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Parable of The Fig Tree

And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. Luke 21:29-30

Where I come from, you can tell what season it is based on the trees. When its winter, the trees are barren with no leaves. When it becomes Spring, all the buds start to emerge and bloom. In the summer, everything is in full bloom. When Fall comes around the leaves change colors and begin to fall

This is what Jesus was teaching us about his return. How do you know what season we are in? Its based on the signs around us.

So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Luke 21:31

Jesus said “When you see these signs you will know my return is soon” So what are the signs we should be looking for? Well Jesus told us earlier signs would include false religious leaders,  wars, natural disasters, and the love of others would become cold

You say, “Wait all these things are happening”, Yes these are the birth pains of the return of The Lord, are you ready? Is your lamp full waiting for Jesus? You might say, “I don’t know what that means”, well you should probably figure that out then!

Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. Luke 21:32-33

Heres a message to all you global environmentalist, the world is going to pass away. Why? Because its corrupted and will be judged by its Creator. Instead of worrying about plastic bottles, start worrying about your eternal salvation. Get right with God, repent of your sins, receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, Amen!

2 Coins

And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. Luke 21:3-4

The New Covenant is about having a “New Heart”, its not about what religious acts we perform or how much money we give, its about the intention of the heart. Do you love God with all your Heart, Mind, and Soul

Here we see the rich putting in their large gifts or offering into the box, and a poor widow giving only 2 coins. Jesus observes this and says she has given more with 2 coins, than all of the rich in the synagogue. Why? Lets think about her situation.

She was a widow, meaning her husband passed away, in the Jewish culture at this time she had no income. There was no welfare system, she was living hand and mouth. So for her to give 2 coins, meant her family might not have any food to eat. It means she is now poorer than poor

But what does that say about her faith? It says she totally trust in God to provide for all her needs. This is why Jesus commends her gift above the others. Because she gave from the heart with true faith. While others just give God crumbs they had leftover

This is not about money , its about your Heart. What are you giving to God? Are you giving everything you have or are you giving him the crumbs underneath the table?

King of Kings

Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. Luke 19:38

One of the great moments is Palm Sunday, when Jesus marched into Jerusalem as the King of Kings. This moment was however shortlived , as the Jewish people quickly turned on him when they realized he was not the King that they had envisioned

Jesus came as the Lamb, to take away the sins of the world. The Jewish people were looking for the Lion of Judah, to rule with a rod of iron. This will happen eventually, however first Jesus came to save everyone who calls upon the name of The Lord

And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. Luke 19:40

Jesus makes a very profound statement here, “even if the world rejects him, he will still be worshipped” What is Jesus saying here? First he’s demonstrating his deity , as Jesus is God and created the Heavens and the Earth including us. Yes Jesus was there in Genesis during Creation, he doesn’t need us to worship him, but has opened his arms to us out of love if we choose to.

Second I believe Jesus is introducing the New Covenant here. Even if Israel rejects him , Jesus is establishing a New Covenant with anyone who receives him as Lord. Jew, Gentile, Roman , Greek, they all become a Child of God with the blood of Jesus Christ and the baptism of the Holy Spirit

When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. Luke 19:41-41

Jesus wept over Jerusalem, Jesus wept over Israel, why? Because he knew what was going to happen, as Israel rejected their Messiah. He knew his resurrection would change the world, and turn the world upside down.  The destruction of The Temple which marked the end of the Old Covenant.

But Jesus is coming back , not as the Lamb but as the Lion of Judah! Blessed be the King of Kings! Amen!

Spiritual Leprosy

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. Luke 17:12-13

Jesus entered a village on his way to Jerusalem and there was ten lepers crying out for Jesus to have mercy on them! These men had the disease of leprosy, this was a highly contagious disease that would deform you. By the Jewish culture these men were considered unclean and were banished from society. They no longer had rights as citizens to employment or property.

In the same way our Sin makes us Spiritual Lepers to God. We become deformed and unclean, we lose our citizenship to the Kingdom of God. Are you crying out to the Master to have mercy and transform you?

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16

Jesus sent the Ten Lepers to show themselves to the priests to show they were redeemed. However only one of them ever gave Glory to God. Isnt this very similar to today? The grace of God which is a gift for all humanity, yet very few every praise God or even acknowledge him.

Notice also the one man who praised God was a Samaritan. Someone who was already considered an outcast because of their birthright is now a child of God because of the mercy of Jesus Christ

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. Luke 17:17-19

Jesus notices who honors him and who forsakes him, he says I will save the stranger! Meaning whoever repents , receives Jesus as their Master, becomes Born Again into the family of God. As Jesus said, your faith has made you whole! Do you have complete faith in Jesus? He can remove your Spiritual Leprosy and make you Born Again!

Rich Man and Lazarus

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. Luke 16:23-24

The story of the rich man and Lazarus is not only one of the most powerful revelations Jesus gave to us, but its also one of the most highly debated stories also. Many will argue this is just a parable instead of a true story. The reason we know it’s a story is because Jesus uses real names in it. Unlike all the parables Jesus taught that never included names

Second most translations will use Hades instead of Hell. While reading the story you’ll see the rich man is eternally conscience being tormented in a flame. This sounds like Hell to me, Hades is typically translated as the grave or realm of the dead.

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. Luke 16:25

The rich man lived like a King on this Earth, while the poor man suffered. What did it profit this rich man to gain the entire world yet lose his soul? Nothing, this world is temporary but your soul is eternal , choose wisely

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:31

Notice once you are dead, there are no second chances of salvation. There is no purgatory or repentance in Hell. Our time is running short, follow Jesus or perish! Notice Jesus also prophecies here about his own resurrection.

