Stories of Jesus


Jesus said: “You know that you have been taught, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, but I tell you no to try to get even with a person who has done something to you. When someone slaps your right cheek, turn and let that person slap your other cheek. If someone sues you for your shirt, give up your coat as well. If a soldier forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles.   When people ask you for something, give it to them. When they want to borrow money, lend it to them.”

 

Jesus is telling us not to take revenge when we have been wronged by someone, but to forgive. Let go of our anger and leave it to God. You know the phrase “let go and let God”. Not always easy to do, but a lot better for us and our peace of mind.

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Some people brought their children to Jesus so that he could bless them by p lacing his hands on them.  But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him. When Jesus saw this, he became angry and said “Let the children come to me!  Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these little children belong to the kingdom of God.  I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom unless you accept it the way a child does.”  Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them.

I think Jesus is saying that we must accept Jesus with the faith and trust that a child would have for their father, no doubts and no reservations.

Jesus said: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them. No one who has faith in God’s Son will be condemned. But everyone who doesn’t have faith in him has already been condemned for not having faith in God’s only Son.
The light has come into the World, and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light.
People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light, because it clearly shows what they have done. But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light.”

John 3:16 is one of the most familiar and beloved verses in the entire bible. Jesus explains the requirement for eternal life: faith in Him. He is the Light that has come into the World.

Jesus told his disciples:
“Have faith in God. If you have faith in God and don’t doubt, you can tell this mountain to get up and jump into the sea, and it will.
Everything you ask for in prayer will be yours, if you only have faith.
Whenever you stand up to pray, you must forgive what others have done to you. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your sins.”

This is rather hard to believe. Who thinks they can pray for a mountain to jump into the sea and it will. The key here is to have faith and believe that God will grant you what you ask. Of course, if you ask God to make you a millionaire tomorrow, that may not happen. If you read about some of the miracles Jesus performed when he walked the earth, the people he healed all had faith in him and believed that he could heal them. He always said to them “your faith has made you well”. That is the type of faith Jesus is speaking about to his disciples in this bible verse.

Jesus said: “When you pray, don’t talk on and on as people do who don’t know God. They think God likes to hear long prayers. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask.
You should pray like this:
Our Father in heaven, help us to honor your name.
Come and set up your kingdom, so that everyone on earth will obey you, as you are obeyed in heaven.
Give us our food for today.
Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others.
Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil.
If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Jesus said   “Don’t condemn others, and God won’t condemn you.   God will be as hard on you as you are on others. He will treat you exactly as you treat them.

You can see the speck in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the log in your own eye. How can you say, “My friend, let me take the speck out of your eye,” when you don’t see the log in your own eye?

You’re nothing but show-offs. First, take the log out of your own eye. Then you can see how to take the speck out of your friend’s eye.”

 

Jesus is saying that it’s a lot easier to see the faults in others without ever noticing our own faults. We have to step back and look at our own actions and attitudes and remember Jesus’ words not to judge others.

As Jesus was walking, a man ran up to him. He knelt down and asked, “Good teacher, what can I do to have eternal life?”
Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? Only God is good. You know the commandments. Do not murder. Be faithful in marriage. Do not steal. Do not tell lies about others. Do not cheat. Respect your father and mother.”
The man answered, “Teacher, I have obeyed all these commandments since I was a young man.”
Jesus looked closely at the man. “There’s one thing you still need to do. Go sell everything you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me.”
When the man heard Jesus say this, he went away gloomy and sad because he was very rich. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples. It’s hard for rich people to get into God’s kingdom. In fact, it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into God’s kingdom.”
Jesus’ disciples were amazed. They asked each other, “How can anyone ever be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said “There are some things that people cannot do, but God can do anything.”

Everything is possible with God. Jesus said it and it’s true. Even though we’re sinners, we know that Jesus died to give us the gift of eternal life. We only need to accept that gift through believing. Thanks be to God.

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