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“All authority has been given to Me…”

… for such a time as this… 

Jesus commissions disciples

…Jesus the Risen King

(The Gospel Project for Kids – Fall 2017 Quarter)

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” 

1 Corinthians 15.3-4

Bible Passage: Matthew 28.16-20

Jesus commissionsAfter Jesus’ resurrection, He spent 40 days reviewing the things He had taught His disciples about the Kingdom of God…

During those 40 days, Jesus appeared to more than 500 people. Many of them wondered if Jesus would restore the kingdom of Israel

Jesus has always been “about the Father’s business:” to declare and increase the Kingdom of God. He told the 11 disciples to go to a mountain in Galilee where He would meet with them…

On that mountain, the 11 disciples could see all the lands they had traveled with Jesus, stretching for miles and miles below them…

Jesus announced to them that all authority in Heaven and on earth belongs to Him. He told them to go tell this to all the nations.


Jesus is the Risen King because He took up His life again…

To show that He has overcome the corruption of this world…

To show that He has overcome the power of our own Nasty I-SIN heart

To show that He has overcome the power of Satan (Genesis 3.15)…

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To show that He has overcome the despairs of death and hell…

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To show that He has taken up again His glory

as King over all.

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All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go…and make disciples…and I am with you always…”

–Matthew 28.18-20

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Another Day to Glorify the Lord Jesus…

Just thinking out loud…

Paul Witnesses to Roman LeadersI have been studying the Book of Acts with my friends at Community Bible Study, and this week’s lesson material is covering Acts 25-26. While examining the record of Paul’s defense before Agrippa in Acts 26 I read Paul’s opening statement:

“I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews…” (vs 2).

One of the study questions asked: “Why do you think Paul considered himself ‘fortunate’ to be addressing Agrippa in his defense against the accusations of the Jews?”

This is not the first time in my studies of Paul’s life and witness that I have seen his total surrender to the love of the Lord Jesus Christ in all things. Paul’s life and ministry was both a physical and spiritual battleground every day of his breathing existence this side of Heaven. And still, he wakes up each morning with the expectation that he has another day to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ–because he loves Him more than all…

…(wait while I weep over my ambivalent, insipid commitment to Jesus)…

spiritual battleAnyway, not so very long ago, in another moment of awakening, I told the Lord that I want that same expectancy in my own life when I wake up every morning–another day to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ–in my own breathing existence this side of Heaven. And not very long after that, Satan went “nuclear” on me, mustering every weapon in his hateful arsenal to quench that desire… To be sure, it has been a battle of “operation desert storm” proportions in my life, because Satan is not having any of it…

But I wonder if Paul ever had periods of waking up dreading what he might face in his day–whether it be the physical taxing on his body to travel while in pain, or whether it be the undercurrent of dread at facing another mob bent on drawing blood… so much so, that his flame of gladness of glorifying Jesus gutters and flickers in the battles of each day; and that instead of jubilation, his heart is like a ship anchored and held fast to its mooring in Christ while yet battered from within and from without…

god-strength2That’s something of how I feel in my dusty existence this side of Heaven…But I know that Messiah Jesus fights for me, because I am alive today “fortunate” to have another day to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in my own breathing existence this side of Heaven…

Thanking God that He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world, as it is written by another faithful one who loved the Lord Jesus:

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

-1 John 4.4

Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?…To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light both to our people [the Jews] and to the Gentiles.”

–Acts 26.8,22-23

Glory to Thee, Lord Jesus!

My Dancing Day…

An old English Festival Carol, traditionally sung at Christmas; and rarely do we hear all of the verses. But it is the story of the love of God for His people, from the sacrificial incarnation of His Son Jesus to Jesus’ glorious ascension to the Right Hand of the Father…
All of it He has done for His true love…
JESUS DANCES
And since I am celebrating my 37th birthday in Messiah’s Love, I am rejoicing in His calling me as one of His true love to His dance…
Here is the melody to this Festival Carol:
Here are all the verses to this ancient English Hymn…

 

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

I would my true love did so chance

To see the legend of my play

To call my true love to my dance.

 

REFRAIN

Sing, oh! my love, oh! my love

My love, my love

This have I done for my true love.

