Do Not Leave Jerusalem

Finding Jesus In Jerusalem

Do Not Leave Jerusalem

After givin’ instructions through tha Holy Spirit of Truth ter tha apostles, tha Sun began ter teach and show himself ’till tha day he be taken in ter heaven. It happened like this.

He showed himself ter tha Eleven and other disciples. He give many convincing proofs that he whar alive even though he whar executed on tha cross and placed in a tomb. He appeared ter folks over a period of 40 days. He spoke ’bout tha kingdom of Skipper.

On one occasion, while he be eating with tha fellers, he gave ’em this command:

“DO NOT leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:1-5, 8)

After tha Sun appeared ter tha Ten, then Thomas (who had all manner of doubts ’bout tha Sun being alive), tha Eleven trekked up ter Galilee ter do a bit of fishing. After casting thar nets all night but gathering in little, tha Sun waved ter ’em from shore and said:

“Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

“Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” (John 21:5-6)

No doubt tha fellers be grumbling ’bout this lubber seated on tha beach be telling them how ter catch fish. Only, since he had a fire going and some fish grilling they obliged. Soon as they did they hauled in 153 fish. Now ya might be thinking this a fishy story and it be, but not in tha way we might imagine.

Some time earlier tha Sun had promised tha fellers they would be fishers of men. He had told ’em ter stay in Jerusalem and wait fer Skipper’s special gift. Only it seems waiting in Jerusalem got ter much fer ’em so they went back ter doing what they done be fer they met tha Sun. And like most times when we return ter our old ways, they got nothing fer thar efforts. No fish, no fun, no joy.

Right then tha Sun called ter ’em: “Come and have breakfast.”

None of tha fellers dared ask, “Who are you?” They knew it be tha Sun.

Back on tha beach, jest like he did with the 5,000 and tha 4,000,  tha Sun took some bread and gave it ter ’em, and did tha same with tha fish. Fish fer folks . . . bread of life . . .  This whar the third time tha Sun appeared ter his mates after he be raised from the dead, only this time they got tha message clear: Old ways be done fer. New ways, new work be thar calling.

We kin imagine that soon as tha fish fry be done fer, tha Eleven hoofed it back ter Jerusalem, fer some days later tha Sun met with ’em again and led tha Eleven out of Jerusalem ter the vicinity of Bethany. Thar whar tha Sun’s home away from home and tha house of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. While he be near tha Garden whar he prayed tha night ‘fore he be arrested, tha Sun told ’em plain:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. I am always with you and will be to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

After saying this he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he be blessing them, he floated up in ter clouds and went on ter heaven ter rejoin Skipper. (Luke 24:50-51)

This be tha second ascension of tha Sun only this time tha Eleven done as told. Soon as they lost sight of him, the trekked back ter Jerusalem and waited fer thar special gift ter arrive.

Do ya ‘ave this gift, this Holy Spirit of Truth from tha Sun’s pop? Do ya wait on Skip? Do ya obey all tha Sun teached and preached?

If not, make it yer task ter obey all tha Sun tells ya. Not some, not most, but ever last word. Tha Sun done gone ter be with his pop, but he be coming back fer them who be in him. Watch and wait and fish fer folks: that be our charge ’till tha day we go ter Davy Jones.

Tha Sun’s First Ascension

Do Not Hold on to Me

Tha Sun's First Ascension

“Do not hold on to me.” – John 20:17 (Mark 16:1-8) (Matthew 28:5-10) (Luke 24:1-10) (John 20:10-11,17)

Early on tha first day of tha week, while it still be dark out, Mary Magdalene, Mary tha mother of James, Mary tha mother of Joses, and Salome went ter tha tomb. They brought spices so they might anoint tha body of  Jesus, but when they seen that tha stone be rolled back, they sneaked in ter tha tomb and seen a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on tha right side. Another sat on that left.

