There is something resident within us that wants perfection. We see it in our mind as we observe things around us that are not perfect. We feel uncomfortable when entering a hotel room that is old, dirty, and unkempt. We feel displeasure when lied to. There is a righteous anger that mounts upon our heart when we see or hear about a child or elderly person that has been abused.
Perfection is an ideal that we all want, yet accept that we can never apprehend. Why is it that we earnestly desire perfection and feel disappointed, angry, or perplexed when every human being we meet is incapable of this perfection?
Continue reading “Why We Need A Savior”
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”
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.
Continue reading “Jesus Died for 100 Trillion Sins”
Mark 13:13 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
The great cosmic conspiracy that is not often spoken of publicly is the hatred that this world has for Jesus Christ. A person can mention the name of most any person of history, and a friendly discussion may begin. Let someone mention the name of Jesus Christ; and immediately, the conversation will turn silent, and all eyes and ears will be upon the one who mentioned His name. Continue reading “Why the World Hates Jesus and Those Who Follow Him”
God’s choice for those who will lead others, does not depend on their outward appearance, education, or family background. The Lord chooses people for service based on their inner heart and their desire to do all that He requires. When we examine the prophecies of the Messiah, we find that God’s choosing of His servant to die for the sins of the world–had nothing to do with physical beauty. The Messiah will have no physical beauty that people will be attracted to Him. In fact, He will be greatly disfigured by the suffering of His crucifixion. It will be His character and personality that will attract and draw people to Him.
Isaiah 53:2b … He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
There are some who claim that Isaiah Chapter 53 is a description of the nation of Israel and was not intended for Jesus Christ.
In the Book of Acts, the Lord spoke to Philip and told him to take the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. While on this road, Philip met a man who was apparently there by divine appointment. Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians, had a servant who was returning from Jerusalem where he had been worshipping the God of Israel. While on his return journey, he was reading from the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah. As Philip meets this servant of the queen of Ethiopia, he asks him if he understands what he is reading. Continue reading “God Does Not Choose–Based on Physical Appearance, He Looks at the Heart”
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?
Continue reading “Why the King of kings Came into the World–Poor and Destitute”
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”
A mystery of the ages, is found in the fulfillment Isaiah’s Prophecy of the Messiah:
Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.
Isaiah describes a Messiah who is God but coming to earth as a child–He must learn as all human beings must learn. Later, in the book of Hebrews, Paul describes Jesus as the Son of God, the Messiah and the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy–who learned obedience by the things that He suffered.
Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Consider the Creator of the heavens and the earth acquiring knowledge. Would the God who assembled the matter of the cosmos need to learn? One of the attributes of the Living God is that He knows all things.
1 John 3:20 God…knows all things.
Acts 15:18 Known to God from eternity are all His works.
The Bible describes Jesus as the Creator of all things, and by Him everything that exists came into being and is held together by His power.
Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (RCR)
How is it that the Son of God, who is the Creator, was compelled to learn everything as a child? Continue reading “When God Learned”
Most of us as human beings, wish that we had the ability to know in advance–the results of our decisions. If we knew ahead of time, the consequences of our actions, we would all make better choices. Why then did God, knowing in advance that one specific action would result in His personal suffering and death–continue with that decision?
Jesus is spoken of as The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Simply stated, it was the purpose of God to send Jesus as the Messiah and Savior of all men, long before the earth was formed. Continue reading “Why Would God Create Man–Knowing that It Would Require the Death of His Son?”
In some regards, the death of Jesus upon the cross, is a mystery.
Conservatively, Jesus died for more than 100 Trillion sins*
If Jesus died for our sins, what happened to those sins during His crucifixion, where did they go? Since Jesus took our sins, do they still exist, were they simply covered, or was there more at work in this process than many people understand?
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 happen 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 taken place. 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. No event is outside of the knowledge of God, and He is not predicting the future. He is simply describing what has already taken place. Continue reading “What Happened to Our Sins When Jesus Died?”