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Savior’s Truth Apply Now Daily!" (S.T.A.N.D)

Ramesh C. Reddy

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9, NIV)

I asked myself what 2 things do I learn about Jesus' commitment in verse 1:9?
1. Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee.
2. Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan.

I asked myself what was the significance of Jesus coming from Nazareth in Galilee to the Jordan River?

Points 1&2: Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee to be baptized in the Jordan by John.

It is interesting that the Bible mentions that Jesus came all the way from Nazareth to the Jordan to be baptized by John, the Baptist as John prepared the way for Him. Nazareth was at least 70 miles or 3 days walking distance from the Jordan River. This showed me Jesus’ commitment to be baptized.

It becomes that much more interesting that John baptizes Jesus when John specifically told the people “And this was his message: ‘After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’” (Mark 1:7-8)

If anything, people may have expected John to be baptized by Jesus. It did not happen that way.

I asked myself what was the significance of Jesus’ baptism?
Mark 1:9 did not really give me the details so I looked to other Gospels to see if they gave me reasons. The Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew gave a reason.

“Then Jesus came into Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.  And John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?’  But Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’  Then he allowed Him.”  (Matthew 3:13-15, NIV)

Jesus did not have to be baptized because He was already perfect but took the long trip and allowed John to baptize Him to set an example to the people of the importance of baptism. Not only that, but Jesus was modeling the importance of humility and commitment. Thank you Lord!

It was so cool to read about Jesus’ commitment. Three days is a long trek to take to be baptized and yet Jesus took that trek. He did not allow obstacles to come in the way nor did Jesus have the attitude that He is in control and should be baptizing others rather than being baptized. This also shows Jesus' humility and the stand Jesus takes.

I asked myself what are the implications for my own life?
Baptism is important and should be followed because Jesus Himself was baptized and was setting an example.
Also, if I need to get something done, I should not let obstacles stand in the way. It could have been easy for Jesus to reason that Galilee was right in Nazareth to be baptized in the Sea of Galilee so why bother trekking for 3 days by walk. However, Jesus does not do that but goes all the way to the Jordan instead of asking John to come to Galilee.

I ask you now dear friend, what will you take a S.T.A.N.D for in life?
Dear friend, there are many things we can stand for in life but not every stand is a right stand. From Jesus, we can learn about the importance of taking a stand for doing what is right from a biblical point of view even when obstacles come our way. Jesus set a great example when Jesus walked for 3 days to get to the Jordan from Nazareth just so  John, the Baptist could baptize Him. It was a 70 mile walk and Jesus took it by taking a stand to be committed to do what is right. It is important to stand for what is right. It becomes that much more powerful when we take that stand when the tide is against us. Jesus did not let obstacles come in the way. We too should take a stand for doing right and not let obstacles come in our way.

I love how my loving wife Chandraleela used to get up at 3:00 a.m. to spend time with the Lord Jesus when she had to be at work at from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. She did not think to herself, 'Ouch, I have to work a 12 hr shift everyday so I need all the sleep I can get'. No on the contrary, she knew how important it is to start her day by spending in prayer to the Lord Jesus and reading/meditating on His Word. It is her commitment and love for the Lord and the stand she has taken for the Lord Jesus that drew me to her in our courting days.

Even when she came to the states, she would always make time at 7:00 pm to spend time alone with the Lord in prayer.

My wife and I miss our former Pastor Hugo Cheng so much because of his love for us and the Indian students he came across. We were so touched through the years because he would always schedule everything around Indian Game Night with the support of his precious wife Heather Cheng so he would not have to miss spending time with the Indian students atleast two times a month.

Even though we started at 6:00 pm and did not get home until 11:00 pm at times, Pastor Hugo would always stand with us through the obstacles to show his love for us and the students even when he had to preach on Sunday mornings. Usually people schedule things around family life, church life etc but thanks to Heather, he and Heather made a sacrifice never to miss Game Night with us unless there was an emergency. The only time he missed was when his daughter's flight got delayed. Even then he tried his best to make it. There were days that it was just Pastor Hugo, Chandra, and I but we could see his commitment to the Indian students and us by his actions.

