Morning Reads: John 20:19-31; Hebrews 9:11-14; & Mark 10:32-45- “The Faith of Thomas”see my write up
Welcome back. Great is His faithfulness.
Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed.
First Reading John 20:19-31
"Jesus Appears to Ten Disciples" and "The Purpose of John's Gospel"
(vv. 21-23)- read Acts 14 and 1 John 1- Acts 14 helps with the understanding of ordination see especially vv. 22-23 in Acts 14. See 1 John 1- helps with understanding confession and walking in the light see especially 1 John 1:5-10, this chapter is very short.
The doubt of Thomas is described in the Church hymns as "BLESSED" , it was not a doubt of the resistance of truth, but one that desperately needed a truth answer- this doubt gave birth to "FAITH" - when the answer was revealed. In the hymns of the Church, Christ says to Thomas, "Your doubt will teach MY PASSION AND RESURRECTION TO ALL", and we affirm that his doubt, "brought the hearts of believers to knowledge." The conversion of Thomas' doubt into faith led him to the clearest confession of Christ's divinity, addressing Jesus as MY LORD AND MY GOD (v. 28).
John 20:28-29:28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, [a]“Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" this is for all those in Jesus' time, and after His time all the way up to our present time, keep the faith and stay the course endure to the end.
Second Reading Hebrews 9:11-14
"The Heavenly Sanctuary and Liturgy"
See this mornings video and my video from yesterday for better understanding and for comparison. Getting ready for Church this morning. Here is a link from yesterday's video and there was a write up with it. Link: yesterday's day morning reads https://youtu.be/FgtRDEhKOjg see also Hebrews 6:1 in conjunction with Hebrews 9:11-14 it helps with understanding of v. 14 here in Hebrews 9:11-14.
"THE ETERNAL SPIRIT" seen in v. 14 is proof the Holy Spirit is fully God.
Video link talking about the Holy Spirit our Advocate, Helper, Comforter and the Spirit of Truth: https://youtu.be/Vtp3twQqwEI
Third Reading Mark 10:32-45
Jesus' Third Prophecy of His Passion- and True Greatness in Serving
vv. 32-34: Christ's had repeated predictions of His Passion and they were attended to encourage and to also strengthen the disciples for the world they would soon face after His Passion. This confirms Christ went on His own free will and by His own choosing to be crucified on the CROSS.
vv.35-40: I read Matthew 20:20-23 for comparison please see this morning's video for better understanding. Other sources to help understanding of Matthew 20:20-23- Hebrews 12:2; and Romans 6:3-6; Matthew 11:11 and also Luke 1:28
v. 45: The phrase FOR MANY is an Aramaic expression meaning "FOR ALL."
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell
John 12:13: took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
“Hosanna!‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of theLord!’The King of Israel!”
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