Ang mga Nangatuto sa Panginoong Hesus (part 5)

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang mga Kapatid na Nangatuto sa Panginoong Hesukristo” for date August 17, 2014, Third Sunday)

Mapapalad ang mga Nagugutom at Nauuhaw

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Kailan nangyari na naging mapalad ang mga nagugutom at nauuhaw?

 

Kung maririnig ito ng mga taong nasa ganitong kalagayan, tiyak na hindi sila matutuwa. At sasabihin nila na hindi isang magandang kapalaran ang sa tuwina’y makaranas ng gutom at uhaw.

 

Subalit bakit ipinahayag ng Panginoong Hesus na, “Mapapalad ang nangagugutom at nangauuhaw sa katuwiran: sapagka’t sila’y bubusugin.” (Mateo 5:6)

Pansinin natin na hindi naman pala pagkagutom at pagkauhaw sa pagkain o inumin ang tinutukoy ng Panginoong Hesus. Hindi ang pagkagutom na nararanasan ng mga taong tamad sa pagsisikap sa buhay gaya nang pahayag sa Kawikaan 19:15, “Katamaran ay nagbabaon sa mahimbing na pagkakatulog; at ang tamad na kaluluwa ay magugutom.” 

Ang pagkagutom at pagkauhaw na tinutukoy ay sa pagkaing mula sa mga salita ng Dios, na siyang katuwirang mula sa mga Banal na Kasulatan.

 

Mapalad silang nagugutom o nasasabik sa pakikinig at pagsasaliksik ng mga salita ng Dios, ang dahilan sapagkat sila’y bubusugin – na ang kahulugan ay pasasaganain sa mga kaalaman at katuwiran.

 

Ito ang kalooban ng Dios na ating Tagapagligtas, na Siyang may ibig na ang lahat ng mga tao ay makaalam ng katotohanan at magtamo ng kaligtasan (1 Timoteo 2:3). Kaya’t sinumang nagugutom o nauuhaw sa kaalamang ukol sa Dios, sila’y pagkakalooban Niya na maunawa ang mga ito.

 

Bilang katunayan, ito ang inalok ng Panginoong Hesus sa babaeng Samaritana nang Kaniya itong makausap, “Datapuwa’t ang sinomang umiinom ng tubig na sa kaniya’y aking ibibigay ay hindi mauuhaw magpakailan man; nguni’t ang tubig na sa kaniya’y aking ibibigay ay magiging isang balon ng tubig na bubukal sa kabuhayang walang hanggan.” (Juan 4:14)

Ito ang tunay na mapalad sa paningin ng Dios. Kapag tinanggap at sinampalatayanan natin ang Kaniyang mga salita, na siyang tunay na katuwiran, ito ang maghahatid sa atin upang masumpungan natin ang buhay na walang hanggan.

 

Hindi na tayo magugutom pa o mauuhaw man, sapagkat ang ibibigay Niya sa atin ay ang buhay na walang hanggan, biyayang hindi natin masusumpungan dito sa lupa, kundi sa Kaniyang kaharian lamang.

 

Ito ang inalok ng Panginoong Hesus sa Kaniyang mga alagad na kausap, “Sa kanila’y sinabi ni Jesus, Ako ang tinapay ng kabuhayan: ang lumalapit sa akin ay hindi magugutom, at ang sumasampalataya sa akin kailan ma’y hindi mauuhaw.” (Juan 6: 35)

Kaya nga mapalad tayo dahil sa tayo ay naanib sa iglesia ng Dios. Mapalad tayo dahil nang marinig natin ang Kaniyang mga salita ay niyakap at sinampalatayanan natin ang mga ito.

