Archives for July 2016


July 17, 2016


images4“The Saviour’s burden was too heavy for Him in His weak and suffering condition. Since the Passover supper with His disciples, He had taken neither food nor drink. He had agonized in the garden of Gethsemane in conflict with satanic agencies. He had endured the anguish of the betrayal, and had seen His disciples forsake Him and flee. He had been taken to Annas, then to Caiaphas, and then to Pilate. From Pilate He had been sent to Herod, then sent again to Pilate.

From insult to renewed insult, from mockery to mockery, twice tortured by the scourge, all that night there had been scene after scene of a character to try the soul of man to the uttermost. Christ had not failed. He had spoken no word but that tended to glorify God. All through the disgraceful farce of a trial He had borne Himself with firmness and dignity. But when after the second scourging the cross was laid upon Him, human nature could bear no more. He fell fainting beneath the burden.” (E.G. White, Desire Of Ages, p 741-742)

My friends, the story does not end there, because His destination was Calvary, then His resurrection. And one day soon we who are faithful and endurecarrying-the-cross-300x200 to the end and who have “forsaken all others” will see Him in all His glory “return in like manner as He left going into heaven.” And not just the redeemed but every eye shall see him, [even] they which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” Rev, 1:7 (KJV)

It’s personal, because every eye shall see Christ second coming. For the righteous “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Rev. 21:4 (KJV) But for the ungodly no one will wipe their tears as they wail, because it is at that point they realize they have squandered their salvation away on the things of this world and now “the harvest is past, the summer is ended, and [they] are not saved.” Jer. 8:20 (KJV)

Christ has told us we also have a cross to bear, but first we must allow His Spirit to transform our character as we “deny self and become His disciple.” And at tines, like Him it will seem like we can “bear no more.” And at times we will fall down and “faint beneath the burden” of our cross. But our faith and endurance will tell us the story will not end until God says, “well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matt:25:23 (KJV)

polls_10_commandments_1409_707653_poll_xlargeThe burdens of our cross at times will be heavy because of the scourging of the trials of this world, but, this too will pass, if His faithful who have “forsaken all others” will diligently obey the Lord our God, being careful to do all His commandments which He command us today, the Lord our God will set us high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon us” Deut. 28:1-2 (NASB)

But if the things of this world are more appealing remember, “what profit is it to a man [or woman] if they gain the whole world, and loses their own soul? Or what will a man [or woman] give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” Matt. 16:26-27 (NKJV)


July 15, 2016


imgresHe who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge…….. Ps. 91:1-6 (ESV) This Psalm is a message of comfort for God’s children who are going through trials and tribulations and the constant “breaking news” and the hopelessness of man’s heart that grows colder and colder each day.

During this time, He will cover us with his pinions, and under his wings we will find refuge as prophecy unfolds in our life time right before Christ second coming and right before, the great tribulation, as the world has never seen before nor ever will see again. And except those days be shortened, no one will be left alive, but for the elect’s sake, God will bring it to an end.” Matt. 24 21-22 (KJV Paraphrased)

Oh the grace and mercy of God whose promises we can hold on to even in the worst of circumstances, even during a time of great desolation and come-away76confusion like never before He will still be our “refuge and our fortress” And even if we are in the clutches of the fowler who is a hunter of prey, our God will deliver us. But my friends, all promises in God’s word are based on our willingness to give it all to the Master.

So we must ask ourselves, during this probationary period have we allowed God’s Spirit to take us to the next level in our life where self no longer exist and we are able to “dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” My friends, today grace still abounds, the four angels who stand on the four corners of the earth, have not been told to let go of the four winds on this earth, because the servants of God have not been sealed that John speaks of in.” Rev. 7:1-4 (KJV)

In addition, there are still souls God’s Spirit is preparing for us to be a light from Christ that shines into their heart. But soon if not us “the rocks will cry out.” So today we must “forsake all others” and go out and tell the world of Christ soon return. But my friends, victory can only happen through prayer and fasting and the study of God’s word and not just the fasting of food but from our abstaining entirely from what we know is “not pleasing in God’s sight.”

heaven2God’s word is our GPS to His kingdom, and “The road is only narrow and difficult to travel” if we feel the things of this world is more important than our relationship with God. But God has given us the choice to be one of the few who are able to travel that narrow road with success. And don’t let the words “a few” frightened you for a few is only in comparison to all the souls who Christ died for that refused His grace.

