Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask Him, “Who are you?” Because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from the dead. John 21:12-14
Gathered beside a charcoal fire with the wind off the sea as reminder that He will soon give the Wind of the Holy Spirit to His followers, Jesus breaks bread and then serves. Our Suffering Servant Lord Jesus Christ will feed them until they want no more food. He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” as He is true to His word. He hands each of them the cooked bread and the toasted fish and as His arms extend giving sustenance they plainly view the fresh marks of the nails which brutally pierced His Sacred flesh.
The memories of His death on the tree have not been erased. They remember well and so do we. Evil within humanity hung our Savior on the Cross. He took that evil onto Himself and vanquished it. Evil never had any power over Him then, now, and in time to come. Yet evil may have a hold on the hearts of men and women who have not yet His Power within them to overcome it. For when your faith in Him quickens, belief in Christ transforms your heart and you’ll find time and time again that the source of your strength is directly in Savior Jesus Christ’s heart as His arms extend to you.
Christ’s heart is compassion, Holy mercy, kindness, patience, pure love, and the charcoal fire of your hope each day. He never stops serving His believers as we learn more from Scriptures, rely on His Holy Spirit to guide, and commune with each other to place our hope in Him. Just as the embers of the fire will die out when moved away from the main fire, so our faith may falter. Choose your times to be with other Christians and share faith’s witness in hope. Make this a spiritual habit. Christ prepares a table before us near the charcoal fire and then He serves, giving faith.
Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them. Psalm 5:11
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” … But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one a the head and the other at the feet. John 20:1-2, 11-12
The angels ask Mary Magdalene why she is weeping and she responds, “They have taken away my Lord and I do not know where they have laid Him.” She does not quite know what we already know– He Is Risen!! For Mary, Jesus’ blood, bones, and body are Holy and she has a religious duty to sit shiva with His body. (Genesis 50:1-14) Yet, all four Gospels agree that Jesus died on Passover which cancels shiva. He is the Passover Lamb slain for the sins of the world, victorious over any and all evil within humanity; His sacrificial blood, the Holiness of His being, cleanses you from all unrighteousness when repentance is very truly present in you.
Jesus of Nazareth the Savior dies on Friday, Passover. Jesus Christ the Redeemer is Resurrected on Sunday, our new day of Worship as His New Covenant Church (ekklesia). Because of the depth of Mary’s sorrow the angels make no difference in Mary’s understanding of the finality of His death. Does she not notice the empty head and body wrappings and the limp napkin with His facial imprint laying dormant? Her sorrow causes an inability to think. She is in mourning shock from His death.
She turns back into in the garden in front of the tomb entrance and then Jesus speaks her name to her. Her recognition is instantaneous v.16. “Mary.” “Rabboni” Master. (Christ teaches us here to speak the name of the one sorrowing to them.) As He speaks her name Mary is transformed in Him by the renewing of her mind. Afterwards, she goes from Him to tell the Good News of Christ’s Resurrection. Dear “Mary” is the first Evangelist, the first to announce Christ’s Resurrection, and the first to Preach the Good News of Jesus Christ Resurrected — let us give all praise to the Heavenly Father for giving us Jesus Christ Savior and Lord Resurrected!
Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify Him!” Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” Than he handed Him over to them to be crucified. John 19:14-16
The crucifixion of Jesus the Son Of God is the pinnacle of evil in the history of humanity. Wanting Jesus to go away, to deny He is working for the best in our lives, and to concentrate on selfish desires are evil alignment identifiers within the souls who put Jesus to death. My friend, in this sacred text we see what ‘crowd mentality of hate’ destruction. Certainly our individual choices to align with evil can destroy our souls. This is THE call to spiritual and moral examination.
In other words, evil can tempt us at any time and in any place to do, “Away with Him.” Yet it need not. Keep alert. Prepare yourself well — knowing that Jesus is praying for you constantly (John 17) that you not yield to stray from Him. Keep alert through study of Scripture, times where you are bathed in the Presence of Jesus Christ in loving relationship with Him, and strive for holiness and blessings of spirituality bestowed through the Holy Spirit.
Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all supplication. Ask Jesus’ help and guidance as you have confessed, humbled, and yield yourself in prayer. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. Pray long and hard for those who are believers and ask Jesus to give them what you know they need, and the Holy Spirit will add to your prayers that which they need too.
Jesus says, “Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” When He had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. John 18:21-24
Jesus our Lord and Redeemer allows Himself to be subjected to this kind of humiliation and mistreatment. Mosaic Law instructs that no trial may take place at night nor end at night, not be on one day alone, and be without openly heard testimony for the matter of the accused. None of these laws are rightly followed by evil Annas who illegally has our Lord struck. Annas is mislabled as the ‘high’ priest for he is the lowest of the low and most devious.
Jesus our Lord will be transferred to Caiaphas, the son-in-law of Annas, who will continue this illegal process which Annas has begun. Know that when Jesus took the first blow, and the further suffering He endures to come, that He has your salvation in His mind. He is enduring suffering in order to give you His Presence within your soul as His follower. As the angels cheer Him on, and some weep at the cruelty inflicted on Him, on the third day He accomplishes His purpose in giving you the New Covenant –so the world will understand that Christ’s Love is just, merciful, Holy, and intense.
Now, should you have pain inflicted on you by others, suffering due to some matter that has compromised your health, or prayers with which you have passing thoughts that He has not heard– be assured that He knows, He is acting, and He has got you in His Love. Keep faith in Him and watch closely as He goes to die on the Cross for you and to have victory over all the evil in this world. He is Truth. Ask those who know Him.
Jesus looks up to Heaven and says, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, since You have given Him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I glorified You on earth by finishing the work that You gave Me to do. So now Father, glorify Me in Your own Presence with the glory that I had in Your Presence before the world existed.” John 17:1-5
This is the first of three portions of Jesus Powerful Prayer where He prays for Himself, His followers, and the world. Jesus asks for and receives God’s glory as He goes to the Cross, dies on the Cross, and He Resurrects. As God our Heavenly Father glorifies our dear loving Savior Jesus we find in Jesus the sure intent to give us His salvation and eternal life. Thank our awesome Savior.
Through Jesus’ gift of salvation on the Cross you receive eternal life as you fully believe that He is the Savior, the Son of the Living God. You believe, obey, and are in lifetime Spirit led learning. Eternal life in Christ is present, now, and within you, and eternal life in Resurrection will be given to you at your death. The eternal life that is alive within you now is related to the Holy Spirit’s Advocacy for you. Ask the Spirit to fill you.
Jesus Christ is also now glorified within your heart, mind, and soul. All of you belongs to Christ. It is such with other believers in Jesus Christ as He has authority over all people since He created all people. Give witness for Christ to each and every person you encounter.
Jesus says, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.” John 15:12-15
The Lord and Savior of the Word, the One who was with God in creation, and our beloved Son of God Almighty who bled and died on the Cross for your salvation calls you His friend. He does not call you His underling, servant, slave, minon, nor puppet. He says to you, “You are my friend.”
Your friendship with Him is the best friendship you have, ever. Experience the fullness of His love for you in all ways and love others as He loves you. Tell others that you love them, often. Show them, and show those others who do not know Christ yet, show them love. Make choices which are loving, compassionate, empathetic, and kind to others. Love them.
Jesus has layed down His life for you, His friend. He did this to victoriously conquer evil and death, and to give you His Presence through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling in your heart. Know and understand all that you can through your New Testament; enjoy time together there with Jesus your Friend who sits with you when you read Scriptures. What joy it is to be with Him!
Jesus says, “In My Father’s house these are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:2-4
The fullness of your relationship with Jesus Christ is going to continue on after you die here. Your tombstone will be the stepping stone into heaven. Your last breath here will be your first breath in heaven where Jesus meets you and ushers you into the great heavenly Holy Spirit Communion of permanence.
Disciple Thomas responds, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Good question; Thomas has a Scientific mind.
Jesus indicates that you only need to know One Thing about the way to follow Him. He says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you know Me you will know My Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” v. 6. The Holy Spirit constantly reveals Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, within you and victorious in the world.
When Jesus arrived, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met Him, while Mary stayed at home. John 11:17-20
When we hear that someone has lost a loved one we go to console. Console means to comfort someone in times of grief. How do you do that? Many words have been spoken to one who is grieving that are not helpful during time of sorrowing like, “Good thing you have another child/children so this loss will not be so bad.” Or, “Your parent was old and so had a long life; your sadness will pass quickly with the knowledge that they had a long life.” Or, “Your spouse that died would have wanted you to move on with life and get back into your regular schedule again.” While each of these are true, the statements have low level empathy.
Christian empathy meets the person where they are at spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Empathy accepts and is present where the grieving person sorrows. Grief is like a fingerprint; each person handles grief on their own time line and our patience is required in comforting them. Mary and Martha are two examples. Martha had to get moving, go to meet Jesus, and use Him as spiritual strength. Mary wanted to stay at home, immobile with grief, sorrowing with friend’s support.
Yet, look at what happens when Mary gets moving to Jesus, seeking comfort from the One who is the source of all comfort. She gathers His intent to give eternal life and receives the words of Resurrection.
Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. John 9:3-4
The man born blind did not ask for healing, did not approach Jesus and plead for healing, and did not know healing was going to happen! Jesus can surprise us with healing and other’s will ask, “How did you get well so quickly?” Our best response is, “My Savior named Jesus gave me healing.”
You see, the man born blind could not see Jesus and yet knew who had healed him! The blind man responded to what Jesus told him to do and went and washed in the pool of Siloam, which was the same water the temple used for making wine for the ceremonies and for drinking. The blind man responded to Jesus and not only saw the light of day but he also received the Light of the World, salvation in Jesus. Light of our King of Kings shone in his heart and mind!
Parallel this Scripture with John 13:30, as Judas takes the bread dipped in the wine which Jesus gives to Judas the betrayer and leaves, ‘…he (Judas) immediately went out and it was night.’ Did Judas realize that he’d stepped into utter darkness? Certainly! Do we? Absolutely. Can you return to the Savior? Yes, His readiness to takes you back, will love you, wants to keep you close, and give you total forgiveness is explained in Jesus’ story of the Prodigal child returning to the Accepting Savior.
Jesus heals you each time you return to Him, but not only that — He heals even before you ask! What a Savior we serve!!
Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.” John 8:11
This Scripture passage documents the woman caught in adultery, about to be stoned by the scribes and pharisees sure of the Mosaic Law: ‘If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death (Leviticus 20:10). Some would ask, where is the adulterous man? Perhaps he is dead already, or slipped away in the night and they have not found him yet to stone him also, or it may be that the scribes and Pharisees are not charging him with the same Mosaic Law for some reason.
They have brought this woman into the temple where Jesus is teaching and they somewhat cleverly ask Jesus to defy Mosaic Law. Their attention is focused on the fact that Jesus is more interested in the poor, the sinner, the downtrodden and the wayward soul; and rightfully so, He has come to give salvation! Yet, isn’t it also easy for some of us religious folk to imply to the sinner today that we are religious and you are not?!? Better it would be for us to offer Jesus Christ’s salvation in open and honest truth.
So shall we gang up on others with Christ’s forgiveness and words of salvation? ‘Intervention’ so to speak. When we look at what Jesus does for the adulterous woman, He who was sinless and perfect humanity, we too realize that His forgiveness in us has His Power within it to correct the soul, to right the wrong, and to save a life. Holy Spirit Power. Think on your greatest sin and remember the relief when you were quenched with His forgiveness to not sin again. You and I are in the life-saving Business with Christ. God your way and be about your heavenly Father’s work.