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Abraham Meets Jesus (Genesis 18)

Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.  When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth, Genesis 18:1-2

One of the most intriguing stories in the Bible is when Abraham cam face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ. First we notice it says the LORD appeared to Abraham. LORD in all caps is Yahweh meaning God. So God came in human form to meet Abraham. Since we know the Father is Spirit (John 4:24) and nobody has ever seen God (John 1:18) we know this is Jesus God in the flesh

Notice Jesus didn’t come alone he came with 2 angels. So Abraham saw three men (symbolic of the Trinity) and one of the men was Yahweh in the flesh. Abraham bowed down to Jesus. So notice Jesus didn’t rebuke Abraham for worshipping him as angels have previously rebuked people from bowing down to them (Revelation 22:8-9) (Colossians 2:18)

and said, “My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by. Genesis 18:3

Notice Abraham calls Jesus Lord and he also calls himself his servant.

He said, “I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. Genesis 18:10

Jesus then delivers the prophecy of the birth of Isaac. This is significant for several reasons. First God promised to establish his covenant with Abraham through Isaac (Genesis 17:21) This is why Jesus reveals this to Abraham and Sarah. Second Isaac is the promised Son from God just as Jesus is the Son of God.

From this story in Genesis 18 its clears Abraham met God in the flesh and we know who he is Yeshua (Jesus ) Amen!

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?

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!

Son Of Man

Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory. Mark 13:26

The return of our Lord Jesus Christ! What a day that will be, what a glorious day for the elect! It will be a horrible day for the wicked, for the ones who rejected Christ and followed Satan. The judgement of God is about to come on the Earth!

Who is the Son of Man? It’s the fulfillment of the prophecy by Daniel, the Messiah (Christ) Jesus! He used this title over and over again to let people know who he is, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Mark 13:32

Many false prophets and cult groups made millions of dollars predicting fake prophecy of when Christ would return. Know this, nobody knows the day or hour! Could be now or thousands of years from now, whenever Christ comes, we need to be ready! Keep your lamps lit (filled with the Holy Spirit) like the 5 Virgins! (Matthew 25)

“I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed. Daniel 7:13-14

Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father, the fulfillment of the Son of Man prophecy. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord! And the Kingdom of God is eternal!

Are you ready? Keep looking up and keep your lamps lit because the King is coming soon! Amen!

Birth Pains

And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many. Mark 13:5-6

While Jesus was talking about the destruction of the Temple, one of his disciples asked him
“What will be the signs for the end”? “When will the end come?”  Jesus said “Many” will come in his name and mislead “Many”

So how do we know if we are being misled? The first rule of thumb is if a groups doctrine doesn’t line up with scripture, don’t believe it! This is why many groups and cults want to discredit the Bible. If you can discredit the Bible, then you lose that solid foundation of true Christianity.

Most “cult” groups have additional teachings on top of the Bible. This should be a red flag for you, let the Holy Spirit interpret scripture for you. Cult groups who make their literature as sacred as the Bible are typically false teachers. Examples are the Watchtower, Book of Mormons, 28 Fundamental Beliefs, ect.

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.  Mark 13:7-8

Often every time we see a war or conflict between nations, everyone is yelling “End of the World”, but Jesus said these things will happen and are merely birth pains for the Great Tribulation yet to come. Many cult groups jump on these end time fears to scare followers in believing their doctrine.

This is where our true faith in Christ comes in, don’t be misled by false teachers or cult groups, you are saved by the blood of Christ! Trust in the Word of God and not the words of man! Amen!

Poor Widow

Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; Mark 12:43

It came time for everyone to put there offering in the box, all the rich people lined up to give there big amounts to show how great they were. But here came a poor widow who only put in 2 small copper coins. The rich people in line probably rolled their eyes, scoffed, and gossiped about her after the service

But this poor widow caught the attention of Christ. First of all remember back in the 1rst Century there was no welfare, there was no social security, this woman being a widow meant her husband was dead, and she had no steady income coming into her home

for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.” Mark 12:44

The rich people it didn’t hurt them to give a little that they had, but for the poor widow whatever she gave was all that she had. Jesus is pointing out that giving is a heart issue! Its not about the amount you give but its about the attitude in which you give it

Do you truly trust in God to be your provider? Or do you rely on your wealth to provide for you? This widow gave all she had to God and put her faith in him, are we willing to do the same with all aspects of our lives?  Amen!

