Archive for April, 2012

29
Apr
12

The Doctrines of Genesis 1

The Doctrines of Genesis 1.

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08
Apr
12

HE COULDNT CALL HIM FATHER

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land. At about three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni? that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:45-46 (HCSB)

During His passion, Jesus endured so much emotionally, spiritually and physically.  The night before His crucifixion, Jesus spent the night in prayer enduring stressful agony as He sweat drops of blood.   When he endured 40 lashes from a whip with nine tails with sharp stone or glass embedded, He endured a beating that would have left most men so dehydrated they would have died.  Now, in the scriptures examined, Jesus reveals His spiritual agony.

He who knew no sin became the seeming personification of sin for us…

In the scripture cited, Jesus was quoting the first line of Psalm 22, a prophecy expressing the deep agony of the Messiah’s death for the world’s sin. Jesus knew that he would be temporarily separated from God the moment he took upon himself the sins of the world because God cannot look on sin Habakkuk 1:13. This separation was the “cup” Jesus had dreaded as he prayed in Gethsemane (26:39). The physical agony was horrible, but the spiritual alienation from God was the ultimate torture.

Perhaps the most awful thought of this moment can be helped by an illustration from the popular TV show M*A*S*H* which featured a stuffy character named Charles Emerson Winchester, III.  Hailing from Boston, Charles was the roommate of Benjamin Franklin Pierce, arguably the most popular character on the show.  In one episode, Pierce is anxiously awaiting word about his father, who had undergone surgery for a life-threatening condition.  Charles kept a vigil with him. He reveals to Pierce his envy of the close relationship Pierce and his father share in stark contrast to that with his own father, stating, “Whereas I have a father, you have a dad.”

Jesus, Himself, had a very special relationship with the Father.  In every instance when He addressed God, Jesus addressed Him as “Father.”  But, in this period of time, God placed every sin that was ever committed on Christ.  He who knew no sin became the seeming personification of sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).  God the Father hates sin so much that He could not even look on His only begotten Son.  In the very moment when the Son need needed His Father the most, God had to turn His back on Jesus.  And Jesus, who always addressed God as “Father”, had to call him “God.”

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…  1 John 3:1

 

06
Apr
12

WHO AM I?

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  Matthew 16:13-16

With our walk and talk, do we proclaim that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God?

Jesus had done some travelling before the scene we have in these verses.  He went from Magadan on the western coasts of the Sea of Galilee to Caesarea Philippi, a city about 30 miles north of the Sea of Galilee.  During these travels, He’d raised the dead and healed the sick.  Christ had just recently admonished the Pharisees and Sadducees because they could recognize simple signs in the sky, but could not or perhaps would not, recognize the simple prophesies which He was fulfilling.  After Jesus warned the disciples of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees, He asks a very poignant question of the disciples, His closest followers and students.

Jesus asked the disciples who people were saying He was, to which they responded that people claimed that He was the Baptist or one of the prophets of old.  He then asked the disciples what they believed about Him.  It was at this point that Peter jumped in and made the same proclamation Martha did in John 11:27; “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  What an announcement!

Over two thousand years later, the circumstances about Christ’s questions are much the same.  If Jesus were to ask this generation what people believe about Him, some answers that may be given are that many see Him as a great prophet or teacher.  Others may see Him as a path to God or as a good man offering a good philosophy that could be mixed with the teachings of other philosophers.  But the most important question to be asked is what do we as individuals believe about Him?  Most certainly, we Christians would make the same proclamation as did Peter and Martha.

But what about the proclamation that is made with our lives and our actions?  If others were to observe and judge our everyday lives, would the evidence be present to convict us of truly proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Messiah, son of the Almighty God?  Do our actions provide proof of our faith?  James 2:19-26 teaches us that a faith without works is dead.

We do not work to be saved, but we should work because we are saved.  With our walk and talk, do we proclaim that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God?  If not, perhaps we need to resurrect our dead faith.




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