A Dire Warning For 2020 Part 2: Coronavirus, Vaccines, & Digital ID

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Photo by Ryan, Sunday 4-19-2020

Before I get started, I wanted to thank you all for praying for me this week.  I also appreciate your messages of support.  I am not in pain like I was five days ago and I am thankful to God for that.  I am also thankful for God’s mercy in giving me rest.  I am very tired from fighting the pain all the time.  Again, thank you for your prayers.  There is something I have been wanting to warn you all about.  I was going to write about it on Monday, but it was put on hold because of the suffering.  This warning is in regards to an attempt by the New World Order globalists to force a deadly vaccine on us for Coronavirus and force their microchip technology on us at the same time.

Back on January 4th of this year, I wrote a post titled “A Dire Warning For 2020” where I warned about microchip technology and the mark of the beast spoken of in Revelation 13:16-18.  If you have not read that post, I encourage you to do so before reading this post.  It will give you a base understanding of Bible prophecy regarding the coming one world government, the antichrist, and the mark to control humanity.  This post could be considered a part 2 to what I warned about in that post.

“He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

This calls for wisdom.  If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number.  His number is 666.”

Revelation 13:16-18

How does all this tie in with Coronavirus and the current pandemic we find ourselves in?  Let me show you what I sent to Tucker Carlson on Thursday, and I will explain.  May the Lord give us all wisdom and open our minds and hearts to see the connections and unveil and expose the evil plans of the New World Order.

Screenshot_2020-04-18 Ryan Callahan on Twitter TuckerCarlson Investigate ties btwn the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Harvard[...]

Yeah, that’s a mouth full!  I have been doing a lot of research this week.  God does that a lot when I’m suffering.  I truly hope Tucker investigates all that.  He did several great reports on the Wuhan Institute of Virology this week.

I learned about the lab in Wuhan at least a month ago, but I have been researching and speaking the truth about the NWO since 2013.  Many of you have read my posts on topics such as 9/11 and the Federal Reserve.  There really are evil people who worship the evil one and they really are building the one world government for the antichrist.  There is nothing conspiracy about the prophecies in God’s Holy Word.   God shows us who the evil people are and He exposes them and their wicked plans for humanity.  It is my job as one of God’s soldiers in Christ to shine His light on the darkness and expose them!

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

Ephesians 5:11

God does not want us to die for a lack of knowledge.  We must know what the enemy and his horde are doing because they are trying to kill us.  I have been stirred up in the Spirit ever since news of Coronavirus first broke.  My intuition was high and I suspected that this was another attack by the NWO just like so many of their attacks in the past.  As soon as Bill Gates came rushing on the scene spouting off about vaccines and “digital certificates” to go with the vaccines, I knew this was an orchestrated biological attack on the world.  I will get to that, but first the lab where the virus was released from, and yes, I mean released and yes, I mean intentionally.

Patriots knew about that lab long before the mainstream media and we have been talking about it on social media.  You can find me on Twitter at: @AuthorRyanC.  It’s always interesting to watch the media playing catch up to the truth (#WeAreTheNewsNow).  Just last week, I was talking to several of my friends here on WordPress who had written excellent posts about the origins of the virus, and I told them that the virus came from the virology lab in Wuhan.  Now, the mainstream media admits it after many of them were quick to call it a “conspiracy theory.”  By the way, did you know the term “conspiracy theory” was a phrase created by the CIA?  They created the phrase to silence dissent, and control thought through shame and ridicule, so people would not search for the truth themselves regarding JFK.  There is nothing conspiracy about the only level 4 deadly pathogen lab in China being located in Wuhan.  It is fact, so let’s start there.

Wuhan Institute of Virology
Wuhan Institute of Virology

That photo shows exactly where this Coronavirus pandemic started.  The media won’t go as far as saying it is a bio-weapon that was released intentionally, but that is exactly what that deadly virus is and that is exactly what happened.  It is absolutely awesome to hear the media admit that “there is increasing evidence the virus outbreak likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory.”  That’s right!  There is a lot of evidence!

Why would Bill Gates have a patent on Coronavirus through the Pirbright Institute?  Furthermore, why is a guy who created Microsoft and has no medical training or degrees doing anything with vaccines at all?  The answer to those questions is much darker than you can imagine.

Gates is an agent of death for the NWO and his job is to work on depopulating the world through poisonous and deadly vaccines.  When Bill was growing up, his Dad was head of Planned Parenthood.  Their family is tied to the Bilderberg Group, George Soros, and eugenics.  Bill has a long history of hurting and killing people with his vaccines and he even admits that is his goal.  At a TED Talk in 2010 he openly admitted that he wants to lower the world population by using vaccines.  Here is the quote from that speech:

Bill Gates TED talk depopulation quote

Check out this excellent article by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. regarding the horrific injury and death Bill Gates has caused with his vaccines in Africa, India, and other countries around the world.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is not working to save the world through vaccines.  They are working on depopulating the world, and Bill admits it!

