021: I Jesus

I Jesus

Think for a moment, if you were Jesus.  He’s the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! All hell trembles at the whisper of His name. Yet Jesus left the splendor of His Heavenly Kingdom to live on this earth, to walk where we walk, to feel what we feel, to face the same temptations we face. He suffered the same things we suffer. Why did He do it? Jesus wanted to be “…made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Hebrew 2:17). He’s our priest, but not just any priest. Jesus is the only merciful and faithful High Priest who has first-hand experience with what we are going through! Yet, He was despised and still is being rejected today with bitter hatred.

Would you have given up your throne in a heavenly kingdom to save a wretched people who hated you? Jesus sacrificed more than just His throne. He humbled himself and was obedient even to the point of death, but not just any death. He died in the most despicable way: as a common criminal, hanging on a cross, convicted by the very ones He was destined to save. Jesus suffered more than any human has ever endured. Still, His response to the crowd’s anger was “Father, forgive them…”

Now Jesus is at the right hand of the Father back in His Heavenly Kingdom where He is ever interceding on our behalf. The next time He comes back to earth, He will be accompanied by all the splendor and glory that rightfully belongs to a majestic King. Jesus has every right to retribution; His holiness demands it. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord! However, even in the last chapter of His word to humankind, Jesus never lashes out in retaliation, never claims vengeance. From Genesis to Revelation, the message is still the same. Whosoever will, come!  As you tune in to this podcast episode, I pray you get a glimpse of the mercy and compassion that Jesus is still extending to a lost and dying world even to the very end.

020: Three Days Journey

Three Days Journey - Sun Nov 15

Are we there yet? How much further do we have to go? If you have ever taken a long road trip, then you know what I’m talking about. And if you have kids, then you’re all too familiar with these words.

As children of God, we have asked these same questions.   As you journey through this life, many times it may feel like you are wandering in a wilderness with no destination in sight. It’s easy to get tired and wonder will you ever arrive. It’s tempting to pull over and take a break for a while, or maybe even take what seems to be an easier road. Distractions are everywhere and the devil is a master at knowing when to use them to get you off course.

But God knows the path He has laid out for you, and He knows how long it will take you to reach your destination! It is a perfect path that will lead you into eternal fellowship with Him. All the troubles and trials you ever experience along the way will be worth it all when you finally reach your destination. One day, if you continue steadfast on your journey of faith, you will see Jesus face to face! What a day that will be!!!

If you’re tired and weary then tune in to this podcast episode and be encouraged! Our destination is in sight!

019: Magnifical

Magnifical - Sun Nov 22

Magnifical! No, it’s not an error even though spellcheck will tell you otherwise.

 

“…the house that is to be builded for the Lord must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death” (1 Chronicles 22:5).

You probably already guessed, the word magnifical means something like magnificent. However, this word, found only once in scripture, deserves further study.

From towers to coliseums to cathedrals, people have traveled the world over to witness man made architectural wonders. The construction of God’s house was to be so magnifical that its glory would be known throughout the land!  What are you building for the Lord? Is your relationship with God exceeding magnifical or just a formality? Do others see a magnifical Jesus in you, or some imitation? It’s not about a building made with human hands, but a Kingdom made by God’s hand. Whatever God inhabits becomes magnifical!

Although Solomon built the house for the Lord, David was the one who made all the preparations: acquiring the property, drawing up the plans, gathering all the materials. Like David, Jesus has already made the provisions for you and me.  We just need to surrender our plans to God’s plan. It’s not about what we can build, but what God wants to build through each of us so that the world no longer sees us, but the glory and splendor of Jesus Christ living in each of us.

God wants to build something magnifical in you and through you! Tune into this podcast episode to find out just how magnifical your relationship with God can be.