Forgive Them

Jesus’ words on the cross were profound.  I believe each of the seven phrases he spoke while on the cross had a specific purpose.  This whole event had purpose.  To take our sins away and declare us righteous before God.  For God’s glory.  For our salvation.  To do this, Jesus took our sins to the cross and paid for them, being forsaken (see previous post) and betrayed and mocked.  He endured all of this for us so that we may be forgiven. Continue reading “Forgive Them”

Words on the Cross

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.

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I AMs…Before Abraham was, I AM.

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.”

I AM’s…The Vine

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”

I AM’s…The Way, the Truth, the Life

There was a sermon a couple weeks ago about how Christianity is exclusive…yet very inclusive.  Jesus Christ offers salvation to ALL who believe.  If you trust in Jesus Christ, you will be saved.  No exceptions.  But it is ONLY through Jesus Christ.  There is no other way to heaven.  No other way to the Father.  Jesus is the only way.  Through Him we have eternal life.  That is the truth. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Way, the Truth, the Life”