Amos: Greed and Justice

Idols and justice are common themes in the Bible. It is in our society as well, but idolatry comes more in the form of pride and greed. Who or what do we put first in our lives? And, how do we treat others? These are two questions that God was addressing through Amos.

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Hosea: God Waits for His People to Come to Him

God blessed Israel in so many ways, yet they abused those blessings by turning to false gods and trusting in themselves and others. He waits for His people to turn to Him. Like the prodigal son, He will be there and accept him with open arms and celebrate his return to Him. In the previous post, we discussed how God would turn from His people until they turn back to Him. But He is always there and will show mercy and grace to all who will accept it and trust in Him.

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Jesus’ Sacrifice and Glory in Isaiah

Long before Jesus came to this earth, there were prophesies throughout the Old Testament of His coming.  Many did not understand and many opposed Him.  But many believed and were redeemed through Him.  As we mentioned in the previous post, God had a plan for us through Christ.  And Jesus fulfilled scripture.  Isaiah 53 is just one example. Continue reading “Jesus’ Sacrifice and Glory in Isaiah”

It is Finished

 

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”

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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