John 13:19-20 ( posted 10-19-14 )

Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I amhe.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I amhe.

 

It is interesting that again Jesus said I am.

The Greek reads that Jesus again said “ ego eimi “ translated I am.

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that when Jesus came to His disciples walking on Lake Galilee in the storm He told them “ I am.”

But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. “    John 6:20

What is translated It is I; , in the Greek actually reads again “ ego eimi “ - meaning,

I am “.

 

Being God, Jesus told Moses;

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. “    Exodus 3:14

 

 

Jesus told His disciples again later the same thing about telling them things ahead of time so that when it does happen they will remember and believe Him;

And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. “   John 14:29

 

But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. John 16:4

 

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

 

Jesus also said;

He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. “    Luke 10:16

 

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have doneitunto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have doneitunto me. “   Matthew 25:40

 

 

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye diditnot to one of the least of these, ye diditnot to me. “   Matthew 25:45

 

Obviously, the overall relationship is that believers in Jesus are connected to God through Jesus Christ His only begotten Son.

Those who are not believers in Jesus are not connected to God.

 

I will continue with verse 21 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:36-37 continued ( posted 2-19-13 )

“  Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

Let’s continue.

 

According to history during World War 2 General Patton asked God for good weather. A miracle happened and the skies cleared.

Patton was not a believer in Jesus Christ but did believe in the existence of God.

Patton actually thought he was Alexander the Great reincarnated.

The point is,God answered his prayer even though he was not a believer in God’s Son Jesus.

 

The man born blind who Jesus healed was also not a believer in God’s Son Jesus but later came to believe after Jesus healed him.

“ He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. “     John 9:36-38

 

I witnessed to a friend at work when I was 18 years old who refused to believe in Jesus.

As I was driving home from work I asked the Lord to heal the warts that were all over his hands as a sign to him, as this was a problem he lived with.

The very next day I noticed his warts were gone and I said - “ Gary, look at your hands.”

He looked at me and said - “ Yeah, I know…”

He knew I had prayed for his hands.

I never knew if he ever came to believe in Jesus…but his hands were healed and this he could not deny.

 

Jesus healed 10 lepers and 9 of the 10 refused to thank Him for healing them.

Only 1 leper did thank Him

“ And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. “   Luke 17:11-19

 

Always remember that we live in the time of grace.

Rain and the Sun, which in Scripture is meant to be a blessing, is what Jesus said God blesses both the saved and the unsaved with;

“  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. “   Matthew 6:44-45

 

Yes my friend, the Lord will heal both the saved and the unsaved.

And He will answer prayer to both.

 

However, if we believe in God’s Son Jesus, we have a benefit that the unsaved does not share.

According to Jesus we can ask what we will and it will be done for us;

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. “   John 15:7

My friend, this is not a figure of speech concerning problems in life in general only.

Technically this is how the Greek reads -

“ If you remain in me and the words of me in you remains, whatever you wish ask, and it shall happen to you. “

According to Jesus, this is the requirement though;

" If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you..."

 

 

It is quite obvious that it is God’s nature to bless, answer prayer and give rewards since Jesus told us repeatedly to ask for these things and strive for them.

“  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. “  John 16:23-27

 

Always remember…when we pray we must not harbor hatred and vengeance in our heart toward our enemies.

Jesus said clearly just after telling us we can ask for anything and if we believe we received it the we shall have it, that we must forgive our enemies;

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.    Mark 11:24-26

Not only will this hinder us from getting an answer to our prayers we ourselves will not be forgiven for our sins.

These are the verses many evangelicals reject…the 99% and the ½ of the remaining 1% of evangelicals who still actually believe Jesus, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are the same today as they were 2000 years ago.

 

Always remember that problems within marriage can also hinder our prayers from being answered.

Peter said;

“ Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.  “    1 Peter 3:7

 

Always remember that asking God for things with the wrong motive can hinder our prayers from being answered.

