Category Archives: Easter

500 Can’t Be Wrong

After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 1 Corinthians 15:6

Can 500 people be wrong? Paul tells us that there was over 500 eye witnesses to the resurrected Jesus Christ, including himself. Now if we were going to put the issue of Jesus Resurrection on trial, I believe the evidence of over 500 eye witnesses would suffice in winning the case!

Often people who are non believers will say “there is no evidence for God”. This is not a true statement, as the New Testament reveals a lot of evidence for the resurrected Jesus Christ. However skeptics want you to throw out The Bible because they know its evidence is irrefutable and damaging to their case.

Now their next comeback will be that The Bible is not reliable. Let’s point out a few facts that shows this claim is untrue .

  • New Testament manuscripts are much earlier than any other historic book in history. There are over 5,700 Greek manuscripts from the New Testament. Most other books from ancient world are lucky to have 10 to 20 manuscripts.
  • The New Testament manuscripts are from much earlier than any other book also. For example most believe the earliest gospels were written around 25 years after Christ , where as Alexander the Great for example, was written 500 years after his death.
  • The New Testament manuscripts also have a 99.9% accuracy which was reaffirmed by the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

I could go on about this subject, but the point is , 500 people , who were willing to die for the truth, can’t be wrong. There is overwhelming evidence of the existence of God and the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ Amen!

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40 Days

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. Matthew 4:1-2

Since this week is the beginning of Lent season, today we are taking a look at the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. This is symbolic of the 40 days before Easter (Lent  Season) originated. During this journey we see that Jesus was tempted with three temptations that all of us face in our daily lives.

And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”  But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” Matthew 4:3-4

The first temptation we see is the lust of the flesh. Jesus , who has been fasting for 40 days, is obviously very hungry and vulnerable at this point. Satan tries to tempt him by enticing him to make stones into bread. Jesus replies with scripture and says “Man shall not live on bread alone” meaning as Christians we deny our physical temptations which are sinful, to live holy and be a true disciple of Christ.

This could apply to many physical temptations in our lives such as drugs, alcohol, sexual immorality, gluttony, ect. However by the Holy Spirit we can overcome these temptations and avoid sin

Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU’; and ‘ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.'” Matthew 4:5-6

The second temptation comes from human pride. Satan tries to challenge Jesus, by saying if you are the Son of God, then prove it. Often times in life when our pride is challenged, we might make a bad decision just to prove that we are the boss or in charge. Jesus however didn’t fall for this trap

Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'” Matthew 4:7

Satan was even quoting scripture to try and lure Jesus into the temptation, but Jesus responded by saying “Don’t test God”.  Jesus demonstrated this humility also later in John 13, Jesus washed the feet of his own disciples. Instead of Jesus being a dictator leader he was leading by example.

Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:8-9

The final temptation Satan was trying to tempt Jesus into the lust of the eyes. Look at all these beautiful possessions we can have if we just sell our soul. Jesus didn’t fall for this but sadly we see people do this every day. We see actors and musicians sell all their morals and values just to become rich, what they don’t understand is they are worshipping Satan and his worldly system

Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'” Matthew 4:10

Again Jesus overcame this temptation and told Satan to go away! As the Bible tells us “Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7) Worship God and serve him only!

We need to remember Jesus was in human form, susceptible to Satans temptations and overcame by The Holy Spirit. We can overcome also because Greater is he living inside of me than he that is living in the world (! John 4:4) in Jesus Name Amen!

Road To The Resurrection

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15:17

As we begin the “Lent Season”, I like to call it the “Road to the Resurrection”,  the event that changed world forever. The moment when sin and death were abolished and defeated, the moment when the stone was rolled away from the tomb and Jesus walked out, we all now have eternal hope!

As Paul says, “if Christ wasn’t raised then your faith is worthless” meaning if the Resurrection didn’t happen then there is no Christianity. If the Resurrection didn’t happen then there is no hope to defeating sin and death. If the Resurrection didn’t happen, then Jesus would be just another prophet and not the Son of God

But on that Sunday morning, the Resurrection did happen, Jesus who suffered and died for our sins, rose again to live and reign forever. This single event changed everything! Jews and Gentiles began worshipping now on “The Lords Day” (Revelation 1:10) instead of the Sabbath Day. The curse of The Law was finally broken, as Jesus was our final atonement for our sins

Roman and Jewish Religious leaders tried to cover up this event, many people were executed , including Jesus apostles , all but John . But Jesus revealed himself to over 500 eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:6) Jesus came back to his apostles and even showed them his marks from the cross. There is no doubt Christ has risen in Jesus name Amen!

