A Good Friday for All

29597494_570742856658840_8176143383484039120_nThe greatest man in history, had no servants, yet they called him Master. He had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.  He had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. His name is Jesus, and He desires that we all come to know Him, and His merciful forgiveness, eternal grace and everlasting love. 2000 years ago our Lord and Savior took it on Himself to die on a cross for my sins. Death is the penalty for blaspheming, lying, cheating, holding grudges, gossiping, unforgiveness, coveting what others have. I admit I sin, that I am guilty and that I deserve eternal separation from God.  But Jesus Christ paid my debt, He was the spotless lamb. Nobody took His life, Jesus loved us so much, He gave His life so that we could enter into the holy presence of God and spend eternity with Him. That’s the good news in Good Friday. 21752696_1409252479221174_7674600626702003415_o“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye……21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew 712671699_10153580192583269_8868053542101870090_o

Rabbi Manuel Hernandez opened the 2018 Haggadah (the narrative or “story” that is told of the Pesach (Passover) for Lakeside residents with prayer and a wide smile saying “Relax it’s a party”. Rabbi Hernandez has books in libraries20180329_174823at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and in Israel. He has a Master’s degree in Theology and for the last 40 years he has been the Shepherd at the Guadalajara Synagogue. Near the end of the evening the question was asked “When did the order of Messianic Jews begin?

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Haggadah 2018 at Lakeside at Little Chapel

Where are the Messianic Jews headquartered?” The humble response was “The 12 apostles were the first Jews to be known as followers of the Messiah, so I guess the headquarters has spread worldwide.” Psalm 51:3 – Matthew 26:26 – Psalm 78:42  Worldwide, as believers in Jesus Christ as Lord, and as His chosen people, we are all grafted in. God is very well pleased when His children gather together to celebrate the Passover. People from all walks of faith worshipped Jesus, God in the flesh, together as we remembered the suffering, the tears, and the triumph of the Resurrection of “God in us” His hope for glory!   May His continuing love and mercy shine upon you! 

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Good Friday March 30, 2018 in Jalisco, Mexico

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It looks like a painting, but these are His faithful, remembering Jesus in front of the Catholic church in downtown Chapala – Holy Week 2018.

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Common people, carpenters, taxi drivers, plumbers, and local fishermen.  All loved by God, regardless of religion, politics, education or appearance.

 

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The tall humble man is our beloved Pastor, Ken Armstrong of Little Chapel, Jalisco, Mexico

Pastor Ken posted “We MUST let the Holy Spirit run his church. It’s not about us. It never was. We do the “good work He prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10 and Eph 4:11). But we do it NOT for our glory and certainly NOT so we can play out our vision of church or religion or whatever. Everything we do is for His glory. (1 Corinthians 10:31). Brother Earl and my lovely wife Dawn and I don’t stand up in front on Sunday because we’re the stars of the show. As I shared with a friend recently, anyone who wants the “honor” of being up front will never have it while I’m the pastor. On the other hand, we joyfully step aside when humble men of God like Rabbi Manuel Hernandez Gomez and Brother Claude Bellon come to teach.  As long as I have breath, my job is to proclaim the good news of the Risen King.  As long as I am shepherd-teacher at Little Chapel, my job is to let the Holy Spirit run His church.”

 

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  1. Rabbi Hernandez published a few books About Mexico’s history, and also as seen in the picture on the bottom of this post, the Rabbi also wrote the book entitled “Yeshua el Mesias” — Jesus the Messiah

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  2. 2000 years ago our Lord and Savior took it on Himself to die on a cross for my sins. Death is the penalty for blaspheming, lying, cheating, gossiping, coveting what others have. I admit I sin, that I am guilty and that I deserve eternal separation from God. I deserve sin’s penalty—which is to hear God say “I never knew you” Matthew 26:26 But Jesus Christ paid my debt, He was the spotless lamb. Nobody took His life, Jesus loved us so much, He gave His life so that we could enter into the holy presence of God and spend eternity with Him. That’s the good news in Good Friday. ““Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye……21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew 7

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