John 2

John 2: Water into Wine

                There was a marriage in Cana of Galilee, and the Mother of Jesus was there, Jesus and His Apostles were also there. Some of the guests complain that there is no wine to drink and Mary tells them that they don’t have any more wine. Jesus tells His mother that He is still there and can help out. So, Mary tells the servants to follow any direction given by Jesus.

Jesus commands that all the water pots to be filled with water (all six at the party), and Jesus converted them into wine! But no ordinary wine, Good wine! From this miracle, which is explained as one of His first, the apostles believed on Him. Jesus leaves the party and heads to Capernaum where He goes to the Temple to find money changers…

Jesus was VERY displeased to find that His Father’s house had been turned into a den of thieves; He “…overthrew the tables; And said unto them… make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.” (John 2:15-16) Those gathered ask Him what sign He would give that they might believe Him and He said; “…Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19) The Jews were skeptical and said; “…Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?” (John 2:20) But, Jesus did not speak of the Temple they were standing in, but His own Temple, His body.

Jesus continued throughout the land and performed many miracles, but did not entrust Himself to many people, for “…he knew what was in man.” (John 2:25) In other words, Jesus was careful, because he knew that man could attempt to deceive Him, before His work was over.

John 1

John 1: The Role of Jesus Christ

                “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made… In him was life; and the life was the light of men… There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:1-12)

                Jesus Christ is the Word, and He was with His Father, before the World was. God calls Prophets to declare the word, but the prophets were not received in their own land. Jesus, the Son of God was sent to bring Light unto those who would believe, and even He, the Son of God, even Jesus Christ was rejected!

John cries out as a Special Witness, that He came among them, in flesh to bring Light and truth, where Moses only brought the Law. John goes on to say that “No man hath seen God at any time…” (John 1:18). But what is important to know is that John was saying that No man has seen God with their natural eyes. We read that when Moses spoke to God, he had to take his vail off, so he could see God with his spiritual eyes. (Exodus 34:33-34) The scriptures also discuss man seeing God, when God wants Himself to be revealed and seen: (Isaiah 6, Psalms 11:7, Genesis 32:30 and Acts 7:55-56)

John declares that one “…whose shoe’s latchet… [HE] …is not worthy of to unloose.” (John 1:27) shall come and be baptized of him and shall take upon himself the sins of the World. Those who were seeking Jesus, when they found Him, exclaimed: “…Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36) and after following Him for a bit, Jesus turned to them and said; “…What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them Come and see…” (John 1:38-39)

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, Philip, and Peter went and found Nathanael to tell him that they had found the Messiah and when Nathanael goes to ask Jesus how He knows him, Jesus tells him that He saw him by the fig tree. With such little evidence, Nathanael believes and tells Jesus; “…thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” (John 1:49) Jesus, shocked, tells Nathanael; “…Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? Thou shalt see greater things than these.” (John 1:50)

                Because Nathanael believed, with little to no evidence that Jesus is the Christ, Jesus promises him more blessings and greater signs from heaven. We need to be like Nathanael and believe without having to know everything, if we do… we will see even greater signs from God!

Summary of Luke

Summary of Luke

Like the books of Matthew and Mark, we learn from the Book of Luke the stories of the birth of Jesus Christ and John the Baptist. Luke tells us that the angel Gabriel appears to Zechariah, telling him that his wife Elizabeth, formerly barren, is pregnant. Soon afterward, Gabriel appears to Elizabeth’s relative, the Virgin Mary, telling her that she too is going to give birth to a child by the Power of the Holy Ghost.

Mary and Joseph travel from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem to pay taxes to Herod, it is in Bethlehem, in a manger, Jesus is born. Later in a younger age, Jesus was found instructing older men of great wisdom in the temple. Once Jesus grows to the age of about 30, He is baptized in the desert of Judea by John the Baptist.  John is soon imprisoned by Herod, the ruler of the northern Galilee region.

We learn of Jesus’s genealogy, stretching back to the first man, Adam, who is said to be “… the son of God.” (Luke 3:38). We are told of Satan unsuccessfully testing Jesus for forty days in the wilderness. Upon returning from being tempted in the wilderness, Jesus begins his ministry. He is rejected in his hometown of Nazareth and takes to wandering throughout Galilee, where he works many miracles, including casting out devils.

•    In Chapters 1-4: Luke writes a very detailed account of the birth of Jesus, a common Christmas story, yet always fascinating. He then explains John the Baptist’s preparation for the coming Messiah and the baptism of Jesus Christ.

•    In Chapters 5-21: We learn of the ministry of Jesus. As Jesus travels, He teaches, preaches, heals the sick, and brings hope to the desperate and discouraged. He was also seeking those who were obedient and faithful, such as the Roman Centurion who sincerely pleads with Jesus to heal his servant from a far distance, “…say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.” (Luke 7:7). Jesus met many religious leaders who relentlessly opposed Him and constantly tried to trick and kill Him.

•    In Chapters 22-24: Jesus is betrayed by one of His own (Judas). He was unlawfully convicted by a dishonest and hateful court, and sentenced to crucifixion. However, death could not hold Him and after three days He resurrected and arose from the grave, just as He had miraculously raised others during His ministry.

Luke 7

Luke 7: Follow Jesus Christ

                After Jesus had finished speaking with those gathered, He traveled to Capernaum, where He is asked to heal a centurion’s servant. The centurion tells Jesus that He doesn’t need Him to come back to his house, because he is not worthy of the Lord to enter into his home.  But the man still believed that Jesus could heal his servant, and Jesus did. The servant was healed and Jesus proclaimed that the Centurion had great faith.

Jesus then travels to the city of Nain. When Jesus arrived He noticed a funeral procession, where a young man had died and his mother was distraught. Jesus saw her, and had compassion on her. Jesus the goes and commands the boy to arise, and he does. Jesus brought the young man back from the dead. The people who witnessed this great even were fearful; nonetheless they were filled with a sense of joy that God had sent such a great prophet to be among them. Jesus tells the witnesses to spread what they saw far and wide. The news spread throughout all of Judea.

Some of the servants of John the Baptists come and speak with Jesus and ask Him; “…Art thou he that should come? Or look we for another?” (Luke 7:20) Jesus explains to them that it is Him who was to come after John the Baptist and while healing the sick, blind, lame and deaf He tells the messenger to relay what they saw to John. So the messengers depart. Jesus then explains to those gathered that John the Baptist was the one who was sent before Him, to prepare the way.

Jesus explains that there is “…not a greater prophet than John the Baptist…” (Luke 6:28)

Those who heard Jesus, the publicans justified God by being baptized by John. But the Pharisees and lawyers “…rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.” (Luke 6:30)

Why did the Pharisees and lawyers reject the baptism of John? Because they did not understand the word of God! Instead they were not baptized by the proper authority, which is extremely important in baptism, for without the proper priesthood authority one will only get wet.

One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him, and while eating a sinful woman came and anointed Him with alabaster oil. She also washed His feet with tears and dried them with the hair on her head. A Pharisee in the dinner party took no time to criticize Jesus ; “…This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:39)

Jesus then turns to Simon and says; “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefor, which of them will love him most?” (Luke 7:42) Simon tells Jesus that he supposes the one who owed the most would be happier and love the creditor more. Jesus explains that Simon is correct and continues; “…Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me not water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet…” (Luke 7:44-45) Jesus finally tells Simon that he failed to do many things, but because the woman was a sinner she loved much when her sins were forgiven. Jesus tells the woman that she is free from her sins and that she is forgiven. He tells her; “…Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” (Luke 7:50)

Luke 3

Luke 3: Baptism of Jesus

                In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, the word of the Lord came unto John in the wilderness. John departed from the wilderness and went to Jordan, where he preached “…baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;” (Luke 3:3) John cried out to the people and said; “…Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight…” (Luke 3:4) There came one man who wished to be baptized, yet John must have found him not worthy or lacking in repentance, because he tells the man; “…O generations of vipers…. Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance…” (Luke 3:8) John explains that everyone who does not bring forth the fruit of repentance will be like a bad tree, which will be cut down and tossed aside.

What are fruits worthy of Repentance?

In order to be baptized, one must first find Faith in Jesus Christ, Second Repent of those things not in alignment with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, meaning that you must follow ALL of God’s commandments. It is not just enough to believe in Jesus Christ, for if one truly believes in Him, and accepts Jesus as their personal Savior, then that same person will want to make their life like His, and follow in His footsteps. Third, that person can receive a baptism, for the remission of those sins. But that baptism needs to be done with the proper authority. Why do you think people came to John? It is because John had the Authority given to him. Finally after baptism you can receive the Holy Ghost, by the laying on of hands, again by someone who has the Authority to do so.

Many people who have gathered to be baptized of John ask him, how they can be baptized for a remission of their own sins. John explains that they need to give freely of themselves and their time, talents and wealth.

