The Next Time….

Sunday is what we commonly call Palm Sunday. It commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem before Passover, just a few days before His death and glorious resurrection.

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord !’ The King of Israel!” Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.” His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
John 12:12‭-‬16 NKJV

Painting: Uptton, Clive (1911-2006)

Upon Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, the disciples remembered the prophecies concerning these things:

The above is just one fulfilled prophecy surrounding His first coming. We can be sure future prophecies will be fulfilled just as well.

The next time Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, it will not be upon a donkey and He will no longer present Himself as the perfect sacrificial Lamb. Let’s look again at the book of Zechariah:

The book of Revelation has something to say about the next time Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, too:

The next time Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, it will be as the Lion of Judah: the King of kings and Lord of lords.

To Him be all glory, honor, power and praise forever and ever!

Maranatha!

Lord, Help Us

I’ve been seeing videos on social media where people are literally fighting over toilet paper. Shoving, clawing, even biting fellow shoppers.

My heart breaks. It breaks for I glimpse just a mild foreshadowing of what is to come.

If people are reacting this way now, I don’t even want to imagine how it’s going to be when untold numbers of people disappear and the wrath of God begins to pour out upon the earth.

Lord, help us. Flood your people with your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, flood us with rivers of living water. Enable us to shine Your Light, dispelling the darkness.

Forgive us for our complacency. Forgive us for our materialism. Forgive us for conforming to the patterns of this world and making an idol of it. We have committed spiritual adultery and fornication and have both neglected You and taken You for granted. May we never again abuse Your grace.

Give us clean, pure, hearts devoted to You. May we draw closer to You, knowing in turn You will draw closer to us. May our eyes from this day forth be focused only upon You. May we seek for ways to serve You. May we walk in a way worthy of our calling.

Lord, may we be found worthy to escape the things to come.

Thank you for your finished work on the cross. Thank you for loving us and showing us true Love, for You are Love. Thank you for grace and mercy and may we never again abuse it. May we never again bring shame to Your Name.

In the Holy, Precious Name above all names, Jesus CHRIST-Yeshua HaMashiach, Amen.

The Lord is One

While praying on Monday night I was reflecting on this verse and mulling over how 3 distinct persons can be One God. When trying to explain it to my son, I always used the egg analogy, but that is an imperfect analogy.

To make a long story short, this is how the Lord explained it to me:

We know Jesus is the Word who became flesh and that in Him and through Him were all things created. ( John 1:14; Colossians 1:16-17)

In the beginning, God spoke.

Father spoke, Jesus is that Word, and Holy Spirit is the breath which carried the Word.

Man often speaks out of turn and inappropriately. We say things we don’t mean, things we shouldn’t, things which are not true and things we later retract.

God is not like that. When He speaks, it is deliberate and always True.

The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
Psalms 119:160 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.119.160.NKJV

We also know that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)

And,

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.
Matthew 15:18 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.15.18.NKJV

Jesus, the Word, is the very heart of God (Father). We know God is love and Jesus is the expression of that Love, become flesh, and poured out on the cross.

I am not sure if I explained this well, but when the Lord showed it to me it made perfect sense.

Maranatha!