Gates’ Globalist Vaccine Agenda: A Win-Win for Pharma and Mandatory Vaccination

“Promising his share of $450 million of $1.2 billion to eradicate polio, Gates took control of India’s National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), which mandated up to 50 doses (Table 1) of polio vaccines through overlapping immunization programs to children before the age of 5.  Indian doctors blame the Gates campaign for a devastating non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP) epidemic that paralyzed 490,000 children beyond expected rates between 2000 and 2017.  In 2017, the Indian government dialed back Gates’ vaccine regimen and asked Gates and his vaccine policies to leave India.  NPAFP rates dropped precipitously.”

-Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Chairman, Children’s Health Defense

You must understand that Bill Gates is part of the NWO cabal that is building the one world government.  He is a member of the Bilderberg Group, which conspires to build that world government along with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.  Forced vaccinations and implanting microchips in people like slaves for mass control is the end game.  Bill Gates and the NWO are using Coronavirus to push for a mandatory vaccine that will be tied to “digital certificates” also  known as “digital identity.”  It is very convenient that Bill Gates has a patent on Coronavirus through the Pirbright Institute and now he wants to create and push a worldwide vaccine for Coronavirus along with his digital identity scam called ID2020.  It is much more than convenient and it is not coincidence; it is connected.

Thank God Attorney General William Barr does not agree with Bill Gates and his proposal for vaccine certificates!  AG Barr knows what Bill is up to and he is not having any of it!  Trump and his administration are not going to let some NWO psycho play the United States like a fiddle!

AG Barr Opposes Bill Gates Proposal for COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates

If you don’t know what ID2020 is, you should.  It is all about implanting microchips in people or using “tattoo markers,” which will be used to control and dominate humanity in the coming one world government.  They make it sound like the wave of the future that will give us ultimate freedom, when in reality it is about ultimate domination and control of mankind.

“New technologies, including blockchain, when used in conjunction with long-proven technologies, such as biometrics, now make it possible for all people to have access to a safe, verifiable, and persistent form of identity.

In September of 2015, all United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, including their commitment to “provide legal identity for all, including birth registration” by 2030.”

-ID2020.org

Folks, do you know what the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda is?  It used to be called Agenda 21, but they changed the name when the truth came out about it being a NWO plan to rule the world through a one world government!  Chipping everyone like slaves is a huge part of that plan and they admit it!  We do not need the United Nations, the EU, the W.H.O., or any other globalist arm of the New World Order forcing anything on us, especially vaccines and implantable microchips!  This is all very evil and it comes from the evil one!

Gates and his ID2020 Alliance are even rolling his digital identity scheme out on homeless people in Austin, Texas, and they admit to working towards merging vaccines with digital ID.

ID2020 and partners launch program to provide digital ID with vaccines

“The ID2020 Alliance has launched a new digital identity program at its annual summit in New York, in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, vaccine alliance Gavi, and new partners in government, academia, and humanitarian relief.

The program to leverage immunization as an opportunity to establish digital identity was unveiled by ID2020 in partnership with the Bangladesh Government’s Access to Information (a2i) Program, the Directorate General of Health Services, and Gavi, according to the announcement.

The city of Austin, ID2020, and several other partners are working together with homeless people and the service providers who engage with them to develop a blockchain-enabled digital identity platform called MyPass to empower homeless people with their own identity data.”

-Chris Burt, Biometric Update

I am NEVER taking any vaccine made by Bill Gates and I am NEVER taking his evil digital certificate, chip, mark, or whatever else he wants to call it, neither is my family, and nobody is going to force it on us either!  I will fight to the death against the New World Order because the New World Order is run by satan himself!  There is nothing “empowering” about being chipped and controlled like an animal!

Bill Gates and George Soros are both involved with China, the virus, the lab in Wuhan, and the companies making a vaccine for the virus.  Bill Gates funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology, he has the patent on Coronavirus, and he and Soros are funding the creation of a vaccine in collaboration with China.

“Bill Gates funded the Wuhan lab in China that released the Wuhan virus and is already selling test kits.  Coincidence?  Bill Gates was a member of China’s Academy of Sciences who built the lab and he was awarded their highest honor.

The Wuhan virus was originally developed by Chinese scientists at the University of North Carolina by NIH grants approved by the Obama administration in 2012.

To study the 2003 SARS coronavirus in a lab, NIH scientists developed a man-made version using Bat DNA.  That’s what the Communists unleashed.

The NIH defunded the “dangerous” UNC research because of proven human-to-human transmission, so the Communist Chinese scientists left UNC and took their work to the NEWLY BUILT Wuhan lab in 2017–funded by Gates, NIH & pals.”

-Tierney Real News Network

A Chinese company based in Suzhou called BrightGene Bio-Medical Technology just announced that it will be manufacturing a drug called Remdesivir made by Gilead Biosciences.  Gilead has a partnership with Wuxi Pharmaceuticals (Wuxi AppTec), which is located near the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  Guess who owns both Wuxi Pharmaceuticals and Gilead?  None other than New World Order boss and sower of chaos George Soros.  If you don’t know how evil Soros is, then do some research into the man and the deviously evil work he does through his NGOs.  He is all about open borders, war, chaos, and depopulation.

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“BrightGene Bio-Medical Technology, a Suzhou based company, just announced that it has developed the technology to synthesize the active pharmaceutical ingredients of Remdesivir, the drug developed by Gilead Biosciences.  It’s stock price surged 20% in Tuesday morning trading in Shanghai.

While BrightGene said it intends to license the drug from Gilead, it’s move to start manufacturing at this early stage is highly unusual and a potential infringement of the American company’s intellectual property.  This comes a week after Chinese researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology filed an application to patent Gilead’s drug Remdesivir to treat the new coronavirus, a bid that would give China leverage over the global use of the therapy to fight the outbreak.”

-Shawn Paul Melville, Civilian Intelligence Network

So, we have the lab in Wuhan (funded by Gates) that released the virus working with George Soros owned pharmaceutical companies to develop a drug to treat it.

“The timing is uncanny!  Right?  Gilead will retain the global rights to market the antiviral medication, once approved.  Gilead has also announced that it is partnering with the Chinese Health Authorities on the clinical trials of Remdesivir as a treatment for coronavirus.  Remdesivir was originally developed in 2016 by Gilead as a treatment for the Ebola virus.  Many have argued that China stole the patent from Gilead due to a technicality, but you will soon see that this is indeed not the case.

And who exactly is Gilead Biosciences?  Gilead is partnered with Wuxi Pharmaceuticals (Wuxi App Tec) owned by New World Order philanthropist and mass manipulator himself, George Soros!  Wuxi Pharmaceuticals is conveniently located in the epicenter of the outbreak near Wuhan Institute of Virology that has been implicated as the Bioweapons manufacturer of this coronavirus!  Looks like China has both the Bioweapon and the cure!  And let’s not forget the patent on the treatment drug!  How charitable do you suppose China will be with the west?  But this story doesn’t end here.  George Soros also owns Gilead Biosciences.”

-Shawn Paul Melville, Civilian Intelligence Network

China has the Coronavirus and medication to treat it and it was Bill Gates and George Soros who helped them do it.  Connect all this with Bill’s global pandemic exercise called Event 201 in October 2019 and the Netflix documentary series by Bill Gates and Barack Obama called “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” released in December 2019, and the rabbit hole starts to get very deep.  The NWO was telegraphing what they were going to do and then a few weeks later they released Coronavirus on us all!

“The docuseries pushed the need for the Gates Foundation to receive funding to carry on virus research to prevent the next PANDEMIC!”

“Bill Gates & Barack Obama docuseries marketed the need for a global “universal” vaccine to replace all other flu vaccines.  I believe it will be used to deliver a human chip via nanotechnology designed to be monitored and controlled by Huawei’s 5G network.”

-Tierney Real News Network

“Bill Gates predicted a coronavirus-style pandemic would sweep the population in a Netflix documentary.  He warned of the likelihood of a virus forming in one of China’s wet markets–just like the one in Wuhan where coronavirus is believed to have originated.  Bill said we’re not prepared to contain a pandemic and warned it could ‘kill millions of people’.  In the episode, titled The Next Pandemic, producers visit a wet market in Lianghua, China, where animals are killed and their meat is sold in the same place.”

-Ekin Karasin, Metro

They were trying to set up and control the narrative like they always do!  Event 201 was an exercise that simulated a coronavirus pandemic and they found that it could kill 65 million people in one year!  What are the chances of Bill Gates hosting a global pandemic exercise and making a documentary about a pandemic just weeks before Coronavirus was unleashed on the world?  Coincidence?  I think not.

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“On October 18, 2019, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, with partners the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, hosted an emergency pandemic exercise at a gathering in New York City they called Event 201.

The simulated global crisis caused by an unknown, unstoppable viral outbreak was staged six weeks before the first cases were leaked from inside Wuhan, forcing the Chinese government to admit that the rumors and images of people falling down and dying before getting treatment were true.”

-Survival Update

“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also co-hosted a pandemic exercise in late 2019 that simulated a global coronavirus outbreak.  Their simulation predicted that it could kill 65 million people within the year!”

-Shawn Paul Melville, Civilian Intelligence Network

Then we have the World Health Organization protecting China and covering up the truth and telling the world to keep their borders open back in January while Trump was doing the right thing closing our borders.  Thank God that Trump didn’t listen to the WHO!  They lied to the world and said it was not contagious from human to human!  They lied and said it was okay to travel, and they reprimanded Trump for closing our borders early!  Praise God Trump defunded the traitorous globalist WHO!  They are just another arm of the NWO and they do not serve the best interests of the United States or any other country!

We also know about Harvard professor Charles Lieber who was secretly working with China and being paid huge sums of money to create a lab and do research at Wuhan University.  Likewise, there is also a Chinese scientist named Xiangguo Qiu who is being investigated by the Canadian government for traveling to the level 4 deadly pathogen lab in Wuhan to train scientists and technicians.  It will be interesting to see how those stories end up being connected to the Coronavirus outbreak.  They are already connected to microbiology research in Wuhan.

Harvard Professor charged for lying about $1.5M Chinese research scheme

Coronavirus: Wuhan has deadly pathogen lab linked to Chinese scientist under investigation

These are the nitty gritty details of how the NWO goes about building the one world government and specifically, how they are using Coronavirus to attempt a dominating power grab through forced vaccines and biometric microchip technology.  This is all leading to the mark of the beast prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

No matter what happens with this virus, DO NOT take any vaccine made by Bill Gates and NEVER EVER let any government stick a chip in you or tattoo you or put any other kind of digital mark on you!  We do not need any deadly vaccines made by Gates and we do not need to be forced to carry “digital certificates” proving we have received the vaccine!  It is not about freedom.  It is about total control of every human being on earth and they are using Coronavirus and a vaccine as the Trojan Horse to accomplish that sinister goal.

The NWO created this chaos, so they could come riding in acting like the saviors providing the solution.  It is a classic NWO tactic called the Hegelian Dialectic of problem reaction solution.  They create the problem, then they offer the solution, which is really no solution at all, but really a devious scheme to dominate humanity under the control of the antichrist and his one world government.  The Illuminati Masons (Scottish Rite Masons) worship the evil one and their motto is “order out of chaos.”  They create the chaos, so they can birth their evil New World Order.

The first commandment on their evil Georgia Guidestones is to reduce the world population down to 500 million.  They are dead serious about depopulating the world, and a bioweapon attack is just one method they use to reach that goal.  They also have other evil plots like poisoning the world’s food supply through Monsanto’s GMOs and cancerous chemicals.  Gates owns 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock and he once said Monsanto could save the world.  If you know how evil Monsanto is, then you know how evil Bill’s statement is.

I don’t trust Dr. Anthony Fauci either!  He is tied with Bill Gates on vaccines and he sides with the WHO.  Fauci even warned in February of 2017 that Trump would be confronted with a surprise infectious disease outbreak during his term.  Now why would Fauci say that?!  Fauci has repeatedly downplayed the effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine in treating Coronavirus because he wants us to use a vaccine made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!  This post is already long enough, but you need to research ties between Fauci and Gates!  It is not good!  Trump needs to fire Fauci!  He worked with Obama when that traitor gave a $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015.  Why did Obama do that and why does Fauci support Bill Gates and his vaccines?  Because Obama is a globalist traitor and so is Fauci, that’s why.

RFK Jr quote on Fauci

It is very clear that Hydroxychloroquine works very well in curing Coronavirus, but Fauci, Gates, and the lying mainstream media don’t want you to know that.  Why?  Because they want you to think the only way to cure Coronavirus is through a vaccine created by them!  They want us to be afraid and they want to spread panic.  That way they can force their vaccine on us and ultimately chip us through ID2020.

Many Patriot Christian brothers and sisters are warning about all of this on social media.  I have sent tweets directly to Bill Gates confronting him and I have sent out many messages warning people about him.  I have many friends in Africa and India and from over 142 countries on my blog.  Please DO NOT let Bill Gates into your countries!  DO NOT EVER let Bill Gates, his foundation, or any group or company that works with him, inject you or your children with one of his deadly vaccines!  Kick Bill Gates out of your country just like India did!  The man should be in prison for what he has done and for what he is still doing with his depopulation agenda through vaccines!

DO NOT ever take the mark of the beast!  They already have the technology to put a “mark” on us that will be used to control how we function in society (buy and sell), and they are already pushing it on us in our time.  They want to merge it with vaccinations and that is why Coronavirus was released on the world.  To forcefully vaccinate and chip all 7.8 billion of us under the guidelines and goals of the United Nations Agenda 21 (a.k.a. the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda).

I know this is a long post, but I must warn you all about these things!  We don’t need to be afraid when we believe in Jesus.  The signs of the times we are seeing all around us are birth pains that the Bible predicted regarding the end times.  Jesus is coming back soon and He will destroy the antichrist and his one world government at the end of the 7 year Tribulation.  That time of Tribulation has not started yet, but we are rapidly approaching that time.

People must repent and turn to Jesus!  He is our only salvation and He is the only One who can deliver us from the evil one and his New World Order.  Today is the day of salvation!  Come to Jesus today!  He loves you and He will deliver you from the evil on this earth and save your soul!

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

“He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people.  Amen.”

Revelation 22:20-21

Grace and peace to you all!

Update 4-30-20: It appears George Soros no longer owns Gilead, but it is correct that he owns Wuxi PharmaTech Inc. and they partner with Gilead on making Remdesivir.  Soros, Gates, and Fauci all stand to make big money on Remdesivir.  That is why Fauci downplays hydroxychloroquine and why he was so excited about Remdesivir yesterday (4-29-20) when he declared from the White House that Remdesivir will be the “standard of care” for Coronavirus, even with very little clinical evidence backing his bold claim.  It doesn’t cost much to manufacture hydroxychloroquine and it is highly effective at curing Coronavirus, but it doesn’t make anyone rich.  That is why Fauci is a cheerleader for Remdesivir.  It’s all about money and power, as usual.

All companies owned by George Soros in the United States and Abroad

I always strive to do thorough research.  If information changes, I will always update my posts.  God bless you all!

Broken

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Photo by Ryan, 4-14-20, 6:35 a.m. MT

This post is going to be short.  I’m not doing well.  I need prayer and my family needs prayer.  I was in pain all day Tuesday and Wednesday, then again on Friday while I wrote my Good Friday post and again all day Saturday.  Then Resurrection Sunday was amazing and the pain went away.  I wasn’t well yesterday and now the pain is back again today.  I am exhausted.  I wrote hard through Easter week through all the suffering and I feel beat down and broken.

