The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Good News For Us Common Folks

"Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind see, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor" (Matt.11:5).

My mom and dad lived in a world in which you did not spend what you did not have. Mom was a dedicated coupon user and dad's first question when I would get him something went like this; "How much did they soak you for that?" I could tell story after story about their frugality, and it is against this backdrop that I consider myself as a "common person..." Even if you do not come equipped with this resume, you may consider yourself of the same ilk. By the way, in our world, "free" was great... The gospel is free! It is available to everyone as you can readily see from today's verse. Just how did Jesus view himself on a socio-economic level? "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head" (Matt.8:20). In the 3rd chapter of the Book of Acts, Peter and John are at the temple and confronted by a lame man asking for money. Peter's response? "Look at Us!.... Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk..." (Vs 4 & 6). The lame man was healed, and the good news of Jesus was given to him. It is evident to me that Jesus spent a lot more time with the common people than he did with the rich. Now don't go away thinking that the gospel has a "common man" exclusivity to it. Jesus was no respecter of persons. When it comes to the good news about our Savior, all are welcome to it... When I think of it, there are things about being common that I really like....

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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