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Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;
    the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord‘s doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!
    O Lord, we pray, give us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
    We bless you from the house of the Lord. (Psalm 118:19-26)

The very person rejected by the scribes and the Pharisees has turned out to be the cornerstone which the builders rejected. Jesus of Nazareth is his name. He comes in the name of the Lord God of Hosts. He did not come into the world for his own glory but for the glory of the One who sent HIM. To those who believe this are the doors of salvation open in the land of the living.

 

28 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.” (Luke 19:28-40)

 

 

It is truly wise to accept Jesus Christ as the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Not a king of earthly limitations but rather a king sent from God himself. Not everyone in the world accepts him as their king, the king of righteousness but for those who do, they will never be wrong. Therefore hold fast to your confession of faith which Jesus came to die for all sinners so that those who believe in him will not perish but have everlasting life.

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” (Matthew 23: 37-39)

Jesus came for the Jews and also for the Gentiles but first for the Jews. Now remember that most of the disciples of Jesus when he walked on this earth were Jews. However not every Jew including the religious leaders had faith that he was sent by the Lord. This was because they didn’t understand the Scriptures in the light of the Holy Spirit but were legalistic. Yet the Savior of the world has given them this, that if they acknowledge him as sent by the Lord, then their house will not longer be desolate. But even as their times come again, let everyone who is capable of breathing even now say ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’. Amen.

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Seek the Lord and his strength in Christ Jesus (Bible verses)

alertSeek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered..(Psalm 105:4-5)

I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,‘Seek me in vain.’ I the Lord speak the truth; I declare what is right.(Isaiah 45:19)

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.(Isaiah 55:6-7)

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.(Psalm 145:18)

The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.(Proverbs 15:29)

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”(John 3:1-2)

Jesus said; “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.”(John 14:11)

Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus,delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. (Acts 2:22-24)

Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (Acts 5:29-32)

For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.(Hebrews 2:2-4)

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:23)

Jesus said; Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Revelation 3:19-22)

Wars among nations

Love of ones own nation is a good thing to have. The Bible teaches loyalty to nation as well.

Now never mix up loyalty and love for your motherland (or fatherland, in case of Germans etc) with militant nationalism. You do have a right to self defence. You are obligated to defend your nation in times of crisis. This can be a call to arms as well to protect your fellow countrymen both in your country and abroad.

Psalm 144:1-2 Blessed be the LORD,my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle; My loving kindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer; My shield and He in whom I take refuge; Who subdues my people under me.

Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace.

However not all war is just, it’s wrong is to attack other nations just for the sake of national prestige or for some leaders glorified agenda. Most wars are not fought cleanly. For instance undue force is directed at non combatants. Some countries indoctrinate their citizens that killing innocent people of other countries is the right way to show respect for their nation. There’s mass propaganda or rather mass delusions sent all across their land for this. They may use religion, race, ancestry etc to justify an invasion but what they care about truly is riches and pride. These sadistic ruling classes brainwash the mothers telling them to raise their kids to be soldiers to ‘secure’ the boundaries of their nation. But the definition of secure for them is to totally subdue the neighbouring or distant countries by military force.

In the name of the ancestors or past heritage young men and women are made into killing machines. The truth is never told to them. They feel they serve God and country by killing the innocents. The truth about war is that people who die in it are also fathers, sons, husbands, mothers, sisters, wives etc. In other words these peoples are part of their families whom they love. This works both ways too. Its wrong for another nation people to attack or invade your county and you have every right to defend your nation.

The only thing worse than invading a country is to invade Israel. The Bible puts a lots of curses on people and nations who try to attack Israel unjustly. The Lord Jesus is lord of all. Jesus is the true and eternal king of Israel. Israel belongs to Jesus as he is the descendant of King David. He is king of Israel because he is true messiah of Israel. It doesn’t matter if the majority of Israel still don’t believe him, he continues to bear the unrevocable right of kingship over Israel.

God also looks out for other nations too. He watches over aggressive warring nations like North Korea, Iran, Russia etc. The holy angels are making note of every human right violation. The guardian angels are offended over every child who is hurt in war and appeal to God.

The mistake such nations make is that they think of the Lord’s patience as sign to continue in wickedness. Nothing great of them. Drug addicts too take God’s mercy for granted. They only feel some remorse when they get into fits and nausea when struggling to survive. They live a dark existance most of the while. Even wicked nations live in utter darkness.

God’s judgement is waiting to fall on all people who engage in militant nationalism. He will ask each person to give account for their actions. They won’t be able to say they what they did because of religion, nation, ruler etc and still be justified.

This judgement is not just reserved for Judgement day. The Lord God still speaks and executes judgement today against wicked nations. He uses nature against them in form of earthquakes, lightnings, heavy winters. He uses nations in judgement against wicked nation too.

I remember when the Nazis were all set to totally annihilate the Jews and the rest of Europe, God did an amazing thing. The winter aided the poorly equipped Russian soldiers who then halted the Nazis in Stalingrad. They then advanced ahead and killed millions of Nazi soldiers on their way to Berlin. On the Western front, at Normandy the Allied forces landed and marched on to eventually win the battle of Berlin. The Jew hunters became the hunted. Till this day anyone who was a former Nazi or the SS troops are caught whenever possible and duly punished for their war crimes. The Jews still remember the matyrs and heroes of the Holocaust.

If you live in a nation where your country invades other countries please don’t give your consent to such illegal wars. Pray that you get a chance to escape if your country finds that you don’t support the war.

No matter where you live, pray for peace for your nation. Pray for peace in other countries too. Pray every warring nation leaves unjust wars. Pray for the peace of Israel. May your nation be secure always.

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