Jesus Christ Prison Ministry

Book of John 

with Commentary

The Renewal

Part 10

About four thousand years had gone by since Adam and Eve rebelled against the Law of God. The prophecy given by Jesus to Adam and Eve has now come true. The plan of salvation, laid before the creation of the world, was foretold by Jesus: “I’ll place hostility between you and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring. He’ll strike you on the head, and you’ll strike him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15. This prophecy was no accident. It didn’t just “fall into place”. Jesus was willing to suffer the cruelty of man to save man. The “hostility between you and the woman” had now played out. The “woman”, the church of God throughout the ages, has always been the object of Lucifer’s hostility. The true offspring of that church has always refused the advances of the “father of lies”. He has always been “nipping” at our heels, causing us as much trouble as he can. And why on our “heels”? Because a true Christian has always got his back to Lucifer and his temptations. He is always running away from them. However, on this Sabbath, in obedience to the Commandment that the “father of lies” hates so much, Jesus struck him on the head. Lucifer now understood that he would eventually have to die - eternally.

After Adam and Eve sinned, it took about 1500 years for their progeny to become so rebellious against God’s law that He had to destroy the world’s population. There were not enough people living in obedience to the Law of God to hold back the tide of evil. Without Jesus stepping in and wiping out the wicked, the knowledge of the love of God and His plan to save the world would have been wiped from the face of the earth. Without God’s Law of Love in the heart, man’s sinful heart is wicked. Destruction, death, pain and turmoil caused by wicked hearts had to be wiped from the earth. A few years prior to the flood, God translated Enoch to heaven in order to encourage the few who were left of the true Church of God. They needed to know and understand that heaven is a reality.

Within another 400 years of the flood, man again set in motion a scheme whereby all inhabitants of the earth would be enslaved in wickedness. The majority of the earth had again rebelled against God and were planning to reach up and pull Him down from His throne in heaven. God didn’t wait for them to “reach” Him, He came down to investigate and then knocked down their “staircase to heaven” and scattered them in order to keep His love and knowledge alive upon the earth.

After scattering the inhabitants of the earth, Jesus called Abraham to keep His loving commands alive on the earth. Abraham obeyed God and accepted the great honor of restoring the Ten Commandments to the world. He commanded his children and grandchildren to live in obedience to God’s Ten Commandments. They kept God’s loving commandments alive in the world for about another 700 years.

By the time of the Israelites’ “Exodus” from Egypt, the Israelites had well-nigh forgotten the Ten Commandments, since they had only been verbally transmitted down through the ages from Adam. Generation after generation, from Adam to Joseph, had attempted to keep the Ten Commandments alive in their children. However, the enslavement of the Israelites to the Egyptians almost obliterated the Ten Commandments from the earth. Jesus called the Israelites out from Egypt in order to preserve the Ten Commandments in the hearts of humanity, not through oral transmission alone, but now, through written transmission. Having written His Father’s Ten Commandments with His own finger, Jesus personally handed them to Moses to be kept for all generations. From it, generation after generation would be able to copy and disseminate His Law of love to the world.

Approximately 600 years later, Lucifer had so infiltrated the church that the Law of God was again almost eradicated. The religious institutions had so perverted them, very few were able to understand their practical application to the life. The church systems, traditions and ceremonies had become more important than the keeping of the Ten Commandments. Wickedness was once again wiping out God’s Law of love. God sent Elijah to wake the people up and once again restore the Law of God to in the hearts of the people. Then, because the people were becoming weary of looking for the “Lamb of God” to come, Jesus took Elijah to Heaven in order to once again remind the people that there is a Heaven to win and an eternal death to avoid.

But the effects were not sustainable in the human heart. 250 years later Jesus had to destroy Jerusalem since they had rebelled so deeply against His laws. The people were not satisfied with the simple Law of Love, the Ten Commandments. The church wanted the pagan rites, rituals and entertainments to be added to their temple rituals and ceremonies. “Doing” church activities were far more satisfying than living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life God required.

70 years later Jesus allowed the Jews to begin rebuilding the temple. This time, though, the temple and the nation of Israel were far reduced from their former glory. Jesus was hoping that the history of their rebellions, and the consequences, would lead the people to a repentance that would be heartfelt, sincere and lasting. But it never took hold. The people refused the high honor of representing God in a world of wickedness. They became even more wicked by building up walls of separation from the world. The Light of the Law of Love that was to be radiated to the world had been covered over with the darkness of self-righteousness, church traditions and ceremonies. Man-made rules and opinions took the place of God’s simple rules of righteousness. There was no one left in the world Jesus could depend on to reveal His Royal Law.

