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Investing in Easter, The Words of the King, Part 1

Within a few short months, I’ll be moving to Mayberry. Our business sold, our house is on the market and we’re supposed to receive two offers today. In Tom’s mind, we’re already moved.

I’m excited about moving, but sad about leaving.

Maybe that’s how Jesus felt as He prepared His disciples for His death and resurrection–His homecoming.

For today’s reading, I’m going to zero in on John 13:33-36. Here it is from the NASB:

“Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.; A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

That’s a pretty tall order. Especially if you look back a few verses and see Jesus washing their feet.

The God of the universe, on His hands and feet, scrubbing toe dirt.

That’s love.

Here’s another passage to keep in mind:

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Jesus did that. Really. We weren’t even His friends. Romans states we were His enemies.

True. Most of us think we’re kind of good. Fact is, the Bible says no one is good and no one seeks after God.

Let me ask you a question, friend; Are you a friend of God? Not by any good works, that’s for sure. Isaiah 64:6 talks about our “good” works. Says they’re filthy rags.

The only way we to become a friend of God is through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Meditate on this:

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

If you’re not a friend of God, make Him one today. Repent. Tell Him you are a sinner. Trust Christ alone for your salvation.

Then, rejoice my friend. Email me. Find a good church that teaches the whole Bible.

Those of you who have trusted Christ, love others.

It’s not a suggestion.

We can love because He first loved us.

Worship with me today by listening to Keith and Kristin Getty:

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Investing in Easter, The Anger of the King

When was the last time you were really angry? This morning? Last year?

Now figure out why you were so angry.

For me, it’s usually because I feel someone didn’t treat me the way I felt like they should have. Or maybe I didn’t get my way. One time I was so angry, I hit my husband with a Scrabble box. Not exactly  righteous anger.

Yet, that’s the kind of anger Jesus had when He entered the temple in Jerusalem. People buying and selling merchandise. In fact, He was so angry, He overturned tables and threw people out.

Why was He so angry? Here’s what He said as He quoted from Jeremiah:

“Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations?’ But you have made it a robbers’ den.” Mark 11:17

Imagine that. Commercialism in the church.


We still do that today.

Crowding out our worship with commercialism. Idols. Stuff.

Forgetting to pray.

Remember, this week, we’re investing in Easter. Thinking about the cross. Meditating on its significance. Savoring its beauty.

Don’t forget the message of Easter in the midst of this world.

God became man to live a sinless life in order to pay for our sins.

What are sins? Sure, the ten commandments–that’s a given. But sin is living apart from God. Planning our own lives. Being captain of our own ships.

I remember when a famous singer died, the headline read, “He Did It His Way.”

Not really.

Check out this verse:

“Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” Psalm 2:12 (NASB)

How can I say this…


Take refuge in the Christ of the Cross.

For those of us who’ve already done that, thank Him. Praise Him. Pray to Him.

And by all means, clean out your temple.

Here’s a song by Chris Tomlin to help you savor the cross.

Blessings, my friend.

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Investing in Easter, The Entrance of the King

I live in Florida. At least for now. The palm tree pictured above is right outside my living room window–try not to covet.

Yesterday was Palm Sunday. If you attended church, you probably heard a message from the gospels about Christ entering Jerusalem and the crowd throwing branches down for Jesus. Take a look at Matthew 21:1-11. Here it is from the NIV:

1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, ”Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 ”Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ “ 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Since it’s 2000 years later, we know the end of that story. The same people who cried “Hosanna” which means “Save now,” cried crucify Him only a few days later. They weren’t looking for a Savior from sin, but a warrior against Rome.

I kind of like to think they wanted a McSavior: quick, convenient, and cheap.

Notice the end of the passage. The crowds asked, “Who is this?”

It makes me think of another question Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew 16:13-17. First He asks who the people say that He is. The disciples answer some say John the Baptist, Jeremiah, a prophet.

Then He gets specific. He asks them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Peter replies, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

I’m asking you that same question, friend. Who do you say Jesus is? A good man? A prophet?

He claimed to be the Messiah. He claimed to be the Son of God.

Your answer to that question determines your eternal destiny. It can’t be the “McQuick” answer. Take a look at this:

“if anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26, 27.

A life of belief means a life of sacrifice.

But an eternity of benefits.

See you tomorrow.