Poarta inspre rasarit prin care Isus a intrat in Ierusalim – The Eastern or Golden Gate through which Jesus walked on Palm Sunday

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Poarta inspre rasarit sau poarta aurita este cea mai veche poarta dintre portile Ierusalimului si se afla dealungul peretelui din est al Muntelui Templului. In Duminica Floriilor, Isus a intrat in Ierusalim pe poarta inspre rasarit. Unii crestini cred ca Poarta inspre rasarit, care ramane sigilata de 12 secole, v-a fi deschisa la intoarcerea lui Hristos.

Ezechiel 44:1-2
M-a dus înapoi la poarta exterioară a Lăcaşului, care dădea înspre răsărit, dar era închisă. 2 Domnul mi-a zis: „Poarta aceasta va rămâne închisă şi nu va mai fi deschisă! Nimeni nu va intra pe ea, căci Domnul, Dumnezeul lui Israel, a intrat pe ea; de aceea va rămâne închisă.

Ezechiel 44:1–3
M-a dus înapoi la poarta exterioară a Lăcaşului, care dădea înspre răsărit, dar era închisă. Domnul mi-a zis: „Poarta aceasta va rămâne închisă şi nu va mai fi deschisă! Nimeni nu va intra pe ea, căci Domnul, Dumnezeul lui Israel, a intrat pe ea; de aceea va rămâne închisă. Numai prinţul va avea voie să stea înăuntrul porţii pentru a mânca pâine înaintea Domnului. El va trebui să intre însă prin porticul porţii şi să iasă tot pe acolo.“


The Eastern Gate (or Golden Gate) is the oldest of the city gates and is located along the eastern wall of the Temple Mount. On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into the city through the Eastern Gate. Christians contend the Eastern Gate, which has been sealed for nearly 12 centuries, will reopen upon the return of Christ.

Ezekiel 44:1-2
Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. The LORD said to me, “This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered through it.” (NIV)

The Golden Gate, as it is called in Christian literature, is the oldest of the current gates in Jerusalem’s Old City Walls. According to Jewish tradition, the Shekhinah (שכינה) (Divine Presence) used to appear through this gate, and will appear again when the Messiah comes (Ezekiel 44:1–3) and a new gate replaces the present one; that is why Jews used to pray for mercy at the former gate at this location. Hence the name Sha’ar HaRachamim (שער הרחמים), the Gate of Mercy. It is also said that Jesus passed through this gate on Palm Sunday. In ancient times, the gate was known as the Beautiful Gate.

Remains of a much older gate dating to the times of the Second Jewish Temple were found. The present one was probably built in the 520s AD, as part of Justinian I’s building program in Jerusalem, on top of the ruins of the earlier gate in the wall. An alternate theory holds that it was built in the later part of the 7th century by Byzantine artisans employed by the Umayyad khalifs.

The gate is located in the middle of the eastern side of the Temple Mount. The portal in this position was believed to have been used for ritual purposes in biblical times.  (wikipedia)

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Paul Wilbur – Ierusalime, ridica-te! Jerusalem Arise (60 minute) 68 de versete biblice

68 de versete biblice despre semnificatia Ierusalimului

68 Bible Verses about Jerusalem, Significance Of Jerusalem

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1 Kings 11:32

(but he will have one tribe, for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel),

1 Kings 8:44-51“When Your people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way You shall send them, and they pray to the LORD toward the city which You have chosen and the house which I have built for Your name, then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. “When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near; read more.
2 Chronicles 6:34-39“When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, by whatever way You shall send them, and they pray to You toward this city which You have chosen and the house which I have built for Your name, then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. “When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to a land far off or near, read more.

1 Kings 11:36

‘But to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David may have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My name.

1 Kings 14:21

Now Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen from all the tribes of Israel to put His name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonitess.

2 Chronicles 12:13

So King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Now Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen from all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonitess.

2 Kings 23:27

The LORD said, “I will remove Judah also from My sight, as I have removed Israel And I will cast off Jerusalem, this city which I have chosen, and the temple of which I said, ‘My name shall be there.'”

Nehemiah 1:8-9

“Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.’

1 Chronicles 15:1-3Now David built houses for himself in the city of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. Then David said, “No one is to carry the ark of God but the Levites; for the LORD chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever.” And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the LORD to its place which he had prepared for it.
2 Samuel 6:1-19Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of the LORD of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim. They placed the ark of God on a new cart that they might bring it from the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new cart. read more.

2 Chronicles 3:1

Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

1 Chronicles 6:31-32

Now these are those whom David appointed over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after the ark rested there. They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem; and they served in their office according to their order.

2 Chronicles 20:27-28

Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies. They came to Jerusalem with harps, lyres and trumpets to the house of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 33:7

Then he put the carved image of the idol which he had made in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever;

2 Chronicles 36:14

Furthermore, all the officials of the priests and the people were very unfaithful following all the abominations of the nations; and they defiled the house of the LORD which He had sanctified in Jerusalem.

Ezra 1:1-3

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying: “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. ‘Whoever there is among you of all His people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel; He is the God who is in Jerusalem.

Psalms 68:28-29

Your God has commanded your strength; Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted on our behalf. Because of Your temple at Jerusalem Kings will bring gifts to You.

Mark 11:11

Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late.

Luke 2:41-51

Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, read more.

Luke 4:9

And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here;

Acts 22:13-18came to me, and standing near said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very time I looked up at him. “And he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth. ‘For you will be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard. read more.

Deuteronomy 12:1-7

“These are the statutes and the judgments which you shall carefully observe in the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess as long as you live on the earth. “You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. “You shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their Asherim with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate their name from that place. read more.

Deuteronomy 12:20-28“When the LORD your God extends your border as He has promised you, and you say, ‘I will eat meat,’ because you desire to eat meat, then you may eat meat, whatever you desire. “If the place which the LORD your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, then you may slaughter of your herd and flock which the LORD has given you, as I have commanded you; and you may eat within your gates whatever you desire. “Just as a gazelle or a deer is eaten, so you will eat it; the unclean and the clean alike may eat of it. read more.
1 Kings 14:22-24Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked Him to jealousy more than all that their fathers had done, with the sins which they committed. For they also built for themselves high places and sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and beneath every luxuriant tree. There were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD dispossessed before the sons of Israel.
1 Kings 22:42-43Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. He walked in all the way of Asa his father; he did not turn aside from it, doing right in the sight of the LORD However, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places.
2 Chronicles 20:31-33Now Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. He walked in the way of his father Asa and did not depart from it, doing right in the sight of the LORD. The high places, however, were not removed; the people had not yet directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.
2 Kings 12:1-3In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba. Jehoash did right in the sight of the LORD all his days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him. Only the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

– See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Jerusalem,-Significance-Of#sthash.SRN1PLVC.dpuf

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Facebook or Facebible? (1). Comunicare pe “mute” – Nicolae.Geantă

comunicare pe ‘mute’

Mulţi spun „ne facem adresă de Facebook să socializăm domn’ profesor. Suntem tineri, cu problemele noastre, trebuie să socializăm, să vorbim unii cu alţii”…

Şi uite aşa ne găsim referate, smarthphone-uri, adidas-i, parfumuri… Unii găsesc etnobotanice. Alţii, se căsătoresc. Apoi se despart…

Omul doreşte să comunice. Aşa a fost făcut de Dumnezeu. Să discute, să-şi spună păsul, să încurajeze, să se descarce. Dar, nu în spatele unui desktop sau LCD, ci face-off. Dumnezeu a creat-o pe Eva să socializeze cu Adam. Dar nu prin SMS sau mail-uri. Nu le-a adus Dumnezeu un iPhone sau laptop, nici un TV şi nici atât Facebook. Ci, i-a adus pe cineva asemănător, care să roşească atunci când spune o minciună. Cum să roşească pe Net un tânăr de 1,60 m când se dă de 1,80 m, cu ochi albaştrii şi Ferrari? Sau o fată de 90 de kilorame, pe care Photoshop a făcut-o la 60 kg? Necunoscuta frumoasă.

Nicolae GeantaE adevărat oamenii au nevoie de comunicare. De la o jumate de an comunicăm. Ne place să vorbim , să ascultăm, să fim ascultaţi. Dar, faţă în faţă. Tatăl meu, până să moară, bolnav fiind s-a sculat din pat: „Vreau să merg la bufet!”, „Ce să cauţi acolo, nu poţi merge nici prin casă, dar să mai bei şi ceva”, i-am zis. „Nu, nu vreau să beau, ci să mai vorbesc şi eu cu unul, cu altul”. Vedeţi, e mai multă comunicare în cârciumi ca pe Facebook. Comunicarea asta virtuală fără strângere de mână nu e discuţie. Uitaţi-vă la societatea de azi, suntem din ce în ce mai mulţi, şi tot mai singuri. Tot închişi în case!

„Românul a stat mereu în codru. Şi azi la fel… Apropos, unde e cei mal des codru din România?”, a întrebat un călugăr un reporter ce dorea să-L intervieveze. „Codrii Vlăsiei?”. „Nu, Bucureştii, Clujul, Iaşul, Galaţii”, replică monahul, făcând aluzie la oraşe cu sute de mii de locuitori, dar tot mai singuri.

Pe vremuri bătrânii noştrii ieşeau pe laviţe să discute. Acum, tinerii stau în casă. Le e greu să se deplaseze. O fetiţă din faţa casei mele, o sună pe fiica mea cea mică pentru orice. Ar putea s-o strige!

Facebook e minunata lume a neieşitului din casă. A comunicării de pe scaun. E ca o mătuşă de-a mea care spală rufe stând în pat, sau ca o femeie din sat, care pune brazde de pe scaun. Şi nu e bolnavă! Decât de lene. Uitaţi-vă la tinerii de azi, vor să facă totul de pe scaun. Şi ora de Sport de la liceu.

Elevii vin acasă şi vorbesc cu ceilalţi prin e-mail. N-au vorbit destul la şcoală. Văd în maxi-taxi fete care butonează tot drumul. 1000 de mesaje nu le ajunge în câteva zile. Aceeaşi mătuşă de-a mea a crescut o fată, şi când a ajuns în clasa IX-a la liceu, butona toată noaptea sub plapumă. Acum are un băieţel de 2 ani! Şi tot VIII clase.

Spunea Natanael Costea, că în Australia, a văzut doi adolescenţi, care vizitându-se n-au scos o vorbă! Dar după ce-au schimbatID-urile, pe Net vorbeau mai bine cu degetele.

Generaţia mea, ne duceam toată ziua pe islazuri, vorbeam câte în lună şi stele, şi seara tot mai stăteam ore bune lângă tuciul de orez cu lapte pus la fiert. Şi analizam Luna. Stelele. Cerul întreg.

Ştiţi ce am văzut eu din această socializare pe Facebook? Tinerii noştrii nu mai au cuvinte să vorbească. Le dau elevilor câte 10-12 cuvinte să îmi facă un eseu şi nu reuşesc. Uitaţi-vă la bac’, se dau eseuri: la română, engleză, franceză, istorie, geografie… Scrisori de intenţie, scrisori către prieteni. Nu vă puteţi stăpâni de râs dacă sunteţi profesori corectori. Tinerii, nu au cuvinte.