 

Then was I born of a virgin pure

Of her I took fleshly substance

Thus was I knit to man’s nature

To call my true love to my dance.  REFRAIN

 

In a manger laid, and wrapped I was

So very poor, this was my chance

Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass

To call my true love to my dance.  REFRAIN

 

Then afterwards baptized I was

The Holy Ghost on me did glance

My Father’s voice heard from above

To call my true love to my dance. REFRAIN

 

Into the desert I was led

Where I fasted without substance

The Devil bade me make stones my bread

To have me break my true love’s dance.  REFRAIN

 

The Jews on me they made great suit

And with me made great variance

Because they loved darkness rather than light

To call my true love to my dance.  REFRAIN

 

For thirty pence Judas me sold

His covetousness for to advance

Mark whom I kiss, the same do hold

The same is he, who shall lead the dance. REFRAIN

 

Before Pilate the Jews me brought

Where Barabbas had deliverance

They scourged me and set me at naught

Judged me to die to lead the dance.  REFRAIN

 

Then on the cross hanged I was

Where a spear my heart did glance

There issued forth both water and blood

To call my true love to my dance.  REFRAIN

 

Then down to hell I took my way

For my true love’s deliverance

And rose again on the third day

Up to my true love and the dance.

Sing, oh! my love, oh! my love

My love, my love

This have I done for my true love.

 

Then up to heaven I did ascend

Where now I dwell in sure substance

On the right hand of God, that man

May come unto the general dance.

Sing, oh! my love, oh! my love

My love, my love

This have I done for my true love.

Christ is Risen!

Christ Will Come Again!

I’m always ready…

…for Christmas…

Everyone around me is bustling to “get ready for Christmas.” Being ready for Christmas in this culture is a matter of stocking up on the right decorations, the richest festive foods, and the perfect gifts for our friends and relatives. “Being ready for Christmas” is retail oriented…

“Are you ready for Christmas?” is a question I often hear at the check-out line in the grocery store. If that cashier only knew the passion for Messiah Jesus roaring behind the floodgates of my soul, she would think twice before asking me that question. Nevertheless, having the invitation to share my readiness for Christmas, I go gently but boldly… I am always ready for Christmas…

My question is, “How can anyone not be ready for Christmas?” We allow the culture to eclipse our consciousness of the sacrifice of the King of glory who set aside His joys in the Heavenlies to dwell in an earthen vessel for our sake… “Christmas” worship focuses exclusively upon that event in history—when the Son of God, who is eternal, everlasting, and outside of time and space, subjected His life to the confines of our mortality—our temporary-ness… And we must never forget this magnificent event; but the manger scene of Bethlehem’s Tower of the Flock was only the beginning of the Incarnation of the King of kings …

I love this season as much as every other warm-blooded disciple of Messiah Jesus. I am particularly “undone” this year, overwhelmed with the awesome weight of His glory—and I am finding it difficult to confine the passion of worship into the typical Christmas routine of the putting up of the tree and setting up the Nativity scene. It’s not that I feel jaded or cynical at all… Far from it… To be sure, we could not have the whole Incarnation of Christ without the great moment in Bethlehem; but I am changed in the way I view this season and the ways it is viewed by my contemporaries this side of Heaven… Aside from the fact that I will soon be 70 years old—I am told that aging changes one’s perspective—I believe that something else has finally had its way in my heart—something that only the King of glory could do…

For the greater part of the year prior to this season, my heart, soul, mind and strength have been immersed in the Word of God in a systematic study of the years of Jesus’ Incarnation which followed His infant birth in Bethlehem…

The written record of His Incarnate life and ministry for our sake…

To declare the glory of the Incarnate Christ to our children in our church family…

Beloved, I cannot articulate everything I have seen and understood with new understanding of the weight of glory revealed in the whole written record of His Incarnation…

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

–John 1.14

…for our sake…

I am undone by His revealed glory in all His incarnate life and ministry…

Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written… but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God…

–John 21.25; 20.31

It’s easy to adore the little baby in the manger of Bethlehem, because an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes poses no apparent threat, no immediate challenge to our secret thoughts and our autonomous posture toward a Holy God—unless we step back and view the panoramic evidence which awakens us from our Christmas lullabies to the true identity of this sweet little Baby Boy…

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the Law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your Salvation that You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a Light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Your people Israel.” And His father and His mother marveled at what was said about Him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

–Luke 2.25-35

In the phrase of a popular Christmas carol: “Do you see what I see?”

