Monday, December 14, 2015

I'm Ashamed to Say, I've Been a Self-Righteous Christian, Jesus' Life Is No Coincidence, We Are Often Skeptical and Ungrateful Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


There they made Him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him.  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray Him.  Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor: but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.  Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of My burying hath she kept this.  For the poor always ye have with you; but Me ye have not always.  John, Chapter 12, verses 2-8.

Judas chastises Mary for doing something good when he really had ulterior motives.  He really wanted the money for himself.  How many times do we have ulterior motives but sound very self-righteous to others?
I know eating was one of the subtle ways that I let Satan sneak into my life.  You wouldn’t think Satan could have a stronghold on a person with something as seemingly insignificant as eating.  Generally, we think about major things like drinking, taking drugs, infidelity, stealing, etc., not eating.  Things that seem minor are easier for us “Self-righteous Christians” to let into our lives without noticing how it works a wedge in our relationship with God.
God showed me how important food and my compulsive eating had become when I yelled at my daughter when she was little.  She had brought some of her neighborhood friends over and had given them each one of the green Pippin Apples that I had stored in our refrigerator.  I yelled at her, telling her that she shouldn’t have given the apples to them because there wouldn’t be enough for the family.  Actually, I wasn’t really worried about the family.  Those apples were my favorite and I had bought them for me!
I was being a terrible example of my faith!  My ulterior motives interfered when I should have been complimenting my daughter for sharing with others.  Instead, I was hoarding the apples for myself!  It seems silly to have let something as insignificant as apples sneak in between my relationship with my daughter and my faith, but I’m ashamed to say that I did.


On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the Name of the Lord.  And Jesus, when He had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt. These things understood not His disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things unto Him.  John, Chapter 12, verses 12-16.

This reminds me of a really good instructor who tells you before-hand what you’re going to learn.  That way you can identify the important information when you see it.  The really good instructor gives you a variety of examples to prove a point.  That’s what I see happening in the Bible.
The Old Testament tells us we are looking for the Savior and what He will do and say, along with what things will happen to Him when He comes.  The New Testament not only tells about Jesus fulfilling these things that had been predicted, but tells of all the miracles that He did, as proof to those who are doubtful.  These things are verified through different people who described what Jesus said and how He saved us from our sins through His death and Resurrection.  If a person has any doubts, reading the Bible would help them see how Jesus’ life is no coincidence.
This is one of the many passages from the Old Testament that foretells of Jesus:
*Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having Salvation: lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.  Zechariah, Chapter 9, verse 9.
Here is one of the related New Testament passages that show how Jesus had fulfilled the ancient prophesy:
*And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto Me.  And if any man say aught unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.  And this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold; thy King cometh sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.  Matthew, Chapter 21, verses 1-5.


And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour.  Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say?  Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.  Father, glorify Thy Name.  Then came there a Voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified It, and will glorify It again.  The people therefore, that stood by, and heard It said that It thundered: others said, An angel spake to Him.  Jesus answered and said, This Voice came not because of Me, but for your sakes.  John, Chapter 12, verses 23-30.

I love the way Jesus made the comparison between His life and a kernel of wheat that dies, but through its death brings forth much fruit.  Jesus was willing to give up His life for us so that we could be forgiven from our sins.  Yet, we are often skeptical which seems awfully ungrateful after all Jesus has done for us.  Jesus goes on to say that those who are willing to give their lives for Him will have eternal life.  Are we willing to give our worldly lives over to God and become examples of how Jesus works in us?  That’s what it takes! Click on this post's title to read a related Bible passage.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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