Comunicarea asta virtuală, a mai făcut o rană: tinerii vorbesc cât mai scurt. De fapt generaţia Facebook, înseamnă „faţă de carte”. Copertă. Cum să cunoşti o carte dacă nu o citeşti? Cum să scri un eseu, dacă dai numai SMS-uri. Tinerii de azi, vor totul SMS, fast-food: vor să li se predea SMS la liceu, să scrie puţin, să citească puţin, să fie ascultaţi SMS. Ce performanţă să faci? Ei scriu puţin, profii predau puţin… Şi să iubească, tot SMS vor. Se căsătoresc SMS, de Valentine’s… Nici măcar de 1 Martie nu-s în stare să scrie o felicitare. Intră imediat pe Net. Şi pocăiţii fac la fel. Dau Google, să facă o declaraţie cuiva. Nu stau să compună, să gândească ei. Ideile sunt furate, nu reprezintă ce simt. Ce comunicare! Mi-e frică deja…

Vorba fratelui Vladimir Pustan: „cine mai aşteaptă azi poştaşul cu scrisoarea ce trebuie musai ţinută sub pernă?”. Că miroase a parfum. E scris îngrijit, coala e albă ca zăpadă…
Faptul că scriu cu k, tz, ts, nush, apls, waw, oops, le-a deteriorat corectitudinea gramaticală. Eu corectez sute de lucrări, şi România e cu r, oraşele sau fluviile cu litere mici, iar denumirile se scriu cum se aud – deşi sunt în engleză sau spaniolă. Nu mă mir dacă vor apare şi emoticone! Sau buzz, sau poke (ciupeşte). Le spun uneori: „v-am scris testele încet, pentru că nu le puteţi citi repede!”.
Un alt lucru degradant, e că tinerii scriu oribil. Caligrafia lor e parcă trasă la maşina de cusut, parcă scriu cu aparatul de sudură!
Am văzut că şi pocăiţii scriu pe Net, d-zeu, despărţit cu d mic, isus cu i mic, fără fraze. Sicer. E blasfemie. Ăsta e rezultatul facebook. Şi comunicarea de acolo.
Iubiţilor, comunicarea pe Facebook e tot singurătate. Ştiţi de ce-s aşa sigur? Pentru că 75 % dintre divorţaţi, de aici vin! Cine nu comunică face-off înainte de nuntă, după aceea…
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Citeste blogul lui Nicolae Geanta aici – http://nicolaegeanta.blogspot.ro

Tears of Sovereign Mercy – Palm Sunday 1/3

Pentru traducere automata, fa click aici – Romanian

You can listen to the audio here from Desiring God, John Piper.

Luke 19:28-44

And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near – already on the way down the Mount of Olives – the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” 41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Before we get back to Romans 9 the Sunday after Easter, I wanted to preach a message that is partly an overflow of one of the books I worked on during the writing leave. (It will probably be called Don’t Waste Your Life.) Actually, this message is the overflow of more than the book.

  • It’s the overflow of conversations with John Erickson about his vision for ministry in the city.
  • It’s the overflow of conversations with my son Benjamin about what it means to be a merciful person on the street.
  • It’s the overflow of reading Timothy Keller’s book, Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road.
  • It’s the overflow of the seminar I did on Prayer, Meditation, and Fasting a few weeks ago, as I pondered what it really means to enjoy fellowship with Jesus and anticipate meeting him face to face very shortly and giving an account of the way I have thought, for example, about giving to people who ask for money. I remember, specifically, in one of those hours asking the class: Suppose you die and you’re standing before Jesus Christ, who surrendered his body to spitting and shame and torture and death so that undeserving sinners (like you and me) might be drawn into eternal joy, and he inquires how you handled the people who asked you for money – you know, panhandlers, beggars, street people, drunks, drifters. What would you say?I suggested to them, and I suggest to you now, you’re not going to feel very good about saying, “I never got taken advantage of. I saw through their schemes. I developed really shrewd counter-questions that would expose them. So I hardly ever had to give anything.” Do you know what I think the Lord Jesus is going to say to that – the Lord Jesus, the consummately, willingly, savingly abused and exploited Jesus? I think he is going to say, “That was an exquisite imitation of the world. Even sinners give to those who deserve to be given to. Even sinners pride themselves on not being taken advantage of.” Well this message is a spillover of some of those thoughts.
  • And it’s a spillover of a conversation that Noël and I had at Annie’s Parlor a little over a week ago as we assessed our lives how we wanted the next ten years to look – if God gives us ten – in regard to practical deeds mercy. What do we want Talitha to see in the city? What kind of Jesus do we want her to see living through us in Philips neighborhood on 11th Avenue? Do we want her to remember someday when we are gone: my folks were shrewd? Or do we want her to remember: My folks were merciful?

Palm Sunday: An Event of Insight and Misunderstanding

Well, that’s what led me to choose this text for Palm Sunday. It’s a Palm Sunday text. Palm Sunday is the day in the church year when traditionally we mark the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem for the last week of his life. It’s an event of great insight and great misunderstanding. The great insight was that this Jesus really is “the King who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 19:38). He was the Messiah, the Son of David, the long-awaited Ruler of Israel, the fulfillment of all God’s promises. But the great misunderstanding was that he would enter Jerusalem and by his mighty works, take his throne and make Israel free from Rome.

It wasn’t going to be that way: he would take his throne but it would be through voluntary suffering and death and resurrection. The first sermon Peter preached after the resurrection comes to an end with the words, “This Jesus God raised up” so that he was “exalted at the right hand of God” (Acts 2:32-33). And the apostle Paul says that he is now King: “He must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15:25; see Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1).

So Palm Sunday was a day of insight and a day of misunderstanding. The insight gave joy, and the misunderstanding brought about destruction – the murder of Jesus a few days later, and the destruction of Jerusalem 40 years later. And Jesus saw it all coming.

And what I want to focus on this morning is Jesus’ response to this blindness and hostility that he was about to meet in Jerusalem. Indeed, he met it already in this very text. The crowds were crying out in verse 38, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” But in the very next verse it says, “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples’” (Luke 19:39).

So Jesus knew what was about to happen. The Pharisees were going to get the upper hand. The people would be fickle and follow their leaders. And Jesus would be rejected and crucified. And within a generation the city would be obliterated. Look how Jesus says it in verses 43-44:

For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.

God had visited them in his Son, Jesus Christ – “he came to his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11). They did not know the time of their visitation. So they stumbled over the stumbling stone. The builders rejected the stone and threw it away. Jesus saw this sin and this rebellion and this blindness coming. How did he respond? Verse 41-42: “And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.’” Jesus wept over the blindness and the impending misery of Jerusalem.

How would you describe these tears? You can see from the title of this message that I call them, “Palm Sunday Tears of Sovereign Mercy.” The effect that I pray this will have on us is, first, to make us admire Christ, and treasure him above all others and worship him as our merciful Sovereign; and, second, that seeing the beauty of his mercy, we become merciful with him and like him and because of him and for his glory.

Admiring Christ’s Merciful Sovereignty and Sovereign Mercy

First, then let’s admire Christ together. What makes Christ so admirable, and so different than all other persons – what sets him apart as unique and inimitable – matchless, peerless – is that he unites in himself so many qualities that in other people are contrary to each other. That’s why I put together the words “sovereign” and “merciful.” We can imagine supreme sovereignty, and we can imagine tenderhearted mercy. But who do we look to combine in perfect proportion merciful sovereignty and sovereign mercy? We look to Jesus. No other religious or political contender even comes close.

Look at three pointers in this text to his sovereignty. First, verse 37: “As he was drawing near – already on the way down the Mount of Olives – the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen.” Jesus had made a name for himself as the worker of miracles, and they remembered them. He had healed leprosy with a touch; he had made the blind see and the deaf hear and the lame walk; he had commanded the unclean spirits and they obeyed him; he had stilled storms and walked on water and turned five loaves and two fish into a meal for thousands. So as he entered Jerusalem, they knew nothing could stop him. He could just speak and Pilate would perish; the Romans would be scattered. He was sovereign.

Then look, secondly, at verse 38. The crowds cried out: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Jesus was a King, and not just any king, but the one sent and appointed by the Lord God. They knew how Isaiah had described him:

Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:7)

A universal, never-ending kingdom backed by the zeal of almighty God. Here was the King of the universe, who today rules over the nations and the galaxies, and for whom America and Iraq are a grain of sand and a vapor.

Third, verse 40. When the Pharisees tell him to make the people stop blessing him as a king, he answers, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out (Luke 19:40). Why? Because he will be praised! The whole design of the universe is that Christ be praised. And therefore, if people won’t do it, he will see to it that rocks do it. In other words, he is sovereign. He will get what he means to get. If we refuse to praise, the rocks will get the joy.

It is remarkable, therefore, that the tears of Jesus in verse 41 are so often used to deny his sovereignty. Someone will say, “Look, he weeps over Jerusalem because his design for them, his will for them, is not coming to pass. He would delight in their salvation. But they are resistant. They are going to reject him. They are going to hand him over to be crucified.” And so his purpose for them has failed. But there is something not quite right about this objection to Jesus’ sovereignty.

He can make praise come from rocks. And so he could do the same from rock-hard hearts in Jerusalem. What’s more, all this rejection and persecution and killing of Jesus is not the failure of Jesus’ plan, but the fulfillment of it. Listen to what he said in Luke 18:31-33 a short time before:

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written [planned!] about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. 33 And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.”

The betrayal, the mockery, the shame, the spit, the flogging, the murder – and so much more – was planned. In other words, the resistance, the rejection, the unbelief and hostility were not a surprise to Jesus. They were, in fact, part of the plan. He says so. This is probably why it says at the end of verse 42, “But now they are hidden from your eyes.” Remember what Jesus said about his parables back in Luke 8:10: “To you [disciples] it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’” God was handing them over to hardness. It was judgment.

We have seen all this in Romans 9. The mercy of God is a sovereign mercy. “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion” (Romans 9:15). But here is the point I want you to see today: This sovereign Christ weeps over heard-hearted, perishing Jerusalem as they fulfilled his plan. It is unbiblical and wrong to make the tears of mercy a contradiction to the serenity of sovereignty. Jesus was serene in sorrow, and sorrowful in sovereignty. Jesus’ tears are the tears of sovereign mercy.

And therefore his sovereign power is the more admirable and the more beautiful. It’s the harmony of things that seem in tension that makes him glorious: “Merciful and Mighty,” as we sing. We admire power more when it is merciful power. And we admire mercy more when it is mighty mercy. And, as I said, my prayer is that as you see his mercy and admire his mercy, you will become like him in his mercy.

There are at least three ways that Jesus is merciful, which we can draw out of this context. And I pray that I will become like him in all of these. I pray that you will too.

Jesus’ Mercy Is Tenderly Moved

First, Jesus’ mercy is tenderly moved. He feels the sorrow of the situation. This doesn’t mean his sovereign plan has wrecked on the rocks of human autonomy. It means that Jesus is more emotionally complex than we think he is. He really feels the sorrow of a situation. No doubt there is a deep inner peace that God is in control and that God’s wise purposes will come to pass. But that doesn’t mean you can’t cry.

In fact, on the contrary, I appeal to you here: pray that God would give you tears. There is so much pain in the world. So much suffering far from you and near you. Pray that God would help you be tenderly moved. When you die and stand before the Judge, Jesus Christ, and he asks you, “How did you feel about the suffering around you?” what will you say? I promise you, you will not feel good about saying, “I saw through to how a lot of people brought their suffering upon themselves by sin or foolishness.” You know what I think the Lord will say to that? I think he will say, “I didn’t ask you what you saw through. I asked you what you felt?” Jesus felt enough compassion for Jerusalem to weep. If you haven’t shed any tears for somebody’s losses but your own, it probably means you’re pretty wrapped up in yourself. So let’s repent of our hardness and ask God to give us a heart that is tenderly moved.

