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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
— John 11:25

Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For some, Easter will be a great day, spent surrounded by family and friends. But for others, it will be a sad day, because Easter is a reminder of a loved one who has died and is now desperately missed.

Death seems so cruel, so harsh, and so final. That is what the disciples were feeling when they saw their Lord, whom they had left everything to follow, hanging on the cross. They were devastated. Death had crushed them. But if they would have gone back in their memories, they would have recalled an important event and statement Jesus had made.

They would have remembered Jesus standing at the tomb of his close friend Lazarus. They would have remembered that Jesus did something completely unexpected: He wept (see John 11:35). Jesus wept, because He knew that death was not part of God’s original plan. Humanity was not meant to grow old, to suffer with disease, or to die. But because of the sin of Adam and Eve, sin entered the human race, and death followed with it. And death spread to all of us. Jesus wept, because it broke His heart.

But standing there at Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus also delivered these hope-filled words: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). Death is not the end. And the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves it.

If you have put your faith in Christ, then Easter means that you will live forever in the presence of God. Easter brings hope to the person who has been devastated by death.

Brother Jonathan

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“Who crucified Jesus?” Maybe the question should be, Who didn’t crucify Jesus?

The religious leaders played their part, as did Judas, Pilate, and, of course, the actual soldiers who put the nails in His hands and feet. Satan played his part too, but here’s something else to consider—God the Father killed Jesus.

The Bible says that “it pleased the Lord to bruise Him” (Isaiah 53:10). This means the crucifixion of Jesus was not a mistake. Nor was it an afterthought.

It was part of God’s plan from the very beginning. Before there was a solar system, a planet called Earth, a garden called Eden, or a couple known as Adam and Eve, a decision was made in the councils of eternity that God Himself would come to Earth as a man and would go to a cross and die in the place of all sinners.

Why? So that humanity could be put into contact with God. Jesus came to Earth to purchase back what was lost in the Garden of Eden. He came to buy back the title-deed to Earth. He came to die on a cross for our sins.

Humanity’s worst mistake was, at the same time, God’s master plan.

The Bible says, “He suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9). In His own words, He came to give His life as a ransom for many (see Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45).

In other words, Jesus was born to die so that we might live. The purpose of the Incarnation was for our atonement. The birth of Jesus was for the death of Jesus.

As He prayed facedown in the Garden of Gethsemane, He knew that Judas Iscariot was on his way there with the temple guard. He knew the physical pain that awaited Him. He knew they would punch Him, rip His beard from His face, and tear His back open with a whip. He knew they would nail Him to a cross.

But worst of all, He knew he would have to bear the sin of the entire world. When Jesus pierced the darkness with his cry from the cross, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”—meaning, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”—I believe that, at that moment, he was bearing the sins of the world: past, present, and future.

He was dying as a substitute for others. The guilt of our sins was imputed to Him, and He was suffering the punishment for those sins on our behalf.

Why did this have to happen?

God was punishing Jesus as though He had personally committed every wicked deed by every wicked sinner. And in so doing, He could forgive and treat those redeemed ones as if they had lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness.

This is called justification. It is not just merely the removal of sin. It is the imputing of the righteousness of Christ to those who put their faith in him. That is what happened when Jesus hung on the cross.

And Scripture clearly teaches there was a moment when the sin of the world was placed on Jesus: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24).

So, as tragic as the death of Jesus was, on this day we remember that it really is, in effect, very good!

Jesus was forsaken by God for a time that you might enjoy His presence forever. Jesus entered the darkness that you might walk in the light.

The Lord revealed something to my wife, Christina and I really feel I should share it. She said, how many of us would continue the course if we already knew the path we were on, lead to death, great tragedy or even intense suffering like Jesus? Jesus knew where His path lead to. He knew He was going to go through what was the Will of the Father and be whipped, beaten, spit at, tortured…. and….. nailed to the Cross. He knew what fires awaited Him. Now, how many of us would run or try to avoid the fires if we knew what they where beforehand? Yet, this would be going against the Father’s will. Sometimes in life, the Father’s Will for us is very hard. Very trying. A the fires we go through are so great, we almost lose our very lives. Yet, we must go through these fires because it is a necessary part of the Father’s plan for you and I. We must be shaken. Stirred up. 

A faith that cannot be shaken is a faith that has been shaken.

Remember, we were purchased by the Lord God to be His own. We are the body of God. We are the Brothers and Sisters of Christ. We are what completes the Lord’s purpose. We must remember this every waking moment of our very lives. We need to repent. We must atone for our sins because they were already forgiven… We now need to learn to forgive ourselves for what we have done.

 

Brother Jonathan

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
John 11:25

Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For some, Easter will be a great day, spent surrounded by family and friends. But for others, it will be a sad day, because Easter is a reminder of a loved one who has died and is now desperately missed.

Death seems so cruel, so harsh, and so final. That is what the disciples were feeling when they saw their Lord, whom they had left everything to follow, hanging on the cross. They were devastated. Death had crushed them. But if they would have gone back in their memories, they would have recalled an important event and statement Jesus had made.

They would have remembered Jesus standing at the tomb of his close friend Lazarus. They would have remembered that Jesus did something completely unexpected: He wept (see John 11:35). Jesus wept, because He knew that death was not part of God’s original plan. Humanity was not meant to grow old, to suffer with disease, or to die. But because of the sin of Adam and Eve, sin entered the human race, and death followed with it. And death spread to all of us. Jesus wept, because it broke His heart.

