When Men Cry Peace and Safety Final Part in a Series
These kings came laden with gold as gifts for the Christ child.
Finally, the article said the prosperity preachers claim Jesus could not have been poor, because scri pture states, "The words of a poor man are soon forgotten."
Since Jesus’ words are remembered — and since no one would follow a man who’s broke — he had to be rich.
All of this makes me shudder!
It takes me back to Jeremiah 6:13: "From the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely."
Many Christians sing the gospel song, "It’s All About Jesus" — and so it is.
When the Pharisees asked Christ to give them a sign, he responded, "O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
"A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas" (Matthew 16:3–4).
In Luke’s gospel, Jesus added this word: "For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation" (Luke 11:30).
Jesus — his cross, his resurrection, his shed blood — is the only sign that’s needed. He is the full satisfaction.
The day of destruction is going to come suddenly.
In just one hour, all material things of this world will lose their value, becoming absolutely worthless.
We’re going to be left with nothing but Christ — yet we need nothing more.
He is the living Word we need.
The Bible isn’t a handbook for prosperity.
It is the door to the revelation of Christ, who is our peace and our safety.
He is our riches, our wealth, our gold.
William Tyndale knew this and he printed the first Bible.
To do so, Tyndale lived in abject poverty, exile, bitter absence from friends, hunger and thirst, cold, horrible sufferings.
And he died as a martyr.
That is the gospel we preach.
And this is the Christ we serve.