 

Kaya sinabi ni Apostol Pablo, isang bagay na marapat ipagpasalamat ang ating kalagayan sapagkat tayo ay pinasagana ng Dios sa maraming mga bagay, lalo na sa Kaniyang mga katuwiran. Gaya nang kaniyang sinabi, “Nagpapasalamat akong lagi sa aking Dios tungkol sa inyo, dahil sa biyaya ng Dios na ipinagkaloob sa inyo sa pamamagitan ni Cristo Jesus; Na kayo ay pinayaman sa kanya, sa lahat ng mga bagay sa lahat ng pananalita at sa lahat ng kaalaman.” (1 Corinto 1: 4-5)

Ang biyayang ito ay dakilang kapalaran, na sa pamamagitan ni Hesus ay nagsisagana tayo sa kaalaman, sa kabanalan at sa katuwiran.

 

Kaya nga, hindi lamang natin dapat na ipagpasalamat ang biyayang ito. Kailangan din nating pahalagahan ang mga ito sa pamamagitan ng paglakad at pagsasakabuhayan, na masumpungan tayong ganap ang pagtalima sa mga ito, sa halip na nagkakaroon tayo ng katuwiran sa ating mga sarili.

 

Gaya nang payo ni Apostol Pablo, sundin natin ang katuwiran ng Dios at hindi ang sa atin, “At ako’y masumpungan sa kaniya, na walang katuwirang aking sarili, sa makatuwid baga’y sa kautusan, kundi ang katuwirang sa pamamagitan ng pananampalataya kay Cristo, ang katuwiran ngang buhat sa Dios sa pamamagitan ng pananampalataya.” (Filipos 3:9)

 

Bukod dito, ano pa ang hinihingi ng Dios na matutunan natin mula sa Kaniya? … Sa susunod

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The People who Learned from Christ (part 4)

(From the sermon entitled “Ang mga Kapatid na Nangatuto sa Panginoong Hesukristo” for date August 14, 2014, third Thursday)

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In one of His teachings in the Sermon at the mount, Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5)

The word meek means gentle, kind, calm, not easily provoked and ready to yield rather than cause trouble. This character is an attribute of Christ.

Nowadays, many people have lost tolerance in many circumstances of their lives. People have lost control of their feelings and emotions. They don’t care if they can say or do something that they will regret for the rest of their lives. People became wild as a beast, loosing their temper and do not care if they hurt other’s feelings.

The definition of the word meek is noticeably possessing a character with a huge control over one’s self. We cannot be meek if we lack self-control. We cannot become meek if we are not peaceful, calm, mild, caring and kind.

Also, we can recall that servants of God are likened to sheep. A sheep is a creature of meekness, able to listen and obedient to its Pastor (John 10:3-5).

These are all positive characters of a faithful and would be very useful if we can only possess them. It will be beneficial for us because God promised that if we are meek, then we are blessed to inherit the earth.

What is this earth mentioned here?

This is not the earth that we see today. We all know for a fact, that the earth we see today is reserved unto fire for God’s judgment day. Apostle Peter explains, “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (2 Peter 3: 7, 10)

It would be impossible that the earth we see today is the same earth that Christ said we would inherit if we were meek.

The book of Revelations mentions about a new heaven and a new earth coming down from God out of heaven, because the old heaven and the old earth were gone (Revelations 21:1-2) This is most appropriate to say that what Christ promised is not here on earth, but with the new earth that would come.

Getting back to being meek. Jesus, being meek Himself(Matthew 11:29), wants us to become like Him, to follow Him in all aspects of our lives. If we really learn from His teachings, then it should be seen in our lives.

Early Christians showed that they learned from Him by living a complete turn around of what they do before they were called by God. They become gentle not only to themselves, to their love ones and other faithful, but as well as to all people. Apostle Paul mentions this, “To say no evil of any man, not to be fighters, to give way to others, to be gentle in behaviour to all men.” (Titus 3:2)

They have done these because they were equipped with this character, “As saints of God, then, holy and dearly loved, let your behaviour be marked by pity and mercy, kind feeling, a low opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, and a power of undergoing all things.” (Colossians 3:12)

If we can possess this godly trait of Christ, notice that we are giving pleasure to God whom who called us to this service. Apostle Peter says, “Being of good behaviour among the Gentiles; so that though they say now that you are evil- doers, they may see your good works and give glory to God when he comes to be their judge.” (1 Peter 2:12)

We are therefore glorifying the Father if we can learn to be meek, mild and gentle according to His ways.

