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Holy Week- Maundy Thursday-Lords Supper

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” Mark 14:22

The Last Supper, The Lords Supper, or Communion, whatever you want to call it was a sacred event that declared the coming of the New Covenant! Why was Jesus and his disciples having a feast? Because it was Passover and Jesus is the Passover Lamb, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover as the Lamb of God

Jesus said to “Do this in remembrance of Me” taking communion is a sacred time when we reflect on Christ and what he has done for us. As the Apostle Paul says we should “Examine ourselves” (1 Corinthians 11:28)  meaning to reflect on our relations with Christ

As Jesus broke the bread he said this is symbolic of his body broken on the cross for our sins. His body he laid out for us as a atoning sacrifice for our sins not his!

And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Mark 14:23-24

The wine was symbolic for his blood shed on the cross to cover us of our sins. This is the blood of the Lamb that allowed death to Passover us. Jesus said his blood is a New Covenant which is for many! God and Man has become reconciled

When you take communion, do it in remembrance of Christ and what he has done for You! Examine yourself and get right with God, repent any sin in your life and rejoice in the Lord Amen!

Holy Week- Monday-Cleansing The Temple

And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS ‘? But you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” Mark 11:17

One of the most overlooked events , I believe ,is the cleansing of The Temple. Now this wasn’t a one time event, as Jesus cleansed the Temple at the beginning of his ministry (John 2) and he also cleansed it at the ending of his ministry (Mark 11). What was the significance? What was Jesus trying to teach us here?

First you need to understand what the Temple was and its purpose. The Temple was the only place on Earth where Gods prescience existed at this time. If you wanted to worship God, you needed to come to the Temple. The Temple was the only place where the atonement of your sins could take place. If you wanted to make atonement for your sins, you needed to come to the Temple. The Temple was where the High Priests lived, you couldn’t receive atonement or come into the presence of God without the High Priest.

Jesus fulfilled all of this at the cross. The Temple was a foreshadow of Christ to come! Jesus said he would Destroy this Temple in 3 days and then raise it Up (John 2:19) He was talking about himself, his death and resurrection! Jesus fulfilled The Temple, Jesus is our atoning sacrifice, Jesus is our High Priest!

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19

Jesus was cleansing the physical Temple from sin as an example to cleanse our temples from sin. When you become Born Again, your body is now the Temple of God, the Holy Spirit lives inside of you! God does not tolerate sin in the Lords House as he doesn’t tolerate sin in your body! Cleanse your temple! Amen!

Mark 1- The Leper

And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. Mark 1:40-41

Leprosy was a major issue during the 1rst Century, when someone contracted leprosy it was almost a death sentence. Not only was it a painful disease but that person was cast out of society. They were no longer allowed to be a member of normal society because of their uncleanliness. So when the Leper approached Jesus, the disciples were probably in horror, they wouldn’t want their Lord and Teacher to contract this disease.

But notice Jesus’ reaction, when Jesus saw the man he was “moved with compassion”. He didn’t reject the man or stay away from him. In fact Jesus “touched” the man and healed the man instantly. Imagine the faith it took for the Leper to come to Jesus and ask to be healed?

It says in the scripture, the man was beseeching or begging Jesus to heal him! Are you beseeching Jesus? Are you crying out for the Lord to make you clean?

And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. Mark 1:42-44

Notice it was the mans faith in Christ that healed him, there was no magic words or made up ceremonies, as soon as the man professed his faith in Jesus, he was healed. This is the same with our salvation, there is no check box of works to become saved, when you  profess your faith in Christ, you are saved. The works have been finished by Jesus on the cross, It Is Finished

But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter. Mark 1:45

Jesus instructed the man to show himself to the priests, as a requirement of the Torah, however the man instead was telling everyone about Jesus! The Torah never saved anyone, only Christ can save you! The Torah brings death and judgement, Jesus brought life and salvation

What has Jesus done for you today? Are you telling anyone? How is your faith in Christ? Have the faith of the Leper man and you will be cleansed Amen!

My God My God

At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” which is translated, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” Mark 15:34

The darkest hour in world history happened at the cross. When our Heavenly Father had to separate himself from the Son to pour his wrath of judgement upon him. An event that is so mysterious and disturbing, why did this happen? It happened all because of US, our sins have put Christ on the cross

But Jesus loves us enough to take the wrath of our sins! How can that not move you? How can this act of compassion by Jesus be ignored? How can you not break down in tears when you know God had so much mercy on you, he took your place!

And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Mark 15:38

And when Christs works were completed at the cross, the veil was torn. Meaning because of the atonement of his shed blood and broken body, we can now be reconciled with God again. No longer does the veil separate us from the presence of God. When you become Born Again, the Holy Spirt lives inside of You!

But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. Isaiah 53:10

God was pleased to offer Christ as an atonement for the wages of our sins! So that we (his offspring) the children of God, by the blood of Christ, can gain eternal life! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! 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?

Son Of Man Part 2

But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” Matthew 14:61

The big question that most Jews wanted to know, what is Jesus the Messiah? This is the One who was written in their scriptures for centuries. The Messiah was prophesied by Moses, by Abraham, by David, by Daniel, by Isaiah, every book in the Old Testament you can find reference to the Messiah

So if these High Priests suspected Jesus was the Messiah, why would they treat him so harshly? Why would they kill the anointed one of God? Well we look at the world today, the Messiah has been revealed for over 2,000 years and people still reject him and want to kill him.

The fact is the High Priests didn’t want to change, just like we don’t want to change. People reject Jesus not because of evidence or prophecy, but because they have a morality issue. Jesus requires we become Born Again, deny ourselves, carry our crosses, repent! Nobody wants to hear this, especially people who love sin

And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” Matthew 14:62

Jesus declared He is the Son of Man from the Prophecy of Daniel. He is the Messiah, the Son of God. Most peoples problem is they don’t know what the Messiah or Christ even means. They don’t know what being the Messiah means because they don’t read the Word of God.

The religious leaders knew exactly what it meant, Jesus was God in the Flesh! But they didn’t want to Repent, they didn’t want to give away their riches, they didn’t want to become servants of Christ, so they condemned their eternal souls

Jesus is coming in the clouds again, prepare yourselves for the coming of The Lord Amen!

Sweet Anointing

While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head. Mark 14:3

Think about this, a feast was being given in Jesus honor. Why? First look at who is hosting the feast, Simon the leper. Lepers can’t own property therefor this man was probably healed by Jesus Christ himself.

Second a woman, who was uninvited, pours a whole jar of perfume on Jesus head that is worth about a whole years salary. Think about that, would you put your whole years salary in the offering plate? Would you be willing to approach the Lords table?

But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. Mark 14:6

Some of the men, including Judas Iscariot , quickly rebuked her for wasting the perfume. This was because Judas was a thief and didn’t truly love God. But notice Jesus reaction, he told them to “Let her alone”!

This was big, as Jesus rebuked his own disciples for a woman. At that time woman were not considered equal to men. For Jesus to defend her shows the coming of his Kingdom, the change in the New Covenant!

“She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. Mark 14:8

What nobody realized was that she was confirming the prophecy of his death. This event happened only a day before the events of when Jesus gets arrested. This event Jesus said would be remembered forever.

One woman’s act of worship to her Lord turned into a memorial that is eternal, 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!