Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:27
The winds and the sea obeyed Him, but did His people? Having finished the sermon on the mount, the Lord began a series of miracles such as had not been seen in Israel for hundreds of years. As we begin Matthew chapter 8, it must be kept in mind that not since Elisha had there been a miracle-working prophet in Israel! Did that make the Lord's miracles special? Absolutely! These things did not justpersonification) of God. This is precisely why the Lord did these miraculous signs-to demonstrate His Deity! John bears witness of this fact later in John 20:20, 31. Jesus wasGod, and He was Israel's King!
With so many infallible proofs, we see the remarkable words of Matthew 11:20: "Then began He to upbraid the cities in which most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not." Think of it! The Creator God, He who has control over the very elements of the physical creation, stands ejected by His people! Alas! But God knew from the beginning what would happen. He knew also of Israel's next words: "Crucify Him!" He knew of their continued rejection of the kingdom offer through the risen Christ at Pentecost. He knew that they would stone Stephen and thus conclude themselves in unbelief along with the Gentiles. But the most glorious truth of all: He knew that then He would reveal the mystery of His will-His sacred secret given to the world through Paul-to display the riches of His grace in building from two, one NEW man, the Body of Christ! The Christ who once wrought miracles in Israel is now Head of a new Church-His Body! And what of the favored nation and her kingdom? Read Romans chapter 11,
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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