Written:  Good  Friday,  April  22,  2011

Jesus' fundamental mission on earth was to 

fulfill God's plan "To seek and to save the lost" 

(Luke 19:10). Jesus was aware of His purpose, 

even from a young age (Luke 2:49), and 

actively sought out to accomplish it.

The purpose of Christ's coming 

was to save the sinners.

Jesus was very compassionate. He would visit 

and dine with sinners, share with them, and show

 them the love of God. (Luke 5:32). In fact, He was 

often criticized for spending too much time with 

"sinners," individuals who the self-righteous 

religious authorities of the day had rejected and 

cast away.

 Jesus not only spent time with such people, He 

actively sought them out, because His mission was

 to save those who needed saving.

During Jesus' ministry He purposefully made 

it a point to extend forgiveness to the outcasts.


Jesus offered them a new life... a fresh start.

Christ was aware that God's plan for Him 

included dying on the cross to right wrongs for 

the sin of those who put their faith in Him... and

 to rise again from the dead to triumph over both

sin and death. 

 God came to earth as a human being, in the 

person of Jesus Christ. In His humanity, Jesus 

cared for those in need (Matthew 25), taught 

God's truth, carried out God's purpose, and served 

as a faithful friend (John 13).

Jesus willingly offered His life in order to save others. 

Jesus laid down His perfect life for sinful mankind. 

He assumed full responsibility for all our sins and

paid the price. Jesus took the punishment that we 


Christ not only ministered to us and

taught us by His life, but He has also 

spoken for us and taught us by His 


God gave us life; the Spirit of life; newness of 

life; eternal life and abundant life because of the 

depth of His' loving-kindness and most tender 


None 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 always existed as One with the Father, 

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

The birth of Jesus was a unique 

event that has never been 

replicated on any level!

Jesus is God, the Son,

manifested in the flesh, justified

 and exalted in the Spirit, 

sent by God, the Father, 

to dwell with man.

Immanuel - 

God is with us.

God is universally present in person, in wisdom, 

in understanding, and in power at all times.

The Person and the Work of Jesus Christ are 

the centrathemes of the Scriptures

He is God. He evolved into a human being, 

died by crucifixion, and was buried. 

He was resurrected from the dead. 

He alone is the world's 

all-sufficient Savior.

He will return again to this earth. 


Joseph was unaware of the extraordinary 

circumstances surrounding Mary's conception 

when he found out she was pregnant. According 

to Matthew, Joseph, a righteous man, did not

want to disgrace Mary when he discovered she

 was pregnant. God spared her from Joseph's 

secret plan to send her away. In a dream, an

angel of God urged Joseph not to be fearful of

 marrying Mary,as the child she carried was 

conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a


The Child Mary carried 



the Son of God.






"... the things which are impossible 

with men are possible with God."

Luke 18:27

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.

God arranged the earth and the 

moon's orbits so that the earth

would periodically pass

 between the sun and the moon

 and eclipse the light of the 


The complexity of the Universe 

is not a result of random chance. 

The Universe, our Galaxy, our Solar System, and 

the Earth were wisely, skillfully, and intelligently 

designed by God. God created everything visible 

and invisible,and nothing was created except

 through God.

The same God,

 Who orchestrated

the orbits of the 

earth, the sun, 

and the moon... 

also enabled

 Mary, an 

ordinary young

woman, to aid

 in the birth of 

His only



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 comprehend or 

express. God, Who is 

greater than the universe...

 created and sustains the

entire world!

This same Power would

bring an unexpected 

addition into Mary's life.

"Jesus is Himself the greatest miracle

 of them all," declares the Scriptures.

Scripture teaches that God (Jesus) was 

supernaturally conceived in the womb of

 a virgin. This is the same God who put the

 sun, moon, and stars in the sky.

Let us remember... a miracle is an event that 

would be impossible under natural lawbut is 

brought to pass by the supernatural power 

of God.

The Scriptures are unequivocal in their declaration

that God is ultimately... incomprehensible to us.

God is able to do immeasurably 

more than we can comprehend.

God could say...


and it will be!

God is limitless in every attribute He possesses. 

According to Ephesians 3:20, God is able to do 

above and beyond anything we could ever ask,

 think, or imagine.

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

The Bible prophesied hundreds of years in 

advance, before the birth of Christ, the 

coming of God's Son. All of this occurred 

to fulfill what God declared 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.

The gospels of both Matthew and Luke place 

the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

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.

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.

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!

