Now What?

John 10:12-14 – 12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

Jesus had come to this earth because work needed to be done. But, He had no intention of that work ending when He returned to Heaven. On Thursday night, hours before He would be arrested, Jesus spent the evening having His Last Supper with His disciples.

During that Supper, Jesus “washed their feet” not because they were dirty, but because He wanted to teach them one last lesson. “14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Resurrection Sunday will come and Resurrection Sunday will go, but what will you do on Monday? Jesus’ final lesson to us all was to “wash one another’s feet”. How will you honor our Lord by washing other people’s feet?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Final Straw

Matthew 21:12-13 – 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.’”

Jesus came to this earth to speak and teach the truth. While it was received by many, it was not well received by all. Specifically, the Jewish leaders saw Jesus not as the Messiah, but as a threat to all they had created. What once was created to worship God had been turned into a mockery by the Jewish leaders.

It was this injustice that Jesus spoke out against, it was this injustice that was the final straw for the Jewish leaders. Jesus drove out of the Temple “all those who bought and sold in the temple” which proved too much for the Jewish leaders. In the following days, they would arrest, beat, try and crucify the One who they saw as a threat. The Jewish leaders thought they were delivering justice, what they didn’t realize was that they were merely pawns in God’s great plan of salvation for the world. 

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem

Luke 19:41-44 – 41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Occasionally, people will express their sadness over how things have changed in society. What once was wrong is now right and what once was right is now called wrong. This dilemma weights heavily on people’s hearts. People may question where is God in all of this.

In today’s scripture, Jesus reminds us that “43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,” Jesus wept over Jerusalem after He had entered into the city that final week, but not as a visitor, but as it’s King. He had claimed His city and He had claimed His people. While people may become discouraged over what they see happening around them, we can take comfort in knowing that the King has already claimed our cities and the King has already claimed us as His own. 

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Week Like No Other

John 6:32-35 – 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

Today begins a week like no other in Jesus’ life here on earth. After 33 years, it was time for Him to do what He had been sent to do — conquer death. With each day, God orchestrated what needed to happen, what needed to be done. All this led up to Resurrection Sunday when Jesus rose from the grave and let all see who He really was — the Risen Messiah.

It came as a surprise to many, but Jesus had prepared them. In today’s passage, He said, “33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  At Easter, we don’t celebrate events, but a person. More specifically, we celebrate who Jesus really is “the bread of God…who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world”. Jesus came to give you life as only He could do. My prayer this Easter is that you will recognize and celebrate the life that has been given to you by Jesus. All He asks is that you give your life to Him.

I pray for blessings for you today on your Journey!

Use Your Power

Judges 14:14-15 – 14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands. 15 He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it.

There are times in life when people feel helpless and powerless. It appears that their problems and trials are so big that they can do nothing to change it. Over time, this feeling of helplessness becomes so strong that their problems and trials rule their lives. The sad reality is that we are never powerless or helpless, we just sometimes forget to use the power we have been given.

In today’s verses, we read, “Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands. 15 He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it.” It was the Lord that gave Samson his power to overtake his captors and it is the Lord that will give you the power you need when you feel powerless. Rather than cry out in despair, remember to cry out to the Lord so that He may come mighty upon you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The King On A Cross

Luke 23: – 44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last. 47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!” 48 And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. 49 But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

The King On A Cross

Luke 23:44-49 – 44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last. 47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!” 48 And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. 49 But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

The Birth of a Samson

Judges 13:5 – For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”

Whenever a child is born, parents thoughts are filled with the great things that their children may do. Perhaps they will solve world hunger, cure cancer or be the next great Babe Ruth. So many great things they can do, but do we ever consider the great things our children can do for the Lord?

In today’s passage we read of the birth of Samson, a child that would grow “to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” Each time a child is born, we are given the opportunity to witness the “birth of a Samson”, one who can do great and mighty things for the Lord. Parents, remember the great responsibility you have been given and the great potential your “Samson” has. The best way to have an impact on the world is to raise a “Samson” in your home.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Now What?

John 10:12-14 – 12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

Jesus had come to this earth because work needed to be done. But, He had no intention of that work ending when He returned to Heaven. On Thursday night, hours before He would be arrested, Jesus spent the evening having His Last Supper with His disciples.

During that Supper, Jesus “washed their feet” not because they were dirty, but because He wanted to teach them one last lesson. “14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Resurrection Sunday will come and Resurrection Sunday will go, but what will you do on Monday? Jesus’ final lesson to us all was to “wash one another’s feet”. How will you honor our Lord by washing other people’s feet?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

This Is a Test…..

Judges 2:22 – 22 so that through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the ways of the Lord, to walk in them as their fathers kept them, or not.”

Many people like to question God when they endure trials. This may shock you, but I think we should question God during trials. The real issue is what question should we be asking.

In today’s passage, we read, that God tested Israel to determine “whether they will keep the ways of the Lord, to walk in them as their fathers kept them, or not.” Asking questions during trials is good, but asking the right question is critical. Too often, we want to ask “why” when we should be asking “what”. If we look at each trial as a test to see if we will keep “the ways of the Lord”, we must seek what God wants us to learn during those trials. Trials are not tragedies, they are tests. Are you ready for your next test?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!