Tuesday, April 13 2021
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:27,28
As millions celebrate Easter, most never realize the significance of what really happened on what believers call, "Resurrection Day!" Jesus Christ, Lamb of God was sacrificed on a cross for the sins of all mankind and His blood became the "New Covenant" for all who would repent and receive forgiveness of their sins!
Christianity is not all it is cracked up to be in that it is supposed to possess eternal life for its members. Sadly, the devil has deceived many and divided up what is supposed to be the Body of Christ! To a lost world the Christian faith looks to be one large family with millions of members, but in fact there are only a few true disciples who are washed in the blood of the Lamb of God!
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the "Good News" for the lost to find their way into the Kingdom of God by repenting of their sins and believing in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! To make Jesus Christ Lord, Master and Controller of your life and having your sins washed away by His precious blood through repentance will insure your entrance into the eternal kingdom of God!
Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible (perishable) things, like silver and gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without spot or blemish. I Peter 1:18,19
THE LAMB OF GOD
John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!" John 1:29
In the Old Testament under the law of Moses and the rituals and practices of the nation of Israel, the High Priest would take a lamb without spot or blemish, sacrifice it and would then enter the Holy of Holies and sprinkle the blood seven times on the mercy seat to atone for the people's sins!
This is a type and shadow of the Lamb of God who would come later in the future to be sacrificed on the cross for the sins of all mankind! From His Passover meal with His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus would walk on His fateful journey to the cross! THE VIA DOLOROSA as it is called or The Stations of the Cross illustrates His walk to His own execution. Via Dolorosa means the “Way of suffering” or “Sorrowful way”. Via Dolorosa is a term used to describe the ceremonial route of Jesus in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Jesus suffered on the way to the cross and bled in seven specific places to set mankind free from sickness, disease and sin! His substitutionary death, meaning He suffered the punishment that was due to us set us free from our iniquities and sins making a way for us to inherit eternal life!
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
JESUS IS OUR HIGH PRIEST
But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:11,12
The old covenant was fulfilled in Christ and a New Covenant was inaugurated with the blood of Christ! Covenant means, a binding contract likened to being blood brothers with someone. In our case we are blood brothers with Christ!
When Jesus suffered and died and rose again the old priesthood was done away with and a new and living way was introduced. Jesus became our High Priest and we became His royal priesthood, a holy people no longer under law but grace. Jesus fulfilled the law and the temple was destroyed, the priesthood was done away with and the powers of darkness were disarmed.
The veil of separation in the temple was torn from top to bottom by the angels as Jesus drew His last breath, signifying man's ability to come before the throne of the Most High through the blood of Christ! Are you washed in the Savior's blood, are your sins forgiven and have you surrendered your life and heart to the Lord Jesus Christ? If not, Easter will just be another dead religious ritual and you will continue on your final journey to eternal damnation with the devil and his angels!
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
If you would like to know more about the blood of Jesus shed for you and how to appropriate its benefits into your life you are invited to join us every Tuesday night on Zoom! I send out a link every week and if you don't have Zoom you can download a free version! We look forward to see you there! HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!
Friday, April 02 2021
THE SIGNS OF HIS COMING!
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" Matthew 24:3
Jesus proceeded to tell them what the signs of His coming would be, the first would be deception! He said that many would come in His name saying that He was indeed the Christ and would deceive many. In other words they would acknowledge Him as Messiah but would deceive people with false doctrines and the traditions of men!
There are literally thousands upon thousands who have deceived the multitudes with a perverted gospel. Evangelical preachers, even Spirit filled with good intentions have preached a false gospel of salvation! The "Sinner's prayer" is one of the most seductive and dangerous doctrines ever preached to the lost. To mutter a little prayer to be saved from eternal damnation without the other components that accompany salvation is a different gospel than what Jesus preached.
Nowhere in the New Testament do you see anyone leading anyone in a prayer to be saved! They preached that a man must repent and become born again and follow Jesus, not just pray a prayer and get your ticket punched! The "Sinner's prayer" was developed from Romans 10:9 that if you confess Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. The main point that is missed is the fact that you are making Jesus your Lord and Master!
