01 March, 2005                
A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise
and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will

Listen To Jesus

You are my Son, the  beloved; I have
approved you. (GOD said to Jesus Mk.1:11))

By Keith Winterowd


HEAR HIM!
                                              
This is a page that discusses the sayings of GOD's Son, Jesus His anointed one.
GOD sent Jesus to show the Way, Truth and the Life to those who would to follow him and want to attain eternal life with the Father.

Jesus' instructions and death heralded the answer to the Jesus prayer:"..Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Jesus preached the good news of GOD saying: "The appointed time has been fulfilled and the kingdom of GOD has drawn near. You people repent and believe the good news."

The kingdom came at the exact moment he drank the vinegar wine, a fruit of the vine, at his death. As Jesus gave us the clue to that event when he was at the last supper. For I say to you: I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. Lk.22:18.

Jesus now maintains all the power in heaven and earth; there is no more kingdom coming it has already come and is happening only through doing the will of the Father who sent him. The earth is a foot stool where his enemies exist. Our work now is to start walking just like Jesus did to get where we are going.

The only next event for us is the resurrection. We prepare for that by going and not coming. All the coming is complete, now it is the going that counts. The arrival that everyone talks about has already occurred. What we have now is the presence or parousia. A Greek term also translated as coming and arrival. The presence is the word of God left for us to study through the words of Jesus as we are guided by the presence of holy spirit sent to us for our guidance in Jesus words and comfort on our journey. The presence is sent to us to facilitate our going.

Jesus came to tell us what God wants for us; what his will is for us. We all want to know what his will is, don't we? If we knew that we could do it. Right?

He only wants one thing from us. See if you can find that in the sayings of Jesus on this page.

THE WILL

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.
:38  For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me.
:39  And this is the Father's will which has sent me, that of all which he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one who sees the Son, and believes in him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

There it is! Did you see it? You can look everywhere, but never find it said so plainly and succinctly as that. A child can see it, but sometimes we that are adults get it all  confused in complex teachings and ideas from others.

The Father wants his wayward children home at the day he assigned for us to come home. Come Home? That would not be his will, would it? Or, is it? If we knew the way home why would we need someone to show us?

God provided that through his son who was sent to show us truthfully, the way home to God our Father. He wants us to show up at the resurrection by following Jesus. That's it. The resurrection is the Father's Day that has been set by him to greet his wayward children home from their earth's journey to him. It is like the prodigal son or  the harvest of his birthed from above children.

The next occurrence to which we look forward  is the resurrection at the last day. That is the last coming that is coming and that is what we are arising to go to. So it is a going that we are preparing for and are being sanctified about, or being made ready for through the guidance of holy spirit through the words of Jesus, which are truth. The holy spirit is also called the sprit of truth and the power of God.

Jesus was sent abroad to us who will listen. He came here to be our only shepherd or pastor. Our only teacher or rabbi and way shower. God wants us to listen to him and him alone. All others are strangers with strange and confusing teachings.

A child can understand when his Father calls him to come home. That is what he is doing by sending Jesus for us to follow home. It's getting late so let us listen to the Father's messages to us from our older  brother Jesus who is carrying the light for us.
Soon we know he will personally call to us: Come Home!

We look forward to that call today.

COMING TO

And when he had come to himself, he said: How many hired
servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I
perish with hunger!  Lk.15:17

SOME BABY STEPS
          

JESUS CALLS US TO:

COME TO HIM:
COME TO RECEIVE
COME TO BELIEVE
COME TO A DECISION TO TURN
COME TO SEE
COME TO KNOW
COME TO FOLLOW JESUS' WAY HOME,                                     
TO GO HOME TO THE FATHER ON RESURRECTION DAY HOMECOMING
COME TO CONFESS JESUS' ESSENTIALS

                            
1. COME TO HIM
  
*First: We come to him by coming to our self. Something happens and causes us to look at our life. Other conditions occur to draw or drag us to consider what to do about our life. We  then come to him for answers, whether we like it or not. It is our prodigal state that is in crisis. Coming to oneself is a look inward and recognizing a need. Then we look to him and come to him to fill our need.

