Written:  Good  Friday,  April  22,  2011

 God came to earth as a human being in the person of 


Jesus Christ and willingly laid down His perfect life for 


sinful mankind. He assumed full responsibility for all our 


sins and took the punishment that we deserved.

Christ has not only spoken to us by  


His life, but has also spoken for us by 


His death.

Not one of us is beyond the reach of 


God’s saving grace 


(Isaiah 59:1).


It doesn’t matter who we are or what we have done. 

Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners 

(1 Timothy 1:15). 


All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God


(Romans 3:23).

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 IS THE

 

ALL

 

POSSIBILITIES 


MASTER.

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, 


the God of possibilities, 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 of all possibilities Who put the sun,


moon, and stars in the sky. 


Think about it... 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 


lawbut is brought to pass by 


the supernatural power of God.


Nothing is impossible with God.


The Scriptures are clear and certain... 

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 has 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.

When our Savior cried out from the cross, “It is finished” 


(John 19:30), our sin debt was forever paid in full. Jesus 


Christ saved us from a horrible, godless eternity.

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... 


"God is with us."

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 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. 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 is 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!

  

The effort to seek God is a 


gift from God. 


May we all wholeheartedly continue


 to seek after Him 


(Jeremiah 29:13).

Christ’s finished work on the cross saved us from eternal 


separation from God, and it also saved us from the power 


that our lower nature currently has over us in this life. 


Once we accept Christ, His Spirit lives in us and we are 


no longer controlled by the flesh. This freedom makes it 


possible for us to say “no” to our lower nature and 


overcome our enslavement to the wicked and unrighteous 


desires of the flesh.


Praise God, Christ 


conquered Satan and sin... 


on the Cross and saved us 


from eternal separation from 


God.

When our Savior cried out from the cross,

 


“It is finished” 


(John 19:30), 


our sin debt was forever paid in full.

May we never lose sight of Christ’s triumph on the Cross. 


‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of 


our faith. 

May we deny ourselves of anything that hinders our doing 


the Will of God. Let us take our wants and desires down 


from the throne and allow Jesus and His Will to reign 


over our lives, forevermore.

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