Written:  Good  Friday,  April  22,  2011

Jesus has existed as one with the Father


since the beginning...


before time and before anything was created. 



Jesus' life did not begin at the moment of conception.


Jesus came into the world from pre-existence.


Jesus is the only baby born into this world


who existed before His birth.



John 1:1; 17:5


Jesus' human birth was a unique experience...


never replicated on any level!


Jesus is God, the Son, 


manifested in the flesh,


justified in the Spirit,


sent by God, the Father, to dwell with man.


Immanuel - God is with us.


God is universally present in person,


in understanding, and in power at all times.

When Joseph learned that Mary was pregnant,


he did not know the supernatural circumstances


surrounding the conception.


Matthew said that when Joseph found out


that Mary was pregnant he,


being a righteous man... did not want to disgrace her.



Joseph planned to send her away secretly;


however, God intervened.


An angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream


and told him not to be afraid to marry Mary,


as the Child conceived in her...


was an act of the Spirit of God...


in the womb of a virgin.



The Child she carried was the Son of God.

God arranged the orbits of the earth and the moon


so that the earth would come


between the sun and the moon periodically


and eclipse the light of the moon.



This same God,


who arranged the orbits of the earth...


the sun and the moon...


 also used Mary, an average young woman,


to aid in the birth of His only begotten Son.



 "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus,


for He will save His people from their sins."

All of this took place to fulfill what was spoken by God


through the prophet.

The Bible prophesied hundreds of years in advance,


before the birth of Christ, the coming of God's Son.

"God with us"


was the baby’s distinctive identity.

It was foretold, by Isaiah,


Jesus would be born of a virgin.


The Bible teaches that


God Almighty was supernaturally conceived


in the womb of a virgin.


Matthew 1:23

Luke's gospel relates Mary's encounter


with the angel Gabriel,


who explained that God will bring


an unexpected addition into her family.


He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest.



Then Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be,


since I do not know a man?'


And the angel answered and said to her, the Holy Spirit


will place God's Son in your womb.


Matthew 1:35


A simple peace and composure guided the exchange


between Mary and Gabriel.

The complexity of the Universe

is not a product of random chance.


The Universe, our Galaxy, our Solar System, and the Earth

were intelligently designed, on purpose, by God.


God created everything visible and invisible,

and nothing was created except through God.


Scripture teaches that 


God Almighty


allowed Himself 


to be supernaturally conceived


in the womb of a virgin.



This is the same God who put the sun,


moon, and stars in the sky.


This same God has the power

to place the promised One in a virgin’s womb.


Let us be reminded...


a miracle is an event that would be impossible


by natural law,


but is brought to pass by


the supernatural power of God.



Nothing is impossible with God.


The Scriptures are clear

and certain that God is ultimately...

incomprehensible to us.


God is able to do immeasurably more

than we can comprehend.


God can say...

"BE"...

and it will be!


God is limitless in every quality He possesses. 

According to Ephesians 3:20,

God is able to do above and beyond anything

we could ever ask, think, or imagine.

God's promise came to earth


in an unadorned package of human innocence,


without any ostentatious boastfulness or vanity.



Jesus was born in an obscure village, 


in Bethlehem,


in a stable, to a virgin.



The promised one entered human life


while still being totally divine.


The idea of the humanity of Jesus


co-existing with His supreme divinity


is difficult for some to comprehend,


but God does not always do things


the way we would do them... 


God is God.



Scripture teaches that we can have an honest

and personal knowledge of God, 

but this does not mean

we will ever completely figure God out.


God can never be fully known.

God will always be an inexplicable enigma

to our finite and limited understanding.


It is impossible for the finite

to sufficiently or totally define God because

God is Spirit...

Infinite Spirit!

Mary is a model believer. She took God at His word.


God's choice of Mary to carry


His only begotten Son comes from God's grace...


not from any intrinsic asset that Mary possessed.



Mary did not ask for or seek this role in God's plans;


God simply stepped into Mary's life


and brought her into His service.



Mary's distinction was her faithfulness.


