What is Heaven Like?

  Scripture: The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2: 9, ” What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, this is what God has prepared for those who love  Him.” Though Paul felt inadequate to describe heaven, the disciple John was privileged to look into heaven as described in Revelation 4: 1-6 and through an open door saw a throne with One seated on it. He had the appearance of jasper and ruby, and around the throne was a rainbow, which had the appearance of an emerald. Also around His throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on those …

The Sacrificial System

  Hebrews 9: 26-29  “…He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”   God had created man in His image.  His very presence was shared with His creation as He communed with Adam and Eve in the beautiful Garden of Eden. But when Adam and Eve made the choice to disobey God …

The Resurrected King

The Lamb of God was dead.  He had been sacrificed as prophesied by Old Testament prophets. Everything seemed lost to the followers of Jesus.  The disciples were scattered for fear the Romans would be coming after them.  They were hidden from sight.  The Messiah, the one they had followed and loved for three years was dead. Their understanding of what had just happened was null.  Depression, fear, overwhelming despair, angry at themselves for not standing by Jesus were thoughts and feelings they now experienced.  What would they do now? Where would they go? Would they be executed as Jesus had …

The Lamb of God

“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”  John 1: 29b I’m reading through the book of Leviticus – the handbook, if you will, for the Jewish priests.  It is tedious, legalistic, and full of picky details on burnt offerings, grain offerings, fellowship offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.  Acts of omission and commission are labeled as sin.  Rules of sacrifice for the common members of the community are distinguished from sins committed by the leaders. And then there’s the blood. An innocent animal would die to atone for the sin of a human being. …

The Lamb Was Silent

I watched in amazement at how still the sheep had become during a shearing demonstration in Australia.  The sheep sat silent and still as the owner of the ranch talked about sheep and the shearing process. He continued to talk for several minutes explaining what was about to happen as the wool was removed from the sheep.  The animal at his feet did not make a single movement or a single sound. Then in the shearing area, an experienced shearer very carefully and deliberately began removing the wool from the silent sheep. As the shearing proceeded, the sheep made not a sound and …

The Precious Lamb of God

John 1: 29 “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” The Old Testament gives vivid detailed instructions about the offering of a sacrifice in atonement for sin.  Since Jesus was our sacrifice for sin, we do not offer blood sacrifices on this side of the cross and because our culture is so different, we often do not fully understand the significance of the meaning of a sacrifice for sins. Because sin had entered the world through Adam and Eve, God’s plan provided a way for man to come back into the presence of Holy …

All We Like Sheep

Isaiah 53: 6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.’   I am admittedly a “city girl”.  I was not raised on a farm and I know little of farm animals of any kind.  I know even less about sheep but since the Bible says so much about these animals, my curiosity peaked. I turned to one of my sources of information, my old friend “Google”.  There I found page after page of things to know about sheep.  The …

The Good Shepherd

John 10: 11-16 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life …

John’s Doubt

  Matt [3:17]  And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” I have been reading about John the Baptist lately.  He wasn’t Baptist he just baptized people in the river and therefore got the name.  He was the cousin of Jesus and was filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb.  This was not a natural occurrence then only prophets had the Spirit in them or on them prior to this.  He was a prophet and was a very outspoken man of God. John knew he had a mission …

God’s Divine Plan

2 Timothy 1:8b-9 (NKJV) “the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” 1 Peter [1:20] (NKJV) “He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” Before the foundation of the earth was laid in place and before the heavens were created, God had a plan.  He designed this salvation plan for sinful man even before He created human beings.  …