Love Is…….Jesus

His Love!

God is a God of love. He is not a god of Hate.

His love was shown in more than one way. It was shown in so many ways but He showed His love no more than when He spread His arms and died for mankind.

The Lord’s Supper Instituted

Matthew 26:26-29

26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

Jesus’s ultimate show of love was when He was nailed to the cross but even before that. He told the disciples that this would happen. He tore the bread and told them..”This is My body. Eat it in remembrance of Me.” Then He took the wine and said “This is My blood poured out for you. Drink it in remembrance of Me.” He loved us enough to instruct us to remember Him. He instituted something that Christians have been doing for over 2000 years. Remembering the One who died for us.

By this time Judas had already gone to lead the chief priests and Sadducee’s to where only Jesus knew where they were going. Jesus took them to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray to God and wrestle with His doubts for the last time. He prayed that God would take the cup of poison away from His lips but instead of saying no, He said “Not my will, but Your will be done!”

In the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, it shows them in the garden. The last supper didn’t actually happen there but hey, they had a limited budget. From the supper Jesus goes and prays. In the movie He is played by Ted Neeley and through song, lets God know about His doubts. At the end of the song Jesus says

” God, thy will is hard,
But you hold every card.
I will drink your cup of poison.
Nail me to your cross and break me,
Bleed me, beat me,
Kill me.
Take me, now!
Before I change my mind.”

In Matthew 26:39, 42

39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”

Jesus could have said no. He could have walked away but He was an obedient Son and did what His Father asked of him. Even in the movie, Jesus did what His Father asked of Him.

His love for his enemy was so strong that when Peter sliced off the guard’s ear, Jesus healed him. Even in all the turmoil if an arrest, Jesus showed love.

Luke 22:49-51

49 When those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered and said, “Stop! No more of this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

His love for us was so strong that when He was taken to Pilate, the first time and after He had been humiliated by not only Caiaphas but also Herod,  He was taken to Pilate a second time. Pilate still wanted nothing to do with Him but knew he had no choice. Pilate ordered Jesus to scourged. 39 lashes Jesus would take. Each one was counted off. Jesus, according to the Bible, made not a sound. Did He cry out in pain, I don’t know. He might have. It is not mentioned in the Bible but that doesn’t mean that He didn’t.

The historian of the day said that by the time the guard was done with Jesus, His back was like raw hamburger. He was beaten and battered. Bruised and hit so many times that His face was all but recognizable. Yet He carried a half ton cross up the way of sorrows till He could carry it no further and Simon of Cyrene was pulled out of the crowd to carry the cross the rest of the way. Meanwhile Jesus was expected to walk up the rest of the way. Did he cry out in pain. Maybe, I think he did but the Bible records that He only said a few words as He walked up the way of sorrows.

Luke 23:27-30

27 And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him. 28 But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Even then He shows love by telling them not to weep for Him but weep for the babies and the little ones and themselves. Not to worry over Him.

He showed more love than any other man once He got Golgotha. The place of the skull. The mountain had caves that formed the face of a skull. It was there that the ultimate show of love would be revealed. With each hammer blow on the nails, shock waves of pain would pass through His body. He screamed, I am sure of it. He was after all a man. He felt pain. Each blow on each nail, slicing through skin and into muscle and sinew. Tearing apart blood vessels. His body racked with pain and yet it was not over.

After Jesus had been nailed and then roped lashed around His arms so that they would not rip away, the cross was lifted up by winches and more rope, the cross was dropped in the ground with a thud that would have racked His body with so much pain that I think I would have prayed that they just kill me and get it over with. But I am not Jesus.

 Like a lamb led to the slaughter is dumb, Jesus stayed silent for most of the pain and suffering but he did utter some words.

Jesus said 7 things while hanging from the cross. Each time He had to lift himself up by his feet so that he could get enough air to do so. The pain would have been excruciating!

First Words

Luke 23:34

The Jesus said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Jesus could have spit vile at them and cursed them. Treated them like scum, as most of Israel thought of them but He didn’t . He showed them compassion and forgiveness. He loved even the people who were trying killing Him. He cried out to the Father to forgive them.

Second Words

Luke 23:43

And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Jesus was crucified with two other men. Both thieves. One joined the crowd and shouted arrows of hate at Him but one didn’t. He knew that they deserved everything that they were getting.