Jesus’ Mercy Was Self-Denying

Second, Jesus’ mercy was self-denying – not ultimately; there was great reward in the long run, but very painfully in the short run. This text is part of the story of Jesus’ moving intentionally toward suffering and death. Jesus is entering Jerusalem to die. He said so, “We are going up to Jerusalem . . . and the Son of Man will be delivered up . . . and they will kill him” (Luke 18:31-33). This is the meaning of self-denial. This is the way we follow Jesus. We see a need – for Jesus is was seeing the sin of the world, and broken bodies, and the misery of hell – and we move with Jesus, whatever it costs, toward need. We deny ourselves the comforts and the securities and the ease of avoiding other peoples’ pain. We embrace it. Jesus’ tears were not just the tender moving of his emotions. They were the tears of a man on his way toward need.

Jesus’ Mercy Intends to Help

That leads us to the third and last way Jesus is merciful. First, he is tenderly moved, second he is self-denying and moves toward need. Now third, he intends to help. Mercy if helpful. It doesn’t just feel – though it does feel – and it doesn’t just deny itself – though it does deny itself – it actually does things that help people. Jesus was dying in our place that we might be forgiven and have eternal life with him. That’s how he helped.

What will it be for you? How are you doing in ministries of mercy? How are you and your roommate, or your housemates, doing together? How is your family doing? (That’s what Noël and I asked at Annie’s Parlor.) What is tenderly moving you these days? Is there movement toward pain or suffering or misery or loss or sadness, that means denying yourself – in the short run – and multiplying your joy in the long run? And what help are you actually giving to those in need?

Two prayers: Oh, that we would see and savor the beauty of Christ – the Palm Sunday Tears of sovereign joy. And oh, that as we admire and worship him, we would be changed by what we see and become a more tenderly-moved, self-denying, need-meeting people.

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org

Pacatul din Corint (1) Magneti spre imoralitate

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Magneti spre imoralitate

Transmisie din 19 martie 2015
Slujba de seara Biserica Filadelfia Bucuresti

M-am intrebat, cum apostolul Pavel, scriind acestei biserici din Corint, biserica infiintata de el in urma cu vreo cinci ani de zile de la data scrierii acestei epistole, m-am intrebat: cum de nu a tratat acest subiect delicat in particular, in taina. Si raspunsul este aici in Sfanta Scriptura, pentru ca de obicei astfel de subiecte este recomandat sa fie tratate special si sa nu fie facute publice cand nu ajuta, nu da propasire bisericii. Dar, cand un eveniment de felul acesta devine public si notoriu, el trebuie tratat public.

Si, Dumnezeu asa a ingaduit, ca noi sa primim invatatura si peste veacuri, pentru biserica Domnului Isus Hristos,  sa fie o invatatura si aici in textul acesta, gasim niste principii de rezolvare a unei situatii de criza. Principii, cu care, daca veti citi atent Sfanta Scriptura si in special 2 Corinteni, veti constata ca nu toti membri bisericii din Corint au fost de acord cu ceea ce spunea Pavel. Dar asta n-a contat pentru el, atat de mult incat sa nu faca voia lui Dumnezeu in toate lucrurile. Ci, atunci cand el a crezut ca este bine sa se impuna cu autoritate intr-o anumita situatie, el n-a precedat sa faca lucrul acesta.

Cuvinte grele, dar, si fapte grele sunt in textul acesta. O stare de pacat dusa la extrem. Dar, si o hotarare atat de aspra, in opinia noastra, luata de sfantul apostol Pavel, incat te sperii la un moment dat. Sa ajunga marele apostol Pavel sa spuna: “Am hotarat impreuna, duhul meu cu voi, am hotarat ca un astfel de om sa fie dat pe mana Satanei.” Sunt doar trei locuri in Sfanta Scriptura, unde Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu vorbeste despre cineva, ca a fost dat pe mana Satanei. Dar toate aceste trei locuri se fac in voia lui Dumnezeu. Si ca sa vedeti, frati si surori, ca Satan n-are nicio putere daca Dumnezeu  nu ingaduie sa se intample anumite lucruri si nu permite sa se petreaca ceea ce doreste Dumnezeu…

2 Corinteni 2:5-6 – Dacă a fost cineva o pricină de întristare, nu m-a întristat numai pe mine, ci pe voi toţi; cel puţin în parte, ca să nu spun prea mult. 6 Este destul pentru omul acesta pedeapsa care i-a fost dată de cei mai mulţi;- ..de cei mai multi, nu de toti. O sa vedem noi de ce nu zice Pavel ‘de toti’, ci doar de cei mai multi.- 7 aşa că, acum, este mai bine să-l iertaţi şi să-l mângâiaţi, ca să nu fie doborât de prea multă mâhnire8 De aceea, vă rog să vă arătaţi iarăşi dragostea faţă de el; 9 căci v-am scris şi cu gândul ca să vă pun la încercare şi să văd dacă sunteţi ascultători în totul

A trecut o vreme in cele doua epistole. E distanta de cativa ani de zile. Vreo patru ani de zile, dupa cum spun cercetatorii Bibliei intre prima epistola a lui Pavel si a doua epistola. Si in a doua epistola, dupa cativa ani de zile, Pavel le spune: ‘E suficient, cat a fos pedepsit omul acesta.’ Acum, iertati-l, reabilitati-l, primiti-l inapoi, inconjurati-l cu dragoste. O sa vedem Joia viitoare, in disciplinarea aceasta a lui Pavel, a aplicat-o acelui om ce traia in pacat, a fost si izolarea lui de catre ceilalti. Si a zis: Cineva care-ti zice frate, si macar ca traieste in pacat, cu acel om nu trebuie nici sa mancati. Totusi, nu-l tratati ca pe un strain, cu toata respingerea, ci pastrati o anumita limita.

Sunt trei cazuri in Sfanta Scriptura cand cineva a fost dat pe mana Satanei:

  1. Iov pentru testarea credintei
  2. Curvarul din Corint pentru indreptarea celui vinovat, celui pacatos
  3. Al treilea caz e in 1 Timotei, unde Cuvantul Domnului ne spune ca pe Imeneu si Alexandru i-a dat pe mana Satanei, ca sa invete sa nu huleasca. Numai ca aici, frati si surori, este foarte important ce nu se spune. Nu se spune ca oamenii acestia ar fi fost salvati, mantuiti. Ci, oamenii acestia au fost dati pe mana Satanei si-au ramas ai lui, a celui rau. Batjocoritorii si hulitori.

Dumnezeu sa ne ajute sa ne pocaim, ca nu cumva intr-o buna zi, Dumnezeu sa ingaduie peste noi ceea ce nu trebuie.

Vedem in seara aceasta intamplarea din Corint, cu acest om ce traia in pacat. Despre pacatul acesta nu vreau sa vorbesc pentru ca toata lumea stie, dvs. si noi toti stim. Curvia este un pacat si mai ales asa cum este aratata aici, este intr-un fel si un incest. Nu stiu care este termenul pentru relatii din acestea in familie, intre rudenii apropiate. Probabil ca nu era mama lui buna, ca pe vremea aceea, unii barbati aveau mai multe sotii sau sotia murea, murea mama buna si se recasatoreau cu alta. Si a ajuns ca Ruben odinioara, sa pacatuiasca. Ruben, fiul lui Iacov. Ati citit recent in Genesa ce s-a intamplat si cu el.

Numai ca, aici, frati si surori, as vrea sa ne uitam cu atentie la noi. Vorbind despre acest pacat, zicem: este unul foarte grav si nu este cazul. Dar acest pacat are niste particularitati ale lui. Particularitati, care ne indica noua, daca suntem pe drumul care duce spre acest pacat, sau suntem pe calea cea buna. Uneor putem sa fim inconstienti, frati si surori, ca ceea ce facem ar putea intr-o buna zi sa ne duca, sa cadem in acest pacat. Daca Dumnezeu uraste ceva foarte mult si Biblia condamna ceva, este acest pacat al desfranarii, al curviei. Zice Sfanta Scriptura: Orice pacat pe care-l savarseste omul este un pacat afara din trup. Pacatul acesta intineaza trupul, care-i templul Duhului Sfant. Si de aceea zice: Fugiti de acest pacat.

Categoric, numai ca stiti, in pacatul acesta nu se cade dintr-o data, asa, prin accident. Exista o cale care duce spre acest pacat. Nu te uita unde ai cazut. Uita-te unde ai inceput sa aluneci, pentru ca alunecarea a fost mult mai devreme. Pana sa ajunga cineva sa infaptuiasca acest pacat, trece un timp,  care arata semnale. Si ne da semne, ce ar trebui sa facem, ca sa ne pazim de acest pacat. Cand se vorbeste, de obicei, despre acest lucru in biserica, sunt unii care spun: Cu siguranta, cel ce predica sau pastorul chiar are o problema de genul acesta. Dar, eu va spun, frati si surori, bazat pe Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu, chiar daca cineva vrea sa spuna lucrurile acestea, sa le spuna. Eu va spun adevarul si va rog sa priviti cu toata atentiala ceea ce voi spune in continuare, pentru ca lucrurile ce le voi spunesunt lucruri care indica, inca odata repet, daca cineva este lumesc sau duhovnicesc. Ma rog Domnului sa ne ajute sa fim duhovnicesti.

A fi lumesc este acea trasatura de caracter  care se manifesta prin imbracaminte lumeasca si comportament libertin. Este pe internet un predicator batran, un pastor batran din Statele Unite, care a tinut o predica despre imbracamintea femeiasca si el, in predica lui, a spus: sunt zece magneti care atrag privirile barbatilor in imbracamintea femeiasca si care pot duce, daca nu in fapt, pot duce daca cineva nu este atent, la pacat in inima, daca cineva nu vegheaza suficient. Am sa vi-i spun pe rand cei zece magneti, 11 chiar, si o sa ne uitam in viata noastra si de ce nu, in garderoba noastra. Dar, n-o sa ma refer azi doar la surori. O sa ma refer si la frati si la unii care zic ca-s lucratori. Sa aiba grija si sa avem grija. Si Dumnezeu sa ne ajute sa fim copiii Lui.

[…..] Ceea ce va voi spune acum in continuare sunt lucruri foarte importante. Comportamentul libertin- asta-i vizeaza in mod special pe frati, mai putin pe surori, dar si pe ele. Si ma refer la un lucru care poate nici nu ne-a trecut prin minte la multi. Sunt anumiti frati, care le place, atunci cand in biserica este rugaciune, sa mearga si sa puna mana pe cineva sa se roage. Va rog sa va opriti, frati si surori, pun mana la rugaciune doar cei la care le cerem noi s-o faca ca si conducerea bisericii. Au fost surori care au venit la mine si mi-au spus: “Frate, spune-i lui cutare s anu mai vina sa puna mana pe mine, cand se roaga din ravna.” Ca de obicei, mainile puse in rugaciune, in mod corect, nu se pune pe locul durerii. Da? Daca doare pe cineva inima, nu pui mana mana acolo. Pune pe cap sau chiar deasupra, nu-i nicio problema. Pe langa ravna, ne mai trebuie si pricepere. Si inca odata spun: Nu va puneti mainile peste nimeni cu graba si faceti-o in randuiala. S-a suparat pe mine un frate, recent, cand i-am spus: Te rog sa nu mai pui mana cand te rogi, pe nicio sora. Du-te la frati, daca vrei. A zis: Gata, plec din biserica. Si nici nu era membru al nostru. Dar, numai face asta. Dumnezeu sa ne binecuvanteze si sa ne ajute sa fim intelepti.

[….] Complacerea intr-un anturaj vinovat, la locul de munca, acasa, intre vecini. Frati si surori, daca ne place sa ascultam un anumit gen de conversatie , ca ce-i in lume e in lume si parca nu stiu de ce altceva sa vorbeasca decat despre acest pacat, cand au altele si sa se laude cu acest pacat, sau sa faca aluzii, verifica-te si sa ma verific. Plec urechea? Imi place? Sau ma repugna. Nu vreau sa aud asa ceva, evit locul acela. N-o sa putem iesi din mijlocul loc, ca suntem in lume. Dar e important, in inima noastra, sa avem atitudine de oameni crestini si sa respingem. Sa nu radem la glumele lor. Sa nu ne angrenam in discutiile lor. Sa nu acceptam aluziile lor. Intr-un mod civilizat, decent, asa cum ii sade bine unui crestin.

