And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. — Revelation 21:4
This will be the most joyful and glorious of days – The coming of the new heavens and new earth! The city of God will descent from heaven, God himself will dwell with us together, he will look into our eyes overflowing with compassion and liquid love. This is a city where there will be no more suffering, no more mourning, no more pain and no more death. All our tears will be wiped away and orphan hearts healed. In his glaze, all the painful memories will be replaced with joy and love… What a wonderful moment!
Is that true? Watch the promises of God for yourself:
Are you still wonder is heaven for real? Watch this amazing testimony of a man who went to heaven and returned:
And here are reports based on people’s Near-Death Experience.
Heaven is Real. So is God! God loves you!
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. — Revelation 20:12 (KJV)
Do you believe life after death? Do you believe the day of judgement? Do you believe God is fair? Do you believe one day you will be in heaven with Jesus?
There are four final facts await the world at the Last Day:
1) The return of Jesus Christ.
2) The resurrection of the dead.
3) The last judgement.
4) The creation of the new heavens and earth
In revelation 20, it reveals to us Satan is now completely defeated and thrown into the lake of fire to be destroyed. Now, In front of God, the last judgement starts. All are judged, no matter great or small. There are two books before God, one is the book of deeds, the other is the book of life.
The book of life contains the names of those who have put their trust in Christ to save them. The books of deeds includes the recorded deeds of everyone, good or evil. Everyone’s life will be reviewed and evaluated. NO ONE IS SAVED BY DEEDS, BUT THROUGH FAITH. However, deeds are seen as clear evidence of a person’s actual relationship with God.
Doesn’t this remind us how we should live our life and chose our destinies today? Step our in faith, you the children of God!
Also if anyone is interested in the great book of revelation, here is a full movie about it from you tube. Very Good!
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for [that day will not come] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. — 2 Thessalonians 2:3
2 Thessalonians is a follow up letter to 1 Thessalonians. In this letter, Paul indicates various events that must precede the second coming of Christ. Just as what today’s verse has described ‘That day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” This period of extreme turmoil on the earth is known as the GREAT TRIBULATION.
Throughout history there have been individuals who epitomized evil and who were hostile to everything Christ stands for. These antichrists have lived in every generation and will continue to work their evil. Then Just before Christ’s second coming, “the man of lawlessness… the man doomed to destruction,” a completely evil man, will arise. He will be Satan’s tool, equipped with Satan’s power (2:9). This lawlessness man will be THE antichrist.
Here is a very interesting video describing “the Antichrist” using actual bible verses. The words of God in this video provides us a pretty good understanding on this subject, though the video images can be slightly better.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
— Ephesians 2:10
Do you ever wish you could be a bit prettier, smarter, smaller, taller, stronger, slimmer … I often wish my teeth could be nicer so I can have a better smile, and I would like to be a touch smaller, and have bigger eyes, and so on … sad I know … I guess most of us, no matter how wonderful we might be, we still can not stop criticizing ourselves… why?
In today’s verse, Paul teaches us that we are God’s workmanship and are created to do his good works. On this subject, I would like to share with you Joel Osteen’s video ‘ you are God’s masterpiece.’ I hope you will be benefited from his teaching as I have been.
Instead of criticizing ourselves, we should celebrate who God made us to be. We are all God’s masterpiece!
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. — Psalm 139:14
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” — 2 Corinthians 6:18
Looking at today’s verse, I don’t how much this promise means to you, but I know how deeply it means to me – a girl who hardly experienced a father’s love.
We all have earthly parents, I believe our parents’ love for us is always there and true though they may not be perfect. Today, I would like to show you two videos, one is about our earthly parents’ love, the other is about the heavenly father’s love for us. Both of them are amazing. Compare and find the differences, and you will know how perfect is the love our father in heaven have for us.
The earthly parents’ Love:
The heavenly father’s love:
God longs to be a perfect father for us, he wants an affectionate relationship with us. God loves us!
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. — 1 Corinthians 13 :1
Today we are on one of the most famous chapters in the entire bible – 1 Corinthians 13. These fine verses are often read at weddings. They define what true love is! Amazing and powerful words, please read it with me here:
I think there is nothing more I can add on or explain about today’s verse, it speaks for itself. One of my favourite quote is this: “LOVE IS NOT LOVE UNTIL IT COSTS YOU SOMETHING TO GIVE IT AWAY!” Jesus demonstrates that true well, doesn’t he? For he loves us so much that it costs his life to give it to us! Through his love, we are saved from eternal sufferings and restored to be sons of God. How marvellous! Indeed, love never fails!
