This Week's Sermon ( 7-26-16 )

" And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. "   Acts 1:9-11

Yes, " this same Jesus " will come again, just as He left.

I was on Mt. Olivet in 1993 where Jesus ascended 2000 years ago.

While I was looking at the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives I was thinking about when Jesus returns.

And, who is " this same Jesus " ?

He is God in the flesh.

Jesus clearly said;

" I and my Father are one. "    John 10:30

My friend, every religion on earth claims to be the only way to Heaven.

Jesus made the same claim.

" Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father but by me. "   John 14:6

Within world religions, there is a compromise of their claim to be the only way to Heaven as some of its leaders will say, in the end, all people will end up in Heaven.

This is contrary to the teaching of the Holy Bible .

Jesus said hell is eternal, not temporary, and Jesus also said there will be more people end up in eternal hell than will make it to Heaven.

" Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. "   Matthew 7:13-14

So again, we choose to believe who and what we want.

I choose to believe Jesus.

When it comes time to die or when Jesus returns, I hope all of us will rest our faith in Jesus.

Yes, Jesus is God in the flesh... God, who came to earth and was born of a virgin, was made of the seed of Abraham, grew up as we do, was tempted as we are, felt physically tired and needed sleep as we do, got hungry as we do, knew what grief, sorrow and sadness is like as we do, knew physical pain as we do, and died for us.

God died in human flesh and was resurrected from the dead bodily as we will be when Jesus returns.

Jesus clearly said after His resurrection;

" Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. "   Luke 24:39

John said about the return of Jesus;

" Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. "   1 John 3:2

I hope Jesus comes today.

The Lord bless you.

Wayne Brown