Day 34 of 100 prophecies – Someone will prepare for the coming of Jesus
Is. 40:3-5 – A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Mat. 3:3 – This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”
Mark 1:3 – the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
Luke 3:3-5 – the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
John 1:23 – He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said.
Day 5 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus – born of the tribe of Judah
Be born of the tribe of Judah – Gen. 49:8-10; Micah 5:2
NT – Mat. 1:2, 3 ; Heb. 7;14; Rev. 5:5
Gen. 49:8-10 – 8Judah,byour brothers shall praise you. Your hand shall be on the necks of your enemies; your father’s sons shall bow down to you. 9Judah is a young lion— my son, you return from the prey. Like a lion, he crouches and lies down; like a lioness, who dares to rouse him? 10The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the staff from between his feet,cuntil Shilohcomes and the allegiance of the nations is his.
Micah 5:2 – But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come forth for Me One to be ruler over Israel, whose origins are of old, from the days of eternity.
Mat. 1:2, 3 – Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram.
Heb.7;14 – For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, a tribe as to which Moses said nothing about priests. Rev. 5:5 – Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Isaiah 53:3-9 3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. 7 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 8 Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. 9 He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.
Mark 10: 34 34 They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.”
It makes me sick to my stomach to think of the pain Jesus went through on Good Friday. The name for this day is deceiving. What is pleasant about what happened to Jesus on this day. Yes, ok, I know it had to happen. I understand if He was not treated so He would not have risen on the third day. We would not have a way to be made right with God. But, let’s really reflect on what happened on this day.
They whipped Him until He was barely recognizable. Romans are known for their forms of inhumane torture. All this because the Jews were afraid of change, afraid people would side with Jesus and not them? This painful interruption multiplies joy. But, put yourself in the crowd. What feelings come up?
If I was there at the time and not knowing what I know now. Just a person in the crowd, I would have been angry. Knowing me I would not be out in the streets following the crowd. I would be hiding in my house trying to not know what is going on. That is normally how I react to tragedies going on around me. If I do not know the person I stay home, I pray for them, and move on with my life.
How callous of me, or is it fear? Fear of being involved, fear of not being able to do anything about it? Tell me the truth, how would you have reacted if you were in the crowd with Jesus carrying the cross? What would you have done on that first Good Friday Holiday?
But, what we do know now. We know God’s purpose in Jesus’s pain. We can experience joy God can only give. What guilt though that can bring up. For us, Jesus was tortured and died. Because of our evil nature Jesus was punished. How selfish we can be. Because we needed more than the perfect garden God gave us.
This Holiday lets reflect on our part of Jesus’s death. Ask for forgiveness. Really let Jesus search your heart. Let Him and what He went through change you from the inside out. If He has the power to go from that torture to bring in joy God can only produce, He has all the power to kill the sin that is holding us back today. I believe this is God’s purpose in putting the sins of the world on Jesus as He was crucified. So that our sins died right along with Him.
Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Jesus never had a building or even a home to call His own, not in the sense that we do. He being the cornerstone goes to say that the church is more than just a building. It is people, believers in Christ. So it goes to say that Life Church Online where believers gather in one place online becomes Christ’s fellowship.
Life Church Online is preparing for The Easter Holidays
How they are doing this is the current message series titled “What Jesus Never Said.” Pastor Craig is playing off of social media and rumors that run the gambit. He is trying to help set the record straight on what is true from the Bible and what is not. Focusing on Jesus as if it was not for Jesus Christ we would not have Easter Holidays. This weeks message focus’s on truth, how society tends towards there is no real truth just truth that is real for each individual. But, real truth is from the Bible not individuals.
What else Life Church Online is doing is to prepare their volunteers and staff. The Easter Holidays is one of the most attended holiday of the year. We have multiple online meetings, resources and emails preparing our hearts and minds for all who attend in chat. This Sunday if you would like to see me in church I co-host the Youtube Live Stream at 10 am Central Time. I also co-Host Team Lead on Thursday 4 pm Central Time. I also co-host team lead on Thursday at 4 pm Central time at Live.life.church. Either time would be an opportunity to see the Easter Celebration and get to know me better. If you could not make those times the message will be aired 83 times all week long. Just check the schedule tab at Live Life Church.
Just to let you know the two playing chubby bunny is Pastor Steven Roberts and one of the Life Church interns. Pastor Roberts is Host Team Pastor and a great person to get to know.
I misread the date on the e-mail, saying that the package I had ordered would be here yesterday, which was Friday. I kept checking to see if it was outside the door. Nope, not yet. We even thought we heard someone at the door at 10:30 last night. (A bit unnerving!) Still not there. I double checked the e- mail and saw my mistake. The package was not due until next Friday! Continue reading