Monthly Archives: May 2019

Are You Barabbas?

Answering again, Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify Him!” Mark 15:12-13

As Jesus was wrongfully put on trial, the crowd had an option. Either release the killer Barabbas or release the Son of God. The crowd choose to free a killer and kill the Messiah. What fools we think, isn’t this what happens everyday in the world? People mock Jesus today, they curse in his name, they ban him from being mentioned in public places , they are choosing the killer Barabbas

Even though Jesus never harmed anyone, they shouted to “Crucify Him”! Were we once in this crowd? Did we ever reject Christ in our lives? When we understand that Jesus died for us even when we didn’t deserve it, that’s Amazing Grace

But Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!” Mark 15:14

Again the people shouted “Crucify Him”! even though Pilate declared Jesus was innocent. This is not justice, this is murder! Why did these people choose Barabbas over Jesus? Why do people today continue to choose Barabbas and crucify Christ?

People will say , this happened over 2,000 years ago and has nothing to with me! Your either a slave to sin or a slave to Jesus Christ, there is no other option. If you reject Christ, your guilty of trampling on his blood and shouting “Crucify him”! Which way will you choose? The way of Life or the way of Death?

Communion

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26

Communion has become an afterthought in Modern Day Christianity. Most Churches will try to fit it in on “special occasions” or holidays. But have we really missed the point of Communion? People call Communion a “Sacrament” meaning ritual however Communion was a commandment from Jesus Christ

Jesus said “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Corinthians 11:24, Luke 22:19, Mark 14), so you say “Well I do it occasionally therefor I’m fulfilling it. But your missing the relationship (communion) with Christ, your not proclaiming the Lords death or anticipating his return. These are all parts of the act of Communion

On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. Acts 20:7

Everytime Christians came together to worship in the first Century , they had Communion (broke bread) Sometimes the Christians would meet daily (Acts 2:46) sometimes weekly, but they always had Communion during there worship time.  So what did they know or see that we are missing?

Many of us today still celebrate the Resurrection of Christ (Easter) however I think over time we have drifted away from our relationship with Jesus and that glorious day. Communion is a time to reestablish that moment when Christ entered the Upper Room. Our Living Hope by his blood and body of the Passover Lamb.

I’m not a legalist, I’ve been guilty of this my self. However since my family has been doing Communion every service, I feel my relationship with Christ strengthening. The Hope of the Resurrection is continually brought to life, and the thankfulness of his sacrifice pierces my soul. Do this in remembrance of Jesus!

Son Of Man Part 2

But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” Matthew 14:61

The big question that most Jews wanted to know, what is Jesus the Messiah? This is the One who was written in their scriptures for centuries. The Messiah was prophesied by Moses, by Abraham, by David, by Daniel, by Isaiah, every book in the Old Testament you can find reference to the Messiah

So if these High Priests suspected Jesus was the Messiah, why would they treat him so harshly? Why would they kill the anointed one of God? Well we look at the world today, the Messiah has been revealed for over 2,000 years and people still reject him and want to kill him.

The fact is the High Priests didn’t want to change, just like we don’t want to change. People reject Jesus not because of evidence or prophecy, but because they have a morality issue. Jesus requires we become Born Again, deny ourselves, carry our crosses, repent! Nobody wants to hear this, especially people who love sin

And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” Matthew 14:62

Jesus declared He is the Son of Man from the Prophecy of Daniel. He is the Messiah, the Son of God. Most peoples problem is they don’t know what the Messiah or Christ even means. They don’t know what being the Messiah means because they don’t read the Word of God.

The religious leaders knew exactly what it meant, Jesus was God in the Flesh! But they didn’t want to Repent, they didn’t want to give away their riches, they didn’t want to become servants of Christ, so they condemned their eternal souls

Jesus is coming in the clouds again, prepare yourselves for the coming of The Lord Amen!

Cross Is Foolishness

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God 1 Corinthians 1:18

When non-believers and skeptics hear about the cross, they just don’t understand. How can a group of people put so much emphasis and praise into a Roman torture device? A device that nobody comes back alive and is tortured for hours at the entertainment of the wicked crowds

How can God take a torture device and use it to free his people from the slavery of sin and death? Why would the Son of God willingly lay down his life, have his body broken and blood poured out, for wretched sinners?

This is what makes the cross foolishness to the unsaved, they can’t ponder the amazing love and grace from God. How do we as believers understand this love? We can’t but we accept it by faith and become washed clean and Born Again!

For it is written, “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?1 Corinthians 1:19-20

The skeptic gets angry and declares “This is foolishness”! They believe they are smarter than their Creator, and redemption from God is not possible. However, Resurrection Sunday showed us that our Salvation has been completed by Jesus Christ!

The power of God was displayed at the cross, where Christ took the penalty for our sins, and rose again! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! Amen!