Tears of the FATHER at the CROSS of HIS SON

Good Friday, something to think about.
Excerpt from one of my Easter Church Messages called Tears of Two Fathers.

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My child God said to me. I wanted to tell you personally what the Crucifixion of My Son meant to me. You have children and grandchildren and I know you love them. I know that you would do all you could to protect them from harm and that you would gladly take upon yourself their death. I know this because you were created in my image with the ability to Love.

I know that if men took your child and beat him with whips that ripped both flesh and bone from his back…that you could not be restrained.

I know if men forced your child to carry a beam of heavy wood down the street as people swore at him, mocking him, and spitting on him… that you could not be restrained.

I know if men forced your child to lie down on that cross and then drove nails through his feet and hands to hold him there…that you could not be restrained. Could you Ernie? The Lord asked softly…no Lord I said quietly.

I stood and watched as they did all those things to my Son. I stood there not for His sake but for yours, because He took that punishment not for His sake but for yours….I honored you through His Pain. But Ernie, when Jesus…MY SON cried out …MY GOD…MY GOD…WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?

That was more than I could bear, so I turned away and cried uncontrollably. My Son had wept over Jerusalem; and now I wept over my Son. Yes, I could not look upon the Worlds Sins that MY Son was bearing, but even more than that, if I had looked at HIM at the moment HE said those words…I knew in my heart …That I could not be restrained!

Ernie…I wanted you and those that say they love my Son, to know that even for the Joy set before both HIM and I…the Cross was the most difficult thing either of us have gone through.”

Have YOU ever given any thought to the tears Jesus will wipe from your eyes? Why am I going to be crying before Him? Maybe because as hard as I tried while here on Earth encased in this broken vessel of clay, the motives of my heart have always been tinged with pride.

Maybe because in my own way I too have Mocked God by trying to blend into the sewage around me like a Chameleon instead of standing alone for HIM?

Maybe because I haven’t taken His command to share the Gospel serious enough and He will show me the hundreds of times I could have made a difference in someone’s life by planting a seed for the Holy Spirit to water.

I will stand before Him looking into His Eyes filled with Holy fire and use words to give an account of the life He gave me to live out before HIM. He will then show me the times He had given me words to speak in the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, but I chose to remain silent.

Your LIFE & My LIFE are ALL ABOUT JESUS…Not Us!
IN HIM I found me.
READ ISAIAH 53:1-11; (3- He was despised and rejected by men) (5- But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities) (10- Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him)

Two Gardens … One Bitter Cup

The Garden of Eden made Holy and perfect by God was spoiled by the disobedience of Adam. The creature was not willing to submit his will to the will of God his Creator.

So began the Fall of Mankind and Original Sin. Mankind, intended to display grace, mercy and love, would now love himself first. He would have…

• A need to satisfy fleshly desires (lust)
• A natural resourcefulness (self-sufficiency)
• A careless embracing of worldly wisdom (capitulation)
• A fear of failure or rejection (inferiority)
• A bent toward self-preservation (fear)
• A stubborn insistence for control and recognition (pride)
• A refusal to separate from family or friends (dependency)
• A bottomless appetite for comfort and ease (materialism)

This is only the beginning of a long list. The point is, that left to ourselves; we always rationalize reasons to please ourselves rather than God.

God would now relentlessly remind Man throughout time that actions always bring consequences. That physical life is but a vapor. That God holds eternity in His hands. That this life is not about us…but about HIM!

In God alone reside Love, Mercy and Grace…and True Pity and Compassion for us because He knows we are but dust.

Later in time, in another garden called Gethsemane; Gods pity and compassion for us was embodied in His Son. In Eden Adam lived for himself and lost life with God for all of his descendants. From that day forward the sins of mankind would begin filling a cup. A cup that the second Adam, Jesus, would drink in full, taking the worlds sins upon Himself on the Cross satisfying the wrath of His Father towards us; opening by faith a way for us to regain paradise lost and have life with God.

Ken Gire wrote in… “Intense Moments with the Savior”:

“And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray. (Mark 14:35).