Mary should be recognized, 


not worshiped,


for her model of faithfulness


and her receptiveness to serve God.

We can never fully comprehend God's whole being.


Our limited faculties are incapable


of defining or fathoming the greatness of God.


God's majesty far exceeds anything we can comprehend.



God's greatness, power, grace, holiness, thoughts, ways,


justice, wisdom, and God's past, present, and future 


judgments are perfect and beyond our perception.



God is beyond and greater than what any of us


can know or understand.


God is Infinitely above anything and everything


we can attempt to discern or express. 



God who is larger than the universe...


created and sustains the whole world!



This same God... humbling Himself...



became an embryo.



His nourishment was from 


a young virgin.

Jesus Christ, God the Son, was born in a manger.


The complexity of the unusual conception


and birth of Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God,


is one of the Bible's most amazing miracles.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, 


as predicted.



 “O Bethlehem Ephrathah,


you are but a small Judean village,


yet you will be the birthplace of my King


who is alive from everlasting ages past!”


Micah 5:2



 Jesus entered into this world 


in a lowly manner.


Jesus went from the throne of heaven...


to being born in a stable


and laying in a long open box


or trough that horses and cattle used


to eat and drink water from.



Jesus went from the presence of angels


to a humble structure filled 


with animals!

Jesus was poor; He was despised;


He was tempted; He was persecuted;


He suffered physical pain;


and He endured the sorrows


of a prolonged and most atrocious death...


on the cross.



Jesus faced all the same kinds of trials


 and tests we are subjected to... 


and more.



Because Jesus had these human 


experiences


He could sympathize and empathize



with our weaknesses, struggles, and 


temptations.



Jesus had been there and gone through it all.


Jesus is fully aware of and sensitive to...


the feelings, thoughts, and experiences we now have.



Jesus' humanity enabled Him


to sympathize with our human frailties


 in ways others never could.


Jesus lived a human life,


but He did not possess a sin nature as we do.


He grew up in still another village called Nazareth,


where He worked as a carpenter


until He was thirty years of age.


  Then for three years He was a wandering preacher.


Jesus was tempted, but never sinned. Because Jesus did not

 

have a human father... He did not inherit a sin nature.


He possessed the divine nature from God,


His Heavenly Father.


Jesus was introduced by a messenger, as foretold.

( John the Baptist)
Jesus was rejected by the Jews, as predicted.

So... by Jesus' own words, He offers this proof,


"The Son of Man is going to be delivered


into the hands of men, and they will kill Him.


And when He is killed, after three days He will rise." 

Not for one moment does Jesus cease

 to be righteous.

“Then I will pour out the spirit of grace and prayer


on all the people of Jerusalem.


They will look on Him they pierced,


and mourn for Him as for an only son,


and grieve bitterly for Him as for an oldest child who died.  

Zechariah 12:10

One of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear,


and blood and water flowed out. 


John 19:34

Jesus was pierced in His side, as prophesied.

"The enemy, this gang of evil men,


circles Me like a pack of dogs"


When the soldiers had crucified Jesus,


they put his garments into four piles,


 one for each of them.


But they said, “Let’s not tear up His robe,” 


for it was seamless.


“Let’s throw dice to see who gets it.”


This fulfilled the Scripture that says,


“They divided My clothes among them


and cast lots for My robe."


John 19:23-24

According to John 4:10, it is not our love for God:


it is God's love for us in sending His Son


to be the way to take away our sins.

As foretold,


Jesus would suffer crucifixion.

Jesus endured the cross. 


As He hung on the cross, 


the judgment and wrath of God


was poured out on Him instead of on us.

Jesus was born into this world,


taking on human flesh, 


for one purpose.



Jesus was the only person 


in the history of the world


who was born to die.


All people die, but death is not our life’s purpose.

Each of the prophecies were fulfilled precisely,


although, predicted hundreds of years before time.


The most compelling and dramatic example


of sacrifice and substitution for our punishment is...


Jesus' blood shed on the cross for us.

May we bless Jesus' Name,


and proclaim Christ as Sovereign 


over life and death!

