Summary: Jesus shared every bit of the future happenings with His disciples, because He was thrilled by the fact that His disciples have gained knowledge and they knew who He was. KNOWLEDGE OF OUR GOD IS MOST IMPORTANT!
From that time……
Mathew 16:21 ‘From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.’
The above scripture starts with the words, ‘from that time!’ From which time? If we read the entire chapter, we would read the profound question of Jesus to His disciples, “who do you say I am?" Peter answered: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Now that they really knew who he was, Jesus attempted to take them to the next level of the cross. Jesus started telling the disciples, “I’m on my way to Jerusalem. When I get there, I will be beaten and I will be killed, and on the third day raised to life.” Jesus shared every bit of the future happenings with His disciples, because He was thrilled by the fact that His disciples have gained knowledge and they knew who He was. KNOWLEDGE OF OUR GOD IS MOST IMPORTANT! Mathew 13:12’For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance…’
Apostle Paul prayed the following prayer: Colossians 2:2 ‘that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ.’
The Bible would be a closed book for those who do not care to do a little spiritual home work, who do not care to know more of God, who do not care to strain and set aside time to read His Word. Apostle Paul said,(2 Timothy 3:7) ‘always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.’ No wonder, the Christians are looking for prophesy!
Most of the Christians love to sit in the kinder garden and swing all their life with lollypop in their mouths - such Christians are stumped, dwarfed Christians. They don’t even seem to bother about their ignorance, with the name board ‘Christian’, they think they can gain entry into His kingdom. Never! Jesus would say: I DON’T KNOW YOU! Let this message warn you dear friends! Relaxing with a bowl of popcorn and chips in front of the TV, time seems to vanish – at the end of the day, we have wasted precious time with the devil (TV)
I determined to attend an all-night prayer to seek God and His healing, while I was five months pregnant, diagnosed with serious problems in my uterus. The meeting was scheduled to start at 10 pm, but our entire family, along with my daughter, we were inside the venue at 9 pm. The message started around midnight and the preacher spoke till dawn. You want to know where I sat? In the first row! Such was my hunger for God! I returned with a fresh zeal for God that was insatiable! If it is an ‘off-site all-night-fun camp’, people would jump but not for a all-night-spiritual camp.
Mathew 7:8”……..he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”