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The Million-Dollar Question

“Where can I deposit my donation?’

The saying, “There’s no such thing as a ‘free lunch’ does, at times, mirror the magnitude of corruption that prevails worldwide. The truth of the matter, there is no way one can donate towards the ‘running costs’ of this site.

On the other hand, there are ways in which one can show one’s support or, God forbid, one’s dismay. Whichever, the request is the same:

         (a) Pray God’s blessing on the effort of publishing the truth and nothing but the truth.  In this way, should one doubt of the contents and one’s prayer is answered, God will find a way to perform a miracle either inspire me to revise or,

         (b) Pray God to open one’s understanding, as was the case with the two Emmaus travellers, Luk 24:13-, “On the same day, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village called Emmaus. It was about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about everything that had happened.

“While they were talking, Jesus approached them and began walking with them. Although they saw Him, they didn’t recognize Him. He asked them, ‘What are you discussing?’ They stopped and looked very sad. One of them, Cleopas, replied, ‘Are You the only one in Jerusalem who doesn’t know what has happened recently?’

“What happened?’ He asked. They said to Him, ‘We were discussing what happened to Jesus from Nazareth. He was a powerful prophet in what He did and said in the sight of God and all the people. Our chief priests and rulers had Him condemned to death and crucified. We were hoping that He was the One who would free Israel. What’s more, this is now the third day since everything happened. Some of the women from our group startled us. They went to the tomb early this morning and didn’t find his body. They told us that they had seen angels who said that He’s alive. Some of our men went to the tomb and found it empty, as the women had said, but they didn’t see Him.’

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘How foolish you are! You’re so slow to believe everything the prophets said! Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into his glory?’ Then He began with Moses’ Teachings and the Prophets to explain to them what was said about Him throughout the Scriptures.

See you later

“When they came near the village where they were going, Jesus acted as if He were going further. They urged Him, ‘Stay with us! It’s getting late, and the day is almost over’. So He went to stay with them. While He was at the table with them, He took bread and blessed it.

Glory be!

“He broke the bread and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. But He vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Weren’t we excited when He talked with us on the road and opened up the meaning of the Scriptures for us?

(That, too, is my prayer. I have no desire to start some or other ‘church’. No, it’s a matter of bringing the message and just ‘vanishing out of sight’.

       (c) If you agree, tell your friends, place an advert and you will be rewarded in ‘that day’, Mar 9:36-, “Then Jesus took a small child and stood the child in front of the followers. He held the child in his arms and said, ‘Whoever accepts children like these in My name is accepting Me. And anyone who accepts Me is also accepting the One who sent Me.’)

“Then John said, ‘Teacher, we saw a man using your Name to force demons out of someone. He is not one of us. So we told him to stop, because he does not belong to our group.’ Jesus said, ‘Don’t stop him. Whoever uses My Name to do powerful things will not soon say bad things about Me. Whoever is not against us is with us. I can assure you that anyone who helps you by giving you a drink of water because you belong to the Messiah will definitely get a reward. If one of these little children believes in Me, and someone causes that child to sin, it will be very bad for that person. It would be better for them to have a millstone tied around their neck and be drowned in the sea.

I have done ‘a risk analysis, the risk of ‘being drowned in the sea’. I have come to the conclusion that there is no way that I may remain silent of that which I consider true, taking a leaf from Paul’s writings. Php 3:7-, “But what things were to me gains, these I have counted, because of the Christ, loss. Yes, indeed, and I count all things to be loss, because of the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.

“Because of whom of all things I suffered loss. As many, therefore, as are perfect, let us think this, and if in anything ye think otherwise, this also shall God reveal to you, but to what we have come, by the same rule walk, the same thing think. Become followers together of me, brethren, and observe those thus walking, according as ye have us, a pattern.

“For many walk of whom many times I told you, and now also weeping tell, the enemies of the cross of the Christ! Whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who the things on earth are minding. For our citizenship is in the heavens, whence also a Saviour we await, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall transform the body of our humiliation to its becoming conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working of his power, even to subject to Himself the all things.” So help me, O God, to attain. 

A further example of ‘vanishing out of sight’ is what happened to Philip, Act 8:26, “Now an angel of the Lord told Philip,’Get up and go south on the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a deserted road.’ So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, who was a member of the court of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He was in charge of all her treasures and had come up to Jerusalem to worship. Now he was returning home, seated in his chariot, and reading from the prophet Isaiah.

“The Spirit told Philip, ‘Approach that chariot and stay near it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah out loud. Philip asked, ‘Do you understand what you’re reading?’ The man replied, ‘How can I unless someone guides me?’ So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him. This was the passage of Scripture he was reading: ‘Like a sheep he was led away to be slaughtered, and like a lamb is silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation, justice was denied him. Who can describe his descendants? For his life is taken away from the earth.’

Now, that’s so exciting. Do tell me more

“The eunuch asked Philip, ‘I ask you, who is the prophet talking about? Himself? Or someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and, starting from this Scripture, he told him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, ‘Look, there’s some water. What keeps me from being baptized?’ And Philip said, ‘If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest.’

“And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’  So he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch went on his way rejoicing and did not see Philip again.”

 

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