In the end, we could see that the strongest motivation that will push us to become gentle like Christ is the promise of salvation. In Psalms 149:4, it says, “For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.”

What else do we need to know to become more blessed? … To be continued

 

 

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The People who Learned from Christ (part 3)

(From the sermon entitled “Ang mga Kapatid na Nangatuto sa Panginoong Hesukristo” for date August 10, 2014)

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Blessed are they that Mourn

Like what we have learned, Christ’s teachings are often different from the way people think. On this topic, Jesus said that those who mourn are blessed.

Millions of people around the world grief for a variety of reasons. Can we consider all of these people to be blessed?

When did it happen and why did Jesus say that those who mourn are blessed?

In our common knowledge, to mourn is to feel deep sadness brought about by different causes. We mourn because we lost something important to us, like our love ones, wealth and honor. We mourn because we failed to get what we desire.

However, nobody intends to feel grief all his or her life. How come Jesus says, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

The question is, can we say that all who feel grief blessed?

Will all of them receive the comfort from our almighty God?

We need to understand one thing, that not all grief is the same. There are sorrows that God allows us to experience, and that is the grief according to His purpose. Jesus says, “I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

But when do we know that the sorrows we feel are God’s purpose?

God allows us to feel insignificant amount of pain and sorrows in our lives. And all of these cause us to grief really deep and sometimes full of hurt. However, these heartaches are common to all believers and faithful.

In fact, Jesus told His disciples that they will be prosecuted because of His sake, “Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” (Matthew 5:11)

These sorrows are correlated to what Apostle Peter mentioned in his letter, that all faithful would suffer because of righteousness (1 Peter 3:14). We can therefore say that if we grief because of the faith we have, those sorrows are according to God’s purpose.

The Bible tells us that we were called to follow Christ’s examples. Christ suffered a lot for our sake. We are not more than our master. Apostle Peter says, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:21-23)

How did it become a blessing then to experience grief and sorrow? Sorrows for the sake of God’s will are opportunity for us to create another godly character, which is patience. We grow in every sorrow that we experiences, teaching us to become more patient and faithful to God.

Sorrows turn us to become rich in faith and trust in the Lord, that is why it becomes a blessing to every faithful.

However not all sorrows are according to the will of God. There are sorrows that do not give glory.

There are some people who cause sorrows on their lives because of their wrongdoings. Apostle Peter says, “For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” (1 Pedro 2:19-20)

From here we can ask ourselves. What kind of sorrows do we have in life?

Do we mourn because of righteousness?

Do we mourn like early Christians did?

Or we mourn because of our personal mistakes?

If the reasons of our grief are because of faith, then we are indeed blessed, because in due time, we shall receive God’s comfort.

God had promised, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelations 21:4)

 

What more do we need to possess to become more blessed? … To be continued

 

 

 

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Ang mga Nangatuto sa Panginoong Hesus (part 4)

(From the sermon entitled “Ang mga Kapatid na Nangatuto sa Panginoong Hesukristo” for date August 14, 2014, third Thursday)

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Mapapalad ang mga Maamo

Sa isa sa mga katuruan ng Panginoong Hesus sa Kaniyang Sermon sa bundok, sinabi Niya, “Mapapalad ang maaamo: sapagka’t mamanahin nila ang lupa.” (Mateo 5:5)

Ang salitang maamo, sa wikang English ay “meek,” na ang kahulugan ay gentle, kind, calm, not easily provoked, ready to yield rather than cause trouble. Isang uri ito ng karakter na ibig makita sa atin ng Panginoong Hesus.

Karaniwan ngayon, maraming mga tao ang tila naubusan na ng pasensiya sa mga nangyayari sa kanilang buhay. Marami sa ngayon ang wala ng pagpipigil sa kanilang sarili at walang pakundangan na ipinakikita ang kabagsikan ng kanilang paguugali. Wala silang pakialam kung may nasasaktan sila o natatapakan silang tao.