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8: 38-39
As Mark Stibbe states, Roman chapter 8 is one of the greatest chapters of the bible. I totally agree! These verses in Romans 8 contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Please read these powerful words for yourself, and here is a short video about Romans 8:16- 39
Nothing can separate usfrom the LOVE OF GOD!
Neither Death Nor Life
Two things we fear the most – dying and living, they are not threats to our eternal life. Whether we live or die, we are in His love.
Nor Things Present Nor Things to Come
Nothing in all of time, present or future, can separate us from God’s love. Jesus accepts us as who we are and will never let go of us. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He loves us and will never stop loving us.
Nor Height Nor Depth
Imagine this if we were to travel to the “highest” or “lowest” points in the universe, or anywhere in between, we would never arrive at a place where we could escape Christ’s love. There is nowhere we can go where anyone or anything can take our eternal salvation away from us. NO WHERE.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. — Romans 8:16
Since we have covered this verse yesterday, I’m just going to emphasise this point ( we are children of God) by showing you a lovely video and the actual words from God himself.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. — 1 John 3:1
And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. — Romans 9:26
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. — Galatians 3:26
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. — Romans 8:14
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. — Luke 18:16
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 18:3
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. — Psalm 53:2
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? — Hebrews 12:7
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.– Romans 8:21
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. — 1 John 2:28
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. — John 14:6
Remember that you are a child of God and you are dearly loved!
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. — Romans 8:15 (KJV)
Paul is writing to Romans about their relationship with the heavenly father. He uses ‘adoption’ or ‘sonship’ to describe the believer’s new relationship with God. Not just to Romans but to us all, Paul makes the point that we are God’s children – heirs of God, through the salvation that has brought by Jesus Christ.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
We are no longer cringing and fearful slaves, instead, we are the Master’s children. What a privilege! Because we are God’s sons and daughters, we share in great treasures as coheirs. God has already given us his best gifts: His son Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit, through that we receive forgiveness and eternal life. Now he is encouraging us to ask for whatever we need in his name.
You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. — John 14:14
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. — Matthew 7:7
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. — Matthew 21:22
What a wonderful daddy he is!
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. — Act 1:8
It has been so windy these few days in newcastle that I almost could not cycle anywhere. The wind is so powerful, it feels like it could blow me and my bike away when I was out yesterday. Today’s verse is about the holy spirit, and surprisingly, these two things actually have connection according to John 3:8
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” — John 3:8
Who or what is the Holy Spirit?
Jesus has spoken about the Holy Spirit as an advocate / counselor / helper in John 14:16-17:
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.“
Though I have experienced the power of the holy spirit in my daily life, I still can not explain the answer clearly. Therefore, I’ve found a video that helps to explain this better, it also tells you the fruits of the spirit.
“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26)
“When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13)
In today’s verse, Jesus forewarns his disciples that they are going to receive an overwhelming experience of the Father’s love and power in their lives. This experience will empower them to be brave witnesses and totally transform their lives. This has taken place later on in Acts chapter 2.
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” — John 20:17
This is also a day to remember for our study in 100 verse bible. Because it is about the day that Jesus comes back to life, known as ‘The resurrection of Jesus”. With the exciting resurrection, it’s as if the world has began again. Please find out the full story in this video below;
Today’s verse comes out when Mary Magdalene is overjoyed as she meets Jesus outside the tomb, she tries to embrace Jesus, but Jesus tells her to stop holding on him. He has a much more important task for her: proclaiming the resurrection to her brothers.
At that point, everything has changed in the relationship between men and God. Started from the fallen of mankind, we had been fatherless for thousands of years. God has given his standards of being worth in his kingdom through the laws and regulations, through which we know that no man reach those standards because all have sinned and fall short in the presence of God. But at that time, Jesus’s mission has completed, his father has become our father, his God has become our God. This is a remarkable victory over the devil. We had been orphans for thousands of years, but from that time on, we are restored the sonship from orphan status. Praise God
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. — Roman 4:25
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” — Luke 23:42
As Mark Stibbe described in his book, there are SEVEN final statements spoken by Jesus on the Cross:
1) “FATHER, FORGIVE THEM”
2) “YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE”
3) “WOMAN, BEHOLD YOUR SON”
4) “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”
5) “I THIRST”
6) “IT IS FINISHED.”