Excursii sau petreceri impreuna cu cei de la serviciu sau prieteni care nu-l cunosc pe Dumnezeu. In urma cu catva timp am botezat pe cineva. Si dupa ce s-a botezat, am stat de vorba cu acea persoana ca a inceput sa vina tot mai rarpe la biserica si mi s-a spus: “Duminica asta nu pot sa vin la biserica, ca merg cu colegii de serviciu la munte.” Si i-am spus: Te rog, nu te duce, ca nu este un anturaj bun pentru tine ca si crestina.”  Nu m-a ascultat si a plecat, dupa care n-a mai raspuns la telefon. Si n-a lasat adresa si n-a mai venit la biserica. Anturajul, prieteniile, daca nu sunt bune, te indeparteaza de Dumnezeu. Prietenii care n-au aceleasi valori morale ca si tine, nu te duc inspre mantuire, spre Hristos, spre sfintire, ci te departeaza. Evitati astfel de iesiri. Altfel, cum am putea spune noi ca suferim impreuna cu Hristos, daca nu-i vom lasa sa ne batjocoreasca cand le vom spune: Noi nu mergem in astfel de iesiri, nu participam la astfel de petreceri.

Nu stam la mesele unde este batjocorit numele Domnului si unde valorile morale sunt neglijate. Stiu ca este greu, frati si surori. Stiu ca este greu sa faci fata presiunii. Dar asta-i lupta noastra in vremea aceasta. Nu ne mai arunca comunistii in temnita. Vine diavolul cu prajitura lui si-i dulce. Numai ca, diavolul, cand serveste prajituri, si iti da una, maine alta, poimaine alta, otrava, pana la urma isi face efectul. Si suntem otraviti usor si usor si departati de Dumnezeu. Nu este normal ca tinerii bisericii sa plece in excursii fara cineva responsabil. Nu este normal sa plece la mare, la munte sau in orice alta parte. Chiar daca sunt copiii dvs. , daca sunt membri bisericii noastre, nu-i normal, frati si surori.

[…..] Nu-i normal ca cineva sa mearga in misiune si ca partener sa o ia doar pe “ea”, oricare ar fi numele ei, daca nu-i sotia lui. Nu-i normal, frati si surori. Domnul sa ne ajute sa veghem.

Nu-i normal sa spunem unor oameni ca nu-i bine sa umble cu femei, ca apoi sa aiba pretentia sa dea invatatura la altii. Ce invatatura sa dea la altii?

Timpul petrecut cu persoane de sex opus si care nu-i partenerul nostru de viata, nu-i normal pentru tine, frate si pentru tine, sora, si pentru mine, sa fim foarte amabili cu o sora si cu sotia mea sa nu fiu amabil. Sa fii cat mai politicos si sa te porti cat mai frumos cu ea sau cu el, dar acasa sa fiu un zbir. Doamne, ajuta-ne sa ne pocaim. Poate ca nu vavorbesc dvs.

Apoi, nu-i normal sa ne neglijam partenerul de viata si ascultati-ma bine ce spun si intelegeti mai mult decat spun: prin neindeplinirea datoriilor de sot  sau sotie, va rog intelegeti ce spun, cititi Corinetni 7 “sa nu va lipsiti unul pe altul de datoria de soti”  ca sa nu va ispiteasca Satana. Sa fii sot si sa fii sotie pentru cel de acasa. Vreti sa biruim pacatul acesta? Eu vreau, cu toata inima.

Credeti ca Samson a crezut vreodata ca o sa ajunga sa-l tradeze pe Dumnezeu? Cu pasi marunti s-a departat de voia Domnului. Dar pasii acestia marunti pe care Samson i-a facut l-a dus departe de voia Domnului. Ce-a zis: “Cu ce gresesc eu ca ma duc la petrecerea filistenilor?” – la biliard, intr-un club de noapte…

Dumnezeu sa ne binecuvanteze, sa ne pazim de astfel de lucruri, pentru ca pacatul acesta face ravagii. Pe atat de multi i-a pus la pamant pacatul acesta. Oameni mari ai lui Dumnezeu au fost trantiti de acest pacat si greu si-au mai revenit si altii nu si-au mai revenit. Frati si surori, sa ne rugam pentru noi ca Domnul sa ne pazeasca. Rugativa pentru slujitorii Evangheliei, sa-i pazeasca Domnul. Numai harul lui Dumnezeu ne tine, vreau sa stiti. Atat de inconstienti sunt unii si credeti ca n-am avut si persoane din acestea care probabil sotul nu-i facea atatea complimente cate a venit sa-mi faca si i-am zis: “Multumesc, dar pastreaza o anumita distanta.” “O, ai tu o problema.” N-am nicio problema. Iosif n-a avut o problema ca a fugit. N-a avut nicio problema.

Pavel spune si e singurul loc in Scriptura unde ne indeamna pe noi sa fugim. Sa fugim de poftele tineretii. Diavolului, spune Scriptura, sa-i stam impotriva, sa ne impotrivim, tari in credinta si el va fugi. Dar de poftele tineretii trebuie sa fugim noi. Sa nu ne oprim ochii, sa nu ne ducem pe acele strazi. Zicea catre noi fratele Trandafir: Lasati fetele neevanghelizate, evanghelizai baietii. Lasati-le! Si bine zicea. Nu petrece timp, daca stii ca nu vrei sa te casatoresti cu ea. Nu exista prietenii de proba. Paziti-va de toate acestea si sa ne pazim. Nu da sperante, dupa care te retragi.

Mai sunt si altele, dar ma opresc aici. Am spus suficient, poate chiar prea mult. Dar, daca cineva are inca intrebari pe aceasta tema, atat eu cat si ceilalti frati slujitori le putem sta la dispozitie, pentru ca nu ne dorim altceva, frati si surori, si nu-mi doresc altceva, vremea e scurta, vine Domnul. Sa ne gaseasca Domnul cu haina sufletului curata, neintinati de lume.

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Marturia vindecarii lui Alex Lakatos tanar din Timișoara – Seara de tineret Betel Bucuresti

Seara de tineret Betel Bucuresti marturia vindecarii lui Alex Lakatos tanar din Timișoara

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Grup Poarta Cerului – Tu esti Cel



Mike Olari: Este oare Cristian Barbosu un propovaduitor al evangheliei prosperitatii, asa cum unele situri din blogosfera romaneasca pretind? Daca da, atunci problema este intr-adevar grava, si de aceea ne-am permis sa o abordam si noi, dar putin altfel decat alte postari. Noi credem ca daca cineva are de spus ceva, fie pe blog, fie in viata privata, principiul din Matei 18 trebuie aplicat, si de aceea am mers la sursa si ne-am interesat despre cateva detalii mentionate pe acest subiect. Si ce am aflat … oare sa ne surprinda?

Da, Barbosu a fost recent intr-un turneu de evanghelizare dar ceea ce ni se pare interesant este ca cei care scriu acest gen de articole posteaza doar ceea ce considera ei ca ar influenta cititorii inspre reactii negative, exagerand si voit lasand nescris adevarul. Si care este adevarul? Din cele 7 intalniri pe care le-au avut in acest turneu, 2 au fost in salile unor hoteluri, celelalte insa in biserici clasice penticostale sau baptiste, si una in sala unui cinema invechit de pe vremea comunismului. Intr-unul din hoteluri, lumina a avut probleme, sistemul acustic era stricat, cateva perdele rupte si nu existau bai pe hol – ca sa pricepem cat de luxos a fost acel hotel … I-am intrebat pe unde s-au cazat, fiindca daca au atatia bani précis ca au stat pe la hoteluri – intr-un singur loc au stat la pensiunea unui frate, in toate celelalte locatii fiind cazati in familii, ca orisicare alt grup plecat in misiune in Romania. Este interesant cum poti defaima pe oricine cand motivul inimii tale asta vrea, alegand sa scrii doar ceea ce vrei tu sa vada altii si preluand informatii doar din partea unor denigratori din speta ta. Uitandu-ne la sursele citate de cel ce a publicat articolul, ele provin de la denigratorii lucrarii Harvest, 2 situri care si-au propus distrugerea lucrarii Harvest si despre care se stie intre cei din SUA care au verificat – repet – verificat faptele mentionate – ca majoritatea sunt fie neadevaruri, fie elemente exagerate si trunchiate postate cu scopul de a da senzatie si de a defaima un om si o lucrare. De ce oare cei care au preluat aceste informatii de pe acele situri, nu le verifica, sa vada ca James McDonald nu locuieste intr-o asemenea vila si nici nu ia un asemenea salar, iar bugetul anual al organizatiei o fi mare, saritor la cer pentru noi romanii, dar pentru o organizatie care inglobaza peste 100 de biserici in toata lumea, si doar cea din Chicago are peste 13,000 de participant intr-un weekend, plus studiouri de radio, tv, etc, nu e nimic iesit din comun! Proverbe 18:17 ne invata ca “Cel care vorbeşte întîi în pricina lui, pare că are dreptate, dar vine celalt, şi-l ia la cercetare.” Si cand vorbim despre oameni si lucrari ale lui Dumnezeu, trebuie sa cercetam si sa verificam fiindca defaimarea este un pacat cu consecinte grave, mentionat in Scripturi (1 Cor 6:10).

Daca e sa revenim insa la Barbosu, este el sau nu un propovaduitor al prosperitatii? Noi credem ca da si avem argumente clare pe care ne bazam. Doar in acest turneu, au fost peste 230 de hotarari scrise pe care cei din audienta le-au luat si le-au adus la crucea lui Isus, ca semn al pocaintei si dedicarii lor catre Dumnezeu. Nu maini ridicate, nici calcule facute prin aproximatie ci hartii scrise, numarate de pastorii bisericilor participante. Ce dovedesc aceste lucruri? Ca Barbosu intr-adevar este un propovaduitor al prosperitatii … spirituale! Si asta se vede clar in roadele lui si ale lucrarii lor. Fiindca dupa roade ii veti cunoaste. Spre exemplu nu stiu cati stiti, dar in biserica din Arad toti membri sunt in grupuri mici unde saptamanal li se cere pe langa rugaciune si discutiile din Scripturi sa dea socoteala in baza unor intrebari la care trebuie sa raspunda toti membrii grupurilor mici, si deci, ai bisericii. Stiti care sunt acestea?

  1. Mi-am indeplinit scopurile personale in ceea ce priveste rugaciunea, citirea Scripturii si memorarea ei?
  2. Am chivernisit cu grija resursele pe care mi le-a dat Dumnezeu (bani, timp, talent, etc)?
  3. Exista cineva pe care trebuie sa-l iert? Din familie, grup, biserica, societate?
  4. Am pacatuit barfind, aratand un spirit critic sau de gelozie?
  5. Am profitat de oportunitatea de a-L marturisi pe Hristos?
  6. Cum m-am implicat in slujirea bisericii sau al lui Christos in aceste saptamani?
  7. In ce fel am cautat sa am input spiritual in viata copiilor mei?
  8. Cum mi-am indeplinit datoria de dragoste si respect fata de sotul/stia mea in aceste saptamani?
  9. M-am expus vreunui material indecent, sau am avut un comportament neadecvat cu vreo persoana de sex opus in saptamanile astea?
  10. Sunt constient de vreun pacat nemarturisit din viata mea?

