When facing “the end”, I am not going to use language to promote giving UP, giving IN- nor am I going to clarify of WHAT is ENDING. Sound good?
Well I don’t see many people writing about the cutting edge, massive future earthquakes, blood, torment, pain… Nor about hospice, CANCER, Ebola, AIDS, pneumonia… And especially not of stubbing one’s TOE. (However, if you are under the age of 6, and you stubbed your toe today, my heart goes out to YOU. It feels like the end to scrape and bleed from the flesh as a child. That may very well be the beginning of the knowledge of the love of…
Christ is what some people call HIM. Resurrected and sounding a bit irritated in Revelation’s first chapters. He suffered on the cross. That is evidence that none on Earth “just go to God because we are born good.” The cross speaks. Doesn’t it command allegiance? Humility? Repentance? Can we not see that Christ Jesus is resurrected but also pleading in Revelation?
If he is pleading, is he HURTING? You’d think that he would not hurt after being resurrected. What is going on?
It’s not over. In reality, there is no fat lady. But there will be singing. My God… please tell me what Jesus Christ gave up? In the written gospels he gave his spirit up at the cross at Calvary. A military centurion WITNESSED JESUS give out a loud cry, saying:
surely this his man was the son of God
Immediately, faith was ignited in the heart of a callous proud murderer, for surely the Romans were about as innocent as S.S. Officers from WWII, only instead of hiding their killing games, they nailed and hung people. Today’s equivalent would be CRUCIFIXTION on each telephone pole everywhere. The centurion in his heart is saying:
(…this man we are killing…) SURELY HE is THE Son of God
Interesting to attribute sonship to a monotheistic God in a land owned by the pagan ROMANS! I guess when THE son of God BREATHES over you a last time, your helmet Mohawk may seem not so great and you are REPENTED by the breath of purity… The LIFE of God repents you.
So many evangelists urge “repent, repent”, and it sounds like you CAN but you cannot… Listen carefully- if you can make faith and repentance THAT TOO is a way to be good enough for “The Kingdom” or “forgiveness”. But JESUS said to the PHARISEES:
HOW… will you enter the kingdom of God?
And he made it MORE impossible, which opened them and they chose to KILL JESUS:
If a man lusts after a women- that is adultery…
Dang it! Dang it! They had so carefully found ways to not TOUCH women, nor SMELL their perfume, some probably secretly castrated themselves and now he’s saying if we look at a woman like how?? AGGGG!!!
(If you want to skip to reading the biblical book of Revelation, it is a beautiful book. If you read it, please accept the invite to the eternal life. No charge. JESUS is not bitter, but devoted to be the saviour. If you get to the lake of fire part, please note that every passage on hell is carefully worded. You may not feel you belong, but I assure you that you are just feeling a lot!
To be GIVEN faith and repentance is a gift. It will happen. Giving up and turning to God is different for everyone. If you are in sin especially, it is obvious. If you are already a believer, I urge you to read the message to the seven churches and see if you can at all identify. God’s judgment is a blessing- he judges against evil. Evil separates us from his Goodness. I have weathered many stays at mental hospitals to earn a right to speak this confidently. I have been in ER for physical ailments and disease. I am not finished with my baggage and bags. To think that I can be perfected one day to JESUS’s credit means that at that time I don’t have to be sorry or apologize anymore. I won’t have a “me” that is made out of 95% water, 1% bones and 4% bologna. )
Nicodemus was a Pharisee. Did JESUS hate the Pharisees?:
a) Yes. He wanted to tie them to a windmill and throw them into Lake Havasoo
b) no he was trying to get thru to them by speaking in conundrums until they grew pained and tormented
c) neither a, nor b
d) both a & b
I say “d” is CLOSE because JESUS was human and divine. JESUS shared YET ANOTHER koan (conundrum) with Nicodemus:
“no man can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
Nicodemus starts talking about reverse birth. What he misses is that the kingdom of God is within and maybe he is ALREADY IN IT? To enter again into this life is impossible without:
A) a time machine
(non-resurrection re-entry into BABYHOOD, just as preposterous as becoming a god equal to God the Father Yahweh. No way is there ANY like Yahweh!! Shalom to my soul!!)
So after reading this, is dying a concern? To tell you the truth, finances and health should be your concern- any of you who believe in Jesus, for then you can be physically fit and happy!! Of course you think too about the mile radius around your home and I say that if you do not show pity to people that close to you (it isn’t hard) that you kind of suck at being a follower of Jesus. All you have to do is love your neighbor. You do not have to put your kids thru college. Do that if you please.
But around a believer there must be a “non-fallout zone” of a radius of 1.0 miles. I’M suggesting that. It means you radiate GIVING. You glow with blessing. Blessing gifts are as follows:
I don’t know the scripture for those. There are more things. Charity is dis attatchment from self aka patient kind love. You do it and don’t claim outstanding debt because it was God’s and you gave it. If people wrongfully drain you, why do you pick them? Some people are almost fiercely needy. It does not make them bad Or pigs. If you are a grandpa, don’t take meth-heads into your home. They may beat you up. Let younger people or swat teams beat them up or whatever.
Godliness plus contentment is great gain
To live is Christ and die is gain
there… Now I covered the end, how to be rich and that there is gain after death with hell escaped thru Christ
If you wish to book me for a sermon, I need a dump-load of cash, wooden chairs to break on stage so that actual PEOPLE don’t get hurt, and an additional entourage of exorcist priests who are not themselves possessed. Like the last few times. You know what? Nnevermind. I just remembered a handy verse Johnny Cash shared with me (and everyone on a CD) where he says, quotes:
Let him who does evil, do evil still
let him who is righteous be righteous still
There that sounds good to me goodbye.