Heart, Mind, and Soul

“If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7

Today we take a look at Cane and Abel, brothers that Satan tore apart to caused the first murder! Both brothers brought an offering before God; however God was pleased with Abel’s but not Cain’s? Why?

We have to remember God wants our heart,mind, and soul (Matthew 22:37) not just our presence, like quality over quantity. It says that Abel offered his first born sheep of his flock (Firstfruits), this was the best Abel had to offer and because of this God was pleased.  While Cain offered some random fruit from his garden, could have been leftovers or bad fruit, but it surely wasn’t his best, God rejected it!

God doesn’t really care what you are offering him, but what you are offering him should be the best you can provide from your heart. Cain was just going through the motions basically trying to trick God, but God reads our hearts, minds, and soul.

Now this rejection from God obviously upset Cain, and instead of him trying to do better, he became insanely jealous of his brother Abel.  As God said to him “sin is crouching at your door” meaning if you allow this jealousy and anger to manifest in you, it will grow into sin (James 1:15). That’s exactly what happened.

Instead of Cain, repenting, he allowed sin to grow into murder! (James 1:15) God wants us to love him with all our heart, mind, and soul (Matthew 22:37) , not just going through the motions!  Just like the 5 loaves and 2 fish, give God whatever you have and he will bless you in Jesus Name Amen!

He Has Risen #ResurrectionSunday

“He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, Luke 24:6

Some of the sweetest words in the Bible are  “He has Risen”.   The resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is complete. Just as Jesus said on the cross “ It is Finished”, the completion of victory over the grave is done. At this moment, no more are we slaves to sin and death, Jesus has conquered the grave!

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, Luke 24:2

The stone has been rolled away! Even though this is literal, this is also symbolic for our lives. Rolled away is sin, sickness, and death! And now enters the power and glory of our Heavenly Father that has breathed life into our bodies. The rolling away of the stone from the tomb, is the passage of your suffering and sorrow. Because when Jesus stepped out of that tomb, you can now rejoice with victory and hope! Because Jesus has overcome the grave!

and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. John 20:7

A very symbolic sign often missed by most. Jesus took the time to roll up his linen cloth as a sign he will return. There’s a Jewish custom to fold your napkin when you leave the table if you’re going to return. Jesus did this before he left the tomb as a sign to us all that “ The King is Coming Soon!’

Jesus walked out of that tomb alive forevermore, and he’s coming back for his Church, give Glory to God for his victory at the cross! He has Rise Indeed in Jesus Name Amen

Passover Lamb #GoodFriday

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

If there is any question how Judaism and Christianity are linked together, look no further than Passover/Easter. When the prophet John the Baptist announced, Jesus was the “Lamb of God” everyone knew what he was talking about.

The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:13

To understand what Jesus has done for us at the cross, we need to understand what happened at Passover. The Israelites were being held slaves for over 400 years until God sent the prophet Moses to finally free them. Egypt’s refusal to allow Gods people go, left him no choice but to send 10 deadly plaques to call for their repentance.

The final plague was the Angel of Death that would “Passover” any home that was covered by the blood of the sacrificial “Lamb of God”

for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:28

Fast forward to when God sent his only begotten Son, as the perfect “Lamb of God’ to forever take away the sins of the world. Anyone who is covered by the “Blood of Christ” death will “Passover” them and we will live eternally in Gods Kingdom.

Remember this Passover/Easter, that Jesus is The Lamb of God. Because of him death will Passover you during the Resurrection in Jesus Name Amen

Father Forgive Them

But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. Luke 23:34

As we continue to look at the last words spoken by Jesus on the cross, we come across this powerful display of God’s love toward humanity. Here Jesus is not only crucified on a cross, hanging in agony, he also being spit on and verbally abused by all the spectators. Instead of Jesus condemning them all he prays to God to forgive them all for their ignorance.