CITESTE in intregime aici – http://family2fam.com/2015/03/26/barbosu-evanghelia-prosperitatii/

Gog Si Magog Identificat – Nu Este Rusia


Gog Magog

Cititi in continuare, si urmariti acest video in care un cercetator al profetiilor biblice cu numele de Tiger Dan, explica de ce Gog si Magog este in Turcia si nu in Rusia asa dupa cum majoritatea crestinilor au avut parerea pana acum.

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In Cartea Ezechiel in capitolele 38 si 39 aflam despre o incercare a lui Gog si Magog de a invada Israelul. Dar Dumnezeu Insusi intervine. Intrebarea mare care a fost dezbatuta de ani de zile este aceasta: ,,cine este Gog si Magog?”

Parerea dominanta a crestinismului este ca Gog si Magog este Rusia. Dar nu se gaseste nici o dovada convingatoare ca Gog si Magog este Rusia.  Chuck Missler este un om foarte apreciat si respectat, dar trebuie sa critic munca sa referitoare acestui subiect, pentru ca nu rezista in fata unei cercetari mai amanuntite. El spune ca Rusia este in partea de Nord a Israelului. El spune asa: ,,aceste etichete antice sunt acolo pentru a identifica oamenii. In cartile ebraice acestea sunt ajustate ca fiind in partile extreme de la miaza-noapte. Ce se gaseste in partea de nord si de extrem nord a Israelului? Ceea ce astazi numim Rusia. Rusia este acolo sus in partea de nord.”

,,Asadar, cand ne uitam la aceasta, Magog este acolo sus in partea de nord, iar aceste triburi felurite incearca sa invadeze Israelul, dar Dumnezeu intervine ca sa o opreasca.”

Nu, nu este asa! Daca ne uitam cu bagare de seama la harta, gasim Ierusalimul si de la acest punct tragem o linie in sus verticala, s-ar putea crede ca Moscova este exact la nord de Ierusalim. Dar nu este . Pentru ca Polul Nord este punctul cel mai nordic al Planetei Pamant. Daca mergem pe harta la Polul Nord si conectam o linie dreapta de la Polul Nord la Ierusalim. Aceasta este adevarata linie de la nordul Ierusalimului. Acum Moscova se gaseste la dreapta liniei trasate si nu este nici pe departe aproape de Ierusalim. De fapt nici o parte din Rusia nu este la nord de Ierusalim. Daca va uitati cu atentie la acest mic petec de pe harta, aceasta linie trasata din Ierusalim direct la punctul Polului Nord, intretaie direct Ankara, care este capitala Turciei. Biblia este fenomenal de precisa. Deoarece Biblia in Cartea Ezechiel in capitolul 38:15, ne vorbeste despre Gog si Magog unde ni se spune ca vor veni din partile de nord. Ei bine, Ankara este direct la nordul Israelului.

Gog Magog is Turkey 9 reasons

Am pus impreuna 10 motive prin care se vede ca Turcia este Gogul si Magogul din Biblie. Aici sunt cateva din aceste dovezi:

1. Cele sapte biserici din Cartea Apocalipsa sunt toate in Turcia (Apocalipsa cap.2).

2. Timp de mii de ani scaunul de domniei al Satanei este in Turcia (Apocalipsa 2:13).

3. Ankara este direct la nord de Ierusalim (Ezechiel 38:15, 39:2)

4. Arca lui Noe s-a oprit in Muntii Ararat din sudul Turciei de unde izvoraste riul Eufrat. (Genesa 8:4).

5. Persia care este Iranul din zilele moderne este la frontiera cu Turcia (Ezechiel 38:15).

6. Fantanele de ape sunt in sudul Turciei care alimenteaza riul Eufrat (Apocalipsa 16:12).

7. Si cea mai mare dovada ca Gog si Magog este Turcia si nu Rusia, este pentru ca Biblia spune ca este Turcia: ,,Asa vorbeste Domnul Dumnezeu: ,,Iata, am necaz pe tine, Gog, domnul Rosului, Mesecului si Tubalului!”(Ezechiel 38:3) Daca analizam acest verset, domnul Mesecului si Tubalului este primul ministru sau presedintele. Aproape toti scolarii Bibliei accepta ca Mesecul si Tubalul sant doua orase de la ambele capete ale Turciei. Ele exista si astazi. Deci, Gog este Turcia, Mesecul si Tubalul sant orase din Turcia si domnul (chief prince in Limba Engleza) este imparatul, sau presedintele intregii tari a lui Gog pe care am identificat-o ca este Turcia.

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Daca am ajuns pana aici si inca va starneste interesul, am tinut ce este mai bun pentru la urma. Va voi da in continuare o informatie pe care am descoperit-o, care va va lasa uimiti. In Apocalipsa 9:16 gasim scris: ,,Ostirea lor era in numar de douazeci de mii de ori zece mii de calareti.” Deci numarul oamenilor care vor invada Israelul este de doua sute de milioane. Dar de unde vin acestia? Ezechiel 38:5 ne spune de unde vin: ,,Impreuna cu ei  voi scoate pe cei din Persia, Etiopia si Put, toti cu scut si coif.” Este deci Persia (Iranul), Etiopia, Libia si Turcia. Aici vedem ceva foarte interesant. Daca adunam numarul de populatie al acestor tari aflam ca , Persia care este Iranul de astazi, are o populatie de 75 de milioane, Etiopia care este Sudanul de astazi, are o populatie de 45 de milioane, Libia, 6 milioane si Turcia 75 de milioane de locuitori. Daca adunam aceste numere laolalta, avem 201 milioane de locuitori. Toate aceste tari sunt invecinate, exact asa cum gasim scris in Biblie, ele imprejmuiesc Israelul, exact cum scrie in Biblie si populatia totala este de 200 de milioane de oameni, exact cum zice Biblia. Toate aceste tari sunt musulmane si sunt impotriva lui Israel, exact cum spune Biblia. Si eu banuiesc ca daca Israelul ataca Damascul, acesta devine un morman de daramaturi, exact cum spune Biblia, atunci toate tarile din jur, Turcia, Persia, Etiopia si Libia, se vor uni ca sa invadeze Israelul. Dupa ce Israelul este invadat, agresorii vor fi nimiciti ca drept razbunare, exact cum spune Biblia.

All photos – Youtube capture.

Gog Magog Identified. ITS NOT RUSSIA

VIDEO by TigerDan925

Revizuirea manualelor de religie pentru elevi

Photo credit spicetvbox.info

  In data de 14 martie 2015 in  Ziarul de Vaslui, doamna Simona Voicu a publicat articolul “Lectii- horror in
manualul de religie de clasa a III-a.” Prin acest articol se atrage atentia opiniei publice despre deficientele  de predare a religiei in scolile primare din Romania, facandu-se referire si la continutul necorespunzator din punct de vedere crestin al manualelor de religie. Articolul a fost preluat si de “Ziarul de Slobozia” sub titlul “Mesaj dintr-un manual de religie din clasa III-a”.
   In aceste doua articole se subliniaza cateva aspecte legate de ora de religie pentru elevi. Evident, aceste aspecte sau deficiente,trebuie abordate cu cea mai mare responsabilitate atat de catre cadrele responsabile din invatamantul scolar cat si de catre reprezentantii institutiilor religioase.
   “Manualele de religie de clasa a III-a contin informatii de-a dreptul traumatizante pentru elevi.Copiilor de 9 ani le
este prezentat un Dumnezeu razbunator si violent,care ii pedepseste pe cei care fac fapte rele” se mentioneaza in
“Ziarul de Vaslui”
In acelasi manual pentru clasa a III-a, copiilor le este descrisa o adevarata scena de horror : Copiii afla ca doua femei au nascut,iar uneia dintre ele i-a murit copilul sufocat in somn.Mama copiluli mort s-a trezit si a inlocuit copilul
cu cel viu.”  Scena de horror prinde intensitate in momentul cand cele doua femei ajung in fata regelui Solomon pentru a se face dreptate. “Solomon a decis sa taie cu sabia pruncul in doua,pentru al impartii celor doua mame si astfel avea sa se afle adevarul,care dintre cele doua mame a mintit”
 Cu siguranta , impactul emotional asupra unor copii de 9-10 ani, la descrierea unor astfel de scene nu poate conduce decat la o trauma psihica care va influenta evident comportamentul de mai tarziu al tanarului in formare.
 Intr-un alt manual de clasa a III-a, copiilor li se descrie o intamplare imaginara de ziua “Hramul Cuvioasei” ,un fel de “sperietura” cu tenta evidenta a religiei majoritare:
  “O tanara a fost pedepsita pentru ca in loc sa mearga sa se inchine la moaste de Sfanta Paraschiva a preferat sa puna muraturi. A doua zi tanara a fost calcata de o masina si a ajuns la spital.Dar mama ei,o buna drept-credinciosa a alergat la preot si la Sfanta Parashiva si a cerut iertare pentru fapta fiicei si astfel a fost salvata.In ziua urmatoare,tanara dupa ce a sarutat mana preotului a fost binecuvantata”
   De-asemenea, in “Ziarul  de Slobozia ” din 16.3.2015,  sub titlul  :  “Mesaj  dintr’un  manual  de religie  din clasa a IV-a”  se face referire la “harul divin pentru  vindecarea tuturor bolilor  prin ungerea  cu untdelemnul sfint”.
  Referitor la aceata situatie, fratele pastor Mihet Aurel din Phoenix,AZ isi exprima punctul de vedere privind remedierea imediata a  continutului manualelor de religie pentru copii,precum si abordarea onesta a metodologiei de predare a religiei in scolile romaneasti.
Lecţii-horror în manualul de Religie de clasa a III-a: copii morţi în somn, călcaţi de maşină dacă muncesc de Sărbători sau lăsaţi muţi dacă nu pupă moaşte
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 – http://adevarul.ro/locale/vaslui/lectii-horror-manualul-religie-clasa-iii-a-copii-morti-somn-calcati-masina-muncesc-sarbatoari-lasati-muti-nu-pupa-moaste-1_5503f700448e03c0fd8afd7a/index.html
(Radu Oprea-Glendale,AZ)

 Iata parerea fr.Mihet:

Aurel  In concluzie, in  ambele articole se prezinta o abordare  a unor invataturi si practici mai putin legate  de invatatura Sfintelor Scripturi si mai mult legate de invatatura si practica cultului Ortodox.Consider ca acest lucru  e impotriva legii ,deoarece  intr-o democratie autentica,de tip european, toate cultele recunoscute sunt egale prin constitutie in societatea respectiva. Orice  incercare de influientare a viziunii religioase a societatii,  din partea unui cult  inseamna cu siguranta discriminare si violare a principiului de egatitate si a dreptului de exprimare in problemele de interes religios.

   Fapt ca in Romania sant mai multe culte recunoscute si  in toate aceste culte sint copii care urmeaza invatamantul general al scolilor ,cred ca si manualele de religie trebuie intocmite in asa fel incat sa nu contina invataturi si practici ale unui singur  cult ,chiar majoritar fiind.

    In legatura cu aceasta  ,propun ca atunci cund se intocmesc manualele de religie sa se formeze o comisie cu delegati din toate cultele care sa contribuie  la elaborarea unor materiale in care  sa se prezinte doar invatatura Sfintelor Scripturi : despre Dumnezeu, despre viata Domnului  Isus , despre Duhul Sfint,  etc. si aceasta graduat potrivit cu puterea de intelegere  a copiilor din clasele respective,iar in ce priveste alegerea cultului  dorit ,sa o faca insusi copilul la timpul  corespunzator, din propia convingere si sa nu fie indoctrinati  si influientati cu invataturi si practici apartinatoare unui cult care sint in detrimentul celorlalte culte cat si de a subjuga  vointa si inteligenta elevului in cauza si aceasta,mentionez cu tarie, potrivit legilor care garanteaza libertatea de constiinta a tuturor cetatenilor ROMANIEI.

