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Immanuel = God With Us

And the Word was made flesh, and tabernacled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  Matthew 1:22,23

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.  Hebrews 10:5-7

And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel. Isaiah 8:8

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.  Revelation 21:3

He came unto His own

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him.  He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him.  John 1:10,11

Who has believed our message? To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?  For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no good looks or majesty. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn’t respect him.  Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he didn’t open his mouth.  He was taken away by oppression and judgment; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living and stricken for the disobedience of my people?  They made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.  Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him. He has caused him to suffer. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he will see his offspring. He will prolong his days, and Yahweh’s pleasure will prosper in his hand.   After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied. My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself; and he will bear their iniquities.  Therefore I will give him a portion with the great, and he will divide the plunder with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was counted with the transgressors; yet he bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  Isaiah 53

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Numberer of secrets or Wonderful Numberer

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  Galatians 4:4,5

Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  Hebrews 9:10-12

Unto us a Savior

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.  Hebrews 2:16-18

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:5-11

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.  I Timothy 3:16

But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  Hebrews 7:24,25

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.   Philippians 3:20-21

Desire of ALL Nations & The Consolation of Israel

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:  And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.  Exodus 4:22,23  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.   Exodus 13:1,2

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;  Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.   Numbers 3:11-13

And having an high priest over the house of God;   Hebrews 10:21  But this man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Hebrews 7:24   God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.   Hebrews 1:1-4

Star of Jacob

I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.  Numbers 24:17   The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Genesis 49:10  

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  Matthew 2:1,2

He Shall Be Called a Nazarene

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The Word

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  John 5:39

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.   All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  John 1:1-4

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  Revelation 19:11-13

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Behold, The LAMB of God

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! John 1:29 & 35,36

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.   Genesis 3:21

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide HIMSELF a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.   Genesis 22:7,8

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:  Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.  Hebrews 11:17-19

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.   Isaiah 53:7

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  Revelation 13:8

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We have found the Messiah!

And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.  One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.  He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.  And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.   The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.  Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.  And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!  Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.   Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.  And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.  John 1:37-51

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Revealed His Glory

The third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there.  Jesus also was invited, with his disciples, to the marriage.  When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine.”  Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come.”  His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it.”  Now there were six water pots of stone set there after the Jews’ way of purifying, containing two or three metretes apiece.  Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” They filled them up to the brim.   He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the ruler of the feast.” So they took it.  When the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and didn’t know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast called the bridegroom, and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the guests have drunk freely, then that which is worse. You have kept the good wine until now!”  This beginning of his signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:1-11

Blessed is everyone who fears Yahweh, who walks in his ways.  For you will eat the labor of your hands. You will be happy, and it will be well with you.  Your wife will be as a fruitful vine, in the innermost parts of your house; your children like olive plants, around your table.  Behold, thus is the man blessed who fears Yahweh.  May Yahweh bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life.  Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel. Psalm 128

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In His Temple

He said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  Luke 2:49

To those who sold the doves, he said, “Take these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace!”  His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will eat me up.”  The Jews therefore answered him, “What sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things?”  Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”  The Jews therefore said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple! Will you raise it up in three days?”  But he spoke of the temple of his body.  When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he said this, and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.  John 2:16-22

Now in the things which we are saying, the main point is this. We have such a high priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a servant of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. Hebrews 8:1,2

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Only Begotten Son

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  The same came to him by night, and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’  The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered him, “How can these things be?”  Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and don’t understand these things?  Most certainly I tell you, we speak that which we know, and testify of that which we have seen, and you don’t receive our witness.  If I told you earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven.  As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.  He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.  This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.  For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.”  John 3:1-21

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He Must Increase

After these things, Jesus came with his disciples into the land of Judea. He stayed there with them, and baptized.  John also was baptizing in Enon near Salim, because there was much water there. They came, and were baptized.  For John was not yet thrown into prison.  There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John’s disciples with some Jews about purification.  They came to John, and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, the same baptizes, and everyone is coming to him.”  John answered, “A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven.  You yourselves testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before him.’  He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. This, my joy, therefore is made full.  He must increase, but I must decrease.  He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.  What he has seen and heard, of that he testifies; and no one receives his witness.  He who has received his witness has set his seal to this, that God is true.  For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God gives the Spirit without measure.  The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.  One who believes in the Son has eternal life, but one who disobeys the Son won’t see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” John 3:22-36

Living Water

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I know that Messiah comes….”I AM He”

So he came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being tired from his journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.  A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”  For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.  The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)  Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. So where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, as did his children, and his livestock?” Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I don’t get thirsty, neither come all the way here to draw.”  

