Friday, April 19, 2019

The Crucifixion of Christ

The Crucifixion of Christ

                                Matthew 27:27-37
The story of the crucifixion of Christ is the high point of redemptive history and the center of God's purpose for salvation. On the cross, is where the Lord bears the sins of the world and provides salvation to all who believe in Him. The cross demonstrates the grace, mercy, goodness, and love like no other event in history can. Jesus was willing to suffer for sinners, to suffer not only the death on the cross but everything that comes with it. The agony was beyond belief. Christ, without rest or sleep, endures the trials, the beatings, and the scourging without saying a word. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep, before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7 KJV).

Let us never pass over the meaning of the death of Christ on the cross on the way to celebrating His glorious Resurrection (which is worthy of our celebrating). It is the cross that gives meaning to the resurrected Christ and why “Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2) is so important and the very essence of the gospel message. The longing of every believer should be as Paul stated; “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11 KJV). 

If you don't know the Savior and have not believed in Him, or what He has done for you, today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). He has been lifted up before you this day, see Him as the Son of God, the Savior of the world who died for your sins. Accept Him by faith and trust Him as your Savior today.



Lord, thank You for the cross, and the suffering You endured that I may have salvation.

Friday, April 12, 2019

"But for the Glory of God"

“But for the Glory of God”

John 11:l-4 KJV
Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha... This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

Have you ever considered that your suffering is a gift from God to you? I knew the suffering of Jesus was a gift to me, but I hadn’t thought that my suffering was gifted to me by God. It is hard to think that suffering is a gift when you are in the midst of the suffering.

Mary and Martha had sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was very sick. In that message, they included an important word to us who suffer, “he whom thou lovest is sick.” The sister’s of Lazarus were hurting for their brother and wanted Jesus to be there for him. Jesus did not come to Bethany immediately but waited a while before coming to them. Mary and Martha both said to Jesus, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”

Jesus knew Lazarus was sick and that he had already died before He even came to Bethany. What was His purpose in waiting to come to Lazarus and to Mary and Martha? “But for the glory of God” is what Jesus told His disciples. Jesus allowed Lazarus to die so that God would be glorified in Lazarus’ resurrection from the dead.

Suffering for Jesus’ sake comes from a Greek word meaning, gracious gift of God (Philippians 1:29). What an extraordinary gift the Lord gave to Mary and Martha in their time of grief. He showed His deep love for them and raised Lazarus from the grave. We may never be healed in this lifetime from our suffering, but will it be said of you, “They suffered, ‘but for the glory of God’  in their lives  here on earth and in their death?”


Lord, I know I am loved in my suffering, may I glorify You in my life and in my death.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Glories of Home

Glories of Home

Revelation 5:9 
… for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God.

I have been thinking of a place called Heaven recently, with the loss of so many of my loved ones and friends, the splendor of Heaven has captivated my mind. The thought of heaven being filled with the presence of the Lord God Himself compelled this brief writing in hopes that your heart would be drawn to a place we call, “Home.” The Bible describes heaven as a place in which sadness, pain, and death itself will end, and the presences of the LORD will enrapture your soul for eternity.

Scripture tells us of a few sights we will see when we enter heaven’s gates. We will come into the very throne room of the Majesty on High. Knowing that God’s throne is forever in heaven gives us presences of mind that He is everlasting, unchangeable, and in complete authority. He governs the world, not merely as Creator, but as Savior. 

We are told that around the throne of God is a rainbow as Ezekiel envisioned and experienced God’s glorious and triumphant grace (Ezekiel 1:28). We are clothed with the garments of salvation and covered with the robe of righteousness which is imputed to all believers (Isaiah 61:10). The saints clothed in His righteousness will be invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb, a feast prepared for His bride (Revelation 19:9).

These are only a few of the sights that we will see as we enter the splendor of heaven. Our journey “Home” will be the most magnificent trip ever taken. No human could ever compose a city like heaven where we will dwell with Christ forever. How glorious it will be and yet, this is only a dim account of what heaven will be like. At first glance, we will see His nail-scarred hands. Every knee will bow before the One who was slain and all will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God (Philippians 2:10-11).


Lord, thank You for heaven.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Are We Loving One Another?

Are We Loving One Another?

What do you do when someone comes to you and says, “I’m worried, I’m afraid, I’m hurting or I’m depressed?”  Do you have to personally experience their specific pain or suffering to be able to listen or care for them? Do you think that the only people that can help those in distress are pastors, elders or professional therapists? 