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-8
MANY WILL BE OFFENDED
"And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another." Matthew 24:10
It seems today that everyone is offended by something with the "Cancel Culture" dominating corporate America, Hollywood and social media! Anything they don't like or call racist is to be removed immediately so that their agenda of fear mongering can continue!
The underlying motive to this seemingly childish act is to ultimately destroy free speech! With free speech out of the way, the Bible will be deemed an offensive and racist book that will have to be canceled! Once it is on their radar screen Amazon and all the other retailers will drop it like a hot potato! Thus social justice will be carried out!
Without the scripture, false prophets will move in to deceive the multitudes with poisonous doctrines of men and demons! This nonsense seems to be unbelievable but look what has happened in the last couple of months with a new administration of devils running our government!
"Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many." Matthew 24:11
LAWLESSNESS WILL ABOUND
"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold." Matthew 24:12
Who would believe that multiple American cities would allow rioters to rob, kill and destroy in their cities, their businesses and be allowed to continue unabated! Even if someone was arrested they were quickly let out and encouraged to continue even by your present VP!
Defund the police was promoted by the leaders of these cities while rioters torched their towns and destroyed their livelihoods! Unprecedented lunacy is prevailing in America by democrat mayors and city council members who don't have sense enough to come out of the rain! George Floyd, a convicted felon died of a drug overdose while the officer who was trying to restrain him was arrested for murder. "Black Lives Matter" then made Floyd a national hero and paid his family millions!
Crime and murder are on the rise and lawlessness abounds with a senile President and a democrat mob of morons continues to wreck America! Free speech, the right to bear arms and many of the freedoms Americans once enjoyed are in danger of being eliminated! Murderers, rapists and convicted felons are being let out of prison and at the same time our borders are opened and millions of "Illegal Aliens" are allowed to come in without documentation or being tested for Covid and then let out to go wherever they please!
While these travesties of justice continue, we as believers are to stand firm, be about the ministry of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and await the King of all kings to come again and restore His Kingdom on the earth! May God have mercy!
But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
Friday, April 02 2021
THE DIVINE DIALOG
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Psalm 36:7-9
Water represents life, refreshment and restoration in the scripture and without it we would die spiritually. All life must have water, even in the natural world, nothing can survive without it! As we commune with God we are blessed with the rivers of His life giving presence.
Many today walk through deserts of dry and dusty preaching, endless services and Christ-less fellowship! They never experience the life-giving presence of Holy Spirit's flood of joy, peace and love. The river of life is available to all who will dare to step into the depths of His love!
Are you thirsty? Do you want all that He has for you? If so, then dive in to His presence and receive the water of life without cost and He will restore all that the devil has stolen from you! The depth of His ocean of love is bottomless so that whosoever will can go as deep as they want to bathe in His holy presence!
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
THE RIVER OF LIFE
The lyrics to the old song says it all, describing the results of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the benefits of His anointing! The river of life is the power and anointing of that which has been given to us to change the world!
Jesus said, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink." The Lord Jesus Christ is our source for light, life and spiritual drink, it is He who can transform our spirits from a dry and dusty desert to a beautiful oasis filled with the water of life and the fruit of His Spirit!
When one submits his life under the leading of God's Holy Spirit and is baptized with power from on high he is filled with the very presence of the Most High God that literally transforms a person of flesh into a supernatural spiritual being!
"He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." John 7:38
A TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVER
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3
My pastor used to tell me concerning hearing the things of the world and that which fills our minds as, "Garbage in, garbage out!" But for the man who fills his heart and mind with God's word it bears good fruit and the refreshing waters of life!
To meditate on the word of God is to read and then listen for the revelation of it from the still small voice of Holy Spirit. As you set your mind on the things above you will receive a heightened sense of God's presence and His focus on filling your heart with the fruit of His Spirit.
If you are dry and dusty from the things of the world and the onslaught of the daily pressures of life and attacks of the powers of darkness then run to the Lord and dive into His waters of life. Develop a "Divine Dialog" with Him who loves you and you will see your once burned out existence turn into a garden of the Most High!
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin