L. A. Marzulli
And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. Mark 8:29
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. John 1:11
I love this scene where Jesus asks Peter But whom say ye that I am and Peter replies, you are the Messiah—the anointed one! Peter at this point had been “hanging out” with the God-man Yashua/Jesus and under the direction of the Father and the Spirit of the Living God, had the realization that indeed he was the Messiah! Remember, Jesus looks like a man. He is eating and walking with his disciples. He lays down at night and sleeps with them too. Yet, he is able to perform feats/miracles that have never been equaled before or after his time on earth. Think about it, changing water to wine, walking on the water, healing the multitudes of every disease imaginable, raising people from the dead and casting out demons. Wherever He goes He is destroying the works of The Fallen One, who comes to rob, kill and destroy! We have the written record of what happened and even though it was almost 2000 years ago theses stories make us marvel and wonder and as for me, wish that I could go back and time and spend one day with Him!
Then we come to the second verse in todays Bun. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. John 1:11 It is a poignant reminder of His rejection by “his own,” His creation, mankind. They don’t recognize Him and in fact, for the most part, utterly reject Him, and in some cases declare He is demon possessed. Isaiah tells us in Chapter 53: He was a man of sorrows, which is a prophecy about who Messiah would be that I believe was fulfilled in the person of Yashua/Jesus.
I can only imagine how alone He must have felt, especially in Gethsemane, when all of His disciples were unable to stay awake and pray with Him. He even hints at this when he states: And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have
nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20
In closing todays Bun. As Christians we have come to accept the stories we have heard and read and are written in our Bibles. These stories tell us about the person of Jesus. They give us a window and a testimony that travels back in time almost 2000 years ago. Everywhere Jesus walks, every person he makes contact with, experiences God with us—Emmanuel!
Do you know Him? Is he real to you? Has He spoken to you in the night seasons? He is more real than the words you are reading right now. He stands at the door of your heart and knocks. If you open it He will come in and your life will never be the same. He is the Prince of Peace. He is the One you have been waiting for. He is the Great I Am, the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega. He is the God/man Yashua…. Jesus. To know Him is only a request away!
L. A. Marzulli
John 16: 33 These things I have spoked unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
The threat of WWIII is looming as Obama wants to rush to war, with or without Congressional approval. Putin has declared, that Russia will back Syria, should America attack. Added to this is Iran and Hezbollah who are emphatically stating, they will “punish America,” should we act militarily against Syria.
Then throw in the threat of radiation polluting the Pacific, due to the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown, the mysterious deaths of birds, dolphins and fish, record drought, record rainfall, record cold temperatures, the threat of a solar flare, the unmitigated lawlessness that abounds, famines, and pestilence, and one can become overwhelmed by the events we are facing.
Jesus makes it very clear in the above passage. In Me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
It’s an incredible statement and one might read this and ask, how do I have peace when I am faced with all this overwhelming stuff that is going on!
People all over the world long for peace of mind. Gurus tell us to chant or meditate and we will have inner peace, but does this really work? Will taking Zanex or other prescription drugs help ease our anxiety or does it just mask over it? Some people become workaholics in order to find “peace,” thinking if they can only make enough money their problems will be solved and they will find rest. Others turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the pain, and temporarily find peace, until the drug or booze wares off.
Peace, comes from the Prince of Peace, one of Jesus’ many titles. It is a free gift liberally given to us and we can do nothing of and in ourselves to make it happen. Peace and rest come from the Lord of hosts! He alone gives what the world and all the man-made placebos can never dispense.
When He laid down his life on the cross and shed His blood for us, everything in the universe changed. We know that time stood still, as darkness covered the land for three hours. We know that the dead rose from their tombs and were seen walking in the streets of Jerusalem. The thick heavy veil which separated the Holy of Holies from the people, was torn top to bottom. His last words were, It is finished! With this He took back the title-deed from the Fallen One and declared Checkmate in the cosmic war, which had been raging for perhaps millions of years in our universe.
In closing todays Bun: He knows each one of us intimately and He loves each of us where we are. With that in mind, if we are struggling or fearful, perhaps overcome by the problems of the world, if we ask Him, he will give us what we need, peace in the midst of tribulation, for He has indeed overcome the world and the dark prince who still rules here.