Monthly Archives: December 2020

Happy New Year- 2021

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:1-5

As we come to the end of the year 2020, I’m sure most people are looking forward to the New Year. Most people are looking forward to things getting better, things being under control, things being secure for us

It reminds me of Jesus’ promise of “The New Heavens and Earth” in Revelation. A New World where there will be no more sickness, pain, and suffering, a new world where there will be no more death. A new world where evil is eliminated and good reigns forever! 

As a Christian, this is what I look forward to, God’s Kingdom coming down and Paradise being restored. And all of this is possible because of Jesus Christ, everything He accomplished at the manager, at the cross, and at the tomb, made it possible for us to be reborn and God’s Kingdom to be restored

So as we end another difficult year, take comfort in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ “Have courage because Jesus has already overcome the world” (John 16:33) Happy New Year! God bless!

John 9- Spiritual Blindness

They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? John 9:34-36

It’s interesting, the religious leaders demanded a sign to know whether Jesus is the Messiah, but yet when they seen a sign, they rejected it! Even though they witnessed the blind man being healed, they refused to believe that Jesus was the Son of God

When Jesus found the healed blind man, he asked him “Do you believe in the Son of God”? This is a question the world should be pondering, do you believe? Obviously signs and miracles are not enough, because the religious leaders still rejected Christ. Stop hardening your heart and listen to the Holy Spirit speak!

And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. John 9:37-38

Jesus revealed to the blind man that he is the Son of God, He is the Messiah. The blind man never hesitated, he got down on his knees and worshipped Jesus. For those who say Jesus isn’t God, how do you explain Jesus allowing this man to worship him? If Jesus wasn’t God, he would have rebuked this man, but he allowed him to worship him

And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? John 9:39-40

Why is the world so depraved? Because they are spiritually blind to their sinful ways. Jesus is the Light of the World, meaning he is the Truth, He is the Living Torah. The reason so many people reject Christ is because they are convicted by His prescense.

The Pharisees were becoming convicted of their sin, even though they claimed to be experts of the Torah. “Are we blind also” they asked Jesus sarcastically, Yes, you are sinners too! You all need Jesus, even the religious leaders!

Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. John 9:41

Jesus told the religious leaders, once their eyes have been opened and are aware of their sin, then they are guilty of their sin. As Jesus taught us previously , we are either slaves to sin or slaves to Christ! We can’t be reborn from our sin and remain in our sin

These are tough lessons to learn, and it was obviously too much for the religious leaders, as many rejected Christ and are condemned in their sin. Jesus will open our spiritual eyes and set us free Amen!

John 9- Glory of God

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. John 9:1-3

As Jesus and his disciples came across a blind man, his disciples asked an interesting question “Who made this man blind, his sin or his parents sin”” The disciples’ understanding was this man was born blind as a curse for his sin or his parents sin. This was a total misunderstanding of God

Jesus made clear, this man’s disability was not caused by anyone’s sin, but so God can be glorified through him. God allowed this man to be disabled, so his power can be revealed. 

We must remember we live in a fallen world because of sin, we can’t expect everything to be rainbows and butterflies, but God can use any circumstance to bring glory and reveal who He is!

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. John 9:4-5

You might say “Well this world is so dark and evil, how could God exist” , Jesus is the Light of the World, to reveal God’s presence and Glory in this dark world. Remember the world is fallen because of the consequences of our sin. The world is fallen because of our own wickedness. 

The fact that we can discern Good vs Evil, proves God does exist. There would be no standard of morality if God didn’t exist. Jesus is The Light in this dark world of evilness. This is why the world rejects Christ, because the world is evil

When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. John 9:6-7

Jesus healed the blind man, why? To reveal the glory of God in this dark world. To reveal that Jesus is The Light of the world. There is no other light except Christ

People are always trying to find the “good” in the world, the only “good” is Jesus Christ! Come to him all you that are weary and burden laden, Jesus will give you rest! Rejection of Christ will leave you in eternal darkness Amen!

John 8- The Great I AM

Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. John 8:48-51

Imagine meeting the Son of God face to face and insulting him with false accusations such as “He is a demon” or “Your not even Jewish your a Samaritan” Sometimes our theological pride can get in the way of our hearts. We see this alot in Christianity today also. We believe we know everything there is to know, sometimes we need to just shut up and listen

The religious leaders didnt understand that by condemning Christ, they are also condemning Yahweh. If you reject the Son , you also reject the Father. If the religious leaders were as smart as they believed, they would have recognized that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus made it clear, through Him you will never see death!

Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? John 8:52-53

Again the religious leaders are showing their theological ignorance. They didnt understand Jesus statement “You shall never see death” therefor they rejected it as heresy. The problem was them, they didnt understand Jesus was referencing the soul and not the physical body

Are you greater than Abraham, they asked Jesus? The religious leaders are placing Abraham on a pedestal , however they dont understand the Lord of Lords is standing right in front of them!

Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. John 8:54-56

Again Jesus is trying to teach these men a theological lesson. Abraham would have rejoiced at the day to see the Messiah, but these religious leaders condemn the Messiah. They claim to be disciples of Abraham, but are far from his ways

Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. John 8:57-59

Jesus here makes one of his 7 I AM statements, before Abraham was I AM. The Jews knew exactly what Jesus was saying here, as they picked up stones to kill him. Jesus was declaring He is The Great I AM!

Anyone who says “Jesus never declared to be God” doesn’t know the scriptures. Here again is another classic example of Jesus deity, don’t be like the religious leaders and harden your heart, receive the Lord and never see death Amen!

John 8- Truth Shall Set You Free

As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:30-32

Everyone wants to be free! Free from pain, free from suffering, and most importantly free from death. Jesus is the only one who can set us free, that is why he is called The Way. People try to find all kinds of escapes to make them free, they might try drugs, alcohol, sex,  ect however all these things just make you more imprisoned to yourself

Jesus was teaching we are slaves to our sins. Many people who believe they are free are actually trapped by their addiction or obsession. Only Christ can set you free, why? Because He is the only one who can pay the debt for your sins

They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. John 8:33-35

The religious leaders didnt understand this concept, they stated “ We are descendants of Abraham, we are slaves to nobody” Now obviously they were referencing their ethnicity of being Jewish, but Jesus was talking about something much deeper than this

Jesus said “Whoever sins is a slave to sin” Well since we all have sinned, we are all slaves to sin. However Christ can set you free! Jesus paid the debt for your sin on the cross, so you can be set free from your bondage.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36

 I wanted to end with this scripture because its so powerful and beautiful, you might not understand why Jesus went to the cross. But once you understand the seriousness of your sin, you understand the love He demonstrated to you on that cross

Jesus can set you free, nobody or nothing else can! Only the Son of God can deliver you from your sin, my chains are gone , I’ve been set free Amen!