I have cried out to the Lord for over 8 years for healing.  I have asked him to take the pain and help me gain weight.  I have asked Him to heal my small intestine.  I have prayed all I can pray in asking for healing.  I am tired.  I don’t want to be in pain anymore.  I don’t understand why the Lord has done so many amazing miracles in my life, but He won’t heal me.  God can do all things, but for some reason He chooses to allow me to suffer.  I know His grace is sufficient and all I can do is rest in His grace even when I don’t understand.

All I know is that I have been suffering pain for many many years and I am very tired.  I am concerned about my future as I get older.  I am concerned for my wife and kids.  I am only 41 and my body is falling apart.  I don’t know how many more years the Lord will give me.  I hope the harvest and fruit He produces through me is pleasing to Him.  I hope I am pleasing to Him.  I don’t always get it right and I know I can get fired up, but I want to please the Lord.

I do not blame the Lord.  I just want to know why He won’t release His healing power into me and do a great miracle that would bring great praise to His Name.  It is very difficult to write when in pain.  It is very difficult to live when in pain.  Why would the Lord not want me healthy and strong?  Would that not help me write and serve Him even better?  It would be great and I could get back to working a normal 40 hour per week job and provide for my family, I know that.  Why not remove the thorn and use that as a testimony as well?  These are questions in my heart I lift up to the Lord.  Only He can answer those for me.

I am trusting in the Lord.  I don’t know how much time I will be spending on the blog this week.  You might not hear from me for awhile on your blogs.  I am really hurting and I need help.  I need God to heal me.  I am crying out for mercy, and humbling myself before God and all of you, to ask for an outpouring of healing and mercy on me.  Please pray for me.

Jesus has always been good and faithful to me and I trust Him, even if it means this disease kills me.  I am thankful for the time I have.  May His will be done in all things, whether He heals me or not.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Grace and peace to you all

Jesus Lives!

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Photo by Ryan, Resurrection Sunday Morning 2020

Good morning family and friends and God bless you all!  Happy Resurrection Sunday!  I woke up this morning with the old hymn “Because He lives” in my mind.  I began to sing it and hum the tune as I got ready for the day and the Lord filled my heart with hope as I sang.  We have great hope today and every day because Jesus lives!  It is because He defeated death and rose from the dead that we have the greatest hope of all!

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The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, Israel
Garden Tomb view of Golgotha
View of Golgotha from the eastern side of the garden.

“At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.  Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.”

John 19:41-42

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lighting, and his clothes were white as snow.  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him.’  Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus met them.  “Greetings,” he said.  They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.  Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:1-10

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If you would like to take a tour of the Garden Tomb and learn more about the location and how it lines up with Scripture perfectly, please see my post from last year titled “Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Garden Tomb chamber

If Jesus had not risen from the dead, there would be no hope!  We would still be dead in our sin and there would be no hope of eternal life!  But because Jesus lives, sin, death, and the devil are defeated, and we can stand forgiven and reconciled before God through faith in Jesus!  Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life!

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and He is the only Way to Heaven!  He is the only One who ever died for our sins and He is the only One to raise to life and ascend into Heaven by His own Blood!  We have all sinned, we all need a Savior, and only Jesus can save us!

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

“He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”

Hebrews 9:12

“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”

Hebrews 9:15

“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Romans 3:22-24

I can testify that Jesus is alive!  Not only have I walked and talked with Him for 23 years, many of you know I also had a miraculous encounter with the Lord in 2012.  I wrote about it in my post, “My Lazarus Moment.”

I suffered anaphylactic shock due to Celiac Disease on 4-28-2012 (20 days after Easter that year) and I stopped breathing that night.  Right before I took my last breath, I cried out, “Help me Jesus!” and then I left my body in the Spirit.  I was in a peaceful place and there was absolutely no pain!  I had gone from excruciating pain to perfect peace in a flash and there was no fear.  I felt like I was floating just above the ground face down positioned like Superman.  Once I realized I was in the Spirit outside my body, I felt Jesus walk over to me from my right.  He did not let me see Him, but He spoke gently to me and said, “It’s okay.”

I can’t even explain how peaceful and beautiful it was to be with the Lord and hear His voice like that!  There was absolutely no pain or fear and I was in perfect peace!  He comforted me and protected me and I was completely safe!  After He spoke to me, I began to turn towards Him and I felt like I was going to see Him, but right then I saw images of my children’s faces off to the upper left.  As I turned to look at my kids, I was immediately caught up in the rushing wind of the Holy Spirit.  It swirled all around me from my feet to my head and as the Spirit put me back in my body, I heard the wind come to a stop and I opened my eyes and I was back in our bedroom full of searing pain.

My wife was kneeling next to me.  She had been praying for me to come back and she heard the loud rushing wind come into our bedroom!  She witnessed my mouth open, the wind went into my mouth, and then she watched me take a huge deep breath and come back to life!  I am alive today because Jesus Christ lives!  He is alive and He has been alive since the day He rose from the dead in that Garden Tomb!

Jesus had great mercy on me that day!  I should not even be here right now, but because of Jesus, I am alive!  It was not my time to go yet!  I suffered anaphylaxis for two more days after that and then it stopped.  I did not receive any professional medical attention and I should have died, but Jesus saved me!

