COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “Have Faith in God”

Mark 11:15-17, 22-24

“Your unfailing love will last forever…” (Psalm 89:2) (Illustration by Jenn Webster)

Today is Palm Sunday, the final Sunday of the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, thus beginning a week that is so very special for Christians like us: Holy Week, a very special week, one that commemorates the final week of Christ’s life; In that commemoration of that final week, the Son of our Heavenly Father would do something that nobody else in this whole, wide world could do: He took our place on the cross to be punished for us, to be whipped, beaten, suffer, and to die for us, so that every one of us could be saved through the blessed power of salvation that can only come from the precious blood that only the Lord Jesus Christ could ever shed for us.
     In the 11th chapter of the Gospel of Mark (NLT), shortly after making His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Jesus entered in the Temple, and instead of seeing people praying, He sees people buying and selling things such as animals for sacrifices. So with that, Jesus completely drove out each and every person who had done this instead of praying; Afterward, Jesus said to the people, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations’, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”
     Of course, shortly after what Jesus had done, leading priests and teachers of religious law began to plot how they would kill the Christ, but because the people became so amazed at His teaching, they became afraid of Him (Mark 11:18, NLT).

Later on, Christ Jesus said the following to His disciples: “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea’, and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
      Yes, Jesus simply told His disciples to just have faith in God; But what about you? Yes, you? Have you been having faith in yourself recently, only to have bad things come in your life, such as a job loss, a relationship breakup, or even a divorce? And have you also been trying to soothe those pains with nothing but vices such as drugs, alcohol, pornography, and even gambling? Do you so desperately need to have a change in your life?
     If so, then you are not alone-There are many other people just like you who ever so desperately need something that would change their lives for the very better, and do you want to know something else? I have some very wonderful news for you, in fact, Good News! In spite of all that you have gone through in your life, God loves you anyway, and He has finally found a way to save you from your darkness while showing His love for each and every one of you: In order to show His love for us, our Heavenly Father sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to take the place of a common criminal, allowing Himself to be forced to carry, to be beaten, to be whipped, and then to be nailed to, and then to suffer, bleed, and die on the cross for the payment of each and every one of our sins, both in the past and in the present.
     And then, three days later, our Lord God simply raised Jesus Christ from the dead and defeated death, then went out of that dark tomb, so that each one of us could very well have life eternal! Yes! Jesus died for YOU! Amen! My dearest friends, on this Palm Sunday, there is simply no greater gift than the gift of salvation that has been won for us by the precious blood that has been shed on the cross by Christ; This most precious gift is yours if you would only just fully accept it by repenting your sins and to ask Jesus to come into your heart.

 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17, NLT)
     So on this Palm Sunday, are you ready to accept the free gift of salvation that Christ has won for you on the cross? Then please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord God, Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner. I have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. I believe that You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die on the cross for my sins, and that you have raised Him from the dead on the third day, defeating death as He went out of that cold, dark tomb, so that I could have eternal life. I ask that You please forgive me of all my sins and that you allow Your Son, Jesus Christ, to come into my heart, so that I could follow Him always as my personal Savior. Thank You so very much that Your Son sacrificed Himself to save me. In Jesus name. Amen.”
     If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then you are now a part of God’s Great, Big Family! And now that you have given your very own heart to Jesus Christ, the very next thing that you yourselves need to do would be to read God’s Word, the Holy Bible, each and every day of your life; And then, you must attend Sunday service at your church, not just on any Sunday, but each and every Sunday of your life, so that you can praise, worship, and to thank our Lord God for loving you and saving you by sending Jesus to die on the cross for you. I very much hope as well as pray that you would make the most important choice of your life by giving your heart to Jesus Christ, not just today on Palm Sunday, but every day, and always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read my message today, and that, Lord willing, next week I shall bring you a very special Easter message. Until then, may the Lord God ever so richly bless you.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

EASTER (An Essay)

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(Zentangle(R)-inspired illustration by Jenn Webster)

      On the 21st of April, we shall celebrate Easter; Easter is a time in which Christians such as myself shall celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ has defeated death when he has risen from the dead. For Christians such as myself, it is the most blessed time in all of the year in the calendar…
Easter is also a part of Spring, which happens to be a time of renewal; Babies of the human and animal kind are born, mental lives are to be straightened out, and we smell the most beautifully blessed flowers and fauna that the Lord God has ever given us and has blessed us with.
Easter is supposed to be a time to offer our praises to the One who has given His very own life so that we could be saved; However, there are those who have simply never taken the holiday very seriously and have used it to focus on other things…

      Things such as awaiting the arrival of the Easter Bunny to see what treats and goodies he has for them; Dyeing eggs to a most specific color imaginable…Going to Easter egg hunts while dressing to impress…
Yes, those things are fine and good, but have they forgotten about the real, true meaning of Easter? With the world the way it is as of right now, then I do believe that we need the real, true message of Easter just as much as now as ever before. Easter is not about the Easter Bunny-It is about the most blessed story of all time: The story of how our Lord God sent His only Son into earth to allow Himself to take our place on the cross and to die there, as the ultimate payment for sins, both in the past and in the present.
And do you want to know something else? The whole world should always honor the fact that we have been blessed by God through Jesus Christ, not just at Easter, but each and every day, 365 days a year.

      At Easter this year, I think that it is a very good time for you to introduce your children to the blessed tale of salvation; Read the entire Easter story, either in the Gospels of Luke, Matthew, or John in the Holy Bible, and then let those blessed words of the Lord enrich the minds of your children, so that they will know and understand the fact that God sent Jesus to die for their sins; And then, if the Lord is willing, then sometime soon your children shall learn to keep on reading the Bible and then they shall know how to do things the right way from this most blessed book.
That should be the most blessed Easter gift that you would ever give to your children.