The work is done. All is accomplished. The sacrifice was made. The penalty was paid. We have been reconciled and redeemed. All is forgiven. The purpose of Jesus’ ministry and the cross comes down to this moment. It is finished. No longer are we separated from God. No longer is there a need for sacrifice. Our sins are wiped away. Nothing we can do can earn that. Jesus Christ did it all for you and me. He gave us grace and mercy. He gave us the faith. We just need to believe and trust in Him. Continue reading “It is Finished”
In the final moments of Jesus’ life on earth, He surrenders His spirit to the Father. His trust is in the Father. This is another example He sets for us…to put our trust in the Lord and surrender to Him. He is our strength. He is our Redeemer. Continue reading “I Commit My Spirit”
It is not too late to be forgiven. The thief on the cross asked Jesus for forgiveness hours before his death and He granted it. He realized his sin, confessed it before God, and repented. He knew there was nothing he could do to earn it. Only by trusting in Jesus. And that is what he did. Jesus offers everyone a chance. We are all like these thieves. We are all guilty. The question is which thief do you want to be?
Continue reading “You Will Be With Me in Paradise”
How did Christ redeem us? What does it mean that Jesus is our propitiation? More of those big words (as we discussed in the last few posts) that is so important to the gospel. Because of our sin, because of God’s righteousness and justice, the penalty needs to be paid, a sacrifice. God the Father provided that through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is “a propitiation by His blood” We are redeemed through Him. So what exactly do these words mean? Continue reading “Redemption by Propitiation”
Ever notice that Christians have these fancy terms that few if any other people use? And some of the words may have a different meaning in scripture than how the average Joe would use it (like faith). Some of these terms are critical to the gospel message. I tried to make sense of it all and I hope I can explain in a way that is easy for all of us to understand. As I studied these, it was quite interesting to see how these words are used in the Greek and throughout the scriptures. I don’t know Greek, but googling the Strong’s definitions of the Greek/Hebrew terms and looking at the context in the Bible has helped quite a bit. We will discuss some of these terms in the next few posts. Let’s begin with the scripture that is the heart of the gospel message and incorporates most of these terms. I hope you read on and that God blesses you and gives you and me more insight. Continue reading “What’s that mean?”