Jewish people, sent but not forgotten.

God’s original people were the Jews. God’s original intention was for the Jews to go into the world and tell others about him. To the twelve disciples Jesus says in Matthew 10:5, 6 – …”Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.” Paul, on his journeys, preached first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles.

Romans 9:29 with Paul speaking to the Jewish people states, “It is just as Isaiah said previously: Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.” Romans 9:27 says, “Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.” Romans 10:3, 4 explain this, “Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” Verse 3 is clear, the Jews thought that by their works they would be able to obtain righteousness. But just as the Gentiles must know if they are ever to understand Christ, it is that their righteousness is not from anything we can do, for that is considered ‘a work.’ Salvation is not from anyone’s work but Jesus Christ’s. We as mere human beings cannot do a single thing to satisfy the requirement God needed to bring us into a right relationship with him. For none of us ever are good enough to bridge that gap on our own. God required a holy and righteous sacrifice. One perfect in his eyes that would be able to take on all the sins of the world. One that could not be fully human only for none are righteous in his eyes. So Jesus Christ came fully human but also fully divine, without a spot of sin or wrinkle.

A shedding of blood is required to cover and atone for sins. Hebrews 9:22 states, “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” It goes on in Hebrews 9:26, “Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Jesus Christ was and is the great sacrifice, coming once for all, Jew and Gentile alike. His death on the cross and his resurrection three days later made a way for us to be able to enter by God’s grace into his presence. That is why in John 19:30 Jesus says, …”It is finished.” It is over and paid in full for the forgiveness of the people’s sins. Jesus’s love for us was sacrificial and perfect, done for you, done for me. Jesus is the bridge that fills the gap between us and God, the Father. Jesus rising three days later proving to us that there is life after death and that we will one day, rise to meet him and live eternally with him if we are born again (saved). It is only by grace we are saved. Romans 9:16 says, “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” It is a gift offered freely for any who desire to accept by faith the good news of what Jesus has done. Do you desire with all your heart to repent of all your sins, desiring to change your ways, and come to Jesus asking for his forgiveness? Do you desire a ‘new life’ in him? Come as you are and accept the free gift Jesus has for you.

Romans 11:25-27 states, “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” Israel will finally recognize Jesus as their Messiah. Ezekiel 11:17 says, “Therefore say: This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.”

John 14:6 states, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well…”

What is your role as a Jewish person in this ‘Age of the Gentiles?’ Are you meant to be reading this? Is there a purpose specifically designed for you by God? I believe you are meant to read this and yes, there is a purpose God has made you for. Even in Romans 1:16 it states, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

Whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, Jesus is coming back one day!

A relationship with a King?!

The King of the universe. Unfettered, principled, and an ‘unable to be pinned down’ type of person. His ways are unchanging and they leave no room for error. For he is perfect, holy, majestic, and all-encompassing.

Would you want to listen to a King? He is the one in authority who knows best and does things that are right for his kingdom. He is like an everlasting vessel and never being able to exhaust him of his depth, wisdom, and knowledge. He knows how to steer the world! His faith, loyalty, and righteousness are perfect. And if he is perfect you know he has to be a God of love! And he has great motivation. Motivation to save the world from the enemy. Wow, what a King!

The King’s beauty is like the best masterpiece imagined, but then surpassing it! It is like having that perfect world you’ve always dreamed of HERE right now, because you have this relationship with a heavenly King and father, who through a relationship with you (and vice versa), keeps you learning and growing and becoming more like him! He pulls heaven down in a sense to you through this continuing relationship that continues to change, twist, and shape you into someone more and more Christlike as the years go by. You become more and more like this pure, heavenly masterpiece full of beauty, love, and truth.

Who wouldn’t want to listen to a King, of all people, who does these things for you? I can’t ever imagine and nor will I believe that there will EVER be any other king who rules the world and is interested in me at the same time!

This King wants to help keep people safe from harm, keep them nourished and fed, and teach them about his kingdom. Teach them about his kingdom and how to stay safe until he comes back to literally show the world HE comes. Revelation 22:20 states, “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” He is coming to get the record straight for all people everywhere. And the enemy is powerless before God.

Jesus, the King, wants us to know that he is warning us to remain watchful for his return and how you should be ready for it. Again he wants to keep people safe from harm, hence why he has gotten The Word into our hands. Listen to the words in Matthew 24:38-41, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” To those people who denied Him in their own hearts that He had always been the King it will be a tragic scene telling of their wasted time, defiance, and pride. They will not get to be one of his chosen subjects since they had chances. “In the King we trust!” shout the others who by childlike faith trust in Jesus, Lord and King.

Kings can be merciful  or unforgiving. Some are ruthless and can chop heads off. They can be selfish and think only of themselves and what they want from this world. Their hearts are as hard as stone. They think and believe their minds are the sharpest. I’m so thankful and glad that the real King and ruler of this world is not of that type. The real King of this world is one of mercy, one who cares very much for justice, and one of second chances (forgiveness). I shudder to think who wants to listen to a ruthless, uncaring King? Isaiah 30:18 says… “For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”

What person gets to see the King let alone speak to the King? How likely would a King take the time personally for you? At the very least you’d need an appointment far ahead and even when granted how much time would you get? If it’s like a lot of doctor’s offices you’d feel like it’s all an unsatisfying and hurried process. And most importantly did you get down to the truth or the right answer?