John puts a better picture on those few who will travel that narrow road and enter God’s kingdom in Rev. 7:9 (ESV) when he looked, “and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.” And friends, Christ died so that we all can be in that “great multitude that no one could number”


July 14, 2016


blog_choicesGod has given you and I, the ability to choose “this day whom we will serve.” But with our choice, comes accountability. That is why Jeremiah tells us in Jer. 10:23-24 (AMP) “……O Lord, I know that the path of [life of] a man is not in himself, It is not within [the limited ability of] man [even one at his best] to choose and direct his steps [in life]. O Lord, correct me……but with mercy and in just measure Not in Your anger.” My friends, we cannot with our finite mind “properly determine our own steps.”

“For we do not understand our own actions. For we do not do what we want, but we do the very thing we hate…………” Rom 7:15-20 (NKJV) And as a child of God the battle from within rages on because, “the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other. “Gal 5:17 (NIV) My friends, if we could only travel without interruption on this Journey. But there are times when we wander in another, or an opposite direction from what God has designated for us, to save us.

And we do this because the world has told us throughout our life we must achieve a certain status and accumulate many possessions, and things and image5095reach the very height that one can aspire to. But my friends, Christ also tells us “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt, 6:19-21 (ESV)

So as free moral agents we have two opposing sides the world and Christ and then we are told we are free to choose. My friends, where I need you to focus today is, on those two opposing sides. On one side you have a created being, created like you and I, who said in His heart “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High” Is. 14:14 (KJV) And if we make the decision to follow after the one who wants to be like the Most High, in reality we are also saying; I or self will do whatever we have to do to achieve all of my HEART’S desire to be like the Most High.

HEART meaning that which is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” Jer. 17:9 (KJV) Or, our choice can be to follow after the one who 5691693_f520has given us the choice to choose throughout our life so that we may understand what the consequences of our choices and the pain and misery of following after the one who wanted to be like the Most High God.

And then show us the alternative, “where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,” Rom 5:20 (ESV) And once we realize there is a better journey with a better outcome we are then cleansed from the inside out and transformed into the image of the one who died so that we may live in the same place as the one who lost it all because His desire was to be like the Most High.

My friends God does not forsake us when we make bad choices He tells us in Isaiah 42:16 “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Now that my friends is love!!


July 13, 2016


D14B372F96Prayer How sweet the sound to the ears of the one who saved a wretch like you and I. We were all lost, but now we are found; was blind, but now through the grace of God and our prayers we see. My friends, the principalities, the powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world surrounds all with a cloud of discouragement who neglects to seek God “at all times in the Spirit, with prayer and supplication.”

The enemy tells us that being on our knees is not a priority and the blessings that comes along with that personal relationship with God when we are on our knees is not a necessity. Why should the “sons and daughters of God” take the time from their busy schedule to communicate with God. He has already given us everything we need. My friends, if that is your attitude, then focus on the chaos and say with conviction “He is even at the door.”

And then fall on your knees with that same conviction because prayer is the key that unlocks our faith and endurance to all the boundless resources from the one who gave his only Begotten Son 12751153_458413451018978_1961608473_nand a son who gave it all even His life along with all their omnipotence within our reach through the Holy Spirit. But it all starts with prayer. And if we neglect understanding the importance of prayer we will become complacent and begin to deviate from where God is leading us on this journey He has placed us on.

And as God’s elect, we must also take our prayers to the front lines of the battle field and in the center of the chaos and the “breaking news” of the day and the great controversy between good and evil that has taken our world by storm. But if we neglect our prayer life in the midst of it all, then we become part of that same storm that is leading many to a state of spiritual ruin. So friends, prayer is how we stay focused while at the same time communicating our message in the midst of the chaos and the over saturation of technology.

