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In our text the meaing is different, however. The English word ‘rapture’ is derived from the Latin rapere, meaning to seize. It corresponds to the Greek verb harpanzo, which Paul uses here, and which expresses suddenness and violence, as when the centurion ordered his troops to take Paul by force in order to rescue him from possible lynching. (Acts 23:10) Just so those still alive at the Parousia will be ‘swept up’ (JBP) or ‘snatched up’ (Best, pp. 180, 197-199) together with them in th clouds. The parallel between versus 15b and verses 17 is impressive. According to verses 15b ‘we who are still alive, sho are left…’ will not precede the Christian dead. According to verse 17 ‘we who are still alive and are left’ will be caught up together with them. The negative and positive statements dovetail. So far from forestalling them, we shall join them. The purpose of this violent action (whose agency is not identified) will be not only to unite the Christian living with the Christian dead (together with them), but also to unite them with Christ (to meet the Lord). Once more Paul’s concern is revealed, namely that the living, the dead and the Lord will be together. The truth that the redeemed with meet the Lord is expressed by another technical term (apantesis). ‘When a gifnitary paid an official visit (parousia) to a city in Hellenistic times, the action of the leading citizens in going out to meet him and escort him back on the final stage of his journey was called the apantesis.’ (Bruce, p. 102) 
Many details of this heavenly ‘meeting’ are omitted. For example, there is no reference in verse 17 to the Christian living being ‘changed’ (as in 1 Cor. 15:51-52), any more than there was in verse 14 to the Christian dead being ‘raised’. Both are assumed. Further, it is not clear how literally we are to understand our being caught up…in the clouds. We know from Jesus himself that his coming will be personal, visible and glorious, but we also know from him that it will not be local (‘There he is!’ ‘Here he is!’) but universal (‘like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other’) (Lk. 17:23-24). Presumably, therefore, our going to meet him will also transcend space. As for the ‘the clouds’, they are to every Bible reader a familiar and easily recognized symbol of the immediate presence of God – a the Exodus(Ex. 13:21; 14:19), on Mount Sinai(Ex. 19:16; 24:15), filling the tabernacle(Ex. 40:34-35), during the wilderness wanderings(Ex. 40:36-3, at the transfiguration of Jesus(Mk. 9:7), at his ascension(Acts 1:9), and at his glorious appearing (Dn. 7:13; Mk. 13:26; 14:62; Rev. 1:7). The reference to ‘the air’ may be equally symbolic, for it was thought of as the dwelling-place of the devil and his demons (Cf.Eph. 2:2). ‘The fact that the Lord chooses to meet his saints there, on the demons’ home ground so to speak, shows something of his complete mastery over them’(Morris, NICNT, p.146) 

The last time the church is spoken of and the word itself even used is in the beginning of Revelation it is never spoken of again, only Israel and the Nations are spoken of, why? because the Church is gone….caught up! having met the Lord in the air 
Bobby Stott says as He thinks, just as we all do i will finish with words from an old hymn 
Christ Returneth 
It may be at morn, when the day is awaking 
When sunlight thro’ darkness and shadow is breaking, 
That Jesus will come in the fullness of glory, 
To receive from the world “His own”. 
Chorus 
O Lord Jesus, how long? 
How long ere we shout the glad song? 
Christ returneth, Hallelujah! 
Hallelujah! Amen, 
Hallelujah! Amen 

It may be at midday, it may be at twilight, 
It may be, perchance, that the blackness Of midnight 
Will burst into light in the blaze of His glory, 
When Jesus receives “His own”. 

While hosts cry Hosanna, from heaven descending 
With glorified saints and the angels attend 
With grace on His brow, like a halo of glory, 
Will Jesus receive “His own”. 

Oh, joy! Oh delight! should we go without dying’ 
No sickness, no sadness, no dread and no crying; 
Caught up through the clouds with our Lord into glory, 
When Jesus receives “His own”
 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 
Titus 2;13 http://keepingthefaith.forumwise.com/keepingthefaith-post-22772.html

 

Ce ne spune Biblia despre cea de a doua venire a Domnului Isus ?

