The Gospel Observer
"Go therefore and make disciples
of all the nations...teaching them to observe all that I
commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the
end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20, NASB).
February 3, 2019
1) "What Then Shall I Do With Jesus Who Is Called Christ?" (Bill
2) "Evidence of Things Not Seen" (Greg Gwin)
3) You Don't Deserve Mercy (Doy Moyer)
4) News & Notes
"What Then Shall I Do With Jesus Who Is Called
When this question was asked by Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of
Judea, Jesus was on trial in Jerusalem at the official residence
there of Pilate. Pilate was addressing the chief priests, scribes
and elders, the ones who had orchestrated this whole nefarious
Prior to this, Jesus had been illegally arrested in the garden of
Gethsemane — illegal because it was night, illegal because it was
during Passover week, illegal because it was without any criminal
charges. He had been arrested and bound and brought before Annas,
ex-high priest and father-in-law to Caiphas. There, without any
charges against Him, Jesus had been asked to tell Annas about His
teaching and His disciples — an illegal “fishing expedition.” He was
unlawfully struck in the face and taken to the house of Caiphas, the
acting high priest, where were gathered chief priests, scribes and
elders of the Sanhedrin (enough for a quorum).
There, hired false witnesses had been gathered to testify against
Jesus — to no avail. That failing, Jesus was placed under oath and
illegally asked if He were the Christ, the Son of God. When He
answered in the affirmative, He was falsely charged with blasphemy
and sentenced to die. The elders all agreed and then abused Him
without mercy. At break of day a quorum of Sanhedrin judges (the
elders) convened and quickly repeated what Caiphas had done — the
meeting and the procedure were both illegal. From there Jesus was
hurriedly taken to the residence of Pilate for two reasons: they
could not kill Jesus without Roman permission, and they wanted Jesus
slain by the Roman method of crucifixion.
After finally extracting from the Jewish leaders their capital
charges against Jesus, manifold lies because they were not their
charge of blasphemy, because they were all false, and because they
had not been “found” in a judicial sense (such a trial had not taken
place). But Pilate, based on their false charges, took Jesus inside,
examined Him (Jesus made clear that His was not a secular kingdom
and how He went about reigning as a king). Based upon His
examination, Pilate came out and pronounced Jesus innocent and not
worthy of death. From the protests of the mob he learned that Jesus
was from Galilee, and immediately sent Him away to Herod Antipas,
ruler of Galilee and Perea and in Jerusalem for Passover. There
Jesus would say nothing at all, was shamefully arrayed and mocked,
then sent back to Pilate.
Pilate did not want to condemn Jesus to death and again declared His
innocence. A disturbing message from his wife did not make the
situation any easier. Some from the crowd reminded Pilate of his
Passover practice of releasing a prisoner of their choosing. Rather
than allow them to choose just anyone, he selected Barabbas, now in
prison and bound with several others who had robbed and murdered in
an attempted insurrection. Pilate then gave them a choice between
Jesus and Barabbas (surely they would never want a man like Barabbas
set free). He was wrong; leaders of the Jews had moved among the
crowd ordering them to shout for the release of Barabbas. As stunned
as he must have been, Pilate ordered the release of Barabbas and
then uttered the words that serve as the heading of this article. It
was Pilate’s and Pilate’s alone to make that decision, but he had
not a clue as to the true identity of the man whose physical life
was in his hands.
He did not know that this was indeed the promised Jewish messiah
(John 1:41; 4:25-26), deity that had become flesh (John 1:1,14), the
very one who created the heavens and the earth and all therein (John
1:3; Colossians 1:15-16), the one who sustains that creation
(Colossians 1:17); the Christ, the Son of the only living God
(Matthew 16:15-16), the one sent by the Father in heaven to speak
His words and to do His works (John 5:36; 6:38; 14:24), the only one
on earth to live a sinless life (1 Peter 2:11-12), the one who was
soon to die as a sacrifice for all the sins of all mankind (Romans
5:8; 1 John 2:2), the one who will one day return, raise and change
all the dead, and judge the living and the dead (John 5:28-29; 2
Timothy 4:1); and the one who will receive the righteous into heaven
and send the wicked into hell (Matthew 25:1-46). No, Pilate did not
know these things. But he did declare His innocence, tried to
absolve himself of any guilt, and yet delivered Jesus up to
scourging, mocking, and execution by crucifixion.
