- Jesus lifted up His eyes on His disciples and said, “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” (6:20) Here Jesus is not talking about financial poverty. but poverty in spirit; this means that though we might know many things from the Word, that will not be enough for us. We would never know Him completely in this life, and we should always be eager to learn and receive from Him. We should never be satisfied in knowing Him. At the same time, we should not despise those who are having lesser knowledge than us.
- When blind Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus, those who were in the crowd sternly ordered him to be quiet; but that did not discourage him; he shouted even more loudly. Jesus stood still at his cry and commanded him to be brought to Him. Bartimaeus’ persistence made Jesus to stand still and attend to Bartimaeus’ desperate need to get his sight. We should also never be discouraged by hindrance to call out to our Saviour in times of need.
- Jesus chose twelve disciples. But out of the twelve, three were very close to Him. They were Peter, John and James. Jesus took only these three to Jairus’ house (Lk.8:51), where He raised Jairus’ twelve year old daughter back to life.
- He took only these three to the Mount of Transfiguration to show them a glimpse of His glory. Jesus knew beforehand that Peter, John and James would sleep; still He took them to the Mount of Transfiguration to show them the glimpse of His kingdom and glory. Jesus gave that heavenly experience to these three – His very close disciples. And later on, Peter wrote in his epistle about this glorious experience with Saviour that, ‘For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honour and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain” (2 Pet.1:16-18).
- Jesus said in Matthew 5:17,18 that, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” And on the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses the representative of Law and Elijah the representative of Prophets appeared in glory and spoke of Jesus’ death. Yes, Jesus fulfilled the law by His life and death on the Cross.
- Jesus is from the beginning. He is from Genesis. John says in 1:1,2,14 that,
In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
That is the reason why on the way to Emmaus, Resurrected Jesus expounded to the two disciples all the things concerning Himself, BEGINNING from Moses and all the prophets (Lk.24:25-27).
Again in the closed room Jesus Himself stood in the midst of the disciples, and said to them,“These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures(Lk.24:44-45).
I pray that, may He also open our understanding to know Him more and more from the Old Testament, from the Law, Statutes, Ordinances, Precepts, Judgments, Psalms, yes from the beginning of the Bible. God bless.
~ Anjali Jose
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