Then Jesus Came

But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made (born) of a woman, made (born) under the law, to redeem the that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  Galatians 4:4-5

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.  Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher (perfector) of our faith.  who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2

The song “Then Jesus came” speaks as follows:

  • verse 1 – the blind man
  • verse 2 – the demonic man
  • verse 3 – the leper, the deaf, the dumb, the raging fever
  • verse 4 – men today

Romans 8: 37-39 tells us “we are more than conquerors.”

Much is said of the miracles in Jesus’ earthly ministry.  They got people’s attention and they followed Him.

They drew the crowds to Him and then He was able to teach them.  They pointed to other things in their lives, their spiritual walk with God.

This beginning of miracle (signs) did Jesus in Cana of Galilee and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed on Him.  John 2:11

Some people still are seeking a sign.   Some ask why there are not more miracles today.

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”

But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.  Matthew 12:38-42

There are still miracles today but the greatest miracle of all is when He saved you.

John 3:7 says, You must be born again.


to the Philippian jailer – So they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.  Acts 16:31


If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believer in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Romans 10:9-10


The Samaritan woman at the well (the entire Chapter 4 of John’s Gospel.                          John 4:28-29  The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, ‘Come see a Man who told me all things that I ever did.  Could this be the Christ?’ 


To the two disciples on their way to Emmaus following the resurrection.   This story is told in Luke 24:13-15.

Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.


To the disciples fishing on the lake following the resurrection.











 About midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the (other) prisoners were listening to them, suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened. 

When the jailer, startled out of his sleep, saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was on the point of killing himself, because he supposed that the prisoners had escaped.  But Paul shouted, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!”

Then (the jailer) called for lights and rushed in, and trembling and terrified he fell down before Paul and Silas.   And he brought them out (of the dungeon) and said, “Men, what is it necessary for me to do that I may be saved?”  And they answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into his keeping) and you will be saved, (and this applies to both (you and your household as well. 

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And they declared the Word of God (to him and to all who were in his house) .  And he took them the same hour of the night and bathed (them because of their bloody) wounds, and he was baptized immediately and all (the members of) his (Household).  Then he took them up into his house and set food before them; and he leaped much for joy and exulted with all his family that he believed in God (accepting and joyously welcoming what He had made known through Christ).  Acts 16: 25-34…the Amplified Version

  • He rejoiced.  He believed in God.
  • He rejoiced.  All his household believed in God.
  • He rejoiced.  His sins were gone.
  • He rejoiced.  No more condemnation.
  • He rejoiced.  His family was saved.
  • He rejoiced.  His name was written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
  • He rejoiced.  There was a change in His life.
  • He rejoiced.  There was a change in the lives of his family members.
  • He rejoiced.  He opened His heart to receive the Word of God.
  • He rejoiced.  He received peace everlasting.
  • He rejoiced.  Peace had come to him.
  • He rejoiced.  Peace had come to his family.
  • He rejoiced.  Peace had come to his home.
  • He rejoiced.  He had no more guilt.
  • He rejoiced.  He had no more sadness.
  • He rejoiced.  He had no more sorrowing for wrong doing.
  • He rejoiced.  He followed in obedience and was baptized.


  • Let us rejoice.  Our lives are changed.
  • Let us rejoice.  Our hearts are made anew.
  • Let us rejoice.  Our attitudes have been reprogrammed.
  • Let us rejoice.  Our family is different,
  • Let us rejoice.  Our occupation is different.
  • Let us rejoice.  Our walk is different.
  • Let us rejoice.  Our names are written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
  • Let us rejoice.  We are different.
  • Let us rejoice.  There has been a change.
  • Let us rejoice.  Let us rejoice.  Let us rejoice.

The shortest verse in the Bible in from the Gospel of John…”Jesus wept!”     The second shortest verse is “Rejoice always.”

Do you think there is a connection?  The Gospel of John tells us Jesus story of Lazarus resurrection from the dead.  And Jesus wept.  Why?  Because of the people’s unbelief.

Then in Paul’s writings, we are told to “Rejoice Always.”   Why?  It is the Christian’s way of life. We rejoice because of the resurrection.    We believe!   It happened!  He rose from the dead.  Christ’s resurrection is true.  And because He lives we live also.

So rejoice!







I thank my God at all times for you because of the grace (the favor and spiritual blessing) of God which was bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, [So] that in Him in every respect you were enriched, in full power and readiness of speech [to speak of your faith] and complete knowledge and illumination [to give you full insight into its meaning].  In this way [our] witnessing concerning Christ (the Messiah) was so confirmed and established and made sure in you t hat you are not [consciously] falling behind or lacking in any special spiritual endowment or Christian grace [the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating in your souls by the Holy Spirit], while you wait and watch [constantly living in hope] for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and [His] being made visible to all.  And He will establish you to the end [keep you steadfast, give you strength, and guarantee your vindication; He will be your warrant against all accusation or indictment so that you will be] guiltless and irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).  I Corinthians 1:4-8…. The Amplified Version

