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Necessary for the Christ

June 15, 2018

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Necessary for the Christ

Christ” is a Greek word meaning  “anointed” one,  or “Messiah“.     “Messiah” is a Hebrew word for  “the great Deliverer of Israel“.     When Jesus is called  the Christ  and our Messiah,  we are saying He was anointed  from the beginning  to deliver us  from our sins.

Some people believed that  and others didn’t.     Some of those  who did not believe Jesus was the promised Christ and Messiah  were so vehemently angry  about Jesus’ claims  that they had Him crucified.     But,  Jesus rose  from the dead,  according to scripture,  and spoke with many  about His being our Savior  from sin.    Since not even Jesus’ disciples  really understood  that Jesus would be resurrected  from the dead,  they just never expected  to see Him again.     Their only thought was  that the dead  soon decay.

When the resurrected Jesus met  with the two disciples  on their way to Emmaus,  they did not recognize Him  as they dwelt only  on their total dejection  and sadness.     Because Jesus fully realized  their inability  to understand,  He said to them  in Luke 24:25-27,

“O foolish men  and slow of heart  to believe  in all that the prophets  have spoken!     Was it not necessary  for the Christ  to suffer these things  and to enter into His glory?”

And beginning with Moses  and with all the prophets,  He explained to them  the things concerning Himself  in all the Scriptures.

These men loved Jesus  and they believed His teachings,  but did not fully understand  what had happened  or why things had to be  that way.     Jesus did not proceed  to show them  in scientific terms  how He was raised  from the dead.     The proof of Jesus’ resurrection  was not in the “how”  of science.

The proof of Jesus’ resurrection was perfectly laid out  in all of the Old Testament.     It is the word  of God  that is eternal and almighty.     What God says  is what goes,  so “it was necessary  for the Christ  to suffer these things  and to enter  into His glory.”      Based on the power  of God’s word,  Jesus explained  all the prophecies  throughout the Scriptures  that repeatedly prophesied  over thousands of years  that the Savior would suffer and die  a horrible death  to pay for the sins  of all mankind.

But,  Scripture did not leave it  at that.     It also prophesied  that the Savior would then  enter His glory.     That is be bodily resurrected  with eternal life.     If those disciples had understood all  of the prophecies  in the Old Testament, they would have anticipated Jesus’ resurrection.

It’s the same with us.     If we would come  to know all  of Scripture,  we could see all  of God’s proof  laid out over thousands of years  of fulfilled prophesies.     It’s not scientific.     It’s the power  of God’s word  to do exactly  as He has promised.

We don’t always have the power  to make our promises  come true.     That is why God’s power  to always make His word come true  should give us pause  to think.

What are we going  to do about it?     It surely was prophesied.     It surely came true  in Christ Jesus.     What is there to doubt?     What is there  to be afraid of?

Are we afraid  to admit  that we are a sinner  and ask for God’s forgiveness?     Do we really think  He won’t forgive us  after He has already suffered,  died,  and rose — and promised  that He would forgive absolutely everyone  who comes to Him?

In the light  of God’s eternal word,  we have a few facts  that we need  to own up to.     What are we going to do  about this Christ — this Messiah — in our life?

As we turn  to our Lord Jesus  in humble repentance,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love and patience  with us  is ever so faithful.     Blessed be Your Name.     Create  in us a clean heart  and a right spirit  that we may always live  in the truth  from now on.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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