There is a King that has time, truth, and any answer you could ever want to know. Again it is in The Word if you desire to know. I hope and pray you will have access to one and read it. His word will be a light unto your feet.

Now what King treats you like you want to be treated? Who pursues you because he’s that interested in you? Who loves you unconditionally so you can approach him as a little child would with all your concerns, stresses, and hurts? Matthew 11:30 states, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” You can approach him as a child open to an all-knowing father. The bible teaches us the Lord’s prayer, “Our father, who art in heaven…” This King tells us that he is our father and wants to be treated as one. Approach him in every sense that a father should be; hearing you, listening to you, being patient with great love for you as you bear all to him. You can with full honesty of heart tell him all of your sins, be seriously repentant, and ask him for his forgiveness. The cross of Jesus Christ is a gift of great love he gave you because that is how much he thought of you. Jesus took our sins upon the cross and died for us. He did this so we might have eternal life with him one day. He is the bridge that fills the gap between God and man.

1Tim. 6:15 calls Jesus the “King of kings and Lord of lords.”Some of the other names Jesus is addressed by in The Word are The Truth, The Alpha and The Omega, The Light of the World, The Word, Deliverer, Mediator, Head of the Church, and Everlasting Father.

We are in this story that is currently being played out. Those who have lived in the past have already had their part played out. Our life plays a significant, definite, and all-encompassing part. This King, who is not of this world will one day come back and make this world whole again as it should be. You see the world leaders left in charge of this world have tried but failed. Some have failed miserably. Rulers who were ‘allowed’ to run their own countries have not succeeded because they have been far away from the one true King, the King who knows all and is all. Revelation 1:8 states, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Our story is told in one place only, the bible. The story is a continuing one that started with the creation of the world recorded in Genesis and is continuing with each of us playing our part until our time here is done. Go there and see for yourself the significance you play and can play! And to read and find out what our true King has done and will do!

In Revelation 19 it talks about the rider on the white horse who is Jesus coming and verse 16 states, “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

I pray he guide your heart and mind by his word today. Amen!

Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have and I will be happy to help you.

Whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, Jesus is coming back one day!

 

 

Jesus Christ is like a buoy.

Jesus Christ is like a buoy that keeps you afloat, his words warning us of a danger so we don’t go too close, but stay where it is safe. Like a parent concerned for a child.

Even on the bad days, after time spent with him, I am lifted back up, knowing I am going to be ‘all right’ because I have him in my life. He reassures me I am not alone and helps me in my thoughts, resulting at the end of our time (visiting) together with a feeling of joy; joy and peace. That is priceless to me my dear friends. For as many of you know, many search for it but cannot find it. He makes me feel like things are alright again. Truly, that everything is set back in it’s place, settled again as it should be. Spiritually in my heart he gets me to that point and makes it so. Isaiah 9:6 says…”And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

The source of all life, Jesus Christ, has made me feel it so. He keeps my foundation on the rock; solid, steady, and forever and for always there! He is my refuge, my Lord, my shield, my best friend. Life may try to knock you down in a hundred different ways but if you have Jesus Christ as your center, your Lord and Savior, you are going to get back up again, and again, and again. Your life is not built on all those shifting sands of life. Jesus is my teacher through my sufferings; he is there welcoming me, holding me, guiding me to persevere, gain knowledge, gain more character, and to have hope. It has been many times a daunting task, going over some things an uncountable number of times to get me to the point where I need to be. We do learn and grow more through our suffering than in other ways. We do not have to like them but Jesus allows each of us to go through these times.

Jesus makes my heart shine again. As only he can. My husband, children, grandchildren, and others can help but they alone cannot give me all I need because I was built needing something eternal to aid me in making sense of all life. That is why God’s word was given to us and why Jesus Christ ‘was sent,’ in the flesh, to us. He reveals God to us. The bible says we were made for praising him. Beautiful words from Psalm 139:13-16 confirm this and state; “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” How can one not be overjoyed and full of wonder at this?!

Jesus, as a lighthouse, shares his light with me. With him in me I feel as a lighthouse too, ready to shine light into the darkness for those who come across my path for help. John 8:12 says… “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

And I think, how many times do we need to be reminded of his words, his goodness, and his promises? The very things that will help cement those thoughts in our minds? Many, many times, right?! The bible gives us all those kindly reminders of his unconditional love for us, all those things we need to learn, and all those promises for each who ventures ever closer to him. Aren’t we like a sheep in society, following this sheep or that sheep not knowing who or which way to go or follow? That’s why we have been given his words. Words that we are blessed to have, so we can know which way is correct, the way that is practical, logical, and true. It is wisdom for those who are seeking; with finding out that the more you want to know, the closer you must come to him. For in walking this path of life for any amount of time, you find the closer you walk with him, the more Christ shares and helps you to learn, like pearls of great wisdom. The longer and closer you walk with him, the more clarity you will have in your life. It is like a pair of binoculars. You see unfocused as you first look through the lenses, but find if you walk closer with him, things start coming into focus for you. But if you step and go further away from him, your life starts getting out of focus again, and maybe you don’t even recognize it until some time later. Just as in other relationships, the closer you get and the more time spent with them, the more you find out how much you don’t know!

Remember Jesus can be your buoy out there in the ocean, a symbol and a hope for you!

Whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, Jesus if coming back one day!