Darkness

Darkness

  Darkness   Have you ever been totally in the dark…I mean in a room or outside when there was no light shining or no glow from the moon and the stars? The darkness so dark you could literally not see your hand in front of your face? Have you ever felt the blackness of the dark night enveloping you until you felt totally helpless and alone and maybe even afraid? The definition of darkness has several meanings. Commonly its definition simply means a partial or total absence of light. A second definition describes darkness as meaning: wickedness or evil-as …

Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

      Let There Be Light   Genesis 1: 1-5 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the water.   God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” Evening came and then morning: the first day. God, our Creator, was in existence before time was clocked by night and day. He created …

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

      Adam and Eve   We all know the story of Adam and Eve. The perfect man and woman created by God and placed in the garden of paradise called Eden where God shared a very special relationship with the two. But even though they had lived in the light of the presence of God with the light of His Shekinah glory all around they were cast out of the garden because of their sin of disobedience. Pure and innocent from sin yet they did forsake it all by giving in to their desires. You see God had …

Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel

      Cain and Abel   Adam and Eve had two sons named Cain and Abel. Like all parents, they would have loved their sons with a great love and tried to raise them “right”. Most parents want their children to avoid making the same mistakes/sins in life that they had made. I imagine that these first parents wanted the same for their children. Since the only way to communicate with others was to talk with them (no smartphones or iPads) and tell them about the God that created them, many hours would have been spent talking and telling …

Noah

Noah

      Noah   Over the generations from Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel, the human race became more and more wicked in the darkness of sin. They were so evil that God regretted creating them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord and gave him instructions on building an ark. God would make a covenant with Noah and save him, his wife and sons and daughters-in-law along with two male and female animals of each kind. Genesis 6: 5-8 “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and …

The Light of the World

The Light of the World

      The Light of the World   Before the beginning of time when the earth was covered in darkness, God was there. Jesus was with the Father and the Holy Spirit and was moving across the darkness. Before the creation of Adam and Eve, Cane and Abel, Noah, Abraham and the others that followed, God had a plan of salvation for His created humans. God gave a promise to Abraham that he would be the father of nations and through his lineage would come “the light of the world”, the Savior of Man, the Messiah to save us …

He Hears

It has been one of those weeks. Sometimes I have felt as if I could hardly breathe. I have been weepy and my emotions are raw. Usually when I feel this way it is because I am tired from lack of sleep or exhausted from traveling or even tired from doing “good” things that I know are worthwhile. Sometimes I feel something else is going on. It involves the spiritual realm; I know God is up to something involving me in some way especially if I am being obedient to God’s leading. A spiritual battle is raging and I feel …

The Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb

Matthew 28: 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.         Imagine with me if you will. In the tomb so quiet and still, The body of my Savior lay Dead and cold and sullen gray Man had crucified God’s precious Son. Beaten-scourged this very one, Who came to save the soul of man. Now sacrificed by God’s own plan. The wrath of God that day was stilled. Jesus sinless blood was spilled. The penalty for my sin was paid. Now in the tomb His …

By the Way of the Cross

By the Way of the Cross

Isaiah 53: 4-5,12  “Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering…But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities…He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” My name you do not know.  Throughout history, I have only been known as the thief on the cross.  My name is not important.  My story is.  My life began about 2000 years ago.  I was born into a respectable Jewish family.  We attended the synagogue and celebrated all the …

Barabbas

Barabbas

Read Matthew 27: 11-23 Barabbas was filled with hatred.  He hated the Romans with a passion.  They had conquered Israel and were ruling over them with an iron fist.  He was a zealot and had joined this group of like-minded men for the sole purpose of violence and insurrection against the government.  He had killed many Romans and would kill more if he had the chance. At this moment, Barabbas stood on one side of Governor Pilate next to his judgment seat overlooking a large crowd in judgment hall.  He was not alone on the platform.  On the other side …

The Blood Sacrifice

The Blood Sacrifice

John 1: 29  “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” The Old Testament gives vivid, detailed instructions about the offering of a sacrifice in atonement for sin.  Since Jesus was the sacrifice for your sins and mine, we do not offer blood sacrifices on this side of the cross.  And because our culture is so different from God’s people in the Old Testament, we often do not fully understand the significance of its meaning. Because sin had entered the world through Adam and Eve, man could no longer come into the presences of Holy …

The Love of Jesus

The Love of Jesus

 John 3: 16 “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.” God’s *“hesed” sent Jesus to the cross so we might have eternal life. John 1:1-3 “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.” God’s *“hesed” brought us Jesus-God in the flesh. Jesus (the Word) was with the Father and the …