HE IS RISEN AND HE IS COMING AGAIN…

John 20:1-7 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings.
Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this….

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded and was placed separate from the grave clothes.

by Beth Butler Burks

Jesus told us He is coming a second time……

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’ Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see… The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!

Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it…

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now, if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, ‘I’m done’.
But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because……….. The folded cloth meant,

‘I’m coming back!’

HE IS RISEN AND HE IS COMING BACK!!!!

John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

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Jesus is…

JESUS IS ….

Isaiah 40:31 “But those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint

He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End!
He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all!
He is the Architect of the universe and
The Manager of all times.
He always was, He always is, and He always will be…
Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!
He was bruised and brought healing!
He was pierced and eased pain!
He was persecuted and brought freedom!
He was dead and brought life!
He is risen and brings power!
He reigns and brings Peace!
The world can’t understand him,
The armies can’t defeat Him,
The schools can’t explain Him, and

The leaders can’t ignore Him.
Herod couldn’t kill Him,

The Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him, and
The people couldn’t hold Him!
Nero couldn’t crush Him,
Hitler couldn’t silence Him,
The New Age can’t replace Him, and

Donahue can’t explain Him away!
He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.
He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.
His ways are right,
His word is eternal,

His will is unchanging, and
His mind is on me.
He is my Redeemer,
He is my Savior,
He is my guide, and
He is my peace!
He is my Joy,
He is my comfort,
He is my Lord, and
He rules my life!

He is risen from the dead!

He sits today at God the Fathers right hand!
I serve Him because His bond is love,

His burden is light, and

His goal for me is abundant life.
I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise,
The power of the powerful,

The ancient of days, the ruler of rulers,
The leader of leaders, the overseer of the overcomers, and

The sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come.
And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size.
His goal is a relationship with ME!

He will never leave me,

Never forsake me,

Never mislead me,

Never forget me,

Never overlook me, and
Ever cancel my appointment in His appointment book!
When I fall, He lifts me up!
When I fail, He forgives!
When I am weak, He is strong!
When I am lost, He is the way!
When I am afraid, He is my courage!
When I stumble, He steadies me!
When I am hurt, He heals me!
When I am broken, He mends me!
When I am blind, He leads me!
When I am hungry, He feeds me!
When I face trials, He is with me!
When I face persecution, He shields me!
When I face problems, He comforts me!
When I face loss, He provides for me!
When I face Death, He carries me Home!
He is everything for everybody, everywhere,

Every time, and every way.
He is God, He is faithful.
I am His, and He is mine!
My Father in heaven can whip the father of this world.

So, if you’re wondering why I feel so secure, understand this…
He said it and that settles it.
God is in control, I am on His side, and

That means all is well with my soul.
Everyday is a blessing for GOD Is!

 Isaiah 46:9 “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,”

Easter and CHRISTianity…

Why is Easter so important to Biblical CHRISTianity? Easter proclaims that Jesus arose from the grave. Have any of the people many of the religions of this world worship ever arose from the grave? The answer is a loud, NO! The early and current Church needed the resurrection so God documented this miraculous event for us.

 

Listen to scripture and the importance of Easter.

 

I Cor 15:12-17 Now if Christ is preached that he has been raised from the dead,

how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised: and if Christ has not been raised, then is our preaching vain, your faith also is vain. Yea, we are found false witnesses of God; because we witnessed of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, neither hath Christ been raised: and if Christ hath not been raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins.

I Cor 15:20a “But now has Christ been raised from the dead…”

So this Easter, please remember to celebrate with family the importance of Easter. Without Easter we are dead in our sins!!!

 

Praise to our God and Savior, HE AROSE!!!

 

Listen to the Holy Spirit’s words via Matthews account and place yourself there and listen to what is said to us!

