Often people ask why a loving God allows bad things to happen. Habakkuk was no different. He saw violence and injustice happening all around him and He was asking God why He is allowing this to happen. God didn’t shoot him down for it but answered. He had a plan. Today is not much different. We don’t understand why things are happening and why God is allowing it. Often our relief is far ahead of us but we cannot see it. But sometimes we need to be patient. God has a plan. And one day we will be with Him, where there will be no more evil, no more pain, no more tears. Those who trust in the Lord will be saved and will be blessed.Continue reading “Habakkuk: Questioning God”
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”