Under normal conditions...


a person’s greatest accomplishments


are completed while he or she is still alive,


but think about what Jesus achieved


through His death.


Christ has not only spoken to us 


by His life


but has also spoken for us 


by His death.

 Jesus was saying, "Yes,


I'm the Messiah, the King,


but I came not to live, but to die.


I'm not here to take power,


but to lose it;


I'm here not to rule,


but to serve.


And that's how I'm going to defeat evil


and put everything right."

Christ gave His perfect life 


for sinful mankind.


He assumed full responsibility for all our sins


and took the punishment that we deserved.

“In a moment of weakness we may cry out,


‘No one knows what it is like. No one understands’


But the Son of God perfectly knows


and understands,


for He has felt and bore our burdens


“And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice...


He has perfect empathy


and can extend to us His arm of mercy.”

Trust...

God knows what suffering feels like.

Jesus was the final, perfect sacrifice


that satisfied forever God's wrath against sin 


(Hebrews 10:14).

Jesus' divine nature made Him fit


for the work of Redeemer;


His human body allowed Him


to shed the blood necessary to redeem.

As humans with a sin nature...


we could never pay such a debt.


We could never meet the requirements


to become the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

If Jesus were merely a good man, as some claim,


then He had a sin nature and was not perfect.


Had that had been the case...


Jesus' death and resurrection


would not have had the power to save us.

Because Jesus was and is God in the flesh,


Jesus alone could pay the debt...


that we owed to God. 

Sooner or later, all of us will need the Savior.


We all make mistakes we cannot resolve.


We will all experience losses we cannot recover,


and face pains, persecution, tragedies, burdens,


and disappointments we cannot handle alone.


The Good News is...


we don’t have to handle any of them alone.


Let us always remember and never forget:


No matter who you are or who you were...

May we return to the Word


and tell our children


about the price Jesus Christ paid


for our salvation.

The Greatest Man in history...


His Name is Jesus.

In spite of all that Jesus went through,


three days later the boulder,


that formerly sealed the tomb,


had been rolled away from the tomb.


The body was gone! 


Only the grave linens were found in the tomb.


Critics and followers of Jesus agreed that the tomb


was empty and the body was gone.

The Resurrection of Jesus


 is important for many reasons.


It witnesses to the immense power


of God Himself.


In resurrecting Jesus from the grave,


God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty


over life and death.


Jesus' victory over death and the grave 


won the victory


for everyone who puts their trust in Him


(John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 17). 



To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God.


God is all powerful, and 


God has the power


to raise the dead.

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

 Jesus' supreme evidence of deity was


His own resurrection from the dead.


Several times in the course of His life,


Jesus predicted the way He would be killed


and affirmed that three days later...


He would rise from the dead...


and He did!

Only God who created life can resurrect it after death,


only God can reverse the hideousness 


that is death itself,


and only God can remove the sting 


and gain the victory over the grave. 


1 Corinthians 15:54-55

Our God became Man, died for our sins,


and was resurrected the third day.


The grave could not hold Him.


The Resurrection brings life meaning,


direction, and the opportunity to start over...


regardless of our circumstances.  

Jesus had no servants;


yet they called Him Master. 

Jesus washing the feet of the disciples


 was the display of His humility and His servanthood.

Jesus Teaches Truth.


Jesus had no degree;


yet, they called Jesus


Teacher.


Jesus had no medicines; 


yet, they called Jesus


Healer.

Jesus healed every


disease and sickness among the


people.

Jesus had no army; 


yet, kings feared Jesus.

He won no military battles; 


yet, Jesus conquered the world.

Jesus committed no crime; 


yet, they crucified Him.

Jesus was buried in a tomb; 


yet, He lives, today!

It was impossible for death


to keep its hold on Jesus.


- Acts 2:24

When problems try to bury you on Friday...


always remember and never forget...


Sunday's on the way!

May we always remember and commemorate


the death and resurrection of


Jesus Christ,


our Friend, our Leader, our Guide,


our King, and our Savior!


 

May we all wholeheartedly continue to 


seek after Him 


(Jeremiah 29:13).

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