COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “I Am with You Always”


Matthew 28:18-20

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“Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6, NLT) (Illustration by Jenn Webster)

       Ladies and gentlemen, this is the very last COME, FOLLOW JESUS message as I am going to be closing this blog on June 14th and leaving WordPress to move on to bigger and much better things. Indeed, the Lord God has blessed me with the gift of sharing the Gospel with those who so desperately needed to have their ears opened to hear it, and I have used this gift so very well for the past 6 ½ years; As the days, weeks, months, and years go by, I shall find other ways to use my gift of sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in other parts of social media.
Indeed, no matter what age, race, or sex, there are people out there somewhere who are in desperate need of the hearing of the Gospel, the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; In order to save a sin-sick world as well as to show His unending love for us all, our Heavenly Father sent His only Son, Christ Jesus, to earth to be born from the womb of a virgin named Mary in a stable in Bethlehem. Then, Jesus grew up to become the greatest Teacher, Preacher, and Healer that mankind has ever known; And then, on that Good Friday, Jesus had done that no one else on this here earth could ever do: He took our place on the cross, being forced to carry it, and then be nailed to it after allowing Himself to be beaten, whipped, and tortured; Then, Jesus was nailed to the cross, suffering, bleeding, and then dying on the cross so that we could be saved for all of our sins. Then, on the third day, our Lord God, our Heavenly Father, has raised His only Son, Jesus, from the dead, defeating death as He went out of that cold, dark tomb, defeating death so that each and every one of us could very well have life eternal.
In the 28th chapter of Matthew, verses 18-20(NLT), not long after He had been raised from the dead, Jesus gave the following final message to His disciples: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 

      You see, the One who gave His Son authority over heaven, as well as earth, is none other than our Lord God Himself; And with that, Jesus has told His disciples to make even more disciples as they had preached, baptized, and taught. Now, when someone is dying or is about to leave in, say, the next month, his or her final words are just as important as anything else in this lifetime; When Jesus was about to leave and to disappear into a cloud, He left them with the final words of instruction: That they were under His authority, and that they were to make more disciples.
Yes, as Christians, Jesus was and shall always be with us, even until the end of time; Now, He told us to make disciples of all nations…Are YOU? I mean, have you ever given your heart to Jesus yet? If you haven’t, then you are missing out on the fact that the only way that can save you-and nothing else-is by the cross, the cross that had been stained with the blood that has been shed for you by Christ Jesus Himself! You see, Jesus took your place on the cross as punishment for you, and died for your sins, and that He had been raised for you so that you would be saved! My dearest friends, the Lord God loves you so very much, and He wants to invite you to be a part of His Family so that you could be with Him through eternity! All you have got to do is to repent of your sins-YOUR SINS-and believe that Jesus died on the cross for you, and to invite Him to come into your heart, so that you can follow Him always as His own personal Savior. Ask today, so that you can have that freedom from sin always!
“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)

      And so, with that, for the very last time, are you ready to receive that most precious gift of all time, the gift of salvation that has been won for us by the precious blood of Jesus Christ? Then I heartily ask that you please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner. I have ultimately sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. I believe that You have died on the cross for my sins and have been raised from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have eternal life. I ask now that You please come into my heart and let me follow You always as my personal Savior. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for paying the price of Your sacrifice for me. In Your most holy and blessed name I pray. Amen.”
And now, I would very much like to say this for the very final time: If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would like to welcome YOU into God’s great, big family! The very next thing to do now, since you have now finally given your very own heart to Jesus, would be to read God’s most blessed Word, the Holy Bible, each and every day of your life. And then, when it becomes time to praise, worship, and thank our Lord God, our Heavenly Father, not just one day, but every week, as well as every day, then I would very much like for you to go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday of your life, so that you can worship, praise, and thank our Lord for sending His Son to die for you so that you could be with Him…for always.
As this weekly feature comes to a close after 6 ½ years, I ask nothing but this: I hope and pray that you would give up your former life of sin, and to give your heart to Jesus Christ, not later, not next day, nor next week, nor next month, nor next year…But today, so that you shall very well be blessed to have been saved by the precious blood of Christ Jesus and to hopefully share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others who so desperately need to hear it always.

