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John 6:1-15, John 21:1-14, Mark 8:1-10, Mark 5:21-43,Galatians 6:9-10

Galatians says, “Let us not become weary in doing good” so what does that look like?  When Jesus was on earth it was important to Him to feed others.  He fed two fish and five loaves of bread to roughly 5,000 people and fed several fish and seven loaves of bread to approximately 4,000 people.  After Jesus rose from the dead, He cooked fish over coals and had bread available.  He surprised His unsuspecting disciples after a fishless outing with a sudden net full of fish.  Then, after He asked them to get a few of the freshly caught fish, He probably smiled as He said, “Come and have breakfast.”  And you may remember that when Jesus was told a girl had died, He raised her to life “and told them to give her something to eat.”

In the above examples of doing good, Jesus didn’t just provide or arrange for physical food.  He sought to spiritually feed people.

What’s important to Jesus should be important to Christians.  Even though Jesus had breathtaking show stopping miracles to accompany His actions, let’s do what we can to get food and Jesus to others this Thanksgiving and whenever we can.

Acts 5:12-42

Jesus faced opposition while on Earth, and after He ascended to Heaven, the apostles faced opposition as well.  Because of Jesus, they were able to perform miracles for the people to witness.  The Sadducees knew about this and were very jealous.  They decided to arrest the apostles.  Subsequently, the apostles were put in jail.  However, at nighttime, an angel opened the jail doors and told them to go and teach the people.

The next day, the officers had to tell the Sanhedrin that even though there were guards and a “securely locked” jail door, the apostles weren’t there.  That report confused the chief priests.

God sent the apostles an angel to get them out of jail.  I believe God sent me an angel on 5/21/09.  I was driving without my family on Bever Avenue, a busy street, when someone ran a stop sign and headed for the left front of the car.  I was forced to swerve immediately to the right onto a side street, and unfortunately, there was a little car that suddenly appeared at a stop sign there, right in my path.  I closed my eyes and braced for the impact as my tires screeched, but instead, the front of our car just seemed to float.  When I opened my eyes, I saw the little car I had tried to avoid still at the stop sign, with no damage.  I was pointed in the right direction.  Shaken, I drove very slowly and found a place to park.  I checked out the car.  There wasn’t any damage, and I wasn’t injured!

Believe what you like, but I believe God sent an angel to pick up our car.  Thanks be to God, my rescuer!

Luke 22:49-59, John 18:10-11, 25-27

In Luke and John, we read about a man named Malchus.  Who’s Malchus?  Well, before Jesus was arrested, Peter wielded his sword and chopped off Malchus’ ear.  Jesus then healed him.  Malchus was a servant of the high priest.  Later, one of Malchus’ relatives asked Peter if he was with Jesus in the garden.  And as you probably remember, others questioned Peter as well.

Regarding those who questioned Peter, Luke mentioned, “a servant girl,” a man, and “another.”  John gave the significant detail of Malchus’ relative to this account.

The Reformation Study Bible says about Malchus’ relative, “A question by this man endangered Peter more than the previous ones, since he might have wanted to avenge Malchus.”  And the NIV Study Bible says, “a relative.  Another piece of information we owe to John.  A relative would have a deeper interest in the swordsman than other people had.  But the light in the garden would have been dim, as in the courtyard (a charcoal fire glows, but does not have flames.)”

This chapter in Peter’s life included Malchus and a relative of his.  What feelings would Malchus have had?  Malchus probably screamed when his ear was cut off.  I don’t know if Malchus had time to be angry at Peter since Jesus healed him so fast.  If Malchus’ relative tried to rile Malchus later about Peter, Malchus might have instead secretly told him about the loving, healing touch of Jesus.  After all, Jesus has a way of stealing the show.

 

Luke 6:17-19

Jesus certainly had enemies on earth, but he also had a lot of fans.  At one point in Luke, a massive crowd traveled to hear Jesus.  Many came hoping for healing.  The people were rewarded for seeking Jesus.  As many people as there were, ALL of them attempted to touch Jesus since power was emanating from Him.  Do you know what happened?  They were ALL healed!

Can you imagine that scene?  I picture Jesus with His arms out, with too many pleading people pushing and desperately trying to reach out and touch Him.  I searched online to see any art inspired from this Scripture.  However, I was disappointed to see lame art.  What I saw was a still, sparse group of people looking rather relaxed and definitely not trying to get to Him.  Nevertheless, we can still try to visualize that great event.

Do you need healing?  Seek our Super Savior!

Matthew 3:1-6

My family and I recently got back from a trip to Kentucky.  On our way back home, we stopped in Indiana at a Steak ‘n Shake.  We saw a plane in the distance with a banner.  Since we were on vacation, we had binoculars and I used them to see what the banner said.  I was so curious to know, but all it said was, “$1 soft drinks-M”.  I’ve never seen such an insignificant message in the sky.

Later, I looked up how much it is to get a plane to fly a banner.  On one website, it said that it’s $350 each hour and there’s $100 charge for setting up!

John the Baptist didn’t need a plane banner.  People came to him.  But if someone from the future offered him free plane banner advertising in the sky, I think he’d want it to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  Now that’s a significant message!