Jesus Christ stood alone, so we could stand in a family.
Did you know that your stand for God stretches years beyond your life? And the reach you have when you stand with people who love you, can mean the difference between their life and death?
The family of like-minded believers is the most powerful force on earth. Especially believers who love God and pray for each other. So many times we see other people and assume they will think a certain way. Assuming is the worst way to deal with other people. Communication is the best. But you know that. I didn’t have to say it.
Once Jesus Christ started his ministry, what was his first order of business?
He went to see his “Cuuz”.
Jesus had probably heard about what John the Baptist, his cousin, had been doing. My goodness they were family after all. It was probably discussed at great lengths by his mom and dad, maybe even John’s parents too in Jesus’ presence.
Jesus knew what his own role was as God’s only begotten son because he had developed a relationship with His spiritual and invisible Daddy. So when God asked him to go see his cousin, he went. But keep in mind that John also knew about Jesus and how he came to be. He knew because they were family. They had to have known. Elizabeth and Mary probably made special trips while they were growing up so they could spend time together. Can you imagine their little conversations at 5 years old, or 6? Ha! Trust was built. Respect. Love. My goodness they loved each other.
“Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.” Matthew 3:13
It was time. Who did Jesus have? He had his family. Someone God knew he would care for. Was John rude? Was he arrogant about this amazing role he played for God?
“But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?” vs. 14
Look at that heart!! It melts mine.
What happened next?
“And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” verse 15-17
At that time John was the leader of his own little rebellion. He criticized the Pharisees, and Jewish leaders, he ranted against their doctrines and teachings because they weren’t godly anymore. He could’ve had a big head. But it was exactly the opposite. And his stand prepared the way for Jesus Christ. Everything changed that day. But one thing remained the same. John was still Jesus’s cousin. He was also a fellow believer. Their united front said something big to every man woman and child present. But here’s the thing, signs and wonders will always follow those who believe. What sign and wonders followed this? The Holy Spirit and the voice from heaven. Wow! Gives me goosebumps.
Let’s fast forward to after the day of Pentecost. Peter was working with the Jewish believers. He gets the message to go to a guy named Cornelius. Cornelius was from another nation and not to be tangled with or kept in the same company as Peter. There were very strict rules about it in the old laws. So God had to change things up. Hey… what? God just wanted, and still wants, a bigger family. And He’s depending on us standing together and loving each other once we get there. How’s He, God, going to get that awesomeness to happen for Peter? He must show him in simple terms. So, He uses food. Lol! Of course. That’s probably how God would have to show me too. (Read Acts Chapter 10 for more details)
Cornelius gets all his household together for this great moment when Peter, the teacher, shows up. Cornelius knew the Jewish rules too. But Peter, and actually God, had accepted their invite. Talk about exciting. How else were they going to learn this stuff? Cornelius’s family was a tight little community. They loved Cornelius and they stood together. Believed together. They were excited together.
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Acts 10:34-35
The first thing he says is that God accepts you guys. No matter your national origin. WHOA! Talk about exciting!
“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.” verses 44,45,46a
God gave them the greatest gift He could’ve given, a spiritual family and membership to the most amazing body of people ever constructed. They all had it. And when a family stands together great things happen! EPIC things happen. Signs and wonders happen!!
Do you need a fellow body of believers? Ladies, did you know we meet every week for two hours online and live for some awesome hot fellowship? Well, we do. Here’s your invite, officially. Come stand with a family.
God bless you today.
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