Luke 23: 40-41

40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”

The second thief knew he had done wrong and repented for it. He was ready to pay for his crimes. The he said the one thing that gave him salvation.

Luke 23:42-43

42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Jesus knew that this man was repented and knew that he was sincere. He promised this thief eternal life. Jesus showed His love to this man.

Third Words

John 19:26-27

26 When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He *said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He *said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

Jesus loved His mother so much. Mary was his world. He made sure that she was taken care of. He even gave her a new son. John, the disciple that Jesus loved the most, took Mary into his home as his mother. I am sure that Jesus was smiling when He said those words.

Fourth Words

Matthew 27:46

46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

He cried out to His Father. He cried out in pain and suffering. He cried out in need. He cried out in love to His Father and yet His Father turned his back on Him for God can not look upon sin. He cried out and yet nothing happened. He could have called the angels from heaven to come and save Him but it was not to be. This is what was supposed to happen. It was His destiny.

Fifth Words

John 19:28

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, “I am thirsty.”

Jesus knew that everything was ready. His death was near and that no one could stop it now. He has fulfilled scripture and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that He was who He said He was. He had stayed on the path and walked the walk that He had to. All this pain and suffering to prove WHO HE WAS!

Sixth Words

John 19:30

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

Jesus chose the time death. He always knew where it would happen. That had been laid out long ago but He chose the time. He waited for it all to be in order. He then spoke the words that needed to be said. “It Is Finished!”

Seventh Words

Luke 23:46

46 And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.

The last phrase was the most important. Even in death Jesus had trust in God. He knew that God loved Him. It takes absolute trust to trust someone with your soul. Jesus had that absolute trust. At that very moment of Christ’s death, the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from all of man kind was torn. Split right down the middle. Allowing for the first time for a normal man to be able to go and talk to the Father without any fear of death.

Jesus’s love touched so many people. It touched a Roman Centurion whose child was healed (Matthew 8:5-13). It touched a woman who was too afraid to speak to Jesus directly, but rather said “If I can only touch the hem of His garment, I will be healed.” (Matthew 9:20). The blind man who was given back his sight with the use of mud (John 9 4-11).  The adulteress that was dragged out to be stoned. They were well in their rights to stone her. Jesus could have said yes, stone her but he didn’t He showed compassion (John 8:1-11).

Jesus love was so strong that not even death could stop Him. He defeated death and corruption. Jesus was as dead as a door nail. He rose from the dead to fulfill the prophecies and to show that His love was so strong. Jesus loves you. He was born to die. He lived to show the way. He died to provide the way to the Father and He rose again to prove that we can defeat death! Jesus did it all!

Jesus is Love and Love is Jesus!

 

 

Little Something About My Lord!

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Who Is Jesus Christ?

He is the King Of Kings. Lord of Lords, Fairest Of Ten Thousand!

King Of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15)

Lord Of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15)

He is the only one worthy of my praise. He did what no other has ever done. He died for me. He did so cause He wanted to not because he had to. He did so that I could have eternal life. He could have said NO! He could have “Not On Your Life!” but rather He said “On My Life!” He could have said “Father, I love You but I am not doing this! I don’t want to die.” Instead He said in Matthew 26:39

39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

Jesus could have said no, but He chose to do the will of the Father.

Lamb of God (John 1:36 and John 1:29)

The Word (John 1:1-2)

“1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.”

JW’s always mess this verse up. They always put “a” in when there is no “a” in the original Greek. They added it to make it seem like Jesus was a god. No folks, Jesus is God! He has never has been a god. For if He was a god, He wouldn’t be anything special. Just another wanna be but He is far from a wannabe.

Isaiah says that He is the God of Israel.

Isaiah 45:15 reads

“15Truly, You are a God who hides Himself,
O God of Israel, Savior!”

 Now before I go any further. Let me make one thing clear…I am not a pastor nor am I a lay pastor. I am just a guy that loves the Lord. I am not religious. I just try my best to tell you about the Man that gave His life for me and loves me…warts and all. So to say that I am a religious scholar is far from the truth. I am but a mere human who loves his Lord and I know He loves me.

Peter calls Jesus in 1st Peter 2:4 The Living Stone.