    Propun ca  Invatatorii si profesorii sa fie alesi prin concurs  indiferent de cultul caruia apartin,cu  pregatirea si calitatile cerute.
   Fac apel la toti deserventii de culte ,cit si la Ministerul Educatiei  sa i-a act de aceasta propunere  si sa i-a masurele care se impun in acest caz pentru o mai buna colaborare si unitate   intre cultele crestine din Romania cat si spre binele copiilor nostri.
pastor Mihet Aurel

INTRAREA TRIUMFALA – Valentin Popovici

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Demult, când regele călare suia-n alaiuri triumfale,
Venea pe calul alb ca lâna, înconjurat de osanale!
…Dar într-o zi de primăvară Slăvitul Împărat divin,
lată-L că vine în cetate, smerit, călare pe-un asin.

Şi altădată toţi boierii cu sare aşteptau şi pâine
La poartă pe-mpărat, spunându-i: Bine-ai venit la noi, stăpâne!
…Dar când Isus veni-n cetate, din dealurile măslinii,
S-au bucurat numai săracii, şi-n jurul Lui numai copii.

În vremuri vechi de mare fală, când regele venea acasă,
Era-n cetatea lui de scaun o sărbătoare luminoasă.
…Dar când Isus intra pe poartă, în loc să fie-ncoronat,
Vrăjmaşii numărau arginţii, să fie prins şi condamnat.

Cu flori alaiul şi mulţimea mergeau spre casa-mpărătească,
Şi-acolo totul era gata, pe împărat ca să-l primească.
…Dar când Isus păşi în Templu, înconjurat de ucenici,
În Casa Lui erau tâlharii, şi-a trebuit să ia un bici.

Iar regele primea ‘nainte o cheie grea, cheia cetăţii,
Ca semn că e stăpân de-acuma, şi are sabia dreptăţii.
…Dar preoţii cei mai de seamă, iată-i vorbind cu gând viclean:
“Isus vrea să ne strice Legea… Să piară-acest Galileean!”

Via Valeria I. FB

… and Jesus wept… Ofra Haza – Yerushalaim (Jerusalem of Gold)

And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it.

He wept over it – Showing his compassion for the guilty city, and his strong sense of the evils that were about to come upon it. See the notes at Matthew 23:37-39. As he entered the city he passed over the Mount of Olives. From that mountain there was a full and magnificent view of the city. The view of the splendid capital – the knowledge of its crimes – the remembrance of the mercies of God toward it – the certainty that it might have been spared if it had received the prophets and himself – the knowledge that it was about to put “him,” their long-expected Messiah, to death, and “for” that to be given up to utter desolation – affected his heart, and the triumphant King and Lord of Zion wept!

Amid all “his” prosperity, and all the acclamations of the multitude, the heart of the Redeemer of the world was turned from the tokens of rejoicing to the miseries about to come on a guilty people. Yet they “might” have been saved. If thou hadst known, says he, even thou, with all thy guilt, the things that make for thy peace; if thou hadst repented, had been righteous, and had received the Messiah; if thou hadst not stained thy hands with the blood of the prophets, and shouldst not with that of the Son of God, then these terrible calamities would not come upon thee. But it is too late. The national wickedness is too great; the cup is full: mercy is exhausted; and Jerusalem, with all her pride and splendor, the glory of her temple, and the pomp of her service, “must perish!” (Barnes’ notes)

Nelu Brie – Vremea Cercetarilor- Florii

Luca 19:41-44

Cînd S’a apropiat de cetate şi a văzut -o, Isus a plîns pentru ea,42 şi a zis: ,,Dacă ai fi cunoscut şi tu, măcar în această zi, lucrurile, cari puteau să-ţi dea pacea! Dar acum, ele sînt ascunse de ochii tăi.

43 Vor veni peste tine zile, cînd vrăjmaşii tăi te vor înconjura cu şanţuri, te vor împresura, şi te vor strînge din toate părţile:44 te vor face una cu pămîntul, pe tine şi pe copiii tăi din mijlocul tău; şi nu vor lăsa în tine piatră pe piatră, pentrucă n’ai cunoscut vremea cînd ai fost cercetată.“

VIDEO by Biserica Emanuel Sibiu 13.04.2014

Predica incepe la minutul 73:00 sau 01:13:50

The Shira Chadasha Boys Choir – Yerushalayim (Psalm 125) Cantari Speranta despre Ierusalim

=Yerushalayim – The Shira Chadasha Boys Choir=

 “The Shira Chadasha” Choir / Corul “The Shira Chadasha”

Pune-ti increderea in El, Israele

Text & Melodia Elena Gorcea

VIDEO by Sperantamedia

​Pace sa fie intre zidurile tale, pace-n Ierusalim – “Speranta”
Hatikva – Imnul Israelului
Israel, asculta-L pe DUMNEZEU!-“Speranta”-Nurnberg​


​Ierusalim cu strazi de Aur​ – Canta: “Speranta”​

​50+ Hymns – 2 hours ​of Music​

Hosanna in the Highest !!! on this Palm Sunday


I see the king of glory
Coming down the clouds with fire
The whole earth shakes, the whole earth shakes
I see his love and mercy
Washing over all our sin
The people sing, the people sing

Hosanna, hosanna
Hosanna in the highest

I see a generation
Rising up to take the place
With selfless faith, with selfless faith
I see a new revival
Staring as we pray and seek
We’re on our knees, we’re on our knees

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what is yours
Everything I am for your kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity

One Perfect Life (COMPLETE): (1) Jesus of Nazareth (2) Jesus the Messiah (Special Easter Program) Dramatic Reading for Palm Sunday from John MacArthur

This is an outstanding way to share the Passion Week, most especially if you have younger children – It starts out from Jesus’s Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem, and the story is told through the Gospel, as written in the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This narration, with audio effects in the background that take you into that time and place, is also interspersed by short commentary from John MacArthur.

From JohnMacArthurGTY:  Mar 22, 2013 http://www.gty.org/oplradio

Dramatic Readings of Scripture with Commentary by John MacArthur

How can you make your celebration of the Lord’s resurrection meaningful and memorable this year? While that’s a worthy goal, it’s not easily accomplished. The overt secularization of the holiday is a major distraction for many believers. The profound truth at the heart of the holiday ends up being obscured.

To help focus your family’s Easter celebration on the Person and work of Christ, we’re pleased to make this unique program available to you. Based on John MacArthur’s new book One Perfect Life, the program features dramatic Scripture readings accompanied by commentary from John.

Jesus the Messiah

Palm Sunday 3/3 – Jesus Declares His Kingship

Pentru traducere automata, fa click aici – Romanian

You can listen to the audio here from Desiring God, John Piper.

Matthew 21:1-17

When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3 “If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, ‘BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'” 6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!” 10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.” 12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER'; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” 14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF’?” 17 And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

What I would like to do this morning is help you hear Jesus’ own declaration of his kingship. I want you to see from Matthew 21:1-17 how Jesus says, “I am your king.” And I would like to do it in a way that makes sure you see the nature of his kingship now and the different nature of his kingship when he comes a second time. And I want you to see and feel the difference because the nature of Jesus’ kingship now is creating a season of salvation in world history during which you can still switch sides and be saved from his wrath and judgment. There is still time – even now this morning – when you can accept the amnesty that King Jesus holds out to you, and renounce your allegiance to self and success and money and family and physical pleasure and security – and whatever else rules you more than Jesus. And you can bow and receive Christ as your King and swear allegiance to him, and be on his side with everlasting joy.

The Kingship of Jesus Will Look Different Than It Does Now

To help you feel the wonder of this brief season of salvation in world history – and yes I say brief, though it has lasted 2000 years; compared to how long we will exist in heaven or hell, it is very brief – to feel the wonder of this brief season of salvation in world history consider that the day is coming, and perhaps soon, when the kingship of Jesus will very different than it is now. Here is a description of that kingship, as John saw it in the last book of the Bible:

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-16)

When the kingship of Jesus appears in the skies like that, it will be too late to switch sides. “Behold, now is ‘the acceptable time,’ behold, now is ‘the day of salvation'” (2 Corinthians 6:2). I believe that is what Matthew is trying to say to us this morning in the way Jesus proclaims his kingship in Matthew 21:1-17. What he wants us to hear – what Jesus wants us to see – is that, yes, he is king, yes his kingship is not provincial or tribal or national, but international and global and universal. But it is for now meek, lowly, welcoming, seeking, forgiving, patient. He will, in a matter of days, shed his own blood to save all who will accept his free gift of amnesty and come over to his side. And until he comes again this is the wonder of his kingship. It saves sinners.

So let’s watch him make this declaration. I just want you to see him. I want you to hear him. Rivet your attention on Jesus this morning. He will win you. He will heal you. He will save you.

There are four ways that Jesus declares his kingship in this triumphal entry. All of them are Jewish. He was a Jew, and he was fulfilling Jewish promises of a coming king and Messiah. But all them are bigger than Jewish. Remember this gospel is going to end in chapter 28 with the words, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:18-19). Jesus knows that he is the king over all nations, not just Israel.

So let’s listen and watch as he declares himself King of the Jews and King of the nations.

1. Jesus Declares His Kingship by Riding on a Donkey (Zech. 9:9)

First, notice Matthew 21:1-5. Jesus sends two of his disciples to get a donkey. Verse 2: “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me.” Why? What is he doing? Why does he want a ride into Jerusalem on a donkey? Never before has he done such a thing. Matthew tells us why in verses 4-5, “This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: ‘Say to the daughter of Zion [that is, to Israel], “Behold your king is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”‘”

This is a quote from the prophet Zechariah (9:9). Jesus has chosen to act out the fulfillment of this prophecy and to declare his kingship in the action of riding on a donkey. This means, yes, I am king, for that’s what the prophet says it means: “Behold your king.” “But,” he is saying, “I am gentle and lowly. I am not, in my first coming, on a white war-horse with a sword and a rod of iron. I am not coming to slay you. I am coming to save you. This time. Today is the day of salvation.

But is he only coming for the “daughter of Zion,” Israel? Listen to the context in Zechariah 9:9-10 – and Jesus knew the context –

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; And the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations; And His dominion [his kingship] will be from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.

That’s declaration number one. Jesus very intentionally acts out the fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9 and declares his humble, gentile, saving, Jewish and global kingship. And invites you to receive it.

2. Jesus Declares His Kingship by Cleansing the Temple (Isa. 56:7)

Second, in verses 12-13 Jesus acts out another Old Testament text. It says he “entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.” Don’t think that this meek, gentle, lowly Savior-King was without passion for his Father’s glory!

Then to explain what he is doing he quotes Isaiah 56:7. Verse 13: “And He said to them, ‘It is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer;” but you are making it a robbers’ den.'” There are two things that make this action and this Old Testament quote so significant. One is that the context in Isaiah is about the coming kingdom of God, and so Jesus is putting himself in the position of the coming king. And the other is that the context is global, not just Jewish. Listen to Isaiah 56:6-8.

Also the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord. . . 7 Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. . . . For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” 8 The Lord GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, “Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered.”

So when Jesus chooses a prophetic word to interpret his action in the temple, he chooses one that underlines his coming on a donkey as king and the fact that his kingship is “for all the peoples.” It’s for you this morning. He is jealous to open his Father’s house to you for prayer.

3. Jesus Declares His Kingship by Healing (Isa. 35:4-6)

Third, in verse 14 it says, “And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.” Imagine what an impact this must have had. We are talking about the most public place in the city – the temple. We are talking about blind people, and people who can’t walk – lame, paralyzed people. Not people with headaches and sore throats. This was a public demonstration of something. What?