James said;

“ Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  “   James 4:3

 

Always remember that if you do not believe simply admit it to the Lord…do not pass it off as being His will or that God is in control.

These are typical excuses that the 99% and the other ½ of the remaining 1% of evangelicals use to hide their unbelief.

If we have trouble believing do as the man did who admitted to Jesus that he was having trouble believing;

“ And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. “   Mark 9:24

Jesus was still merciful to him in this situation and will be to us.

If nobody admits their unbelief to Jesus then He simply won’t do anything!

“  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. “    Mark 6:5-6

 

Jesus’ disciples even had trouble believing.

“  And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. “     Matthew 17:14-21

 

I have decided to do one more study on this subject.

 

I will discuss Paul’s “ thorn in the flesh ” which is commonly used by the 99% and the other ½ of the remaining 1% of evangelicals today.

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus!

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:36-37 continued ( posted 2-6-13 )

“ Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

I’m impressed that even though these Jews did not believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, they did believe He was able to heal Lazarus.

These Jews had more faith than most evangelicals do today.

 

Ironically, 99% of evangelicals today - that is, people who claim to believe in Jesus and claim to follow Him, do not believe Jesus heals and performs miracles today.

According to them, Jesus changed His ways and quit doing these things after the death of the last apostle.

According to them, the Holy Spirit also changed His ways in His role in the Godhead and no longer distributes His gifts to believers and followers of Jesus…since the death of the last apostle.

They teach this despite what the writer of Hebrews said;

“ Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. “     Hebrews 13:8

And obviously since Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one in the same God, then obviously the Holy Spirit likewise has not changed either.

 

The remaining 1% of evangelicals today actually still believe Jesus and the Holy Spirit did not change after the death of the last apostle and still do healings, miracles, distribute spiritual gifts and answer prayer.

 

However, unfortunately, half of the 1% who still believe God is the same as He was 2000 years ago believe that the most important benefit in belonging to Jesus is money - that is, the old American greenback.

 

This is why the remaining ½% of evangelicals reject the verse in which James said;

“ Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. “   James 4:3

but accept the verse in which James said;

“ Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. “    James 4:2

Particularly and most important to them is the phrase;

“ yet ye have not, because ye ask not. “

Pure selfishness, egocentric and self - centered this belief is.

Literally everything is money and all they can talk about is money.

But for the humble, unselfish, non self-centered believer and follower of Jesus who even has as much faith as these unbelieving Jews who hated Jesus except for what they believed He could do for Lazarus, according to the entirety of the Holy Bible can even today receive miracles such as what happened to Lazarus.

 

Let me point out some things Jesus said.

My friend, either Jesus was lying to us or He told us the truth.

We can believe what we want…we have that right.

Jesus on one occasion said;

“ And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. “      Mark 11:21-26

 

Notice that Jesus started out talking about casting a mountain into the ocean but also added that anything we say, if we believe it will happen, will happen.

“…but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Yes my friend, Jesus said in general;

those things which he saith

not just casting a mountain into the ocean.

I asked my evangelical Bible professor in class about this verse and he had no answer.

The other half of the remaining 1% of believing evangelicals today do not have an answer for this statement of Jesus.

Again, I say, either Jesus lied to us or He told us truth.

The other half of the 1% who still believe Jesus answers prayer think what Jesus meant here was emotional problems, spiritual troubles and general problems in life as pertaining to the mountainin His statement…not a literal mountain.

Believe what you want but it is interesting that it was a literal fig tree that Jesus cursed…not a problem He and His disciples were having in life.

It was the literal fig tree that Jesus made this statement concerning faith and compared faith and believing for answers to prayer to, not troubles He and His disciples were going through.

 

One thing to always remember in believing the Lord for answers to prayer and calling things into existence as Jesus taught here is that we must forgive our enemies in order to be able to speak things into existence and receive answers to prayer;

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

It is interesting that Jesus connected this kind of faith and believing for miracles to a spiritual issue in our heart concerning forgiveness of our enemies.

