Posts Tagged ‘christ’



Good Friday: The cross of Jesus that preachers don’t like to talk about

Today is the day we remember the willing sacrifice that Christ became for our salvation. He was crucified to death on a wooden cross and made a spectacle for the world to see – yet it was His choice to die. Oh the people of that day, the Romans and the Jewish leaders thought they were in control, that they were simply killing a man who claimed to be God, whom they mocked with a sign that said “King of the Jews”. But the ones that knew Him, while they didn’t completely understand what was going on at the time, the knew He could have saved Himself from this ‘punishment’. After all they had seen Him do miraculous things, even bringing Lazarus back from the dead.

So why did He choose to die if he could have saved himself?

Remember when Jesus was in the garden before His death and He pleaded for God to take this cup from Him?

Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” … Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Matthew 26: 38-39,42

I saw this amazing clip below from a sermon Paul Washer did some years back where he asks the question ‘what was in the cup that made Jesus tremble in the garden?’ The answer can’t be captured in some cheesy cliché that you’ve heard your whole life. It is far too profound.

Paul Washer explains below:


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If you have not asked Christ into your life, the essential gospel is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and that He was raised on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-4).  Believing this is the only qualification for salvation.  We are sinners in need of a savior.  Jesus died for our sins, and to prove that His death was sufficient for us,  God raised Him from the dead on the third day. Believing in our heart that God raised Him from the dead is our assurance that He will raise us, too.
 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Cor. 15:3-4). 

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Apostasy!  It is a major sign of the last days.  Are we experiencing it?

A good test is to ask your friends and family about Christ’s Second Coming or the Rapture this weekend.

What a great time, thanksgiving, to bring it up?  You might be surprised at what you hear and feel coming back your way.  Even those that wear the name christian, seem to be shrugging off the second coming or the rapture or the end time signs.

It is a good test to see how attached we are to this world.  Are we looking forward to Christ’s return, or do we feel it would mess up our plans?  Do we have to many things yet to do in this world? 

The video/audio below is a grouping of portions of sermons that are very pointed and probably what most don’t want to think about.  They speak in love, to fellow brothers and sisters, it is not being said based on growing their congregation, but to wake us up to what Jesus has called us to do.

The part that really hit home for me was his statement about when was the last time you spent an hour with Jesus.  Have we set aside an hour each day to spend with Christ, the number one priority in our lives.  Is he?  I was guilty.  Maybe if you pieced together all of my 5-10 minute segments, but is that quality time.  We use that argument with our kids and loved ones, how about Christ Jesus?

When was the last time you heard a sermon as pointed as the ones in the video.  Think about that as you listen.  It is the Truth!  It is pointed, but it is the Truth, the Word of God!

God Bless, let us hear the Truth and take it to heart…


Frank DiMora’s Blog:

In the past two weeks two members of my own family who claim they are Christians have said the following: “You have been saying the Lord is coming back soon for years, they were saying the same thing 2000 years ago and Jesus still hasn’t returned”. Over the years I have noticed more people saying the same thing. These people who say these things aren’t reading the Word of God, and they are unaware that what they stated was actually a fulfillment of prophecy for the last days.  Why is this important? Watch the video below.


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