Why Did Jesus Come?

Most of us know the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We know that He died for our sins.  How?  Why did He have to die for our sins?  That could be a complete study in itself.  All have sinned.  All of us are guilty.  God is just and there is a payment that is needed to cleanse us of our sins.  We must be “clean” to be in His presence.  So God, in His justice and His love, provided a way to pay the penalty.  He provided a sacrifice.  The sacrifice must be pure, must be clean, without blemish.  Only in His Son, is this possible.  He loved us so much that He provided His Son to pay that penalty.  Jesus took the sins of all the world, placed them on His shoulders and gave His life on the cross.  That is what Good Friday is all about. Continue reading “Why Did Jesus Come?”

What is Palm Sunday About?

Many celebrate Palm Sunday, the week before Easter.  For Jews, it is the start of the Passover.  Jesus and His disciples comes to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread.  It was a time to commemorate God’s deliverance of the nation.  Jesus came to deliver the world.  A week later, He would be betrayed, arrested, mocked, beaten, stripped and crucified, and resurrected on the third day after His death.  Jesus came to this earth for that purpose.

So what is the significance of Palm Sunday?  What was it about?  It was described in all four gospels.  It was prophesied in the Old Testament.  I think it was significant for a few reasons.  First, it was proclaimed to all of Israel that He was the Messiah.  Many Jews flocked to Jerusalem.  When they saw Jesus, they worshipped Him.  Many worshipped Him because it was shortly after He raised Lazarus from the dead and they either witnessed this firsthand, or heard of the news of what Christ had done.  Second, He was fulfilling prophesy and it was time to reveal who He was and why He had come. Continue reading “What is Palm Sunday About?”

Love and the Commandments

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God is gracious and loves His children.  Jesus came to save the world and fulfill the law.  He gave us a new covenant, that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ.  The  Lord has come to save us, Jew and Gentile alike.  The law was brought to us to show us that we could never be righteous enough to obtain salvation on our own.  We should not ignore God’s commandments, though.  God’s commands are good and His ways are best for our lives.  As one who is born again, a person follows the commandments of God and live by the Spirit because we love Him.  We obey God not to gain salvation, but because of it.

Jesus taught us that it is not about the act of obedience, but the heart and desire to obey our Lord. The teachers of the law asked Jesus about God’s commandments.  They were always focusing on the doing, but Jesus taught people to take it a step further and to do things out of love. Continue reading “Love and the Commandments”

God’s Word is Life

God’s word is more than a book to read, it is a way to live.  Do you want to know God’s will?  Read the word.  Do you want God to speak to you?  Read the word. Continue reading “God’s Word is Life”

Carry Your Own Cross

cross in water.jpgIt is such an awesome thing when someone decides to believe in Jesus Christ.  Believing in Jesus Christ is different than just believing that He is real and that He is the Son of God.  It takes surrender.  It takes following Him and obeying His commands.  Those of us who confess that we are believers in Christ, do we do these things?  Let us surrender to Jesus and remember that our old self is dead and hung on the cross with Jesus (see my post, “Christ in Me”).  We are a new creation in Christ Jesus (see my post, “God’s Grace Frees Us from Sin”).  I thank God that He did this for me and changed my life!  He did it for you, too.  I hope that you take this opportunity to surrender to Him and be free.  Free from your sin, free from your past. Continue reading “Carry Your Own Cross”