Saturday, March 28, 2015

Palm Sunday

So yes tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus rode in on a colt, the foal of a donkey and everyone cheered him as their KING! What an exciting moment that must have been!

For some this was the moment when they thought Jesus was ushering in His Kingdom and defeat the Romans. I have seen portrayals of Judas where he imagined this event turning into Jesus conquering the Roman threat and then when it didn't happen he went nuts and went to the religious leaders trying to force it to happen, unfortunately we all know how it turned out. He betrayed Jesus and the rest is history.

But let's look at that moment of the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. He entered through the East Gate, the Golden Gate, to fulfill scripture, and this was the first time Jesus took public applause for him to be the Messiah. The religious leaders trying to tell Him to silence his followers is funny. His response? Luke 10:40, "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." Could you picture it if they had kept quiet? Imagine the stones around Jesus crying out in praise of Him? Wow. Good thing the disciples shouted out! Imagine how that would have changed the story!

Tomorrow is a great day to celebrate! Enjoy!

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Are you ready?

So Thursday night I spoke to our youth about being ready fr Christ's return, it was part of a talk about Annihilationalism - that those who don't believe will simply just stop existing someday as part of the "eternal punishment" from God. I told them no, there is a place called hell, it is a place of pain and fire and as the Bible says the smoke rise from it forever. To wrap things up I showed this video... 

Needless to say it impacted the youth. We asked around if they were ready if Jesus should come back before even our meeting ended. Some interesting responses, some said yes, others weren't sure. We stressed to them they should make sure! Hoping some of them went home that night and put their full faith in Christ, but time will tell. The question now is - are YOU ready? Yes, you who are reading this. Are you ready?