500 years later Jesus came to show the world how easy it is to keep the Royal Law. He came to show the world the glory, the beauty and the joy of serving His Father through obedience to His Ten Commandments. Jesus wanted the world to know that real peace, joy, happiness and eternal life could only be found through the keeping of the Ten Commandments. He came proclaiming a Law of Love that we must live perfectly and sinlessly in order to be accepted by the Father. But the church, His people, refused to accept such simplicity and killed Him. Their temple operations brought in too much money, fame, honor and glory for them to give it up for such simplicity.

Now, in honor of, and in obedience to, the Father and His Ten Commandments, Jesus sleeps in the tomb. He lived in perfect obedience to the Father in order that the world might learn how to live. It was time for a renewal of God’s Ten Commandments.

John 20:1 to John 21:25

On the first day of the week, early in the morning and while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and noticed that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 

It was now Sunday morning and Jesus had slept over the Sabbath in obedience to the Ten Commandments. Upon obedience to His Father’s call, Jesus got up and walked out of the tomb to continue His work in obedience to the Ten Commandments. The 4th commandment states that we have six days to do our work, but on the Seventh day we are to rest from our labors. Therefore, Jesus did just that. He rested over the Seventh-day Sabbath and rose to work on Sunday, the first day of the week.

So she ran off and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus kept loving. She told them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 

There are many poor souls sitting in church mourning the “death” of Jesus in their own lives. They go to church, but they have no relationship with a living Jesus. The church system, with its “antichrist” activities, have separated church members from their Friend Jesus. The churches stand “in the place of” Jesus. The members run off to their pastors, their leaders and other members crying out, “They have taken the Lord and I don’t know where they have put Him!” Hearts are yearning for Jesus, but the church system has buried Him under a mountain of rubbish.

So Peter and the other disciple took off for the tomb.  The two of them were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and came to the tomb first. 

Many run to the pagan ceremonies of the church. They run to Easter pageants, Christmas pageants, feast days, holy days and other pagan rituals and traditions, but Jesus isn’t there.

Bending over to look inside, he noticed the linen cloths lying there but didn’t go in.  At this point Simon Peter arrived, following him, and went straight into the tomb. He observed that the linen cloths were lying there, and that the handkerchief that had been on Jesus’ head was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple, who arrived at the tomb first, went inside, looked, and believed. 

Many who are going to church ceremonies, pageants, rituals, traditions, holy days and festivals are beginning to recognize the fact that Jesus is not in them. Their souls are beginning to be renewed and they want Jesus, not the old rolled up linen cloths of church activities.

For they did not yet understand the Scripture that said that Jesus had to rise from the dead.  So the disciples went back to their homes. 

Church members have never been taught to study Scripture for themselves, therefore, they do not yet understand by Scripture. It is good to leave your dead, tomb-like church and go back home and study Scripture for yourself.

Meanwhile, Mary stood crying outside the tomb. As she cried, she bent over and looked into the tomb. 

Again, many are looking into the dead, Christ-empty churches and crying. They want Jesus, but the churches are empty of Jesus and have nothing for them. They long for Jesus.

She saw two angels in white clothes who were sitting down, one at the head and the other at the foot of the place where Jesus’ body had been lying.  They asked her, “Lady, why are you crying?” She told them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they have put him.” 

The churches truly have taken away the Lord, and the members do not know where He has been taken. Churches are asking why some of their members are crying. They can’t imagine anyone wanting anything else but the church. The churches and denominations only want to use the name of Jesus to enhance their power, ego and prestige. But they don’t want a living Jesus in their church. He would do to their churches as He did to His temple, cast out the moneychangers and everything else that has turned churches into moneymaking businesses.

After she had said this, she turned around and noticed Jesus standing there, without realizing that it was Jesus. 

Many are turning around and going to their friends and strangers, but they yet don’t realize that Jesus is standing there beside them, waiting for them to recognize His voice through His Word. Worldly activities and the sorrows of life have blinded their eyes to Jesus.

Jesus asked her, “Dear lady, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she told him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away.” 

Jesus wants to know why you are crying. He is alive and standing by your side. He wants you to recognize Him as a living Jesus, not a dead, sit-in-a-church Jesus. He is alive and wants to be in your life. All you have to do is listen to Him and Him alone. Go stand quietly with your Bible, in prayer, pouring out your soul to Him and you will hear Him.

Jesus told her, “Mary!” She turned around and told him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means “Teacher”). 