Salvation for Everyone

And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT, AND DUG A VAT UNDER THE WINE PRESS AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers. Mark 12:1-2

The parable of the Vine Growers or Wicked Tenants is basically about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The planter is God the Father, the vine growers is Israel. Harvest Time throughout the Bible is always symbolic of a special season from God. The slave (servant) that was sent is symbolic of the prophets of the Old Testament

They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. “And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others. Mark 12:3-5

We keep seeing time after time, over and over again. God would send a prophet and the rebellious people (vine growers) would either beat or kill the prophet. No matter who they sent Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, or Jeremiah. The people would rebel against the Word of God and abuse the prophets

He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. Mark 12:6-8

Finally, God would send his Son (Jesus Christ) surely the people would listen to him! But no they rejected him, tortured him, and nailed him to a cross! God was in the flesh and lived among them, yet they didn’t recognize him nor listen to him!

What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others. Mark 12:9

Salvation is not only for the Jewish people anymore, God so loved the whole world that he sent his Son Jesus Christ to free us all from sin and death!  Everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus shall be saved! Amen!

By What Authority?

and began saying to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things, or who gave You this authority to do these things?” Mark 11:28

Who does Jesus think he is? This is what the Pharisees were saying to him. Who do you think you are coming in here and questioning our religious traditions! Who do you think you are clearing out all the money and merchants from the Temple! Who do you think you are claiming you are The Son of God!

The Pharisees were very angry with Jesus, because he turned there world upside down, he challenged the purity of their hearts and integrity of serving God. Jesus was changing the way the entire world was going to worship God!

We challenge Jesus authority also, Jesus says to deny yourself and carry your cross. Who do you think you are to tell me to deny myself! Jesus tells us to sell everything and give to the poor, who are you to tell me how to spend my money! Jesus tells us to love our enemies, who are you to tell me how to love!

And Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question, and you answer Me, and then I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Mark 11:29

Jesus changed the world and if you let him into your heart, he will change you also! Can you answer this question, what authority is Jesus doing these things? What do you believe in your heart? Is Jesus your Lord of Lords? Your King of Kings? Is Jesus your God? Then you know by what authority Jesus is doing these things!

Answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” Mark 11:33

Don’t be a copout like the Pharisees, you know who Jesus is! Anyone who denies him before others he will deny You before the Father! Obey Christ and be Set Free Amen!


As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. 2 Kings 2:11

When we talk about the “Rapture” doctrine it becomes controversial. Many say the Rapture doctrine is made up or it will never happen, however it has already happened, several times. As its documented in 2 Kings Elijah was “Raptured” to Heaven and never faced death.

The word “Rapture” is the English translation for the Latin word “Rapturo” which simply means “taken up”. Those who argue the word Rapture was never in the Bible, technically are wrong because it was in the Latin translation called the Vulgate.

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. Hebrews 11:5

Enoch was another person who was “Raptured” and never faced death. But the conspiracy theorist say Mr. Google says the Rapture was madeup in the 1800’s , wrong again. Its noted in the Book of Genesis that Enoch was “taken up” to Heaven and never faced death

And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. Acts 1:9

Jesus Christ was “Raptured” or Ascended to Heaven after the 40 days of his Resurrection. Why is it so hard for Christians to believe they will be “Taken Up” into the clouds to meet the Lord?

Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17

The Apostle Paul taught about a great Rapture that was to come, Christians who have an issue with this doctrine believe it takes away from the death and persecution of current and past Christians, it doesn’t. The Rapture is an event that will kick off the Great Tribulation. It doesn’t mean there currently is no suffer or persecution for Christians.

I think the Rapture is a special event that is going to kick off the greatest Revival the world has never seen. As many , including Orthodox Jews, will come to Christ during the Tribulation and enter his Kingdom forever! Amen!

Servant of Christ

But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” Mark 10:38

Leonard Ravenhill once said “So you really want to be like Jesus?” Most Christians would probably answer Yes, but as Ravenhill then points out, are we willing to go 40 days and night in the desert with no food and being tempted by Satan himself? Probably not, point is there is a reason why Jesus is the Son of God and why we are his servants. We cant lose focus of that as Christians

The Zebedee Brothers (Sons of Thunder) James and John lost this focus. They got so wrapped up in what they were accomplishing for God, that they believed they could sit at the right hand of Jesus. Jesus said to them “You don’t even know what your asking”

But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. Mark 10:43-44

Jesus tried to explain to his disciples , the way the Kingdom of God works is a lot different then the way the world works. If you want to be great in Gods Kingdom, then be a servant! Who wants to be a servant? Exactly it goes against our human flesh and logic. We want to be a King where God is making us to be a servant.

Many ministries start off with good intentions and then they lose focus. Then end up becoming more ego drive then Christ centered. Don’t forget who you are, a servant of Jesus Christ! Humble yourself and you will be exalted by God Amen!