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Do you see what Simeon saw? He saw it before the Holy, Incarnate Bundle in his arms walked out every stroke of the Father’s revealing work in the dust of Galilee, Judea and Samaria… Simeon saw it long before the record of the Incarnate glory of Jesus was written down for us in the Word of God… And if you glimpse even a fraction of it, would you still adore Him Who challenges all your secret thoughts and your autonomous posture before a Holy God?

“In Him was Life; and the Life was the light of men.”

–John 1.4

Would you always be ready for Christmas?

“Do you love Me?”

… for such a time as this… 

…Jesus the Risen King

(The Gospel Project for Kids – Fall 2017 Quarter)

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” 

1 Corinthians 15.3-4

Bible Passage: John 21.1-19

Jesus & PeterWhen Jesus  made breakfast for His disciples by the sea, He wanted them to know that His promise to make them fishers of men was still true…

Jesus also wanted Peter to know that He forgave his fearful denial. Peter had denied Jesus three times. So Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love Me?” And Peter confirmed his love for Jesus three times…

Each time that Peter answered that he loved Jesus, Jesus told Peter to watch over His sheep, to feed His lambs and to feed His sheep. Jesus restored Peter to the work of continuing all that Jesus had taught him and the disciples…

Jesus showed Peter and His disciples that He loved and forgave them…

We who know Jesus is the Risen King must tell others that He is the Lord who forgives us and makes things right again.


Jesus is the Risen King because He took up His life again…

To show that He has overcome the corruption of this world…

To show that He has overcome the power of our own Nasty I-SIN heart

To show that He has overcome the power of Satan (Genesis 3.15)…

snake_heel

To show that He has overcome the despairs of death and hell…

empty-tomb

To show that He has taken up again His glory

as King over all.

ChristTheKing4

…Do you love Me…Feed My sheep.”

–from John 21.15-17

“…That…you may have Life in His Name…”

… for such a time as this… 

…Jesus the Risen King

(The Gospel Project for Kids – Fall 2017 Quarter)

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” 

1 Corinthians 15.3-4

Bible Passage: John 20.24-31

jesus & thomasOn the day that Jesus rose again from the grave, He appeared to His disciples in the upper room, and He showed them that He is truly alive; He is not a ghost. Thomas was not there at that time…

The disciples told Thomas of Jesus’ living appearance, but Thomas wanted to touch Jesus’ wounds before he would trust their story…

Eight days later, Jesus’ disciples were gathered again, and Thomas was present. Jesus came into the room and told Thomas to touch the wounds in His hands and His side. He told Thomas to stop doubting and to believe…

Jesus helped Thomas to believe His power over death…

We who know Jesus is the Risen King must tell others, and pray God’s help for them to believe…


Jesus is the Risen King because He took up His life again…

To show that He has overcome the corruption of this world…

To show that He has overcome the power of our own Nasty I-SIN heart

and our own doubt…

To show that He has overcome the power of Satan (Genesis 3.15)…

snake_heel

To show that He has overcome the despairs of death and hell…

empty-tomb

To show that He has taken up again His glory as King over all.

ChristTheKing4

…These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ–the Messiah–the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

–John 20.31

Breaking News…

… for such a time as this… 

…Jesus the Savior

(The Gospel Project for Kids – Fall 2017 Quarter)

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” 

Ephesians 2.8-9

Bible Passage: Luke 24.13-35

the road to emmausOn the day that Jesus rose again from the grave, He was very busy encouraging His disciples…

Two of Jesus’ disciples were walking along a road on their way to the town of Emmaus. They were disappointed and troubled about how Jesus could be the Messiah of Israel if He was crucified…

While they were walking Jesus joined them in disguise. He listened to their troubled hearts. When they finished telling Him what troubled them, He began to explain to them how all the Scriptures, from Moses and the Prophets spoke of the true identity and work of the crucified Messiah…

When the disciples listened and saw their traveling companion break bread at their table, their eyes were opened and they knew that He is Jesus the Messiah: Risen and Glorified!


The Spirit of the LORD God is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to…proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God…”

–from Isaiah 61.1-2; (Luke 4.18)


Jesus is Savior because on the Third Day, He took up His life again…

To show that He has overcome the corruption of this world…

To show that He has overcome the power of our own Nasty I-SIN heartTo show that He has overcome the power of Satan (Genesis 3.15)…

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 …and prophesied of the Anointed One by the prophet Isaiah:

“the Day of vengeance of our God…” –Isaiah 61.1-2…

To show that He has overcome the despairs of death and hell…

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…To comfort all who mourn…”

Isaiah 61.2

How big is your messiah?