This part of Jesus’ statement about faith is what the ½% of today’s evangelicals who want nothing more than money from the Lord, wilfully reject.

 

However, always remember in regard to what James said;

“ Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.“    James 4:3

does not mean that “ it is not God’s will “ as the other ½% of evangelicals teach, who simply refuse to admit they have no faith.

James did not say it was not God’s will but rather God did not answer their prayer because of their wrong and impure motive in asking Him for things.

Jesus said if we plan to have the faith to believe things into existence we better forgive our enemies and James said to not ask with an impure motive.

Biblically there are 3 major reasons for unanswered prayer…an unforgiving heart, impure motives and unbelief.

If we humble ourselves as believers and followers of Jesus and ask the Lord with a pure motive and forgiving heart toward our enemies, then we can do what Jesus did simply because Jesus said we will not only do what He did but do even greater things than He did;

“  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. “   John 14:12

 

As per the Jews in the verse of our study who did not believe Jesus unto salvation but did believe Jesus to take care of their friend Lazarus, I want to discuss in one more study the benefits of being a believer and follower of Jesus in getting answers to prayer.

Keep in mind that Jesus healed the man born blind before he believed in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

More than once Jesus healed someone who did not believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior but believed for healing and one even had trouble believing for healing but Jesus healed him anyway.

But know this, I will show you the verses that evangelicals reject depending on whether they are of the 99% or which half of the remaining 1%…just as I have done in this study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:36-37 ( posted 2-5-13 )

“ Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! “

It is interesting how Jesus’ enemies realized how compassionate He is.

They witnessed God Himself in the flesh crying.

 

“ And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that these Jews witnessed Jesus’ earlier miracle in which He healed a blind man;

“ And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. “    John 9:1-38

 

Listen up!

In today’s modern evangelical society, 99% of evangelicals claim that divine healing and the other gifts of the Holy Spirit died off at the death of the last apostle.

They reject what the writer of Hebrews said about Jesus being the same today as He was 2000 years ago;

“ Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. “   Hebrews 13:8

This is why Jesus made this comment concerning when He returns;

…Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?L  uke 18:8

This does not refer to the unsaved since they do not believe anyway.

This refers to Jesus’ own, those who claim to follow Him and claim to have faith in Him.

 

However, what is most interesting to me is that these Jewish enemies of Jesus who were unsaved unbelievers and who were so much for stoning Him to death, actually had faith in Jesus concerning the death of Lazarus.

“ And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

Obviously, Lazarus meant something to these Jewish enemies of Jesus as much as he meant to Jesus.

Laying aside their hatred and jealousy of Jesus, they still had faith in Him since they witnessed Jesus healing the man born blind from birth…something that had never happened since creation;

Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. “

Laying aside their jealousy and hatred for Jesus, they seemed to want to trust Jesus in this loss of a dear friend, Lazarus.

The loss of Lazarus was obviously a sensitive issue not only for Mary and Martha but for these Jews and even the Lord Jesus Himself!

Can you imagine being so valuable to so many people including the Lord Himself?

These unbelieving hateful and jealous Jews who were ready to stone Jesus to death were now willing to lay their hatred aside and believe Jesus for a miracle in the loss of a common friend, Lazarus.

 

I’m not done with this verse.

I will continue with this discussion in the next study.

 

My friend, Jesus will still do miracles today, if we would only believe.

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:28-35 ( posted 1-25-13 )

“ And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.

As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.

Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.

The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.

Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

Jesus wept. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. “

 

The Greek word “ didaskalos “ translated “ Master “ means instructor, master, teacher, doctor.

Jesus was obviously looked at as all these things.

 

It is not certain as to exactly when Jesus made this request for Mary to come to Him.

Jesus obviously wanted Mary present when He would raise Lazarus from the dead.

 

 

“ As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. “

 

Like Martha, Mary also believed in Jesus and knew something wonderful was about to happen, just knowing Jesus and the miracles He had already done.

 

“ Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. “

 

Jesus did not go into the city as of yet but waited for Mary at the same place He talked to Martha.