Now I mean this, that each one of you says, “I am [a disciple] of Paul,” or “I am [a disciple] Apollos, or I belong to Cephas (Peter), or I belong to Christ.  Is Christ (the Messiah) divided into parts? Was Paul crucified on behalf of you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul?  I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, Lest anyone should say that I baptized in my own name. [Yes] I did baptize the household of Stephanas also. More than these, I do not remember that I baptized anyone. For Christ (the Messiah) sent me out not to baptize but [to evangelize by] preaching the glad tidings (the Gospel), and that not with verbal eloquence, lest the cross of Christ should be deprived of force and emptied of its power and rendered vain (fruitless, void of value, and of no effect).  I Corinthians 1:12-17….The Amplified Version

For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God.  I Corinthians 1:18….The Amplified Version

For it is written, I will baffle and render useless and destroy the learning of the learned and the philosophy of the philosophers and the cleverness of the clever and the discernment of the discerning; I will frustrate and nullify [them] and bring [them] to nothing.   I Corinthians 1:19….The Amplified Bible

  • In the fourth verse Paul states that He praises God that the Christians at Corinth are in Christ Jesus, they are saved and walking on the right path. Wow, what a great testimony of a church of believers!
  • In verse five Paul is blessed that the church is set apart or enriched in all utterance and knowledge of the word. Their understanding and testimony in obeying the word is here confirmed.
  • In verse six the testimony of Christ is confirmed in them.
  • All the ministry gifts are in operation in this church and none are lacking. There are ample gifts to go around to all in the church.  There is a work for all and here, all are working.

family devotion

But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we ]earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior.  Philippians 3:20….The Amplified Version

  • God’s confirmation of you is definite. It is a sure thing.  It is obvious to those looking on and that is as it should be.
  • God is faithful and in your calling you have been faithful. Continue to be faithful.
  • In Verses 10-19 the unity of the body is again emphasized. The ministry gifts cannot operate without that unity.

What then is faithfulness?  What would you consider faithfulness?  What margin of error would you allow?

  • 100%
  • 50%
  • 10%
  • If your automobile worked 50% of the time, would you consider it faithful?
  • If your spouse was faithful 75% of the time, would you consider them faithful?
  • If your children only loved you when they needed something, how would you feel?
  • If you only received a pay check or your retirement check half of the time, how would you feel?  Would you keep working or would you be on the phone questioning someone about the missed check?
  • What about your church?  If the doctrine or teachings of our church made a dramatic change from week to week, flip-flopping with the changing wind, would the church be faithful to the Word of God and to you?

Dr.Laura, a call-in talk-show host of sometime back, said this:

“The path to solid, supportive, healthy relationships, self-respect and a quality life starts with the usually painful decision to do the right thing.  Regardless of emotions and temptations, to be fully human and to benefit from life, you must get back to the three C’s –

  • Character
  • Courage
  • Conscience.”

What is faithfulness?  I am so glad you asked!

  • Steadfast in affections, loyal
  • Firm in following the promises made or in doing one’s duty a promised
  • Conscientious
  • True to facts, constant, faithful

Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.  So the LORD said, “I will destroy man who I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.   Genesis 6:5-8

  • Noah’s day – not much different as today.  People of the day were disobedient, seeking their own way.  They were unfaithful.
  • The children of Israel (God’s chosen people) again and again turned away from God.
  • Is there anything too hard for the Lord?  I am the Lord thy God, I change not.

Faithful is He who called you, who will also do it.  I Thessalonians 5:24

Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering; for H is faithful that promised.  Hebrews 4:12

  • Do you waffle on your devotion/service to God?
  • There is no variableness, no shadow of turning.  “great is Thy faithfulness.

I am the same, yesterday, today and forever.  Hebrews 8:13

Be doer of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourself.  James 1:22

  • What part of “Thou Shalt Not” did you not understand?
  • God’s love is everlasting.  He is not willing that any should perish.
  • Yet, by our sin, we separate ourselves from God.
  • You say I trust in God.  What is your basis for trust/  Will your faithfulness stand the test?  You know that God will meet your needs, answer your prayers, keep you from harm, heal your body, all because of His past record of faithfulness.  What of your faithfulness to Him?
  • Let me ask you – Which one of your family members will you turn to in times of difficulties?  The one who has been most faithful to your ideals.  The one you can run to, lean on, cry on their shoulder.

Question:  If God was as faithful to you as you are to Him, where would you be today?


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  I John 1:9 


















































Ten-Finger Prayer

Philippians 4:13 (my wife’s favorite verse) says “I CAN (with God’s help!)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The Amplified Version says

I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing….John 15:5

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you….James 4:7


Growing up, I learned in English classes the difference between the words CAN and MAY. Repeatedly, I heard “You can if you are able.” The next time you go through a drive through to order something, note how many people on the other end of the microphone ask, “Can I help you?” That obviously tells you they did not grasp the correct grammar in English class or the teacher did not teach them properly.

I can because I am able.


Not in my own strength, not in my own power, but through the power of Christ Jesus, my Lord, who dwells within.

“I May” gives the impression that you may not be able. There is a doubt in your mind that you may not be able because you are too weak, you will change your mind, you question your ability to follow through.