Is.2:3 And many peoples will certainly go and say: Come, YOU people and let us go up to the mountain of YHWH [LORD], to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will instruct us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion law will go forth and the word of YHWH [LORD] out of Jerusalem. {instruct: or, teach - forth: or, out}

Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Mt.25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand: Come, YOU blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for YOU from the foundation of the world:

Lk.14:26 If anyone comes to me, and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. {life: or, soul}

Jn.6:37 Everything that the Father gives me shall come to me; and the one that comes to me I will by no means drive away. {Everything: or, All - by no means: or, in no wise - drive away: or, cast out}

Jn.6:44 No man can come to me, unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will resurrect him in the last day. {unless: or, except - draw: or, drag Grk., ''elkuse - resurrect: or, raise}
6:45 It is written in the prophets: And they will all be taught by God [YHWH]. Everyone that has heard from the Father and has learned comes to me.

2. COME TO LISTEN

Second: We come to listen. We become curious and start to read and listen to what he alone says.

De.18:19 And it must occur that the man who will not listen to my words that he will speak in my name, I shall  myself require an account from him. {occur that: or, will come to pass - the man who: or, whoever - account: or, inventory}

                                               Hear Him

Is.49:1 Listen to me, O YOU islands, and pay attention, YOU national groups far away. YHWH [LORD] himself has called me even from the belly. From the inward parts of my mother he has made mention of my name. {pay attention: or, hearken - national groups: or, people - belly: or, womb - inward parts: or, bowels}

Mk.9:7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son: hear him.
                
Lk.19:48 And could not find what they might do; for all the people were very attentive to hear him. {were: or, hanged on him}

Jn.4:42 And the others said to the woman. Now we believe not because of what you said; because, we have heard him ourselves and know that he is indeed the Christ, the savior of the world. {Christ: or, Messiah: or, Heb, the anointed one)

Jn.8:47 He that is from God hears God's words. For that reason, YOU do not hear them; because YOU are not from God.

3. COME TO RECEIVE

Third: We come to receive. His words go into to our being and we pay close attention to what he says. His words are like food to a starving person.

Mt.19:11 But he said to them: All [men] cannot receive this saying, except [those] to whom it is given. {except: or, save}

Mk.10:15 Truly I say to YOU: Who ever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
 
Lk. 8:13 They on the rock [are they], which, when they (1) hear, (2) receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while (3) believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
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Lk.9:48 And said to them: Who ever shall receive this child in my name receives me: and who ever shall receive me receives him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.

Consume Him, Take Him In, Internalize Him
  
Jn.6:54 Who ever eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
 
Jn.17:8 For I have given to them the words which you gave me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from you, and they have believed that you did send me.

Acts 1:8 But YOU will receive power, after that holy spirit has come upon you, and YOU will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria and o the most remote part of the earth. {power: or, power of holy spirit}

4. COME TO BELIEVE

Fourth: We come to believe through what we hear and read. We have heard, read and tried a lot of things. Now we start believing Jesus alone. We have come to believe that God sent him to be his only spokesman. We now start to grasp that Jesus is all we need. We start to give up our addiction to other voices.

Believing Jesus Words is Believing in Jesus

Mt.21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but, the publicans (tax men) and the harlots believed him and you, when you had seen it, did not repent afterward, so that you might believe him.

Mark 1:15 [Jesus] saying: The appointed time has been fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is has drawn near: repent, YOU people, and believe the good news. {drawn near: or, at hand - repent: or, turn around - believe: or, have faith in}

Mk.5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that were spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue: Do not be afraid, only believe.

Jn.4:42 And the others said to the woman: Now we believe, not because of what you said; because, we have heard him ourselves and know that he is indeed the Christ, the savior of the world.  {Christ: or, Messiah: or, Heb., the anointed one)

Jn. 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, you believe me.

Jn.11:42 And I know that you hear me always: but because of the people which stand by I said [it], that they may believe that you have sent me.

Jn.14:1 Do not let your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.

Believing in Jesus, is believing Jesus words and that which is in union with Jesus. Jesus is in union with his Father and his words are in union with Jesus. We come into union with the Father and Son through the words of Jesus. We consume the words which are spirit and life and therefore are birthed from above. This becomes our works.