We’ve already been told at least once. When John the Baptist was in jail he sent and asked Jesus, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” In other words, are you the coming king of Israel, the Messiah? And Jesus sent this word back to John in Matthew 11:4-5, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk.” In other words, “Yes. I am the coming king.”

Why? Why does the healing of the blind and the lame in the temple after coming into Jerusalem on a donkey mean: I am the coming king? Because in Isaiah 35 the prophet describes the coming kingship of the Messiah like this: ” Take courage, fear not. . . . The recompense of God will come, But He will save you. Then the eyes of the blind will be opened. And . . . Then the lame will leap like a deer” (35:4-6).

Jesus comes on a donkey, lowly and gentle and patient; he comes cleansing his Father’s house to make it a house of prayer for all the nations; he comes healing the blind and the lame – all to show what his kingship is now in part, and will be fully in the age to come. It is not just a kingship over other kings, but over disease and all nature. We will not just be safe and sick when he comes. We will be safe and whole – absolutely whole. Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation. Trust him. Receive his amnesty. Become his subject.

4. Jesus Declares His Kingship by His Response to Children (Psa. 8)

Finally, Jesus declares his kingship by the way he responds to what the people and the children are doing and saying. In verse 8 the crowds are spreading their cloaks on the road in front of him. This is what they did when kings were crowned in the Old Testament (2 Kings 9:13). In verse 9 the crowds were shouting, “Hosanna [salvation!] to the Son of David [the hoped for king like David]; ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.'” (These are words from Psalm 118:25-26.)

Then in verse 15 the children were shouting the same things: “Hosanna to the Son of David.” In other words, “The king is here, the king is here!” But the chief priests became angry. So they said in verse 16, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” Now I think they could just as easily have said, “Did you hear what those crowds said? Did you see what they were doing when they put their cloaks on the ground?” They can’t believe Jesus is letting all this stand unchallenged.

Jesus answers their question with one simple word. And then an absolutely astonishing quote from Psalm 8. They say, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” And he answers in verse 16b, “Yes.” “Yes, I do. I not only hear it. I planned it. And I receive it. I would gladly receive it from you. And he would gladly receive it from us!”

Then, he ends this section by quoting Psalm 8, “Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself’?” What is so astonishing about this is that it refers to God. “O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! 2 From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength [or: praise] Because of Your adversaries.” Don’t miss this. Jesus receives the praises of little children and then explains it by quoting a psalm where children are praising God.

The King Has Come and Is Coming

So here is the concluding declaration and invitation: Jesus came the first time, and he is coming again, as the king over all kings. King of Israel, king of all the nations, king of nature and the universe. Until he comes again, there is a day of amnesty and forgiveness and patience. He still rides a donkey and not yet a white war-horse with a rod of iron. He is ready to save all who receive him as Savior and Treasure and King. Come to him. Know him. Receive him. Live your life in allegiance to him.

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org

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Texts from ESV Bible – John 12:1-8, 9-11

Jesus arrives at bethany

 Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 

Mary anoints Jesus during a meal

Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

the crowds come to see Jesus

When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

Mark 14:1-11

The Plot to Kill Jesus

14 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her.But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Judas to Betray Jesus

10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Extravagant Devotion

 C J Mahaney – Mark 14:1-11, revealed a truly historic moment as it contained a profound pronouncement. Nobody else except this woman receives this promise from the Savior: “wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Why? Why her? Why now? Just her. Why her? C.J. wanted to help us discover “why her” so that we all might be affected by her.

The Mark 14 passage begins with disturbing descriptions of the chief priest: Only Jesus’ popularity and the threat of a riot slow have slowed them in their goal of killing him. That’s the backdrop to our passage. At the end of the evening, the chief priests will get some help from Judas.

The Alabaster Flask

And in between the intrigue of verses 1-2 and 10-11, there is a party taking place in Bethany. Jesus and his friends are gathered. They are in the home of “Simon the leper,” who – had he still been a leper – could not have been hosting the get-together. John’s gospel, in a parallel passage, informs us that Lazarus was present, having recently been raised from the dead.

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John also tells us Martha is present; the quintessential servant, she is catering the party. And most important, the Savior is there. Presumably, he is the guest of honor. One would expect the atmosphere to be warm and friendly – there are no Pharisees or chief priests present. Only those with every reason to be grateful to Jesus are present (except perhaps Judas, who is still under the radar at this point).

Suddenly, a woman (John tells us it was Mary) stands by Jesus and proceeds to break an alabaster flask of very expensive perfume. She pours the entirety of its contents over his head. The fragrance fills the room. It was impossible to ignore this public, dramatic, passionate display of affection. The disciples do not appreciate this act, and they scold her. The scene is no longer festive. Suddenly there is a dramatic change in the mood and atmosphere. A voice says leave her alone.

The Savior then makes the profound promise: “wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”Why? Why does he make this promise to her at this moment? What she has done must be told wherever the gospel is preached, because Mary uniquely exemplifies the transforming effect of the gospel, which isextravagant devotion to the Savior. She demonstrates the effect of the gospel by her extravagant love for Jesus. She was to be an example of piety to the church universal throughout history. Her story is told so that we might evaluate if we have been appropriately and effectively transformed by the gospel. Not just applause, but application: We should evaluate ourselves in relation to her.

Two points to be drawn:

1. Extravagant devotion is an evidence of conversion.

Earlier in Mark’s gospel we encounter a teacher of law who is told, “You are not far from the kingdom of God” (Mark 12:34). It was surely both an encouragement and a warning to this man. You are near, but not in. Well, it is clear that Mary’s not simply “near.” She’s “in.” Big-time. This is what being “in” looks like.

Where there is a profession of faith without affection for and obedience to the Savior, it’s authenticity should be questioned. Be assured if you are truly saved. If you have genuine affection for the Savior, and genuine obedience to the savior, then you can have fresh assurance.

If I witness a person who is unaffected by truth, uninvolved in the local congregation, and uninterested in spiritual things, that individual is very unlike Mary, and therefore unconverted. Extravagant devotion to the Savior cannot be concealed. It must find expression. It is evidence of true conversion. This is the significance of Mary.

2. Extravagant devotion is the increasing experience of the converted.

C.J. asked us to consider if we recognized ourselves in the following illustration: A woman took her children to the park to break the monotony of the summer days. Instead, she broke her heart. A young attractive woman skipped to a picnic table in a secluded spot. The mother wondered who she might be so eager to see. The mother grew preoccupied with her children and forgot to watch. But when she did look again, it made her heart hurt. The young woman was reading her Bible. She had so eagerly run from her car to meet the Lord. The mother knew she had lost this passion. Something had happened over the years of her walk with the Lord. She would not now be one to skip to meet the Lord. She wept in the park for her loss. The question C.J. put to us is: Are we still skipping? Now all who are genuinely converted can, at times, recognize themselves in this illustration. In the Mark 14 episode, we are sometimes more like those criticizing Mary than we are like Mary.

What should have happened there in Mark 14? As Mary stood over the Savior pouring out the perfume, affectionately, passionately, appropriately, over His head….quietly, everyone present should have gotten up and formed a line behind her and should have said to her, “Mary, could you please save some for me to pour? For he has forgiven all of my sins. Mary, can I pour some? For he healed me of my leprosy. Mary, thank you for your example. Can I follow your example?” That’s what should have happened. So who do you resemble more? The arrogant and critical disciples? Or humble Mary, expressing her love for the Savior through this extravagant display of affection. How can we become more like her? How can we cultivate extravagant devotion to Christ?


Application: We must review and reflect upon the gospel.

We must regularly read, and meditate upon, the gospel, particularly the events surrounding Christ’s death. The transforming effect of the gospel is extravagant devotion to the Savior. Therefore, if extravagant devotion is diminished, it normally means the gospel has been neglected. Charles Spurgeon said:

Are you content to follow Jesus from a distance? O, let me affectionately warn you for it is a grievous thing when we can live contentedly without the present enjoyment of the Savior’s face. Let us work to feel what an evil thing this is – little love to our own dying Savior, little joy in our precious Jesus, little fellowship with the Beloved! Hold a true Lent in your in your souls, while you sorrow over your hardness of heart. Don’t stop at sorrow. Remember where you first received salvation. Go at once to the cross. There, and there only can you get your spirit aroused. No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead we may have become, let’s go again in all the rags and poverty, and defilement of our natural condition. Let’s clasp that cross, let’s look into those languid eyes, let’s bathe in that fountain filled with blood – this will bring us back to our first love; this will restore the simplicity of our faith, and the tenderness of our heart….The more we dwell where the cries of Calvary can be heard the more noble our lives become. Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior.

How often do we dwell where the cries of Calvary can be heard? Those cries were all necessary because of our sins, and those cries were sufficient for our salvation. The transforming effect of those cries is extravagant devotion to the One who uttered those cries.

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Passion Week A. Friday/Saturday: Jesus arrives in Bethany

Palm Sunday 2/3 – He (Jesus) set His face to go to Jerusalem!

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from Desiring God. You can listen to the audio for this John Piper sermon here.

Luke 9:51-56

Luke describes the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem at the beginning of that last week of his earthly life:

As he was drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! (Luke 19:37, 38)

Palm Sunday: Today and To Come

There is no doubt what was in the disciples’ minds. This was the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy given centuries earlier:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9, 10)

The long-awaited Messiah had come, the king of Israel, and not just of Israel but of all the earth. Jerusalem would be his capital city. From here he would rule the world in peace and righteousness. What a day this was! How their hearts must have pounded in their chests! And must not their hands have been sweaty like warriors in readiness just before the bugle sounds the battle! How would he do it? Would he whip up the enthusiastic crowds and storm the Roman praetorium—a people’s revolution? Or would he call down fire from heaven to consume the enemies of God? Would any of his followers be lost in the struggle? The tension of the moment must have been tremendous!

The Pharisees had a double reason for wanting this kind of welcome silenced. On the one hand, this Jesus was a threat to their authority, and they envied his popularity (Mark 15:10). On the other hand, they feared a Roman backlash to all this seditious talk of another king (John 11:48). Therefore they say to Jesus, “‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ But he answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out!”‘ (Luke 19:39, 40). No, he will not rebuke them for this. Not now. The hour has come. The authority of the Pharisees is done for. If the Romans come, they come. He will not silence the truth any longer. To be sure the disciples’ understanding of Jesus’ kingship at this point is flawed. But hastening events will correct that soon enough. In essence they are correct. Jesus is the king of Israel, and the kingdom he is inaugurating will bring peace to all the nations and spread from sea to sea. The book of Revelation pictures the final fulfillment of Palm Sunday in the age to come like this:

I looked and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9, 10)

The entry into Jerusalem with waving palms (John 12:13) was a short-lived preview of the eternal Palm Sunday to come. It needed to be said. If the disciples hadn’t said it, the rocks would have.

I like to think of all our worship in this age as rehearsal for the age to come. One day we, who by God’s grace have been faithful to the Lord, are going to stand with innumerable millions of believers from Bangladesh, Poland, Egypt, Australia, Iceland, Cameroon, Ecuador, Burma, Borneo, Japan, and thousands of tribes and peoples and languages purified by Christ, with palms of praise in our hand. And when we raise them in salute to Christ, he will see an almost endless field of green, shimmering with life and pulsating with praise. And then like the sound of a thousand Russian choruses, we will sing our song of salvation, while the mighty Christ, with heartfelt love, looks out over those whom he bought with his own blood.