And the bombardment of five hundred plus cable TV stations to choose from, along with Netflix, Facebook, twitter, Instagram and whatever else Satan has devised to make one’s mind numb to the fact that, when ye shall see all these things spoken of in Matt. 24, know that Christ second coming is near” even at the door.” In addition, from our knees the world must be able to see the light of Christ who directs all to “Come to Him, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and He will give them rest.

imgres11Take His yoke upon us and learn from Him, for He is gentle and lowly in heart, and we will find rest for our souls. For His yoke is easy and His burden is light.”Matt. 11:28-30 (NKJV) So my friends, our focus must never waiver. We must communicate Christ in the midst of the chaos of this world and it must be all about Christ and His will for us, as we communicate our passion to serve through our prayers along with God’s word and Spirit.

”But the obstacles that hinder our progress will never disappear before a halting, doubting spirit. Those who defer obedience till every shadow of uncertainty disappears and there remains no risk of failure or defeat, will never obey at all. Unbelief whispers, “Let us wait till the obstructions are removed, and we can see our way clearly;” but faith [and prayer] courageously urges an advance, hoping all things, believing all things.” (E.G. White Patriarchs and Prophets PP 290)



421517_391773197506640_100000218896468_1811150_489442730_nIts personal today my friends so let’s ask our-self if we need to know God’s plan for our life what must we do? The answer is simple. “Get in the spirit, and let the Lord minister to you. Because once you go there, God will show you some things and He will reveal some things that a child of God needs to know. In addition, He will show you and I how to look at our troubles and walk right through them. And while we are in the spirit, God will also change some things in us, and He will explain some things and He will even rearranged some things in our life.

Consistent with this, while we are in the Spirit, God will even get rid of those “socially acceptable sins” that needed to go so that we “might have life, and have it more abundantly” through Him. And at times even while in the Spirit we may seem like we are “breaking under the weight of it all,” but, it is at that point we must fall down on our knees, and cry out Lord, I fill empty but I am willing to stay in the Spirit through the “breaking news and the noise of this world so I can hear your voice tell me which way to go.

Once again my friends, God knows the “plans He has for our future,” but we must get in the spirit, and let the Lord minister to us.” (Donald Romans-8-6Lawrence & Tri-City Singers, Let The Lord Minister To You paraphrased) Focus today my friends on the words “let the Lord minister to you.” And if that is our focus we must also understand as the Lord ministers to us, it will also require a commitment on our part which eliminates self.

And once that is accomplished, even through the noise of this world we can hear the Lord explain some things that is required for our salvation as He  rearranges some things in our life that will make us “safe to save.” And I can say with no reservation that anything else in our life besides Christ ministering to us we can “account as loss,” or “dung,” because the one who gave it all at Calvary for us, our Creator and Advocate is the one who is doing the rearranging so nothing else should be said or matter except “not my will but God’s will be done.”

images4But it starts with us stepping out in faith and letting Christ guide us as He places within us through His Spirit the power to finish up His work in our life time. “In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17 (KJV)

But Unless we are daily advancing in an active process of Christian virtues and allowing self to die daily as our faith is tested, we shall never be able to recognize the “manifestations of God’s Spirit” when it becomes available. Many all around us may be receiving this power, but when our faith was tested, we continually failed because the world received our time, talents and money instead of God.

So today let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, [as we] look unto Jesus, the author, finisher [and minister] of our faith” Heb. 12:1-2 (NKJV)





July 11, 2016


img_6135“It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit, and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:21-22 (NKJV) My friends, knowledge brings on responsibility. It’s personal because you and I are accountable for our own actions.

We may continue to sin because there are commandments that we find are just not conducive to our life style. So we return to the moral filth and impurities of this world while ignoring our responsibility to the one who gave it all for our Salvation. So our commitment to God was never genuine. When we had found that pearl of great price, we did not sell all we had to purchase it. For if we would have given our all and felt the presence of the one who gave it all for us we would have realized, there was nothing in this world to go back too that could compare to Jesus Christ.

