The Greatest Preacher

All the prophets in the Old Testament prophesied of the coming of Christ. Matthew chapter 4 verse 23 refers to Jesus in this way: and Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. He was born of a virgin. He is the Son of God and also the Son of Man. As well as, being born of the Spirit of God, He was also born of a fleshly body, yet without sin. He was tempted in every respect as you and I but He did not yield to the temptations. Walking in a fleshly body as you and I, He understands how weak and vulnerable we are as mortals. This makes Him an all sufficient Saviour.

You may ask why was it necessary for Him to be the supreme sacrifice? When they crucified Him, after three days He arose from the grave defeating satan. If he had not risen, we would still be lost in our sin. But by His resurrection, salvation has come to everyone that will believe in Him.

Let's observe closely the teachings of Jesus in the book of Matthew. The red letters indicate the words that Jesus spoke. After Jesus was baptized of John and when Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward a-hungered, and the tempter came to Him and said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Jesus answered, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. The devil tried to tempt Him again, v.5 & 6, but Jesus said in verse 7. It is written again, Thou shalt not temp the Lord thy God.

Verse 8 & 9 show how satin tried to appeal to the fleshly side of Jesus by offering Him all the kingdoms of this world if Jesus would only fall down and worship him. Verse 10 states, Then saith Jesus unto him, get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.
In verse 17 as Jesus began to preach, He said, Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
Then in verse 19, as Jesus began to call his disciples, He told Peter and Andrew, his brother, Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. He also called other disciples. They immediately followed Him. Read the rest of the Chapter and how the fame of Jesus spread.

Matthew Chapter 5, Chapter 6, and Chapter 7 is the message that Jesus, the greatest Preacher that ever walked the face of the earth, preached. The depth of this sermon is so great that we need to look closely and truly observe what He is teaching us. At the time of this message, Jesus had already proven He was the only begotten Son of God. Preparation had been made for this day and He taught with authority. He spAke in a manner as no man had ever spake before.

Chapter 5, v. 3 “Blessed and the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.

(To me this illustrated humility, it is my opinion, the first step to receive salvation is that we must humble ourselves before God. If we miss the first step, we can't make it to the next step of salvation.)

Chapter 5, v.4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted”.

(The word mourn is to grieve. And what more can make us mourn more than being lost or alienated from God. The apostle Paul said in one place, If in this life only I had hope in Christ I would be among all men most miserable. So, when we cry out to God and mourn for the saving of our soul, Jesus promised to send us another comforter, which is the Holy Ghost. And by His word we are comforted.)

Chapter 5, v.5 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”.

(Meek is to be mild of temper, patient, gentle. I picture Jesus being gentle and very patient. The scripture says in another place that when Jesus was contending with the devil, He didn't bring a railing accusation.)

Chapter 5, v.6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”.

(We know that that our natural body needs food and water to sustain life. We eat natural food and drink water to satisfy our hunger and thirst. It is also important to know that we need spiritual food and spiritual drink to sustain our spiritual life. Jesus told satin, man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. He told the woman at the well that if she would ask of Him He would give her living water. We need to hunger and thirst after righteousness if we want to be filled with His Holy Spirit.)

Chapter5, v.7 “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy”.

(Having mercy is having a willingness to forgive. If we expect God to forgive us of our sins, we must be ready to forgive others that have mistreated us. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray He said in His prayer, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.)

Chapter 5, v.8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”.

(The word pure is clean, clear, honest, genuine, real. We know nothing is hid from God. With a pure in heart, we confess our sin to God and ask His forgiveness. With a pure in heart we depend on Jesus to save us from our sins.)
Chapter 5, v.9 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they are called the children of God”.

(Once we are saved, we have a new spiritual life in Christ. This newness of life gives us a desire to live peaceably and lead others to Christ. How do we know we pass from death unto life? Because we love the brethren.)

Chapter 5, v10. “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.

(You can rest assured that not everyone will accept us when we stand for the righteousness of Jesus the only begotten Son of God. They crucified Jesus for doing good and performing miracles and being the only begotten Son of God. There are many non-believers that would like to destroy us if they got the opportunity. Just remember to hold fast the name of Jesus and we are a winner, for through Him we have life eternal.)

Chapter 5, v.11 “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake”. V 12,” Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”.

(Notice that Jesus uses the word shall, He knew the future, as well as, the present and the past. Jesus teaches us to not get weary in well doing. But to rejoice, Jesus knows the nature of man, so instead of being down hearted as you work for Christ, He teaches us to rejoice.)

Chapter 13, v.13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men”.

(Salt, naturally is important in our life, and Jesus uses this illustration to show us that if we become weak in His spirit, we lose our strength as witnesses for Him. Without the Spirit of God strengthening us, our influence as witnesses for Him is gone and men won't pay any attention to what we have to say. If we are no different from the world, why would the world want to be like us. So, it's important for us to walk the walk and talk the talk that represents we are ambassadors for Christ. The book of James shows us that Faith without works is dead. Show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works.)

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Thank you for being a candidate for public office!

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Harold D. Dotson

Harold D. Dotson-age 83 of Maynardville passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Willow Ridge Center. He was a member of New Fellowship Church. Harold retired from the U. S. Navy with 20 years of service and was a Vietnam Veteran. Preceded in death by parents, Frank E. and Ada Francis Dotson; son, Frank E. Dotson, II; all of Harold’s brothers and sisters preceded him in death; James Dotson, Herman Dotson, George Dotson, Bobby Lee Dotson, Fae L. Simpson, Gayenell Stanley and Ines Bevins.

George Taylor Brooks

George Taylor Brooks, age 90, of Thorngrove, passed away on June 20, 2018 at Oakwood Senior Living in Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Bridges Brooks, parents Joe “Frosty” and Hattie Hickman Brooks, sister Ida Huffaker, and brother John Elmer “Toad” Brooks. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Cathy Jo and Jim Norris of Thorngrove. Special friends include Bob Petty, Donnie Crawford, Glyn Underwood and his little buddy Grayson Huffaker. He leaves to cherish his memory a large extended family of sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Rev. Earl Ray Johnson

Reverend Earl Johnson – age 82 of Union County, went to his Heavenly home on June 19, 2018. He was a member of Ailor Dale Baptist Church and former pastor of several churches. Earl was a dedicated man of God with the strongest faith. He was always caring and giving to everyone, always putting others needs before his own. He will be sadly missed by all that were lucky enough to know him.

Edna Mae (Beeler) Shoffner

Edna Mae (Beeler) Shoffner, Age 97 of Sharps Chapel was born on November 23, 1920 and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 18, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. She was a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church.
Edna is preceded in death by her loving Husband Charlie Shoffner. Daughter: Wanda Brown, Son: Tom Shoffner and Grand-Daughter Gabrielle Shoffner. Parents: Mack and Lennie Beeler. Brothers: Tommy, Otis, and Clarence Beeler. Sisters: Mert, Lelia, and Georgia.

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James Paul Myers, Jr.

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Anna Mae Shelby Davis

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Gary Lynn Anderson, Sr.

Gary Lynn Anderson, Sr.-age 72 of Luttrell passed away Thursday morning, June 14, 2018 at U. T. Medical Center. He was preceded in death by parents, Rev. Frank J. and Mildred (Hundley) Anderson; brothers, Robert (Bob) Anderson, Paul Anderson; sister, Cheryl Tyson; grandson, James Thompson; great-grandson, Skyler McClure.

Betty Jane Patterson

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