Sa kahulugan ng salitang maamo, mapapansin natin na ang pagtataglay ng ganitong karakter ay dapat na mayroong taglay na malaking pagpipigil sa sarili. Hindi tayo magiging maamo kung kulang tayo sa pagpipigil sa ating emosyon.

Sa iba pa niyang kahulugan, nangangahulugan din ito ng kabaitan (kind), mapagmalasakit (caring), banayad (mild), kalmado (calm) at mapayapa (peaceful).

Karagdagan dito, magugunitang ang mga lingkod ng Dios at mananampalataya ay inihalintulad sa mga tupa, sapagkat ang mga tupa ay maaamo, nakikinig at tumatalima sa salita ng kanilang Pastor (Juan 10:3-5).

Ang lahat ng mga ito ay positibong paguugali ng isang lingkod ng Dios na kung tataglayin ay hindi lamang magdudulot sa atin ng pakinabang sa ating pamumuhay dito sa lupa, kundi magiging daan upang manahin ang ipinangako, samakatuwid ay ang “lupa.”

Anong lupa ang tinutukoy dito?

Ang lupang mamanahin ay hindi itong sanlibutan na ito, sapagkat itong sanlibutang ito ay nakataan sa kaparusahan. Ito’y nakatalaga sa apoy sa araw ng paghuhukom (2 Pedro 3:7, 10), “Nguni’t ang sangkalangitan ngayon, at ang lupa, sa pamamagitan ng gayon ding salita ay iningatang talaga sa apoy, na itinataan sa araw ng paghuhukom at ng paglipol sa mga taong masama. Datapuwa’t darating ang araw ng Panginoon na gaya ng magnanakaw; na ang sangkalangitan sa araw na iyan ay mapaparam na kasabay ng malaking ugong, at ang mga bagay sa langit ay mapupugnaw sa matinding init, at ang lupa at ang mga gawang nasa lupa ay pawang masusunog.”

Imposible na itong lupa na ating tinatahanan ngayon na ating nakikita ang tinutukoy na lupa. Ang lupang mamanahin ay manggagaling sa Dios. Ito ang tinutukoy sa aklat ng Apocalipsis na bagong lupa, na inihanda ng Dios upang ipamana sa Kaniyang mga lingkod, “At nakita ko ang isang bagong langit at ang isang bagong lupa:sapagka’t ang unang langit at ang unang lupa ay naparam; at ang dagat ay wala na. At nakita ko ang bayang banal, ang bagong Jerusalem, na nananaog mula sa langit buhat sa Dios, na nahahandang gaya ng isang babaing kasintahan na nagagayakang talaga sa kaniyang asawa.” (Apocalipsis 21:1-2)

Kung bakit kailangang maging maamo, sapagkat ang ating Panginoong Hesus ay maamo, “Pasanin ninyo ang aking pamatok, at magaral kayo sa akin; sapagka’t ako’y maamo at mapagpakumbabang puso: at masusumpungan ninyo ang kapahingahan ng inyong mga kaluluwa.” (Mateo 11:29)

Ibig Niya na taglayin natin ang paguugaling ito upang makita ng marami na tayo ay hindi ugaling sanlibutan. Ipakikita natin ito sa mabuting kabuhayan, sa lahat ng paraan ng ating pamumuhay, bilang palatandaan na tayo ay mga naturuan ng katuwiran ng Dios.