The verb in the Greek phrase translated “fell to the ground” is in the imperfect tense, suggesting a continual action. In other words, Jesus literally kept falling to the ground in prayer, crying out to His Father, then rising to His feet, only to fall again to the ground in prayer.

Portraits of a serene Jesus kneeling beside a rock, crowned in moonlight, mislead us. Mark described a Jesus wrestling with His destiny, pacing, falling to the ground, desperately petitioning the Father for relief, and entreating Him as a young son would his daddy: “Abba / Daddy! Father!” vs. 36

“Jesus pushes himself up from the ground and lifts his eyes towards heaven. “Yet not what I will, but what you will.” His hands are no longer clutching the grass in despair. They are no longer clasping each other in prayer. They are raised toward heaven.

Reaching not for bread or for fish or for any other good gift. Not even for answers. But reaching for the cup from his Father’s hand. And though it is a terrible cup, brimming with the wrath of God for the ferment of sin from centuries past and centuries yet to come….and though it is a cup he fears….he takes it. Because more than he fears the cup, he loves the hand from which it comes.”

Remember this REMARKABLE FACT, not even Jesus, the Lord of the Universe, could skirt the necessity of prayer to ready Himself for the grueling responsibility of HIS CROSS. The Cross that Jesus chose voluntarily because He loved you and I before the foundations of the world were made.

God always waits to hear from His children. His hand is always extended towards you, for you to reach up and hold as He walks with you through the storms of life.

There is no me, only Him. I have no will except to do His will only. I trust not in myself but in His Love and care for me…I receive all things from His hand and am glad and rejoice in His Mercy.

I am precious in His sight as are all His children who respond to the call of His Son Jesus to “come, follow me”.

WHO KILLED CHRIST ?

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WHO KILLED JESUS ?

I am a Messianic (Jewish) believer in Jesus. That means I believe Jesus is the Messiah that the Jewish people are looking for. Jesus is also the Christ of Christianity. Jesus is one and the same, the SON of GOD. I have been asked the question who killed Christ by both Jewish and non-Jewish friends, since I became a believer in 1985. The following is my answer to the question, “Who killed Jesus, The Christ”.

The “ANSWER” to this question can simply be put into one sentence. But understanding the question and the far reaching implications that the “ANSWER” has attached to it requires a much greater “ANSWER” than one simple sentence can express.

Who killed Christ?   I did,   you did,   every human being that has walked this earth did, the Romans did and the Jews did. But, THE PERSON who bears sole responsibility for the death of The Christ is GOD HIS FATHER.

The God who created the universe, the earth, mankind and all that is upon the earth, also created Time and History. The mystery of history is that it is really HIS- Story, the story of Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah, the Christ. History is the story of how and why Gods only Son chose to enter space and time to die on a Cross for the Sin’s of everyone. So that when we die, you and I could have a way to go home to be with God in Heaven.

In Genesis Chapter 5 there is a listing of the names of the Descendants of Adam. It is a genealogy of 10 names from Adam through Noah.

Hidden within Genesis 5 is the oldest prophecy that God established regarding His eternal plan of redemption for mankind, which is the Gospel, The Cross of Jesus.

Every Hebrew letter or number has a meaning. When we interpret the Hebrew meaning of each of these 10 names, they form the most fascinating sentence in the entire Bible.

Adam……………………………man (is)
Seth……………………………..appointed
Enosh……………………………mortal
kenan……………………………sorrow (but)
Mahalalel……………………….The Blessed God
Jared…………………………….shall come down
Enoch……………………………teaching
Methusaleh……………………..His Death Shall Bring
Lamech…………………………. the despairing
Noah……………………………..comfort and rest.

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow (but) The Blessed God shall come down teaching, His Death Shall Bring the despairing comfort and rest.

How awesome is God, that within the Hebrew names of a genealogy in the Old Testament, HE would hide the New Testament Plan of Redemption. (Salvation, bought for all through the death on the Cross of Gods Son, Jesus / Yeshua the Messiah of Israel!).

Yes, every person that ever lived contributed to Christ’s death because of their Sin. Yet it was God His Fathers plan to put HIS own Son Jesus the Messiah, to death on the Cross. Listen again, as God speaks through the Prophet Isaiah about the crushing of the Messiah. In Isaiah 53 vs. 10 “but the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief as a guilt offering”.

