Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 26 (v.1) - Oh, Jerusalem!

Submitted: July 23, 2019

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"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits, ye shall know them. I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples."

Robert frowned, leaning forward, intently listening, "Lord, are there few that be saved?"

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"

Samuel nodded his head matter-of-factly, seated beside Robert. He was one of the few children at school he'd bonded with. So it wasn't enough to simply believe. Action was required. Obedience had to accompany mouth-service. His eyes met Estelle's as he turned to see who rushed forward toward Jesus. It was becoming more clear that it wasn't particularly safe for Jesus to be teaching the public. Hearsay stated that His life was on the line. He didn't even try to stop the smile but grew somber as soon as she flushed, returning his affection. It was a daunting thought that one day he'd have to lead a family in the ways of the One True God.

"Master! Rabbi!," Joel grabbed the back of Robert's head accidentally, his hand reaching out for something to lean on while he caught his breath

"Master! Rabbi!," Joel grabbed the back of Robert's head accidentally, his hand reaching out for something to lean on while he caught his breath. He patted the teen's head as apologies, not noticing the annoyed look the young man gave him. Joel could only be glad it was not Estelle's he'd touched. He'd likely have never heard the end of his mistake in messing up her hair! There could be no delay in relaying the message. He quickly glanced over his shoulder for the umpteenth time. It wasn't a wise decision for a Pharisee to alert Jesus of the government's plots. "Get Thee out and depart hence, for Herod will kill thee!"

Robert gaped, the man's blunder was all but forgotten. Even Samuel paled.

Jesus' brows knit, "Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem," He paused, His voice catching even as His eyes misted, " O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord."

 

"Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord," Estelle and Robert murmured.

 


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