I was searching through blogs and came across this question: Could Jesus get sick?
I commented at the thirstytheologian’s site, but I was so stirred by the question I had to put something here as well.
I believed that Jesus could have gotten sick. He was 100% God but He was also 100% human*. His humanness and the frailty of the human body would have definitely allowed Him to become sick!
Funny though, I don’t remember anywhere in the scriptures where it says that Jesus was sick.
Do you know of any scriptures that say so? Do comment on what you think.
* The official term for this concept is hypostatic union. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypostatic_union
I got a mental sting the other day. A preacher mentioned that there are many “be’s” in the scriptures*. We are to be faithful, be holy, be quiet. We are not to be wicked, envious, and so on.
Yet, there is nothing in the scriptures that allows for one to “be trying”!
Ouch! How many times has someone challenged my actions and I have said, “Well I am trying to do better.”
So much for the trying! Father God, help me to move on to consistently being!
Share what you know about how to do the “be’s” of the scriptures.
[* Examples of KJV scripture, underline mine]
Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
I Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Often we walk into places and our noses will pick up the odors in the air. I am sure you can easily remember the smells of a favorite meal, the coffee-house, the perfume counter, or the bakery. You can also remember the smell at an alley or the stench of a sewer.
We, through our lifestyles, want to always leave a fragrance. A fragrance as given at www.onelook.com is a distinctive odor that is pleasant.
So as you go about your life today ask yourself, “When people see me come and especially after they have said goodbye, have I left behind a fragrance or a smell?”
I frequently speak to family and friends about getting delivered from a bad habit or negative way of thinking. I said this recently to a family member and she said, “You oughta stop saying you need to be delivered. Just be stable for a while.”
My justification was that I feel stable but that I need to keep asking for God’s help to stay stable.
At first, she made feel self-conscious for admitting that I frequently ask God for help. And then hours after the conversation was over, I began to wonder if I was asking God for too much of His help.
God brought to mind that it was okay to ask for deliverance. Plus, God brought to my mind that deliverance was like lumps in a cake.
A cake may turn out okay with lumps in it; but it’s much better if you first get all the lumps out before you bake that cake.
We too, can have salvation but our life and our witness will be so much better if we get the lumps out.
So no matter if your lump is: a bad attitude, having difficulty getting along with others, lying, cheating, or whatever, ask for deliverance.
We all need to rid ourselves of a few lumps! Share which lump He got out you!
I found the words “Communicate Jesus” and the corresponding blog http://www.communicatejesus.com while I was on the Internet today.
The words provoked me again to ask myself about how I am communicating Jesus to my neighbors, friends, and family. Am I being rude, terse, indifferent, or just too busy to help, to care?
If we want to evangelize (or convert others to Christianity) we need to show the love that Jesus had for those who were around him. We need to show others that they have value, to stop and listen to their concerns, and to act on their behalf.
As we do all of this, we will be showing love and communicating Jesus in the loudest, most positive, and most impactful way possible.
So let’s encourage one another to put off rudeness, self-centeredness, self-righteousness, and even indifference.
Love will draw others to you like a magnet! (When they are close, then you can tell them how you came to have so much love. Of course Jesus will be His name!)
Time and time again we hear, “We are blessed, we are blessed, we are blessed.” We hear it so much in fact, it almost sounds like a cliche?
Have you stopped to truly ponder how blessed we are? Think on the little things that God did for you that make you grateful. See my list below. 🙂
This is how blessed I am:
1. I woke up today sane. (In church circles we say, “woke up in my right mind”.
2. I was healthy and strong enough to bathe and dress myself.
3. My house did not catch on fire yesterday!
4. My immediate family members are all healthy!
5. I could see the sun shining through the windows.
6. I can blink my eye lashes.
7. My back stopped hurting! (Thank you Jesus!)
8. I sang praise songs to the Father this morning.
9. I had food to eat today.
10. I was not double-minded today. Lately, when asked how I am I say, “I need a job.” I didn’t say that today! (If the Father supplies all that I need then why do I keep contradicting what He says in His Word? If I really needed a job today, then would not He have provided one?) The job will show up soon enough! 🙂
In Luke 19:37-40 (KJV) we find: And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; 38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
Don’t let the stones cry out for you!
Share how you’ve been blessed today!
Today a piece of scripture came to life.
This morning I discovered that I had lost my identification and a few other items.
Minutes ago, I found them. I am so grateful not to have to redo paperwork to replace the items that I wanted to shout a big “thank you God” in my house and on the street!
Then, I remembered the scripture about the woman who had lost a piece of silver and swept her house* until she found it. She was so relieved that she went and told her neighbors. (I am so relieved to have found my items that I am telling all of you– my cyberspace neighbors!) 🙂
Whew! Glad that search is over!
What are you grateful about today?
Luke 15: 8-9 (KJV) 8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.