At ito ay uugaliin natin hindi lamang sa harap ng mga mahal natin sa buhay, at mga kapapanampalataya, kundi sa lahat ng mga tao, gaya nang pahayag, “Na huwag magsalita ng masama tungkol sa kanino man, na huwag makipagtalo, kundi mapakahinhin, at magpakahinahon sa lahat ng mga tao.” (Tito 3:2)

Ang isang lingkod ng Dios na natuto ng katuwiran ay dapat na taglay ang kagayakang ito. At inaasahan ng Dios na ito ay paguugaling dapat na taglayin ng bawat isa, “Mangagbihis nga kayo gaya ng mga hinirang ng Dios, na mga banal at minamahal, ng isang pusong mahabagin, ng kagandahangloob, ng kababaan, ng kaamuan, ng pagpapahinuhod.” (Colosas 3:12)

At kung ito ay magagawang taglayin ng bawat isa, nabibigyan natin ng kapurihan ang Dios na Siyang tumawag at nagbukod sa atin sa pananampalatayang ito, gaya nang pahayag ni Apostol Pedro, “Na kayo’y mangagkaroon ng timtimang ugali sa gitna ng mga Gentil; upang, sa mga bagay na ipinagsasalita nila laban sa inyong tulad sa nagsisigawa ng masama, dahil sa inyong mabubuting gawa na kanilang nakikita, ay purihin nila ang Dios sa araw ng pagdalaw.” (1 Pedro 2:12)

Sa huli’y makikita natin ang kagandahang loob ng Dios ay masusumpungan ng Kaniyang mga maaamong lingkod, sapagkat ipagkakaloob sa kanila ang kaligtasan, gaya nang sinabi, “Sapagka’t ang Panginoon ay nalulugod sa kaniyang bayan:kaniyang pagagandahin ng kaligtasan ang maamo.” (Awit 149:4)

Bukod dito, ano pa ang katangiang dapat nating maunawa mula sa ating Panginoong Hesus? … sa susunod

 

 

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Ang mga Nangatuto sa Panginoong Hesus (part 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(From the sermon entitled “Ang mga Kapatid na Nangatuto sa Panginoong Hesukristo” for date August 10, 2014, Second Sunday)

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Mapapalad ang mga Nahahapis

 

Gaya nang ating natutunan, marami sa mga aral ng Panginoong Hesus ang taliwas sa karaniwang takbo ng kaisipan nating mga tao. Kailan naging mapalad ang isang nahahapis?

 

Sa ating mga tao, ang mahapis ay ang pagkadama ng labis na kalungkutan na maaaring bunga ng maraming mga bagay o kadahilanan. Maaaring ito ay dulot ng pagkawala ng mahalagang bagay sa buhay gaya ng mahal sa buhay, kayamanan at karangalan.

 

Maaaring ito ay dulot ng malabis na kabiguan sa isang bagay na minimithi o pinapangarap. Ang pagkahapis ay isang bagay na hindi ginusto o pinangarap ng sinuman. Subalit sinabi ng Panginoong Hesus, “Mapapalad ang nangahahapis: sapagka’t sila’y aaliwin.” (Mateo 5:4)

Lahat ba ng nahahapis ay mapapalad?

 

Lahat ba ng nahahapis ay karapatdapat sa kaaliwang ipagkakaloob ng Dios?

 

Isang bagay ang dapat nating maunawaan. Hindi lahat ng kahapisan ay pare-pareho. May kahapisang ayon sa kalooban ng Dios. Sinabi ng Panginoong Hesus, “Ang mga bagay na ito ay sinalita ko sa inyo, upang kayo’y magkaroon sa akin ng kapayapaan. Sa sanglibutan ay mayroon kayong kapighatian:nguni’t laksan ninyo ang loob; aking dinaig ang sanglibutan.” (Juan 16:33)

Nakatadhanang maranasan ng Kaniyang mga lingkod ang kapighatian. Ang mga kapighatiang ito ay magdudulot sa kanila ng ibayong kahapisan. At ang kahapisang ito ay dahil sa pagiging lingkod o mananampalataya ng Dios.