This same Jesus, during His ministry on earth, chose, trained, and
equipped His twelve apostles and sent them forth to preach the
gospel (the good news of salvation and service — Matthew 28:18-20;
Mark 16:15-16). They offered all the opportunity to believe in and
to follow Jesus with the reward of salvation and eternal life. They
laid out all the evidence to prove that Jesus was who He claimed to
be (e.g., see Acts 2:22-36). Then and now, every person who comes in
contact with the gospel of Christ is faced with the same question
asked by Pilate: “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called
Christ?” And He will either be ignored, rejected or believed and
obeyed (Hebrews 5:8-9). Kind reader of this article, what will you
do with Jesus; yes, what will you do with Jesus, now that you know
who He is?
-- Via Roanridge Reader, Volume 34, Issue 04, Pages 02-03,
January 27, 2019
“Evidence of Things Not Seen”
Picture her -- a young girl taken captive in a war -- an innocent
victim in a dispute between powerful countries. Now, her freedom
gone, she is obligated to perform slave duties in the house of the
conquering army commander.
Who is this girl? She is a minor player in a well-known Bible
account that centers on her slave master. And, who is her master?
Naaman is his name, and his story is found in 2 Kings 5. Naaman, as
you recall, was a successful army captain -- but he was also a
The lesson from this slave girl is found in verse 3 of the text.
Without any hint of the hatred or bitterness that could have easily
filled her heart, she suggests a positive cure for her master's
affliction. "If only my master were with the prophet who is in
Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy."
From this minimal information we can classify the young girl as a
person of great faith. Why? It is because of her one simple
statement. The prophet she had reference to was Elisha. How did she
know he could heal leprosy? Someone might suggest that she had seen
him do it many times. No! In fact, he had never done it before!
Jesus said, "many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the
prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian"
(Lk. 4:27). She knew he could do because she had FAITH IN GOD!
Faith is the "evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1). The Bible
speaks of many things that we have not personally observed. Do you
believe them anyway? There are many things that God has said,
including eternal promises He has made to us. Do you trust Him? Are
you confident that He has the power to do all things? Judgment and
your eternal destiny will be determined by your reaction to things
you have not seen.
How strong is your faith? Will you obey Him (Jas. 2:26)?
-- Via The Beacon, January 27, 2019
You Don't Deserve Mercy
Have you seen these scenes where someone is taking vengeance on
another, and at the point at which the one is about to drop the
hammer, the other cries out for some form of mercy? Then, the
avenger says something like, "You don't deserve mercy!" Boom.
You don't deserve mercy. Let that sink in a moment. That's why it's
called mercy. Mercy cannot be deserved. If you deserved it, it
wouldn't be mercy. And the same goes for grace.
God offers us mercy and grace. We don't deserve it. Yet, while we
cry out for God's mercy, He won't just say, "You don't deserve it"
only to condemn us. Through Christ, it's, "You don't deserve it, but
here it is. You are forgiven."
Thank the Lord today for His mercy. We don't deserve what He offers
Ephesians 2:1-10; Romans 5:6-11; 8:1-2
-- Via Articles from the La Vista church of Christ
News & Notes
Folks to be praying for:
The family and friends of Larry Welch; Pat & A.J. Joyner,
Anita Young, Doyle Rittenhouse, Bennie & Deborah Medlock,
James Medlock, Melotine Davis, Shirley Davis, Jim Lively,
Mary Vandevander, Michelle Rittenhouse, Rick Cuthbertson,
John Stoval, Everleigh and Hazel Greer, Marilyn Roberts, Danny
Hutcheson, Roger Montgomery, Mary Aldrich, Rex & Frankie
Hadley, and Tommy Lin
The Walnut Street church of Christ in Jesup will be having
a gospel meeting February 6-10 with Ryan Hasty (from
Auburn, AL) as their guest speaker. Wednesday through
Friday: 7 p.m. Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Sunday: 9 & 10
a.m. The church meets at 567 East Walnut Street
WordPress version of this bulletin:
The Steps That
Lead to Eternal Salvation
1) Hear the
gospel, for that is how faith
comes (Rom. 10:17; John 20:30-31).
2) Believe in the
deity of Christ (John 8:24; John
3) Repent of sins
(Luke 13:5; Acts 17:30).
4) Confess faith in
Christ (Rom. 10:9-10; Acts
5) Be baptized in water
for the remission of sins (Mark
16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom.
6:3-4; Gal. 3:26-27; 1 Pet. 3:21).
6) Continue in the faith, living
for the Lord; for, if not,
salvation can be lost (Heb.
10:36-39; Rev. 2:10; 2 Pet.
CHURCH OF CHRIST
1402 Tebeau Street, Waycross,
Sunday services: 9:00
a.m. (Bible class); 10 a.m. &
5 p.m. (worship)
Tuesday: 2 p.m.
(Ladies' Bible class)
Wednesday: 7 p.m.
Edwards (912) 281-9917
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