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THE GREATEST FATHER OF ALL

 BECOMING A CHILD OF GOD
*  Acts 4:10, 12 “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom ye crucified, Whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole….Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
*  John 1:11-12 “(Jesus) came unto His own, and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the (children) of God, even to them that believe on His name.” 
*  Romans 10:9-10 – “…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
*  Galatians 3:26 – “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD BY ADOPTION

*  Romans 8:15 – “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
*  Ephesians 1:2-6 – “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:  having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in The Beloved.”

AS HIS ADOPTED CHILDREN, WE HAVE GOD AS OUR FATHER

*  Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”
*  Matthew 6:1 – “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them:  otherwise ye have no reward of your Father Who is in heaven.”
*  Matthew 7:11 – “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?”
*  Matthew 18:14 – “Even so it is not the will of your Father Who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
*  Luke 6:36 – “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
*  Luke 12:32 – “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
*  John 20:17 – “Jesus saith unto her, Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.”

SOMETIMES, IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN!

*  1 John 3:1-2 – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the (children) of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017

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JESUS’ REAL FOOD – OBEYING THE FATHER

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“He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4).

Above all, Satan’s temptations of Jesus Christ solicited His rebellion against the Father. But Jesus had come to earth to do the Father’s will and nothing else. In fact, His will and the Father’s were preciselythe same (John 5:30; cf. 10:30; Heb. 10:9).

Case in point: In the ultimate test of obedience, just prior to His arrest and betrayal, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”. . . “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done” (Matt. 26:39, 42). This supreme example of absolute trust and submission by Jesus to His Father is what Satan tried to smash. In his proudest and wickedest manner, the enemy attempted to fracture the Trinitarian nature of the Godhead.

But Christ, in His immeasurable humility and righteousness, replied to Satan’s first words, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” All three of our Lord’s responses to Satan would begin with the simple but straightforward appeal to the Word of God—“It is written” (cf. Ps. 119:11). In quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, Jesus affirmed that believers are far better off depending on God and waiting on His provision than they are in grabbing for their own satisfaction—something we all are tempted to do.

Ask Yourself

You may feel unsure of what God’s will is for you, but much of it is spelled out clearly in Scripture. How well are you obeying the aspects of His will that have already been revealed to you? In seeking to know His plan, a good place to start is always obedience to His Word.

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Iubitii nostri,

 Va trimitem cele mai alese salutari si binecuvantari la acest inceput de an!Ne rugam ca Domnul Dumnezeu sa va binecuvinteze ,sa va foloseasca la potential maxim si sa va umple de bucuria LUI! Fiti ucenici si faceti ucenici pt Domnul Isus!

Fie ca inimile noastre sa slaveasca in adorare, nepretuitul dar -ISUS HRISTOS- si bucuria mintuirii pe care El a adus-o in vietile noastre: viata vesnica impreuna cu Tatal, Fiul si Duhul Sfint.

Va dorim un An Nou binecuvintat, plin de roada pentru Imparatie.

Maranatha!

Inca un an ~ Poezie pentru anul nou
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PENTRU ASTĂZI – IANUARIE 2017

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1 IANUARIE ANUL ACESTA CERE-I LUI DUMNEZEU UN PLAN

„Eu știu gândurile pe care le am cu privire la voi” (leremia 29:11)

