Glory, not wrath

Romans 5.9

“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” Romans 5:9

I can remember the first time I heard the seasoned Deacon sing, “I’ve Got a Reason to Shout.” It so blessed my soul!

I’ve got a reason to shout.
I was in darkness but God brought me out.
I’m here to testify and tell you about my wonderful reason to shout.

Yes, I praise Jesus for He brought me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9) by shedding His blood to cancel my guilt of not keeping the law. Yes, what a wonderful reason to shout! Jesus atoned my sins and now I am justified in God’s court of justice.

You have seen this: Justified – just as if I never sinned. The verdict is “case dismissed.” It is not that I have not sinned, but God sent a substitute who took my sentence upon Himself – Jesus, His Son and our Sacrificial Lamb who absorbed the wrath for all who trust in Him as Lord and Savior. He did this for whosoever will, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

It’s not that payment was not required. It was. Jesus absorbed the wrath that was due…love demonstrated in absolutely amazing grace and mercy! We deserve wrath but instead the True and Living God takes our sin upon Himself and calls those who trust in Him to share His glory! Hallelujah! Thank You, Jesus! Certainly, this is a Selah moment and reason to shout, bow in worship, and give our all and all to Him. Selah!

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” Romans 4:25 -26

For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10

They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. 1 Thessalonians 1:10

 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:14

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.  18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:16-18

Romans 8.18

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Why, oh why?

Genesis 50.20

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

Have you ever been present in a Bible Study, Sunday School class, or conversation as man tries to figure out, for certain, who is responsible for Jesus’ death? Was it the the Jews who cried out “crucify him, crucify him,” the Romans soldiers, Judas, Herod, Pilate, or the Sanhedrin?

The discussion/conversation usually ends with words that point us to the truth. The Word of God tells us and certainly His Spirit testifies to our spirit…we can have no doubt that it was human sin that caused Jesus to be on that cross. Certainly, the enemy was there and we cannot deny that man is responsible for the many horrible and sinful actions as Jesus was brutally mocked, suffered, bled and died at Calvary. I may not have been there in physical body but surely and most gratefully my sin nature and sins were present.

I am reminded that God so loved… that He gaveHis Son…for me. Jesus willingly suffered and gave His life…for the world, but for me. The intense suffering and death of Christ is called the Passion. Love so intense that what Satan meant for harm, God used for good that we would have eternal life.

I have always imagined that satan and his demons were dancing, having a party when Jesus said, “It is finished.” They thought that they had won when in reality God was saying, you meant it for harm but my purpose was for good. Peter preached it in Acts 4:

Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
Acts 4:27-28

The best commentary on the Word of God is the Word of God. This truth is confirmed:

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer…(Isaiah 53:10)”

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things (Romans 8:32)?”

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith (Romans 3:25).”

This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross (Acts 2:23).”

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father (John 10:17-18).”

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8).”

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 John 3:16).”

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).”

John 12.27

Absolutely amazing grace!
Selah!

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Why do I need to be saved?

Isaiah 59.2

“but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden His face from you
so that He does not hear.” Isaiah 59:2

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
11     there is no one who understands;
    there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
    not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves;
    their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14     “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3:10-20

“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
” Romans 6:23

Sin separates

John 3.16

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Getting my heart ready

John 11.25

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” John 11:35-26

There is a great celebration coming and I am preparing my heart day by day so the rocks will not cry out in my stead! Every day, every Sunday is Resurrection day in the live of a believer but if we were to look through every other day of the year, the one named Resurrection Sunday or Easter is my absolute favorite!

You see, I am know that I am not God. I also know He could tell me in even greater terms, but I know that I am a sinner saved by His grace through faith. Truly, it is amazing grace to “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are (1 John 3:1)!

I marvel that He chose me as His child, drew me to unto Himself, gave the measure of faith, and signed the adoption papers with His blood declaring my case dismissed! I can’t say ‘imagine that’ to this wonder for I don’t have to ‘imagine that’ for His Spirit testifies with my spirit and I have a deep, abiding assurance that it is true! Not only that but ‘He has rescued me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).