Christ, the Savior of the World

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You said well, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband. This you have said truly.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.  Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, will you worship the Father.  You worship that which you don’t know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.  But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshipers.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”  The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah comes, he who is called Christ. When he has come, he will declare to us all things.”  Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who speaks to you.”  At this, his disciples came. They marveled that he was speaking with a woman; yet no one said, “What are you looking for?” or, “Why do you speak with her?”  So the woman left her water pot, and went away into the city, and said to the people,  “Come, see a man who told me everything that I did. Can this be the Christ?”  They went out of the city, and were coming to him.  In the meanwhile, the disciples urged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”  The disciples therefore said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.  Don’t you say, ‘There are yet four months until the harvest?’ Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already.  He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to eternal life; that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  For in this the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you haven’t labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”  From that city many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the word of the woman, who testified, “He told me everything that I did.”  So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed there two days.  Many more believed because of his word.  They said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of your speaking; for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”  John 4:5-42

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Your son lives!

After the two days he went out from there and went into Galilee.  For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.  So when he came into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also went to the feast.  Jesus came therefore again to Cana of Galilee, where he made the water into wine. There was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.  When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him, and begged him that he would come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.  Jesus therefore said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will in no way believe.”  The nobleman said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”  Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.  As he was now going down, his servants met him and reported, saying “Your child lives!”  So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. They said therefore to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour, the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” He believed, as did his whole house.  This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out of Judea into Galilee.  John 4:43-54

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Behold, you are made well.

After these things, there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  Now in Jerusalem by the sheep gate, there is a pool, which is called in Hebrew, “Bethesda”, having five porches.  In these lay a great multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, or paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel went down at certain times into the pool, and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had.  A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to be made well?”  The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Arise, take up your mat, and walk.”  Immediately, the man was made well, and took up his mat and walked. Now it was the Sabbath on that day.  So the Jews said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to carry the mat.”  He answered them, “He who made me well, the same said to me, ‘Take up your mat, and walk.’”  Then they asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your mat, and walk’?”  But he who was healed didn’t know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a crowd being in the place.  Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “Behold, you are made well. Sin no more, so that nothing worse happens to you.”  John 5:1-14

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He is the Son of Man

The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.  For this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he did these things on the Sabbath.  But Jesus answered them, “My Father is still working, so I am working, too.”  For this cause therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God.  Jesus therefore answered them, “Most certainly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does likewise.
For the Father has affection for the Son, and shows him all things that he himself does. He will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel.  For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires.  For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesn’t honor the Son doesn’t honor the Father who sent him.  “Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.  Most certainly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of God’s voice; and those who hear will live.  For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.  He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man.  Don’t marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice, and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.  I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous; because I don’t seek my own will, but the will of my Father who sent me.  “If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid.  It is another who testifies about me. I know that the testimony which he testifies about me is true.  John 5:15-32

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The Father has sent Me.

You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.  But the testimony which I receive is not from man. However, I say these things that you may be saved.  He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.  But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John, for the works which the Father gave me to accomplish, the very works that I do, testify about me, that the Father has sent me.  The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.  You don’t have his word living in you; because you don’t believe him whom he sent.  “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me. Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life.  I don’t receive glory from men.  But I know you, that you don’t have God’s love in yourselves. I have come in my Father’s name, and you don’t receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God?  “Don’t think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me.  But if you don’t believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” John 5:33-47

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The Lord has anointed Me

John, calling to himself two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?” When the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptizer has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?’” In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and to many who were blind he gave sight. Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard: that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me.”  When John’s messengers had departed, he began to tell the multitudes about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?  But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously dressed, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts.  But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ “For I tell you, among those who are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptizer, yet he who is least in God’s Kingdom is greater than he.”  Luke 7:19-28

The Lord Yahweh’s Spirit is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of Yahweh’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he may be glorified.  Isaiah 61:1-3

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

 “Seventy weeks are decreed on your people and on your holy city, to finish disobedience, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. “Know therefore and discern that from the going out of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem to the Anointed One, the prince, will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It will be built again, with street and moat, even in troubled times. After the sixty-two weeks the Anointed One will be cut off, and will have nothing. The people of the prince who come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end will be with a flood, and war will be even to the end. Desolations are determined. He will make a firm covenant with many for one week. In the middle of the week he will cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease. On the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate; and even to the full end, and that determined, wrath will be poured out on the desolate.” Daniel 9:24-27

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Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Good News of God’s Kingdom, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and God’s Kingdom is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News.” Mark 1:14,15

He told them a parable. “See the fig tree, and all the trees.  When they are already budding, you see it and know by your own selves that the summer is already near. Even so you also, when you see these things happening, know that God’s Kingdom is near.  Most certainly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things are accomplished. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.  “So be careful, or your hearts will be loaded down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day will come on you suddenly.  For it will come like a snare on all those who dwell on the surface of all the earth.  Therefore be watchful all the time, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  Luke 21:29-36

I AM the Bread of Life

Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”  Jesus therefore said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn’t Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.  For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”  They said therefore to him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will not be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  But I told you that you have seen me, and yet you don’t believe.  All those whom the Father gives me will come to me. He who comes to me I will in no way throw out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.  This is the will of my Father who sent me, that of all he has given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day.  This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:31-40

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Anointed Me to Preach

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?  And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.  And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.  And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.  And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,  And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.  But he passing through the midst of them went his way,  Luke 4:16-30

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Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men

Walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men.”  They immediately left their nets and followed him.  Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them.  They immediately left the boat and their father, and followed him.  Matthew 4:18-22

Now while the multitude pressed on him and heard the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret.  He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets.  He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.  When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.”  Simon answered him, “Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the net.”  When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish, and their net was breaking.  They beckoned to their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. They came, and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.  But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord.”  For he was amazed, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had caught; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will be catching people alive.”  When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything, and followed him. Luke 5:1-11

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Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean

Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”  Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Jesus said to him, “See that you tell nobody, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” Matthew 8:2-4

While he was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man full of leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and begged him, saying, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”  He stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him.  He commanded him to tell no one, “But go your way, and show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing according to what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.”  But the report concerning him spread much more, and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.  But he withdrew himself into the desert, and prayed.  Luke 5:12-16

As they went out, behold, a mute man who was demon possessed was brought to him.  When the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke. The multitudes marveled, saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!”  But the Pharisees said, “By the prince of the demons, he casts out demons.” Matthew 9:32-34

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Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you

He entered into a boat, and crossed over, and came into his own city. Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you.”  Behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man blasphemes.” Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?  For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk?’  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins-” (then he said to the paralytic), “Get up, and take up your mat, and go to your house.”  He arose and departed to his house.  But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.  Matthew 9:1-8

When he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was heard that he was in the house.  Immediately many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even around the door; and he spoke the word to them.  Four people came, carrying a paralytic to him.  When they could not come near to him for the crowd, they removed the roof where he was. When they had broken it up, they let down the mat that the paralytic was lying on.  Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”  But there were some of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,  “Why does this man speak blasphemies like that? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”  Immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you reason these things in your hearts?  Which is easier, to tell the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’ or to say, ‘Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?’  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I tell you, arise, take up your mat, and go to your house.”  He arose, and immediately took up the mat, and went out in front of them all; so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”  Mark 2:1-12

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Calling Levi-Matthew

As Jesus passed by from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax collection office. He said to him, “Follow me.” He got up and followed him.  As he sat in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.  When the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  When Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do.  But you go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  Then John’s disciples came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don’t fast?”  Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.  No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch would tear away from the garment, and a worse hole is made. Neither do people put new wine into old wine skins, or else the skins would burst, and the wine be spilled, and the skins ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wine skins, and both are preserved.”  Matthew 9:9-17

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Lord of the Sabbath

He was going on the Sabbath day through the grain fields, and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain.  The Pharisees said to him, “Behold, why do they do that which is not lawful on the Sabbath day?”  He said to them, “Did you never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry—he, and those who were with him?  How he entered into God’s house at the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the show bread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and gave also to those who were with him?” He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:23-28

I John, your brother and partner with you in the oppression, Kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet saying, “What you see, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:9-11

I gave them my statutes, and showed them my ordinances, which if a man does, he will live in them.  Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies them.  Ezekiel 20:11,12  I am Yahweh your God. Walk in my statutes, keep my ordinances, and do them.  Make my Sabbaths holy. They shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am Yahweh your God.’ Ezekiel 20:19,20

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He called to Himself

He went up into the mountain, and called to himself those whom he wanted, and they went to him.  He appointed twelve, that they might be with him, and that he might send them out to preach,  and to have authority to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:  Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);  James the son of Zebedee; and John, the brother of James, (whom he called Boanerges, which means, Sons of Thunder); Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. Then he came into a house.  Mark 3:13-19

In these days, he went out to the mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God.  When it was day, he called his disciples, and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles:  Simon, whom he also named Peter; Andrew, his brother; James; John; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Simon, who was called the Zealot; Judas the son of James; and Judas Iscariot, who also became a traitor. Luke 6:12-16

Seeing the multitudes, he went up onto the mountain. When he had sat down, his disciples came to him.  He opened his mouth and taught them, saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. 
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. “Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Matthew 5:1-12

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48

“Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful.  Luke 6:36

Speak the word only

When he came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking him, and saying, “Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented.”  Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”  The centurion answered, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and tell another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, “Most certainly I tell you, I haven’t found so great a faith, not even in Israel.  I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” His servant was healed in that hour.  Matthew 8:5-13

He had compassion on her

Soon afterwards, he went to a city called Nain. Many of his disciples, along with a great multitude, went with him.  Now when he came near to the gate of the city, behold, one who was dead was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. Many people of the city were with her. 
When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her, “Don’t cry.”  He came near and touched the coffin, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”  He who was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.  Fear took hold of all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited his people!”  This report went out concerning him in the whole of Judea, and in all the surrounding region. Luke 7:11-17