Showing posts from April, 2020

The End Approaching

The End Approaching Hebrews 10:19-27 The economy has been shut down. Politicians are fighting. People are protesting the shutdown. On top of the inconveniences, difficult situations are made more difficult. All of us are affected by this. The whole world has been affected by this.  Wedding plans have been changed dramatically. Family members have been infected and even died.  This has been a world-changing event. In our fathers’ generation, there were two great world wars and the unleashing of the atomic bomb. When I was a child, people were building bomb shelters and storing up food. Our world groans under the consequences of sin. As Romans 8:22 tells us: For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. ( Romans 8:22 ESV ) We all have our own reactions to these things. Fear, anger, frustration, preparation, planning, anticipation and the list could go on endlessly. This season will pass, and we can begin prepar

The Golden Rule

Luke 6:27-31 Just mention the “Sermon on the Mount” and many of us know that we are talking about the words of Jesus. The beatitudes are the introduction to that Sermon. Some have said that the teachings of Jesus were radical and new. However, this is not so. The teachings of Jesus are consistent with what God had said through Moses and the Prophets. The teachings of Jesus are an application of the Ten Commandments, the law and the prophets to everyday life. The Sermon on the Mount is amazing because it is so clear, concise and relevant. These teachings of Jesus can be compared to a condensed version of what God had been saying all along. I am going to spend some time going over just a portion of the Sermon on the Mount. The title of this series is “On Relationships.” Let me be clear. I do not consider myself an expert on relationships. However, Jesus is an expert on relationships. I hope to present His teachings. I trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth a

Jesus: The Lamb of God

Jesus: The Lamb of God John 1:29 From the time of the Fall, when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, men offered sacrifices for sin. It has long been a fascination of mine that the Chinese character for righteousness used by the Japanese is made up of two characters. The character for lamb is positioned over the character for me or I. I believe this reflects the fact that all humanity is from one family — the family of Noah descended from Adam, and therefore, we all have the history of a lamb being sacrificed for sins in our ancient past.  When God established the national law of Israel through Moses, He established a system of sacrifices that included the daily offering of a lamb for the sins of the nation. These things looked forward to the coming of the promised Messiah. Then Jesus was born. For thirty years, Jesus grew up in obscurity, hidden from the public eye. But when it was time for Him to begin His public ministry, He went to the Jordan River to be bapti

Darkest Just Before Dawn

Darkest Just Before Dawn John 20:1-18 Look with me at John 20:11. “ But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb.” ( John 20:11 ESV ) Luke tells us that Mary was one of three women who, the night before, had gone out and bought spices and aromatic resins to anoint the body of Jesus. John tells us that Mary went out to the tomb so early in the morning that it was still dark. There is a saying that it always darkest just before dawn. Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us that when the three women got to the tomb the sun had risen. In the light of the newly risen sun, they saw that the stone was removed from the mouth of the tomb. The followers of Jesus had no hope. They were not expecting the resurrection. John 20 tells us that Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. She was not excited that the stone was removed. An angel asked her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not

Jesus, The Resurrection and the Life

The Resurrection and the Life John 11:17-27 Easter 2020 is different from every other Easter of my life.   The year 2020 is different from every other year. Of course, every year is unique, but this year has been touched by the Coronavirus. If we look back in the Bible to the time of Noah, we will see that prior to the flood everybody was carrying on with business and the practicalities of life. Jesus told us about those days when He said: For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away... ( Matthew 24:38-39 ESV ) This is exactly what we were doing until the Coronavirus came and changed everything. We were carrying on with business as usual. Now, we are waiting for things to get back to normal. Life has interruptions. The Coronavirus has interrupted life on a global level, but in each of our lives,