Dumnezeu spune: „Eu știu gândurile pe care le am cu privire la voi …gânduri de pace ,,, ca să vă dau un viitor și o nădejde…. Mă veți ruga, și vă voi asculta” (v. 11-12). Anul acesta cere-i lui Dumnezeu un plan. E dureros să joci un rol pentru care nu ești potrivit. E ca și cum ai umbla cu niște pantofi care nu-ți sunt buni. Așadar, la ce te pricepi? Ce îți place cel mai mult să faci? Ce realizări te fac să te simți cel mai bine? Enumeră cinci momente din viața ta în care ai fost deplin conștient de acest sentiment de împlinire. Asta spune ceva despre scopul tău, nu? Dacă banii nu ar fi o problemă, cu ce ti-ai umple ziua? Ce ai face diferit față de ceea ce faci astăzi? Care este pasul pe care îl poți face chiar acum – să dai un telefon, să scrii o scrisoare, să trimiți un email – ca să te apropii mai tare de chemarea ta? Ce ai învățat despre scopul tău prin eșecurile avute? Este evident că anumite domenii nu fac parte din chemarea ta? Pe cine admiri pentru felul în care si-a folosit darurile? De ce te asemeni cu acele persoane? Ce poți învăța despre ele? Cum ai descrie viziunea ta pentru anul acesta? Sau peste cinci ani de acum încolo? Sau peste zece ani? Care sunt oamenii din viața ta care înțeleg cu adevărat cine ești tu? l-ai întrebat care cred ei că ar putea fi scopul tău? ți-au dat vreo indicație despre modul în care cred ei că ar trebui să-ți folosești talentele? Pentru ce dorești să fii ținut minte? Acum, când începi Noul An, cere-i lui Dumnezeu planul Său.

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A purtat El Însuși păcatele noastre în trupul Său pe lemn, pentru ca noi, fiind morți față de păcate, să trăim pentru dreptate; prin ale cărui răni ați fost vindecați. Pentru că rătăceați ca niște oi, dar acum v-ați întors la Păstorul și Supraveghetorul sufletelor voastre.
1 Petru 2.24,25

Nu trupul Domnului a purtat păcatele noastre, ci El Însuși a purtat păcatele noastre în trupul Său. Isaia 53.10 ne spune: „Își va aduce sufletul Său o jertfă pentru vină“. Sufletul este sediul simțămintelor și al emoțiilor. Suferințele îndurate de Domnul în sufletul Său n-au putut fi văzute de nimeni și au fost mai adânci decât ne putem închipui. Purtarea păcatelor noastre a constituit o jertfă completă, o jertfă care a ispășit în mod perfect toate păcatele oricărui credincios.

Domnul a murit pentru lumea întreagă, ca Jertfă de ispășire, în sensul că, datorită morții Lui pe cruce, caracterul sfânt și drept al lui Dumnezeu a fost glorificat și astfel îndurarea divină poate fi arătată tuturor oamenilor. Domnul nu a purtat păcatele tuturor oamenilor, ci ale „multora“, adică ale celor care L-au primit – El „S-a adus o singură dată jertfă, ca să poarte păcatele multora“ (Evrei 9.28). Jertfa Lui a fost suficientă pentru toți, însă doar cei care Îl primesc prin credință beneficiază de ea.

El a purtat păcatele noastre, de aceea noi nu trebuie să mai avem nimic de-a face cu păcatele. De asemenea, moartea Lui a însemnat sfârșitul păcatului, iar cei credincioși sunt văzuți de Dumnezeu ca fiind morți față de păcat și perfect eliberați, pentru a putea trăi „pentru dreptate“.

Cuvintele „Prin rănile Lui suntem vindecați“ nu fac referire la rănile pe care I le-au provocat oamenii, ci la acele răni provocate de judecata cumplită a lui Dumnezeu, în timpul celor trei ore de întuneric de la cruce. Aceste răni au adus o vindecare spirituală perfectă. Fiind astfel vindecați, cu siguranță că singura atitudine potrivită din partea noastră, a celor care Îi aparținem, este să trăim zilnic supunându-ne de bunăvoie voinței Lui și ascultând de Cuvântul Său.  L M Grant AICI E TOATA LUNA:

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Volumul IV

Psalmii 42-89; Ezechiel; de la Luca la 2 Corinteni

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Psalmul 42

         Odată cu acest început de an deschidem şi noi cea de-a doua carte a Psalmilor. Din punct de vedere profetic, ea se aplică perioadei când rămăşiţa credincioasă dintre iudei, per­secutată de Antihrist, va fugi din Ierusalim. Versetele 2,4 şi 6 din Psalmul 42 exprimă în special durerea pricinuită de acest exil. In acelaşi timp, multe dintre cuvintele ei, ca şi cele din prima Carte a Psalmilor, pot fi puse în gura Domnului Isus, a Celui care a suferit mai mult ca oricine din cauza răutăţii poporului Său (de exemplu, v. 7 şi 10).

