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What Easter and Passover Are All About March 29, 2010

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Paul explains the meaning of the Bible in Romans.  For instance,

“It (righteousness) will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:24-25).

Some of the Bible passages he is explaining:

“…on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments:  I am the LORD.  The blood shall be a sign for you,…” (Exodus 12: 12-13).

“Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.  As many were astonished at you--his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind–so shall he startle many nations, kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand” (Isaiah 52:11-15 ).

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–everyone–to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5-6).

“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said….And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:6:18).

Then Paul sums it all up as follows:

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1)

To be justified means to be declared righteous –perfect, without sin, able to enter God’s presence and “walk” with Him like Adam and Eve did in the garden.  Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes that nothing else matters.  Knowing God is what life is all about.  Solomon found everything else to be empty in comparison.

Paul’s summation of the Bible then is that “The righteous shall live by faith” in Christ Jesus.  He is not ashamed to tell anyone. (Romans 1:16-17)

Have you seen your need to be declared righteous because what you thought was your righteousness isn’t good enough ?  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be “passed over” in the Day of Judgment; declared righteous and be found knowing God.

Here is something else to add to your knowledge about God so you can “rejoice in the Lord”(Philippians 3:1).  What a wonderful thing God has done for us.

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Knowing and Weeping March 20, 2008

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The details of Jesus’ life between Palm Sunday and Easter have been of particular interest to me over the years. Luke paints a contrasting picture between the palm-waving entry and Jesus’ tears of reality as He thinks about Jerusalem’s attitude toward Him. He knew the palms didn’t mean much. They really had rejected Him. They had hardened their hearts. They refused to hear! And He knew what sorrows lay ahead for them because of that. In less that forty years, the Romans would destroy the city, tearing it down rock by rock. He weeps as he predicts this judgment to come (Luke 18:41-44).

Often we have something to cry about. A friend’s failing marriage, perhaps. Cancer reoccurance. .Hearing that one in four teens have some kind of sexual disease to pass on to others. Or that our leaders still muck around with whomever and we have to hear the details on the evening news.

They could have known “the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” What things? As Paul would later explain, we have peace and hope only by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1-2). This was nothing new to the residents of Jerusalem. They knew the story of Abraham’s belief in God’s promise and how his faith was counted as righteousness. And now, Jesus had just raised Lazarus from death a couple of weeks earlier as a public demonstration of His power and claims. He was continuing to say He was the promised Savior and would be killed for our trespasses and raised for our right standing with God. In explaining this hardened unbelief, Paul quotes Isaiah’s prediction of a “spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear” (Romans 11:8). Hidden truths, blind eyes, deaf ears….

We can’t know or predict in the same way Jesus did.  Our knowing is limited; we don’t always know the whys. But, notice Jesus wipes His tears, then calls for the temple to be a house of prayer and continued proclaiming the good news of salvation each day (Luke 19:45-20:1). That is what we need to be doing too. So wipe away your tears, and keep on praying and telling others why you have hope. Jesus is alive! The Holy Spirit is with us.