Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jesus Summarizes His Message

John 12:44-50, "Jesus spoke saying, 'When a man believes in Me, he does not believe in Me only, but in the One Who sent Me. When he looks at Me, he sees the One Who sent Me. I have come into the world as a Light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness. As for the person who hears My words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a Judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept My words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the Last Day. For I did not speak of My Own accord, but the Father Who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it. I KNOW THAT THIS COMMAND LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told Me to say.' "

What are some of those things Jesus said? He said, "I Am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) 

"I Am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved." (John 10:9)

Jesus is the only salvation to eternity with our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD! THERE IS NO OTHER WAY! Accept Jesus' free gift of paying your penalty for sin and escape eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire for all who refuse so great a salvation! 

"The Lake of Fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the Lake of Fire." (Revelation 20:14-15) Death is not a "going out of existence." Death is a separation from, in this case, an eternity with GOD Almighty! It is an eternal punishment where those there will forever pay the penalty for their sins. Jesus has paid your penalty! Accept His sacrifice for your sins and live forever with our Awesome GOD where we will have new bodies beyond our comprehension that will never again age, have sickness or pain, but be in the Glory of GOD that is beyond our present understanding! Hallelujah to our LORD Jesus and GOD ALMIGHTY! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Most of the People Do Not Believe in Jesus

John 12:37-43, "Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in Him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: 'LORD, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?' For this reason they could not believe, because as Isaiah has said elsewhere, 'He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts so they can neither see with their eyes nor understand with their hearts, nor turn and I would heal them.' (Isaiah 53:1, Isaiah 6:10) Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about Him. Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue, for they love praise from men more than praise from GOD."

Today, the same thing is happening! "Pride goes before their fall." (Proverbs 16:18)  A true believer will follow Almighty GOD's leading by His Holy Spirit, but unbelievers will react in one of two ways; 1. In pride they will refuse Christ and it will heap coals of fire upon their heads (Proverbs 25:21-22) or 2. In humbleness they will welcome salvation (John 3:21, Jesus says, 'But whoever lives by the Truth (Jesus is your Savior) comes into the Light so that it may be seen plainly that what He has done (dying on the Cross for your sin) has been through GOD.') If you have Jesus as your Savior, you know this to be true. If you don't know Him as your Savior, come to His Light and no longer be in the darkness of this world's sin. Jesus says in Luke 15:10, "I tell you there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of GOD over one sinner who repents (and accepts the salvation in Jesus)." 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jesus Explains Why He Must Die

John 12:20-36, "Some Greeks who came for the feast asked Philip, 'Sir, we would like to see Jesus.' Jesus was told and replied, 'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Unless a kernel of corn falls and dies it remains a single seed, but if it dies it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life...My Father will honor the one who serves Me. Shall I say, Father, save Me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour (to die for mankind's sins.) Father, glorify Your Name!' Then a voice came from heaven, 'I have glorified it and will glorify it again." The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to Him. Jesus said, 'The voice was for your benefit not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world (Satan) will be driven out. But when I Am lifted up from the earth I will draw all men to are going to have the Light with you a little longer. Walk while you have the Light before the darkness overtakes you...Put your trust in the Light while you have it so that you may become sons of light.' When He finished speaking, he left and hid Himself from them."

When Jesus was lifted up on the Cross, it was daytime and the most significant event happened that made His crucifixion different from any other! The world went totally dark for three hours (Luke 23:44) when He took upon Him every single sin of every single human being from Adam and Eve to the last human being He will create! The penalty for sin was laid upon Him. He willing took the Father's wrath for sin upon His body! Then Jesus spoke His infinite words, "It is finished!" (John 19:30) Mankind now could be reconciliated to Almighty GOD. Now it is up to each individual to come to Christ Jesus repenting in his/her heart of the sins he/she has committed, asking for Jesus forgiveness. When you do, the Holy Spirit will come to you confirming your salvation in the only begotten Son of GOD! Come today and learn and begin to enjoy the joy of your salvation!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Jesus Rides into Jerusalem

John 12:12-19, "A great crowd had come for the Feast, they heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem.They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD. Blessed is the King of Israel!' Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, 'Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt.' Only after Jesus was glorified did the disciples realize that these things had been written about Him and they had done these things to Him. The crowd was with Him when He called Lazarus from the grave, raising him from the dead, they continued to spread the word. Many people who had heard He did this miracle, went out to meet Him.  The Pharisees said to one another, 'See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!' "

Jesus' actions were all prerecorded in the Old Testament manuscripts. Christ many times in the temple read of these scriptures to the Pharisees, yet in their pride they refused to accept what Christ read to them as well as the miracles He performed before their very eyes! Many prophecies were filled in Christ Jesus while He was here on earth. There are still prophecies to be filled. One of the most important is the Rapture of His Church! Only those who have accepted His salvation (for taking their sins upon Him while on the Cross) will be called up to meet Him in glory!