My friends, What I can tell you about myself and hope you feel the same, “if heaven had never been promised to me,” all the trials and tribulation I’ve gone through in this lifeiSIN-e1343908924228-300x223 was worth it “just having the Lord in my life.” And to feel His presence daily and  knowing He loved me so much that He gave it all up, even His life for my salvation. And until we recognize what it means to Have Christ in our life, “sin and the wages of sin which is death” will always seem more appealing than giving it all to the Master.

As Christians we sometimes try and live in our own strength as we rationalize within our minds why we cannot give our all to Christ. So with that attitude, Satan now has rendered us powerless, and weak. But today our Savior needs you to reevaluate your commitment and proclaim His name to the world while grace still abounds. If you are a Child of God you have realized by now that Satan has taken the world by storm.

6369452And most are not prepared for the god of this worlds tactics of chaos and destruction as he recruits a team of false prophets who are claiming to be in the inner circle of Christ. And just by their unique charismatic persona they are telling their followers, follow me, “I am the way the truth and the life.” But as God’s chosen, We must study and we must know the scriptures for ourselves.

And we cannot hide the treasures of God we have learned in His word as we tell the world that “Christ Himself is the only pearl of great price. “Every page of the Holy Scriptures shines with His light. The righteousness of Christ, as a pure, white pearl, has no defect, no stain. No work of man can improve the great and precious gift of God. It is without a flaw. In Christ are “hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3.

He is “made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30. All that can satisfy the needs and longings of the human soul, for this world and for the world to come, is found in Christ. Our Redeemer is the pearl so precious that in comparison all things else may be accounted loss.” (E. G. White Christ’s Object Lessons, chapter 9, page 115)


July 10, 2016


imgres“……..I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” 2 Tim. 1:11-12 (ESV) Second Timothy was probably written when Paul was in a Roman prison “abandoned by all but a few friends and facing imminent death,” imminent meaning likely to occur at any moment. My friends, what has become imminent in our life in regards to our Salvation. Is it imminent that the boisterous waves of our life take us under to where we no longer hear the cries of those we should be helping.

Paul in His second epistle to Timothy is not thinking of self because He realizes what time he has left must not be spent in an attitude of profound hopelessness and discouragement. And as we look “forward to a home yet to come,” and as we witness the constant bombardment of “breaking news,” false prophets, wars, lawlessness at an all-time high, as the love of mankind grows colder. It is imminent that grievous trouble and severe trials and suffering is only the “beginning of out birth pangs.”

The contractions will begin to move at a rapid pace like no human has ever seen before. More frequent and with far more pain until there will “be imagesgreat tribulation (pressure, distress, oppression), such has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now.” Matt 24:21 (AMP) And as we approach the final days of this life’s history there will be a sharp contrast from a child of God and those who follow the forces of evil.

My friends, perilous times have just begun, But like Paul we know whom “we have believed” and through our faith and endurance our life at this point must only focus on producing positive result. So we cannot be ashamed of what we do for Christ.” Remember, God has placed us on this Journey. He directs our foot-steps and it is His mandate we are fulfilling as heirs to His kingdom.

So we must maintain our faith, even when we feel the waves are taking us under we must remember “afflictions do and will work very much for the good of our salvation through Christ because His love grace and “mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” So we must pray daily for a commitment of faith, as Paul maintained while under such trying circumstances.

00023956_hMy friends, “Soon the night of trial and suffering would end, and then would dawn the glad morning of peace and perfect day. “The apostle [as we should be] was looking into the great beyond, not with uncertainty or dread, but with joyous hope and longing expectation. [And as we stand today at this place in time where “others who have no hope.”]

A child of God  must look up through the calm blue heaven of that summer day to the throne of the Eternal” (E. G.White) and realize because of our faith and endurance we have been washed with the blood of Jesus Christ and we are now “safe to save.” My friends, what happen to Paul on the road to Damascus we should all seek.

