Sunday, August 2, 2015

Jesus, son of the Devil or the Son of God? (Lord, Help My Unbelief)


Now when the Pharisees heard [Jesus healed the blind and mute demon-possessed man (12:23)] they said, ‘This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.’ But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house
(Matthew 12:24-29,
NKJV).

For those determined not to believe, even a miracle can be a waste of time and effort! When the Pharisees heard about Jesus’ power over demons, they didn’t doubt the miracle; but they refused to believe what the miracle indicated. They looked diligently for another explanation. “The miracle occurred,” they seem to said, “because Jesus was on the same team as the demons – they were playing along with him rather than being forcibly removed from their victims!”

Their explanation at first certainly seemed to them to fit the observable facts. But Jesus shattered their accusation with two devastating counterarguments. First, what could possibly accomplished if Satan were casting out Satan? If the demons were being exorcised by friendly fire, then Satan’s kingdom was self-destructing. Second, the Pharisees, so eager to discredit Jesus’ power, ended up discrediting their own exorcists. By saying that only the demonic can expel demonic, they had inadvertently offended some of their own group who were involved in confronting demonic powers (“…by whom do your sons cast them out?”). Jesus mildly pointed out that those people would not sit idly by and let their ministry be discredited.

But Jesus wasn’t finished. He now answered the question originally posed by the crowd that had witnessed the healing: “Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?” (Matthew 12:23). He said, “But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you” (v.12:28). The “if” challenged Jesus’ listeners to make up their own minds. They had just seen the miracle and heard two widely divergent explanations; which one were they going to believe?

Think about this: Even today, we can hardly think about Jesus without asking questions, so it helps that the Bible doesn’t forbid questions. But it does press us to use questions on the way to faith rather than using unending questions to put off believing. If we insist that every question must be answered before we believe, we will never get around to believing. Now, after you encountered his miracles (healing, raising the dead, multiplying food, etc.) and people’s witnessed about him (the Father and the Holy Spirit during his baptism, John the Baptist, the old prophets by means of prophesies, those who he healed and done miracles, etc.), you must make up your own mind. Is Jesus just mere son of a man or the son of the devil or the Son of God? Jesus is asking you, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29).

THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.

Reference: Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2011) Week 12, Day 4.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jesus deka Megai Jari Kitai


[Jesus ngau bala murid Iya] angkat ari kanisa lalu terus mansang ngagai rumah Simon saduai Andrew. James saduai John mega bela enggau sida. Mentua Simon ti indu kena sakit, sereta Jesus datai ba endor nya iya lalu ditusoi ka pasal utai nya. Jesus mansang ngagai iya, megai jari iya, lalu ngangkat ka iya. Iya gerai, lalu angkat mela sida.
Leboh hari nyau lemai, sida mai orang ti sakit enggau orang ti dirasok antu ngagai Jesus. Samoa orang mayuh di nengeri nya begelumu ba moa rumah. Jesus nyuman ka mayoh orang ti kena laban mayoh macham penyakit, lalu muai mayoh antu ari sida. Iya enda ngasoh antu nyebut utai nama-nama, laban sida ngelala iya
(Mark 1:29-34, Berita Manah ka Rebak Diatu).

Berita pasal Jesus nyuman ka orang ti sakit – pegari amat. Udah lemai ari Sabbat, maioh amat orang datai bebai ka bala pangan ti sakit deka minta disuman ka Tuhan Jesus. Penyinu enggau pengasih Jesus udu amat meda samoa sida ke mayoh macham penyakit enggau sida dirasok antu. Jangkak aku, Jesus bejako enggau tiap-tiap iko sida, lalu ngengkah ka jari Iya ba tiap-tiap iko sida ti sakit, lalu suman. Peda gaya Iya megai jari mentua Simon Peter ti sakit, lalu ngangkat ka iya (1:31). Ati Jesus penoh enggau penyinu.