 

Mat 28:1-10 “Now late on the Sabbath day, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was as lightning, and his raiment

white as snow: and for fear of him the watchers did quake and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not; for I know that you seek Jesus, who hath been crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, even as he said. Come; see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples, He is risen from the dead; and lo,

He goes before you into Galilee; there shall you see Him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring his disciples word. And behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then saith Jesus unto them,

Fear not: go tell my brethren that they depart into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Mat 28:19-20 “Go you therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”.

HE IS RISEN!

The Ultimate Credit Card…

I John 5:11-13 “And this is the record, that God gave unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has the life; he that has not the Son of God has not the life. These things have I written unto you, that you may know that you have eternal life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God.

The Ultimate Credit Card!

There are some things money can’t buy, for everything else there is the ‘Master’s Card’.

I’m sure you’ve all received their applications in the mail. However, I’m here to advertise a different card. You see, my life is a product for others to see. I’m a card-carrying representative for The Master’s Card.

That’s right, The MASTER’S CARD.  Let me tell you about it.  There are no finance charges, no payments due. My bill has already been covered…it’s a prepaid deal. I couldn’t afford the price, so Jesus stepped in and paid it for me. My Name is written on the card for all to see. It is accessible twenty-four hours a day from anywhere in the world.  And it cannot be erased. WOW!!!!!!!!!

The MASTER’S CARD has so many benefits it’s hard to list them all. Let me share some of them with you… you might want to apply for a personal card yourself.

Just for starters there is UNLIMITED GRACE. That’s right there is no preset limit to the amount of grace you receive from

The MASTER’S CARD. Have you been looking for love in all the wrong places? Then, look no farther than the MASTER’S CARD. It offers the greatest rate on love that has ever been offered.  And most importantly it offers unconditional love.

The MASTER’S CARD gives you access to many “members only” benefits. Want real joy despite the difficulties of life? Apply for The MASTER’S CARD. Want a lasting peace? Apply for The MASTER’S CARD. Looking for something you can always rely on in a jam?

The MASTER’S CARD is perfect for you. Another great thing about the MASTER’S CARD is that it never expires and will never be canceled. Once you’re a member, you’re a member for life… eternal life, that is. Membership has its privileges, you know.

So why not apply today? It’s only a prayer away….

Why do I need the Master (salvation)?

Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Rom 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death…”

The Master’s offer.

Rom 5:8 “But God demonstrated His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

What must I do to get my card (be saved from the consequences of my sins)?

Rom 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Eph 2:8, 9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, an d that not of yourselves,it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone would boast.”

What if…

Rev 21:12a, 15 “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing
before God, and books were opened. And another book was
opened, which is the Book of Life…  And anyone not found
written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

What if…

I went into my classroom,
Ready for another year at school.
I didn’t want the work,
just wanted to hang and be cool.

I had on new clothes,
New sneaks on my feet.
I was there for class on time,
Went to the back and took my seat.

Yeah, I’m moving up,
I’m already grown.
Soon I’ll be graduating,
and out on my own.

I talked to some of my friends,
we were all having fun.
Said some things I shouldn’t have said,
did stuff I shouldn’t have done.

I knew I was different.
I felt God touch my heart,
I knew I should set a standard,
But then I’d be set apart.

Walking to the bus,
I was not looking for strength.
I heard the car tires screeching,
but now it’s too late.

I’m standing in this room,
and I can see the heavenly gate.
Oh no! I never prayed.
I thought I had time to get it straight.

An angel walked to me,
He had a book in his hand.
I knew it was the Book of Life,
When would this dream end?

I told him my name,
and he began to look.
Then he looked at me sadly and said,
your name is not in this book.

Angel, this is a dream,
No, I can’t be dead!
He closed the book and turned away,
He whispered – You cannot proceed ahead.

No…No this can’t be real,
Angel, you can’t turn me away.
Let me talk to God,
Maybe he’ll let me stay.

He led me to the gate,
Jesus came to me.
He did not let me in but said,
Beloved what is your need?

