He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.
7 And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— 9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.
14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist[d] has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.
21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias's daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.
And he began to teach them many things.
35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii[f] worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night[g] he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him 55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
Today. It is not we who made us, this is Jesus the Lord. The Father. The Holy Spirit.
Made. Made in His Image. Rib intact, complete, filled with God. Jesus made people well, just by Sending Out His Word. Let us touch the fringe of His garment. Today. The Word of Jesus is Alive, Living, Active.
The willingness of the community to bring forth the people who needed Jesus to Jesus. The people ran to go bring the people who needed Jesus. Verse 55.
Let God, the Holy Spirit triumph sweeping the world.
I Love the LORD FATHER GOD ALMIGHTY!
Let me this day, create in God, joy, and love for I LOVE THE LORD GOD.
Father God, let my soul, my mind, my body, my tongue be a welcoming place for Your Holy Spirit.
Father we pray for the fallenness in all of mankind, that the Light of Christ shining in all of mankind would prevail. Intimacy is for marriage. And the blessing is birth control would be the wish that Life would be placed in marriage. We pray birth control would not end lives at the start. Encouraging Marriage where the beauty of sexual intimacy would triumph in this culture and in the world. We pray for chemical substances killing life would be banned as harmful to all. We ask abortion literature would be so honest causing abortion to end and the trauma from abortion would be seen as it is.
Help us to remember every day, Jesus cancelled servitude calling us His Beloved and His Friends. The Children of His Father. Let us live our lives rejoicing in this Blessing !
In Jesus. Amen.
This last week I was not very happy with the timing of the Archbishop of Canterbury for deciding after a 16 year quarrel with the left and right of the Church of England to ask the Episcopal Church to not have decision making for marrying gay people. And this week I realized, no, I was wrong to have this opinion.
We are life long Episcopalians who left the Church, after our whole lives- not lightly and not on whim, in 1995.
Not because Bishop Gene is gay. We left because the Church said Paul did not have the Holy Spirit correctly defined and we could rip out all the Books written by Paul.
In 2004 Bishop Gene was ordained.
The Episcopal Church had 12 million members and now has less than 900,000.
The former Archbishop announced as his first act he would visit a Druid Convention. Druids used to sacrifice goats? No people. Not exactly what Jesus would do. If you are Joe Smith this is your questionable business. If you are Archbishop - not your best decision.
This is the retired Archbishop who publicly told England they should have Sharia Law. Which states a woman can be beaten but not on her face. Caused an uproar. And then people found out Sharia Law was already allowed in the U.K. Which caused another uproar. England presently has, same as the USA, 900,000 worshipers.
However the amazing thing there is, Continents all over the world have Anglicans experiencing radical faith and seeing God given results.
We have a new Archbishop. And now we are going to honor what the Word of God says. And I took time to be annoyed for 16 years of all this going on and on and on and on. I was wrong.
God has interesting timing.
He really does. When no one would have blinked to see Marriage is a man and a woman - God had the boundaries set firmly on just sit down and be quiet, you people, from all over the world.
NOW being GOD, the Father Almighty, Maker of the Universe and all things - THEN - He decides, ok, turn the tables - Marriage the Anglican Church says is a Man and a Woman.
Now? Now? Now? This 16 year battle has been in the papers, the lawsuits, the Churches, the buildings, the retirement funds, the lack of love in this battle. This ...
And you can see in hindsight why Father God waited for this to be Accomplished in His Time.
Now we are not going to get to far before I say this about The Episcopal Church.
There are a lot of Episcopalians that Love the Word of God and believe this to be the Truth.
The Episcopal Church welcomes all people to know the saving Grace of God.
My elderly cousin, my Ward through the State of Texas, knew what it was to have a parent berate her efforts as a child. Maxine had this up on her bathroom door:
I went for a walk and saw a man sitting to rake leaves.
Contempt! I felt for a lazy man to sit to rake.
I found my walk led me past the same man from the other side. This time I saw he had crutches from a stroke.
He was only able to rake sitting. Many people would not rake at all.
The Episcopal Church welcomes all people to know the saving Grace of God in Jesus Christ.
The Point I would say is the Important Part is this:
Genesis One. God spoke the Word.
We are the People of God. He has created us. Not we ourselves.
The Word of God is far, far older than we are. We will fade, the Word of God will not.
John 1 tells us:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Jesus is created by the Word of Father God.
God's Word is the authority to look to see that God is Sovereign.
No matter the law of mankind.
No matter the Archbishop or the Denomination.
The Disciple John, the one who followed Jesus to the end and to the breakfast of victorious Jesus brought this to His Beloved to squabble at the meal - John has one thing to say about God.
God is Love.
And if we would believe God would indeed provide for us. If we would believe tomorrow, God is with us in the joys and sorrows, just like today - then if we would believe the Promises of God - then our day is peaceful.
Plan on peace. Plan on seeing, believing, living, God is Good.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †