Jesus’ Thoughts on Prayer
Jesus told us everything we need to know about prayer. The Forgiveness Foundation plans to share Jesus’ teachings about prayer over the next fourteen days, “The Forgiveness Foundation’s 14 Days of Prayer.” Our objective is to learn to pray as Jesus taught us to pray.We pray that you will join us.Matthew 6:6-8 shares some do’s and don’ts about prayer.
(5)"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. (6) But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (7) “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.(8) Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you Him.”Matthew 6:6-8 (ESV)
In verse 5, Jesus tells us that God is looking for a sincere relationship and not one designed for others to observe rather than true and sincere relationship with God.Jesus in verse 6, tells us seek a private place to pray. This allows us to pray without interruption or distraction.In verse 7, Jesus tells us that the length of our prayer does not account for its reception from God.God is looking at our heart as intently as He listens to our words. In verse 8, Jesus reminds us to not be like them, the hypocrites, people who play act a life for God without having a genuine heart to live life for Him.
Jesus' Thoughts On Prayer
The word Christian means to be Christ like, that is, to take on the characteristics of Jesus – inwardly and outwardly.One characteristic of Jesus Christ that is sited universally is love. Love is described in 1st Corinthians 13 and Jesus tells us to love everyone. “But I (Jesus) say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” … Matthew 5:24 (ESV) If you are having a problem forgiving someone, you have a love problem.Is there someone in your life who has wronged you and you can’t let go of that hurt, follow the words of Jesus, pray for them, pray that they be blessed upon their greatest imagination, and watch what Jesus does in your life.
THE JOURNEY TO CALVARY
SIN DEFEATED – RESURRECTION SUNDAY
The Last Supper
17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. 21 And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 25 Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”
26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” Matthew 26:17-29 (ESV)
Christ’s Anointing At Bethany
When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to His disciples, (2) “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” (3) Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, (4) and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill Him. (5) But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
(6) Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, (7) a woman came up to Him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on His head as he reclined at table. (8) And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” (9) For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” (10) But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. (11) For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. (12) In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. (13) Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
(14) Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests (15) and said, “What will you give me if I deliver Him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. (16) And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray Him. Matthew 26:1-16 (ESV)
Christ’s Triumphant Entry to Jerusalem – Palm Sunday
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethpage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples (2) and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. (3) If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” (4) And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they united it. (5) And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” (6) And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. (7) And they brought their cloaks to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and He sat on it. (8) And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. (9) And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! (10) Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
(11) And He entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when He had looked around at everything, as it was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve. Mark 11:1-11 (ESV)
January 2, 2013
Think Like Jesus 2013
The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries (TFFCM)want to help Christians prepare to live a life that is pleasing to God through our series Think Like Jesus 2013. Our series, Think Like Jesus 2013, will take us through the Word while examining how Jesus applied the Word to situations He shared with us in the Bible. The objective of our series, Think Like Jesus 2013,is to help us learn and apply the scripture to our daily lives.
Jesus Tempted by Satan
(Blue parentheses is commentary) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But He (Jesus) answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. ’ (Jesus’ response is from Deuteronomy 8:3) Then the devil took Him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to Him, “ If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.‘” (Jesus’ response is from Deuteronomy 6:16 and Isaiah 7:12) Again the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ’You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’” (Jesus’ response is from Deuteronomy 6:13)Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him. (Matthew 4:1-11, ESV)
The temptation of Jesus begins with Jesus being led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where, for forty days and forty nights, Jesus fasts. The Bible does not make it clear what Jesus did to prepare for the temptations of Satan during the forty days and nights of fasting. It is clear that Jesus knew what was coming and that He was prepared with knowledge of the Word (Temple training as a youth) to fend off Satan. The scripture is replete with scenes of Jesus going off, often alone, and often early in the morning to pray. It is likely Jesus prayed during this period of fasting. Keep in mind that the Jesus, who confronted the temptations of Satan, was incarnate man. He was also prepared.
Think Like Jesus 2013
Temptation The Path to Sin
If you are a parent, you probably remember Christmas Eve. Do you recall just how hard it is to get excited children to bed? Can you remember the pressure building knowing that a bicycle, a bicycle in a box, a bicycle in a box is waiting for you to put it together, to put it together quietly, quietly before morning, and placing it under the Christmas tree? Remember deciding to leave the assembly instructions in the bicycle’s box. Do you remember taking the bicycle apart and retrieving the instructions from the box before you put the bicycle together correctly. Are you like Adam? He actually read the instructions and decided to ignore them.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” (Genesis 2:15-17, ESV)
March 19, 2013
Overview of Holy Week
The final week of Lent, the week before Easter Sunday, is known as Holy Week.Many churches use this week to focus on the last days of Jesus’ life.Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and remembering Jesus’ triumphant entry in Jerusalem.Maundy Thursday often includes a variety of events, including the Last Supper, Jesus’ fervent prayer in the garden while His disciples slept, and Jesus’ betrayal.Good Friday is the day of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial.Holy Week ends with Holy Saturday, a day that Jesus remained in the tomb.
Holy Week is immediately followed by Easter Sunday, which celebrates Jesus defeating death and rising again, granting us all eternal salvation, if we chose to accept it.As with Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday is an extremely joyous occasion.
Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday
The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written “Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming seated on a donkey’s colt.” At first His disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.(John 12:12-16, NIV)
In this passage, Jesus fulfills the prophecy written in Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Jesus is announcing Himself as David’s descendant and as the Messiah.Jesus is the Savior for which they have been waiting!
Those cheering Jesus’ triumphant arrival would, only five days later, be cheering Jesus’ suffering, His pain, and demanding His death.
In most churches, this Sunday is known as Palm Sunday, for the waving of the palm branches as Jesus entered Jerusalem.Palm Sunday is often a celebratory Sunday, as it was on that Sunday in history.Jesus is celebrated as being the Messiah.Celebratory hymns such as “Hosanna” are often sung, with some churches waving palm leaves while singing.Many churches also find ways to incorporate children into the service with reenactments of Jesus entering Jerusalem and the waving of palm branches.
In the church year, the two biggest holidays are Christmas and Easter.Church attendance soars on these two days, the days celebrated as Jesus’ birth and Jesus’ resurrection.Many churches have additional services, or move the service to a larger space, to accommodate the increased crowd size.Whether you are a twice-a-year churchgoer or attend weekly, Easter Sunday is a cause for great celebration.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb,taking the spices they had prepared.And they foundthe stone rolled away from the tomb,but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.While they were perplexed about this, behold,twomen stood by them in dazzling apparel.And as they werefrightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you,while he was still in Galilee,that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men andbe crucified and onthe third day rise.”And they remembered his words,and returning from the tomb theytold all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.(Luke 24:1-9, ESV)
After resting on the Sabbath several women went back to the tomb in which Jesus had been buried.Jesus’ body had not been prepared with the traditional spices used in burials.The women were returning to complete His burial.Instead of finding Jesus lying dead in the tomb, the linens, which had been wrapped around His body, were empty.There was no body.The women were told by angels that Jesus had risen, just as had been foretold.
Our faith, as Christians, is rooted in Easter Sunday.Do you believe that Jesus died and rose again?We are saved not only because Jesus, the perfect, sinless man died for our sins, but also because He rose again!Jesus defeated death.His resurrection showed that He was who He said He was.He was not just another prophet; He was the Son of God.
Resurrection Sunday.Easter.Both refer to the day that Jesus defeated death and rose again, granting everyone who believes, eternal salvation.What a glorious and joyful day!