 

“ The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. “

 

It was the custom to go to the grave during the 3 days of grieving and 4 days of lamentation. It was now about time for the spirit of Lazarus to leave his decaying body as per the Judaistic belief.

 

“ Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. “

 

It was not uncommon for Jesus to accept someone bowing before Him in worship.

“ And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. “   Matthew 28:9

 

Mary knew that Jesus could have healed her brother and kept him alive.

 

 

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

Jesus wept. “

 

The Greek word “ enebrimesato “ translated “ groaned “ means to have indignation on.

The Greek word “ etarazen “ translated “ troubled “ means to stir or agitate.

 

Jesus was incredibly moved by this incident. He could have been angry at satan who still at this moment had power over death;

“ Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. “  Hebrews 2:14-15

 

The Greek word “ edakrusen “ translated “ wept “ means to shed tears, weep.

 

Jesus as we know Him is as Paul said;

“ For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. “   Colossians 2:9

 

Jesus as being the Father, the Holy Spirit and the Son all in one body, this is an amazing demonstration of God’s love for us.

The writer of Hebrews enhanced on this fact about God in Jesus Christ;

“   For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. “   Hebrews 4:15-16

 

Yes, God can cry like we can cry from emotion.

 

I will continue with verse 36 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:27 ( posted 1-11-13 )

“ She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. “

 

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. “

 

The Greek word “ pepisteuka “ translated “ believe “ means have believed.

In other words, Martha told Jesus she already believed and knew in her heart that He is the Messiah.

Jesus knew this but sometimes He wants a verbal profession of one’s faith in Him.

 

The Greek word “ christos “ translated “ Christ “ means anointed, Messiah.

This Greek word is the equivalent to the Hebrew word “ mashiyach “ also translated “ anointed “ as in 1 Samuel 2:10;

“ The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed. “

and means anointed, Messiah.

In the Old Testament the anointed and Messiah usually referred to the king of Israel.

The patriarchs were referred to as christos theou…anointed of God.

 

The reason for “ christos “ or “ mashiyach “ being called anointed, Messiah, is because of “ chrisma “ when Jews would smear oil and aromatic herbs on priests, kings and prophets during Old Testament ceremonies.

“ To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.

And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people. “     1 Samuel 9:16-17

“ And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil. “    Numbers 35:25

“ And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. “     1 Kings 19:16

When a king of Israel was anointed it was believed that he was gifted and empowered by the Holy Spirit of God;

“ Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. “   1 Samuel 16:13

 

Interesting, John said that those of us who follow Jesus and believe in Him are also “ chrisma “ - that is, anointed.

“ But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. “    1 John 2:20

 

The point in all this is that the Jews understood the prophecies of a coming Messiah and so did the Gentiles.

King Herod knew the prophecies and the wise men as well. This is why he ordered all children up to age 2 to be murdered after he talked to the wise men. He wanted to murder the Messiah.

Martha also knew the prophecies of the coming Messiah.

But Martha was one of few Jews who chose to believe it was Jesus.

The general public Jewish concept of the coming Messiah became distorted during the 400 years between Malachi and Matthew but some like Martha still managed to stay with Scripture.

Martha at some time had come to this belief in Jesus.

 

Peter said the same thing to Jesus;

“ When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. “    Matthew 16:13-16

 

Jesus’ disciples called Him the Son of God and worshipped Him;

“ Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. “  Matthew 14:33

 

Samaritans believed Jesus was the Christ, the Savior of the world;

“ And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. “   John 4:42

 

What is sad is that today, most Jews care nothing about a coming Messiah.

They told me this when I was there in 1993.

I cannot imagine how little interest there is now.

According to the Holy Bible, the future antichrist will deceive them into believing he is their long awaited Messiah.

Since most Jews today care nothing about a coming Messiah, even the antichrist will have a job on his hands convincing them of their need for him and getting them to want him…not to mention believing in him as their Messiah.

 

I will continue with verse 28 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown