We have been discussing Jesus’ words on the cross. God had a plan all along. Jesus proclaimed that He accomplished it. God spoke through Isaiah nearly 800 years earlier about this time. Daniel mentions the coming of the Messiah over 400 years earlier and gives a specific date. God’s message gave hope, and that hope was through Jesus Christ. Continue reading “God’s Plan Through Jesus and the Cross”
In the final moments of Jesus’ life on earth, He surrenders His spirit to the Father. His trust is in the Father. This is another example He sets for us…to put our trust in the Lord and surrender to Him. He is our strength. He is our Redeemer. Continue reading “I Commit My Spirit”
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.
Ever notice that Christians have these fancy terms that few if any other people use? And some of the words may have a different meaning in scripture than how the average Joe would use it (like faith). Some of these terms are critical to the gospel message. I tried to make sense of it all and I hope I can explain in a way that is easy for all of us to understand. As I studied these, it was quite interesting to see how these words are used in the Greek and throughout the scriptures. I don’t know Greek, but googling the Strong’s definitions of the Greek/Hebrew terms and looking at the context in the Bible has helped quite a bit. We will discuss some of these terms in the next few posts. Let’s begin with the scripture that is the heart of the gospel message and incorporates most of these terms. I hope you read on and that God blesses you and gives you and me more insight. Continue reading “What’s that mean?”
What does it mean to be sanctified? Sanctification is one of those big words mostly used in Christian circles. What exactly does it mean? Is it something we are given? Something we have to do? Do we obtain it when we receive salvation or is it a process? This is a discussion that I have heard recently with conflicting answers so I thought I would look into it. In the old testament, it is used to mean “to make holy or set apart.” It usually was something God decided to do for His people, an individual or His temple. It was something He declared. So what does it mean for believers?
I looked up the Greek term using e-sword (www.e-sword.net) to learn what the Greek terms are and what they mean. From what I gathered, there are a couple different words and different uses (I found a few in particular: hagaismos, hagios, and hagiazo). I am no scholar or anything near to that, but they seem to be derivatives of the same word. They basically mean “sanctification, consecration, purification.” To purify, make holy, set apart (for God’s glory or to do His work). It is the process of making or becoming holy. Clear as mud, right? Let’s look at the New Testament scriptures to see how the word is used. Continue reading “Be Sanctified”