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!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Jesus Comforts Mary and Martha

John 11:17-37, "When Jesus arrived, He found Lazarus had been in the tomb four days. Martha went to meet Jesus. 'LORD, if You had been here my brother would not have died. Even now GOD will give You anything You ask' Jesus said to her, 'Your brother will rise again.' Martha said, "I know he will in the resurrection.' Jesus said to her, 'I Am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live ever though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?' She told Him, 'Yes, LORD, I believe You are the Christ, the Son of GOD Who was to come into the world.' After she said that she went back to her sister Mary (and shared what had happened.) She got up and quickly left with the Jews following her. When she reached the tomb she saw Jesus and fell at His feet saying, 'LORD, if You had been here my brother would not have died.' When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews also who came with her, He was deeply moved. Jesus asked, 'Where have you laid him?' 'Come and see, LORD.' they replied. Jesus wept. They asked, 'He who opened the eyes of the blind, could He have kept this man from dying?' "
Next week, Jesus' miracle!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lazarus' Death

John 11:1-16, "A man named Lazarus was sick. Mary and Martha were his sisters. Mary is the same who poured perfume on the LORD and wiped His feet with her hair. They sent word to Jesus, 'LORD, the one You love is sick.' When He heard, Jesus said, 'This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for GOD's glory so that GOD's Son may be glorified through it...' After He had said this, He went on to tell them, 'Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I Am going to wake him up.' His disciples replied, 'LORD, if he sleeps, he will get better.' Jesus had been speaking of his death, but the disciples thought He meant natural sleep. So then He told them plainly, 'Lazarus is dead and for your sake I Am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.' "

Jesus is The Creator in the flesh. Jesus is GOD in the flesh. Jesus told His disciples,  "For the Father and I are One (in the Same)." (John 10:30) Jesus is in total control of everything! Nothing happens but what He allows for His purposes. This is a sinful fallen universe because man chose to sin. Man now has the choice to accept Christ's paying the penalty for his/her sin or the choice to reject His free gift of salvation. Lazarus' death had a special purpose in design for Christ to show His power. Death is but the door to eternity. Make sure your eternity is with GOD Almighty through Christ Jesus and not an eternity of punishment in the Lake of Fire. You are given the choice to make and you can not "blame" GOD! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Sheep Know My Voice

John 10:24-30, "The Jews gathered around Him saying, 'How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.' Jesus answered, 'I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in My Father's name speak for Me, but you do not believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father Who has given them to Me is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and the Father ARE ONE (in the Same!)" 

Jesus IS GOD in the flesh. Those people who accept His death on the Cross for their sin are His "sheep." We know His voice. The Holy Spirit is Jesus GOD in us and we know His voice. He leads us by His WORD the Bible and His Holy Spirit leading us. Jesus is the WORD that became flesh for to take all sin from mankind upon Him. The death in the eternal Lake of Fire has been paid for you if you come to His salvation for you. It is your choice to choose eternal life with Him in glory forevermore or choose to reject Him and witness His glory from the eternal flames of an everlasting Lake of Fire "...where the flames aren't quenched and the worm never dies." (Mark 9:48) Accept Jesus' forgiveness of your sins today and begin being led by His Holy Spirit to realize our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD's Love for you!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jesus Is the Gate

John 10:7-21, "Jesus said again, 'I tell you the truth, I Am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I Am the gate, whoever enters through Me will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and and have it to the full. (In abundance) I Am the good Shepherd Who lays down His life for His sheep. The hired hand does not own the sheep. So when the wolf comes, he abandons the sheep. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. The man runs away because he does not care about the sheep. I (Jesus) know my sheep and my sheep know Me. Just as the Father knows Me, I know the Father and lay down My life for the sheep. The Father Loves Me because I lay down My life for the sheep. I (Jesus) lay it down of My own accord and I have the authority to to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.' At these words the Jews were again divided. Many of them said, 'He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to Him?' But others said, 'These are not the words of a demon. Demons cannot open the eyes of the blind.' "

In this parable, the saved are portrayed as "sheep" knowing the voice of their Shepherd. They follow Him in and out of the gate. The Holy Spirit is GOD's voice to the saved. Upon salvation, the Holy Spirit enters, leading, guiding, and directing our lives. We have to be willing to accept His leadership. This is why Jesus laid down His life upon the Cross where He bore all of our sins. But He took up His life again when He rose from the dead. Only those who belong to Him will enter the Gate of Heaven. It's not by "good works" but by the forgiveness of our sins by Christ Jesus that we are given eternal life in Him. Jesus said, "I Am the way, the truth, and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6)

Have you come to Christ Jesus for salvation? It only takes your prayer of asking Him to forgive you of your sins and to come into your heart. He will then be your Shepherd, leading you in this life. He will guide you through the gate of this life into Eternity with Him forever and ever. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jesus is the Good Shepherd

John 10:1-6, " 'I (Jesus) tell you, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and they come out. When he has brought out all his sheep, he goes on ahead of them and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact they will run away from him for they do not recognize a stranger's voice.' Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what He was telling them." Just as the shepherd cares for his sheep, Jesus the Good Shepherd, cares for His flock (those who follow Him.) The prophet Ezekiel, in predicting the coming of the Messiah, called Him a shepherd. (Ezekiel 34:23) 

Matthew 25:32-34 tells of the final judgment: "All the nations will be gathered before Him (Jesus), and He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep (believers) on His right hand and the goats (unbelievers) on His left. The the King (Jesus) will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world...' (verse 41 continues the judgment) Then He will say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.' "

The Lake of Fire is not only for the devil and his angels, but also for all of mankind who have rejected Christ Jesus - those who looked forward and rejected His salvation as well as those who now look back and reject His salvation. Do you know Jesus? All you need do is repent of your sins to Him and ask His forgiveness. He will forgive you and His Holy Spirit will enter and confirm your salvation!