His word is easy to understand.

” Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Come to Jesus Christ . His yoke is His word. Learn His words because they are not to understand.

The spoken teaching of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament is the sole authoritative principle of life and the absolute standard of morality. His words must be taken literally and personally with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Truth is given to set us free. Knowing the Truth will make us free. Once you are confronted by Christ, the Truth our minds will be free to absorb and react to His voice without preconceived idea from your religion of choice.

Jesus had spoken to several people during His earthly ministry. Many of them took His words literally. They did not asked for secondary opinion about the words they heard from Jesus. If they needed some clarification, they would ask Jesus for further explanation. The disciples were taught and trained by their Master with His teachings. Jesus spoke slowly in an easy manner to understand. It is a lie to say that the words of Christ is hard to understand and complicated. He told His disciples that His burden is light and His yoke is easy.

Here are the reasons why it is hard for some to understand the words of Christ.

1. Jesus is mainly a spiritual teacher. He wanted to give a “spiritual experience” before He feeds you with spiritual food. A born-again experience is a must in the learning of the Truth. It is hard to understand His words with a negative mentality. 

2. If you have a pre-conceived idea or frame of mind from any religious group or organization. You mind would be limited, you can only think within the perimeter allowed by your religious affiliation. You would filter every word of Christ through the accepted church doctrines.

3. The lack of true love for Christ. Jesus said, “If you love me, follow my commandments.” If you really love Christ, He will be the center and focus of you life and nothing else. Your love for Peter, Paul or Mary would not be ahead or above Christ. The words of Christ are complete and there is no need to add new revelation. Be rooted on His words. His words are few but satisfyingly everlasting. 

Freedom

FREEDOM

The word freedom originated from two words; friend and doom. Saving a friend from doom. Doom of judgment (self accountability) or death. Jesus demonstrated this kind of liberation from inactivity or lifeless existence when He gave back to His friend Lazarus his life. Here is the account of the story.

John 11:11-25
These things He said, and after that He said to them,
“Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death,
but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.
“And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there,
that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”

Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples,
“Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
So when Jesus came,
He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.
And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here,
my brother would not have died.
“But even now I know that whatever You ask of God,
God will give You.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha said to Him,
“I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

There is no greater love than giving your best and life for a friend. The teachings of Christ are peppered with love for our neighbors. There is no room for hatred and vengeance even in the name of justice. The Samaritan man took care of a fallen Jew though they were considered enemies in the story of Jesus.

To be free is to love, for love liberates us from self-centeredness. Once you give away yourself in love for others, you are liberating yourself from inner turmoil, unwarranted hatred and lethal poison of personal bitterness refusing to forgive others.

Independence day is a celebration of colorful fireworks but with vague and colorless meaning. We are independent from what? Are we truly free? America is in bondage. We are affluent people but lacking in so many ways. We are in search of a true life and happiness in which we can only find those in Christ and His words.

Friendship is a path to freedom. The more you have friends, the more you have freedom to move around and express yourself creatively. Can we truly be free without the love of our friends and more so from our great Friend, Jesus Christ? As soon as we know Him, we will experience progressively the inner freedom we need. The Truth shall make us free. Happy freedom day!!

Why do the righteous suffer?

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 10:38-39

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:24-25

Jesus Christ teaches that the righteous followers of Him will suffer for His name sake. As long as we are on this earth, we may experience many forms of sufferings. Taking up our crosses and denying ourselves are marks of discipleship. To follow Jesus would mean to suffer for His righteousness’ sake.

Suffering is a learning experience. We do not suffer because we are good people. Most righteous people are not immune to sufferings in life. We overcome sufferings through Christ who suffered for us. We welcome sufferings as purifier of our faith in the Lord. It is a test how far we go with Him. Do we follow Christ only because everything is going smoothly according to our untested faith?

The unrealistic expectations brought about by the preaching of the prosperity gospel and the life without sufferings creates a wrong picture of God. No harm shall come upon the children of God is a false assumption. 

The question, “Why do the righteous suffer?” is an unbelievers dilemma. Why do believers get sick? Why do good people suffer tragic death or accident?  “Why” is not part of God’s vocabulary because He knows the answer and we don’t. Our knowledge is finite and limited.

A true believer in Christ does not question God, why the righteous suffer. There are many things we can ask why things happen with no answer at hand. To suffer is a path to know more about Christ. He gets closer as you suffer while keeping hold of Him through His wonderful words of life.

The degree of sufferings changes from person to person. If you think that becoming a believer in Christ is all good life without pain and failure, you are mistaken. It is true that there are promises of divine protection in the Scriptures however that does not mean,  we will not have a stormy and dangerous journey in this world.

