Tags: church, conversion, regeneration, repentance
The Meaning Of It All
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
What is the Bible about? Is there meaning to life? If so, what is that meaning? Is there order and sense to the things that happen in the universe? If so, how can we know, and what is the purpose of it all? These are among the most important of questions that we could ever ask; and they are the questions that are answered in our Bibles. They are also the questions to which we can find the answers in the book of Genesis, and specifically in the Creation Account.
The Existence Of God
There must be a source of all things. There must be a cause of all things. There cannot exist an effect without there first being a cause. The world did not come into being on its own…
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Tags: atonement, forgiveness, Good Friday, Jesus, shame
Here we are today on Good Friday, the day that is traditionally observed by Christians as the day that Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins.
What a wonderful thought it is that Jesus died for me!
Many others will write and say much more eloquent and profound things than I will today. That is fine. I simply wish to set before you what is on my heart at this moment in hopes that it will encourage you.
My thoughts are upon shame: my shame. I have been studying a bit about parenting, and I realize that I must grow to be a much better child of God so that I might be a better father to my two children. That causes me shame, because I want to be the godly dad that I should be; yet I know that I am not there yet.
My thoughts are upon shame: my shame. I have a past. In that past I have sinned. I have expectations for a future, and in that future I know that I will sin, because I’m a sinful human.
The glorious truth of Good Friday is that Jesus took my shame. He took my sin, guilt, shame, and condemnation upon Himself so that I would not have to suffer God’s eternal wrath because of them.
There is no condemnation for me, for I am in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1-4
Who hath believed our report?
And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of a dry ground:
He hath no form nor comeliness;
And when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men;
A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
And we hid as it were our faces from him;
He was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs,
And carried our sorrows:
Yet we did esteem him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities:
The chastisement of our peace was upon him;
And with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned every one to his own way;
And the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
Yet he opened not his mouth:
He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
So he openeth not his mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment:
And who shall declare his generation?
For he was cut off out of the land of the living:
For the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And he made his grave with the wicked,
And with the rich in his death;
Because he had done no violence,
Neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:
When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
He shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days,
And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:
By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;
For he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great,
And he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
Because he hath poured out his soul unto death:
And he was numbered with the transgressors;
And he bare the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors. — Is 53
C.S. Lewis’ famous trilemma is as follows:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall…
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