Prepare for Passover

Wednesday of Jesus’ final week on earth was a day of preparation.

In Mark 14:12-16 we read, “12 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?” 13 And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 14 Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 15 Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.” 16 So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.

Jesus instructed His disciples to prepare for Passover (the Last Supper that would be celebrated on Thursday night), but nowhere in all four accounts of Jesus’ final week on earth do we read of what Jesus did on Wednesday. Some have speculated that Jesus was in prayer with His Father, others have said that He was resting. For whatever reason, we have no records of what Jesus did this day. If we are to learn anything from this passage, I think it is to remind us that we must be prepared to celebrate the gift that the Lord has given to us.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Render Unto Ceaesar

On Tuesday of Jesus’ last week on earth, He spoke many parables and taught many lessons to the crowds. One of those lessons is fitting today for today:

Luke 20:20-26 states, “20 So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. 21 Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 23 But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test Me? 24 Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” They answered and said, “Caesar’s.” 25 And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26 But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent.”

I pray for blessings today for you today on your Journey!

Keep the Church Pure

Yesterday, we celebrated “Palm Sunday”. It was the day where Jesus triumphantly entered into Jerusalem to the shout and cheers of those around Him. With each day, we will be looking at what Jesus did each day of the week leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection.

In Matthew 21:12-17 we read, “12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”17 Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.

With only a few days left on earth, Jesus wanted to remind us to keep His church pure and holy and reserved for Him and only Him.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Triumphant Entry

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Matthew 21:6-9 – 6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him[d] on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

Hosanna!!

If you knew that you had only 1 week left to live, how would you live it? I am sure that all of us would have many answers, some similar and even some different. Knowing that your time was limited would drive all of your thoughts, words and actions. Beginning today, we are going to be looking at how Jesus spent his final days here on earth. You may be surprised to learn the thing that drove everything for Him those final days was you.

In John 12:12-13 we read, “12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 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!”

Crowds had gathered to greet Jesus as He triumphantly entered Jerusalem. He came into the city in victory for the battle that He had already won. Jesus proved that He did not run from trouble, but as the enemy will soon find out, trouble would run from Jesus. His entry into Jerusalem was symbolic of our triumphant entry into Heaven.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Have I Not Commanded You?

How many times in life have we not achieved what we wanted because we were afraid to try? Maybe it was a new hobby. Maybe it was a new job. Maybe it was a new relationship. There is something that we want badly, yet we are afraid to take the risk to get what we want. Can the same be said for our spiritual walks?

In Joshua 1:9 we read, “ Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

The Bible tells us that the Lord has great plans for us and our lives, but are we too afraid to to trust Him? The next time you hear the Lord calling you into action, remember to “be strong and of good courage…for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Who is the Lord?

People love to name drop. It might be to get an interview for a job, a table at a restaurant or a good seat at an event. Over time, we have learned that sometimes it “pays” to let people know who you know. Unfortunately, there are always those times when you “name drop” and someone asks, “who is that?”

In Exodus 5:2  we read, “And Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.”

We will all have to answer the question that Pharaoh asked, “Who is the Lord”? That answer will be different for everyone. For some, it is a name in the Bible. For others, it is someone that they have a hard time believing in. For Christians, He is our Savior and Messiah who died on a cross so we may live in eternity. When I ask, “Who is the Lord?”, what is your answer?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Stop Living!!!

“Live for the moment” is a very popular saying in our culture today. Some use it as an encouragement to step out in faith and do something that they would otherwise be afraid to do. Others use it as an excuse to do something that they know is wrong. If we “live for the moment”, we don’t have to worry about guilt, shame or consequences. We are so focused on “living”, but did you know the Bible tells us to “stop living”?

In Galatians 2:20 we read, ” I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

If we truly want to “live”, we must first acknowledge that our lives died with Christ. We now live for Jesus and only Jesus. We must “stop living” and “start believing”!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Bring Them Down to the Water

There is a slogan for the Marines that states, “the few, the proud, the Marines”. In those few words, you understand that many may try, but few will earn the right to call themselves a Marine. You might not believe this, but there is a similar message given to us in the Bible.

In Judges 7:4 we read, “But the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.”

When we make the decision to follow Jesus, we are joining a small group that is willing to be tested, yet remain faithful. Just like the Marines, the title of “Christian” is not one that we should take lightly but should wear it with honor.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

There Is a Season

Even though I live in Southern California, I must admit that I am not a big fan of the hot summer days. What keeps me going when it is 100+ degrees outside is the fact that I know in a few months, it will get cooler. Yes, it may be hot now, but soon, winter will be here. The same can be said for our spiritual walks.

In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read, ” To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:”

We all go through seasons in our lives. Some of them good, some of them bad. Some of them happy, some of them sad. Some where we see blessings, some where we see trials. As you endure your trials, know that it is a “season” that will come to an end. Take comfort in knowing that everything has a purpose under Heaven.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!