This is such a powerful moment as we know God so loved the world that he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, but also even while Jesus was being tortured by us for our sins, he still showed us grace and mercy. It’s important to remember Jesus was on that cross because of us, every sin we committed he paid the price for.
At the end of the scripture it says “They divided up his clothes among themselves”, as we seen in the other scriptures, this again was another prophecy fulfilled and was spoken in Psalms

They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots. Psalm 22:18

So why would the Roman soldiers want the clothes of Jesus? This is obviously a debated topic but here are my thoughts. This displayed Jesus as being the “high priest” (Hebrews 4) the high priest would wear the most expensive clothing, and remember Pilate put a purple robe on Jesus during the trial to mock him.

Secondly this displays the death Jesus suffered for our sins. Even the two thieves on both sides of Jesus were left alone, but the Roman soldiers decided to humiliate Jesus even more.

But as Jesus said, Father forgive them, the love that was displayed at the cross is beyond our comprehension. Remember Gods love for you in Jesus Name Amen

The King Is Coming! #PalmSunday

Took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.” John 12:13

The King is Coming! On this “Palm Sunday” while we remember and celebrate King Jesus coming into Jerusalem , we also must remember that the King of Kings will return again. The first time he came as “The Lamb” the next time he will return as “The Lion” and reestablish Gods kingdom forevermore

These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him. John 12:16

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a Donkey instead of a horse, people did not understand. They were looking for a mighty King like David, who would destroy the Romans and free the Jewish people from oppression. However Jesus came as the “Prince of Peace” to save not just the Jews but the entire world.

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; Revelation 7:9

Fast forward to the return of Jesus , a great multitude which no one could count, meaning everyone Jew and Gentile, who is saved by the blood of Christ will be standing at the throne of God. Clothed in white robes with palm branches!

Get your Palm Branches ready because the King is Coming back soon! Blessed is Yeshua (Jesus) who comes in the name of Yahweh (God) in Jesus Name Amen!

Holy Communion

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Matthew 26:26

What is Communion? The definition is sharing or exchanging intimate thoughts and feelings especially on a spiritual level. This is exactly what “Communion” is. Jesus broke the bread to symbolize his body that was sacrificed on the cross as a ransom for our sins.

It’s important to remember Jesus laid down his life for us willingly (John 15:13). Gods plan of redemption didn’t just happen by mistake. Jesus was sent here to be our “Lamb of God” (John 1:29) and take away the sins of the world

And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:27-28

The wine or new wine (grape juice) that we drink is symbolic for the blood of Christ shed for our sins to cover us and make us redeemed. It’s important to remember there is nothing in this world that is more powerful than the blood of Christ. It broke every chain, washed away every sin, and makes even Satan tremble in fear.

“But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26:29

Jesus is saying after this moment he going to be tortured and crucified for our sins. And after his mission was completed and he defeated sin and death. One day he will return again as King of Kings and restore the Holy Kingdom of God in Jesus Name Amen

Easter Sunday- He Is Risen

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6

On the third day Jesus has risen from the dead, just as he promised. The stone has been rolled away, the tomb is empty, Jesus has conquered death forever. The resurrection power of God can’t be defeated, Satan is powerless against us, praise the Lord.

The resurrection is not only the most important day in humanity, as we now have eternal life thru Jesus Christ but it also has been prophesized throughout the Bible

(Acts 13:35) “Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

(Psalm 16:10) “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”

Prophecy of Psalm 16 was fulfilled as told in Acts 13. God promised he would not forsake Jesus and raise him from the dead.

(Matthew 22:44) “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool”

(Psalm 110:1) “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”

The prophecy of Psalm 110 was also fulfilled as referenced also in Matthew 22. Jesus literally made all his enemies his footstool as he ascended into heaven.

 (Acts 13:33) “God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”

(Psalm 2:7) “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”

The prophecy of Psalm 2:7 referenced in Acts 13 was also fulfilled. Jesus was raised from the dead just as God promised. The only begotten son, our Messiah lives forever.

As you celebrate Easter Sunday remember this is probably the biggest day for all man kind, Jesus resurrection not only fulfilled many prophecies but he has giving us eternal life thru his blood shed on the cross. So today rejoice Hosanna for He is Risen Jesus Christ lives forever Amen