Summary: jesus first
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20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
These are all wonderful texts that we have read this morning
"The eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him." That is the way it always ought to be.
"They looked up and saw no man, save Jesus only." That is the way it always ought to be.
And, "he began at the same scripture and preached unto him Jesus." That's the way it always ought to be.
that should be our desire this morning
"But Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you"
I have a very interesting fact that I want to share with you.
some people might say this is just a coincidence
but Did you know that out of the 27 books in the New Testament, 23 of them jump right into Jesus in the very first verse?
that tells me that we ought to put jesus first
There are only four books in the New Testament, out of the total twenty-seven, that do not talk about Jesus in the first verse
Those books are: Luke, Hebrews, II John and III John.
Jesus is mentioned either by name or description in the first verse of Matthew, John, Acts, Romans, I and II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I AND II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, I and II Peter, I John, Jude, and Revelation.
Now, in Hebrews, the first verse does not mention His name. In the second verse, it mentions the word "Son." But in Hebrews 1:3, it jumps right into mention about the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 John gives a two verse introduction then jumps into mention the name Jesus in verse 3
with all of that we should learn that in everything we do, Christ ought to be first?
He ought to be first in our music.
He ought to be first in our preaching.
He ought to be first in our Sunday school.
He ought to be first in our work.
He ought to be first at school.
Jesus says, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
In Matthew 1:1, we find these words in the first verse of the first chapter: "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ."
In Mark 1:1 we find, "The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
In John 1:1, we find, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God."
In Acts 1:1, we find, "All that Jesus began both to do and to teach."
In Romans 1:1, "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ."
In I Corinthians 1:1 we find, "Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ."
In II Corinthians 1:1, we find, "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God."
In Galatians 1:1, we find "Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither of man, but by Jesus Christ.)"
In Ephesians 1:1 the first verse, we find, "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God."
In Philippians 1:1, we find "Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ."
In Colossians 1:1, we find "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ."
In I Thessalonians 1:1 we read, "Paul, and Silvanus, said Timotheus…Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
In II Thessalonians 1:1 "Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus…in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."