“…He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none….” (Luke 3:11)

                “…Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” (Luke 3:14)

The people were astonished by John’s words, but he reassured them that he was only a man; “…I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” (Luke 3:16)

                John then rebukes Herod for marrying Herodias, who was Phillips wife and for all the evils which Herod had done, including putting John into jail.

Jesus then comes to be baptized of John; “…the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22) Jesus was about 30 years old when He was baptized.  Jesus was baptized at a later age to help us understand that baptism should be done at an age of accountability. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that age of accountability has been decided through revelation of being eight years old. Baptizing before that age is a mockery before God.

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ is given, however it differs from the genealogy given by Matthew, giving his actual lineage through Mary, instead of his legal lineage through Joseph.

Lineage of Jesus Christ:

  • Joseph was the son of Heli
    • Heli was the son of Matthat
      • Matthat was the son of Levi
        • Levi was the son of Melchi
          • Melchi was the son of Janna
            • Janna was the son of Joseph
  • Joseph was the son of Mattathias
    • Mattathias was the son of Amos
      • Amos was the son of Naum
        • Naum was the son of Esli
          • Esli was the son of Nagge
            • Nagge was the son of Maath
  • Maath was the son of Mattathias
    • Mattathias was the son of Semei
      • Semei was the son of Joseph
        • Joseph was the son of Juda
          • Juda was the son of Joanna
            • Joanna was the son of Rhesa
  • Rhesa was the son of Zorobabel
    • Zorobabel was the son of Salathiel
      • Salathiel was the son of Neri
  • Neri was the son of Melchi
    • Melchi was the son of Addi
      • Addi was the son of Cosam
      • Cosam was the son of Elmodam
        • Elmodam was the son of Er
          • Er was the son of Jose
            • Jose was the son of Eliezer
              • Eliezer was the son of Jorim
                • Jorim was the son of Matthat
                • Matthat was the son of Levi
                  • Levi was the son of Simeon
                    • Simeon was the son of Juda
                      • Judas was the son of Joseph
                        • Joseph was the son of Jonan
                          • Jonan was the son of Eliamkim
  • Eliamkin was the son of Melea
    • Melea was the son of Menan
      • Menan was the son of Mattatha
        • Mattatha was the son of Nathan
          • Nathan was the son of David
            • David was the son of Jesse
  • Jesse was the son of Obed
    • Obed was the son of Booz
      • Booz was the son of Salmon
        • Salmon was the son of Naasson
          • Naasson was the son of Aminadab
            • Aminadab was the son of Aram
  • Aram was the son of Esrom
    • Esrom was the son of Phares
      • Phares was the son of Juda
        • Juda was the son of Jacob
          • Jacob was the son of Isaac
            • Isaac was the son of Abraham
  • Abraham was the son of Thara
    • Thara was the son of Nachor
      • Nachor was the son of Saruch
        • Saruch was the son of Ragau
          • Ragau was the son of Phalec
            • Phalec was the son of Heber
  • Heber was the son of Sala
    • Sala was the son of Cainan
      • Cainan was the son of Arphaxad
        • Arphaxad was the son of Sem
          • Sem was the son of Noe
            • Noe was the son of Lamech
  • Lamech was the son of Mathusala
    • Mathusala was the son of Enoch
      • Enoch was the son of Jared
        • Jared was the son of Maleleel
          • Maleleel was the son of Cainan
            • Cainan was the son of Enos
  • Enos was the sons of Seth
    • Seth was the son of Adam
      • Adam was the son of God.

Mark 14

Mark 14: Jesus is betrayed

                After two days was the feast of the Passover in Bethany, and in the house of Simon the Leper a woman came to Jesus to anoint Him. The woman poured spikenard ointment on His head, which was very valuable at 300 pence. The Apostles murmured amongst themselves wondering why the woman wasted this ointment, instead of selling it and helping the poor.

Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said; “…Let her alone; why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them goo: but me ye have not always.” (Mark 14:6-7)

Meanwhile, Judas Iscariot speaks to the scribes about how to deceive Jesus, and they discuss his payment for doing so. The other Apostles come to Jesus and ask Him where they should prepare for the Passover. Jesus instructs two of them to go on the first day of unleavened bread to meet a man holding a pitcher of water. Jesus instructs them to follow the man, wherever he goes. The man leads the two Apostles to a furnished room that is ready for the Passover.

                The Last Supper:

Jesus meets up with the two Apostles and partakes of the Passover and more specifically as it is more commonly known as the ‘Last Supper’. While eating, Jesus tells the Twelve that one of them who sits with them, will betray Him. All of the Apostles begin to get nervous and ask Jesus if it is ‘I’ who will betray Him. Jesus tells them that whoever it is (Jesus already knew who), it would have been better for them to not have been born.