That light from above, that same voice of Christ telling us, “Arise go into the [community], and you will be told what you must do.” We must all seek. My friends, we cannot be ashamed of the gospel of Christ because, “whoever is ashamed of Christ and His words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and reward us for what we have done in his body, whether good or worthless.” 2 Luke 9:26 (NIV) Cor. 5:10 (ISV)


July 8, 2016


09a58580As we define the word PRESUMPTUOUS in regards to our spiritual walk with God I think its safe to say it is the conduct of each of us who walks in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, we know right from wrong and that all sin is an abomination to the Lord no matter how small. But because Satan has redirected our focus, we now have a favorable opinion about sin. We have become PRESUMPTUOUS or a willful participant and unrepentant, which tells us we have become careless with God and his word and what our responsibilities are as a child of God.

Numbers 15:30-31 (NKJV) tells us, “but the person who does anything presumptuously……that one brings reproach on the Lord, and he shall be cut off from among his people. Because he has despised the word of the Lord, and have broken His commandments…….” So now its personal because its about you and I who willfully sin and “bring reproach on the one who gave it all for our salvation and It’s you and I who willfully break His commandments.

“There were times of this ignorance [of not knowing], when God winked; but now He commandeth all men every-where to repent:” because He hasimages1 appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness Acts 17:30-31 (NKJV) So to willfully sin is to ignore the light that shines from God onto our hearts where His Spirit is trying to lead us in “all truth and understanding.“ In addition, that PRESUMPTUOUS sin arises from our carelessness with God and his word and a willful disobedience in the context of the Spirit’s work in the world through Christ and His ministry.

Which then takes us to the abyss or the unpardonable or unforgivable sin which can never be forgiven, “either in this age or in the age to come” Matthew 12:32 (KJV) So now we walk away, but it’s not the Spirit that leaves us, but it’s Satan who has convinced us we have gone to far. But my friends Christ arm still reaches as He pleads “Come unto Me, all who labour [of soul and mind] and are heavy laden [with the burdens of sin], and I will give you rest.

[He is asking us to] Take His yoke and [submit to the discipline and training that will get us through that narrow gate and difficult road where only a few will find. but those few who do, will receive life eternal.”] And learn on Him; for He is meek and [humble] in heart: and we shall find rest unto our souls. For Christ yoke is easy, and His burden is light [for all who truly love the lord and will delight to do His will wherever He may lead]” Matt 11:28-29 (KJV paraphrased)

Hourglass Sand Timer Beach SunriseMy friends David ask God in Ps. 19:13 (NKJV) Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins Let them not have dominion [or power]over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgressions.” My friends, Remember we are not dealing with “flesh and blood” but against “the rulers of the darkness of this world” we of ourselves have no power to say no to sin and to “forsake all others.”

Our power can only come through our faith and endurance which can only come from our prayers and supplication as we study God’s word and seek His Spirit daily. But if we are PRESUMPTUOUS and allow Satan to keep our focus on the things of this world then we must understand “God’s Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days are numbered and one day soon the Son of Man is coming at an hour that we do not expect.” My friends will we be ready?


July 7, 2016


12751153_458413451018978_1961608473_nAs I watched the fourth of July come and go, I realize how much we are consumed with occurrences and special events in our life that have nothing to do with this journey God has placed us on. If we go to Matt. 19:28-29 (NKJV) which are the last two verses of that chapter. In (v,28) Christ tells His disciples; when the Son of man sits on the throne of His Glory if you have followed me you will also be seated there with me on twelve thrones.

