Friday

What is Jesus Doing Now?

 Each year, Resurrection Sunday (often known as Easter), declares with great loud reminder that Jesus, the Son of God, the Son of Men and the Savior of the world, lives forever today.  He lives because He willing died on the cross, shedding His holy blood for the sins of the entire world rose from the dead and ascended to the Heavenly Father lives forever living in eternity.

 We know the beautiful glorious deed that He did on the cross and we know the beautiful glorious place in which He reigns since His holy ascension, but have you ever wondered what Jesus is doing right now? What He is doing this very current moment?
The Roman soldiers under the evil deeds of the religious Jewish leaders, toke Jesus to Golgotha, were they crucified Him and later, in the darkness of the sky Jesus loudly cried out.  It is finished …“When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished,’ and He bowed his head and gave up His spirit.”   

 In a fresh brand new tomb in the garden, the Roman soldiers secured the tomb with a huge stone…Mary one of Jesus’ disciples came to the tomb to put fresh herbs and oil on the tomb and found that Jesus was not there but instead He had rose up from the grave
 Jesus speaks regarding His own ascension… Jesus said to her, ‘Mary’ She turned and said

to him in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher).  Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to

me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, I am

ascending to my Father and your Father, to my  God and your God.’  Mary Magdalene went

and announced to the disciples, ‘I have see the Lord’—and that He had said these things to

her. ‘ “


Jesus declares of His ascension prior to the events leading to the cross when He says this of Himself  “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.” This scripture comes before the familiar passage that most of us know …

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
 As Jesus speaks here , He likens His ascension to  Moses lifting up the serpent in the

wilderness, saying “even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes

in Him will have eternal life.

So there is a stipulation, believing is essential!  Believe in Jesus as Savior and then

eternal life comes to all those that believe…truly believe through your whole being,

including your actions, heart, soul, mind…your whole being and eternal life Is yours.

So now that Jesus declared and prayed to God,  “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”

And now that Jesus has left the earth completed His task, one could ask what is He doing now?
Scripture tells us that Jesus is truly sitting on the right hand of God.

“ He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.”
 Jesus is currently on the throne, sitting next to God almighty PRAYING!  He is praying for you, for me, for those who do not know Him on this earth and for those who do know Him on this earth.  He is praying, faithfully praying for us.  He is still actively participating in regards to His creation and the lives of those on this earth.  He is not a distant Savior that left and far out of reach for us…NO instead He is a loving Savior still, currently with great vigor active in our lives…we just need to invite and yield to Him

Jesus open the heaven gates wide through His crucifixion allowing all mankind the opportunity to come and know the Lord for themselves and serve Him as the one and only Savior.
Scripture tells us that, Jesus loves you, Jesus is praying for you right now currently sitting next to God the Father on His right side.  This is proof of God’s everlasting love…

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”  

 
QUESTIONS
1.  Will you accept the prayers of Christ on the throne by complying and yielding to His word, His way and His plan?

 2.  Will you believe that Jesus it the Savior of the world with evidence of an empty blood stained cross and an empty tomb?
 3.  Will you be faithful to serve him with evidence of good deeds and behavior not just words

 4.  Will you go and declare this good news to others.

Scripture Texts
John chapter 3, 17, 19, 20
Hebrews 1,
Romans 8

 
 
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Thursday

Heartbeat Lessons of the Cross- Lesson One: The Beating Heart

 
NATURAL FACT:

The physical human heart is a muscular organ with the major function of pumping blood. The blood is pumped throughout the many blood vessels within the human body. The heart completes this task with repeated and rhythmic contractions. The circulatory system that includes the vertebrates is also working within the system of all the body organs to perform vital functions to accomplish continued life of the human being. When our heart beats, every single beat involves five major stages called the cardiac cycle.   The cardiac cycle refers to all the events related to the results of the beginning of each heartbeat.  The five stages include the first two, the “ventricular filling” stage and the last three involve moving the blood flow from the ventricles to the artery and the aorta.  Throughout this cardiac cycle, valves are opened or closed, blood flows or ceases to flow, the heart is relaxed or contracted, the ventricular are empty or full, and blood pressure increases or decreases.  All this happens in a beautifully orchestrated rhythmic beat. Unnoticed to the naked eye and fully trusted by humans, this wonderful well working machine is often forgotten by us as we go about our daily tasks of living.  The healthy heart inside our bodies produces a healthy reproduction that flows not only in our bodies but overflows outwardly to our emotions, feelings, attitude, etc.

SCRIPTURES:

 “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."  Mark 12:30
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'      John 7:38

COMMENTARY

The purpose that Christ was obedient to God in His direction to die on the cross was to bring about reconciliation.  Reconciliation, bringing friendship, once again between God and man, leads to a desire to be and do what God wants. It also rescues us from the death penalty for doing wrong and instead gives us eternal salvation.  Currently, Jesus is sitting on the right hand side of God the Father in heaven. Even after His resurrection and ascension His goal is the same, continued friendship between the human race and God.  We get our every day repeated and rhythmic contractions of our spiritual heart through allowing the heart (God) to pump the blood (his teachings and holy laws) through our veins (heart, soul and mind) in a daily one on one relationship with Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior. 

 Just like the cardiac cycle is responsible for moving the blood flow to the whole body, likewise believers in Christ are also called to a “flow” that comes out of the heart. The metaphor Jesus speaks of also has to do with the life and death of a heart.  But most important with the spiritual matters of the heart. When Jesus speaks the above phrase at the feast, He was speaking to us.  He was speaking of the soon to come Holy Spirit after his resurrection and ascension where He is now currently is sitting on the right hand of the heavenly Father in heaven.

