter word damages our relationship with God.

But the Lord’s love for His children is greater than the trouble temptation causes because He redeems us through Christ.

To show us Christ’s as the redeemer, Matthew’s testimony to the three temptations He faced proves Jesus is stronger than everything the devil can dole out. Each time Lucifer confronted Christ with his cunning deception He didn’t waver from God’s powerful truths.

When we take a deeper look into the enticement, Satan used against Christ an incredible insight of God’s sovereignty emerges. Since the Messiah is God’s Son so Lucifer created those temptations to overtake Jesus’s kingship.

In other words, those attempts of disobedience aren’t for humans but made for Jesus. The devil understood who Christ is and designed his temptation in line with assaulting His loyalty to God.

For instance, the devil’s first try to trick Jesus is asking Him to do a miracle. Here Matthew shows us the wisdom of Christ. Jesus rebutted His tempter by sharing the purpose of life isn’t just physical.

Christ used the Old Testament scripture to let Satan know the way God intends for a believer to live (Deuteronomy 8:3). Here our Messiah gives us a blueprint for building a spiritual foundation anchored in God’s will. Remember, my friends. Salvation goes beyond the flesh.

After Jesus defeated Satan’s first entrapment, then he tries to lure Christ into tempting God. Here we find the devil seeking to extinguish himself as an expert in interpreting God’s word. The devil used Psalm 91:11-12 to show our Messiah his knowledge of God’s law.

Again Jesus corrected him by explaining another key point in living in God’s kingdom is never to tempt the Father (Deuteronomy 6:16). Here Christ gives His adversary God’s truth to stress the Lord’s way in staying humble. Tempting God is useless because He is the most powerful and knows our hearts.

God’s enemy failed in those two attempts but gave one last try to make Christ stumble. This last temptation is the real motive behind Satan’s intention of turning away from God and working for his evil deeds.

But Christ’s unshakable trust in the Lord coupled with His perfect wisdom crushed the devil’s trap. Jesus said to him: “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

Matthew gives concrete evidence of Christ’s undeniable power in defeating Satan’s temptations. Under those circumstances, Jesus proved He is God’s King by illustrating His dominance over sin.

Through Christ’s victory, God rewarded Him by sending angels to minister to Him (Matthew 4:11). Likewise, we receive a blessing when we rely on Jesus because God takes notice when we move away from sin and into righteousness.

I know the result of temptation. Every time I give into its enticing call my spirit becomes disturbed leading me to sin. I’m powerless over its entrapment. The moment I succumb to its demands my relationship with God becomes fractured placing a wedge between Christ and me.

On my own, this troubling dilemma gets worse. But when I humble myself before Christ and ask for help I find courage beyond mine. Then I’m able to stop and turn away from temptation.

My battles with temptation are overwhelming. But because of my everyday reliance on Christ, those wars become lessen. Since Christ overtook Satan’s domain, He gives me the strength to live in God’s will.

I’m not perfect and when I sin my willingness to repent gives me a way back to Christ. Even though I have to wait for God’s mercy the results from practicing patience outweigh the suffering caused by a hardened heart.

In conclusion, temptations aren’t impossible to overcome because God gave us Christ as our saving King. No matter how tempting you become remember Jesus is never absent.

How do you overcome your temptation?

Christ’s Deliverance: God’s Greatest Pleasure

God is astonishing in the way He keeps His word. For centuries He used Prophets to prepare for the day of Christ’s deliverance. The Lord’s love for His Son coupled with His compassion for humanity gives Him incredible pleasure.

 

 

God made this eternal deliverance His greatest gift. To receive this infinite treasure, one must receive God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8).

Because of Christ’s baptism; God’s new plan for salvation is real (Matthew 3:15).

Last week we discussed God’s message of repentance. We saw the crucial role an act of contrition is in God’s eyes.

Matthew wastes no time to show us God’s joy in delivering His beloved Son (Matthew 3:16-17).

When God speaks, it has the utmost importance for humanity. It’s imperative to understand God’s language. Without knowledge of His dialect, eternal life stays elusive. And, Matthew recorded Christ’s deliverance through God’s voice.

 

 

Here in this part of Matthew’s third chapter (Matthew 3:13-17), we come to see God’s overwhelming joy for His Son.

Since Adam and Eve’s disobedience, it’s rare for God to express pleasure with humanity. In Jesus’s baptism, God treats us with His happiness.

Imagine witnessing God’s pleasure. It’s mind boggling pondering over the Lord’s excitement to give humanity a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). But God’s love is never absent from those He saves. I’m thankful to understand Christ is the way to God’s kingdom (John 14:6).