Matthew 24:30-31, "...the Son of Man (Jesus) will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man (Jesus) coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory! He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect (believers in His salvation) from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other!" This includes those who have already passed away in His salvation as well as those presently alive.) I Thessalonians 4:16-17, "For the LORD Himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of GOD. The dead in Christ will rise first and we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. So shall we be with the LORD forever!" Are you apart of the LORD's saved? Do you want to be in this glorious event with our Almighty Creator GOD! Confess your sins to Jesus and ask Him to come into your heart. The Holy Spirit will confirm your confession and you will forevermore belong to our Awesome Savior GOD! 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Anointing of Jesus' Feet

John 12:1-11, "Jesus arrived at Bethany where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus raised from the dead. While Jesus reclined at the table with Lazarus, Mary took a pint of pure perfume and poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with its fragrance Judas Iscariot, who would later betray Jesus, objected saying, 'This perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor. It was worth a year's labor!' He did not say this because he was concerned for the poor, but because he was a thief. As a keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus replied, 'Leave her alone. It was intended for her to save this perfume for the day of My burial. You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have Me.' A large crowd of Jews found out Jesus was with Lazarus and came to see him and Jesus Who raised him from the dead. The chief priests planned to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were putting their faith in Jesus."

Have you hardened your heart as these unbelievers? They even saw the miracles Jesus did, yet they refused to believe, sharing He did it by the power of the devil. Don't allow Satan to blind you by your own unrepentant heart. When the Holy Spirit convicts you, don't turn away, but turn to Him in repentance. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, the Holy Spirit enters you and confirms the Truth of salvation in Jesus Christ! Come today and know our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD for yourself!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Caiaphas Plots Against Jesus

John 11:45-57, "The chief priest and Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. One of them, named Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year, spoke up, 'You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.' From that day on, they plotted to take His (Jesus) life. Jesus withdrew to the desert with His disciples. Many went up to Jerusalem for ceremonial cleansing before the Jewish Passover was to take place.  They kept looking for Jesus as they stood in the temple area. The chief priests and Pharisees had given orders if anyone knew where Jesus was he should report it so that they might arrest Him."

What the Jewish priests and Pharisees didn't realize was that they were fulfilling the prophecies that their own WORD recorded. Yet, they refused to accept Who Jesus was, the Son of GOD come to bear the sins of the world upon the Cross.  As we approach this time of the year where we celebrate what GOD did for mankind, he died not just for the Jewish people, but all mankind! Don't allow Jesus to "pass you over" because you refuse to accept His saving grace to forgive all of your sins.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

John 11:38-44, :Jesus came to the tomb which was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 'Take away the stone,' He said. Martha, the sister of the dead man said, 'But, LORD, by this time there is a bad odor for he has been there for four days.' Then Jesus said, 'Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of GOD!' So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up (to heaven) and said, 'Father, I thank You that You heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe You sent Me.' When He had said this Jesus called out in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go.' " 

They had previously questioned Jesus about why He had not healed Lazarus before death came to him. Jesus' response was " that you may believe that the Father sent Me." 

Death is not a "going out of existence," but a changing from one existence to another. The Bible shares in I Corinthians 1:18, "The message of the Cross (of Christ) is foolishness to those who are perishing (unbelievers), but to us who are saved (believers) it is the power of GOD. "For it is written, 'I (GOD) will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I (GOD) will frustrate.' " 

If you don't know the LORD as your Savior, you can by simply realizing you are a sinner and need His saving grace. Simply pray with sincerity to the LORD Jesus to forgive you of your sin and He will! Watch the change that comes to your heart with the entering of the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct you! Read the Bible, His Living WORD and the Holy Spirit will lead you to truly know with all your heart that Christ Jesus is Who He says He is! In doing this dead will bring you into His Holy Presence forevermore. If you do not receive His salvation, you will definitely know Who He is upon death as you wait for your eternal judgment from Him! Accept Christ Jesus today and KNOW that GOD is your Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD! You too (as will all of Christ Jesus' Church) be raised in the Rapture to receive New Bodies that never again will taste of death!