 
QUESTIONS

1.  Are you connected to God’s heartbeat? If not, ask Him to connect you to Him. Ask Him for a pure heart and a heart to long after Him

 2.  Would you conform to His heartbeat, daily depending on Him flowing blood of life throughout your body?

3.  Would you acknowledge that He is the One, just like the physical heart, that is crucial in survival?

4.  Is your spiritual heart for God pumping the repeated heart beats of Christ?

5. How is your heart this morning? Do you feel spiritual sluggish, as if you do not have much energy?

6.Could that hindrance be you? Check to see if something has hindered your heart flow to the Lord.

7. In what ways does your heart flow with God?

8. In what ways does your heart resist the flow of God?

PRAYER:

Dear heavenly Father, cause my heart to love you completely, fully and my soul and mind to follow hard after You, Your kingdom and Your will.  As I trust in You, You will guide me and direct my path to do just that. Connect my heart, soul and mind to your heart allowing you to beat and flow your blood throughout my body conforming to Your will.  Lord, help me to yield to a constant rhythmic flow of your heartbeat in all things. Lord may I see where I am not flowing and where I am hindering the spiritual cardiac cycle of our relationship so that I will turn from those things that offend you and your Name. Keep me beating in sync with You all my days and in all my ways.

 Amen 

FURTHER STUDY:

Mark 12:28-34

Matthew 22:34:40

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

John chap 7

Matthew 22:37

Mark 12:30

 
Adapted from Simone’s writing series Heartbeat Lessons of the Cross

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 About the author:

Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er.
Visit her: www.simonelake.com, www.deeprootsinchrist.com, facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 
 

Sunday

The Crimson Promise of Christmas

The color red is linked to Christmas is so many ways. Whether it is the bright red holly, elaborate and simple decorations or even our favorite delicious sweet treats, not only is red a primary color in its origin, but a primary color during this festive time of the year.

 

Let’s take a look at this red crimson color from a Biblical view and see how this color was not only primary, for prominent and a everlasting promise throughout all generations…this deep purplish crimson color of red.
 

 
Water, Blood, Birth
As a woman gives birth to her child, there are many fluids involved, including red blood.  As gross as this may sound, this very element is the liquid of life. Mary gave birth to Christ, God is, she birthed His human life, and we who receive are benefactors of eternal life-Praise His holy name!  

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from
                                                                  their sins. ”
Now all this took place to fulfill what was
spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

                  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son,
and they shall call     
   His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the
 angel of the Lord commanded him, and

took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until
she gave birth to a Son; and he called His
                                                   name Jesus.-Matthew 1:21-25

While they were there, the days were completed for
her to give birth. And she gave birth to

her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths,
and laid Him in a manger, because there

was no room for them in the inn.- Luke 2:6-7

 
 
Covenant Fulfilled

The Angels of glory and the common shepherds of the earth joined together

in a glorious welcome party for baby Jesus as the guest of honor.  After many many years of prophecy and waiting upon waiting, Jesus came to fulfill the blood covenant that God made with Abraham.  The blood covenant God made swearing by Himself because there is no one greater than Himself.  God walked through the pieces of flesh solidifying the promise so that this day, we can claim that same promise of redemption.

 
Then Abram  brought all these to God and
cut them in two, and laid each half opposite the

other;…Now when the sun was going down,
a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold,

terror and great darkness fell upon him.
It came about when the sun had set, that it was

very dark, and behold, there appeared a
smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed

between these pieces. Genesis 15:10, 12,17

 
 
Herod Slaughters Babies

As like any great thing of God, there is always a enemy.  T
hose who come to kill, steal and destroy.
 
“Then Herod, when he saw that he had been
tricked by the wise men, became furious,
and he sent and killed all the male children
in Bethlehem and in all that region who were
two years old or under, according to the time
that he had ascertained from the wise men.  
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

            “A voice was heard in Ramah,
           weeping and loud lamentation,
                                                        Rachel weeping for her children;
                                                           she refused to be comforted,
                                                because they are no more. Jeremiah 31:15

But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said,
“Get up, take the Child and His mother,
and go into the land of Israel; for those who
sought the Child’s life are dead. ”
So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother,
and came into the land of Israel.

 Christ is Circumcised

The humanness of the holy God…  Out of a overflowing abundance of love, grace and mercy, conformed Himself to His promise to His people and sealed it as a reminder through the act of circumcision
 

“And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision,
His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel
before He was conceived in the womb.

And when the days for their purification according
to the law of Moses were completed, they

brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord

            (as it is written in the Law of the Lord,
Every firstborn male that opens the womb
shall be called holy to the Lord”),

  and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord,

            “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was
Simeon; and this man was righteous

and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel;
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

And it had been revealed to him by the
Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he

had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the
Spirit into the temple; and when the parents

brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for
Him the custom of the Law, then he took Him

into his arms, and blessed God, and said, “
Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant

to depart in peace,  According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation,

Which You have prepared in
the presence of all peoples,

                  A Light of revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”   
Luke 2: 21-32

 

Glory to God in the Highest!

May the Jesus, who is the reason for this season,

 cut your heart for Him and fasten it tightly to His heart

…Holding dear and displaying loudly the Promise

that has come  because of  the crimsons of Christmas



 
 
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About the author:

Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.simonelake.com, www.deeprootsin christ.com, facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn