How would you like to know you are on the right side? How would you like to know you are on the winning team? How would you like to know that your name is written in His book? How would you like to know that your destiny is good? How would you like to know that it will end well for you? What if you could choose? What if you had to make a decision for it to all come true? Well it is! You have to choose! We all have freewill and so it is up to us to choose! So make sure to start a relationship with Him so that you can be written in His book of life and get to spend your eternity with Him instead of apart from Him!
The Empty Tomb
(Matthew 28.1-8; Mark 16.1-8; Luke 24.1-12)
1Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. 2She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. 4The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. 6Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there 7and the cloth which had been around Jesus’ head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. ( 9They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.)
–from John 20
He conquered the grave! He defeated death! He gave His all to bridge the gap and make a way for us to be reconciled with God! All we have to do is receive it! All we have to do is start the relationship with Him! We are saved by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ! There is no sin, mistake, time when we did something wrong, that is bigger than God’s love and what God can forgive, but will you humble yourself and ask for forgiveness? Will you invite Jesus into your heart and start a new life, where the old is gone and the new has come? And when He comes back, it will be done! When He gave His life on the cross, it was finished, He had defeated the power of death and sin, He fulfilled the scriptures of the savior coming to save the world, and we are now faced with the choice of receiving it! When He comes back again, it will be final, judgment will be given. For those who choose to receive Jesus, there is no more condemnation and we will get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven!
The Famous Prostitute
1Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came to me and said, “Come, and I will show you how the famous prostitute is to be punished, that great city that is built near many rivers. 2The kings of the earth practiced sexual immorality with her, and the people of the world became drunk from drinking the wine of her immorality.” 3The Spirit took control of me, and the angel carried me to a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a red beast that had names insulting to God written all over it; the beast had seven heads and ten horns. 4The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and covered with gold ornaments, precious stones, and pearls. In her hand she held a gold cup full of obscene and filthy things, the result of her immorality. 5On her forehead was written a name that has a secret meaning: “Great Babylon, the mother of all prostitutes and perverts in the world.” 6And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s people and the blood of those who were killed because they had been loyal to Jesus. When I saw her, I was completely amazed. 7“Why are you amazed?” the angel asked me. “I will tell you the secret meaning of the woman and of the beast that carries her, the beast with seven heads and ten horns. 8That beast was once alive, but lives no longer; it is about to come up from the abyss and will go off to be destroyed. The people living on earth whose names have not been written before the creation of the world in the book of the living, will all be amazed as they look at the beast. It was once alive; now it no longer lives, but it will reappear. 9“This calls for wisdom and understanding. The seven heads are seven hills, on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings: 10five of them have fallen, one still rules, and the other one has not yet come; when he comes, he must rule only a little while. 11And the beast that was once alive, but lives no longer, is itself an eighth king who is one of the seven and is going off to be destroyed. 12“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet begun to rule, but who will be given authority to rule as kings for one hour with the beast. 13These ten all have the same purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. 14They will fight against the Lamb; but the Lamb, together with his called, chosen, and faithful followers, will defeat them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings.” 15The angel also said to me, “The waters you saw, on which the prostitute sits, are nations, peoples, races, and languages. 16The ten horns you saw and the beast will hate the prostitute; they will take away everything she has and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and destroy her with fire. 17For God has placed in their hearts the will to carry out his purpose by acting together and giving to the beast their power to rule until God’s words come true. 18“The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
–from Revelation 17
We have a choice and the decision based on our choice will have benefits or consequences. So choose wisely!
22Have you ever visited the storerooms, where I keep the snow and the hail? 23I keep them ready for times of trouble, for days of battle and war. 24Have you been to the place where the sun comes up, or the place from which the east wind blows? 25Who dug a channel for the pouring rain and cleared the way for the thunderstorm? 26Who makes rain fall where no one lives? 27Who waters the dry and thirsty land, so that grass springs up? 28Does either the rain or the dew have a father? 29Who is the mother of the ice and the frost, 30which turn the waters to stone and freeze the face of the sea? 31Can you tie the Pleiades together or loosen the bonds that hold Orion? 32Can you guide the stars season by season and direct the Big and the Little Dipper? 33Do you know the laws that govern the skies, and can you make them apply to the earth? 34Can you shout orders to the clouds and make them drench you with rain? 35And if you command the lightning to flash, will it come to you and say, “At your service”? 36Who tells the ibis when the Nile will flood, or who tells the rooster that rain will fall? 37Who is wise enough to count the clouds and tilt them over to pour out the rain, 38rain that hardens the dust into lumps? 39Do you find food for lions to eat, and satisfy hungry young lions 40when they hide in their caves, or lie in wait in their dens? 41Who is it that feeds the ravens when they wander about hungry, when their young cry to me for food?
–from Job 38
God’s ways are not our ways! His ways are better than our ways! His plans are for good and not for evil! He is a just God! He is patient and long suffering for He doesn’t want anyone to perish! He sent Jesus so that people could have a choice! Have you chosen? When will you make a choice? I pray that it will be in time. Be redeemed! Rejoice in the Lord always and I again I say rejoice!
Jerusalem’s Sin and Redemption
1Jerusalem is doomed, that corrupt, rebellious city that oppresses its own people. 2It has not listened to the Lord or accepted his discipline. It has not put its trust in the Lord or asked for his help. 3Its officials are like roaring lions; its judges are like hungry wolves, too greedy to leave a bone until morning. 4The prophets are irresponsible and treacherous; the priests defile what is sacred, and twist the law of God to their own advantage. 5But the Lord is still in the city; he does what is right and never what is wrong. Every morning without fail, he brings justice to his people. And yet the unrighteous people there keep on doing wrong and are not ashamed. 6The Lord says, “I have wiped out whole nations; I have destroyed their cities and left their walls and towers in ruins. The cities are deserted; the streets are empty—no one is left. 7I thought that then my people would have reverence for me and accept my discipline, that they would never forget the lesson I taught them. But soon they were behaving as badly as ever. 8“Just wait,” the Lord says. “Wait for the day when I rise to accuse the nations. I have made up my mind to gather nations and kingdoms in order to let them feel the force of my anger. The whole earth will be destroyed by the fire of my fury. 9“Then I will change the people of the nations, and they will pray to me alone and not to other gods. They will all obey me. 10Even from distant Ethiopia my scattered people will bring offerings to me. 11At that time you, my people, will no longer need to be ashamed that you rebelled against me. I will remove everyone who is proud and arrogant, and you will never again rebel against me on my sacred hill. 12I will leave there a humble and lowly people, who will come to me for help. 13The people of Israel who survive will do no wrong to anyone, tell no lies, nor try to deceive. They will be prosperous and secure, afraid of no one.”
A Song of Joy
14Sing and shout for joy, people of Israel! Rejoice with all your heart, Jerusalem! 15The Lord has stopped your punishment; he has removed all your enemies. The Lord, the king of Israel, is with you; there is no reason now to be afraid. 16The time is coming when they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not be afraid, city of Zion! Do not let your hands hang limp! 17The Lord your God is with you; his power gives you victory. The Lord will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life. He will sing and be joyful over you, 18as joyful as people at a festival.” The Lord says, “I have ended the threat of doom and taken away your disgrace. 19The time is coming! I will punish your oppressors; I will rescue all the lame and bring the exiles home. I will turn their shame to honor, and all the world will praise them. 20The time is coming! I will bring your scattered people home; I will make you famous throughout the world and make you prosperous once again.”
The Lord has spoken.
–from Zephaniah 3