As the Lord Jesus Christ sat down with his disciples the night he was going to be arrested, he broke bread with them and told them to do it as often as possible in ‘Remembrance of Him’. At Manvel Bible Chapel, we dedicate the first hour of our gathering every Sunday morning to just remember Him. Men, led by the spirit would share thoughts from the scriptures which provoke our minds to appreciate various aspects of our Savior. Hymns focused on his work are sung. Praises are offered audibly to show our appreciation. This is an open time where believers get to exercise their privilege as priests of God and are able to share without any bindings of age, maturity or stature.
This hour is really an amazing experience. It is a good picture of the Bible itself. Just as different books of the Bible written by men in different times complement each other and present a unified theme, It is wonderful to see different men who never shared notes with each other previously getting up and sharing thoughts from different scripture portions and at the end connect to and complement each other. It provides all of us attending the meeting an amazing experience which builds up our appreciation for Christ and his work on the cross.
Even our young ones attend this meeting and use this time to learn more about our Savior. Below, you will find notes taken by some of the children in our Assembly on Sunday mornings.
Christ himself recognized the simple tender hearts of children and asked that they be not forbidden to come to him. After reading the notes below, I am sure you will recognize how even little children are able to grasp the great wonders of our Savior and put them to words!
November- 2017 Meetings
Main Theme: Redemption
In Titus 2:13-14 it says about a great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus came down humbly as man, but then he resurrected and showed his power as a Great God because he was God from the beginning. He gave himself for us to take our punishment for sins that we should have taken. He redeemed us. What a great Christ.
Matthew 3:16-17 describes the baptism of Jesus. God the Father acknowledged Jesus even before he started his ministry. God made the gospel already known from the beginning.
God was looking for a man that could stand between sinners and God. In Ezekiel 22:30, it says that God looked for someone, but he didn’t find anyone. In 1Timothy 2:5, it says that there is only one God and one mediator between God and mankind: Jesus Christ. The reason Jesus came down was to redeem man. We should thank God for choosing an amazing Lord! We should also thank Jesus for what he had done for us.
Main Theme: The Suffering Jesus
The last stanza of hymn 114, tells of a promise and hope that Jesus has given us. In Hebrews 10:23, it says a hope that will stay. In this world, we have hopes that may fail or pass, but Jesus’ hope will not fail. His promises are true and nothing can change that. That is the reason we should give everything to Jesus and not to this world.
Romans 8:32 says that God did not spare his son. That is the great magnificent love that God has displayed. God did not spare his son when he was crying on the cross, or in Gethsemane. God willingly let his son suffer like this for our salvation. Genesis 22 says how Abraham was obedient to God. It says that Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son just like God except there was no one to take Jesus’ place. He was our lamb that was slain.
Hebrews 10:6-7 explains how Jesus came to the world willingly to offer himself for us. He didn’t do it thoughtlessly. He came to save us. In verse 9, it says how Jesus came to do God’s will. It also says that Jesus came to take away the first and establish the second. In the Old Testament, only the high priest was able to come to the Most Holy Place. Jesus came to establish a new way. Now anyone who believes in Jesus has access and boldness to be with Jesus. We all can come to Jesus. Praise the Lord!
Hebrews 5:7 talks about Jesus on this Earth. When it says Jesus’ flesh, it means Jesus as a man. He suffered pain, thirst, hunger, and even death. When Jesus was dying, in order to be a “correct” death for us, it wasn’t only bloody, but it had pain, tears, and sufferings. Before Jesus died, he prayed and praised God, but when he was on the cross, he said, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” This spiritual, emotional, and physical agony he took on for us.
Main Theme: Character of Jesus
How the flytrap slowly traps and eats the innocent insects, so the idols of this world slowly trap the people of this world. Judges 2:1-3 explains how the Israelites are going to get trapped from the gods of other nations. For example, in India people worship spiders, cobras, cows and other creatures. In Mark 10:13-16 it flips the coin. It says that Jesus takes us and blesses us. This world has a lot of gods, but they don’t do anything. However, Jesus did a lot of things in his lifetime for us. The point of Thanksgiving is to give thanks to God for everything he has done for us.
We are in Christ Jesus and Christ in at the right hand of God, but Christ had to die just so that we could be with him. In Ephesians 2:12-16 it says that we were enemies towards God. We were hopeless. We had nothing. His blood saved us. He made us have a relationship with God. He gave us hope and he gave us everything. He did it. Praise the Lord!