And then in (v, 29) Christ speaks directly to you and I. “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.” So my friends, “for His namesake” we must “Forsake all others. And the message remains the same two thousand years later. Deny self, let go and take up our cross and follow [Christ wherever He leads].” Matt. 16:24 (NIV)

In today’s society “to forsake all others and follow Christ seems unimaginable because we just can’t let go. If we go through the entire Chapter of Matt images19 Christ starts by talking about marriage and divorce then He teaches on celibacy, then He blesses the little Children, then He counsels the Rich Young Ruler, who keeps all the commandments, but then Christ ask Him in (v,21,22) “to go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”

In verses 23-26 the narrative continues when Christ says to His disciples “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” Who then my friends? And what must we let go of? And is it possible in the 21st century? Jesus answer is plain and simple “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

In other words, Deny self and “forsake all others,” carry your cross and follow me can only be accomplished through Christ. Because if Christ is not who we wake up and go to be with each day “our adversary the devil, [who goes about] as a roaring lion,…[will] devour” [everyone who claims to be a child of God] 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) We must understand Satan desires is to compete with Christ for our undivided attention as he attempts to monopolize our heart away from where Christ is leading and how far Christ hand is willing to reach to save us.

maxresdefaultSo now since its personal we must ask ourselves, what side of this great controversy between good and evil are we on. Because “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. We cannot serve God and [Satan].” Luke 16:13 (NKJV)

So if what Satan has to offer us in this world we can’t let go of, then the “gate is broad and there are many who will be on that same road which leads to destruction. But if our desire is to let go and “forsake all others” and carry our cross and be a disciple for Christ than, “narrow is the gate and difficult is this road and there are few who will find it. but those few who do, will receive life eternal.”



July 5, 2016


13332944_1090093767696695_5343373921712054900_nI saw a post on facebook that read “God has a purpose for your pain. A reason for your struggles and a reward for your faithfulness. So don’t give up.” My friends quitting requires no effort and using Christ as our example we see at one point before Calvary, “He seemed to be shut out from the light of God’s sustaining presence. Now He was numbered with the transgressors. The guilt of fallen humanity He must bear.

Upon Him who knew no sin must be laid the iniquity of us all. So dreadful does sin appear to Him, so great is the weight of guilt which He must bear, that He is tempted to fear it will shut Him out forever from His Father’s love.” (E. G. White Desire of Ages) My friends why didn’t He just give up and return to His glorious home in heaven, I am sure His father would have understood. Then the betrayal by Judas one of His own for 30 pieces of silver. The scrutiny before Annas the head of the officiating priestly family.

And then through the Court of Caiaphas the High Priest, the elders, and all the council sought to bring a false testimony against Jesus so that He909b32c6f8b613d2e358f0f0d09c40dd may be put to death, thus quieting Him forever or they thought. He is then asked by the high priest, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” “It is as you said” Christ answers. charges of blasphemy or claiming to be God were then brought before him, as He is slapped and spat upon and “brought as a lamb to the slaughter.”

The high priest then tore his clothes! We need no more witnesses, you have heard His blasphemy! What do you think?” The council answered and said, “He is deserving of death.” Matt. 26:57-67 (NKJV) My friends, why didn’t He give up at this point. He is then led through the roman halls of justice as the Jewish rabble rang out crucify Him, Crucify him as He is scourged, clothed in purple, and a crown of thorns, placed on His Head as the rabble taunt and salute Him, Hail, King of the Jews.

The Creator of the universe, “as a lamb to the slaughter.” Surely He should have given up by now and gone home. Then down The Via Dolorosa, the path of sorrow carrying his cross on the way to Calvary to die for the sins of all humanity. Why didn’t He give up. What was the passion of Christ that kept Him focused throughout His Journey. My friends, the answer is simple. His focus was on how far His out stretched arms on the cross would reach to rescue you and I.

images3And how deep in sin would we go before He would have to pull us to the shores of safety into His loving arms. And how long He would plead with us through His Spirit before we heard His voice say. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt.11:28 (KJV) My friends the reward for His faithfulness was He would rise again and that is why He would not give up and go home.

It has been 2,000 years since the purpose for Christ pain and the reason for His struggles was Calvary and His resurrection so we would not give up and our reward would be our Salvation and through our faithfulness and endurance our final reward would be living in the presence of the one who did not give up on us, throughout the ceaseless of eternity in God’s holy kingdom.