Jesus instructs the Apostles about the Sacrament and blesses and brakes the bread and has the Apostles partake of the wine. Peter assures Jesus that he will not betray Him, Jesus tells him that before the cock crows, he will have denied Him three times.

The Apostles and Jesus leave to Gethsamane, where Jesus asks Peter, James and John to sit and keep watch, while He went to pray. Jesus walked a little ways a way, and then fell to His knees and said; “…Abba Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: neveretheless not what I will but what thou wilt.” (Mark 14:36)

Jesus goes back to find that Peter, James and John are all fast asleep. Jesus wakes them and asks them why they couldn’t even stay and keep watch for an hour. He tells them that “…The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38) Jesus left them and returned to praying; when He came back He found them to be sleeping again! Jesus speaks to the Twelve and while speaking, Judas Iscariot and a group of armed men came to arrest Jesus. Judas even had told the men that whoever he kissed, would be the man to take away.

Jesus is carried away and placed before a court, where false witnesses came and told lies about Jesus, every single one of their stories did not match each other’s stories. Immediately outside of the court Peter was found and accused of being with Jesus. But he denied having even known Jesus. After a he heard the cock crow and realizing the words of Jesus, Peter wept.

Mark 1

Mark 1: Jesus is Baptized

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, Jesus tells us; “…I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare the way before me…” (Mark 1:2) Jesus is speaking of John the Baptist, who was truly sent before Jesus to prepare the way for Him. All of the land of Judea and Jerusalem came to hear the words of John the Baptist, who spoke of repentance and baptism for the remission of sins.

John was so important that even Jesus Christ came to be baptized of him; “…Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.” (Mark 1:9) We learn that after Jesus was baptized that He came “…straightway…up out of the water…” (Mark 1:10), which clearly points to Jesus being baptized by FULL IMMERSION and no other means. This is important for baptism, a repentant heart, a baptism by full immersion by someone who is AUTHORIZED to do the baptism, in other words has the power given to them. After His baptism, the heavens opened and the Holy Ghost, like a dove came down to give Him the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

Jesus is then pushed into the wilderness for 40 days, where He is tempted by Satan, but Jesus overcame Satan and angels administered unto Him. John continues to preach repentance to all those who will hear. Jesus goes to Galilee and finds Simon and Andrew by the shore; they were fishers who Jesus converted into fishers of men, meaning; that they would do the Lord’s work and fish for the men who would come unto Jesus. Jesus also finds James and John, who stop what they are doing and follow Jesus.

Jesus teaches His new disciples, and they “…were astonished at his doctrine; for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.” (Mark 1:22) This is important to know, that Jesus HAS the AUTHORITY, the disciples recognized this AUTHORITY, because the Holy Ghost testified of that to them. In order to administer in the gospel, you MUST have proper PRIESTHOOD AUTHORITY!

Jesus ends the chapter by casting out devils, healing the sick and cleansing a leper.

Summary of Matthew

Summary of Matthew

Chapter by Chapter:

Matthew 1: Generations of Jesus Christ

Matthew 2: Birth of Jesus

Matthew 3: Jesus is baptized

Matthew 4: Jesus Tempted of the Devil

Matthew 5: The Sermon on the Mount: Part 1

Matthew 6: The Sermon on the Mount: Part 2

Matthew 7: The Sermon on the Mount: Part 3

Matthew 8: Jesus Heals a Leper

Matthew 9: Jesus Forgives Sins

Matthew 10: 12 Apostles – Authority from Jesus Christ

Matthew 11: John: More than a Prophet

Matthew 12: The Lord of the Sabbath

Matthew 13: Parable of Seeds

Matthew 14: John the Baptist Dies

Matthew 15: Contending Against Jesus

Matthew 16: Peter Recieves the Keys

Matthew 17: Transfigurations – Restoration

Matthew 18: We need to forgive our brothers

Matthew 19: Marriage/Judgment of the 12

Matthew 20: Parable of the Laborers

Matthew 21: Cleaning the Temple

Matthew 22: Worldly Marriages

Matthew 23: Woe unto Hypocrites

Matthew 24: Second Coming: Jesus talks to His Apostles

Matthew 25: Parable of the 10 Virgins

Matthew 26: Suffering in the Garden

Matthew 27: The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Matthew 28: Jesus Christ is Risen

 

                The Gospel of Matthew is one of four gospels in the Holy Bible. Matthew was one of the 12 apostles that were with Jesus Christ throughout His ministry on earth. Matthew was a Jewish tax collector that left his profession to follow the Lord, we are given a personal witness account of many miracles that Jesus performed prior to His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and being crucified on the cross.