Jesus, I cried, please,
don’t cast me away from you.
Tears ran down his face as he said,
you knew what you needed to do.

Lord, please I’m young;
I never thought I would die.
I thought I’d have plenty of time,
Death caught me by surprise.

Lord, I went to church,
please Jesus, I believe.
He said, you would not accept Me,
My love you would not receive.

Lord, there were too many hypocrites,
they weren’t being true.
He took a step back and asked,
what does that have to do with you?

Lord, my family claimed to be saved,
they weren’t real. You know.
He said, I died for you,
now I have to go.

I fell to my knees crying to Him,
Lord; I planned to be real tomorrow.
I couldn’t, make Him understand,
I had never — felt such sorrow.

Then it hit me hard, I said,
Lord, where will I go?
He looked into my eyes and said,
my child you already know.

Please Jesus, I begged,
the place is so dreadful.
It seemed to trouble and grieve him,
He whispered, DEPART FROM ME, I KNOW YOU NOT.

Lord, you’re supposed to be love,
how can you send me to damnation?
He replied; with your mouth you said you loved me,
but each day you rejected my salvation.

With that in an instant,
Day turned into night.
I never knew such torture could be;
now too late, I know the Bible is right.

If I can tell you anything,
Hell has no age.
It is a place of torture,
Separated from God and full of rage.

You know, I thought it was funny — a joke,
But this one thing is true.
If you never accept Jesus Christ,
HELL IS WAITING FOR YOU!

So please, ask Him to be your Savior
and forgive you of your sins. No deed, church or
tradition can be that Savior, only Jesus can.

Where will you be when?
Where will your coworkers and family members be?

Rev 21:12a, 15 “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing
before God, and books were opened. And another book was
opened, which is the Book of Life…  And anyone not found
written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

A Real Friend…

Proverbs 18.24 “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks close than a brother.”

A Real Friend…

A big city preacher on vacation stopped in to visit the country church where he was staying. He was quite impressed by the tradition of everyone turning around and shaking hands and greeting the other worshipers seated nearby. This big city preacher had long felt that the church he ministered at was a bit stuffy and could use a bit of friendliness.

So he announced on the first Sunday after returning home that the following Sunday they were going to initiate this custom. At the close of that same service, a man turned around to the lady behind him and said, “Good Morning”.

She looked at him, shocked by his boldness, and said, “I beg your pardon! That friendliness business doesn’t start until next Sunday.”

“A friend is someone who thinks you’re a good egg even though you’re slightly cracked.”

“A fair-weather friend is one who is not around when times turn difficult.”

“A friend is a person who can step on your toes without messing your shine.”

“A friend is a person who goes around saying nice things about you behind your back.”

“A friend is a person with whom I may think aloud” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To speak painful truth through loving words is friendship” – Henry Ward Beecher

“A friend is one who knows all about you and loves you just the same” – Elbert Green Hubbard

“A friend is one who knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts who you have become and still, gently invites you to grow.”

“Insomuch as anyone pushes you nearer to God, he or she is your friend.”

Proverbs 18.24 “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks close than a brother.”

Who is your best Friend?

A Guide to Effective Human Relations…

Most people think they can solve problems by themselves and they are smart enough to determine and plan for their eternal destiny. People want to be the chooser of the way their life goes. Listen to what God says about the wisdom of mankind. OUCH!

 Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof, is the way of death.”

Romans 1:21-22 “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools,…”

A Guide to Effective Human Relations!

Try these on for size.

The Six Most Important Words: “I admit I made a mistake.”
The Five Most Important Words: “You did a good job.”
The Four Most Important Words:  “What is your opinion?”
The Three Most Important Words:  “If you please.”
The Two Most Important Words:  “Thank you.”
The Most Important Word:  “We.”
The Least Important Word:  “I”

There is a time in scripture when the word I has some merit. When I counts…

Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Have you given God control of the I in your life this morning or are you of the thinking you can control your destiny?????