In Hebrews 5:8-9 it says that though Jesus was the Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. Several times God declared Jesus to be his Son like when he was baptized and on the Mount of Transfiguration. Jesus had to learn obedience because he was man and suffered all difficulties for death. Christ came into the world so that the sons of man could be sons of God.
Main theme: Jesus the Mediator
In Job 9:4 it says that God’s wisdom is profound and his power is vast. In the Old Testament there wasn’t a way to communicate with God directly. In Isaiah 55:8 it says that our thoughts are not like God’s thoughts and our ways are not like God’s ways. In the New Testament, we flip the coin. In 1 Timothy 2:5, it says that between us and God there is a mediator Jesus Christ. We were lost. We were hopeless. We had nothing. With Jesus we are now found. We have hope, and we have everything in Jesus.
Psalm 118:1 “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love endures forever.”
The passage in Acts 3:1-10 talks about a lame beggar who Peter and John healed. In verse 6, Peter said that he had nothing to give, but what he had was Jesus Christ, and using Jesus Christ, Peter healed the man. In chapter 4 it describes Peter with the Sanhedrin. They ask him by what power or by what name he did this and Peter said he did this through the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. It was through God’s authority that he healed the man, and it is through God’s authority we are raised from an eternal death.
Ephesians 2:1-7 says how we were dead in our transgressions and sins. It is through grace that we are saved. In Luke 15:23-24 Jesus says a parable about a Father who found his lost son. He said that his son was dead but now is alive again. We were like this lost son. We were lost and hopeless, but when Jesus found us, we became alive again.
In John 19:19-22 it says that Pilate could find no fault in Jesus. He put a sign reading Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews on the cross. The chief priests told Pilate to not put that statement up there, but Pilate said, “What I have written, I have written.” In Colossians 2:13-14 it says that on the cross Jesus took away our sins so that statement on the cross meant that our sins were covered on the cross. Jesus took the pain from us. What a savior we have!
In order to be a mediator, you have to represent both sides well. Moses tried to do that, but he failed because he was just a human. However in the new covenant, Jesus is the best mediator. He came as a man and he was Holy God, so he is the perfect mediator for us.
October- 2017 Meetings
God’s Love through Crucifixion
Main Passage: Isaiah 53
In Colossians 1:9-15 it says how God crushed Jesus for us bringing us peace. We were alienated from God and were enemies, but now God reconciled us by Christ’s physical body through death to present us holy in his sight. God crucified Jesus for us. What an amazing God!
In Matthew 18:14 it says that the Father does not want the little ones to perish, but in Isaiah 53:10, it says that it pleased God to crush Jesus. God does not want anyone to perish, but God wanted him to suffer for our sake. What a loving God!
Jesus Christ is righteous, which makes us have peace. Because he was righteous, he could forgive us. With his righteousness, he did a lot of things for us. We gave Jesus our iniquities, but Jesus gave us his righteousness which made everything possible. What a gracious God!
Main Passage: Romans 8
When Jesus was in Gethsemane, Peter took out his sword and struck the high priest’s servant cutting of his right ear. Jesus said to Peter to take away the sword, and then he healed the servant. Later Jesus said that he could let the angels come and save him, but Jesus did not want to do that. Instead he wanted to save each individual that was in this world.
In Romans 5:8-11, it says how Jesus loved this world enough to die for us. In verse 8, it uses the world “demonstrate.” We try to demonstrate good love, but Jesus’ demonstration is perfect. In the other verses, it says how we were enemies, but God gave us hope and peace. What a loving God!
In Matthew 26:56, it says at the end that all the disciples deserted Jesus and left. This show what the status of Jesus was. A king would be on a throne and surrounded by many people, but there is no one for Jesus. Since all of his disciples left him, here is Jesus all alone.
In Psalm 18:35, it says how Jesus helps us all the time. His right hand sustains us, and his help has made us great. What a great Savior!
Lamb of God
Main Passage: Hebrews
When Isaac and Abraham got up to the mountain, Isaac asked, “The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb?” John the Baptist said, “Behold the lamb of God!” Jesus was the lamb. We were supposed to take the punishment. He is our substitution. Through him we are set free.
Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” In Romans 8:3 it says that God sent Jesus as a perfect man and he was perfect in everything. Jesus was special. He was the spotless Lamb of God. We couldn’t even take that name!
