Mary Met Jesus. Have You?

Mary Met jesus. Have you?

Mary Magdalene met Jesus Christ somewhere in Galilee, Israel.

She was possessed with seven demons! SEVEN, evil demons…

Demons are not nice. They are evil, shrewd, deceptive, wicked, and vile. Everything that God’s Holiness declares will bring destruction into the lives of human beings, demons want humans to do.

In the Bible, these dark spirits possess people and cause them to torture themselves. The demonic of Gadara – “Legion” – did not wear clothes, he cut himself with stones, he lived in tombs, he went sleepless, he never took care of himself, and no man could help him. He was miserably tormented and hopeless!

Another unfortunate soul threw himself in the fire to be burned alive and into the water to drown because of the demons who were afflicting him! Demons want humans to die, to be tortured, and to live miserable, irredeemable lives. These crafty, soldiers of Satan are out to kill, steal, destroy and to keep their slaves away from Jesus. No power of man can resist them. No human soul can overpower them – the seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish high priest, found this out the hard way – Acts 19.

Mary’s life was dark – filled with habitual and sinful darkness. She was in bondage to the power of Satan – held captive by him to do his will; demons controlled her thoughts, her speech, and her behavior. She did unspeakable things. She suffered. Ill treated and abandoned, all hope for her was lost.

However, not one of these vile, spiritual betrayers had the power to keep her from meeting Jesus of Nazareth nor could they stop her from experiencing His life transforming power and love!

Paul declared about our wonderful, loving God: “Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son…” Colossians 1:13.

Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” – Luke 19:10. Mary Magdalene was the lost of the lost, but God’s grace is invincible and boundless: “…where sin abounded grace did much more abound” – Romans 5:20.

Demons are no challenge for Jesus Christ; He casts out demons right and left with just one of His mighty words:

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick – Matthew 8:16

When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” – Mark 9:25

“Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him” – Mark 1:34

“And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons” – Mark 1:39

Mary was loved, comforted, and freed by Christ. She met Jesus, and He loved her unconditionally because He is full of grace and truth.

He freed her. He saved her. She served and followed Him.

She was the first to His tomb, she was the first to see Him resurrected, and she was the first to declare His resurrection to His scared disciples!

Mary the demonic became Mary the saint!

Mary, the lost girl, was found.

Unbelieving Mary, became a godly woman of faith.

The Gospel of the grace of God is the power of God unto salvation: Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) died on the cross for our sins, He was physically buried in the garden tomb, He rose again from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits three days after His death, and He was seen by over five-hundred eyewitnesses!

God’s love for Mary was boundless; the sheer joy of setting her free enthralled our Master!

I pray that we never forget that there is no one who cannot be changed and continually changed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

Mary met Jesus.

Have you?

 

 

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Christ Our Passover was Sacrificed for Us

Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God

Passover, April 20, 2019

On this day in A.D. 32, at 9AM the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified – but not for Himself as the prophet Daniel predicted (Daniel 9:26), for “He was wounded for our transgression, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way, and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” – Isaiah 53:5-6. Whoever repents of sin and believes in Yeshua will be saved!

God poured out His wrath against our sin upon Yeshua the Messiah – He is “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” – John 1:29. The Messiah, whom Gentiles call Christ, took our sins upon Himself, willingly, because He loved us and because He was God in the flesh and the Only One who had the power to do so. As the ultimate fulfillment of the Passover Lamb (Exodus 12), He was the Lamb without spot and without blemish, for He had no sin: “Whosoever sins transgresses also the Law, for sin is the transgression of the Law, and you all know that He was manifested to take away our sin, and in Him there is no sin” – 1 John 3:4-5.

Because of His expiatory sacrifice on our behalf, He is the One who will judge the world – you and I – in righteousness having given us complete assurance of this fact by His resurrection from the dead: “ Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” – Acts 17:30–31.

Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, was crucified on Passover Day for the sins of the whole world: “And He is the propitiation for our sins and nor for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” – 1 John 2:2.

Jesus Christ loves you. Yeshua proved His love for you by dying on the cross for your sins, being physically buried, rising from the dead on the third day. Messiah Yeshua, God in the flesh, rose again from the dead. He is alive and kicking!

What must you do to be saved from eternal damnation in hell for your sins? You must: “Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you shall be saved. For, with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For Scripture says, ‘whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For, there is no distinction between Jew and Greek (Gentiles – non-Jews), for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For, whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” -Romans 10:9-10, 13.

I pray you have a blessed Passover by repenting of your sin and believing in the death, burial, resurrection, and eyewitness accounts of the Great God and Savior Yeshua the Messiah of Israel, Jesus Christ.

 

Christ is All

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Christ is All, in all who believe in Him.

“I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst” – Jesus. (John 6:35)

When you bow the knee to Jesus Christ and confess Him as your LORD and Savior, He comes to dwell in your heart because of your faith in His Truth.

When He comes to dwell in you, He rules.

He presides over your thoughts, your will, and your emotions – all of you – your whole being. He loves you, and He wouldn’t have it any other way.