And Jesus was right, he rose from the dead over 2,000 years ago, yet millions still deny him and are going to Hell. Don’t follow the broad way of this world, get on the narrow path of life in Jesus Christ! Amen!

Lost and Found

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? Luke 15:4

Life can be very overwhelming, when we think about our relationship with God, its easy to convince ourselves that God is too busy for me or doesn’t even know me. However when you listen to the teachings of Jesus, God leaves the 99 righteous to go find the 1 who is unsaved

This seems to contradict what we see in modern day Christianity. “Churches” hang out in social clubs and how many of them are going after unsaved people? Mission trips are good but if you cant even evangelize to your next door neighbor, why are you traveling across the world? Go preach the gospel to your neighbors first!

And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Luke 15:5

What happens when that sinner comes to Christ? He rejoices! He carries you on his shoulders! Don’t reject Jesus out of fear of your past sins, the debt has been paid by Christ already. Come with repentance and the Lord will carry you home!

And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 15:6-7

All of Heaven rejoices when you repent and come back to the Father! There is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ. Are you lost today? Are you hiding in your sins? Jesus the Good Shepherd is calling you today, answer the call and let him carry you to the Father Amen!

Trust God

And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. “For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Luke 12:22-23

We spend a lot of our life worrying, we worry about how we are going to pay our bills, we worry about our children, we worry about whats for dinner, but Jesus told “Do Not Worry”! This sounds easier said then done, right? But that’s the point Jesus is trying to make!

When you have true faith in God, you step out of your comfort zone and put it in his hands. We don’t like this, we like to have control. We like to know all the details, how its going to end. But to truly surrender to God, we need to just be all in

“Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! Luke 12:24

Again Jesus uses birds as an analogy for us. Previously he told us if sparrows are valuable to God, imagine how much more valuable you are! Now he tells us to learn from the ravens. Ravens don’t go around stressed out how there going to eat and take care of their families. No God just simply provides for the Ravens.

God is saying , he will provide for us also! Hes got this, you can stop wasting your life worrying about things you cant control

And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? Luke 12:25

Jesus asks us all this great question, and will all know the answer! Then why do we continue to toil and worry over every little detail in our lives? How much is this distracting you from actually doing Gods will for your life? Put your trust in God, he will provide! Amen!

Woe To The Church

But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. Luke 11:42

Look at all of my religious acts! Look at me! My name is in your church bulletin, I’m onstage in front of many people! Look at me! Look at me! We need to be careful our religion doesn’t replace our relationship with Jesus Christ!

What is the purpose of Church? Fellowship with a body of believers, right? Then why has it become a “country club”? Why is it more like a “rock concert” than worship service? How many people get down on their knees and break down in tears of repentance?

Jesus didn’t come to create a new religion, he came to reconcile us to our Heavenly Father!

Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places. Luke 11:43

But we love the social stature of being called a “Good Christian”, Fill up those tithing baskets so we can build a brand new building, put me on the “Board of Directors” so I can tell you how to operate Gods House!

Have we lost our mind? Didn’t anyone listen to Jesus teachings, “The First will be Last and the Last will be First”?  To “Deny ourselves and Carry our Crosses”, then why are we puffing ourselves up like were special? All our good deeds are filthy rags in the presence of God

“Woe to you! For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.” Luke 11:44

All these corrupted leaders are sending the masses straight to Hell, why? False conversions,  they want to live like the world and be with God, you cant!

Jesus said You must be Born Again to enter the Kingdom of God, you have to become transformed not conformed to the ways of the world, Amen!

GOD First

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” Luke 10:38-40

Here is the tale of two women that have an encounter with Jesus. One woman (Mary) stopped everything she was doing to focus on Jesus, while the other woman (Martha) continued focusing on her daily tasks that she needed to get done. Can we relate to this? If Jesus visited you today, would you drop everything for him?

Some of us reluctantly would say Yes, but is that really true? Would you call off your important corporate job in fear of being fired? Would you not show up to your kids Soccer game for The Lord? Life is full of distractions, and its easy for us to be sucked into it. God should always be your highest priority, eternity is a lot more important than the things of this temporary world

 

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

 

Martha was so upset with her sister Mary, that she even complained to Jesus about her. But Jesus told Martha, your worried and distracted about pointless things. Cant we all relate to this? In the grand scheme of things, how often do we waste time on meaningless things?

Jesus confirmed Mary choose wisely, she put God first above all things. Do you love God with all your mind, heart , and soul?

Good Samaritan

Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” Luke 10:36

When we call someone a “Good Samaritan” in todays society, we are usually referring to them as a nice person who did a good deed for someone. However the ironic thing is back in the 1rst century in Jewish culture, Samaritans were considered a sub-human race. They were Jews who breeded with other nationalities therefor making them “unclean” in the Jewish culture. They were considered outcasts and not worthy of being in the Jewish culture

So what changed? What brought these Samaritans into a good light? Jesus. The people who were once considered outcasts and unclean have now been entered into his grace. Those who were once not allowed in Gods presence now have God living inside of them. This is the powerful story of the Good Samaritan

And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” Luke 10:37

Notice Jesus wasn’t concerned about the nationality, or race, or gender. Jesus said the one who showed mercy, eventhough the one man was a priest and another man was a Levite (from the priest bloodline), these good deeds or nationality cant save you

Only the blood of Jesus Christ can save us, only the works that he finished on the cross can bring us salvation. Because of Jesus, the Samaritan and everyone else can be reconciled to our Heavenly Father Amen!