“They nailed Him, to an old rugged cross. They hung Him high, and stretched Him wide! He hung up there, from the sixth to the ninth hour. I remember Him telling them, “if I be lifted up above the earth, I’ll draw all men unto me.” He hung His head, in the locks of His shoulders, . . . He died, yes, He did! They buried Him, in Joseph’s new tomb. They laid my Rock, upon a rock, and sealed him in a rock, with a rock. He stayed there, all night Friday. He stayed there, all day Saturday! He stayed there, all night Saturday night! But early, early, early, Sunday morning, He got up! He got up! He got up, with all power in his hand.”
I am sure you have heard something like the above when preachers are doing what is called “closing.” This is done as they are winding down and begin to close the message. Some “tune up” as they herald the message of the Cross event. It is a standard in some popular denominations, and you have not preached if you don’t “Go to the Cross,” when you “close.” Unfortunately, there is a lull in the service between the time the choir or the soloist sings, and when the preacher gets to the all-important “closing” or “hooping” part of his sermon.
Now all of this sounds good, and it gets the congregation up on their feet (even wakes some up), puts smiles on their faces (it’s almost time to go eat), and loud responses and the “closing” is preached. Add the musicians, who start backgrounding with chords and rifts and you get the most action in the service since the public offering. After the service, you will hear it said that, “Church was good! The preacher preached his heart out!” You might even hear visiting pastors say, “Man, you killed them!”
Jesus says in John 8:44,
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
Whosoever is teaching anything which is not scriptural, is not telling the truth, which means that the whosoever is telling a lie. I’m sure it is not intentional, but we have been deceived into believing what is not true. Now I ask this question, “Who is your daddy?”
Jesus was not on the cross during the quote of John 12:32,
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
The Gospel of John records several events had not taken place yet – from the events surrounding the Last Supper in Chapter 13, to the betrayal and arrest, and more in Chapter 18. But, it sounds good – and, it is a lie. Who is you daddy?
Only the body of Jesus was buried in Joseph’s new tomb.In John 18:30, Jesus said,
“It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
Also, you may have read John 19:38, where Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body and later in verse 40,
“Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.”
I now direct your attention to Luke 23:43 where Jesus, while dying on the cross, told one of the malefactors,
“Today shalt thou be with me in paradise,” and in verse 46, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”
Notice “gave up the ghost,” “the body,” and “it.” These Scriptures prove that Jesus had other plans than being in the grave, “all night Friday, all day Saturday, etc.” But, it sounds good – and, it is a lie. Who is you daddy?
This brings me to another point. People can count to three – one, two, three. But it seems that some of us refuse to demonstrate that skill. Now, I am sure that you, being educated in the “Halls of Academia” as my Pastor puts it, that from Friday afternoon at the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.) until “early, early, early Sunday morning” is not, I repeat, not three days. But we rationalize this truth or lack of commitment to the truth by saying, “I don’t care when He died. All I know is that He got up!” The truth is in the Word of God, and there should not be any doubt about it:
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)
Wherein God, willingly more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, (Hebrews 6:17-18b)
An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (Matthew 12:39-40).
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”(John 2:19)
After looking at these scriptures, I don’t understand why this denial or doctrine is continually being tolerated in our services. Three days and three nights? Let’s say your child received a three-day suspension from school around 3:00 Monday afternoon. Would you dare to show up “early” on Wednesday morning? Friday, Saturday, Sunday is the same as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. One, two, three? (This raises more questions, so you do the math)
This is what is preached, and it is what congregations generally expect to hear, Sunday after Sunday. Is it any wonder that the church can’t get it together? Is it any wonder that the church is powerless against the spiritual forces that confronts it daily? Is it any wonder that the church seems to be always having church, instead of being the church that was demonstrated to us in the Book of Acts? Is it any wonder that the church seems to be on a cycle, a merry-go-round from month to month with religious practices, instead of practicing the principles of the Kingdom? Wonder what other lies, oh, I’m sorry, misleading information is continuously being breathed on the congregations, over and over and over again?
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”(John 8:44)
NOTE: “Three Days and Three Nights” will be examined more in another post!
We as leaders must teach the truth at all costs. Before Jesus ascended, He told His disciples in Matthew 28:20, to teach all nations “to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” And He prayed in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”You can surmise that we are commanded to teach nothing but the truth. It does not matter if it is a little lie, or a white lie, or a “it aint gonna hurt nobody” lie. It is still a lie, and we know the devil “is a liar, and the father of it.”
As I was concluding this writing, the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) called to my remembrance 1 Samuel 15:23 (pointing to Isaiah 55:7-8), emphasizing that knowing better and not doing better is disobedience, which is rebellion, which is as witchcraft, which of course is a form of wickedness (“Let the wicked forsake his way, . .”). If we continue operating in these untruths, we are not forsaking our “wicked” way. Consequently, we are deceiving ourselves (“. . .and the unrighteous man his thoughts:”) by thinking it is all right to cover up the truth in any way other than The Way.
It is with love for my fellow brethren and believers in the Anointed One Yeshua (Jesus), that I must do what I have been called and assigned to do. Satan has the body of Christ right where he wants us, consumed by his lies which weaken our link to the Spiritual blessings in heavenly places, that have been placed there for us, since the foundation of the world was laid (see Ephesians 1:1-12).
There is a plan for retaliation in the Bible and it is all in the Word, not the Cross (see Ephesians 6:10-20). The Cross made the way and gave us the access to what is rightfully ours. That is our inheritance that the enemy does not want us to know about, or possess. If we stay in this state of flux, and go to the “Cross” month after month, and not learn how to access our Kingdom rights, all is good. But the second we start acting like, living like, talking like, and being like our heavenly Father, trouble comes from the inside – from people who refuse to think outside the box of confinement they are used to. They are bound by customs, traditions, and superstitions, and rituals that have the “appearance” of wisdom, but no power (see Colossians 2:23).
We get up every service and talk about what is wrong with everything except what we really need to talk about – the truth according to the Word of God. We have become experts on every topic, from racism to terrorism, from the White House to the outhouse, and everything in between, or at least we have an opinion to offer. Still, we refuse to agree, or get with(not on) one accord, as it relates to something as simple as three days.
We should determine if what is being “breathed” out over the congregation is scriptural. It must be our number one priority. We as leaders will be held accountable more than those who hear our messages. James 3:1b says, “We shall receive the greater condemnation.”We need more than sermons that lack “meat” but full of the “gravy” of the “closing” that verifies that you can preach, at least according to man’s traditional standards.
“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, that thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” (Romans 3:4)