         Putem găsi vreun tablou care să sugereze mai expresiv sus­pinele sufletului însetat după prezenţa lui Dumnezeu, aşa cum o face versetul 1? Ce bine ar fi să însetăm şi noi după această prezenţă a lui Dumnezeu ori de câte ori vreun păcat întrerupe comuniunea noastră cu Domnul Şi să-L putem cunoaşte per­sonal pe Domnul sub acest Nume scump: Dumnezeul vieţii mele” (v. 8)! Aceasta corespunde şi devizei apostolului, după cum ne mărturiseşte el însuşi: „Pentru mine, a trăi este Hristos” (Filipeni 1.21). Hristos este Acela care, an de an, doreşte să ne conducă viaţa şi să ne-o umple cu acest conţinut preţios inimii.

         „Unde este Dumnezeul tău?” întreabă cu ironie necredin­cioşii (v. şi 10; comp. cu Matei27.43)Chiar dacă ei nu-L văd, partea mea să fie aceasta, de a şti întotdeauna, zi şi noap­te, unde să-L găsesc, pentru a-mi înălţa spre El, cu preţuire, cântarea mea şi rugăciunea mea (v.8).

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Duminică, 1 Ianuarie 2017

… Eu voi fi cu tine, cum am fost cu Moise; nu te voi lăsa,

nici nu te voi părăsi.Iosua 1.5

Voi fi cu tine

Aceste cuvinte de încurajare le-a spus Dumnezeu lui Iosua, când stătea cu poporul Israel la malul Iordanului. Pustiul se afla în spatele lor, iar țara promisă, dar încă necunoscută, în fața lor. Acum trebuiau să o ia în posesie.

După moartea lui Moise, Dumnezeu l-a pus pe Iosua conducător al poporului Său. Curajul lui Iosua ar fi putut scădea când se gândea la nestatornicia poporului și la puterea dușmanului. Dar Dumnezeu l-a întărit și i-a promis: „Nu te voi lăsa, nici nu te voi părăsi“.

Apoi, Iosua a repetat poruncile lui Dumnezeu în fața celor două seminții și jumătate, ale căror familii nu voiau să treacă Iordanul, iar acestea au promis că vor face tot ce le-a poruncit. Astfel, Iosua a avut promisiunile lui Dumnezeu și intențiile bune ale poporului. Dumnezeu Și-a ținut promisiunea și a adus poporul în țara bună. Poporul, dimpotrivă, a dat greș în unele privințe.

Și noi stăm astăzi la o graniță – în fața unui an nou, care este necunoscut înaintea noastră. Cum vrem să trecem această graniță? Cu intenții bune? Poate. Dar de câte ori nu am avut intenții bune, dar nu le-am putut îndeplini complet, pentru că ne-a lipsit puterea! Nu vrem să ne bazăm mai mult pe promisiunile Dumnezeului nostru mare? El are voința și puterea să le îndeplinească. De aceea, pe pragul acestui an nou, să punem piciorul nostru în credință pe fiecare promisiune a Sa!

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PROMISES FOR MOTHERS

A mother’s world is filled with many responsibilities and concerns, so God offers you encouragement through the promises he has made…9781682161913 (1)

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1)WHEN YOU ARE CONCERN ABOUT YOUR FAMILY’S FUTURE…..

JEREMIAH 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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2)WHEN YOU NEED WISDOM…..

JAMES 1:5 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.13100854_624890404334835_1420654826407315661_n

 

3)WHEN YOU ARE WORRIED….

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.13010702_1127598330604308_2195016766885806535_n

4)WHEN YOU NEED ASSURANCE…

JOHN 5:24 

 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.12744486_988823351191823_117360577066220669_n

5) WHEN YOU CAN’T MAKE ENDS MEET…

PHILIPPIANS 4;19 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.13103391_625579624265913_5215495635092760681_n

 6)WHEN YOU’VE HAD A ROUGH DAY…

ISAIAH 41:10 

Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
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7)WHEN YOU FACE DIFFICULT PROBLEMS….