Over and over in the Psalms we see the statement I WILL.

It was I who determined that I WOULD do these things.
It was I who put the plan in motion.

Remember the statement about Daniel:

“He purposed in his heart.”

It was Daniel who made up his mind and determined within himself that he would be who God had called him to be.

Psalm 145:1 – I will extol You my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Psalm 145:5 – I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.
Psalm 138:1-2 – I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You. I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving kindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
Psalm 144:9 – I will sing a new song to You, O God; on a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You.

  • It is I who must go to God when I need help.
  • It is I who must praise God when I want to thank Him.

No one else can do it for me.

  • I must.
  • I CAN.
  • I AM ABLE.

ten fingers


In difficult times, hold up your hands and look at your fingers…There are ten.

Then quote “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Ten words.

Ten very positive, practical, personal, powerful words.


Action word – I can do…move, talk, look, walk, think, eat and breathe and much more…all these things you and I can do without thinking. How much more do we do with our strength that God has given to us naturally? These are gifts of God.  If we  look around us there are many who may not be able to talk or walk or even breathe on their own. We are truly blessed.


I can do whatever I want to if I put my mind, heart and energy and will power to the task that is before me. Nothing then, can stop me…there are no exceptions…with God’s help I can accomplish more than I can even imagine…but lest I get puffed up in my own strength, I must remember that it is “God who gives me the strength.


  • I can praise God if I want to.
  • I can get out of bed if I want to.
  • I can be a drunk if I want to.
  • I can be a drug addict if I want to.
  • I can help others if I want to.
  • I can live a Christian life if I want to.


  • It’s not me and me alone who is able to do all these things, but it is through the help of the Lord.
  • When my wife had cancer.
  • When you have financial difficulties.
  • When a loved one dies.
  • When you have surgery.
  • When you have problems in your marriage.
  • When you have problems with your kids.
  • In all areas of life…it is God who gives me (and you) strength.


It is He, Himself, He cares.

I Peter 5:7 – casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.


This great God that we serve promises to show us great and mighty things but He wants us to call on Him…He wants us to fellowship with Him. You stay in touch with Him; He will stay in touch with you. You ignore Him…He will not, will NOT ignore you…why? Because He loves you, He gave himself for you. It is through Him by His anointing power that we have our being, our life, or very existence, our breath, that our heart regularly beats.

I John 5:14-15 – Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.


The same person as the “I” in the beginning of this verse.  I am the recipient of my actions. I am the one who steps out by the faith. God has instilled in my heart and helped me to exercise the faith.


Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
John 15:5 – I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides (lives/dwells) in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.


A Thief in the Night – Part II

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing….1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

What is meant by the phrase, “the second coming?’

And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven….Acts 1:10-11
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord….1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen….Rev 1:7

Some mistaken ideas for the meaning of Christ’s second coming include:

  • His coming at the death of a saint
  • The coming of the Holy Spirit
  • The destruction of Jerusalem.

There is a distinction of Christ’s coming FOR His saints (1 Thessalonians) and coming WITH His saints (2 Thessalonians).

These two books, if studied, will answer many questions.  He comes for His Church, the Bride of Christ, to remove us from this sinful world.  Following this event will be a time of great distress, in Scripture called the Great Tribulation after which He returns to bring judgment upon all the world.

Many efforts by saints and sinners alike have been put forth to set dates concerning His return. The best answer that I can give to you is simply, “Soon, be ready.”

Some of the signs we can readily see that point to His return are:

  • Great Apostasy and departure from the faith.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving….1 Timothy 4:1

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!…2 Timothy 3:1-5

  • A time of great heaping up of wealth and possessions.

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you….James 5:1-9

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See howthe farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned.Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!

  • A time of great missionary activity.

And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations….Mark 13:10

  • The return of the Jews to Israel

Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you….Deuteronomy 30:1-3

Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Then the Lord will go forth
And fight against those nations,
As He fights in the day of battle.
And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,
From east to west,
Making a very large valley;
Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
And half of it toward the south….Zechariah 14:1-4

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it….Zechariah 12:2-3

Be ready – He’s coming soon! Do not be caught unaware.

I Thessalonians speaks in detail of the coming of Christ for the saints:

  • Christ comes to claim His bride
  • He comes in the air
  • The Great Tribulation follows
  • Immediate departure of saints (caught up in the air)
  • Message of Comfort given
  • Our change is a mystery
  • Believers are judged
  • Israel’s covenants not yet fulfilled
  • Believers only will be involved
  • The Church received into the presence of the Lord

II Thessalonians speaks of the coming of Christ in judgment:

  • Christ returns with His bride
  • He comes to the earth
  • The millennial kingdom established
  • Multiple signs proceed
  • Message of judgment given
  • Change predicted throughout the bible
  • Gentiles and Israel are judged
  • Israel”s covenant is fulfilled
  • All people are involved
  • Israel brought into kingdom age.

If we are planning on being a part of the first return of Christ, His return for the Church, then we had better not ignore the admonition of I Thessalonians – Chapter 4.

Jesus is coming back.