Read Between The Lines
By Dennis Huebshman
John 19:19-22, “Pilate also wrote an inscription, and put it on the cross. It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews’. (20) Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place was near the City, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin and In Greek. (21) So the chief of priests of the Jews said to Pilate, Do not write The King of the Jews, but rather this man said, I am king of the Jews. (22) Pilate answered, What I have written, I have written.” One just has to “Read Between the Lines” to see how Pilate handled the Jewish leaders. (any emphasis mine)
In Mathew 22:36-40, a lawyer asked Jesus a question to “test” Him, “Teacher, which is the Great Commandment in the Law? (37) And He said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. (38) This is the great and “First Commandment”. (39) And a second is like it; You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (40) On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” Notice, there was no hesitation on the part of Jesus in answering this question.
Next, the one that just about everyone, believer and non-believer, has heard and seen – John 3:16-18. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son; that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Most people stop here, but the next two verses are critical to round out the narrative; “(17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. (18) Whoever believes in Him, is not condemned; but whoever does not believe is condemned already; because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” The very last line gives us the “unforgiveable sin”. To take your last breath on this earth without Jesus is a one-way ticket to the Hell fires.
In John 17, we have the high priestly prayer from the Son to the Father just before the crucifixion. Jesus is saying He was about to complete His mission of bringing true Salvation into the world in a way that would be acceptable to the Father. He especially prays for His disciples, asking that they be glorified as well. Jesus also prayed for everyone; including you and me; that we may have the privilege of accepting Him and be saved. Verse 23 says, “I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one (part of His flock as given in John 10), so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them even as You loved Me.”
Jesus continues to talk about the Father’s love in John 19:26, “I made know to them Your Name, and I will continue to make it known; that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Everything the Savior did while on this earth, was a preparation for the ultimate end of his age, and the final journey to our eternal home He wished that all would accept Him, but Matthew 7:13-14 clearly shows He knew there would be “few” who actually would accept the “straight and narrow”. Even so, He was willing to suffer and die for all who would accept Him, no matter how large or small the number would be.
Even while taking His last breath on the cross, Jesus showed there were only two paths when we leave here. The thief that asked Jesus to “remember” him was told he would be in paradise that day. There is no mention of the destiny of the other thief, but Luke 16 gives a picture of what his eternity would be like. That’s the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. The “forgiven” thief was the first to experience the new covenant, and we will be able to meet him when we get home. We may also be surprised as to some that will be there who repented and accepted Jesus before they left this earth; as well as some that will be notably missing.
There are many verses throughout the Bible that tells of the Father’s love for His creation. He has special chosen people that He made a covenant with through Abraham, and that covenant is still in existence, and will never end. Sad part is, His chosen are mostly unbelievers today (at least 98-99%), and will be in the tribulation when it starts. God will allow them to be disciplined until all that’s left (approximately 1/3) will accept Jesus as Messiah. This will start when the “fullness of the Gentiles” takes place (Romans 11:25).
Prior to the tribulation, all true believers will be spared from going into the “wrath”. This is promised by the Lord in several places, especially in the New Testament. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and 1 Thessalonians 5:9 are just two examples.
Even though the “rapture” is not mentioned by that name, the process is described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. There are more references from other biblical writers, however these are the main verses. One thing we can be sure of, God always keeps His promises which is evidenced by all the fulfilled prophecy in the Bible; and being completed exactly as given. The next main event is the Rapture which will remove all of Jesus Flock (John 10), and does not refer to any religious affiliation. Believing Jews and Gentiles alike will be taken. With this in mind, and seeing the signs today that are signaling the end of this age, one would think there will be a majority of earth’s population that will be leaving.
Just the opposite is true. Too many are turning away from the Savior to accept what this world, and ultimately satan, is offering. As stated, approximately 1%-2% of Jews are messianic, and the world believer total is approximately 8%-10%. These are the ones that have “Read Between The Lines” are have accepted the free offer of eternal life with Jesus.
The Goldens (Dale and Cheryl) released “Read Between The Lines”, and again, it’s absolutely relevant for today. Also, you can hear it on YouTube by entering “Dale and Cheryl Golden” on the search bar, and scan down their listed songs. As mentioned before, Brother Dale writes almost everything they release.
(1.) One day a man, walked on this earth, that loved us more than life. Before we breathed a breath, He came to die. And purchased sweet Salvation, with His life’s blood saving grace; to suffer in the flesh for you and I.
(c.) Touch the stripes of pain and deepest sorrow, Jesus willingly bore in our name. Though was not He who caused this greatest shame. Feel each wound of sin would find this marker; see the mocking words that’s on the sign. They say, “I Love You!” if you read between the lines.
(2.) Tormented by the ones He loved, then riven in His side; this agony endured in love so true. His final pleading words for mercy, spread His gift of life; “Forgive them, for they know not what they do”.
(c. 3.) No spoken word can say what Jesus Christ did on that day; with each would for all mankind; He left sin and death behind. (c.)
Our Heavenly Father sent a part of Himself to come and be shamed, beaten and crucified for us – make it personal – For Me! This gives Him the right to demand we worship Him; yet He will not do this. He proved His love for us through Jesus (Romans 5:8), and gives us the opportunity to freely love Him back. All who do will be offered eternal life in Heaven. This is something that can’t be bought, earned, and we definitely do not deserve it.
If we call out to the Father and confess and ask forgiveness of our sins; we believe Jesus died because of our sin; that the Father raised Him from the grave to conquer sin and death for us; have faith His word is true; and ask that Jesus be our Savior; we will be saved. (Romans 10:9-13) There is no one else that can save us from the Lake of Fire but Jesus (John 14:6). It’s a voluntary choice on our part, that no one else can make for us. However, once it’s been made, we belong to the Savior forever; and He will send the Holy Spirit to live within us while we’re here.
There is nothing else, as Jesus paid the price in full for our souls. To try and buy, or do works to earn our Salvation is an insult that the Father won’t take lightly. There are no special “ceremonies” or “rituals” to go through in asking for Jesus to be our Savior. Long drawn out “flowery” prayers do not impress our Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit. (Trinity)
Speak to Him as you would talk to a close friend; because, in reality, He is closer than anyone you have ever known on this earth. He would like for you to talk to Him regularly, even if it’s only in your mind. He hears all the prayers of those who love Him and have accepted His Son. He’s listening for the call from unbelievers that wish to repent and become a part of the Savior’s flock.
The time is drawing near when there will be people leaving this earth in an instant – in the twinkling of an eye. You would do well to secure your reservation today – right now – rather than miss this “Golden” opportunity. (Yes, pun intended.) Imagine being able to hear Dale and Cheryl sing through all eternity with all the rest of the believing performers that will be there. Imagine being able to sing praises to the Lord along side all of them. There’s an old song that says, “Don’t it make you want to go home?”; and my answer is “Absolutely”.
To wait too long and miss the Savior’s call of all believers to meet with Him in the air, would be the gravest mistake you could ever make. The time that takes place from the Rapture to the time of Jesus setting foot on this earth will be the most miserable that has ever been. Choose not to be here. It’s really your choice to make. Satan is doing everything to pull souls away from the Father; don’t be one of them Call today.
Shalom ‘b Yeshua Hamashiakh! (Peace in Jesus the Messiah)