Samoa orang chukup lantang amat ati, jangkak aku agi sidak iya bepegai ba kaki enggau baju Jesus lalu nyungkor ka diri beterima-kasih. Sekeda orang ke dirasok antu tentu bisi manjong: “Nuan meh Anak Allah Taala” – lalu dirara Jesus laban sida nemu serta ngelala Iya. (Sama sebaka enggau antu dalam Mark 1:24). Endang amat meh jako ke dikingat ka bala Rasul ari Bup Nabi Isaias: “Iya empu ngenat ka samoa penusah, lalu deka ngasai ka pemerat penusah kitai.” Sida nemu Tuhan amat sinu ka anembiak Iya maia sida ditinggang pemedis enggau penusah, sampai mega Iya empu ensepi pemedis kitai (Laban Iya empu nyadi mensia alu begulai enggau kitai).

Nya amat penyinu – nyepi penusah, pengirau, pemedis orang baka pemedis diri empu. Enti kitai bisi penyinu tu, kitai sebaka amat enggau Tuhan. Ukai mimit aja orang ti dituntong penusah: orang sakit, orang ti kediri-diri, ti silu-ilu, ti tusah. Anang kitai enda peduli. Tang berati ka penusah orang nya, ngambi bisi ungkup ba penusah iya, mending ka iya, lalu mega besembiang ka iya. Au, besembiang sama-sama enggau iya. Ati kitai anang baka batu. Ari Jako Tuhan tu, kitai meda Jesus deka amat ngenjauh ka orang ari penusah enggau pemedis bakatu enggau kuasa Iya ti besai lalu enggau pengasih Iya. Kangau ka Nama Iya aja. Lalu tekala nya Iya enggau nuan.

Sembiang
O Jesus, amat mayoh orang dituntong penusah: tabin, menawa, sakit ontak, tuai lalu nadai orang ngibun, silu-ilu, dikacau antu, enggau mayoh bengkah penusah bukai. Tulong aku ngelala Nuan dalam samoa sida. Lalu rajin agi merindang sida. Amen.

THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.

Diambik, disemak, disalin ngau diubah ulih aku ari Mending Ka Tuhan: Berati ka Injil St Mark
Ditusun ulih F.A. Vergeer M.H.M.
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Jesus is Continually Healing the Helpless


Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see. The crowd was amazed and asked, ‘Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?’” (Matthew 12:22-23, NLT).

Healing is one of Jesus’ most prominent acts of ministry. He healed those with physical needs: lameness, blindness, and so on. He healed some who were troubled by a demonic presence, as in today’s passage. And Jesus helped those who needed spiritual healing: forgiveness of sin, cleansing of the soul, restoration of wholeness. Mark 2:1-12 shows Jesus healing people physically to demonstrate that he could also heal people spiritually.

No one talks much about demons today. (Maybe in the East Malaysia we’re quite familiar with these kind of talks. I think the West in the cities probably a bit difficult to imagine). Talks of demons is interpreted as primitive ignorance combined with a barely hidden fear that such an obvious display of evil would be terrifying. Some people chalk up all reported demonic activity to a simplistic view of reality that explains all natural phenomena in spiritual terms. But insisting that everything can be explained naturalistically eventually strips life of any meaning beyond chemical reactions. The Bible takes a more realistic approach by describing life experiences in real terms. The human writers (of the Bible) understood demons to be as much of the natural (fallen) order as any one of many items that can’t be seen (gases, love, light) but are still real.

In today’s passage, we glimpse an encounter between Jesus and demonic powers that had incapacitated a man’s sight and speech. This man with normal eyes and vocal cords couldn’t use them because a demon prevented him. Jesus’ impulsion of the demon freed this man to engage the world. Imagine for a moment the helplessness of blindness and muteness. This man “was brought to Jesus”; he didn’t find his own way. His whole experience is a teaching case for us of the incapacitating effects of sin and the wonderful ways God heals us.

Think about this: Jesus’ desire to heal others clearly demonstrated his compassion. His healing helped bring isolated people back into community. He urges us to show compassion toward others by praying for healing or bringing a healing word to those who are hurting. Do these and let people consider Jesus who is living in you by asking, “Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?” For only Jesus can save, but we can make people ready to welcome Jesus in their life by preparing “the way… make ready the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Mark 1:2-3) through healing – physically and spiritually – the helpless. Pray.

THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.

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