The Bible makes our response clear towards a brother or sister in need, “. . . love one another earnestly from a pure heart. . .” (1 Peter 1:22,23). The love indicated here by Peter is the love of choice and to meet the needs of another with a fervent, unfeigned love. Fervent is defined as: having or displaying a passionate intensity and unfeigned means: genuine; sincere. We don’t need to have all the answers to be able to come alongside someone and love them through their sorrow. We need to love them where they are and know that God commands us to do so in Scripture. John 13:34; 15:12,17; Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 John 4:7 are Christ’s command to us to “love one another.” Our responsibility is not to “fix” the person who’s suffering but to love them as Christ has loved us.

Love is portrayed by concern, compassion, sympathy, and affection. Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians 13 that love is patient, kind, and never ending.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. The theme that resonates throughout the entire Bible is the love that God has for His own, an unconditional love. This sincere and genuine love motivates one to share Christ with those that are lost and care for those that are hurting and hopeless.


Lord, may my heart be caring, my actions be kind and my desired purpose be in loving others to the glory of God.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Why Read God's Word?

Why Should I Read the Bible?
You may be asking, “How should I read the Bible?” The answer is clear. The Word of God should not be read as a self help manual determining how you are to live out the perfect Christian life. The Bible provides hope through the pages of its narratives as well as through the timeless truths which offer grace and mercy to fallen man. It is written about OT people that are in captivity, suffering in misery and crying out in utter despair. Yet, they see and experience the faithfulness of God through extensive hardships and pain. The Apostle Paul suffered many difficulties for the advancement of the Gospel nonetheless, he proclaimed encouragement and comfort through the faithfulness of Christ. A believer, living to the will of God, rests implicitly on his Creator's faithfulness to accomplish what is set before him by faith. 


We need to see the sinful state of our existence as condemned without hope, (Romans 3:11-18). Yet, God’s wonderful redeeming love is shown throughout Scripture through the timeless story of His precious Son, Jesus Christ. We are assured of His birth, His death on the cross, His miraculous resurrection and glorious ascension into heaven. The Bible is most advantageous when read through the sorrows of life. But, in spite of all the heartaches, this precious book gives hope to the hopeless, rest to the weary and peace to those struggling in the midst of life’s storm. 

The Bible is clearest when reading as a weary pilgrim in need of Christ not being clouded by our self-righteousness. If we understand who we are and who He is, we will not read the Bible to get a quick fix. Scripture should be read through the lens of the Gospel, seeing Christ’s love bestowed upon mankind in all that He accomplished on the cross. Galatians 1:3-4a says, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins. . .”


Lord, may I read Your Word through the eyes of love and gratitude.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Suffering for His Sake

Suffering for His Sake

Philippians 1:27,29 
Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake...

Paul, a citizen of heaven, wants the Philippian church to realize that the world around them can only see the true Gospel by what they view in their lives. We are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ. The most powerful weapon against the enemy of Christ is the consistent life of a believer living out the Gospel day after day.  

The sufferings of the Philippian Christians were mentioned more than once by Paul in his writings.  If we suffer for Christ’s sake, we are to consider it a precious gift from Him. We are to labor together for the Gospel’s sake and not against one another. We are to be of one spirit and one mind, standing against any opposition of the Gospel Satan may bring (Matthew 5:11-12). 

Paul is encouraging believers that when they stand for the sake of the Gospel they will suffer persecution. He instructs them to be consistent in living their lives worthy of the Gospel and in the end, they will receive a great reward. “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:” (II Timothy 2:12 KJV). Paul instructs the people that there is an enemy that wants to steal this treasure from them and cripple the ministry of the Gospel; but God gives the grace we need to go through any trial and enables us to have joy in the midst of every battle.


Lord, may I ever walk worthy of the Gospel of Christ though trials may disrupt my path and obscure my way. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Are You Fearful?

Are You Fearful?

                              Proverbs 29:25 

“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”


The Definition of Fear: An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. A feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something or the safety and well-being of someone.

How often do we experience the crippling effect of fear? What circumstances or situations send us into uncontrollable waves of anxiety? Can we let go of this overwhelming fear or, are we afraid of what might happen? Does the fear of man have such power over our lives that it paralyses us to the point of despair? We are encouraged through the Word of God to depend upon the power of God which keeps us from the fear of man. 


May I assure you that God is working in and through every aspect of your life. You can trust Him with all that He has allowed to come across your path. It is not easy to trust God in times of adversity because no one enjoys pain or suffering to be sure. Having such a relationship with a God that allows you to walk through any trial with confidence, gives assurance that He is there with you through every situation. God never walks away and leaves you to chance or random circumstances, but moves in your life to accomplish His purpose and bring glory due His name.


We must not fear the unknown, nor sickness, nor the loss of life, nor any unfavorable experience laid at our feet–––for with all adversity comes a deeper relationship with our God. His faithfulness sustains us for we are not independent of God but dependent upon His continuing power to give us life and breath. 

Lord, may I trust Your Word in knowing that You are with me no matter what fear or trial may come my way.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017