In their fright tha women bowed thar faces ter tha ground, but tha man on tha right, who really whar an angel, said ter tha women, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. Why do you look for the living among the dead? See the place where they laid him. Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’Trembling and bewildered, tha women hurried away from the tomb. Afraid, yet filled with joy, they ran ter tell his disciples.

Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came ter him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said ter them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Meanwhile Mary Magdalene ran ter Simon Peter and John and told ’em, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and tha other disciple started fer tha tomb. Once tha pair seen tha tomb be empty, they went back ter whar they whar staying. Now Mary be outside tha tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over ter look in ter tha tomb one last time.

Jesus said, “Mary.”

She turned ter him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!”—which means “Teacher.”

“Do not hold on to me,” Jesus said,  “for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’

“Do not hold on to me.” That be what tha Sun told Mary. Then one week later tha Sun told Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side.” (John 20:27)

Some how between that dawn of tah empty tomb and tha days that followed tha Sun ascended ter Skipper—or so it seems. Thar be a lot ter unpack in these verses and much controversy over what did and did not happen in tha hours and days after his body went missing, but think on this: Ter day, right now, we kin cling ter tha feet of tha Sun without fear of getting shoved away.

If ya feel like ya ne’re been loved, if ya kin not recall tha last time ya be held tight by someone who loves ya with thar very life, run ter tha Sun. He be dying ter hug ya— ‘As died ter hug ya, in fact.

Question be: will ya let’em?

 

Whoever Believes and Is Baptized Will Be Saved — Whoever Does Not Believe Will Be Condemned

Finding Jesus In Scriptures

Whoever Believes and Is Baptized Will Be Saved -- Whoever Does Not Believe Will Be Condemned

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. Whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16

“This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

Then tha Sun opened their minds so they could understand tha Scriptures. No doubt at that moment, with thar minds open ter tha Truth, tha Eleven recalled his words from earlier.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come to fulfill them, not abolish them. Truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

“Whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. But anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. ” (Matthew 5:17-20)

From yeast ter least that be tha way Satan works.

From removing one small command ter removing all tha words of Skipper, that be tha way that black-hearted rascal tha Devil sows seeds of doubt and reaps a harvest of souls bound with him in Hades. Tha Sun warned his crew, “Whoever believes and is baptized, will be saved. Whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16) Less than twenty-four hours earlier tha Sun had said ter his crew:

If you love me, keep my commands. Because I live, you also will live.”

On this side of tha grave we doth not really live, not like tha Sun means. At best we exists. We catch glimpses of tha glorious life Skipper intends fer us, but all of life be lived under tha shadow of death.

“All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan.” (Psalm 90:9)

Life in tha Sun begins tha moment we exchange our life fer his and accept that he has absorbed tha punishment due us fer our sins. From then on, we be living in tha Kingdom of Skipper. How kin ya tell if ya be in Skip’s Kingdom? Ask yer self this: Do I agree with tha commands and teaching of tha Sun? Do I want ter obey Skipper and tha Sun’s teachings? Doth ya wish ter love tha Sun as much as he loves ya?

Tha sun says:

“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.”

Love fer tha Sun be expressed through our obedience ter his teaching. Love fer tha Sun be expressed through our obedience ter Skipper’s words found in in tha Law of Moses, tha Prophets and tha Psalms. When we love tha Sun and Skipper first, we kin love others as ourself and share with ’em tha gift of salvation we enjoy. Without this kind of love, we kin not love others. In fact, we ‘ill hate others. Hate and bitterness always be tha fruit of a life lived apart from tha Sun.

“This is what is written,” tha Sun told his mates. “The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name.” (Luke 24:44-48)

Tha Sun done tha suffering. Tha Sun rose from tha dead, destroying life in tha grave fer them who be in him. We be charged with confessing our sins and repenting of our wicked ways. We be charged with preaching and teaching repentance fer tha fergiveness of sins.

Will ya do that ter day? Will ya love tha Sun? Will ya trust and obey his teachings? Make it yer task ter day ter ask tha Sun ter open yer minds so ya kin understand tha glorious Truth found in Skip’s Scriptures.


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