5. COME TO A DECISION TO TURN

Fifth: We come to a decision to repent. To turn around and turn our lives over to GOD and trust in him in all of our affairs.

Mal.4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, in order that I might not come and strike the earth with a curse.

Mt.4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mk.1:15 [Jesus] saying:  The appointed time has been fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is has drawn near. Be repentant, YOU people, and believe the good news. {drawn near: or, at hand - repent: or, turn around - believe: or, have faith in}

Lk.13:3  I tell you, No, but, unless YOU repent, YOU shall all likewise perish.

Lk.15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
Lk.15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and against you,

Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to you, saying, I repent; you must forgive him.

John 12:40  He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart; that they would not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted and I would heal them. {converted: or, turned around,: or, repent}

Acts 3:19 Repent, therefore, and be converted, that YOUR sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the person of the Lord [YHWH], {person: or, presence}

6. COME TO SEE

Sixth: We come to see. We have believed some sayings and they are sinking into our being as we start to grasp a vision through what we have read and heard. We come  to see what Jesus sayings mean and we start to see him. Jesus reveals himself to us.

Is.53:1  Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? {report: or, declaration: or, message}

Mt.11:27  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whom ever the Son will reveal [him].

Lk.10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes; even so, Father; for so it seemed good in your sight.

Lk.10:23 And he turned him unto [his] disciples, and said privately, Blessed [are] the eyes which see the things that YOU see:

Jn.6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one who sees the Son, and believes in him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jn.12:38 That the saying of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: Lord, who has believed our report; and, to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

Jn.12:45  And he that sees me sees him that sent me.

Jn.14:17 The spirit of the truth; which the world cannot receive, because it neither sees it nor knows it. YOU know it, because it remains with YOU and is in YOU. {is: or, shall be}
 
7. COME TO KNOW

Seventh: We come to know that GOD really does exist. He loves us and wants to be our Father. He sent his Son to show us the way home. We are lost and his will for us is to come home to him. Jesus shows us the way, the truth and the light is in him.

Is.43:10 YOU are my witnesses, is the utterance of YHWH [LORD], even my servant whom I have chosen, in order that YOU may know and believe me, and that YOU may understand that I am the same One. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be none. {believe: or,  have faith in - same One: or, he - none: or, nothing formed of God}

Mt.11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father; and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].

Lk.6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. {grapes: Gr. a grape}
  
Jn.7:29  But I know him: for I am from him, and he has sent me.

Jn.8:55 Yet YOU have not known him; but I know him; and if I should say: I do not know, I would be a liar like YOU, but I know him and keep his sayings.

Jn.10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine.
  
Jn.14:7 If YOU had known me, YOU would have known my Father also, and from now on YOU know him, and have seen him.

Jn.14:17 The spirit of the truth; which the world cannot receive, because it neither sees it nor knows it. YOU know it, because it remains with YOU and is in YOU. {is: or, shall be}

Jn.17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

8. COME TO FOLLOW JESUS WAY HOME

Eighth: We come to follow Jesus way home to the Father. The Father's will for us is to have his birthed from above children home with him at the Day of Resurrection.

Is.2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Mt.4:19 And he said to them: Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Mk.10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said to him: One thing you lack, go your way, sell what ever you have, and distribute it  to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Lk.14:27 Whoever is not carrying his cross and coming after me cannot be my disciple. {carrying: or, bearing - cross : or, torture stake - coming after: or, follow}x

Jn.6:29 Jesus answered and said to them: This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.  

Jn.10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me,

Jn.12:26 If any man wants to serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him will [my] Father honor.

9. COME TO CONFESS JESUS' ESSENTIALS

You people repent and believe the good news." Mk.1:15
  
Luke 10:27  And he answering said, You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul and with your whole strength and with  your whole mind; and, you must love your neighbor as yourself.  

Jesus very plainly stated: He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Jn.12:25

Matthew 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any one will come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his cross and follow me.

16:25  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it: and, whoever wants to lose his life for my sake will find it.

The kingdom has come, God's will is being done on earth as it is in heaven!


WE ARISE TO GO TO THE FATHER


PEACE BE TO YOU AND TO YOUR HOUSE


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