Watching the pleasure God showed in delivering His Son is a privilege. With this in mind, remember not everyone understands the meaning behind Christ’s ministry. This experience is an incredible gift. We are fortunate God included us in His kingdom.

The moment God exposed Christ as His Son the way of believing in Him changed. At the time of Christ’s arrival, an unfavorable faith in God developed and under those circumstances God put right this tragic mistake.

At this point in man’s history, many believers relied on traditions handed to them through the generations. Most of those doctrines center on rituals and not anchored in God’s truth. But Christ’s deliverance put an end to this incorrect understanding of God’s word. Because of Christ’s deliverance God unlocked His mysteries (Colossians 1:24-27).

When I meditate over Christ’s deliverance, it makes me grateful for God’s truth.

I use to live in darkness consumed by a life full of resentment, bitterness, and selfishness. Everything I centered in prideful motives leading to a life filled with disappointment.

It brings me great pleasure to share with you God pulled me from the darkness. Today my life changed, and it started with God introducing me to Christ. This new way of living isn’t easy, but with Christ, as my guide, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). Even though I’m not perfect Christ helps me overcome my sinful nature.

 

 

Christ’s deliverance fosters many discussions, and we have touched on a few of them. We can agree without Christ our lives stay troubled. But on the positive side with Him, our place in God’s kingdom is everlasting!

What does Christ’s deliverance mean to you?

 

 

Repentance and the Commencement of Christ’s Kingship

Experiencing Christ’s commencement begins with repentance. Nothing grabs Jesus’s attention more than a believer’s willingness to turn away from sin and do the will of God.

In the past weeks, we saw how God established Christ as King (Matthew 1: 1-17) and reviewed Jesus’ unconventional birth (Matthew 1:18-25).

Next, we examined the three wise men declaration of Christ the King (Matthew 2:1-12).

And then we looked at Satan’s failed assassination on baby Jesus (Matthew 2:13-15). So, when the devil didn’t succeed in killing God’s King we saw Lucifer’s murderous acts on innocent boy’s (Matthew 2:16-18).

Our last conversation ended with how Christ became a Nazarene (Matthew 2:19-23).

Now we check out the role John the Baptist plays in proclaiming Christ the King of the Jews.

In Fact, when new Kings took the throne he sent a messenger announcing his kingship. Likewise, God did the same by choosing John the Baptist as His envoy.

God used John as a courier for Christ’s Kingship. John’s ministry became the starting point to God’s new Covenant with humanity.

And for this reason (God’s kingdom) the Lord’s messenger preached repentance (Matthew 3:2).

In Matthew’s third chapter God shows us the course of action, oneself must take to receive His King. Since God’s Spirit worked through John, it paved the way for Christ’s commencement.

First Matthew tells us John listened to those whom he baptized confess their sins (Matthew 3:6).

Yes, confession is an imperative action in a life anchored in Christ’s Deity and without a willingness to confess a believer’s life experiences unnecessary suffering.

But God’s messenger didn’t stop at confession. No, he emphasized a change in behavior through repentance.

And those two Christian attributes (confession and repentance) are equally relevant to our present day walk in Christ!

The Pharisees and Sadducees became curious and visited the Jordon where many Jews received baptism. Upon their arrival, John unleashed a strong warning on their motives. His stern words (Matthew 3:7-10) are most compelling evidence of how they weren’t favorable in God’s eyes. Here Matthew displays their spiritual fate by illustrating their inward hearts.

John’s confrontation with the Pharisees and Sadducees is important to realize because if I’m not right in my faith, the same results will happen to me. This means I must live in repentance and prove a change in behavior.

Repentance is a point often overlooked. Since God holds repentance as one of His highest commandments (2 Chronicles 7:14), then it becomes crucial to understand how to apply it to our faith.

I know repentance is hard. In my journey with Christ, the greatest spiritual lessons I’ve learned come from my disobedience. When I hold onto sin, my spirit is gravely affected, and I suffer from guilt. Until I get right with Christ, the spiritual pain causes me to make unwise decisions.

But when I stop and spend quiet time confessing my sin to Christ, then when God sees fit He releases my turmoil. Even though at times it takes a while before I experience God’s mercy; without exception this experience changes my behavior. And the more I spend quiet time with Christ the easier I find to live holy.

This message of repentance John preached is a focal point for every Christian past and present. The moment he began sharing God’s plan of preparation for Christ an entry into His kingdom emerged.

God wants everybody to understand salvation starts with an act of contrition. Once we humble ourselves, without reservation, then Christ takes control of our hearts, and we learn the real meaning of repentance. Since Matthew shared with us the importance of repentance then there are no excuses not to apply John’s message.

What are your thoughts on repentance?