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It’s Friday…. BUT EASTER SUNDAY IS COMING!

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Co. 15:3-4 (NIV)

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 “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.  Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.” 1 Co. 15:20-27 (NIV)

 

What Will You Lay At The Foot Of The Cross?

Jesus on Cross

“Our sins twisted the crown of thorns; our sins drove the nails into His hands and feet; on account of our sins His blood was shed. Surely the thought of Christ crucified should make us loathe all sin.”  ~J.C. Ryle

http://eph5v2.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/our-sins-drove-the-nails/

“He (Moses) chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26 (NIV)

Martin Luther put it very well when he said, “Sin is, essentially, a departure from God.” When standing in the all-consuming fire of God’s great love, any sins still clinging to our garments will find themselves exposed. Nothing is hidden from our Heavenly Father. He sees all, knows all, and is all. Therefore, it is a spiritually immature child who images iniquity can remain concealed from an all-knowing God.

Our reaction to having personal sins exposed will be one of two possibilities. Either we will shudder and shriek in shame and fall to our knees in humble and contrite repentance, or we will grab onto our sinful vice with unspeakable determination and flee the presence of God….. Choosing temporary pleasure over His grace and forgiveness. Mind you, forgiveness is necessary in order to have fellowship and a true relationship with the Creator.

When Jesus died upon the Calvary cross, He took all of our sins with Him, and then threw the iniquities as far as the east is from the west. Because of His great love for us, He willingly suffered an unthinkable death. It was only through His obedience and sacrifice that a way to the Father was procured. Jesus is THE WAY. He is our mediator! He pleads our case and intercedes on our behalf both day and night. So why, WHY would anyone choose sin over the fellowship offered by God?

Hebrews 11:24 tells us that sin is pleasurable, but fleeting. The human race is obsessed with pleasure, whether it is attained through the food we eat, sex, or objects bought on credit. A juicy steak may delight us for a few moments but the thrill is short lived, and we will soon find ourselves thinking about the next delectable to devour. The flesh is never satisfied.

So sin gives us pleasure but it is only temporary. And because the enjoyment is not long lived, many of us are cursed with the addiction of finding new and better ways to curb our cravings for gratification. With our focus on the “next good thing” we forget that all things in this life will pass away. We ignore the warning to lay up heavenly treasure, where moth and rust have no affect.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” If Christ is our treasure, we will crave fellowship with Him. If the lusts of the world are the treasure we desire, we will exit the presence of God in order to pursue them. Being short sighted in such cases is a gross understatement, for those who toss aside the eternal to live for the temporal can’t see past their next pleasure fix. They lack self-control.

The Devil tries to use our sins to erode the significance of our Savior’s death on the cross. He casts out his nets of deception and daily collects a multitude of sinners, entangling them in a latticework woven by human iniquity. Jesus suffered so that all of us might live eternally with Him. When we CHOOSE a life of sin over a life of gratitude and obedience, it is as if we are helping the Roman soldiers hammer the nails in the flesh of Christ. Jesus was crucified for our salvation. Unrepentant sin is our damnation.

Will you continue to hold onto your sins for the mere temporary pleasure they give you, or will you surrender each one now and lay them at the foot of the cross? It is never too late to start! Begin building your treasury in heaven. You will be glad you did, for eternity is for an eternity and life on earth is but a blink of the eye.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”                         Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)

New Again: Jesus Is Our Gift

Jesus Died 4 R Sins

 

 

History tells us that crucifixion was real.  Although Jesus was without sin, He was murdered by this very painful means of torture and called a criminal.  He faced the cross for all of us. God loves us so much that He gave us a gift named Jesus.

John 3:16 (NIV)  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Good Friday: God’s Gift To Mankind

Good Friday on Cross

 Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)     “But He was pierced for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”

John 19:28-30 (NIV)    “Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”  A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed his head and gave up His spirit.”

It would seem a paradox to call the painful death and the loss of a friend or son a “Good Day.”  But as believers, we understand it was a very GOOD Friday when Jesus died for us.  Eternal damnation and eternal life were at stake.  God gave us a gift and His name is Jesus.

God sent His only Son to earth in order to deliver humanity from sin. Every one of our sins was nailed to the cross of Jesus.  No more animal sacrifices are necessary for our forgiveness.  Jesus was the one and only sacrifice required and as He said on the cross, “It is finished.”

Sin will always separate us from having an intimate relationship with our Creator.  But with the death of Jesus, the true sacrificial lamb, we need only confess them to God and He will cast them as far as the east is from the west.  He forgets them in His willingness to forgive us. 

Jesus lived among man and was Himself, “God in flesh.”  This means that when Jesus took on flesh, he lived with certain constrictions and limitations.  He felt pain.  He did not fly around when he was tired of walking. His flesh had to go through the maturing process our flesh and emotions must go through, from infancy to manhood. 

Jesus is called, “Son of God” 46 times in scripture but He is also called the, “Son of Man” some 88 times.  Why so many times?  The reason is found in Hebrews 2:16-18. 

“For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason He had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”  Heb. 2:16-18 (NIV)

Jesus, our High Priest, makes intercession for us day and night before the throne of God.  He is our mediator and friend.  He lived a life as man, and understands what it is to be tempted. He knew sorrow and wept over the death of a friend. What a gift it is to know that He understands us in such a personal way.

He became like us, not only to save us, but so that He could understand our challenges.  He understands the frailty of the human body.  He knows our frame and knows that it is but dust.  His compassionate heart and love for us was deepened by his shared experience of living as a Son of man.

Christmas and Easter are holidays when we celebrate the birth of Christ and His resurrection.  They are joyful days of remembrance and celebration. However, these are really only two of the three important events we should recognize and celebrate.

His agonizing suffering and death was the prerequisite needed in order for God to resurrect Him from the grave.  Indeed, it was a GOOD Friday when Jesus chose to follow through on God’s plan.  By His obedience and willingness to die for us, we can now call ourselves adopted children and heirs to the King.

Celebrations do not always have to be with the exchange of gifts, feasts, and jubilation.  They can also be joyful days of somber remembrance.  Thankful hearts and expressions of gratitude expressed in prayer are an appropriate way to remember what our Savior accomplished for us on Good Friday.

To HIM be all the glory and honor and praise. Amen.

John 19:31-39 (NIV)   “Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.  But when they came to Jesus and found that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.

Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.

These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of His bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the One they have pierced.”

Dear One,                                                                                                                                            On Friday, I will be at church and will need time to prepare for Easter.  This post will be up for two days.  I will post my Easter article on Saturday.  It will also be up for two days.  Blessings to you!! Cheryl

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