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”
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.
Continue reading “Words on the Cross”
There has been a couple times now that I received a comment from someone claiming I do not understand the scriptures and that Jesus is not God and never claimed to be. I admit that I do not understand all the scriptures and by no means am I an expert, but one thing I do know and have no doubt is that Jesus is Lord. He came to this earth, God in the flesh, to save us from our sins. Jesus’ I AM statements along with His works show us that He is God. To not believe that Jesus is God, you would have to remove much of the New Testament (and The Old Testament, that points to the Messiah). I hope and pray that people would believe, that they would be saved and accept God’s grace through His blood, through His death and resurrection. Continue reading “I AMs…Before Abraham was, I AM.”
Jesus uses much about the pastoral and agricultural lifestyle of Israel in His parables and analogies. Much of their wealth and well-being is based on their vineyards and olive gardens. Here, Jesus says, “I am the vine.” The vine is the sustainer; without the vine there is no fruit. The vine is the livelihood of the family business. Jesus is described as the cornerstone. It is the same principle. He is the foundation of our faith, of our life. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Vine”