In Hebrews 10:10, it says that we are sanctified through the body of Jesus Christ. Unholy people cannot come towards the Lord. Only holy people can come towards him. In Matthew 26:27, it says that only Jesus’ blood can forgive sins. Hebrews 9:22 says that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So without Jesus, there is no forgiveness. Only through Jesus can we be forgiven.
In the Old Testament, God spoke through the prophets. In the New Testament, God spoke through Jesus. Jesus is the creator, the radiance of God’s glory, the sustainer, and the appointed heir of all things. He has made us co-heirs with him by taking all of our sins on Calvary.
In Genesis 22, Abraham had to give Isaac as a sacrifice, but God gave a substitute and Abraham called that place God will provide. In John 8, the Pharisees and Sadducees were discussing who the children of Abraham were, but Jesus said that if they were Abraham’s children, they would have to act like Abraham. Then in John 8:56, Jesus made a great statement that Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing his day. The day that Jesus was talking about was the day he died. Abraham knew that even if he killed Isaac, God would raise him up. Abraham was probably disappointed that he didn’t see Isaac being resurrected, but there was a ram provided as a substitute. Jesus was the seed of Abraham who offered his body as the ultimate sacrifice.
In the Believer Hymn Book, number 122 explains deeply about the Lamb of God. There is great satisfaction within him.
God’s Great Name
John 3:16 demonstrates that Love and Giving go together, “For God so loved the world He gave [his son]…” Ephesians 5:25 says that husbands should love their wives just like Christ loved the church and gave himself for her. Revelations 1 explains Jesus’ love for us. What a loving God!
In Hebrews 1:4-14, we see the excellence of Jesus. In verse 4, it says that he is superior to angels. In Philippians 2, we see how God raised up Jesus. Jesus’ name out of all names is lifted up. In verse 5-6&13, it says that angels did not have the privilege to sit at the right hand of God and be the savior. That privilege belonged only to Jesus. Jesus has a name greater than all names.
Jesus was there before time. He created the heavens and the Earth with his hands. God’s name is so great that it is greater than the name of any king, priest, or angel. He is the creator of everything you have seen in your life including humans, animals, and all that is unseen. Even if all the heavens and earth pass away, He will remain. God became man for us. In 1 Peter 2:21-25, Christ suffered for our sins. Though He was at the right hand of God, when we sinned, Christ had to come and die for us. While he was on the cross, he suffered so much. He suffered persecution and being abandoned by his own Father: “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” He was also falsely accused. Pilate said 3 times there was no fault in him. Herod agreed. Pilate’s wife also said that He was just. One of the thieves said that Jesus had done nothing wrong. At the end the Centurion even said that, “Surely this was a righteous man.” No guilt put the King of Kings on the cross, only his eternal love for us. What a privilege it is to worship him!
Blood of the Humble Christ
Main Passage: Hebrews
2 Corinthians 8:9 says how Jesus was the richest person in the universe, but he became poor. Adam was rich in everything, but after he sinned, he became poor. He didn’t even have clothes to wear. Jesus was rich, but became poor not because of his sins but our own, so that we could be rich through his poverty.
In John 10:1-2 it says how Jesus went through the door to heaven, but he also was the door to heaven. In Hebrews 9, it says the high priest had to enter the Most Holiest Place with blood. Hebrews 9:22 says “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Jesus humbled himself and used his own blood to enter, so that we also could enter after him. That is amazing.
In Luke 23:33-34, it shows the grace of Jesus. He said, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” This is the Lord’s grace. One of the criminals said to Jesus to save him and them, but the other one said to remember him when Jesus went to Paradise. This is also grace from Jesus. In Hebrews 2:9-10 it says by the grace of God he tasted death so that he could be a pioneer of our salvation. Even though Jesus suffered death and tasted death, he still showed his majestic grace and is exalted.
Before Jesus went to the cross, he had the Last Supper. In the Old Testament, if anyone drank or ate blood, they would be cut off. The reason was because the life was in the blood. Leviticus explains this covenant that God made, but in the New Testament, Jesus gave his blood for everyone to drink, and he also drank it. Jesus took the curse and punishment for the covenant. Since Jesus took the curse, if we drink Jesus’ blood, we live. Jesus said that if anyone drinks his blood, they will live. This is the new covenant in the New Testament. With Jesus’ blood we get eternal life. What an amazing and gracious Lord we have today!