Jesus has placed the seal of His Spirit on me and He lives in me and is always making intercession for me as He sits beside our Father! My Lord and Savior has began a good work in me and I know that He will bring it to completion as He transforms me into His image with ever-increasing glory!

One day I will be given the great, awesome, and humbling privilege of seeing my precious Redeemer face to face and bowing at His feet at His throne in the New Jerusalem in praise and worship. Now that I can only imagine!

Sssssooooo the celebration starts now, in preparation of what we call Resurrection Sunday, in preparation of the New Jerusalem, in preparation of seeing the King of kings and Lord of lords, my Deliverer, Rescuer, and Advocate face to face…I ask Him to prepare my heart day by day. I pray you will take this journey with me and most of all I pray to see you at His feet!

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

In a loud voice they said: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” 13And I heard every creature in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor and glory and power forever and ever.” Revelation 5:12-13

Revelation 5.13

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Worthy is the Lamb!

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11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. Revelation 5:11-14

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,

who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God

    and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
    will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
    never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
    nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
    will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
    ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”  Revelation 7:9-17

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. Revelation 22

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The Exalted Word

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Psalm 138:2
You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word.

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.

Jeremiah 1:12 (ESV)
Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

1 Kings 8:56 (ESV)
Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV)
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

Matthew 24:35 (ESV)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Psalm  119:89 (ESV)
Forever, O Lord, your word 
is firmly fixed in the heavens.

Isaiah 55:11 (ESV)
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 40:8 (ESV)
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

1 Peter 1:25a (ESV)
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

TRUST ATrust

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Wisdom Wednesday

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It’s Wisdom Wednesday! Every day is Resurrection Day when we know Jesus!

I pray that you will enjoy these quotes and images and share your thoughts on the glorious gift we have been given in Christ. Blessed is His Holy Name!

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Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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“What just happened?”

1 Peter 1.18-19

As I pondered Easter Sunday, the Spirit of God led me to thinking about what was happening in Jerusalem the day the tomb was found empty.

Now, we know the religious leaders were plotting. Matthew 28:11-13 tells us that the guards told the chief priests everything that had happened. They in turn met with the elders and devised a plan. The guards were paid off and told what to say, “Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.”

We know the disciples were scared and hiding. John 20:19 tells us that when Jesus appeared to the disciples, they were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews.

So, okay. We know about those two people groups. But what about all of those who were not so close to the circumstances surrounding Jesus death and resurrection? Surely, they experienced it but really don’t have their hearts and minds around what is taking place.

What are they thinking? I mean, there has been an earthquake, darkness has overtaken the sky, and the sun stopped shining. There is a report that the curtain of the temple being torn in two. According to Matthew 27:52, “tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.” WOW! What just happened?

A lot has taken place. Jesus was crucified, buried, and now he’s missing. Surely, there was some people who were flat out confused. In my mind, I can hear someone asking the question, “what just happened?” Please, somebody, help me understand what just happened!

It’s a great question. One that needs an answer, even today for some. I believe 1 Peter 18-19 is an excellent place of response:

God just paid the necessary “ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”

This was necessary because the wages of sin is death, separation from God. Romans 3:21

God so loved the world that He just paid its ransom.
God just paid our death penalty.
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“You thought I was to die for”

Matthew 27.45a

So love and amazing grace and mercy!

Matthew 27:45-61 (NLT)

The Death of Jesus
45 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” 47 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. 48 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. 49 But the rest said, “Wait! Let’s see whether Elijah comes to save him.”
50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. 53 They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.
54 The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
55 And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), and the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee.

The Burial of Jesus
5As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, 58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. 60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. 61 Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.

So love and amazing grace and mercy…WOW!

“They did what your [The Father’s] power and will had decided beforehand should happen (Acts 4:28).”

“This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross (Acts 2:23).”

“Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10a)”

“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father (John 10:18).”

“You thought I was worth saving so YOU sacrificed Your life.” Anthony Brown

Blessed is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!

Romans 5.8c

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