HEBREWS 4:16 

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8 )WHEN YOU WANT YOUR HUSBAND TO FOLOW THE LORD

1PETER 3 1-2

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.13086776_624778857679323_6199777762159513725_o

9)WHEN THERE ARE FAMILY TENSIONS

COLLOOSIANS 3:12-14 

Put on then, ………compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.13087469_624783027678906_477550763040840861_n12974372_1127511877279620_345363894144104183_n

10)WHEN GOD DOESN’T SEEM REAL TO YOU

JEREMIAH 29: 13-14

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord,13094136_624334441057098_8259037539118615887_n

11)WHEN YOU WONDER IF GOD LOVES YOU…ROMANS 5:8

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12)WHEN YOU NEED FORGIVNESS  1 JOHN 1:9 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.13118963_625204580970084_7276740988428897293_n

13)WHEN NO ONE SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND YOU  

PSALMS 139:1-2

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
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14)WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE GIVING UP

2CORINTHIANS 12:9 

…“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

PHILIPPIANS 4:13

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VERSES English Standard Version (ESV) http://www.goodnewstracts.org

https://www.crossway.org/tracts/promises-for-mothers-2739/

 

 

 

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 OUR PASSOVER LAMB10552571_1564555450472203_1095884821233938201_n13076632_1188660301151933_5684932331029755454_n5695passover

 Passover is the time of year that the Jewish people remember their miraculous release from slavery in Egypt.  It was instituted by God and the details are very specific as recorded in the Book of Exodus. And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Exodus 12:1-2. This should get our attention. The first month on the Jewish calendar is Nissan and on the 10th day of Nissan a lamb was to be chosen. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats” Exodus 12:5. The lamb was to be perfect and was to be cared for. On the fourteenth day of Nissan the chosen lamb was to be killed and his blood put on the side posts and the upper door post of each household where the lamb was to be eaten. That night the Lord would move through the land of Egypt and the firstborn of both man and beast would die. The blood of the lamb was the only protection for the household. Only obedience to God would allow the firstborn of a household to be protected. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.” Exodus 12:14. It all happened just as God said and the Israelites were freed from bondage. God wanted them to remember what He did for them. Passover is celebrated to this day but there is a much deeper meaning to Passover. It was fulfilled by Jesus.

The Passover story is familiar to us and it is prophetic. Like all of the Jewish feasts, Passover is about Jesus. This important feast celebrates the Israelites being set free from Egyptian bondage, but by allowing Himself to be sacrificed, Jesus set us free from the bondage of sin and death. When He rode into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey He fulfilled many prophecies, including one in Daniel which foretold the exact day He would be hailed as the Messiah. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.“Daniel 9:25. Calculations based upon this prophecy reveal that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the exact day foretold in Daniel. When He traveled to Jerusalem on that final journey He knew that the time was right and He would be hailed as the Messiah, but then He would be sacrificed…crucified. Years before this John the Baptist had recognized Him as the Lamb of God, and Jesus truly is our perfect Lamb The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29. Jesus truly was the once for all sacrifice to take our sin away. There is no more monumental event in history than Jesus’ crucifixion, except for His resurrection.

Jesus rode on a donkey colt into Jerusalem and the people hailed Him as Messiah…the people had chosen Him. Unlike the Passover lamb that was treated gently from the time of selection until its quick sacrifice, Jesus would not be treated kindly. In those final few days He would have disputes with the Jewish leaders and ultimately be betrayed by one of the twelve men who followed Him. After His arrest He endured beatings, scourging, mocking, and pure brutality. They spit on Him, pushed a crown of thorns onto His head, and put a purple robe on Him to mock His claim to be King. Pilate stood Him before a crowd of angry people and asked them if he should set Jesus free or a robber named Barabbas. The crowd called for the release of Barabbas, but gave the frenzied cry“ Crucify Him!” when Pilate asked them what he should do with Jesus. Then, the Lamb of God was sent to the slaughter. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.” John 19:17-18. The Passover lamb was slaughtered quickly, but Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” was beaten unmercifully and then nails were pounded into His hands and His feet. He hung on the cross for hours, dying slowly. He looked down at His mother and gave the responsibility for her care to John and He watched as the Roman soldiers gambled for His garments. In spite of all that was done to Him, His love and forgiveness was not shattered. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:34. His forgiveness is still available to us today.