Game night would always occur on Saturday's so that was a sacrifice away from his wife and kids but they both made it happen for 3 1/2 years from June 01, 2013 - April 2016 w/o missing any except one. We are thankful to the sacrificial stand both of them have taken for the Indian students.

My wife loves the Indian students so much that even when she was in her 9 month of pregnancy, she still cooked all the meals for them because she wanted them to be homemade. Even now, my mommy would start cooking Friday evening until Saturday afternoon for the Saturday game night while both of them prepare different dishes. They took a stand so the students who come not only have homemade Indian dishes to eat but so I or different pastors can share spiritual food with them from the Bible, etc to show the love of Christ to them.

These past 3 years since Pastor Hugo left, it has been such a blessing to see our new Pastor Josh, the OIF leadership team, and all the helpers take a stand for International Game Night to help us continue it even through the obstacles.

When I think about what Jesus did, it reminds me of his servant Evangelist Billy Graham who took a stand for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be shared with all who would come to listen so He can point them to Christ. Graham did not let obstacles stand in the way but would visit different nations to preach the Gospel so souls can be saved. It was always to point people to Christ, Graham took a stand for the Gospel. I need to take a stand for the Gospel and point people to Jesus without making excuses about obstacles. Help me Jesus!

In your life, it may not be to the level of what the later Evangelist Billy Graham has done, Pastor Josh and the IGN team have done, Pastor Hugo or Heather have done 2 Saturdays a month to show the love of Christ, what my wife and mom have done to show the love of Christ, what I have done through Pittsburgh Standard, etc but each of us are faced with choices each and every day on taking a stand in life. We need to go that pathway no matter how hard the obstacles seem depending on the Lord.

Graham never let obstacles stop him from preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ till he went to be with the Lord at 99 years of age because he knew Jesus alone could give Eternal Life to a world marred in sin. Graham knew how much Jesus loves them and wanted them to experience the love of Christ.

It will not be easy to take a stand many times for issues you believe in that are biblical but taking a stand for Jesus and the Bible is the best thing we can do. Taking a stand for doing right is the best way to go. Spending time with the Lord Jesus is so important for Him to guide and lead us, taking the right stand in life.

As June is underway, your faith could be tested and put through the fire challenging your stand on biblical issues. But, you don't have to give in to the negativity that prevails around you. You can be a voice against abortion, the PRIDE parade, and everything that goes against Scripture. You can overcome and become a beacon of light to those around you as you depend on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Yes friend, you can! You can take a stand! Yes, you can! But it starts with Jesus Christ and the principles of His Word revealed through the Gospel! Friend, more than anything, we should take a stand for Jesus Christ in our lives.

We all need Jesus in our lives because sin has marred our relationship with God separating us from Him. Now because of this deadly virus known as sin, it will prevent us from taking a stand for righteousness because it is a slave master keeping us in its bondage but thanks be to God that we can be freed through what Jesus did for us. Thank you Jesus! Jesus will help us take a stand for doing what is right when we yield our life over to Him.

We can know what Jesus stands for by reading His Word, meditating on it, and following it.

Friend, there will be those that tell you that this is the 21st century and the Bible is outdated but it is not friend. The Word of God stands the test of time and is the same when God gave it to His people to share with all those that would be born later such as you and me.

It will be easier to take a stand when we believe 'The Bible is the Word of God', instead of believing 'Bible becomes the Word of God' or 'Bible contains the Word of God'.

Believing in the other two statements will only make us pick and choose what parts of the Bible we want to follow. We cannot choose which instructions to follow and which instructions to skip when we want to assemble something. No, all the instructions have to be followed in its context.

In the same way, God the Author of Life has given us an instruction manual here on earth to follow for our well being. It is the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation for us to follow.

We cannot follow the Bible or take a stand on our own without the help of the Holy Spirit. Allow the Lord Jesus to help you to take a stand for Him, for He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit, guiding and leading you! Yes, He will!

As June is underway, we all will be faced with making a stand for what we believe is the right thing to do. Let our decision be based on taking a stand for what is biblical in all issues such as sanctity of life, sanctity of marriage, etc.