Keep in mind that miracle happened 14 years after the angel encounters in 1998 and 16 years after the Lord had cast out the demon in 1996.  For those of you who are new to my blog, does it make sense now why I preach so hard for the Lord with such passion?!  Jesus is alive and I know that is true 100% without even the slightest measure of doubt!  If you would like to read more about those miraculous encounters, please read my post “Remember that time when…” or read my book “One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life.”

Come to Jesus today!  He is risen and He is alive!  Jesus ascended into Heaven 40 days after rising from the dead, He will be coming back someday very soon, and we must be ready for His return!

“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.  After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.  He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Acts 1:1-11

Can you imagine standing there watching Jesus fly through the sky?!  What an incredible sight!  It will be the very same when Jesus returns!  He will come on the clouds with great power and glory and He will be visible worldwide!

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,

and every eye will see him,

even those who pierced him;

and all the peoples of the earth will

mourn because of him.

So shall it be!  Amen.”

Revelation 1:7

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Jesus speaking in Revelation 1:8

“For as lighting that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

Jesus speaking in Matthew 24:27

“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn.  They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.  And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”

Jesus speaking in Matthew 24:30-31

Amen, come Lord Jesus!  What a glorious day that will be when Jesus returns in power and great glory!  As we wait for our Lord and Savior with joyful expectation, let us always remember the last command He gave us before He ascended into Heaven, and may we always be found obeying Him!

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus is with us even now by the power of the Holy Spirit!  Come to Jesus today, put your faith in Him, and He will save your soul and fill you with the Holy Spirit!  You will be a redeemed and forgiven child of God and you will have eternal life!

“That if you confess with your mouth,  “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:13

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

Amen!  Always remember how much Jesus loves you!  Have a blessed and joyful Resurrection Sunday!

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow

Because He lives, all fear is gone

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living, just because He lives”

-Because He lives, chorus

Grace and peace to you all in the Glorious and Beautiful Name of Jesus!

Pic quote Romans 15 v 13

Be With Jesus In Paradise

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Golgotha hill (Jerusalem, Israel)

Today is a big day for Christians around the world!  Today is Good Friday, the day we honor Jesus for dying on the cross for our sins, so we could be forgiven and reconciled with God!  No one else in the history of the world has ever died for our sins.  Only Jesus Christ was sacrificed for our sins and it is through faith in Jesus Christ alone that we are saved!

We have all been faced with death on a worldwide scale due to Coronavirus.  All of us will take our last breath someday, whether we go from the virus or not, and we must be reconciled with God before we go.  We must be forgiven of our sins and that is why Jesus had to die.  The good news of the Gospel is that you can be forgiven and given eternal life through faith in Jesus!  This Good Friday, I plead with you to seek Jesus with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and consider where you want to be for eternity when it’s your time to go.  We all want to be forgiven and clean before God.  We do not need to fear death!  Jesus set us free from sin and death at the cross!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

That day, 1,987 years ago in 33 A.D., when Jesus was taken to Golgotha to be crucified, He had you on His mind and heart.  He went to the cross knowing that God’s wrath would be poured out on Him for the sins of the world, yet still He went.  He knew the torturous pain He would suffer, but He was willing to drink the cup the Father had given Him.  He knew He had come to defeat satan, sin, and death, and nothing was going to stop Him!  The night before, after the last supper and just before He was arrested, Jesus and His disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives.  There in the Garden, Jesus was in great anguish as He prayed about His coming crucifixion, yet He submitted to God’s will and willingly laid down His life.

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View of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives

“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”  He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.  Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.  Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:36-39

“He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

Matthew 26:42

In Luke, it is recorded that Jesus was under such stress that He sweat blood.  This is actually a medical reality where capillaries can break under extreme stress and the blood mixes with sweat.  That is the intense anguish that Jesus was experiencing the night before His death.  So much anguish that God even sent an angel to strengthen Him!

“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.  On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”  He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”  An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.  And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

Luke 22:39-44

The next day, Jesus was crucified at Golgotha with two robbers on either side of Him.  They mocked Him and beat Him and nailed Him to a cross and He suffered all of it for you and me!  It was our sins that put Him there and He took our punishment for us!

Golgotha art
Art by Jon McNaughton
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Golgotha, The Place of the Skull (see the skull face to the right)

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“Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.  They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head.  They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him.  “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.  They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.  After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him.  Then they led him away to crucify him.

As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.  They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).  There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.  When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.  And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.  Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.  Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.  Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!  Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”

In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.  “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself!  He’s the King of Israel!  Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.  He trusts in God.  Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”  In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”

Matthew 27:27-44

The people mocking Him regarding the temple being destroyed were referring to the time when Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple courts.  Afterwards, He prophesied that they would kill Him (“destroy this temple”) and He would raise to life in three days.  They did not understand that the “temple” He was talking about was Himself and that He would raise to life in three days after being crucified.

“Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

John 2:18-19

In Luke, we find that Jesus forgave those who crucified Him while He hung on the cross.  One of the robber’s even had a change of heart just before His death and he chose to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior instead of mocking Him.