Jesus had gone to Jerusalem knowing full well what He faced there, but He went willingly. At the last meal He shared with His disciples, He told Judas to go and do what he had to do…to go and betray Him. He kept silence during the illegal trial and the beatings. He carried His cross to His own crucifixion. Jesus, God the Son, had never been separated from God the Father because He was sinless and perfect, even in His human form. But as He hung on that cross He took our sins upon Himself and for the first time ever the perfect Lamb of God felt separation from God the Father because sin separates us from God. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is being interpreted, My god, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” Mark 15:34. The sin that you and I should be condemned for was fully paid for on the cross. Jesus’ blood was shed for each and every person who has ever lived and who ever will live. It’s up to each of us individually to accept or reject that gift of salvation. That gift is free for the asking, but cost Jesus dearly.944057_208770469472928_700770130468267408_n

Jesus fulfilled prophecy with precise timing, and after all things were accomplished, He chose the timing of His death. “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost.”John 19:28-30. It was finished. The blood of the Lamb was shed for you and me. We can look back and see the fulfilled prophecies and know that only His blood can redeem us. Those who followed Him were not so sure. They had followed Him and believed He was the Messiah, but now He had died. They feared that they would be the next ones crucified because they had followed Him.1957996_458968030964218_935759081704337320_n

For many reasons the burial was swift and they were unable to tend to His body the way they should have. At the first hint of light on the first day of the week a handful of women went to care for the body. Their grief was heavy as they walked to the tomb. A large stone had been placed at the entrance and they weren’t sure how they would be able to move it, but on they went. When they reached the tomb they were met with an astonishing sight. The stone had been rolled away! And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:5-6. Can you imagine their joy! Jesus was risen from the dead! He’s alive!!

     From Exodus to Daniel to the Resurrection, the date is clear. God has gone to great lengths to establish when the Passover is to be celebrated and therefore when Christ was hailed as the Messiah, offered as the perfect sacrifice, and resurrected. In spite of that most Christians choose to celebrate Christ’s victory over the grave on a different day called Easter. That day is not related to the Jewish Passover. It occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox. That day is based upon a pagan celebration and the traditions surrounding it have nothing to do with Christianity. Is it wrong to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection on this pagan holiday? Each person needs to decide individually.Let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17. We belong to Christ and therefore we have freedom. Jesus fulfilled the Law and we need to be careful that we don’t return to the Law because that is not where salvation is found, but the date of His final entry in to Jerusalem, the day of the crucifixion, and the day of the Resurrection all seem important to God. We need to pay attention. Salvation is through Christ, but we need to honor Him in all our ways. Does coloring eggs and eating chocolate bunnies make you a pagan? No, but you need to be sure that you are identifying with Christ. We know that His sacrifice was during the Passover celebration which foreshadowed Him. It seems important to God that we know when Christ’s victory over death occurred. This year, 2016, Passover begins at sundown on April 22. Take time to read through Exodus chapter 12 and then read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ final week and also read through the Resurrection. Christ took our sins upon Himself and won the victory over death. Never forget that or take it lightly.

The blood on the door posts of the Jewish households so long ago protected them from death on that night of the first Passover. The blood of “…the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” applied to your heart is the only means by which you can be protected from eternal death. Celebrate our true Passover Lamb.

God bless you all,

Nathele Graham

www.straitandnarrowministry.com

ron@straitandnarrowministry.com

Ron Graham’s previous commentaries archived at http://www.raptureready.com/featured/graham/graham.html

 

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