You can let obstacles control you or let the Lord of Heaven and earth help you through the obstacles. It starts with taking a stand for your faith regardless of how tough the journey will be. Friend, the Lord will get you through so don't give up regardless of the days that go by!

When you have to take a stand for a particular issue or reason and it glorifies the Lord, may you be given the strength and endurance to come through in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Amen!  Ask the Lord Jesus to reign in your life and He will!

You maybe asked to take a stand that you alone are supposed to do just as Queen Esther was chosen to free the Jewish people from the evil clutches of Haman. She fasted, prayed, and decided to take a stand against evil even when she knew her life could be at stake.

For you, your life may not be at stake, but your career could, your family could, etc. With the Lord's help and your love for the Lord will help you through the obstacles to be committed as you walk and talk with Jesus daily. Thank you Jesus. Come as you are and find help at the throne of grace for all your needs. Praise the Lord!

One day I met a former instructor of mine who told me something to the effect that these days no one participated in class like I did. The class had to do with law & morality. Whether it was concerning abortion, homosexuality, etc, I always spoke up against abortion, homosexuality, etc defending morality even if I was the only student speaking against them because I wanted to take a stand. My stand was based on Biblical principles. These days we are so afraid of 'what other people would say or think of us', 'are we politically correct' etc, even if we are speaking the Truth from Scripture in love. That is not taking a stand. Let us be BC (Biblically Correct) than PC (Politically Correct).

What Jesus did should motivate us not to be silent but speak out  regardless of the obstacles that may come our way whether it is losing a job, being ridiculed by our peers, family members etc as long as we speak the Truth of the Word of God in love.

Taking a stand does not just have to do with moral issues but in our daily lives too!

Trust in the Lord and allow Him to help you through the situations. Many people throughout history have taken a stand on many issues but it was not always peachy. I am not going to say that it is going to be easy but the Lord will strengthen you through the situations.

What about you friend, are you willing to give up your life for Jesus Christ, your job for Jesus Christ, your sleep time, etc?

We cannot on our own without the love of the Lord and His strength permeating in us. As we turn to the Lord, He will give us the strength. May we always put Jesus Christ first taking a stand for Him in our family, in our career, in our academics, job, etc. Whatever the outcome, we would have taken a stand for the Lord of the Universe. Help us Jesus!

"Savior’s Truth Apply Now Daily!" (S.T.A.N.D)/”What will you take a S.T.A.N.D for in life?”

Dear Jesus, I thank you so much for being my Lord and Personal Savior. Thank you for setting an example for us to follow through . I thank you for the commitment you have shown and I pray that we will be committed to you. Help us to testify about you and point others to you, taking a stand on issues that you want us to be bold and faithful. We cannot on our own and need your help so we seek you Lord with our whole heart. Help us Jesus please. Thank you Lord. Thank you for being baptized to identify with humanity even though you did not have to. I love you Jesus and I turn my life over to you. Please Lord help each student and non-student to take a stand for you. Guide them and strengthen them through their experiences on campus, at work, at home, or wherever they are placed. I thank you Lord Jesus for hearing our prayer and answering us. We depend on you for your help and thank you for loving us, dying for us, and coming back to life choosing to save us as we turn to you! In Your Name I Pray Jesus!!! Amen!

Pray the prayer below or use your own words to invite Jesus Christ into your life and have a personal relationship with Him. Now is the time of Salvation. Don't wait. 

Dear Jesus, I read that you alone can give me access to Heaven and be delivered from the bondage of sin and death. I want that Lord. I believe you died on the cross for my sin and rose again to give me new life. I believe your Blood shed on the cross saves me when I turn to you. So I turn to you now with all that I am and ask you to make something of my life for you. Please be my Lord and Personal Savior. Please come into my heart and make my heart your home. Thank you Jesus. Thank you for hearing my prayer and answering me. Thank you for delivering me from my sin as I am sorry. I love you Jesus. I need you. Help me Jesus! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help!

May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His love now and forever! Amen!

Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but don’t base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!

Feel free to email me at if you want to meet to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My number is 412-641-9426

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

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