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(Continued from Part One) Did John know who Jesus was? The answer is yes, yes, and yes indeed. Malachi 3:1– Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me. And the Lord (Messiah) whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple.
John 1:6-7- There came a man sent from God whose name was John. This man was not the light himself, but came to bear witness to the light. John 1:15— John testified about Him and cried out, this was He of whom I said, He who comes after me has priority over me, for He was before me. Again in John 1:27– John said It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, the string of whose sandal I am not worthy to un-loose. John 1:29…Look there is the Lamb who takes away the SINS of the world. John gave further evidence when he said that he saw the spirit descending on Jesus like a dove out of heaven. Then there is John1:34– John said: .. my testimony is that this is the Son of God. There are so many ways that God made known to John who Jesus was. Yet,Matthew 11:3– John sent his disciples to Jesus asking Him, are you the one, or should we look for another? Matthew 11:6- Jesus was indignant and replied to John’s question, and said blessed is he who takes no offence in me. The ax was already at the root of the tree. Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down. Matthew 11:7-11 Jesus said that John was more than a prophet….. among those born of woman there has risen no one GREATER than John the Baptist; yet he who is LEAST in the kingdom is greater than he. Christians have not understood these words that Jesus spoke of John. Many until this very day believe that John was a great man. Our True Parents came to make it plain. Everything that has been hidden will be exposed for what it is, or what it is not. So let me speak the words, and make it plain: What Jesus was saying , was that John had failed his mission that God sent him to the earth to do. He was called to be the GREATEST PROPHET KNOWN TO MAN, BECAUSE GOD HAD CALLED HIM TO DO THE MISSION OF BEING THE FORERUNNER FOR OUR LORD JESUS, THE MESSIAH.HE WAS TO MAKE THE WAY STRAIGHT SO THAT WHEN JESUS CAME, THE PEOPLE THAT GOD HAD PREPARED FOR 4000 YEARS WOULD BE READY TO RECEIVE HIM BASED ON JOHN’S WORD.JOHN SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED JESUS, AND BROUGH ALL OF HIS FOLLOWERS TO HIM AS WELL. BECAUSE HE DIDN’T DO THAT, THEN HE BECAME BELOW THE LEAST IN THE KINGDOM.
Let us take a closer look at John. John 1:35 we see that John was standing with two of his disciples when he looked up and saw Jesus walking along. John said to those disciples: “LOOK! THERE IS THE LAMB OF GOD! This showed what Great power John had. All he had to do was say the words, and the two disciples Andrew and Simon Peter’s brother followed Jesus. Then many others started to follow Jesus, and recognized that He was the SON OF GOD. John 3:26.. everybody started flocking to Jesus. Later John answered “ He must increase, and I must decrease. John 3:30 —John is leaving Jesus. The people are doing exactly what they should be doing; following Jesus. But John has a problem with it. His ego is showing big time. He’s worried about his social authority and reputation. He’s saying to Jesus you go your way, and I’ll go mine. There is unity in going the same way; there is division in going separate ways. We will increase together, or decrease together. But whatever we do, we will do it together. But Jesus had to go find people Himself that would follow him. He had to prepare people that John should have already had prepared for Him. This was a major setback in the providential history for Jesus. So John let Jesus down, so did Zacharias and Elizabeth, so did Mary, the mother of Jesus; and finally ALL of His disciples ran away. (Matthew 26:56). None of them did God’s, will- which was to follow the one God had sent
Matthew 14:11-John head was brought in on a platter. John had gotten himself involved in other matters, and the ax was waiting to cut down the tree. Deut.11: 25-26- Behold I set before you this day-blessing if you obey, curses if you don’t. If only John could have lost his head for Jesus, he could have saved his life.
When God call someone for a MISSION, and that Mission is not completed for whatever reason; history is prolonged as God waits to call another person to fulfill that SAME MISSION.
God doesn’t interfere with a person’s efforts to fulfill his portion of responsibility, but treat him according to the results of his action. After you have done God’s will, then you will received His promise. The Jews were looking up for 30 plus, while Jesus was living on the earth with them. He came to them like a thief in the night, and before they realized that He was here; He was gone. They had His blood on their hands, as they said in Matthew 27:25 : Let His blood be on us and our children. MISTAKEN FAITH by so many people was the cause of Jesus having to go to the cross. John 18-36 :Jesus said- my Kingdom is not of this world, if it was the people that were following me would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. Matthew 26:38- Jesus said my soul is very sad, and deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow. He also said in Luke 19:42 if you had know personally, even to this day the things that makes for peace: freedom from all of your distress that you experienced as a result of SIN- and upon which your peace , your security, safety, prosperity, and happiness depends—but now it is hidden from your eyes. They murdered our Lord Jesus, and the SIN that He came to take away remained in the WORLD!! So what is God’s will? John 6:29This is the work that God ask of you–that you believe in the one He has sent. If you don’t the ax is waiting at the root of the tree.
Bro. and sis. I am Elma King, brining God’s message to you today. May God’s amazing grace be forever with you as you go find that new wine of Jesus. (Part Three) Aju!!
Written by Rev.Elma King April 23, 2012