Jesus, volunteered for the assignment in Heaven. We read in the book of Hebrews 12 vs 2 that Jesus willingly laid HIS life down, “ Who for the JOY set before HIM endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Jesus knew in eternity past that HE would go to the Cross and that HE would be Resurrected. But HE also knew the Joy of a future eternity filled with His redeemed people, bought by HIS Blood because of HIS willing sacrifice on that Cross for you.

Yes, I killed Christ, you killed Christ, the Romans Killed Christ, the Jews killed Christ………all of Mankind Killed Christ. Fixing the blame isn’t important! What is important is to accept Jesus’s death on the Cross for your Sin’s. Placing your hand in HIS so HE can welcome you to your new home in heaven when you die.

Take HIS hand; it is GODS HAND reaching out to save you from yourself and your 2nd death, YOUR ETERNAL DEATH that Satan wants you to experience Forever.

A New Lamb is Coming

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WHERE IS THE LAMB?

In the Old Testament:

The Jewish Nation has been saying “Where is the Lamb?” for over 3,500 years. God had instituted the Jewish sacrificial system for the Remission of individual Sins by the shedding of blood.

Every week throughout a Jews entire life he would be constantly searching for the best lamb he could get for the sacrifices he needed to make for himself and his family.

When Abraham made the trip with Isaac to Mt. Moriah to sacrifice his son on an alter to the Lord, Isaac asked the question that would echo throughout time by the Jewish people…”Where is the Lamb?”

Rabbis today are discussing how and when to re-institute the Sacrificial System. They know they need a Temple. We know from the book of Revelation that the End Time Temple will be rebuilt without the Court of the Gentiles. The dome of the rock now occupies that area.

The Rabbis missed GOD’s point about allowing the destruction of His Temple in 70 AD. GOD ended their animal Sacrificial System for Sin. Because a New Lamb was coming. The Rabbis now want a Temple to be prepared for their coming Messiah. SOON, the Nation of Israel will again be saying…”Where is the Lamb?”.

In the New Testament:

Then when Jesus approached John to be baptized, John exclaimed: “Behold…The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” The question of “where is the Lamb?” was answered once and for all time by the Jewish Prophet John who himself exclaimed “I am The Voice of one crying in the Wilderness; make ready the way of the Lord”. It was John’s purpose to announce the coming Messiah to the Nation of Israel after 400 years.

The Nation of Israel had cried out to God for 400 years, yet God was silent…UNTIL the Jewish Prophet John the Baptizer broke the silence with Behold, The Lamb of GOD….. and GOD replied from the Heavens above…”This is MY beloved SON in whom I AM well pleased.

In the Book of Revelation:

Then finally the Lamb of God is identified as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Y’shua – JESUS the Christ, the Messiah, The Lamb of God who was “worthy to be slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing…To HIM who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, Be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever…AMEN”.

Stay AWAKE and listen for the Trumpet Call with the EARS of Your HEART.

IT WON’T BE LONG NOW !

HE IS RISEN!

We call HIM the Son of God
We call HIM the Messiah of Israel
We call HIM the Christ of HIS Church
We call HIM the Lord God Almighty
We call HIM the Lord of Lords
We call HIM the King of Kings
We call HIM the King of Angels
We call HIM the King of Men

And we call HIM the KING of AGES.

That last title to me is the most awesome title of all …The King of AGES. Why because the King of Ages is the King of Eternity and if you believe in Jesus, then you my friend have become an Eternal Being with a future.

You will live in HIS Presence forever as He lives to please you and make you Happy throughout the Ages to come that He has planned for HIS eternal family to enjoy together.

1 Corinthians 2:9 (New Living Translation)
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

If you “Love HIM” then remember Him, and He will remember you and like the thief on the Cross next to Him you will hear in your heart the Lord say to you…

“Today you will be with me in Paradise”.

You live in time, but you have no time.

Reach up and take His hand. He will never let go of you and you will be able to take comfort the rest of your days here no matter what comes because you now are living the great adventure.

And you now can have JOY in the JOURNEY.