4And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God”

Isaiah calls Him the Costly Cornerstone.

Isaiah 28:16

“16Therefore thus says the Lord GOD,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.”

David says that He is the Rejected Stone.

Psalms 118:22

” 22The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.

Jesus is the Cornerstone of the our Faith. No one else. People might reject Him and toss Him aside like a piece of gravel or a chip of stone, but that is their loss, for He is the Rock Of My Salvation!

Paul wrote that Jesus is the Rock!

1st Corinthians 10:4

4and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.”

Jesus is our Rock, Our Foundation. No one else can even come close to being what Jesus is. Of all the gods of this world, NO ONE has even been able to ascend to the place that Jesus has. I hear Allah is god and that he is the only god and that we should worship him. I hear the same things from Buddhism, Hinduism and all the other isms. To this I say…

Let them send down their sons and let them be crucified for mankind and then I will think about it. But we all know that will never happen.

John 14:6

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man come to the Father but by me!”

John 3:16

16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Not only did Jesus die for us. He did so in love.

As Jesus is God, then He is Love!

1John 4:7-10

” 7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8The one who does not love does not know God, for GOD IS LOVE. 9By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Jesus is our First Love and why is He that. Well that is because He First Loved US!

I could go on for pages and pages and as much fun as that would be, my fingers would wear out. To find out more about who Jesus is, pick up your Bible and read it. He is throughout each and every book. If you don’t have a Bible, go to your local Christ centered church and they should be able to help you. If you don’t know Jesus Christ and have been wondering about Him, all you have to is call out His name and take Him as your own. You can pray this little prayer and if you are honest and sincere, then you can come to Jesus too and find out that He is the best thing out there.

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name. Amen”

If you prayed that prayer then I want to welcome you to the Family. The biggest family that you will ever know. If not, then I hope one day you will and come into the love of Christ!

Jesus Loves YOU!!

“Keep Looking Up, For His Coming Is Soon!”

Let’s Talk About Sex…..Baby!!!

Got Ya!!!!!

We aren’t actually going to talk about sex folks. We are gonna talk about something more important……God!!!!! What does He have to do with SEX!!! Personally…everything. In a relationship..everything. In our walk with God….everything. He created sex for us to enjoy each other (male and female). We have sexual needs, each and everyone of us. To put it in the vernacular of today…we all need to get off sexually. We need to have that sexual release that make us feel loved and enjoyed.

So what does that have to do with God, Jesus and the bible. The bible is a treasure trove of knowledge. Sex was created by God (Gen 1:27-28) 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”…

Now before you go off and think, he is going to bash Homosexuals, not gonna happen. We is talking sex not sexual orientation. That is not why I decided to write this little item. I actually don’t care. well I do care but we can save that for another time.

God created sex so that man would multiply and spread all over the world and to His great delight, it worked! Man reproduced like bunny rabbits and we spread like wildfire. We covered the entire world and we did it with such glee and gusto.

God created sex not just for reproduction. He created it so that we as humans could form a union with our partner. (Gen. 2:23-25)

“23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because [c]she was taken out of [d]Man.”

24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”

So sex creates a union between a man and a woman. A bond that is strong and good. Leon Patillo said it best in his Song “Flesh Of My Flesh.” You can check out the song here by Leon Patillo.

God also created sex for help. As humans not only are flawed, we are also in need of a good helper. Be it a man or a woman. (Gen 2:18) “18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Now I know that this verse actually concerns the woman. She was created to help man. But I think that we can use it for both sexes. Truth be told, we both need help from time to time. When we are sick or laid up with a injury. Man might be strong but (and as i am a man i can testify to this) men are wimps when we get injured or are sick.

As I said before, sex was created for procreation. (Gen 4:10) “Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord.” We have sex to increase the population of the earth. We do cause we are driven to. We do so because we need to.

God created sex so that we might calm our needs. Proverbs says in Chapter 5:17-19

17 Let them be yours alone
And not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 As a loving hind and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
Be exhilarated (intoxicated) always with her love.

The same can be said of woman. Let her rejoice in the husband of her youth. Be intoxicated by him as he loves her in the only way that he can. Let her rejoice when she is taken by her husband and let her feel the joy of their union.

So sex is between a man and a woman. For reproduction, enjoyment, fulfillment, for the joy of it.