As you read your Bible, listen carefully to the words of Jesus. If you do, you also will turn away from your dead, empty church to Him and recognize His voice as your only “Teacher”. When you recognize that Jesus and Jesus only is to be your “Teacher” and not the church, then you will be sent on missions for Jesus. He wants you to be His missionary, carrying the good news that Jesus is to be found, not in a church, but in your life, directing you, walking and talking with you. We cannot keep Jesus tied up in a church linen cloth or hold Him in our own dead lives. No, we must become new lives and share the risen Lord with everyone we come in contact with. We must do what Jesus commands and “go”.

Jesus told her, “Don’t hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  So Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” She also told them what he had told her.

Have you “seen the Lord”? Maybe that is why you have nothing to say. You have been sitting in a dead, empty church looking at dead bones instead of out announcing to the world “I have seen the Lord” in your own life. Has Jesus talked to you today? Every day Jesus is busy talking to me, sharing with me and directing me so I can share with the world what “I have seen”. Go and let the world know that “I have seen the Lord” and then tell them what you have heard and seen from Jesus.

It was the evening of the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked because they were afraid of the Jews.

How many are sitting in their “locked-up” lives because they are afraid of the world and its churches. What do you have to be afraid of? Jesus is alive. He has conquered death. Even if you should be killed sharing a living Jesus, you have eternal life. Are you so concerned about this life that you are afraid to stand with Jesus?

Jesus came and stood among them. He told them, “Peace be with you.” 

Jesus is ready now to stand among you and give you His peace. But to accept His peace you must accept His life. You must get out of your church and go to Jesus and listen to Him. He will show His sacrifice for you and then you will know how much He loves you and you will be overjoyed.

After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side, and when they saw the Lord the disciples were overjoyed.  Jesus told them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 

“Just as the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”  Jesus was sent by the Father to a lost and dying world. He was sent to take any and all abuse in order to show His Father’s love. Are you willing and ready to accept His commission for you? Where have you been sharing the great news to those who are lost and abusing you?

When he had said this, he breathed on them and told them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven. If you retain people’s sins, they are retained.” 

If you are ready to live as Jesus commands, going where He commands, Jesus is ready to breath His Spirit on you. He did to me, and through His Spirit He dictated and directed the book “Change Your Life Biblically”. To receive the Holy Spirit of God is to forgive people of their sins to you. In order to have your sins forgiven, you must forgive them of theirs. But if you don’t forgive them, then you are retaining their sins in your life and Jesus can’t save you.

Thomas, one of the Twelve (called the Twin), wasn’t with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he told them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger into them, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe!” 

There are many who have not and will not believe because they have not been with you and Jesus. They need to “see” the marks of your obedience to Jesus in your life; to put their hands into your relationship with Jesus. Don’t give up. Keep sharing with them. Show them the joy of your relationship with Jesus. Show them the renewal of your life after giving it to Jesus.

A week later his disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were shut, Jesus came, stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.”

The disciples were not “in church”. These were people who had come out of the church, since the church was not able to share their joy. They truly believed in Jesus and wanted to tell the world of Him. If you are meeting with people who are living as Jesus commands, sharing His truth with each other, encouraging each other to continue in obedience to Jesus, then Jesus will come and stand among you. But if all you are doing is going to church, listening to a man blather on and on with absolutely no relationship with Jesus, you and your church will be burned up.

Then he told Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Take your hand, and put it into my side. Stop doubting, but believe.” 

When you see the pain, torture and persecution Jesus went through for you, your heart will be humbled. You will never again go sit in a church wasting God’s time, resources and money. You will stop doubting and be willing to believe and sacrifice everything you have as Jesus did for you.

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 

You will get out of your church, fall at the feet of Jesus and exclaim, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus, not the church, will be Lord of your life. You will obey Jesus and Jesus only. Since Jesus never commanded you to go to church or to debate “doctrine” or gossip about the church, leaders and other members, you can never again return to church. You must be living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life in order to get your eternal life.

Jesus told him, “Is it because you have seen me that you have believed? How blessed are those who have never seen me and yet have believed!”

Those going to church have never seen Jesus. How can they believe? You need to go and tell them that Jesus is alive and wants to renew their souls with His Spirit. Their lives can become vibrant, happy and full of blessings. We must pity people who have never seen Jesus. All they have seen is church. So, as you show them your love and belief in Jesus, they in turn will have an opportunity to find Jesus in you.