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.  When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

Luke 23:32-34

“One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ?  Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him.  “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.  But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39-43

I love that conversation between Jesus and the criminal who repented!  That is how you repent!  It clearly shows us and proves that when a person puts their faith in Jesus, that person will be accepted, forgiven, and saved by Jesus!  That man was a criminal being punished for his crimes, but he confessed his sin and gave his soul to Jesus, and that very day he was with Jesus in Heaven!  Don’t ever think you are too far gone to come to Jesus!  He will forgive you and give you eternal life!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

Jesus speaking in John 5:24

That criminal on the cross was saved by God’s grace by simply and powerfully putting his faith in Jesus to save him!  That very day hanging on the cross next to Jesus, he crossed over from death to life!  He had been condemned to death as a criminal, but he died free and forgiven as a child of God!

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

Romans 8:1

As Jesus died that day, several miraculous signs accompanied His death that are absolutely incredible!  Last year I wrote a post titled, “The Darkness, The Torn Curtain, The Earthquake, & The Empty Tombs” where I explained how these events are even recorded by ancient historians.  Please see that post for details.

“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.  About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge.  He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.  The rest said, “Now leave him alone.  Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook and the rocks split.  The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.  They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that happened, they were terrified and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

Matthew 27:45-54

Amen!  Jesus is the Son of God!  He is the King of kings and Lord of lords!  He is the Resurrection and the Life!  His Blood is so powerful that it broke the tombs open and people were raised to life that very day, even before His resurrection on the third day!  God caused darkness to cover the land and He shook the earth and split the rocks and all of this is recorded history!  And most important of all, the curtain of the temple was torn in two!  Through Jesus Christ, we can now approach God with freedom and confidence!  We no longer need to offer sacrifices for our sins!  Jesus entered Heaven by His own blood and sat down at the right hand of God!  Jesus was the final sacrifice for sins once for all!

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

Hebrews 1:3

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

Hebrews 2:14-15

“He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”

Hebrews 9:12

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 10:19-23

Amen!  I encourage you to draw near to God today!  Come to Jesus and step through the curtain with freedom and confidence!  Repent and cry out to Jesus like the criminal on the cross, and He will forgive you and receive you as His own!  Your soul will be saved, and at your last breath you will be with Jesus in paradise!

Grace and peace to you all!

The Passover Prayers

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Photo by Ryan, Colorado hawk on our fence

Hello friends and family and God bless you all!  It is good to be writing today.  I didn’t write the last couple days because I have been suffering through pain, nausea, and intense gut cramping due to Celiac.  Interesting that it happens during the most important time of the year for sharing the Gospel.  With that and having to discipline the kids, make more meals, and do a lot more dishes all day, it has been very difficult to write.  I appreciate your prayers.  Today is Passover and I would like to share the prayers that Jesus prayed the night before His crucifixion.

Jesus said these prayers at the end of the last supper just before He was arrested that same night.  He knew He was going to be crucified the next day as God’s sacrificial lamb and His prayers reflect that mission.  You will find these prayers in John chapter 17.  I will share all 26 verses with you here, so you have the full text.  There is great power in these prayers and they are being answered even now!

Jesus Prays for Himself

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the time has come.  Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.  For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.  And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

John 17:1-5

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.   They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.  For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.  They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.  I pray for them.  I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.  All I have is yours, and all you have is mine.  And glory has come to me through them.  I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you.  Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that they may be one as we are one.  While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me.  None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.  I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.  My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by your truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.  For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

John 17:6-19

Jesus Prays for All Believers

“My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.  I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

John 17:20-26

Amen Lord, may Your will be done!  Can you imagine sitting at that meal with Jesus and hearing Him pray all that?!  That prayer He prayed for all believers includes you, me, and anyone in the whole world who believes in Jesus!  The very night before He died, Jesus was thinking about us!  We were on His heart as He prepared to face the cross, and His beautiful prayer echoes throughout eternity to the glory of God!

Someday, those who believe in Jesus will be with Him in glory and we will see His glory face to face!  Jesus was with the Father before the world began and He has all authority over mankind to give us eternal life!  Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lamb of God, and the Lion of Judah, and anyone who believes in Jesus will be saved!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

John 1:1-5

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

“for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:13

This Passover, as we pray for the plague of Coronavirus to pass over us, let us remember the prayers of Jesus and His heart of love for us the night before He died for us.  He does not want anyone to perish.  Jesus is the perfect sinless sacrifice for the sins of the whole world!  It is His Blood that forgives our sins and sets us free!  It is His Blood that covers our families in protection!  We have all sinned and we all need a Savior, and we must put our faith in Jesus to be saved!  Do not fear the virus!  Trust in Jesus!

“Therefore, since we have such a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Hebrews 4:14-16

Grace and peace to you all!

Troubled Hearts

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Photo by Ryan, Beautiful day, 4-6-20

Good morning and God bless you all!  It’s a beautiful 70 degrees here in Colorado today.  While I was chillin’ on the deck this morning, I thought about the billions of people around the world whose hearts are troubled due to the virus.  I’d like to share some comforting words that Jesus spoke to His disciples a few days before His death.  He spoke these words while having dinner with them (known as the last supper) just before the Passover Feast.  The words of Jesus have the power to comfort troubled hearts, and I pray His words comfort you all during this time of worldwide trouble.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus speaking in John 14:1-4

Jesus knew His disciples were troubled, and He knows many are troubled right now.  It can feel like God is not in control and people begin to worry, but we can rest assured that God was in control in the week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection, and God is in control now.  Jesus does not want us to be troubled.  He wants us to trust Him and be at peace.

