Peter Is Propelled

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15

Peter, by a charcoal fire, has just had breakfast with Jesus and the other disciples and Peter is about to be propelled. He loves Jesus more than anyone he knows. And during this third Post-Resurrection appearance our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ is showing us, again, He IS forgiveness. He IS loving compassion– compassion of salvation. He IS everything that saves and redeems us. We love victorious Christ, Good Shepherd, the beloved Son of the Living God, our Emmanuel– with us completely and fully.

Now, Jesus uses Peter’s three denials as a one-on-one celebration of Peter’s true love for Him. In the original Greek the word love is with unity, intimacy, and mutuality with God. Just as Peter had denied Him three times so Peter affirms His love for Him three times, now with honestly and faithfulness. Undeniably, Christ knows what’s within hearts and minds and as you love Him in quiet humble celebration He draws you even nearer to Him, like Peter.

This is how Christ propels Peter into service for Him, with His three commands to ‘feed His lambs and sheep’ and here He propels us!! My friend, love Him with all that you are and serve Him with faith’s power. Turn not your back on Him to rely on yourself alone, for you reap what you sow. Galatians 6:7 Sow Christ and His forgiving Love. Victorious on the Throne Of God, ask Him to scrub you daily from all unrighteousness then carry on your day loving Him. Love Christ and say with Peter, “You are the Christ! The Son of the Living God. I love You in all ways!” He propels you to feed His lambs.

Jesus Fulfills The Passover

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, He said (in order to fulfill the Scripture), “I am thirsty.” …When Jesus had received the wine, He said, “It is finished.” Then He bowed His head and gave up His Spirit. … One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.). These things occurred so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “None of His bones shall be broken.” And again another passage of Scripture says, “They will look on the One whom they have pierced.” John 19:28,30,34-37

Jesus our Lord and Savior finishes fulfilling the prophecy Scriptures about our Messiah, finishes and bows His head. He willingly gives His life on the Cross. Passover is fulfilled; death will be no more. True Salvation and Abundant Life Is in Him. Jesus the Passover Lamb takes out the leavening of evil and malice (the intention and desire to do evil, the willingness) from the hearts of those who sincerely follow and believe in Him as Savior and Lord. (1 Corinthians 5:6-8)

Lamb Jesus’ death on the Cross is for you– you may receive forgiveness for your sins and be cleansed from all unrighteousness. The new Kingdom of God is come. Church. Yet we may rebel, not love as He instructs us, nor obey Him.

At the New Covenant Passover celebration of Holy Communion believers sincerely pray: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved You with our whole hearts. We have failed to be an obedient Church. We have not done Your will, we have broken Your law, we have rebelled against Your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us we pray. Free us for joyful obedience through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

During our prayer of humble sincerity He forgives you, His compassion overflows into your heart, and you are righted in Him.

Put Your Sword Back, Jesus Says

Jesus says: “Put your sword back into its sheath.  Am I not to drink the Cup that the Father has given me?”  John 18:11

In defense of Jesus Lord and Savior, Peter has just cut off the ear of Malchus the high priest’s slave.  Understanding that the disciples have lived years under threats of persecution for their faith in our Lord, it is actually admirable that Peter boldly defends Jesus in this manner, yet Jesus correctively speaks to the crux of the situation.  He is to drink the Cup of Salvation; go to the Cross and die– that is the grand and glorious Plan of the Heavenly Father.  Jesus heals Malchus’ ear.

Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself is believer’s cherished thought held dear.   Each time we take Holy Communion we are drinking of the cup as He commands us to confess, repent, and remember His real sacrifice on the Cross for us.  There is no greater love than One [Jesus Christ} lay down His life for His friends.  My friend, He has done this for you and you are not to betray His Love for you, not to turn your back on Him, and not to deny His abundant Love for you.  Yet, if you should fail Him and then truly repent, He is just to forgive you and tenderly take you back.