My sister, who lives 20 minutes away, finally came to visit after about four years, and brought me some cookies. How nice. She is a church member of a church that goes to church on the Sabbath. Therefore, she is very proud of herself for being “saved” in the church. The whole time she was here she talked about how people thought she was a big shot in the church because her grandson plays baseball for some university of California. How her granddaughter is becoming a nurse. How she is so blessed, even though she has been sick for years and dying. But not once did she care about serving Jesus, asking about the ministry or the work I do bringing people to Jesus. Her children and grandchildren all belong to Sunday-pagan churches. They are all involved in the world. They are all lost unless they turn their lives over to Jesus. But the worldly churches are so involved in the world, living for Jesus is simply a “belief”, not an act of obedience that Jesus commands. To my sister, worldly blessings are blessings from God. She praised the doctors and medical institutions for “saving” her. She does not care to live as Jesus commands. She has church. She would be healed if she would read and obey the book “Change Your Life Biblically”.

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not recorded in this book. But these have been recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and so that through believing you may have life in his name. 

Jesus will perform many signs in your life if you will become one of His disciples. He does for me every day. The Bible was written “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah”. Will you give Him your heart? Will you stop burying Him in a very small corner of your heart? Let Him out and let Him fill the whole heart. Stop looking at the world. Stop looking at the church. They have nothing to offer. They will soon be taken away. If you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, then you will obey Him as the Messiah. Only a righteous, perfect and sinless character will be saved. How is your character?

Later on, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. This is what happened: Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathaniel from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two of his other disciples were together.  Simon Peter told them, “I’m going fishing.” They all told him, “We’ll go with you, too.” So they went out and got into the boat but didn’t catch a thing that night. 

I am sure fishing was simply a “habit” while they talked about Jesus and His life. They were aimless at this time and did not know what else to do. Fishing was an old habit and a way to pass the time while they waited for Jesus to give them their marching orders. I am sure they were reminiscing over the last three and a half years and trying to figure it all out. What would happen to them now? How would they support their families? So few believed. They were now the “outcasts”. However, because they were spending their time talking about Jesus, and not the world or their business of “catching fish”, Jesus revealed Himself to them.

Just as dawn was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore. The disciples didn’t realize it was Jesus. 

How often I have been so involved in my work, I did not realize Jesus was standing only a few yards away. He was there all the time, I just “drifted” away in my little “boat” of work and thoughts.

Jesus asked them, “Children, you don’t have any fish, do you?” They answered him, “No.”  He told them, “Throw the net on the right hand side of the boat, and you’ll catch some.” So they threw it out and were unable to haul it in because it was so full of fish. 

But when I wake up and stop drifting, focus on the duties and responsibilities that Jesus has given me, all is well. The failure of the “catch” becomes a success under His direction. How often I feel like a failure in this ministry. So few donors, so few funds to meet all the needs. But when the mail comes, and I read letters from inmates whose lives are being changed, I feel like the work of “fishing” is successful.

That disciple whom Jesus kept loving told Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his clothes back on, because he was practically naked, and jumped into the sea.  But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish. They were only about a hundred yards away from the shore. 

Taking our worldly things, trinkets, work, family, relationships and everything else to Jesus is no sacrifice. God will only improve them if we trust them to Him. When we come to the end of our “rope” and think the net will break, just trust and obey, doing as Jesus has commanded, and all will be well.

When they arrived at the shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish lying on it, and some bread.  Jesus told them, “Bring me some of the fish you’ve just caught.” 

Jesus didn’t show off His fish baking abilities. He didn’t show of His fire making abilities. He invited the disciples to bring some of the fish they had just caught. Jesus wants to use what we have in our lives and use it for the good of all around us. Don’t be selfish, don’t be prideful, don’t try to show off what you have done, simply give it all to Jesus and let Him use it. He will bless it and multiply it and use it for the good of everyone.

The Lord called me to this ministry in 1997. I had nothing when He called me, and I still have nothing. However, the infrastructure needed to fulfill my calling has grown with each step. He has provided just what has been needed to do the work. I am astonished at how this ministry has continued for so long. But then again, “Is the Lord’s arm too short”? Of course not.

So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish—153 of them. And although there were so many of them, the net was not torn.  Then Jesus told them, “Come, have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?”, because they knew it was the Lord.  Jesus took the bread, gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus revealed himself to the disciples after he had been raised from the dead. 

Have you had “breakfast” with Jesus lately? You need to slow down, drop your “busy” schedule and make time for Jesus in the morning. Get up earlier if you have to. But whatever you have to do, don’t waste any time. Time is running out. You need to sit down with Jesus and spend time listening to Him and Him alone. Take your Bible and start from the beginning. Slowly, read each word and meditate on it until the Spirit of God fixes the meaning in your mind and heart. When you have finished reading the whole Bible through, do it again, and again, and again . . .