No matter what troubles we face, we do not have to live with troubled hearts.  Give your worries, anxieties, and fears to the Lord and let Him give you a heart of peace.  None of us can control what happens in this world, especially when it comes to a virus, but we can have faith and stand firm in it.  Real peace is found through faith in Jesus!

“Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:5-6

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!  He is our Lord and Savior, and we can trust Him to see us through Coronavirus or any other trouble on this earth!  Keep praying, keep hoping, and keep believing, and never give up!  The Lord will deliver us all from this trouble very soon!

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7

Grace and peace to you all!

The King, The Prediction, & The Voice

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The Eastern Gate, Jerusalem

Happy Palm Sunday and God bless you all!  Today is the day we celebrate, honor, and worship Jesus for triumphantly entering Jerusalem to fulfill His mission to save the world!  This is the day we remember the introduction to the last week of Jesus’ life leading up to His death and resurrection.  Jesus also predicted His death on this day and there was even a miraculous event that occurred to confirm it to the crowd who was welcoming Him with palm branches.  What a glorious day it would have been to witness our Lord, Savior, and King riding into His rightful Kingdom in fulfillment of prophecy!

Before I talk about the triumphal entry, it will help to explain the excitement that was surrounding Jesus in the days leading up to His arrival.  Just a few days before Jesus rode into Jerusalem, He had performed a great miracle when He raised Lazarus from the dead.  Many people put their faith in Jesus after that and many were seeking after Him.  It was that miracle that also made the Pharisees plot to kill Jesus because so many people were believing in Him.

“When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.  But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.  Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.

“What are we accomplishing?” they asked.  “Here is this man performing many miraculous signs.  If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all!  You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.  So from that day on they plotted to take his life.”

John 11:43-53

The miracle with Lazarus sparked a revival and people were coming to faith rapidly!  That is why the crowds were so excited about Jesus and ran out to welcome Him as He entered Jerusalem.  The night before His arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus traveled to Bethany and enjoyed a special dinner held in His honor with His friends Lazarus, Martha, and Mary (sisters of Lazarus), and His disciples.  Mary also anointed Jesus in preparation for His coming burial.  A crowd of people found out Jesus was there and came to see Him and Lazarus.  Everyone was excited to see the man who had been dead and the One who raised him to life!

“Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor.  Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.  Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair.  And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”

John 12:1-3

“Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.”

John 12:9-11

So many people were coming to faith in Jesus that the rulers even wanted to kill Lazarus who had just been raised from the dead!  Just like today, there are those who hate Jesus and they hate those of us who testify about Him too.  The stage was set for Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross for our sins and nothing was going to stop God’s plan for the salvation of mankind.

The very next day, Jesus entered into Jerusalem honored and welcomed as the rightful King of Israel!  The crowd went out to meet Him with great joy and they gave Him the glory He deserves!  The people in the crowd had either seen the miracle with Lazarus with their own eyes or heard about it, and they put their faith in Jesus and gave Him praise as He entered Jerusalem in righteous victory!

“The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.  They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name

of the Lord!”

Blessed is the King of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,

“Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion;

see, your king is coming,

seated on a donkey’s colt.”

John 12:12-15

The Scripture referencing the king seated on a donkey’s colt comes from the prophecy in Zechariah, some 500 years before Jesus was born.

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!

Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,

righteous and having salvation,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zechariah 9:9

The word “Hosanna” comes from Hebrew roots and understanding the true meaning of the word helps us understand what the people were really saying to Jesus and how powerful it truly was.

“Hosanna is often thought of as a declaration of praise, similar to hallelujah, but it is actually a plea for salvation.  The Hebrew root words are found in Psalm 118:25, which says, “Save us, we pray, O LORD!” (ESV).  The Hebrew words yasha (“deliver, save”) and anna (“beg, beseech”) combine to form the word that, in English, is “hosanna.”  Literally, hosanna means “I beg you to save!” or “please deliver us!”

-GotQuestions.org

When the people were shouting “Hosanna” (Yasha anna) to Jesus, they were literally crying out to Him for salvation and deliverance, and that is exactly what He had come to do!  Jesus is our Savior and Deliverer and He is the only One who can save and deliver us!

The crowd grew because they continued to spread the word about Jesus and what He had done with Lazarus.

“Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.  Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet him.  So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere.  Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

John 12:17-19

There were many people gathered around Him as He entered Jerusalem and they heard him predict His death.  They were also blessed to hear Jesus pray, followed immediately by God’s audible voice answering Him from Heaven!  What a glorious day that was!

“Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.  My Father will honor the one who serves me.

“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say?  ‘Father, save me from this hour’?  No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.  Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”  The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine.  Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.  But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”  He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.”

John 12:23-33

Can you imagine the excitement of the crowd!  They had just seen Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead and then God answers Him directly from Heaven as He prays!  Praise God!

Palm Sunday is a celebration of that glorious day when Jesus rode humbly into Jerusalem on a donkey in order to defeat satan, sin, and death in great power and glory!  He knew what was coming and what He would suffer and He entered the city anyway, willingly laying down His life for us all!

“Then Jesus cried out, “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.  When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me.  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

John 12:44-46

Let Jesus rescue you from the darkness of this world!  That is what Palm Sunday is all about!  Jesus came to save your soul and set you free!

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

Grace and peace to you all!