GOD Cares

God cares so very much about you that He asked His Only Son to become a man and to die in your place so that you might have eternal life filled with light rather than eternal death encompassed in darkness you can touch.

You know Jesus did not have to do it. He could have said no to His Father’s request. But He chose the nails because He could see into the future and it brought JOY to HIS heart knowing that you could, should you desire…choose to live with HIM in Heaven rather than without HIM in Hell.

So He said yes to the horror of the Cross-because He would rather die for you than live without you. It is impossible for us to understand His compassion for us. That Jesus would turn His gaze toward Jerusalem and begin to walk to a death He already knew intimately in eternity past.

His resolve to finish what He came here to do, proved beyond a doubt the rock foundation of Old Testament Prophecies about His first Coming. Then He lived a life among us so we could walk by sight and not faith. Then the Apostles wrote down the living history of the New Testament that explained the New Covenant and the details of His coming a 2nd and final time for HIS OWN.

And so Jesus Roared from the Cross…”IT IS FINISHED”. And the beginning of the end that would have a new beginning with no end…began!

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GOD and the CROSS of HIS SON

Tears of God

In many of my stories I imagine God speaking directly to me.

“My child God said to me. I wanted to tell you personally what the Crucifixion of My Son meant to me.

You have children and grand children and I know you love them. I know that you would do all you could to protect them from harm and that you would gladly take upon yourself their death. I know this because you were created in my image with the ability to Love.

I know that if men took your child and beat him with whips that ripped both flesh and bone from his back…that you could not be restrained.

I know if men forced your child to carry a beam of heavy wood down the street as people swore at him, mocking him, and spitting on him… that you could not be restrained.

I know if men forced your child to lie down on that cross and then drove nails through his feet and hands to hold him there…that you could not be restrained.

Could you Ernie? The Lord asked softly…no Lord I said quietly.

I stood and watched as they did all those things to my Son. I stood there not for His sake but for yours, because He took that punishment not for His sake but for yours….I honored you through His Pain. But Ernie, when Jesus…MY SON cried out …MY GOD…MY GOD…WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?

That was more than I could bear, so I turned away and cried uncontrollably. My Son had wept over Jerusalem; and now I wept over my Son. Yes, I could not look upon the Worlds Sins that MY Son was bearing, but even more than that, if I had looked at HIM at the moment HE said those words…I knew in my heart …

That I could not be restrained!

Ernie…I wanted you and those that say they love my Son, to know that even for the Joy set before both HIM and I…the Cross was the most difficult thing either of us have gone through.”

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Approaching HIS Cross

Please notice as we approach HIS Cross.

It is not higher than the rest of the crosses on the road. The two flanking crosses are at the same height as HIS. If we did not know it was HIM, we would have walked by not noticing HIS Cross. The only thing that was different was the sign over HIS head that read…

“This IS the KING of the JEWS.” Luke 23:38.

Jesus looked like every other Jew hanging on a cross along the road. There was nothing unique about HIM visually. It was the words that He spoke that drew attention and the miracles that He did that gave HIM credibility. But here on the Cross-He did not stand out for He came to die as one of us…so He blended in.

If you did not know the story you would not know that God was hanging there before you.
What of the two Crosses on either side? They remind us that we have a choice to make. For the one thief accepted Christ and went to be with Christ in Heaven; while the other went to hell condemned by the original sin he was born with and then carried to his death.

Scripture makes it clear that there IS a Heaven and Hell.

On The Cross:

Jesus knew my name.

Jesus knew my story.

I was on His mind when He Died!

HE   IS   RISEN !

Remember JESUS and Share HIS Story ! ! !

Easter Thoughts

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Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.

In Matthew 23, Jesus spoke these words, “you will not see me again Jerusalem, until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Jesus waits to hear those words from His people Israel so He can come back to Jerusalem. It will happen because God said it would.
In HIS timing the True Remnant of Israel, only 1/3rd of the Nation will recognize, Him whom they have pierced. They will call upon Him together, in a time of great sorrow…. and The Messiah, The Christ, The Son of God will answer them and SAVE them.