 

Bilang katunayan, sinabi ng Panginoong Hesus na dahil sa Kaniya ay makakalasap ng pagkamuhi ang Kaniyang mga lingkod na magdudulot sa kanila ng kahapisan, “Mapapalad kayo pagka kayo’y inaalimura, at kayo’y pinaguusig, at kayo’y pinagwiwikaan ng sarisaring masama na pawang kasinungalingan, dahil sa akin.” (Mateo 5:11)

Ang kahapisang ito ay kaugnay ng pahayag ni Apostol Pedro, na dahil sa katuwiran ng Dios ay magbabata ang mga lingkod (1 Pedro 3:14). Ang mga mananampalataya o tagasunod ng Panginoong Hesus ay magbabata ng ganitong kahapisan, sapagkat sa ganito tayo tinawag ng ating dakilang Dios, “Sapagka’t sa ganitong bagay kayo’y tinawag:sapagka’t si Cristo man ay nagbata dahil sa inyo, na kayo’y iniwanan ng halimbawa, upang kayo’y mangagsisunod sa mga hakbang niya.” (1 Pedro 2:21)

 

Dapat nating matutunan bilang lingkod, na nagiging kapurihan ng Dios ang pagtitiis na ating nararanasan dahil sa kahapisang taglay.

 

Ang Panginoong Hesus ay nagbata, nagtiis ng kahapisan, upang tayo ay iwanan ng halimbawa. Bagaman Siya ay walang pagkakasala, nagtiis at nagbata Siya para sa lahat. “Na siya’y hindi nagkasala, o kinasumpungan man ng daya ang kaniyang bibig: Na, nang siya’y alipustain, ay hindi gumanti ng pagalipusta; nang siya’y magbata, ay hindi nagbala; kundi ipinagkatiwala ang kaniyang sarili doon sa humahatol ng matuwid.” (1 Pedro 2:22-23)

 

Subalit, hindi lahat ng kahapisan ay kalugod-lugod sa Kaniya. Mayroong walang kapurihan. Mayroong kahapisan na hindi karapatdapat sa Dios sapagkat ang naging dahilan nito ay pansarili lamang at hindi ukol sa ikapupuri ng Dios, at hindi dahil sa pagdadala ng Kaniyang katuwiran.

 

Gaya nang pahayag ni Apostol Pedro, mayroong nagbabata dahil sa pagkakasalang kanilang nagawa at hindi dahil sa pagiging mananampalataya. “Sapagka’t ito’y kalugodlugod, kung dahil sa budhing ukol sa Dios ay magtiis ang sinoman ng mga kalumbayan, na magbata ng di matuwid. Sapagka’t anong kapurihan nga, kung kayo’y nangagkakasala, at kayo’y tinatampal ay inyong tanggapin na may pagtitiis? nguni’t kung kayo’y gumagawa ng mabuti, at kayo’y nagbabata, ay inyong tanggapin na may pagtitiis, ito’y kalugodlugod sa Dios.” (1 Pedro 2:19-22)

 

Kaya nga, itanong natin sa ating sarili, anong uri ng kahapisan ang taglay natin?

 

Nahahapis ba tayo dahil sa katuwiran ng Dios?

 

Dahil sa tayo ay mga Kristiyano?

 

O nakakaranas tayo ng kahapisan dahil sa mga maling bagay na ating nagagawa?

 

Kung ang sanhi ng ating kahapisan ay dahil sa pagiging mananampalataya ng Dios, mapalad tayo! Sapagkat ang kaaliwan ng Dios ay sasa-atin.

 

Ang Dios ay nangako, sa langit sa Kaniyang piling, “At papahirin niya ang bawa’t luha sa kanilang mga mata; at hindi na magkakaroon ng kamatayan; hindi na magkakaroon pa ng dalamhati, o ng pananambitan man, o ng hirap pa man:ang mga bagay nang una ay naparam na.” (Apocalipsis 21:4)

 

Bukod dito, ano pa ang katangian na dapat nating taglayin upang maging mapalad? … sa susunod

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The People who Learned from Christ (part 2)

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang mga Kapatid na Natuto sa Panginoong Hesukristo,” for date August 7, 2014)

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One of the famous teachings of Christ was His preaching in the so-called “Sermon on the Mount.” The location of the mount is in Karn Hattin (horns of Hattin), a mountain in Galilee, near the area of Nazareth, Cana and Mount Tabor.