But standing there at Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus also delivered these hope-filled words: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). Death is not the end. And the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves it.

If you have put your faith in Christ, then Easter means that you will live forever in the presence of God. Easter brings hope to the person who has been devastated by death.

 

Brother Jonathan

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But the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,t who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”
Mark 16:6–7

Do you need a second chance today? On the first Easter morning, Peter needed one. There in the Upper Room, he had insisted that he would never deny Christ. But just as Jesus had predicted, Peter not only denied the Lord, but he denied Him three times. The last glimpse Peter had of Jesus before His crucifixion was in the glow of the fire in the high priest’s courtyard, where he actually made eye contact with Jesus. And then he went out and wept bitterly.

What kind of look do you think Jesus gave Peter when their eyes met? Do you think it was one of those I-told-you-so looks? Do you think it was one of scorn, as if to say, “How could you betray Me?” I don’t think it was either one. I think it was a look of love, a look of compassion that said, “I still love you, Peter.” And I believe that is why Peter went out and wept bitterly. He had failed the Lord so miserably. He probably thought there was no hope for him.

But then a message went out from the empty tomb that Jesus had risen, followed by these instructions, “Go, tell His disciples—and Peter. . . .” It was not, “Go tell the disciples, including Peter, James, and John. . . .” It was just Peter, because Peter needed a special word of encouragement.

Do you need encouragement today? Maybe you have fallen short. You didn’t plan on it, but it happened. And like Peter, maybe you ended up with the wrong people in the wrong place at the wrong time, ultimately doing the wrong thing.

God gave Peter a second chance. And He will give you one, too—because I believe, Easter is for the person who needs a second chance.

Remember, Easter is a day of renewing. Easter is the day our Lord Jesus rose from the dead… Concurred death, and saved us all from sin! Jesus gave everything for us… He didn’t do it half heartily… Everything! It is our turn to embrace what the Lord did for us and run with it. Have faith and believe and know that, today, you are renewed. Today you are free! Today, you are healed! Fore, today is the day the Lord had come so let us all rejoice… Worship and do everything in our power to never stop the fight.

If you have yet to accept the Lord in your life. Well, I have a special gift for you. Today is that day. You can accept Him. Close your eyes. Yes close them. Hold you hands up above your head. Reach for the Heavens and ask the Lord this: Jesus. I come to you a broken human. I am nothing without you. I know I am lost without you and I need you. I give you my everything and surrender to the Father’s will. Lord, I accept you into my life as my Lord and Savior. Jesus, you are the only way to the Father. I am forgiven because you died and rose again for me. AMEN!

God bless you all, and remember, Easter is for 2nd chances! It is a day of remembrance in the awesome sacrifice that Jesus did for us all, so that we can be freed from death!  

Brother Jonathan

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Sorry for the double post today, I accidentally hit publish before I was finished properly editing and finishing my message for you today. 

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God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.
1 Thessalonians 4:4-5

Recently, I attended the Iron Sharpen’s Iron, Men’s conference in Bloomfield, Connecticut and I must admit, it really had an impact on me and it opened my eyes to the steps of life in regards to, “Manhood.” One of the speaker’s addressed the, “journey on the road of a man,” and portrayed this journey by showing us the steps one must take to get their. The bottom step was, “Boyhood.” The second step was, “Adolescence.” The third step was, “Manhood.” The four step was, “Mentor.” The final step was, “Patriarch.”

The speaker said, many men jump between the steps of “Boyhood” and “Adolescence” and sometimes, sadly, never leave those steps. Then he said something that really hit close to home. He said, the only way to really step-up to “Manhood,” is to fall on your knee’s, put your hands together, admit you are broken and with proper guidance, you can then step-up to “Manhood,” through the power of the Lord. Then… with much growth in God, you become a “Mentor” to the youth, teaching and guiding them with their lifes and their walks with God.

But today sadly, both, men and women suffer from the effects of not having been properly mentored in their youth’s and adolescence from a good man of God to show them how to properly step up to “adulthood.” A lot of these men and women are more susceptible to fall into sin and as the speaker said, a lot of these men and women fill our jail systems today.

There are several strong temptations in the world today, but sexual sin is a struggle that a lot of men, women and sadly, children all struggle with, on a daily basis. And, if we allow ourselves to fall into that temptation, it cut’s us off from the glory of the Lord.

That’s what we find Paul telling us, when we read 1 Thessalonians 4:4-5, “God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.” He was warning us here, but he then goes on to say, “Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways

Paul knew that, our bodies our the temple of the Lord. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Your body is His temple.” And we are to keep ourselves pure before the Lord.

Sexual sin is not an easy temptation to defeat by yourselves. Any sin, for that matter is not easy to defeat on your own. You have to realize, that you are sinning. You have to have a yearning to change. For some of us, we must be completely broken before we realize this. But, when we come to this realization, we can then turn to God with a true repentant heart. A broken heart. And, then, the Holy Spirit can start the process to purify you once again. To set you free and break the chains of sin.

If you have yet to receive the Lord Jesus into your lives, I want you to put your hands together right now and pray with me. “Lord, I know I am lost without you. I come to you completely broken. I come to you with all my heart and I give myself to you. I need you in my life. Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior, as my God, Amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer for the first time, congratulations! I now want you to get to a good bible based, God-fearing church and get baptized into the Lord, Jesus Christ and start your journey and your walk with the Lord.

God Bless you all as we part are ways today.

 Brother Jonathan

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