November 23, 2019: SOAP #3642:  Matthew 14-16 Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, 2 and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” Observation:  Herod's impressions of Jesus […]

November 23, 2019: SOAP #3642:  Matthew 14-16

Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 14:1 At that time Herod thetetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, 2 and he said to his attendants,“This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is whymiraculous powers are at work in him.”

Observation:  Herod'simpressions of Jesus were only from word of mouth.  He had no personal experience withJesus.  Hearing about Jesus raisedfeelings of conviction over his past sins. I am sure he felt regret that he had been tricked into having John theBaptist put to death. 

What Herod needed was a personal meeting with Jesus where the burden of sincould be lifted by forgiveness. 

Application:   What asad state of affairs one can see in the US congress where people want to findfacts but can only find witness who heard something, or overheard aconversation that may have been about the specific subject, or presumed, or putseveral things together and jumped to what they thought was a logicalconclusion.  No one has any personal,firsthand knowledge. 

But much worse than that is when people only know about Jesus from what otherpeople say.  They have no personal,firsthand knowledge.  They do not knowHim; only know about Him.  

The following prayer can be the start of a wonderful personal relationship, notjust knowing about Him, but knowing Him!  

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me andsending your Son, Jesus, to die in payment for my sins.  Jesus, I thank you for dying in my place andrising back to life.  Forgive my sins.  By your Spirit, come and live in mylife.  I acknowledge you as the Lord ofmy life. Thank you for loving and forgiving me. Amen

Pastor Leon
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