Had Jesus taken his throne on that first day of palms, none of us would ever be robed in white or waving palms of praise in the age to come. There had to be the cross, and that is what the disciples had not yet understood. Back in Luke 9, as Jesus prepared to set out for Jerusalem from Galilee, he tried to explain this to his disciples. In verse 22 he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” And in verse 44 he told them, “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men.” But verse 45 tells us, “They did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.” Therefore, their understanding of Jesus’ last journey to Jerusalem was flawed. They saw him as a king moving in to take control. And he was. But they could not grasp that the victory Jesus would win in Jerusalem over sin and Satan and death and all the enemies of righteousness and joy—that this victory would be won through his own horrible suffering and death; and that the kingdom which they thought would be established immediately (Luke 19:11) would, in fact, be thousands of years in coming. And their misunderstanding of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem results in a misunderstanding of the meaning of discipleship. This is why this is important for us to see, lest we make the same mistake.

Jesus’ Resolution to Die

In Luke 9:51–56 we learn how not to understand Palm Sunday. Let’s look at it together. “When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” To set his face towards Jerusalem meant something very different for Jesus than it did for the disciples. You can see the visions of greatness that danced in their heads in verse 46: “An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.” Jerusalem and glory were just around the corner. O what it would mean when Jesus took the throne! But Jesus had another vision in his head. One wonders how he carried it all alone and so long. Here’s what Jerusalem meant for Jesus: “I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem”(Luke 13:33). Jerusalem meant one thing for Jesus: certain death. Nor was he under any illusions of a quick and heroic death. He predicted in Luke 18:31f., “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written of the Son of man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon; they will scourge him and kill him.” When Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem, he set his face to die.

Remember, when you think of Jesus’ resolution to die, that he had a nature like ours. He shrunk back from pain like we do. He would have enjoyed marriage and children and grandchildren and a long life and esteem in the community. He had a mother and brothers and sisters. He had special places in the mountains. To turn his back on all this and set his face towards vicious whipping and beating and spitting and mocking and crucifixion was not easy. It was hard. O how we need to use our imagination to put ourselves back into his place and feel what he felt. I don’t know of any other way for us to begin to know how much he loved us. “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

If we were to look at Jesus’ death merely as a result of a betrayer’s deceit and the Sanhedrin’s envy and Pilate’s spinelessness and the soldiers’ nails and spear, it might seem very involuntary. And the benefit of salvation that comes to us who believe from this death might be viewed as God’s way of making a virtue out of a necessity. But once you read Luke 9:51 all such thoughts vanish. Jesus was not accidentally entangled in a web of injustice. The saving benefits of his death for sinners were not an afterthought. God planned it all out of infinite love to sinners like us and appointed a time. Jesus, who was the very embodiment of his Father’s love for sinners, saw that the time had come and set his face to fulfill his mission: to die in Jerusalem for our sake. “No one takes my life from me (he said), but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:18).

Jesus’ Journey Is Our Journey

So Jesus sets out for Jerusalem, and it says in the text that “he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him because his face was set toward Jerusalem.” It doesn’t really matter whether this rejection is just because Jesus and his companions are Jews and Samaritans hate Jews, or whether the rejection is a more personal rejection of Jesus as the Messiah on his way to reign in Jerusalem. What matters for the story is simply that Jesus is already being rejected, and then the focus shifts to the disciples’ response, specifically the response of James and John.

James and John ask Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” (verse 54). Jesus had already named these brothers “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17). Here we get a glimpse of why. I take this passage very personally because my father named me after one of these sons of thunder. And I think I probably would have said what John did here: “Jesus, we are on the way to victory. Nothing can stop us now. Let the fire fall! Let the judgment begin! O, how Jerusalem will tremble when they see us coming!” Jesus turns, the text says, and rebuked them (verse 55). And they simply went to another town.

Now what does this mean? It means, first of all, that a mistaken view of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem can lead to a mistaken view of discipleship. If Jesus had come to execute judgment and take up an earthly rule, then it would make sense for the sons of thunder to begin the judgment when the final siege of the Holy City starts. But if Jesus had come not to judge but to save, then a radically different form of discipleship is in order. Here is a question put to every believer by this text: does discipleship mean deploying God’s missiles against the enemy in righteous indignation? Or does discipleship mean following him on the Calvary road which leads to suffering and death? The answer of the whole New Testament is this: the surprise about Jesus the Messiah is that he came to live a life of sacrificial, dying service before he comes a second time to reign in glory. And the surprise about discipleship is that it demands a life of sacrificial, dying service before we can reign with Christ in glory.

What James and John had to learn—what we all must learn—is that Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is our journey, and if he set his face to go there and die, we must set our face to die with him. One might be tempted to reason in just the opposite way: that since Jesus suffered so much and died in our place, therefore, we are free to go straight to the head of the class, as it were, and skip all the exams. He suffered so we could have comfort. He died so we could live. He bore abuse so we could be esteemed. He gave up the treasures of heaven so we could lay up treasures on earth. He brought the kingdom and paid for our entrance and now we live in it with all its earthly privileges. But all this is not biblical reasoning. It goes against the plain teaching in this very context. Luke 9:23, 24 reads: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.” When Jesus set his face to walk the Calvary road, he was not merely taking our place; he was setting our pattern. He is substitute and pacesetter. If we seek to secure our life through returning evil for evil or surrounding ourselves with luxury in the face of human need, we will lose our life. We can save our life only if we follow Christ on the Calvary road. Jesus died to save us from the power and punishment of sin, not from the suffering and sacrifices of simplicity for love’s sake.

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org

In Lumina Cuvântului realizator Radu Mariș, invitat Marius Cruceru

In Lumina Cuvântului emisiune realizată de Pastorul Radu Mariș
Invitat Profesor Marius Cruceru
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Marius Cruceru: Mi se pare foarte interesanta aceasta fascinatie asupra timpului, pe care tot timpul omenirea a avut-o. Unul dintre cele mai frumoase texte despre timp a fost scris de Augustin si are o contributie in perceptia timpului, ca subiectiv.

Noi avem o subiectivitate asupra timpului, in functie de moment, de varsta, de starea noastra. Avem o alta perceptie asupra timpului. Exista, insa, ceva obiectiv in perceptia timpului si daca ne intoarcem la acest text din Scriptura, vedem care este scopul primar cu care Dumnezeu a ornamentat universul.

Termenul grecesc pentru creatie, vizibil, este cosmos. Cosmos vine de a un verb ‘cosmeo’, aici avem ideea de cosmetizare, inseamna punere in randuiala. Cand Dumnezeu creeaza din haos, avem o tranzitie spre cosmos, pune in randuiala lucrurile. Motivul primar pentru care creeaza soarele si luna nu este pentru luminare. Asta este motivul secundar. Motivul primar pentru care creeaza soarele si luna si stelele, acest mecanism perfect reglat este pentru a masura timpul. A facut niste luminatori in intinderea cerului, ca sa desparta ziua de noapte, sa fie niste semne… (5:56)

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Viața lui Pavel si Filipeni – In Lumina Cuvântului, invitat Sebastian Văduva, Decan Facultatea de Management Universitatea Emanuel Oradea

In Lumina Cuvântului emisiune realizată de Pastorul Radu Mariș
Invitat Profesor Sebastian Văduva
Tema emisiunii Viața lui Pavel

Sebastian Vaduva Universitatea Emanuel OradeaSebastian Văduva: Nu este singura scriere a lui Pavel din puscarie, dar este cea mai voioasa, cea mai plina de bucurie. Si tema care aceasta scriere o are, de la un capat la altul, este aceasta porunca de a fi bucurosi. Si e foarte paradoxal, pentru ca pe de o parte, roada Duhului este bucuria, pe cealalta parte, este si o porunca. In al doilea rand si motivul pentru care eu cred ca am fost atras cel mai mult de aceasta carte este, fara dar si poate, scrierea crestina cea mai des folosita de catre comunitatea oamenilor de afaceri. Multe dintre scrierile ultimelor secole, care au avut de a face cu imbunatatirea afacerilor, a productivitatii, a resurselor, samd, s-au bazat pe aceasta carte- Filipeni. Deci, iata, atat perspectiva biblica, porunca care ne-a dat-o Dumnezeu, cat si din perspectiva seculara, am spunea, a biznisului, a profesionistilor, cartea Filipenilor este, fara da si poate, un far.

Imprejurarile in care era ap. Pavel nu difera foarte mult de imprejurarile pe care le avem noi. Si provocarile pe care le-a avut apostolul nu difera de loc cu provocarile pe care le avem noi. Ca-i vorba de primul secol in Roma, ca-i vorba de secolul XXI, in Romania, America, Europa sau in alta parte, premizele sunt identice. Provocarile, ispitele, batalia la nivelul mintii este aceeasi. Chiar daca noi am spune ca nu avem foarte multe lucruri in comun, cu cei din secolul I si noi si ei suntem oameni. Si noi si ei avem aceleasi provocari. Deci sunt foarte multe paralele intre cele doua lumi, am putea spune.

Sunt mai multe aspecte cand vorbim despre afaceri si despre biznis. In contextul nostru romanesc, termenul preferat este administrator. Si este intr-adevar un termen vazut in Sfanta Scriptura si care este valabil in ziua de astazi. Insa, vorbind despre secolul XXI si secolul XX al Americii, s-a conturat foarte mult acest termen de antreprenor, acest termen de dezvoltator. Cand vorbim despre un om de afaceri, vorbim despre cineva care are incredere sa dezvolte ceva, sa imbunatateasca ceva. Deci, asta este premiza. In contextul acesta, lumea seculara a imprumutat acest principiu biblic de dezvoltare si a invatat lucrurile pe care Scriptura le-a spus in urma cu sute de ani. Din nefericire, multi dintre ei au luat doar titulatura, doar eticheta scripturala si nu au folosit niciodata substanta.

De exemplu, in afaceri se spune: Tot timpul sa zambesti. In afaceri ni se spune: Daca vrei sa fii un vanzator, trebuie sa fii ca si o lebada. Deasupra sa fii gratios, in control, dedesubt, sa pedalezi ca un nebun disperat, ca numai tu stii ce datorii ai si ce probleme ai samd.. Si iata, ca foarte multi oameni de afaceri, din nefericire fac aceste lucruri si se transforma in fatarnicie. Se transforma in omul cu doua fete.

Sfanta Scriptura ne spune si in special Epistola lui Pavel catre Filipeni, ca poti sa fii un optimist, nu prin a masca, nu prin a juca tot felul de jocuri cu tine insuti, ci poti sa fii un optimist, cunoscand cine este in spate si anume, este Isus Hristos. Cunoscand pe Cel care are in mana istoria, pe Cel care controleaza imprejurarile, ca in momentul in care esti intr-o imprejurare, in care spui tu ‘nu mai ai nici o scapare’, acea imprejurare nu i-a scapat lui Dumnezeu de sub control, ca de fapt, de cele mai multe ori, Dumnezeu iti ingaduie sa treci prin acea imprejurare pentru ca vrea sa slefuiasca ceva in tine. Oamenii necrestini spun: indiferent de imprejurare, eu trebuie sa fiu super-optimist. Si este aceasta fraza in engleza “fake it til you make it’, adica, pretinde, pune o fateda pana ce depasesti situatia respectiva si dupa aceea te descurci tu. Sfanta Scriptura ne da realitatea, genuinitatea si anume, faptul ca noi nu ne autoinselam. Ap. Pavel nu a fost un iluzionist, cineva sa-si inchipuie ca Dumnezeu e in control, Dumnezeu a fost in control.

Pastorul Radu Mariș: De multe ori optimismul este confundat cu gandirea pozitivista (in mediul nostru din Romania)…Cred ca trebuie sa facem o delimitare intre ce inseamna optimismul biblic si modul in care se raporteaza la gandirea pozitiva….

(Din primele 7:53 minute, mai sunt aprox 48 min)

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-In Lumina Cuvântului realizator Radu Mariș, invitat Marius Cruceru

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