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God Alone

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. Mark 10:18

Often when people read this story about the “Rich Young Ruler” they believe its just a valuable lesson about God and money. However there is much more that is going on in this story, I think this story is one of the true revelations of Jesus deity.

The Rich man asks Jesus what do I need to do to inherit eternal life? Now notice this man recognizes who Jesus is, the Messiah (Christ). Hes specifically coming to Christ to ask him about gaining eternal life. But notice Jesus response “Why do you call me good?  No one is good except God alone “

So if God is the only one good , how can Jesus be the atonement for your sins unless he is God?

If Jesus is not God, then he wouldn’t be good, therefor he wouldn’t be able to be your atonement for your sins

See those who deny the Trinity (Godhead) of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have real salvation issues. Because if you remove the deity from Christ, hes no longer able to be a sinless sacrifice. But when you recognize Jesus is God , he is able to take away your sins because he is sinless

The original Greek word for “Good” is “Agathos” which deeper meaning is “originates from God” “empowered by God”

This word is used to describe the “Good” Tree that bears “good” fruit opposed to the bad trees thrown in the fire (Matthew 7)

This word is used to describe the “Good” Soil that produces “good” fruit opposed to bad soil that is overtaken by Satan (birds) or withers and dies (Luke 8)

Remember Jesus said Nobody is Good except God alone, nobody can be saved except by Christ Alone! Amen!

Cling To God

“But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day. Joshua 23:8

While Joshua was nearing the end of his life, he had some valuable words to give to the Israelites, “Cling to God”! What was Joshua talking about here? The Israelites were in the process of claiming their “Promised Land” During this process they were to drive out the pagan nations living there.

What Joshua was telling them is, if you don’t keep your eyes focused on Yahweh, you will fall away to worshipping other gods and practices. This is exactly what happened to most Israelites, after Joshua passed away, most Israelites became complacent in their faith.

Instead of driving out the pagan nations, most Israelites just started merging with them. This became disastrous to Israel. As most forgot about their true God and started worshipping false gods and idols

“So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the LORD your God. Joshua 23:11

Another translations of this is to “Watch yourself carefully”. It means keep your eyes focused on Christ! How many of us nonchalantly just fall away from our faith when we are not “clinging” or “heeding” ourselves to Christ? It’s a commitment, we must stay committed to our God or we will eventually fade away

And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ Matthew 22:37

Jesus said to Love God with all your Heart, Soul, and Mind! This is also known as the Shema in Hebrew. Cling to The Lord! Abide in Christ in everything you do! When we lose our focus on Christ we become lost! Cling to Jesus! Amen!

Like A Child

But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14

We all know and sang the song “Jesus loves the little children” and he does! But notice how this is in complete opposition of religion or the world. In this scene, the children saw Jesus and wanted to come to him, however the adults were rebuking them and telling them to go away.

Even in modern day “Churches” or society we still act the same way. “Children are to be seen and not heard!” Why are we so offended by the outburst of a child? Why be angered by the cries of a baby? Because we as humans are puffed up with pride! We need to sound and act important, if Jesus is truly your master, he was ok with kids interrupting the service, why aren’t you?

“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” Mark 10:15

Jesus takes it one step further and says unless we become like these children we cant enter Heaven…ouch! Our big puffed up egos are bruised! What are the traits of children? Innocence, trust, wonder, curious, honest, these are qualities we all need as Christians.

Jesus said unless we become “Born Again” we cant enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Becoming Born Again is a transformation of your mind and heart. Until we renew our minds like children, until we bring back that innocence and honesty, we cant enter Heaven. Until we Repent and accept Jesus as our Lord we cant become like Children of God! Amen!

Resurrection Power

Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 1 Kings 17:17

When we think of Resurrections, we probably think of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, or maybe we think about when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. However there was resurrections in the Old Testament. Here we take a look at the story of the prophet Elijah performing a resurrection on a young boy

Now we shouldn’t confuse the Resurrection of Christ with these other resurrections. The Resurrection of Christ was an eternal event, meaning Jesus will never die again. Where as these other “resurrections” such as Lazarus were brought back to life, but eventually they died just like the rest of us

Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, I pray You, let this child’s life return to him. The LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived.” 1 Kings 17:21-22

How did Elijah perform this resurrection? Well basically he cried out to God, to save the child. You see when prophets and apostles resurrect or heal people, it has nothing to do with them. God is displaying his power and glory through them.