God... humbled Himself... became an embryo... 

bound in flesh. His nourishment was from

 a young virgin.

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.

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 angelsto a humble structure 

filled with animals!

Jesus was Servant of all, and He went about

 doing good. However, when He came to 

visit His hometown of Nazareth, He was 

rejected by both the people in His own 

hometown and His own family members. 

He came to His own people to set up the

 promised kingdom of God, but His own 

people rejected Him and His hometown 

of Nazareth gave Him little or no respect.

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


Jesus has been there and gone through it all.

 Jesus is fully aware of and sensitive to... the 

feelings, thoughts, and experiences we now 


Jesus' humanity enabled Him 

to sympathize with our human

 frailties in ways others never 


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 


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 criticized, persecuted

 and rejected as predicted.

🤔 Some people are so bound up with jealousy,

 envy, greed and self-righteousness... they can 

not bring themselves to see the truth. These people 

knew Jesus came from God, but they were so 

bound up with legalism and religiosity that their 

eyes were blinded to the truth that Jesus was 

God incarnate

The beautiful healings that were performed 

by Jesus Christ were twisted into something 


They labeled Jesus a blasphemer and sinner 

Who made Himself to be equal with God, 

which infuriated the religious leaders of

 the day. For this reason, they sought all

 the more to kill Jesus.

They spat in Jesus' face, struck Him with their 

clenched fists on His temples and tormented Him.

 Others slapped Him with the open palm of their

 hands. They blindfolded Him and cursed Him. 

Jesus was even beaten by some of the council. 

They too, ridiculed Jesus. He was falsely 

accused by so-called witnesses, unjustly 

condemned by His judges, and insulted by 

all. They continued to strike Jesus and even 

beat Him with a whip before He was 


This was the greatest contempt and most 

disgraceful punishment which could 

possibly be shown.

Jesus died on the cross for us all... even the

 very same people who crucified Him. 

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.

The Romans led Jesus to a place called 

Golgotha which means Place of a Skull.

Matthew 27:31-33

Jesus was pierced in His side, 

as prophesied.

One of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with

 a spear, and blood and water flowed out.  

John 19:34

"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 saved man. Jesus is grace, love, 

compassion, forbearance, patience, humility,

 care, and tolerance. So much of the work 

Jesus did was the redemption of man. 

As for His disposition, it was one of compassion

 and love, and because He was compassionate 

and loving, He had to be nailed to the cross 

for man. 

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 


They pounded the nails through 

Jesus' hands and feet.

They set up the cross and 

hung Jesus there.

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.

The Romans murdered the Son of God.

When Christ died on the cross, 

He paid the price for our sin.

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 offered up Himself 

in His entirety.

 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."

“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

“In a moment of weakness we may cry out, 

‘No one knows what it is like. No one 


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.”


God knows what 

suffering feels like.

Jesus became the Sacrificial Lamb and faced 

an agonizing death because of you and me.

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 


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 


If this 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 Main 

history... His Name is 


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 


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.

It was impossible for death 

to keep its hold on Jesus.

Acts 2:24

He was buried in a tomb, yet,

He lives today.

When Jesus Christ rose from the grave, He 

broke the power of sin and death in the

lives of all who believe.

“Death has been swallowed up in 


 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 

aftedeath. 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

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 


Jesus was a Servant. Mark 10:45 teaches, 

"For even the Son of Man came not to be served

 but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom

 for many."

 Philippians 2:6-7 says, "though He was in the 

form of God, [He] did not count equality with 

God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, 

by taking the form of a Servant."

Jesus washing the feet of the 

disciples was the display of His 

humility and His servanthood.

Jesus was perfect and never sinned as a person, 

despite temptations from the devil 

(Matthew 4:1-10). 

Jesus quoted God's Word to resist temptation

 and avoid sin. Hebrews 4:15 teaches Jesus was

 "one who in every respect has been tempted

 as we are, yet without sin."

Jesus Teaches Truth.

Jesus had no degree; 

yet, they called Jesus 


Jesus was perfect in wisdom. Even at a young 

age, the religious teachers recognized this attribute,

 "And all who heard Him were amazed at His

understanding and his answers" 

(Luke 2:47).

Jesus was a great teacher. Following His 

Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, 

we are told, "And when Jesus finished these

 sayings, the crowds were astonished at His

 teaching, for He was teaching them as one

 who had authority, and not as their scribes"

 (Matthew 7:28-29).

Jesus was a person of compassion. He saw

 the people as sheep without a shepherd

(Matthew 9:36), met their needs for hunger 

(Matthew 15:32), and wept at the tomb of 


(John 11:35).