7) “FATHER, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.”
Today, I’m taking you to see what has happened at the last moment of Jesus crucifixion. There are two condemned thieves on both sides of Jesus. One is hard-hearted and tells Jesus to save himself and them. The other is appalled at these words and turn to Jesus with repentance, saying, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replies with these words in luke 23:43 ” Today you will be with me in paradise.”
That thief believes who Jesus is – the son of God, and he was saved at the last moment of his life. Jesus forgives what he has done and promised him that he will be brought into paradise with him after his death immediately. It is never too late to know God and turn to Jesus!
God loves you!
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” — Mark 15:34
Have you watched Nania – The lion, the witch and the wardrobe? Do you remember the scene when the great lion Aslan was brought to be slaughtered by the white witch and her evil gang on the stone stable? The witch shouted:”The fool! … The fool has come, bind him fast.” They mocked and severely tortured him before they knifed him to death. Surprisingly, during the whole time, Aslan, the great lion didn’t strive back at all, because he knew the purpose of his death is to exchange for Edmund, the traitor’s life. Therefore, he sacrificed himself. However, the stone table cracked and he was back to life the next day because his blood was sinless.
Today’s story reminds me of that scene. It’s similar but much deeper and much more. After Jesus has prayed he is arrested in the Gardern of Gethsemane. He endures an early morning Roman trail in which he is condemned to death and flogged. Jesus is nailed to a wooden cross on a hill known as ‘The place of the SKULL’. He went through extreme suffering both physical and emotional. He cried out: “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” as he takes the sin of the whole world on his shoulders and separated from his heavenly father. He die for all of us, for you and for me.
The Son of God has died, so we sons of man can be saved. God loves you!
“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” — Mark 14:36
Today, we are going to the garden of Gethsemane with Jesus and his disciples (Peter, James and John). The Garden of Gethsemane is the place where Jesus spent the last hours of his life, in fear of what suffering was to come. He was deeply distressed and troubled, his soul was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death (Mark 16:33-34). However, he has submitted himself totally to the Father’s will: ”yet not my will but yours be done!” He has conquered the battle over satan once more and died for our sin.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. — Isaiah 53:5
Please watch this video about this moving scene: ”Jesus pray in Gethsemane”
Jesus loves us and He lay down his life in order to save us from eternal punishment (hell), so we might have life and have it more abundantly. Thanks Father for your Love!
No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. — John 16:27
In today verse, Jesus draws a close to his farewell before his crucifixion. He tells his disciples and us that the Father will give us whatever we ask because he himself loves us, because we have believed and love Jesus, his only son.
Here is an amazing video about the love of God, it’s a must see. I’m not going to say a lot today for a change, please just enjoy the movie:
God loves you!
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.–John 14:18(NIV)
If you only have 24 hours left to live, what would you like to do? For me, I would like to spend the time with the ones I love, tell them how much I love them and the most important messages/things that I would like them to know. I guess most of us have similar answers. But still I would like to know: How about you?
If you don’t mind, I would like to share with you what Jesus has done when he has only 24 hours left to live. What did he do? Please watch the video below to found out:
So have you got the answer? Yes, he did the same as most of us would do, by sharing time and message with his beloved ones – 12 disciples 24 hours before his crucifixion. Today’s verse is taken from his last words.
There are three key factors in “I will not leave you as orphans”. It means 1) At the very beginning, we had a father- son relationship with God – we were not orphans 2) Later, the relationship was broken because of the fall of man – we became orphans 3) Jesus promised us that our sonship will be restored. – we will not leave as orphans. But how? The answer lies in the last part of the sentence: “I will come to you” Isn’t that great? God has promised that he would come to us through the sacrifice of Jesus, and this promise has been fulfilled. Therefore, we are no longer orphans, you are the heirs of God …
Then, what are you waiting for? The father is waiting for you to come home…
God loves you!
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me — John 14:6 (NIV)
Who is Jesus? This is a fundamental question of christian belief. Jesus has many titles in the New Testament such as ‘The bread of Life’, ‘Light of the World’, ‘the Gate’, ‘the Resurrection and the Life’.