On this mountain, Christ delivered a fascinating sermon that made His listeners astonished. While they expect that the Christ is the Messiah who will lead an army of Jews against the Roman Empire, they were surprised that Christ’s principles is far from what they expected.

Straight from the mouth of Christ, they heard about the blessedness of those who will be in the character of what He preached. Being “blessed” means spiritually abundant, and by being blessed as in the teaching of Christ, a person can become a part of the eternal kingdom.

In Christ’s teachings, He mentioned that if we will not go beyond the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees, then it would be difficult for us to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20). A servant should therefore prove this through actions and deeds.

Blessed are the poor in spirit

One of the teachings of Christ is seen on Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”(Matthew 5:3) In some translations, being poor in spirit can mean being humble-minded, a character that is possessed by Christ Himself. He wants His listeners to understand that being humble-minded is a blessed character to have and that we are ought to be one no matter what status we have attained in life.

Being humble-minded should be seen on us not only in the sight of God but as well as to others. A person with this character is not thinking high of him/her self, not arrogant, not self-righteous, unselfish and not looking on himself to others.

Jesus Christ is the greatest example of this attribute. He humbled Himself, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death. (Philippians 2:5-8)

This is what Christ wants us to learn, that we should not look on ourselves, but instead, we need to ask ourselves on how much we can bring ourselves humbly to others and most especially being humble -minded in front of God, obeying His will and commands.

Another example of this trait is Moses. Moses left his princely life and humbled himself to reach those whom he has found as brothers (Hebrews 11:25-28).

Anyone who wants to be humble-minded should be guided according to the words of God. True humility comes from the words of God, like what the Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the teaching of wisdom; and a low opinion of oneself goes before honour.” (Proverbs 15:33)

Most of all, being humble can make God to forgive our sins. The Bible says, “Come now, and let us have an argument together, says the Lord: how may your sins which are red like blood be white as snow? how may their dark purple seem like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

God challenged His people Israel that the only way to clean their sins is by being humble and seeking the face of God. The Bible says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Jesus Christ has a modest and humble heart. We can find true peace and rest through Him, by allowing ourselves to become humble in all our ways. We need to imitate this trait of Christ. Like what He said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29)

To be continued…

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The People who Learned from Christ (part 1)

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang mga Kapatid na Nangatuto sa Panginoong Hesukristo” for date August 3, 2014)

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Many people were astonished and fascinated with the teachings of Jesus Christ. His methodology of teaching is revolutionary and far better than those who are teaching the laws and commandments during His time.

Why not? Jesus is a great teacher.

A teacher relays information and skills through explanations and giving of precise examples. An effective teacher usually gives explanations or supporting evidences, employing different methods so that the learners can accept, understand and remember the information given to them.

Jesus Christ possesses all these traits. Many were captivated with His teachings because He taught them with simplicity, irrefutable logic, thought provoking questions, striking figures of speech and meaningful illustrations from things familiar to His listeners.

He taught with authority, however, emphasizing humility and not arrogance like the other teachers in His time, “And it came about, when Jesus had come to the end of these words, that the people were surprised at his teaching, for he was teaching as one having authority, and not as their scribes” (Matthew 7:28-29)

One of the teachings of Christ that made them astonished is about how people lose their focus in life because of constant worrying. The Bible says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow, is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”(Matthew 6:25-30)

An example of His provoking questions can be found in Matthew 7:3, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

Most of all, Christ is the greatest teacher because He practiced all He had preached. He says, “So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” (Matthew 23:3)

Besides all of these, His knowledge of the laws and commandments made the Scribes and the Pharisees astounded.

Who will never be surprised with the way Jesus taught? His teachings can give peace and calmness of life. The Bible says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

All we need to do is come to Him and search His teachings. And by doing that, we can be assured that we understand more about Him and His will.

His teachings will help us become perfect and righteous in His sight, giving Him more pleasure. The Bible says, “And how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 15-17)

What are some of the teachings of Christ that we need to understand? … To be continued

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