There is a provision in the law of God which permits any person, an escape from the penalty of their sins. God has promised to punish all sin and because He is a just God, He will carry out the sentence that He has guaranteed. Incredibly, the mercy of God also allows a guilty party an escape from judgement, if that party will obey the provisions of the law. Continue reading “God’s Escape Clause”
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.
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.
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”
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”
The Messiah will be beaten in His face and have His beard pulled out by His revilers.
Isaiah 50:6b I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard…
Matthew 26:67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands.
Although there is no specific reference in the New Testament to anyone pulling Jesus’ beard out with their hands as Isaiah described, it is for certain that this took place. In actuality, the fact that it is omitted from the New Testament is further proof that the New Testament account of Jesus and His crucifixion are not only true but also accurate.
If someone were intending to falsify the account of Jesus’ life to make it match the clear Old Testament prophecies of Isaiah 50:6, it is for certain that they would include a description of Jesus having His beard pulled out. Scholars agree that Isaiah’s description is intended for the Messiah. It would have been very easy to add a description of Jesus having His beard torn from His face, if the writers of the gospels were seeking to convince any reader that Jesus was the Messiah. By their absence of this description, it appears as if it was simply an oversight that occurred in the midst of recording the other events described in the New Testament. Such omissions of facts are often the case in actual eyewitness accounts. Continue reading “Isaiah’s Description of Messiah’s Suffering: Beard Ripped Out”
Matthew 27:26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.
The purpose of the scourge was to exact a confession from the accused, before being put to death. Not that a confession would change the final disposition of the condemned, but for the purpose of setting an example for the crowd who were witnessing the judgment of a convicted criminal. Literally, all punishment that was committed against a breaker of the law, was for the purpose of preventing others from committing the same crime themselves.
The punishment of the guilty was intended to be the ultimate deterrent. A vividly bloodied criminal who was publicly put to death before crowds of people, might prevent others from going down the same path. Those who would see the sentence of death being carried out, might think again before committing the crime they were considering. It is certain that every person who watched a man die by crucifixion would leave the scene with a graphic reminder of what the consequences of disobeying the law would mean to them personally, should they commit the same act. Continue reading “How Much Jesus Suffered For Us”
It is a paradox of the Bible that the One who spoke the universe into existence would be willing to come to earth and lay down His life for us.
This character of Jesus as a servant sets Him apart from every other religious or spiritual leader. In Greek mythology, it is inconceivable that Zeus, Apollo, or any other Greek god would lower himself to be a servant of the beings they created. Jesus is described by the Bible as the Creator of all things; yet He came to earth and took the body of a man so that He could offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. The humiliation, the mental and physical torture and unimaginable horrors that Jesus experienced while completing the process of our salvation, is beyond comprehension. Continue reading “That God Would Die For Us”
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?”
There are two principles that are put forth concerning the state of human beings after death. One, a resurrection–into eternal life, and two, the end of all life–an eternal non existence. According to the Atheist philosophy, after death the body ceases to function and there is no life or spirit which continues to exist. The hope of the Christian Gospel, promises a resurrection of the physical body after death–in an eternal dwelling with God. The promise of resurrection has been described repeatedly throughout the 4,500 year old portions of the Hebrew scriptures, and confirmed by the writers of the New Testament–over 2,000 years ago. The promise of resurrection is closely linked to the prophetic portions of scripture which describe the Messiah as the one who has the power to raise the dead to life–eternally. Continue reading “The Hope of Resurrection and the Despair of Atheism”