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June 24th, 2012

Two Types of Jesus’ Disciples

Two Types Of Jesus Disciples

Jesus had two types of disciples. He still has two types of disciples.

The first group is his secret disciples. They are men of power, prestige and wealth. They are politically correct and gentlemanly. They will not risk their good names or professional advantages by associating with Jesus. Jesus walks with sinners, tax collectors and prostitutes. He lives in the ghettoes with broken people.

The secret disciples see the truth, but they do not risk losing their advantages by associating with Jesus in the day time. They come to see Jesus in the cover of the night to avoid embarrassment. There are two names in the Bible which represent the prototype of secret discipleship – Joseph of Aramathea and Nicodemus. Bible says they came to see Jesus in the night.

The second group of disciples was the poor and broken people living in the slums of Jewish towns. No wonder one of the disciples asked if any thing good can ever come out of Nazareth. They lived in humble dwellings and the powerful people of the society abused them. The religious people exploited them and looked down on them as if they were dirty and sinful.

These poor people possessed the key to the master’s heart- a broken heart full of unadulterated love and adoration for Christ. They did not know the protocols of the society. When they thought they have sinned, they cried and ran to the master, even to the annoyance of the disciples. They washed his feet with the tears of repentance and dried it with their own hair. They spent their income to buy precious anointing oil for the master and anointed the anointed one (Christ). Jesus did not raise a memorial for any of his disciples, but did raise one for the woman who anointed him.

When Jesus was buried, many thought that his story was over. The people of the “win-win” school thought that it was useless to pursue a dead man in a sepulcher. Mary Magdalene did not think so and Mary would never think so. She had the courage which none of the men of Galilee had – a courage of conviction and love.

Her love for Jesus was unstoppable. Her love transcends Gethsemane, Calvary and beyond Calvary, all the way up to the sepulcher. Jesus calls us today to love him like Mary Magdalene.

Read The Disciple’s Identity Given By The Master

– – – written by Written by Jacob T

March 30th, 2010

Jesus Washing Feet of Disciples Pictures

The lent season is going to be over and we are now in the Holy Week. In two days, we have Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries. As we all know this is the thursday before Easter when we remember the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. It also happens to be the fifth day of Holy Week.

On Maundy Thursday, we commemorate Jesus washing apostles feet. What do we learn from this?

The Lord knew his time on earth was ending. This was the last time he would be with all his disciples. What does John say was on his mind? His love for the disciples. And out of love he taught them one last lesson – humility. It should not be surprising that this was an important lesson for the disciples to learn.

Jesus said “loving your neighbor as yourself” was the second greatest command ever. It is second only to loving God with all that we are. In order to fulfill the mission of spreading the gospel, the disciples would need to learn to serve. Pride and arrogance would ruin the disciples’ relationship to God, to each other, and to the people they were trying to save. Humility and service to others is the evidence of love.

It’s an important lesson for us as well. People line up to do the tasks that are considered important, glamorous, or respected. But Jesus showed humility by doing the task that no one wanted to do. He washed the disciples’ feet — a dirty job usually performed by the lowest ranking person in the room. Was Jesus the lowest ranking person? No. He was Lord and Teacher. He knew he would soon be at the Father’s side in heaven.

Did he think it was too lowly a task for him to do? No. Are there tasks that we won’t do because they are lowly? Because they are dirty? Because they are unpleasant or hard? But aren’t those the jobs that most need to be done? And won’t God reward those who do His work? We need to be willing to do whatever is needed. Jesus was not only willing, he prepared himself to do this service. Have we made plans to serve others?

The disciples had argued in the past about which one of them would be greatest in the kingdom. Jesus had answered them by saying the greatest people were not the warriors, leaders or heroes. They are like children who are powerless, obedient and humble. We should not waste our energy worrying about how we compare to others. It is not our job to judge others for what they do or do not do.

It is our responsibility to fill the needs we see, whatever we are. James 4:17 says “Therefore to him that knows to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Look at who all Jesus served. Even Judas, who left that table to betray the Lord, had his feet washed by Jesus. Jesus put himself in a position of servitude to his own betrayer.

Please take a look at the pictures of Jesus given above where we can see our Lord washing the feet of his disciples. Have you ever tried this? I guess no. Well, please copy and save those pictures showing Jesus washing disciple’s feet and let us at least remember how caring and loving and humble we are called to be, as we follow Christ – and so we are Christians.

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November 7th, 2009

Special Ministry Gifts

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When we are called by the Lord into an area of ministry, then he gifts us in special ways to enable us to fulfill that ministry. There are many spiritual gifts. They are available to all believers as needed… Now, however, I wish to speak about special gifts, abilities and personal characteristics that the Lord draws out of a person, which are fairly unique to that person.

Special Ministry Gifts : There is no complete list of these. The Lord is not bound by tradition, convention or law when he creates them in someone. I will mention a few.

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1. Gift of Tongues

What are some of the main characteristics of a spiritual language that make it useful in ministry?

It can’t be understood by the human mind, meaning that the mind cannot intercept what is being said, interpret it and, as so often happens, disbelieve, block or distort the message.

It can be received by the human spirit. This means that the Holy Spirit, through the agency of the person speaking in spiritual language, can feed into the spirit of a person truth they need to hear. This happens even if the person is asleep or in a coma, or if the person’s mind would normally interfere.

2. Drawing Pictures

Children respond to and understand things visually rather than through written words. Pictures are as much a language as writing. Be encouraged, even when praying for an adult, to draw what God shows you.

3. Burden Bearing

“Burden bearing is predicated upon the capacity of our spirit to identify with another, to empathize, to share and shoulder emotional loads. In the same way that two physically can carry a log which one alone cannot lift, burden bearing takes one end of a load, and so enables a brother to survive and function. Whereas two must be in proximity to lift something physically, burden bearing requires no spatial nearness. We can feel, identify, share and pray about another’s burdens at whatever distance we may happen to be.” (Healing the Wounded Spirit, p 395)

4. A Father Heart

For the Hebrews, a mother is a provider of nurture, while a father is the source or origin of the person, and God the Father is the source of a people. This idea of source has tended to be lost today. In particular, we have forgotten that just as God is the source of Adam’s human spirit, so too is our earthly father in some way the source or generator or mediator of a child’s spirit.

5. Other Prophetic or Apostolic Gifts

There are many other special gifts which parallel the operation of many of the apostles and prophets in the Bible. We won’t discuss them here, except to mention the function of releasing others into ministry. This is probably an apostolic gift, just as Paul established leaders in the churches he started, and frequently occurs in prayer ministry.

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Whatever the gift you are given by the Lord, please ensure that at all times, especially while you are learning to use it, that you do not become presumptuous and apply it where it is not being asked for.

Sometimes a prophet or apostle will appear to work autonomously, against the prevailing opinions of others, but they pay a huge cost of responsibility for this measure of trust by the Lord. Yes, aspire to prophesy, but anyone who would like to be a prophet should think twice, and then discuss the cost with one who knows.

Whatever your gift(s), always listen first to what the Spirit is saying to you, and like Jesus – only do what the Father is doing.

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