Monthly Archives: April 2019

Brotherhood Betrayal

So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” John 18:4

Judas sold out Jesus for the world. Judas had his opportunity to be in the inner circle of the Son of God, he got to witness miracles first hand, he even got divine revelation and teachings directly from Christ himself.  However this wasn’t enough for him, Satan planted the seed of greed and jealousy into his heart, and he gave up his mortal soul

So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. John 18:6

Notice when Jesus revealed who he was, everyone immediately fell to the ground. This wasn’t just believers, this was Roman soldiers, this was Pharisees, this was officers of the Roman empire. Every knee will bow and tongue will confess Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, even the most wicked will eventually bow down to his authority!

So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?” John 18:11

Even though Jesus had the power and authority to wipe out the entire Roman empire, he willingly laid down his life for us to be the atonement for our sins. Jesus was obedient even to death, he didn’t stray from the will of our Father God

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36

What did it profit Judas, to gain 30 pieces of silver, yet to lose his mortal soul? Nothing! He tried to give back the silver and eventually hung himself from the guilt of condemnation.  Don’t be a Judas, don’t reject Christ! When you reject Christ , you are killing him on that cross also! Think about It!!

Garden of Gethsemane

They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” Mark 14:32

Gethsemane is where Jesus came to die, the cross is only the evidence – Leonard Ravenhill

The garden of Gethsemane will kick off a series of events that will eventually take Jesus to the cross. And then ultimately victorious out of the Tomb! Notice Jesus brought his disciples to support him while he talks to the Father. But Christ inner circle was starting to fall apart. Judas left to betray him, Peter was about to deny him 3 times, the Zebedee brothers were arguing who was the greatest, the humanity of the disciples was starting to show

And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” Mark 14:34

Jesus was in great distress, because he knew what he was about to endure for the penalty of our sins. The gospel of Luke says Jesus was sweating blood (Luke 22:44) So how did his disciples react? They all fell asleep! During the most urgent time Jesus needed them, they fell asleep. Just like we are today, where are the “Churches” on fire for the Lord today? They all have fallen asleep with complacency!

And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36

Jesus asks the Father to take this “Cup of wrath” from him, but not Christs will but the will of the Father will be done! Jesus by his obedience took this “Cup of Wrath” upon him because of our sins, not his. Who else could take this Cup? Nobody because Jesus is the perfect Passover Lamb of God!

And He came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Mark 14:41

The Time has Come! For Christ to be betrayed, beaten, and crucified by sinners! Why did this have to happen? Because the wages of our sins is death and Christ is the only one who can atone for our debts!

The Garden of Eden brought sin into the world while the Garden of Gethsemane started the process to bring redemption to the world Amen!

Lords Supper #Communion

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” Mark 14:22

The Last Supper, The Lords Supper, or Communion, whatever you want to call it was a sacred event that declared the coming of the New Covenant! Why was Jesus and his disciples having a feast? Because it was Passover and Jesus is the Passover Lamb, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover as the Lamb of God

Jesus said to “Do this in remembrance of Me” taking communion is a sacred time when we reflect on Christ and what he has done for us. As the Apostle Paul says we should “Examine ourselves” (1 Corinthians 11:28)  meaning to reflect on our relations with Christ

As Jesus broke the bread he said this is symbolic of his body broken on the cross for our sins. His body he laid out for us as a atoning sacrifice for our sins not his!

And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Mark 14:23-24

The wine was symbolic for his blood shed on the cross to cover us of our sins. This is the blood of the Lamb that allowed death to Passover us. Jesus said his blood is a New Covenant which is for many! God and sin has become reconciled

When you take communion, do it in remembrance of Christ and what he has done for You! Examine yourself and get right with God, repent any sin in your life and rejoice in the Lord Amen!

Cleansing The Temple

And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS ‘? But you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” Mark 11:17

One of the most overlooked events , I believe ,is the cleansing of The Temple. Now this wasn’t a one time event, as Jesus cleansed the Temple at the beginning of his ministry (John 2) and he also cleansed it at the ending of his ministry (Mark 11). What was the significance? What was Jesus trying to teach us here?

First you need to understand what the Temple was and its purpose. The Temple was the only place on Earth where Gods prescience existed at this time. If you wanted to worship God, you needed to come to the Temple. The Temple was the only place where the atonement of your sins could take place. If you wanted to make atonement for your sins, you needed to come to the Temple. The Temple was where the High Priests lived, you couldn’t receive atonement or come into the presence of God without the High Priest.

Jesus fulfilled all of this at the cross. The Temple was a foreshadow of Christ to come! Jesus said he would Destroy this Temple in 3 days and then raise it Up (John 2:19) He was talking about himself, his death and resurrection! Jesus fulfilled The Temple, Jesus is our atoning sacrifice, Jesus is our High Priest!

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19

Jesus was cleansing the physical Temple from sin as an example to cleanse our temples from sin. When you become Born Again, your body is now the Temple of God, the Holy Spirit lives inside of you! God does not tolerate sin in the Lords House as he doesn’t tolerate sin in your body! Cleanse your temple! Amen!

The King is Coming! #PalmSunday

And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting: “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Mark 11:8-9

Imagine you were in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday! Imagine you were there while the King of Kings and Lord of Lords was riding through, you spread out your coat and palm branches on the road in admiration for the King! The King is Coming! The King is Coming!

Finally the fulfillment of all the Messianic Prophecies is here, Finally Israel will be saved and the Kingdom of God will be restored! Finally Rome will no longer have its iron grip on us and persecute our families! Finally the Christ is here!

Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!” Mark 11:10

Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, fulfillment of the prophecy from Zechariah, surely this man Jesus is the Son of God who will reestablish Gods Kingdom here on Earth! Everyone was in awe of the Messiah, everyone was filled with hope that God has saved his people!

When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, Luke 19:41

But as Jesus approached Jerusalem he was mourning over it, why? Because Jesus knew what was going to happen, he knew he would be rejected as their Messiah. Because Jesus came to save the whole world and not just Israel. Jesus had to come as the Lamb of God first before returning as the Lion of Judah

But be ready, the Lion of Judah is returning! The King is coming soon! This time will be permanent and he will establish Gods Kingdom forevermore Amen!