The night before Jesus was crucified, he told his disciples that he is going to leave them. The disciples were deeply stressed. Jesus comforted them by saying he is going to prepare a place for them in his father’s house and he told them they already knew the Way to that place. But the one of the disciples said, ” I don’t know the Way.” Then Jesus answered, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No-one comes to the father except through me.”
For those who don’t know much about Christianity, they may ask, “the Way to where?”, “the Truth of what?”, or “what does it mean by the Life?” Jesus came down from heaven to earth to tell them that he alone is the Way to the Father, the Truth about the Father, and the Life that the Father wants to bring to the world. Notice that Jesus doesn’t say “a Way”, or “a Truth”, he says ” the Way” and “the Truth, which means the Only Way and the Only truth.
There is never a time when human being stops reaching Gods since the very beginning. We have invented so many ways, known as Religions to approach our self-created Gods. Some say if you keep certain laws and regulations, then you can go to heaven after death; some say you should never stop doing good deeds; some even say you pay me some money and I’ll open a way for you. But how can we figure out the Way since nobody actually came from there?
There is only one person ever exists on earth that has been to the heaven. He is Jesus. He is the Way because he is sent by the Father in heaven. He knows his father’s house, a beautiful mason, there are rooms for all of us. It is known as heaven. The only way to go there is through believing Jesus.
God loves you and he has invited you to his house in heaven through his son! Would you like to go?
Jesus wept. — John 11:35
This is the shortest verse in the bible. It appeared in the miracle of ‘Lazarus raised from the death.’
Jesus has a close friend called Lazarus in Bethany who is gravely ill. Jesus is a great distance away, by the time he arrives, Lazarus has been dead four days. Lazarus has two sisters, Martha and Mary. When they know that Jesus has come, they express their deep sorrow over their brother’s death in front of Jesus. Then it is recorded that ‘Jesus wept’ for the reason that “he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled” (John11:33) and “He loved him” (John 11:36) Please watch the video below for a full picture:
Here, ‘wept’ in original Greek verb is dakruo actually means “sobbed”, which is a stronger emotion. The words “Jesus Sobbed” means a great deal, doesn’t it? It says that Jesus knows how we feel, and, He feels what we feel. He is a friend who we can relate to, a shepherd who really cares for his sheep and he reveals the heavenly father to us: God is a god of compassion and grace, slow in anger and rich in Love.
God Loves you!
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. — John 10:10 (NKJV)
The night before, I was left alone in my house. I have to admit it was a pretty big house for one person and I was a bit scared. (You know… I’m a girl/woman). Then the worst happened, it was about 3:45am deep in the night that the burglar alarm outside my window went off. At first, I thought I was dreaming, but I discovered the noise was too loud to be imaginary. “What should I do?! I don’t know the code to unset the alarm… What if there were burglars breaking in the house? What should I do?!…” I was really frightened for a short while… but … no worries … in the end everything was all right.
In today’s verse, Jesus talks about “ The thief comes only to steal and to kill, and to destroy.” I can totally understand how horrible it feels now, after my experience of the burglar alarm night. Here, the thief represents the devil, who steals everything that gives a person life and we are left with: poverty, disaster, slavery, violence, disease, despair, death …
However, Jesus says that he has come that we may have life. These words are the greatest comfort when you are lost and in despair, when you are frightened and hopeless. Just as the movie scene: the super hero jumps up and confronts the bad guy when you are in trouble. Moreover, Jesus announces that he is not only going to give us life, but also life to the full. It is an abundant life that satisfies the deepest needs of the human soul, a life that no worldly, material comforts can deliver. How marvellous is that! The one thing that he requires us to do is to accept it through believing. God loves you!
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” — John 6:35
Have you ever wonder why we always get hungry, even though we have had plenty not long ago? Or, how long can humans survive without food or water? I have. Therefore here is what I found.
“A human body can survive 8-14 days without water depending on the person and how fast sweat, urine, and tears are leaving the body and up to 4 weeks without food depending on conditions like weight, temperature and exertion.”
Basically, as a normal human being, we can not survive long without food and water. However, in today’s verse, Jesus declares that he is the bread of life. Whoever comes to him will never go hungry, and whoever believes in him will never be thirsty. Isn’t that too good to be true?
What does it mean by bread of life? The answer lies in John 6:51
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
As the function of bread, Jesus came to give us life, and life to the full. He came to satisfied our spiritual hunger that we always have in us. By believing in him, our spiritual hunger will be fulfilled, our thirst will be met forever.
God loves you!