L’Chaim! (To LIFE)…

… for such a time as this… 

…Jesus the Savior

(The Gospel Project for Kids – Fall 2017 Quarter)

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” 

Ephesians 2.8-9

Bible Passage: Matthew 28.1-15; Luke 24.6-8; John 10.1-18

Jesus ResurrectionIn a garden long ago, Adam and Eve gave away their life to the power of Satan and to a sinful desire to have their own world…

In the fullness of time, Jesus laid down His life on the cross and was laid in a tomb in a garden on the first day of the Passover festival; His death and burial marked the beginning of seven days of the season of Unleavened Bread. He took up His life again on the third day of the days of Passover/ Unleavened Bread. According to Exodus 13 this third day is the Day of Remembrance of the Firstborn of Israel saved by God from death in Egypt…

The Resurrection of Jesus was more than coming back to life. The Resurrection of Jesus was the sign of His power to take up the glory He laid down to overcome the world, the power of Satan, and the despair of death and hell…


The Spirit of the LORD God is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to…proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God…”

–from Isaiah 61.1-2; (Luke 4.18)


Jesus is Savior because on the Third Day, He took up His life again…

To show that He has overcome the corruption of this world…

To show that He has overcome the power of our own Nasty I-SIN heartTo show that He has overcome the power of Satan (Genesis 3.15)…

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 …and prophesied of the Anointed One by the prophet Isaiah:

“the Day of vengeance of our God…” –Isaiah 61.1-2…

To show that He has overcome the despairs of death and hell…

empty-tomb

 

…To comfort all who mourn…”

Isaiah 61.2

Good Friday…

… for such a time as this… 

…Jesus the Savior

(The Gospel Project for Kids – Fall 2017 Quarter)

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” 

Ephesians 2.8-9

Bible Passage: Matthew 27.11-66

Jesus CrucifiedWhen Jesus gave up His life on the cross, there was a great darkness over the land for three hours–a very long and unusual eclipse of the sun…

When Jesus gave up His life on the cross, a massive earthquake tore the veil in the Temple and opened the graves of many saints who had died…

When the veil of the Temple was torn apart, God was showing that Jesus is the Final Sacrifice for our sins…

When Jesus was crucified on Golgotha, God worked His revenge on Satan for corrupting Adam and Eve and all of us…

Jesus’ death on the cross and the signs in the earth and the heavens which were shown that day, announced to the world that, “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27.54).


The Spirit of the LORD God is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to…proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God…”

–from Isaiah 61.1-2; (Luke 4.18)


Jesus is Savior because…

He has saved us from the corruption of this world…

He has saved us from our own Nasty I-SIN heartHe has saved us from the power of Satan as God promised in Genesis 3.15

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 …and prophesied of the Anointed One by the prophet Isaiah:

“the Day of vengeance of our God…” –Isaiah 61.1-2

…How shall we escape if we neglect SO GREAT A SALVATION, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,  God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

Hebrews 2.3-4

A Memorial Meal…

… for such a time as this… 

…Jesus the Anointed One

(The Gospel Project for Kids – Fall 2017 Quarter)

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn…”

Isaiah 61.1-2; (Luke 4.18)

Bible Passage: Matthew 26.26-30; Luke 22.14-30

last passoverIn the Passover supper three loaves of unleavened bread are shared in special order. The middle piece of bread–the second piece–is broken in half. One half is wrapped in a linen cloth and hidden till the supper is finished. Then it is found and bought by the leader of the meal with a coin…

Jesus blessed the broken middle bread and announced that it is His own body…

In the Passover supper four cups of wine are shared for remembering God’s promises. The third cup is the Cup of Redemption…

Jesus blessed the Cup of Redemption and announced that it is the cup of His own blood of the New Covenant, poured out for the remission of sins…

The Cup of Redemption follows the broken bread because our forgiveness has been bought with the  blood of Jesus, the Anointed One…


Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!  Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name. For the LORD is good; His MERCY is everlasting, and His TRUTH endures to all generations.”

–from Psalm 100

Because Jesus was anointed to complete God’s promises in the Passover with His own body and blood, everyday is a day of Thanksgiving for all who believe in Him…

Because Jesus was anointed to give all who believe in Him a meal of remembrance till He returns, let all of us who believe in Him daily feed on Him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

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