But, Jesus also waits to hear those same words “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” from your lips as well. Because in the truest sense the Lords resting place is not Jerusalem, it is within your heart that He wishes to reside. He will bring with Him, Healing, Restoration, Grace, and Mercy for your Heart, Mind and Soul.

If you just listen and be still you can hear God say to you…. “there will be healing in this house…in your house when I come in to live within you. Please open your heart to Me. I bring you peace for troubled times. You lived within me in eternity past and now I have come to live within you…and then together we will walk into eternity future and you will have the joy of my pleasure from age to age to age yet to come.”

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Why would God shed HIS blood …so pure and undefiled for such a one as me? The answer is simple…. because you are His Chosen precious child.

The next clear, dark, starry night, when you look up to the heavens…remind yourself of the Psalmists question to God in Psalm 8:4…”What is man that You are mindful of him?”

God answers that for us in Psalm 103: 13-14…”Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”

His compassion for you was poured out through His Sons blood on the Cross. Today, if you do not know Him you are one of the Walking Dead. Your future is to die twice not once. Open your mind and examine the Truth of the Word of God. Ask Him to make the Truth clear to you. Claim His Promise in Proverbs 8:17…”I love those who love Me; and those who diligently seek Me will find Me.”

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Believe that HE is and believe in what He says.

The words in the Bible of His prophesied coming have all been fulfilled. Therefore the prophecies of His 2nd coming will all be fulfilled as well. The words of the Bible are the Promises of God…. and God does not lie!

Jesus will come again soon because of:
1. Gods Promise to Himself.
2. Gods Promise to destroy satan.
3. Gods Promise to His creation.
4. Gods Promise to save a believing Remnant both Jew and Gentile.
5. Gods Promises to the Nation of Israel.
6. Gods Promises to You.

Every day that you live is a day of Mercy and Gods Grace to you…but even for God there is a time when His patience towards you will end. He will stop waiting for you. On that day He will honor your decision to live forever without HIM.

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Faith is Trust based on Evidence…WE Choose to Believe

Its pitch black outside but soon their will be rays of light and the sun will shine and once again ONLY because of the promises of God, another day will begin.

It’s interesting how you can light one candle in the darkness and the darkness flees from the light, such is the power of light. Jesus claimed to be the truth, the light of the world. The world has seen a great light, but it seems that since His coming 2,000 years ago His light has diminished and the darkness is growing.

The more familiar you are with the Greatest Story Ever Told, the more you understand the times we live in …that they are called the End – times by Jesus.

What has changed in our world that now it is the darkness that grows and the light recedes and the minds of people grow dim?

The Lord has asked us to witness and there is an urgency to do so because “Soon the night will come” and the light and the Truth will not be found.

This darkness that is all around is not physical but Spiritual. We are experiencing the Dawn of the darkness of Sin.

Not physical darkness you can see, but darkness of the soul and mind causing us to see life through a mirror dimly. Just like God has said, we are seeing everything that is wrong becoming right and what is right becoming wrong.

Darkness fills our time and we wait for the day when time is no more and the Dawn of Eternity breaks…so you and I watch the sky and wait for the coming King.

We wait…because we believe that the Bible is the Word of GOD to us. The evidence presented through History, Archeology, Science and most of all Prophecy is overwhelming regarding Jesus, His life, death and resurrection.

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For the JOY set before HIM, Endured the Cross…Hebrews 12:2

The Prophet Isaiah foretold death’s destruction in an ancient prophecy: “God will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord (Jesus) will wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25:7-8).

We live this life on earth; we cling to it with all our might. We think things can never be better than this. But God promises us that it can get better, far better than this…and it will.

Listen to what the Apostle John said in Revelation 21:1, 3-5. “Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth…And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

These are the words of King Jesus. Count on them. Take them to the bank. Live every day in the light of Christ. Make every choice knowing you stand in the light of Christ’s promises to you.

We were all made for one person and one place. Jesus is the person. Heaven is the place.

If you know Jesus, I’ll be with you in that resurrected world with the Lord we love and with friends we cherish. We will embark together on the ultimate Journey of Joy forever, in a spectacular new universe awaiting our exploration and dominion.

Jesus will be the center of all things, and joy will be the air we breathe. And yes, right when we think “it doesn’t get any better than this…it will.”