The CJCN Daily Worship.
By Pastor Don’t Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of hosts stay ever with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen…………
The Gospel according to….
Matthew 9. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 And He entered into a boat, and passed over and came into His own city.
2 And behold, they brought to Him a man sick with the palsy, lying on a bed. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said unto the one sick with the palsy, “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”
3 And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, “This man blasphemeth.”
4 And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why think ye evil in your hearts?
5 For which is easier: to say, ‘Thy sins be forgiven thee,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?
6 But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins,”— (then said He to the one sick with palsy) “Arise, take up thy bed and go unto thine house.”
7 And he arose and departed to his house.
8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power unto men.
9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, He saw a man named Matthew, sitting in the customhouse. And He said unto him, “Follow Me.” And he arose and followed Him.
10 And it came to pass as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, “Why eateth your master with publicans and sinners?”
12 But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13 But go ye and learn what this meaneth: ‘I will have mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
14 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Thy disciples fast not?”
15 And Jesus said unto them, “Can the attendants of the bridechamber mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
16 “No man putteth a piece of new cloth upon an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
17 Neither do men put new wine into old wineskins, else the wineskins burst and the wine runneth out and the skins perish. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
18 While He spoke these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter is even now dead, but come and lay Thy hand upon her, and she shall live.”
19 And Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
20 And behold, a woman who was diseased with an issue of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the hem of His garment;
21 for she said to herself, “If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole.”
22 But Jesus turned about, and when He saw her, He said, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.” And the woman was made whole from that hour.
23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,
24 He said unto them, “Give way, for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth.” And they laughed Him to scorn.
25 But when the people were put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
26 And the fame thereof went abroad throughout all the land.
27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying and saying, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on us!”
28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said unto them, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” They said unto Him, “Yea, Lord.”
29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith, be it unto you.”
30 And their eyes were opened, and Jesus strictly charged them, saying, “See that no man know it.”
31 But they, when they had departed, spread abroad His fame in all that country.
32 As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, dumb and possessed with a devil.
33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spoke; and the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never so seen in Israel.”
34 But the Pharisees said, “He casteth out the devils through the prince of the devils.”
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were faint and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then said He unto His disciples, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.”
Lord our God, we lift our hearts to you, for you have given great promises to those who fear you. Let your Word strengthen us in faith, patience, and hope. Be with all those who call upon you, pleading for help in our time. For these times must work for our good, and in spite of sin, death, and all evil we can find joy in what you are doing. We call to you, O Lord our God. Let your hand be revealed, that something may be seen besides human striving and the efforts of human hands. Let the work of your hand be visible to many, to all peoples on this earth. May your name be honoured, O Lord our God, your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Daily Lesson.
(8) Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
(12) Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
(26) And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”
The people were stunned, moved to glorify God, filled with fear, and confounded. It is no surprise that the witnesses to the miracle were amazed at the astounding healing. Each of the three gospel writers uses a different Greek word to express a variation of a state of awe. Nevertheless, considering the great impact this miracle had on observers, most of them were not moved to have faith in God. Though filled with awe at His mighty works, they were not convinced or converted. Faith is not produced through sight (II Corinthians 5:7). Miracles and physical proof do not instill faith. God must call a person, opening his mind to His truth (John 6:44). Today, people tend to think that sensationalism will convert sinners, designing their religious presentations to impress people and increase followers by physical rather than spiritual quality.
In addition, the people were moved to glorify God in their limited way (Matthew 9:8). Yet, their reaction to the healing did not cause a change of heart in them.
Luke writes that they were all “filled with fear” (Luke 5:26). It can be terrifying to be near the power of Almighty God. Paul states, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). Realizing his own sinfulness in the presence of the perfection and might of God, Peter knelt in fear at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord” (Luke 5:8). Again, however, most of the witnesses to the paralytic’s healing refused to overcome their sins and change their lives.
James notes that even the demons believe and tremble before God (James 2:19), yet they, of course, have never been converted. This principle should enlighten us about the professed religion of others. Being filled with awe, glorifying God, or experiencing fear are not enough in themselves; they are merely beginnings of understanding and wisdom (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10).
Some witnesses to this miracle said, “We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:12). Others exclaimed, “We have seen strange things today!” (Luke 5:26). They were confounded. The miracle they witnessed was one of a kind, different from anything they had ever seen before. No other “gods” compare with our God the Father and Jesus Christ!
In Luke’s account, the word “strange” is the Greek word from which the English word “paradox” derives. It suggests true things that are contrary to all common sense and ordinary experience. The things of God are beyond the understanding of mere human beings. In this miracle, we see the incomprehensible sovereignty and glory of God in His comfort and healing of the sick through His Son Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
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