Go into today, each day, with Jesus Christ your Savior and Lord leading and guiding you.  Trust Him and rely on the Sword Of The Spirit, the Holy Spirit’s Power, to do battle and to go the distance with you.  The Sword Of The Spirit is a mighty Power given at your Baptism and our armor of God has equipped you as you pray in the fullness of the Name Of Jesus Christ. Ask anything as you align yourself with God’s will and purpose.  Sheath, and rather use the Sword Of The Spirit to do battle beside other Christians to Baptize and bring each and every person on this planet to Christ Jesus the Redeemer Friend.

Generosity Is Christ’s Middle Name

Jesus says, “And when He [Spirit of Truth] comes, He will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:  about sin, because they do not believe in Me;  about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see Me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”  John 16:8-11

You are filled with the Holy Spirit (Christ began giving Holy Spirit to believers beginning at Pentecost)!  So what may the Spirit do through you?  First, the activity of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, makes you alert, attuned to Jesus’ Presence, and alive in Christ’s Truth.  The Spirit makes sin repulsive to believers, so reject this aversion while patiently offering Jesus’ salvation and love to ones who are world-comformed.  Secondly, the Holy Spirit guards you to not covet; open your heart, wallet, and desires to honor Christ in generosity.   Jesus says, “One’s life does not consist of the abundance of things he/she possesses.” Luke 12:15*

Generosity is Christ’s middle name!  Through Christ’s victory on the Cross satan has been trounced, condemned, squashed. Christ rules this world. Hold fast to faith while rejecting sin, unrighteousness, or bad judgements. Victory always and everywhere belongs to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. In Christ you are the best you can be, dependent on Christ alone.  

Speak to convice and convict first-timers to Christ’s salvation. Invite prodigals to return to Him.  Ask in Jesus Name so that blessings from the Spirit are poured out as you respond to the Spirit’s promptings to so what He needs you to do.

*Luke 12:13-21

Jesus Is The Light-Lock On You

Jesus says, “Walk while you have the Light so that the darkness may not overtake you.  If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going.  While you have the Light, walk in the Light so that you may become children of Light.”  John 12:35b–36

In making your personal choice to reconcile your life with Jesus, He placed a Light-Lock on your life– the Savior Jesus Christ your Lord is your Partner now and forever.  Partnered to Him by only His actions of death on the Cross, Resurrection, 40 days of appearances, and Ascension to unite with God the Heavenly Father so that through Him you also unite with glorious Christian bounty of glorious holiness.

The bounty, the abundant Treasure, is Jesus Christ your Way to see clearly, anticipate dearly in hope, and draw nearly to the Light of Christ’s Presence each and every moment.  What a gift of God is our Jesus Christ Partner.  What a joy of God is our Lord and Savior’s Lightening Presence.  Light in your darkness of uncertainty, stalled out action forward, and times when you do not yet understand what is happening.   

What is the darkness?  You know.  What is Christ’s Light?  You know because of the face you are partnered with Christ.  Live in the Light of His Love and Joy and join in, participate, choose to be with other wonderful believers of Christian community who are children of Light too.  Keep choosing His Light.  It is locked on you.

Forgive Like Jesus

So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, “What are we to do?  This man is performing many signs.  If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation.”  Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all!  You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.”  John 11:47-48, 49b

Apostle John writes that Caiaphas was prophesying that Jesus is about to die for the nation; an unconscious prophesy.  Truly, Jesus does die yet not only for the nation of Israel but also for each person, whether or not they are of the nation, who believes in Him and who repents and gives their life to Him.  This is God’s Plan that His Son give His life as a ranson for many, for you.

Jesus was later arrested after He initiated Holy Communion and servant foot washing with the disciples.  There was a mock trial at night, He was whipped and beaten within an inch of His life, tortured, and the Son of God was verbally and physically treated with maximum cruelty to die on what we now hold dear and sacred, the Cross.   From the Cross He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”  

He forgives and like Him so do we.  Does someone else know how much they are hurting you?  Probably not.  So how can you use your faith in Christ to heal the hurting, remove the hurting, and live on with confidence and believer’s abundant life?  How do you correct the situation?  Forgive like Christ.  Except in the instances of sexual abuse, this is the Way to healing and recovery.  You are a forgiver.  This is who you are

How Much Does Jesus Love You?

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  Mary was the one who annointed the Lord with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill.  John 11:1-2

We take note that Jesus receives a message from Mary of Bethany that her brother is ill and it is this Mary who anointed Jesus with pure nard perfume, not Mary Magdalene.  Mary of Bethany knows who to go to for help and when she asks she highlights His love saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”  We use these same words when we lift up someone who is ill, depressed, or sorrowing to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus loves.

Jesus’ love moves Lazarus from death into Life, life in His Resurrection that is eternal.  Since Jesus can do that with His love just consider how He can help you with your needs and concerns.  You may ask, “Does Jesus have the exact same love for me that He had for His good friend Lazarus?”  For you answer look to the Cross He died upon.  He gave His life, with His love for you on His mind and in His heart, so that you not only have salvation but also by the power of the Holy Spirit you have Jesus Christ’s Presence within your soul.   Jesus loves you.

The Thing That Bugs You About You

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever come to Me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.  John 6:35

This is one of the greatest Promises of Jesus!!  Jesus is your everything, full satisfaction, and the only living Presence within your heart and mind that is transformative and renewing.  Do you need to change something about your character?  He will either change that in an instance, so that a new habit is formed for life, or He will show you how the Kingdom of Heaven can use that characteristic you have for His Purspose.

For instance, are you a person who speaks without thinking?  The Lord did not change Peter, who was bold to speak up and speak out, but this character trait is troubling if it is coupled with fear (like fear Peter lives with after Jesus is arrested and put on the Cross) as Peter denies Jesus three times.  Jesus pursues Peter with His forgiveness.  Peter is transformed!!  Next we see Peter writing the Gospel of Mark (with Mark), witnessing with his bold witnessing words, and traveling bravely and fearlessly.

The Bread of Life is Jesus Christ who forgives both you and Peter.   Jesus our Lord and Savior loves you into greater faith in Him with redeeming forgiveness.   Jesus glorifies Himself through your character traits.  Everything you neeed and desire is found in Jesus Christ.  Do what you need to do for Him and He will either transform your character traits or He will refine them.

Go ahead and live, live, live!!

Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.  Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life, and does not come under judgement, but has passed from death to life.  John 5:24

When Jesus is emphasizing He uses the phrase, ‘very truly.’  Jesus speaks only the truth (of course) yet we need to hear that phrase to understand His signature exclaimation point of reference.  Belief in Jesus renders eternal life in this world and after you die. Listening to Jesus through His words in Scriptures deepens faith, ignites faith’s motivation, and transforms us.

Believe in Jesus with everything that you are and you may see the fullness of God within your life, moving in this world.  He is astonishing!! You’ll see Him change your thinking and transform others, experience His healing touch and the power of healing prayer for others, have the assurance of His mighty Force (Holy Spirit) directing your motivations.

Speak and sing wonderful words about Him that greatly influence other’s lives to surrender their hearts to Him. Learn healing prayer from others for this has been passed down through time from His original disciples who learned directly from Him. Through faith in Him you have passed from sin’s destroying death into life with Jesus alive in your heart and mind. Live.

Everyone Serves The Good

the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk.  But you have kept the good wine until now.”  John 2:10

Jesus’ Baptism with Holy Spirit anointing marks the beginning of His ministry. He is 30 years old. We now go with Jesus and His disciples from the Jordan river up to Cana. On the third day after Phillip’s call Jesus goes up to Cana of Galilee to participate in a wedding with His Mother Mary. She initiates His first miracle. Jesus turns the six 30 gallon vats of water into fine wine.

Now the wedding steward assumes that the the bridegroom saved the best for last, yet the servants who drew the water-turned-into-wine know how the miracle happens but they do not speak up.   They are witnesses, yet nothing like this has ever happened before. We focus on the wine steward’s words because here he points out a human condition.We give good first then medocrity is given.

Without faith in Jesus we fail at our best all the way through to the last. Our greatest need is for Jesus to turn our lives into His fine wine of steadfast usefulness for Him. God’s abundant loving goodness responds to our need for Jesus. Faith belief in Jesus miracleously changes us as we are filled with the fine wine of His Spirit, His perfect counsel, His wisdom, and enters into our lives with loving strength to endure with faithfulness. Only Jesus can where we cannot.