THEME: MURMURING AND COMPLAINING
“And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
–As we remember the passion, death and crucifixion of Christ, we are called to come to Him as we are with confidence that He has won victory for us. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole” (Galatians 3:13). Christ paid the penalty of man’s sins by hanging on the pole and gave us eternal life. Christ did not come for the righteous but for the sinners that we may come to repentance (Luke 5:32). Jesus did not die for the righteous but for sinners. Zacchaeus the tax collector; who was called a sinner was a beneficiary of Christ’s salvation plan. When the people murmured and complained that Jesus was dinning with sinners, Jesus had an eternal plan for him. Zacchaeus came to repentance, he restored all that he had taken falsely and gave half of his wealth to the poor. Jesus reminded the people that He came to seek and to save that which was lost. Zacchaeus received the saving power of Christ together with His household. It is during such a time that we are called to welcome Jesus in our hearts to save us and our households. Jesus was crucified for our sins and by His blood He has redeemed us from sin causing death and has given us the gift of salvation. Christ calls us to believe in His and His works on the cross that we may also be converted and come to salvation.
Heart murmuring is a condition that can be detected when a cardiologist listens to ones heart using a stethoscope during physical examination. According to a publication by Mayo clinic, an abnormal heart murmur may cause the following signs and symptoms depending on the cause of the murmur: Swelling or sudden weight gain, Shortness of breath, Chronic cough, Enlarged liver and Enlarged neck veins. In infants it may cause; poor appetite and failure to grow normally, Heavy sweating with little or no activity, Chest pain, Dizziness and Fainting. Heart murmuring therefore should be eliminated to reduce the chances of cardiac arrest and other diseases. When the heart murmur is prolonged and intense, it can cause cardiovascular disease, chronic ailments and cardiac arrest. Murmuring which begins in the heart and manifests through speech. Murmuring and complaining is contagious and can easily spread like bush fire from one person or group to a mass of people. It is then vital to quiet ones heart with the peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding. God has called us to be still in our thoughts, hearts, feelings and emotions, challenges and know that He is God. Jesus was crucified, died and was buried for the sake of our sins. Through His precious blood, He has conquered all and we are free from any form of diseases, pains and suffering if we have faith in Him and rest in His salvation. Through administration of the holy communion, we experience total healing through the power of Jesus Christ. If then we acknowledge that Christ has won victory for us, let us then put all our trust in Him and give thanks to Him in all situations, and we will find grace and peace in Him, and live forever with Him.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Thank You Jesus for sacrificing Your life for our sake. Thank you for liberating us from sin causing death and giving us eternal life. Thank You Jesus for loving us and for giving us the gift of salvation together with our descendants. Thank You for loving us and making us Your friends and family. We are the seed of Abraham according to the promise and have hope of eternal life with You Jesus. Remember all those who do not believe in Your suffering, crucifixion, death and resurrection that You may touch their hearts. Only You are the way, the truth and life and no one comes to the Father except through You Jesus Christ, let all the people believe in You. Lord You are merciful and full of love, let all Your people come to repentance and forsake sin. Jesus we welcome You into our hearts, home’s, families, relationships, marriages, schools, work places and nation, humbly asking You to remove all forms of complaining and murmuring. Heal our hearts dear Jesus and wash us with Your precious blood. Heal our land dear Jesus and revive our economy. Heal all the nations of the world dear Jesus and deliver us from corona virus and all other diseases. Thank You for loving us Jesus, teach us how to worship You in spirit and in truth. Teach us how to give to the poor. Teach us how to give thanks to You in all situations. All glory, honor, power, blessings and salvation belongs to You Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
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