 The Gospel of Matthew is divided into eight sections that describe different parts of Jesus’ life. It begins with the Genealogy of Jesus and follows with Gospel records of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. It also describes in detail the baptism of Jesus and His temptation by Satan in the desert. After 40 days and nights of fasting Jesus resisted all temptation. We learn of His ministry while in Galilee, where He commissioned the 12 Apostles, preaches The Beatitudes, performs miracles and teaches many lessons on subjects like; adultery, divorce, giving, prayer, judging, treasures in Heaven and warnings for not following the Gospel or the Commandments.

Jesus also teaches many parables to provide examples to His lessons. Jesus performs the miracle of feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew 14:17). He also walks on water (Matthew 14:25). In Chapter 17 we learn of the transfiguration that was witnessed by three of His disciples; John, Peter and James (Matthew 17:1). Finally, towards the end of Matthew, we learn that Jesus returned to Galilee, where He predicts of His death. We learn of His entry back into Jerusalem where He is tried and crucified on the cross as a sacrifice for all the sin in the world. Jesus is resurrected and on the third day rises and tells His Apostles to preach unto the world! 

Matthew 14

Matthew 14:

John the Baptist Dies 

                Herod hears of the fame of Jesus and fears that it is John the Baptist raised from the dead. We learn that John the Baptist had attacked Herod for marrying Herodias, who was John’s sister in law. Because John spoke out about and said it was not lawful for Herod to take Herodias to marry, he was thrown into prison. The daughter of Herodias dances for Herod’s Birthday and pleased him. Because of this Herod promised to give Herodias’s daughter anything she wished. Having been instructed of Herodias prior to dancing, Herodias’s daughter asks Herod for the head of John the Baptist to be delivered on a platter. Herod was grieved of this, but because he made a promise he commanded his men to behead John in prison.

When Jesus gets word of this, he departs unto a desert place, where his followers follow on foot. When they stop, Jesus is filled with compassion and heals their sick and when the evening came, the disciples began to depart to eat in their homes. Jesus, however, says to one of his Apostles; “…They need not depart; give ye them to eat.” (Matthew 14:16) At this moment I am sure the Apostle was puzzled, because he responds; “…We have here but five loves, and two fishes.” (Matthew 14:17)

After having seen all the miracles He has performed in front of the Apostles, I am sure Jesus was a little disappointed when he said; “…Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took five loves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.” (Matthew 14:18-19) Jesus ends up feeding about five thousand men, excluding women and children. So he probably fed more like ten thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fishes. How amazing is that? Yet the Apostles are still in shock and awe. Jesus sends the multitude away and commands the Apostles to leave on a boat, while Jesus goes up into a mountain to be alone and pray.

“…the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit, and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” (Matthew 14:24-26)

The Apostles had just witnessed Jesus feed over five thousand men, and probably ten thousand or more people with only five loaves of bread and two fishes, yet they are amazed that Jesus could walk on water. This is what Jesus meant by understanding in your heart. Those who have seen him or heard him might not gain a testimony of Him or His Gospel, only those who see with their heart. Therefore seeing is NOT believing, believing is seeing. Signs can be asked for, and even given… but without an understanding of the heart, one will never know for themselves.

Peter answers Jesus from the ship; “…Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink. He cried, saying, Lord, save me.” (Matthew 14:28-30) Even in his unbelief, the Lord permitted Peter to see for himself, but seeing for himself was not enough, because he had fear in his heart. That fear caused him to lose focus of what was important and because of that he began to sink. But the Lord knows our weaknesses and in this situation understood that even Peter lacked faith; “…immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (Matthew 14:31)

When we are put into situations where storms rise and winds bolster, we need not lose focus on what is right. We need to go let our fear go and walk the stormy waters of life. If we do so, Jesus will walk with us and every once and a while he will pull us up from the dark and dreary waters and ask, Why did you doubt?

Matthew 11

Matthew 11:

John: More than a Prophet 

                Jesus departs to go and teach His gospel throughout the surrounding cities. John the Baptist, who is now in prison, hears of Jesus and sends his disciples to learn of him. The disciples of John reach Jesus and ask Him if He is the one that was spoken of in ancient times. Jesus tells them that He is the one and to relay a message back to John; “For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there’re hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist…” (Matthew 11:11)

                Jesus tells the multitudes that all shall come unto him; “…all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)