There is a curious paradox that is presented in the pages of the Bible that a great majority of people have not understood. Jesus described a physical birth that every person will experience; and a second spiritual birth that is necessary in order to obtain eternal life. Jesus said that because of our sin and sin nature, we are all already under the condemnation of God and dead in our sins. Once we understand who Jesus is and the reason that He came into the world, we have the opportunity to be born again a second time. At that moment, our spirit within that was formerly dead, comes alive. Continue reading “Born Once; Die Twice. Born Twice; Die Once”
Isaiah 62:11 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed To the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.’ ”
Isaiah’s prophecy describes the Messiah as coming soon. He will bring with Him His reward of salvation, and He will give redemption to anyone who asks of Him. By the phrase “His work is before Him,” Isaiah is making it clear that the arrival of the Messiah is with a specific purpose (He is aware what is before Him). He is coming to die to make His life an offering for sin, according to the requirements set forth in the Old Testament. God has ordained that all sin must be atoned for. Sin cannot be simply ignored. It cannot be forgiven unless the debt that it has acquired, is paid. Sin can only be paid by a work of atonement. The Christian gospel is not one of ignorance but of revelation. Jesus came as the Messiah to clearly reveal what God requires for eternal life. This is defined by the words of Isaiah: His work is before Him. Continue reading “How Does God Forgive Our Sins?”
Although the prophecies of the Old Testament describe the Messiah as God, specific predictions such as the prophecies written by Isaiah, also define Him as: pouring out His soul unto death. Possessing the power of creation and destruction, the Savior of the world will use His great abilities to save, not destroy.
Isaiah 53:12b Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death...
When the soldiers come to arrest Jesus, the testimony of John 18:3-6 describes Him as: knowing all things that would come upon Him. This language indicates that Jesus believed that He was fully in control of every event that took place. The soldiers were allowed to arrest Him because He permitted it to happen. Continue reading “He Spoke the Universe Into Existence, But He Spoke Not a Word in His Own Defense”
Those who break the law of God are considered guilty by God and are spoken of as bearing their sins.
Leviticus 22:9 They shall therefore keep My ordinance, lest they bear sin for it and die thereby…
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many…
To bear sin is to carry them.
The primary purpose of the Messiah was to carry the sins of all people to the cross and put them to death. Jesus not only paid the price that you and I owed to God for our sins, He accomplished this for everyone who has ever lived. When Jesus died, He also carried the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).
Jesus knew ahead of time all things that were going to transpire regarding His death and resurrection. He had determined every event before He created the first man on the earth. The plan of salvation for all people was not an afterthought for God: it was the first thing that He considered when He determined to create us.
From eternity, God had already known everything that would take place and every act that He was going to accomplish. This is what makes the Lord—God: the fact that He knows everything, and there is nothing that He must learn.
Acts 15:18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works.
The preeminent purpose of all Bible Prophecy is to demonstrate in the realm of linear time, that God has already seen all the events that will take place. When He speaks, He does so as if all the events He describes had already transpired. In eternity, nothing is future; everything has already happened. When God speaks of future events, they are only future to those who live on the earth. For God everything in all of time is already complete. No event is outside of the knowledge of God, and He is not predicting the future when He speaks a word of prophecy. He is simply describing what has already taken place.
One of the great mysteries of the universe is that it pleased the Father to bruise His Son and put Him to death for the sins of all people. Why God would allow His Only Son to suffer so greatly for sinners is an unsearchable question that all of us will ponder throughout eternity.
It is certain that one of the reasons why God permitted Jesus to undergo such great trauma is because it brought such great glory and vindication to His name. Satan has made continued accusations that God is not really righteous and fair. These allegations are fully answered by what Jesus has accomplished at the cross. God is not angry and vindictive, as some have believed, but willing to take whatever steps necessary to reveal His hatred of sin and love for people. Much in the same way that a loving parent who observes the suffering of his child because of drugs or alcohol would do anything to eradicate their suffering. So also has God, as a loving Father, sought to eradicate the plague of sin from the lives of all people whom He loves so fervently. In freeing us from our suffering, He was made to watch His own Son suffer unimaginable pain. He allowed this for our benefit. Imagine the intense pain that God felt at seeing His Son tortured to death by evil men. While Jesus had done nothing evil Himself, He was fully committed to allow those who desired His death, to do whatever they wanted to Him. He permitted all of this knowing that His death would free us from our own torture and torment. Continue reading “Jesus Suffered For, and Took the Sins of, Those Who Would Never Receive Him”
For just one sin–Jesus had to die. It was not the entire culmination of all human sin and suffering which compelled Jesus to leave heaven and die for us. It was the suffering of one person, one sin–which drove Jesus to become a sacrifice that would remove the judgement of God.
Isaiah 53:8d …For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
1 John 2:1-2 …Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation (payment) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
The plan of God has always been to remove the sins of the whole world. Known to God before the foundation of the world was the fall of Adam, which would result in the need for a Savior. In His wisdom, God planned for this contingency by the provision of His Son to redeem all creation back to His glorious ideal and perfection.
God will make this redemption possible by acts that originate and culminate with Himself. The burden for salvation resting upon God and His actions to save us, while the appropriation of salvation is contingent upon the decision of each individual person to hear and respond by faith.
One of the purposes of the Messiah was to bear the curse of our sickness upon His body, at the Cross, and deliver us from all sickness forever. This is widely debated amongst Bible commentators. You will find that opinions are about half against the Messiah bearing our sickness, and half for the Messiah atoning for our sickness.
Since all sickness is unnatural and caused as a direct result of sin, it is reasonable to assume that by the Messiah’s atonement on the cross, He was also removing our sickness.
The idea that the King of kings would be born to a poor family in the most unlikely of towns, to a nation which had only a distant memory of glory, is unthinkable. Yet, these were the circumstances which God chose to announce the birth of His Son. The Messiah coming as a root out of dry ground is descriptive of the time in which Jesus came into the world. The former glory of David’s kingdom of princes and kings was now reduced to dry ground and beggars. Jesus comes from the root of David’s kingdom, but that glorious kingdom has long since faded.
Many Bible critics claim that the story of Jesus Christ is a contrived myth made up by men in the first century. What story teller who desired to make his account popular, would choose the background that the writers of the New Testament chose for Jesus Christ?
Isaiah 52:14 Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men…
It is clear that after Jesus suffered through the scourging, beating in His face, and crucifixion, His body was torn to shreds. It was well known that 39 lashes from the scourge would leave a man with a body that was a medical catastrophe. As the flesh has been torn from the body, the muscles and ligaments are exposed, often leaving vital internal organs exposed to the outside elements. Many a man died after just 10 or 15 lashes from the scourge. The fact that Jesus survived all 39 lashes is an indication of His strength, but also sure proof that His body was barely recognizable as a human being.
We know that after Jesus rose from the dead—He bore scars from the torture He suffered against His body. When the frightened disciples gathered together after His death, suddenly the Lord appeared in the room where they were hiding, in fear of the local authorities. Thomas was apparently not with the other men when Jesus appeared, and so one of the disciples told Thomas later that Jesus had appeared alive before them. Thomas was skeptical that the Lord could be alive after such a horrific death that He had suffered. Later, as Thomas is with the other disciples, Jesus appears again a second time and asks Thomas to touch the scars which are still in His body to confirm that He is in fact Jesus. Continue reading “Jesus Healed the Scars of all People–Yet He Will Bear His Own Scars Forever”