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”

Out of all the disciples, only Peter had verbally denied Jesus. He had loved himself too much to take the insults that were being thrown at Jesus. But now, after seeing what Jesus had gone through for Him:

Peter told him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus told him, “Feed my lambs.” 

How many have denied Jesus in their lives. Many of us have been to prison. We have lived for church and the world, but not for Jesus. We have denied Him by making the church, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, money, work and thousands of other things our “god”. We may be ashamed to look Jesus in the eyes after all the denials in our lives. But if we will come back to Jesus, surrendering everything to Him, He will freely pardon and take us back. He holds no grudges, no vendetta and no vengeance. All He wants from you is your trust and obedience. Then you can feed His lambs. And by the way, He even provides the food to feed the lambs.

Then he asked him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter told him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

The other disciples knew of the denial. They knew Peter had denied Jesus three times while Jesus was suffering for them. They had grown up in the church and knew what the church would do. After all, they had seen the church throw out a blind man made well, a cripple cured, and a woman caught in adultery. They themselves had been hated and hunted by the church. What would Jesus do to Peter?

Jesus told him, “Take care of my sheep.” 

Unfortunately, churches think “sheep” belong to them. They do not realize that sheep belong to Jesus. He died for them. We are only the “undershepherds” taking care of God’s sheep as if Jesus were here Himself. We are not to take the praise, glory or honor for “taking care of My sheep”. They don’t belong to us. Every inmate who writes me I recognize as a sheep of Jesus and it is my duty to feed that sheep and point to Jesus; not to me. This ministry simply “ministers” in the name of Jesus to every sin sick soul.

He asked him a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was deeply hurt that he had asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” So he told him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you!” Jesus told him, “Feed my sheep.

Have you pointed fingers at the sheep of Jesus? Have you scattered the sheep of Jesus? Do you take them to another sheep pen called “church”? Do you scold them, whip them, shear them for your own “profit”? Or do you bind up their wounds, feed them, give them drink and love them as Jesus did? Can you forgive as Jesus did?

“Truly, I tell you with certainty, when you were young, you would fasten your belt and go wherever you liked. But when you get old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten your belt and take you where you don’t want to go.” 

If you will serve the sheep of God, you also will walk as Jesus walked and go where He went. You also will stretch out your hands, first in love to all of God’s lost sheep and then to give your life for them.

Now he said this to show by what kind of death he would glorify God. After saying this, Jesus told him, “Keep following me.” 

We are not to follow church. We are not to follow our pastors. Please don’t follow me or this ministry. I simply stand as a trail sign pointing you to Jesus. Stay on the narrow trail and keep your eyes on Jesus and keep walking towards him. Bypass the broad way of churches, pastors and denominations. Bypass the “Christian” media, magazines and entertainment. Listen to Jesus and Jesus only. Don’t worry what others are doing. Just because they want to go to church and be burned up with the crowd, what is that to you? Jesus walked alone. Can you follow His example?

Peter turned around and noticed the disciple whom Jesus kept loving following them. He was the one who had put his head on Jesus’ chest at the supper and had asked, “Lord, who is the one who is going to betray you?”  When Peter saw him, he said, “Lord, what about him?” 

Paul tells us not to compare ourselves among ourselves. Yet, that is what churches do. Church members look at each other and judge themselves by those in church or those outside of church. Church members love pointing fingers, gossiping, judging and making themselves look better than others. Are not church members always digging into the lives of others, wanting to know about them? After all, that is the purpose of church. “Our church is better than your church!” Right? If not, why are you in your church? Go sit in a Catholic Church or a Mormon church.

Jesus told him, “If it is my will for him to remain until I come back, how does that concern you? You must keep following me!” 

Each one of us is responsible to Jesus individually. I am responsible to serve you and point you to Jesus. But your salvation is not in a church or what denomination you belong to or what pastor you follow. Your salvation is between you and Jesus alone. All I can do is share with you the teachings of Jesus and what He commands. What you do with it is up to you. Nothing of this world can get you into heaven. Not even Jesus. Only you can get yourself into heaven by obedience to Jesus. All who refuse to be obedient to Jesus will be destroyed.

So the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple wasn’t going to die. Yet Jesus didn’t say to Peter that he wasn’t going to die, but, “If it is my will for him to remain until I come back, how does that concern you?” 

Don’t let what others think concern you. You concern yourself only with what Jesus thinks of you. That is all you need to worry about. When Jesus comes back He will judge you by what you have done, not by the church you attended. So, look to your Saviour and make sure you are following Him and Him alone in obedience to everything He commands you to do.

This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them down. We know that his testimony is true. Of course, Jesus also did many other things, and I suppose that if every one of them were written down the world couldn’t contain the books that would be written.