It is interesting that the Jews used the words “the Prophet”.  Moses in the wilderness just before the Israelites entered the Land of Canaan said that God was to raise up a Prophet just like them.  So the Jews were looking for One called “the Prophet” who they expected would solve all things for them.  I find it interesting that He was the Prophet also called Christ yet as a nation they hung Him on the cross.  Most are still unbelieving today.
There were a lot of mixed feelings about Jesus in these verses.  For instance they believed Christ was not to come from Galilee, but Bethlehem which they did not know that Jesus did come from Bethlehem. I believe for a purpose God shrouded the fact of Him being born in Bethlehem. They were to believe because of His present signs not past.  Of course I believe in both past prophetic scriptures as well.  Romans 3:20 reveals to us that Christ’s revelation is from both Law and the Prophets.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
Can you imagine Jesus who is God incarnate cannot walk in a certain place because they want to kill Him.  It seems according to Hebrews 10:20 that the only way the people could stand against Him because He was veiled in human flesh.  I believe that the whole life and purpose of God is timed for the whole 33 years of His earthly life.  Then having finished this He ascended to where He was before.  In John 11:9 He calls His whole earthly existence His 12 hour day.
In the rest of these verses we see that His brothers did not understand Him at all.  I am sorry I can’t enlarge on that, but since they were present in the prayer with the Apostles and Mary certain things had to change in their knowledge of who He is.  Then we have two beautiful letters of James and Jude written much later.  I believe it is a matter of knowing and growing which we all must do. 
I have been on that road for 64 years and I certainly know more than I did then.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
The reason the Jews complained was because He said that He was the symbolic answer to man and of course we Christians believe that symbolism is correct. I believe the Old Testament has many types that are answered in the New Testament. I don’t know if I blame them because they knew that He grew up as a baby and knew even who His mother was.
Next in verse 44 Jesus says, “No one can come to Me unless the Father draws him and I will raise him up on the last day.” To me that is right but to them it was not easy to believe.  All of these are statements easy for me to believe but not for them.
Then in verse 48 he says, “I am the Bread of Life.”  I believe that whole heartily.  I may ask whoever reads this, “Do You?” Jesus then speaks of coming down from Heaven and if we eat of Him we will have eternal life.  Still it is the Holy Spirit that assures us of these things.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling
 
The sixth chapter begins with the feeding of the 5000 plus women and children which could have been 10,000 people. Then the disciples got into the boat to cross over the sea.  The storm came and Jesus came walking on the water.  I may be wrong but I believe nothing in Jesus earthly life happened by chance.
Now when the people who were fed found that Jesus was not there somehow they got to the other side of the sea.  I don’t know how many crossed the sea probably not the whole bunch.  When Jesus saw them He sort of scolded them.  You don’t want me but the food that I gave you. He then said, “Do not labor for food which perishes.” I want to say something to anyone who makes ministry just a career.  What are you willing to do for the benefits you are given?
Now they asked Jesus what the works are.  He says to believe the One who God sent.  Now whoever reads this are you one who believes in Jesus Christ?  That is the only Salvation.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
If I would have been there I am sure I would have the same sentiments of Phillip and Andrew.  He was the one who saw the boy with five loaves and two fish.  Andrew echoed the same as Phillip.  What is that among so many? My imagination could run away when I think of the boy coming home and trying to explain to his mother how her 5 loaves and 2 fish were used.  It is said a miracle is something that could not happen in a normal way.  The reality of salvation is as true in that way too. All 5000 people were fed with food left over. Twelve baskets were enough for all the apostles even Judas.
As Christians we are responsible to feed people who are hungry for the word of God.  Do we have what it takes? For me by myself I would have to say no, but with the Spirit of God I would have to say I can.
​Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
As we look at these verses, I see some interesting expressions like the soul fainting for the salvation of God.  There seems to be a lack of things like that in Christianity today.  Then searching for the Word of God so much that the eyes fail.  Here I imagine in a tent that is smoky and the goatskin full of wine and the fire filling up the room with smoke blackening the wine skin.  All of these are expressions that should mean something to us even in modern day Christianity. Now in verse 84 there is a thought that the one who wrote the psalm had people who persecuted him.  He talks of digging pits for him.  He then calls out “help me” farther down in verse 86, but he ends up with asking to be revived in verse 88.
I want to say something to end this blog.  How thankful I am that in modern day America most of us Christians have freedom.  How do we use it?  Hopefully to win others to Christ.  To comfort those who are hurting. In many parts of the world this freedom is not given to Christians.

 
​10/26/2018 Friday

I probably am real interested in the healings Jesus did on the Sabbath day and why He did them.  For one thing, Jesus said that He was Lord of the Sabbath Day, Another thing I find is that these laws about the Sabbath were not in Moses aw but they were made by Pharisees, Scribes and Lawyers.  Perhaps it is like the Constitution of the United States. Where for instance is restricting prayer in schools, abortion, or Gay marriage in our original Constitution?
The man who was healed at Bethesda probably didn’t even know of the so called silly law about carrying a bed on the Sabbath day. After all, he had this sickness thirty-eight years.  Who knows how long he lay at the Bethesda Pool.  Now someone comes along with the power to heal him, so why shouldn’t he carry his bedding home?  I want to emphasize that even in Christianity, some come along to make useless rules, not in Biblical doctrine.
Because of this, was another reason the Jews felt Jesus should be killed.  They looked for an opportunity to destroy Him.
 
10/24/2018 Wednesday

When it comes to honor, I am not sure why John wrote what he did in verse 44, He was dishonored in Nazareth, but I am not sure why he wrote this here.  Now He came to Cana of Galilee where He made the water into wine, a true miracle indeed.
In Cana, there was a nobleman who begged Jesus to come down to his house and heal his son. Jesus, as a test, said: Unless you see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe. Was that for the man or others? I have no way to answer that, but the man continues to beg Jesus to come down to his house. Now Jesus gives him another test. He says “Go your way, your son lives.” The man responds by going home. Perhaps he even doubts a little but he goes home. The servants come and tell him his son is better.  It was the same time Jesus said go your way, your son lives. He believed with all his household. My thought is that Jesus was not needed to be present to heal. This speaks volumes to me.
 
10/22/2018 Monday

The Lord Jesus had a way of dealing with someone’s sins, and I believe He still does now if we let Him.  He said to her: Go call your husband, knowing exactly what was wrong in her life. I want Him to do that with me.
The woman recognizes Him as a Prophet. Then once the sins are dealt with, He can go farther. Worship comes up next, not where, as she asks, but how. In Spirit and Truth.
Next, when she mentions Messiah coming, Jesus tells her He is Messiah.  All this tells me she has some semblance of truth, but needs more.
After this she has no thought of what she came to the well for.  She even goes back without her water pot, to tell the men about Jesus.  She says come see a Man who told me all things I did.  Is this Messiah?
Can I use those words, come and see, when I seek to bring people to Christ.  I must tell people where I was and where I am now.
 
Friday, October 19, 2018        

We have the word, hope.  This man bases his hope on the Word of God, as I also do.  Comfort is in the next verse, as God’s Word gives him life in affliction.  He does not turn aside from the law of God.
This is an interesting thought that this man was comforted in the Judgements of God.  He had great indignation because the wicked were forsaking the law of god.  What a difference of attitude in our world today.  We have a “live and let live” attitude among most people.
This man called himself a pilgrim which means eventually he will be in his rightful home. Where am I?  Is this my home? Phillipians letter says we are citizens of Heaven.  I am not living for this world anymore. Take me home when you wish, Lord.
I really like the attitude of this man.  I already said that I want that for myself.
Written by Curt Darling