God heard the prayers from Elijah and had mercy on him. Now another reason why God probably performed this resurrection was to confirm Elijah was a true prophet, why? Because Elijah is going to play a huge role in the restoration of Israel. He’s going to take on the evil worshipers of Baal including Jezebel. The Israelites were more likely to listen to Elijah since he proved he is a prophet from God

Think about when Jesus went into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, why were the people so sure he was the Messiah? Because previously he just resurrected Lazarus from the dead, it was a sign or confirmation, that he was doing the works of God

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11

Now heres a thought, the Apostle Paul writes the same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives inside of You! As a Born Again believer , the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, you shouldn’t consider yourself weak or afraid. Meditate on that, pray about that, read your scriptures , Amen!

Cut It Out!

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.Mark 9:43-44

Cut off your hand? Cut off your foot? What is Jesus talking about here? The real question is what is worth going to hell for? Your answer most likely would be nothing! Then what are you doing with that sin in your life? Cut it Out! That’s what Jesus is talking about here, if there is sin in your life, its better to cut out that sin then go to hell!

Notice here Jesus calls Hell the “Unquenchable Fire” , other times Jesus describes Hell as “Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth”, is this where you want to spend eternity? We can argue all day long about the specifics of hell, but the bottom line is its real and you don’t want to go there!

“If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than, having your two feet, to be cast into hell, where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. Mark 9:45-46

In case we didn’t get the message the first time, Jesus repeats himself again! Cut out your sin or be cast into hell. I know many wont like this message, many might get offended! However Jesus is not looking to be politically correct, hes looking to save your soul!

Again what sin is worth going to hell for? None are, so repent of your sins, become Born Again, and follow the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!

Lamb of God

For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later.” Mark 9:31

Most of the disciples, by this point, believed Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) However their understanding of what the Christ (Messiah) would have to accomplish to reestablish Gods Kingdom was wrong. Now that God sent the Messiah, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the disciples believed Jesus would rule with a rod of iron, destroy all their enemies, and reestablish the nation of Israel

However what they didn’t understand was Jesus came to save the entire world and not just the Jewish people. They also missed the Messianic Prophecies where the Christ would have to become the Lamb to take the sins of the world

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Nobody wants to talk about their God as a “Suffering Servant”. But this is exactly what Jesus had to accomplish at the cross to save the entire world from their sins. When Jesus told his disciples that he would have to be killed and then rise three days later, he was fulfilling the Messianic prophecies of Isaiah, he was also becoming the atoning sacrifice for our sins

Jesus lowered himself in obedience to save us from our sins! Glory to the Lamb of God Amen!

Resurrection Sunday

And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him. Mark 16:6

After the Sabbath on Sunday morning, a few women went to the tomb of Jesus to bring spices for his body. What they didn’t realize was they were going to witness the greatest event in world history! The angel at the tomb told the woman, Jesus is Risen!

The angel told them to tell the Good News (Gospel) to the rest of the disciples. When the woman told Peter and the disciples , they didn’t believe them. But they went to investigate anyway, what they found not only changed their lives forever, but changed the entire world forever

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” John 20:15

After the disciples investigated they left but Mary stayed behind and was crying over the Lord Jesus. However a man who was there asked here “Why are you weeping”? This seems like a dumb question at a tomb. But she didn’t realize the man she was talking to was the Risen Lord Jesus Christ!

As the angels asked the woman previously “Why do you seek the Living among the Dead? (Luke 24:5) Meaning Jesus has Risen! Jesus is alive forevermore and is sitting on the throne in Heaven.

The greatest day is Easter (Resurrection) Sunday because death has been defeated, the grave couldn’t hold him! Our God reigns forevermore Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! Amen!

It Is Finished

Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30

What did Jesus mean when he said “It Is Finished”? Some would say “all of our sins were washed away”, some might say “Death was defeated” And these things are true , however I believe there is also a deeper meaning that we might not be considering

The original Greek for “It Is Finished” is to end, to fulfill, to pay, to complete

So what is Jesus fulfilling? What is he paying? What is he completing?

And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20

Jesus said that his blood shed for us would be a “New Covenant”. This is the New Covenant that was fortold in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 31, Ezekiel 36)

A covenant is a contract. The old Covenant (Contract) has been fulfilled, completed. On the cross Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant, IT IS FINISHED

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17

Jesus said he has Fulfilled (Finished) the Law and the Prophets (Old Covenant) The contract has been completed by the works of Jesus Christ. No longer are we bound by the Law because Christ has Finished or Fulfilled the contract

When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. Hebrews 8:13

So when Jesus said IT IS FINISHED on the cross, he has freed us from the penalty of death from The Law. Is The Law abolished, NO, it has been fulfilled by Christ. If your not saved by the blood of Christ, you are still under The Law

However those who repent and put their trust in Jesus have been set Free, IT IS FINISHED

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!