In its fourth year with over two hundred episodes, JESUS SAVES features short sermons, interviews, experiences, and inspirations, about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and how our eternal freedom from sin and torment is in Christ alone.
Forgiveness + Forever
2:40Matthew 18:21-35 The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[g] 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of g old[h] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[i] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ 30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
5:10We will leave this world as naked as we entered it. No earthly possessions will go with us. We will leave our money, our possessions, our cars, our family, our pets, our estates, our jobs, and we will have lost nothing and we will have gained everything! We will be in the presence of God and reunited with our family members who have gone before us. Imagine the questions we will finally get answered! Imagine what it will be like to meet Jesus in a way that we have yet to experience. Imagine meeting, His disciples, David, Moses, Joseph and Mary. Not to mention we will leave will leave behind, fear, boredom, worry, anger, frustration, anxiety, stress, insecurity, pride, sadness, grief. We will experience never ending joy. We will experience God’s glory in a way that we have never felt it before. And it will never get boring.
How did Jesus Pray?
3:39Romans 8:26-27 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
3:33Many are aware of the miraculous conversion of the Apostle Paul, who went from hunting down, enslaving, and murdering Christians, to becoming the super Apostle who planted over 14 and wrote almost a quarter of the New Testament. Paul dedicated his life to Christ, and died a martyr. However, we have had some pretty amazing conversions in modern times.
Struggle with sin
3:41Will my salvation in Christ be a hall pass to sin? No. A hall pass is permission given in advance. Jesus does not give us permission to sin. As saved Christians we will always struggle with sin, but we will avoid indulging in sin. Christ covers our struggle with sin. For those who proclaim that they are saved Christians, but they indulge in sin, they run the risk that they are demonstrating evidence that their faith was not sincere in the first place. If you were released from prison, would you periodically run back into your cell and close the door? If you were cured of lung cancer would you periodically light up a pack of cigarettes? If your parents promised to pay your college debt, would you take advantage of them and take a limousine to school and eat at expensive restaurants and buy expensive clothes everyday? Of course not. As saved Christians we endeavor to avoid sin, we struggle with sin. But out of respect, reverence, and fear of God, we dare not indulge in sin. We say ‘yes’ to what God wants us to do, and ‘no’ to what our bodies, minds, and egos want to do, in those moments where what they want to do is wrongful.
Focus on Jesus
3:57There, is no self-interest, self development, or greater self edification, than the transformation that takes place when you are born-again in Christ. All too many people put off what is most important until tomorrow, only to find out that there is no tomorrow! Do not take for granted the time you have, to be saved in Jesus. If not now…when? Jesus says to you: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 5:33
2023 Christmas Message Part 2
3:40It is Christmas time again! Culturally speaking, it has become a tradition where many take time out of their routine to end the calendar year with a celebration of friends and family. Spiritually speaking, it is a time where Christians commemorate the prophesied birth of their lord and savior, Jesus Christ. 700 years before the birth of Christ, the Hebrew Prophet Isaiah prophesied the details and specifics about Jesus’ birth, which all came true one glorious night in a little town called Bethlehem, located about 6 miles South of Jerusalem. For Christians, the significance of Christ’s birth is ideally expressed in the New Testament of The Holy Bible, in the Gospel (which means the good news) of John chapter 3, verse 16, quoting Jesus himself who said: “For God so loved the world, that he sent His only son. That all those who believe on Him shall never know death, only eternal life.” Christmas is a time of the year to catch up with loved ones and pause to recognize what is truly precious in our lives and appreciate those who we cherish, and to acknowledge those who require our charity. Many express this through giving of gifts to one another, and to those in need. But in keeping with the holiday’s name’s sake: Christ-mas (Christ’s mass - which means: to spend time with God and receive his graces) let us remember Jesus’ teaching not only of His eternal salvation, but that everyone and anyone who is not of our own family or beliefs - is our neighbor, and should be received on the basis of charity, mercy, tolerance, non-judgement, and, forgiveness, not only at Christmas but every day of the year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.