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Wedding of My Son

     Today my son got married to a beautiful Christian woman.  Beautiful because she is a Christian.  It was a good wedding because they are united together in Christ.  In the Christian lingo, they are yoked together.  Today we don't use yokes in farming.  But in the olden days, a yoke of oxen would work together.   A farmer would not yoke together a mule and an ox, or a donkey or a horse.  The farmer would yoke two similar animals together to plow a field or to haul a load.  Same animals, same purpose.  So in II Corinthians 6:14 we read:   "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?"

The Blind in Mathew - 2 - The Blind

     In the last blog we discussed two blind men who were healed.  In Matthew 11, John asked Jesus if He was really the one he could expect.  Jesus proved His divinity by saying "The blind receive sight."  There are two things to notice.  First, it is not a blind man has received sight.  Rather, it is plural.  The blind receive sight. In other words there have been at least two, probably many more.  How do we know it is many more?  John  writes that "Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I supposed that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."  (John 21:25)  Jesus healed many blind people.
    Second, blind is the first one mentioned because blindness can only be healed by God. 

The Blind in Matthew - 1 - Two Blind Men

     In Matthew 9:27-31 Jesus Chris healed two blind men.  They had been calling out to Jesus, "Have mercy on us, Son of David."  As blind people, they were reduced to begging.  This was before their was braille.  They could not farm and in those days the vast majority of workers were farmers.  But because of their belief in Jesus, they were healed.  Jesus just touched their eyes and they could see.  No cataract surgery.  No retina surgery.  No drops in eyes a week prior to surgery.  No drops in eyes after surgery.  Just a touch by Jesus and they were instantly healed.  No wonder "the crowd was amazed and said, 'Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.'"

Pentecost -

   Today we celebrate Pentecost - when God the Father and God the Son sent the Holy Spirit to the church at Jerusalem.  The list of those who were worshipping at Jerusalem was extensive.  We read Acts 2:5-10:  "Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.  Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
        Praise God that salvation is not just for the Jews - but for all nations under heaven. 

Cataract Surgery and the Eye II

   Yesterday we went back to the eye surgery clinic for follow-up and unfortunately my wife's vision in her right eye is still 20/400.  She had retina surgery last December and yesterday cataract surgery but she is still 20/400 in that eye.  Late this summer she should have surgery to remove scar tissue in the eye.  So she will need at least three surgeries to correct her vision and there is no guarantee that she will see 20/20.  The doctors she is seeing are top of the line doctors, but they are not Jesus.  Only God can heal instantly without numerous follow-ups.

Cataract Surgery and the Eye I

     Yesterday, 19 May, my wife had cataract surgery and I saw what the surgeon saw in his microscope.  I was struck with how God had made the eye.  I watched the surgeon cut open the eye, suck out the cataract, and then put in the new lens.  The eye will now heal itself.
      Evolution states that there was humans developed over time.  But how does the eye develop over time?  Unless all the parts of the eye are there, the eye does not work.  The eye needs a  working eyelid and eye lashes and lighting fast reflexes to close them to protect the eye.
     The eye has a pupil that opens wide at night (and during eye exams) and shrinks in size at bright light.  The pupil has to allow the light in to focus on the retina and it has to be able to see from the distance to close-up.
      Praise God that He created the eye.

Woman in Gold - Part 2

   The film Woman in Gold portrays a Jewish family just prior to World War II and then a Jewish woman after the war.  But what is Judaism?  In the film, they are clearly portrayed as Jews, but not once do you see them going into a temple to pray.  It is almost as if Judaism is a way of life, but not a religion.  You see the Orthodox Jewish men getting their long sidelocks (peyot) being cut.  So you know they were following the law.  But not once are they ever pictured worshipping in the temple or praying. 
     But how is your Christianity?  Is it just a tradition, something you do?  Are  you a Christian in name only?  Are  you a Christian because you know you are not a follower of Mohammad? Or do you really worship Jesus Christ?

Woman in Gold - Part 1

    This PG-13 film, Woman in Gold, is a must see.  It is the story of an Austrian Jewish woman, who fled to the States just after the Anschluss, union of Germany and Austria, trying to recover a painting that her aunt gave away to an Austrian museum.  The legal issue is further complicated because it was done during the Nazi German occupation just prior to World War II.  It is a very intense film, one that will keep you on your seats.  It is also a hilarious film as you see the woman interact with her friends.
       Bottom line:  Go see it.
       Caution:  this film describes how the Nazis brutally treated those that were not of the Nazi faith.  Further, there are one or two blasphemies and one or two crude words.

Ascension Day - Christ Sits at the Father's Right Hand

Today we celebrate Ascension Day, and if you are in the Norfolk, VA area we invite you to come and celebrate this day with us.  Yes, it is so important we have a worship service (7 PM).
   In Romans 8:34 we read "Christ Jesus, who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us!"
   Christians rightfully celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus.  But often we stop short.  We need to go on and celebrate Christ's intercession for us.  Christ sits at the right hand of the Father and is our go between us, sinners, and the holy, righteous Father.
    Thanks be to God that we have an advocate on our side.

Jesus fulfills the Prophecy: Grave with the Rich

    Isaiah, who lived around 700 B.C., prophesied that Jesus Christ would be buried in a rich man's tomb.  He wrote "He, (i.e., the Messiah) was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death."  Jesus Christ, although dead, controlled where He would be buried.
     In John 19:38-42 we read that Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took Jesus and wrapped Him in 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes.  Only a rich person could have afforded so much spices.  In Matthew 27:59-60 we read that Joseph of Arimathea "took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and palced it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock." 
     Joseph was wealthy enough to have a brand new tomb made for himself.  He was wealthy enough to buy 75 pounds of spices.  And Christ fulfills yet another prophecy.