The Son of Man

 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  Mattthew 16:13-14

Jesus presented Himself as the son of man. He was a son of a woman. Mary is a human being like us. She carried on her womb a fetus implanted by the Holy Spirit. Though He was borned by  woman, He was not a man like us. Jesus Christ is a supernatural Being who dictates His destiny. The Son of Man rose up from the grave after three days. The Son of Man can also forgive men of all of three sins.

The gospel is filled with the term, “the son of man”. Jesus used that term many times to reveal Himself and his mission. When He says that He is the son of man, it does not necessarily mean that He is a man like us. He was a son of a man/woman of the human race but worked the work of His Father in heaven. He can do what His Father does.

It was the Father God who revealed the true identity of Jesus Christ through Peter. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. The revelation came not through the flesh and blood, not through formal education.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 15-17

Who is Jesus Christ to you? What do you think?


The Meditation of Christ

How to meditate according to the life and teachings of Christ?

There are three powerful aspects of meditation to learn from our Lord Jesus Christ.

1) Voluntary solitude, a state or situation in which you are alone usually because you want to be.

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Matthew 14:23

While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. Matthew 9:34-36
When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. John 6:15

2) Prayer and fasting, refrain from eating earthly food while consuming the bread of life.

And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Mark 9-29

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:1-4

3) Watch and pray as the words of Christ occupy our minds and let the Spirit springs out the eternall well of life from within us.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:33

What Jesus says about heaven?

“Our Father in heaven, 

Hallowed be Your name. 

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.” 

Matthew 6:9-10

Heaven must be real when Jesus spoke about it. Jesus lied if heaven does not really existed somewhere. Heaven is a place far beyond the sphere of earth’s galaxy. Jesus revealed where He came from, he was with His Father from the beginning of time but came down from above, clearly from heaven. 

Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray in this manner, “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Your will be done on earth as in heaven”. There are two distinguished places, the heaven and the earth. Jesus also gave a clue to where heaven is. Occasionally, He looked up in heaven when prayed, so heaven is up therein contrast to where He was. Anywhere we are, whether on the top of the world or at the bottom of the world, heaven is above us considering the universe infinitely surrounds us.

“He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.” John 8:31-34

Lately, astronomers are discovering new large “black holes” with numberless light source like that of the sun. They might be peeking the tail of heaven. Those who believe in heaven would not be losers if there is no heaven but for those who do not believe of heaven would lose a great deal if heaven is real.

Our faith is in Jesus Christ not on heaven. Jesus is the word and will of our Father. He is more important to us than heaven itself. He is our life and light in heaven. Even on earth we have the taste of heaven when we live by His words. What profits a man if he gains the whole world and miss heaven now and forever?

Later Jesus said to them again, “I am going away. You will search for me but will die in your sin. You cannot come where I am going.” 

The people* asked, “Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?” 

Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not. 24 That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be,* you will die in your sins.”  John 8:2-24

Who is the Lord of the devil?

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.                      Matthew 4:8-11

Jesus Christ is the Lord of all. He is the Truth, the Way and the Life as He claimed to be. Satan is the devil, the father of lies and everything that is not of the truth. He is the peddler of falsehood. He lives in darkness of artificial lights and evil thoughts. He uses mass media a lot for he is the prince of the airwaves.

He tempted Jesus but failed miserably. Satan wanted Jesus to fall like him, down to the bottomless pit of human experience. He also would like Jesus to worship him, and be the lord above Jesus Christ. Satan tempted Jesus because he wanted to know if He was the same Lord from the beginning of time before the Christ became a man. This is the battle of lordship. Who has to surrender its supremacy? Jesus won the battle for us. 

The devil was willing to give up you, me and the rest of the world provided Jesus would worship him. We are definitely included in the kingdom and glory of this world. No death and sufferings are needed to recover that which was lost. At that instance, Jesus could have escaped Calvary if He succumbed to the tempting offer of Satan. 

Jesus spoke and rebuked the devil saying, “Away with you, Satan“. This is the simple way of getting rid of Satan. Live for Christ and away from Satan. Darkness is the absence of light. Light and darkness don’t mix or live in cohabitation. Jesus is the Light of the world. Get rid of Him and we are in total darkness even in daylight. We can not think right and no moral values to love and respect others if are in living under the power of darkness.

Now here is the final words of Christ to Satan, “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve”. The devil left Jesus alone for losing the battle of lordship. The angels afterwards came and ministered to Jesus Christ as their Lord. Who is the Lord of the spirits? Who is the Lord of the devil? Jesus Christ is the Lord of lords and the time will come that every knee shall bow to Him in full subjection every tongue shall confess that He is Lord.