      I would like to thank you all so very much for taking the time out of your schedules every week for the past six-and-a-half years to read my weekly messages; It has been a joy, honor, and indeed a blessing to have the privilege of allowing the times set aside each and every week to share the message of the Gospel with you all. For those of you who have been saved by the cross of Christ through those messages in the past, I hope as well as pray that you would take the Good News of the Gospel and to share it with others. Again, thank you all so very much. Until we meet again, may the Lord God ever so richly bless you all.

“(Jesus said): ‘And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:20, NLT) Amen.

A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT…


I was originally going to bring you a link from InTouch today, but unfortunately, something went wrong with its website so I would not be able to bring you a link today…
However, I would very much like to share with you a Bible verse from the 7th chapter of John, verses 37-39(NLT); I hope that you enjoy it… 

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“On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, ‘Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from His heart.” (When He said ‘living water’, He was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in Him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into His glory.)” 

 

COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “United with Christ”


Ephesians 2:4-7

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“But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever.” (Psalm 5:11, NLT) (Photo collage art by Jenn Webster)

Well, the holiday that is known as Easter has come and gone for another year; All the Easter decorations are about to be put away, while one is certain that some or all of the candy has been eaten. Meanwhile, spring break has come to a close for another year, and most of the kids who have had that spring break are now heading back to reality as they go back to school…
But hold on a minute: Easter is not REALLY over: Easter is forever, and do you want to know why? Because of what our Heavenly Father has done because He loves us and wants to do something to save us all: He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to become our Easter miracle…He died a criminal’s death on the cross, and then God raised Him from the dead on the third day, because death could not ever keep a hold on Him. Jesus defeated death, and He is alive, declared victory from death so that someday, we might have life eternal! It is such a most blessed thing to be saved and to offer salvation through the precious blood that has been shed for us by Jesus!
Yes, God gave us life because He has raised His Son from the dead; Along with His Son, He has raised us from the dead, and has seated us with Him…

       In Ephesians 2:4-7(NLT), the Apostle Paul explains it this way: “But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (it is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.”
Yes, my dearest friends, we have been united with Jesus Christ because He took our place on the cross and died for each of us as payment; Then, on the third day, our Lord God raised Jesus from the dead, defeating death as He went out of that cold, dark tomb, so that every one of us could have life eternal.
But what about you? Do you have that Easter spirit, or if you haven’t, then do you really want to have that Easter spirit, not just on that holiday itself, but ALL the time? Well then, there is only one way to do so, and that one way is God’s Son, Jesus Christ. You see, all your sins have been nailed to the cross with Jesus, while your sins have been washed away by His most precious blood that has been shed for you on the cross. His death and resurrection was the price He paid to save us, and even you! If you have been living in the darkness, that darkness that has been caused by the many problems and trials in your life, then I think that it is time that you get to know God through Jesus-He loves you so very much, and He would very much like to introduce to you the Son-The Son who has paid the most ultimate price to save you. All you have got to do is to admit that you are a sinner, repent of your sins, and invite Jesus to come into your heart. It is the most blessedly simple thing that you could ever do.

       “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)
And so with that, my dearest friends, are you ready to commit your heart to Jesus Christ? Then I ask that you please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner. I have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. I believe that You have died on the cross for my sins, and have been raised from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have eternal life. I ask now that You please come into my heart and let me follow You always as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much for You sacrifice as the ultimate price paid to save me. In Your most holy and blessed name. Amen.”
If you have just prayed this prayer with me, I would very much like to welcome YOU into God’s Great, Big Family! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you have given your heart to Jesus would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s most blessed Word, each and every day of your life; and then, you need to go to a good, Christian church, each and every Sunday of your life, so that you could praise, worship, and thank our Lord for sending Jesus to die for you. I very much hope and pray that you make this most blessed choice of all by giving your very own heart to Jesus Christ and to follow Him always today. I thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message today; Until next time, 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.