Jesus was a miracle worker. The Gospel writers 

record at least 35 miracles by Jesus. Many 

additional miracles were clearly not mentioned 

(John 21:25).

Jesus had no medicines; 

yet, they called Jesus


Jesus was a Healer. Numerous healings 

by Jesus are recorded in the Gospels. 

Matthew 14:14 notes, 

"When He went ashore He saw a great crowd,

 and He had compassion on them and healed

 their sick."

Jesus healed every disease and sickness 

among the people.

Jesus had no army; yet, 

kings feared Jesus. 

Jesus won no military battles; 



Jesus conquered the 


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

Jesus' life provides a perfect example 

for us today to live as those focused on 

God's priorities and honoring the Lord 

with our lives.

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, Leader, Guide, 

our King, our Well-spring

of Life, the Light, our Savior 

Who can save the 

sinner, heal the hurting and rescue 

the perishing.

The love of God for mankind appeared in 

the person ofthe Lord Jesus Christ Who, 

went up on the cross without the slightest 

self-regard, laid down His life for the sin 

and redemption of the whole of mankind.

Jesus Christ stretched wide His arms of love

 and willingly gave up His life for His friends...

for you and for me.


The effort to seek God is 

gift from God. 

May we all wholeheartedly 

continue to seek after Him. 

.Jeremiah 29:13.

Jesus did for us... what we could not do 

for ourselves. 

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.

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.

Thank You Father for Your Love towards me, 

and for the abundance of Your gift of Life, 

which is simply through faith in the Person 

of the Lord Jesus and His work on the cross.

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 forget the price Christ paid for 

our sin, for we were not redeemed with 

perishable things like silver or gold, but with 

His precious blood.

Jesus is fully God and fully man, but He chose 

to set aside His heavenly glory and come to 

earth in the form of a man, and live the perfect 

life the Father wants all of His people to live - 

a life totally dependent on HIM; a life that 

listens to His voice; a life that obeys His voice; 

a life that is walking in spirit and truth; a life 

that dies to self and lives for Him - a life that is


willing to say NOT my will but Thine be done, 

so the Father may be revealed.

Thank You, Father, for allowing Jesus to come

 to earth and turn our bitterness into sweetness. 

We have been saved by Your grace. May we 

keep low at the cross and broken before You.

May we live our lives in a way that is pleasing 

to God so that through us God's life-giving

love may stream out to those who are lost and 


Jesus not only spoke about love, He provided 

powerful actions to match His teachings. John 13 

offers a clear example in which Jesus washed the 

feet of His disciples to teach them to serve one 

another in humility. His death on the cross offered 

the most powerful evidence of love "in deed and 

in truth." He endured suffering, ridicule, and death 

from those who should have recognized Him as

 the Messiah. Yet, His actions also included His

 resurrection, offering love in action that changed

 the course of history.

Jesus lived and endured this world in human 

form. Jesus taught and loved others, while 

pointing them to the Father. Jesus then 

conquered death, hell, and the grave.

‘Let us fix our eyes on...


the Author and Perfecter 

of our faith. 

The path to living a godly life is not easy. 

But the solution is found in Christ, Who 

came to earth as a man, was proved 

immaculate and pure in His Spirit.

Christ gave His perfect life 

for sinful mankind.

He assumed full responsibility for all 

our sins and took the punishment that 

we deserved.

We have been saved by grace through 

believing. May we never lose sight of 

Christ’s triumph on the Cross. 

Jesus shines forth the radiance of the glory

 of God, for He is the exact image of the

 essence of God, and upholds all things by 

the word of His power. He is the visible 

representation of the glorious, eternal, 

invisible God, who has invited us all to


Christ calls all to draw close to Him. He alone 

can lift the heavy yoke of the bondage of sin

 and set the captives free. And Jesus' 

invitation is open to all who will believe on 

His Name.

''Come To Me,"

is an invitation for the broken-hearted

 soul and the burdened sinner. 


just as you are.

Come unto Me, all you who labour and are 

heavy laden, and I will give you rest. This 

promise of rest that Jesus offers is a rest that 

He freely gives. It cannot be earned or purchased. 

The rest He offers is freely available as God’s gift

 of grace. It is true rest for the soul and perfect

 peace in our heart. This offer is to whosoever will

 COME to Him for salvation.

The invitation to 

"Come" is from Jesus... 

and contains no limitations 

or restrictions. 

Jesus will turn no one away.

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