Some people think that the events in Jonah are nothing more than a fish story. Yet Jesus referenced the events at more than one occasion. He compared His death and resurrection to Jonah’s experience with the great fish. In the Book of Jonah, we read how God uses His power to convince Jonah to fulfill his calling, to save him from death, to teach him (and us), to show his mercy and to bring others to repentance. Jesus did the same thing.Continue reading “Jesus and Jonah”
How often Jesus used the analogy of water to get His point across. He calmed the sea. He walked on water. He turned water into wine. He offered living water to those who believe by paying for our sins on the cross. As Jesus was on the cross, He shows His humanness here. He was thirsty. He could have used His power in the same way. But He didn’t. He chose to fulfill His purpose on earth by paying for our sins through His blood. He chose to offer each of us living water. Continue reading “I Thirst”
The cross. The crucifixion. Jesus. His love. His sacrifice. His humility. God’s Will. Salvation for all. Jesus went through a horrible death for you and me. He suffered. He was beaten. He was tortured. He was betrayed. He was forsaken. He wasn’t killed; He gave His life. It was God’s plan. This would redeem us. It would save us from our sins. We would be declared righteous by His blood, by His sacrifice, by His love and forgiveness. Because of this, we can have eternal life if we believe and trust in Him.
Every event and every word that He spoke on this dark day would have significance. It would teach us something. It would reveal something about Him. The gospels record seven phrases that Jesus spoke on the cross. For the next few posts we will discuss the words and events during the Crucifixion. Feel free to add comments on what these words and events mean to you.
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?”