You cannot live your life without Him: “For without Me, you can do nothing” – Jesus (John 15:5).

He is all you need in this life.

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30).

God the Father has made God the Son our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our reception.

What are these theological terms of the Gospel’s theology?

  1. Wisdom – the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD – Proverbs 1:7 (c.f. 8:13).
  2. Righteousness – All the ways of God written in His Word – Psalm 19:9.
  3. Sanctification – set apart by God for God’s holy purpose which is to become more and more like Jesus – Philippians 2:12 & 2 Thessalonians 2:13.
  4. Redemption: purchased by the blood of Christ from our slavery to sin and its eternal condemnation and made a slave of righteousness – Ephesians 1:7 & Romans 6:18.

May you know the joy of Jesus being All in you because of your faith in Him.

If you have questions and would like them answered from the truth of the Bible, please email me at: mrruc1@yahoo.com.

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God bless you.

 

Love Jesus.

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There is nothing more important in this world than loving Jesus.

If you love Jesus, then you will want to seek Him and know Him.

Knowing Him is the greatest privilege and experience.

This is why Paul counted all of his works of righteousness, all of his religious training, and all of his self-willed zeal as dung compared to the “excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” – Philippians 3.

Jesus Christ gives us His knowledge of Himself, so we will love Him, seek Him, and become more and more like Him in our hearts.

Christlikeness is to be the goal of our lives!

While living upon this earth as born again believers in Jesus Christ’s glorious Gospel of grace, we must pursue Christlikeness by remaining in faith motivated fellowship with Him.

Through fellowship with Him, He pours His love into us: love for Him and love for others.

Through fellowship with Christ (because He is alive!), we are taught by Him, changed by Him, and become more like Him in our hearts.

I pray that you will love Jesus, know Jesus, fellowship with Jesus, and become more and more like Him in your heart. This is the glorious experience Paul constantly wrote about in all of his epistles.

If you have questions and would like them answered from the truth of the Bible, please email me at: mrruc1@yahoo.com.

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God bless you.

 

Christ in You. The Hope of Glory

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Jesus Christ lives in all of us who have repented of our sins and believed His Gospel: His death for our sins, His burial, and His resurrection.

Once Christ lives in you, you have the power of Christ to live for Christ and to become more and more like Him – this is the great goal of our sanctification – Philippians 2:12.

Because Christ lives in us, He is our hope of glory – that one day we will be with Him in heaven. Christ is our hope of glory; we have no hope outside of Christ living in us.

If Christ is not in you, you have no hope of glory or of going to heaven.

Christ in you means that He lives in you. When Christ lives in you, He takes charge over your heart, your emotions, your attitudes, your thoughts, your speech, and your behavior.

You cannot remain the same when Jesus lives inside of you. Those who never change do not have Christ living inside of them. Christ is both the Initiator of change and the Transformer of our transformation. All this is made possible by His grace.

Is Christ Jesus, the Hope of Glory, living inside you by faith in His Gospel?

Have you changed?

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God bless you.

Please Repent of Your Sins

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Please repent of your sins, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

If you do not do this, then you will die in your sins and go to hell. I don’t want you to go to hell; I want you to go to heaven.

You must believe that Jesus Christ is “I Am” – the One True God – Exodus 3:14 & John 8:24, 58 in order to be saved from the eternal consequences of your sins.

Repenting of your sin is not hard to do when you humble yourself and admit that you are a sinner and you have broken God’s commandments – Exodus 20.

Repenting of your sins means to turn from them to Christ and ask Him to save you from your sins.

Jesus Christ is going to return and rapture His people from off of this earth to meet Him in the clouds.

Then, the predicted Tribulation will occur. You do not want to be here during the Tribulation period when God begins and finishes His just judgment upon this earth for mankind’s rejection of Him and His Son, Jesus.

During the Tribulation, the antichrist will come to power and enforce a covenant of peace upon Israel for 7 years – the 7 last years of human history as we know it.

During this Tribulation time, many Jews in Israel will believe in their Messiah who is Jesus of Nazareth. However, the world will be deceived by the antichrist believing him to be the true Messiah. He will rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, and after 3-1/2 years of the Tribulation period, will actually declare himself to be god and demand the Jews and the Gentiles to worship him as god inside the Jewish Temple – 2 Thessalonians 2; Revelation 13.

After the 7 years of Tribulation are over, Jesus will return and destroy the antichrist, his armies, and his kingdom – Revelation 19. There will be a 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ on this earth where He alone will rule all nations with a rod of iron from Jerusalem – Isaiah 2. All who repent and believe His Gospel of grace will rule with Christ during this time. All who refuse to repent and believe the Gospel of God will be punished during the Tribulation and after the Tribulation in the eternal flames of the Lake of Fire – Revelation  19-20.

Repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ; flee from the wrath of God that is upon you  even now by repenting of your sin and by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you have questions and would like them answered from the truth of the Bible, please email me at: mrruc1@yahoo.com.

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God bless you.

I Rejoice in Christ Jesus

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I rejoice in Christ Jesus because of what He alone has accomplished.

Jesus Christ purchased my redemption – my slavery to sin and Satan’s dominion over my life – through His death on the cross, His burial, and His resurrection.

Jesus Christ purchased me with His own blood and washed me from the filth and power of my sins, so I could become a loving, slave to God.

He justified me by His righteousness – justification means that God declares me righteous and gives me His own righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ.

So, I rejoice in Jesus Christ and put no confidence in my fleshly abilities, intelligence, skills, or works to save myself. I cannot save myself from my own sins or free myself from the power my sins had over me. However, by faith in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, I have received Christ into my heart and His power in my life. I now have His life in me, so my life has been transformed and set free from sin. I now possess new godly, desires given to me by the Holy Spirit, and His power to fulfill them. All this I have obtained by faith in Christ Jesus and not by my works or being a good person.

Being a good person does not set me free from sin or the eternal punishment which is sin’s result. I rejoice in Christ Jesus and do not put trust in my weak ability to be good. I rejoice in Christ Jesus and not in my own works in order to be saved. I rejoice in Christ Jesus because through faith in Him I have been given Salvation, Sanctification, and will be glorified, and none of these blessing were earned by my goodness.

I rejoice in Christ Jesus my Lord because He has have given me His power to live and become more and more like Him. I did not earn His power or earn the right to obtain His power. I received the power of His Holy Spirit by faith in His Gospel. I have power in my life, today, because Jesus Christ has given me His life by His grace not by my works.

I rejoice in Jesus Christ and not in my own self-righteousness or goodness or abilities. I have Christ-Centered Reliance that He will perform in me all that He promised to those who believe in His Gospel.

I rejoice in Jesus Christ because He has made me a new creation that is zealous for good works and empower by His Holy Spirit to do them by His grace.

I rejoice in Christ Jesus and have achieved nothing apart from His life in me.

I rejoice in Jesus Christ because by His work, I have been given His life because of His grace: “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves it is is the gift of God. Not of works least any man should boast” – Ephesians 2:8-9.

If you have questions and would like them answered from the truth of the Bible, please email me at: mrruc1@yahoo.com.

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God bless you.

Jesus Christ Is Real

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Although Jesus walked this earth 2000 years ago, He is presently alive.

Jesus loves sinners, He died on the cross for our sins, was buried, rose again from the dead on the third day, and was seen by over 500 eyewitnesses.

Jesus Christ is God, and that is why He had the power to lay down His own life as the ultimate, perfect sacrifice for your sins and for mine. By faith in His death and resurrection, we become “born again” – new creations in Christ. Jesus rose on the first day of the week, Sunday, – the beginning of a new week! We become new creations in Christ because of His resurrection.

You may not know very much about Jesus, but this is one truth you must accept: Jesus Christ is God the Son, He died on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, and He rose again from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is the only one who can give us forgiveness for our sins, eternal life, and His Holy Spirit.

If you have questions and would like them answered from the truth of the Bible, please email me at: mrruc1@yahoo.com.

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God bless you.

Peace and Security

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner at a conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland, on February 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) https://www.timesofisrael.com/kushner-economy-and-redrawing-of-borders-the-focal-points-of-trump-peace-plan/

2,000 year old prophecies warn that there is a day coming that is unlike any other day in human history. It is known in the ancient Scriptures as “the Day of the LORD.” For thousands of years, the prophets have spoken of this day that will come upon all nations and people of the earth who refuse to repent of their sins, who continue in their rebellion against God, who have made the choice to follow Satan directly or indirectly, and who reject the only truth in this universe that can save their souls – faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Looking carefully at this picture, you will see in the foreground these words “Peace and Security in the Middle East.” If you wanted a sign revealing the inerrancy of Scripture, here is just one example. The Bible’s foreknowledge of the future of the world is unprecedented by any other book, ancient or modern, in the world. It is 100% accurate. No other religious book (nor any book for that matter) even comes close!

2,000 years ago, it was written in the Bible the following words: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and security; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” – 1 Thessalonians 5:2–3. 

The One True God, in His written Word known as the Bible, has revealed to anyone who is willing to believe Him that He is going to destroy the earth and everyone on it who rejects His free offer of grace, mercy, and forgiveness granted to all who will repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you remain skeptical of the prophets who foretold long ago of the coming Day of the LORD, please consider that this photo is not a coincidence, and that God has graciously given you another chance to choose to follow Him by repenting of your sins and believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Christ is alive, Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God, and Jesus Christ loves you. He has proven His love for you through His loving willingness to pay for your sins on the cross at Calvary 2,000 years ago. If you will repent of your sins and believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God will save you from the damnation He has pronounced on this world when the “Day of the LORD” arrives and from the eternal punishment of the Lake of Fire that follows, He will give you the gift of His Holy Spirit who will empower you to overcome sin and temptation, He will give you the strength to live a holy life for His glory as you (daily) experience deep fellowship and friendship with Jesus Christ, and He will grant you eternal life so you will be with Him forever in His Kingdom. May you believe in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, receive the gift of God’s grace in Christ, and love Jesus until you meet Him face to face. God bless you.  

Ryan Ruckman