Tag: Son of God

Awe at the death of The Son of God

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Matthew 27, Psalm 27, Proverbs 27

Key Scriptures: Matthew 27:51-54 “And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.  The tombs also were opened.  And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.  When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!””

Matthew described the events that took place immediately after Jesus cried out for the last time and gave up His Spirit.  First, the temple veil was torn, from top to bottom revealing the Holy of Holies.  Then there was a great earthquake, shaking rocks to pieces and opening sealed tombs, as well as a resurrection of saints from those tombs who showed themselves to many in the city.  The centurion and troops overseeing the crucifixion saw these events and made a faith confession:  “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Faith’s confession:  I believe that the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, opened the way for me to experience the presence of God.  I have a down payment now with the Holy Spirit in me but will fully experience Jesus at the resurrection and rapture.

Proverbs 27:12  “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”

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My Lord, My God!

Scripture reading for May 2nd:  1st Kings 18-20, John 20

Key Scriptures: John 20:26-28  “Eight days later, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.  Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then He said to Thomas, “Put your fingers here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side.  Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  Thomas answered, “My Lord and My God!””

Jesus appeared on several occasions to the disciples after His resurrection.  Thomas had missed the first of those times, and struggled to believe.  Jesus met him where he was and offered definite proof of touching His wounds in person.  Jesus fulfilled His Word completely.

1st Kings 17:23-24  “And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother.  And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.”  And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the Word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your patience to meet us each where we are and show us that You are alive and Your Word is truth. You are My Lord and My God. Amen.

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Love message!

Scripture reading for April 19th:  2nd Samuel 10-13, John 11

Key Scriptures:  John 11:25-27 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever  believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God who is coming into the world.””

Jesus had come to the grave of His friend, Lazarus, who had been dead for four days.  Martha, Lazarus’ sister, had ran to meet Jesus with a quiet faith, trusting that whatever Jesus would ask from His Father, God would do.  Jesus revealed Himself to her (and us) as the “resurrection and the life.”  Mary confessed her faith in Jesus as the Christ and Son of God.  Saving faith was released!

2nd Samuel 12:24-25 “Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon.  And the Lord loved him and sent a message by Nathan the prophet.  So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your love and revelation of who You are: “The Resurrection and the Life.”   I receive your revelation and love message today by faith in Jesus Christ, Son of God.  Amen.

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Grace through the torn curtain!

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Leviticus 2-4, Matthew 27

Key Scriptures: Matthew 27:50-54  “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook and the rocks were split.  The tombs also were opened.  And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.  When the centurion and those who were with him saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!””

Jesus, the Son of God, hung on a cross between heaven and earth, offering His own body and blood as the final sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the world.  He cried out to His Father one more time and gave up His spirit.  The earth shook, rocks were split, tombs were opened, saints were resurrected and the temple curtain was torn from top to bottom!  The Gentile centurion and those with him declared the divinity of Jesus, Son of God!

Leviticus 4:15,20-21  “And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the Lord, and the bull shall be killed before the Lord. . . .And the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, thank You for Your complete obedience to fulfill the law as the final and complete sacrifice for our sins.  May I always use the grace provided to approach Your throne through Your sacrifice.  Amen.

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Thankful for a Priest–forever!

Scripture reading for June 29th:  Psalms 107-111

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 110:2-4  “The Lord will extend Your mighty scepter from Zion; You will rule in the midst of Your enemies.  Your troops will  be willing on Your day of battle.  Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn You will receive the dew of Your youth.  The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind:  “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”” 

King David wrote the 110th psalm about a conversation he listened to described as  “The Lord said to My Lord:”  (Vs. 1)  This was a prophetic psalm that is quoted seven times in the New Testament and by Jesus Himself in three of the Gospels.  Jesus Christ, a son of David, and the Son of God would rule from Zion, even in the midst of His enemies.  He would be declared the Son of God through resurrection from the dead.  From the womb of the grave, at dawn of  the third day, He received the dew of His youth!  He was made a Priest forever–after the order of Melchizedek!

Rejoice in Jesus Christ:  “How is it that they say the Christ is the Son of David?  David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”  (Luke 20:41-43)

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Rejoicing in resurrection!

Scripture reading for April 5th:  1st Kings 16-19

Key Scriptures:  1st Kings 17:21-24  “Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”  The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.  Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house.  He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive.”

Elijah, the prophet of God, had been staying at a Sidonian widow’s house during the famine in Israel.  She had a son that became ill and died.  She accused Elijah of having something against her.  Elijah gathered her son in his arms and took him to his upper room.  There he interceded with God for the boy’s life!  God graciously answered with a type of resurrection!

Thankful for resurrection:  Lazarus, Jesus’ friend had died.  Jesus confronted the force of death with compassion and vision!  “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies: and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  “Yes Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”  (John 11:25-27)

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A son of God and Heir!

Scripture reading for August 19th:  Galatians 4

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Galatians 4:4-7  “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.  Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”  

God’s timing is always perfect!  At just the right time, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to redeem those under the law of God and in slavery to sin.  After paying for mankind’s sins on the cross of Calvary and raising from the dead by the Spirit of Holiness, Jesus and the Father sent the Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of believers.  This Gift of the Father testifies to us that we are now adopted ‘sons of God’ and heirs of the promises made to all who have faith.  Why would anyone want to go back under the law and it’s condemnation?  In Christ God has given us a full inheritance as His children!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers know the reality of becoming sons of God by faith in Jesus Christ and live a life of faith expecting the full inheritance of eternal life with God the Father!  “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant placers; surely I have a delightful inheritance.  . . .You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.”  (Psalm 16:6, 11)

 

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Boring genealogy?

Scripture reading for March 6th:  Luke 3

When most people read the Bible, they are confused by the lists of names, many that are unfamiliar and hard to pronounce.  These lists are often skipped to get to the ‘good stuff’!  But our Father cares about names and keeps records.  Individuals are important and  God knows each person by name!  God also honors His Word given to past individuals.  He never lies, but is a God of truth!

“Now Jesus Himself was about thirty years old when He began His ministry.  He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, . . .The son of David, the son of Jesse, . . . the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham,. . . the son of Shem, the son of Noah, . . . the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”  (Luke 3:23, 31-32, 34, 38)  Luke explained that it appeared that Jesus was the son of Joseph.  This is what some people thought, however, Jesus had been conceived by miraculous means and was really the Son of God!  (Luke 1:31-32) (Luke 3:22)  Joseph, however, was a descendant of David and that would make Jesus legally eligible to take the throne of David!  Jesus was also in the line of Abraham, and heir of the promises that through his Seed, all nations would be blessed!  (Genesis 12:3)  Jesus was also a son of Noah and his righteous son Shem.  In fact, Luke traced the righteous line all the way back to Adam and the promised “Seed of Woman” who would crush the head of the Serpent! (Genesis 3:15)

Genealogies are never boring in God’s Word!  They tell a story of God’s plans and His faithfulness to keep His Word.  Through faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, we are in His story too!

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The King of the Jews!

Scripture reading for March 2nd:  Mark 15

After an early-morning mock trial by the Jewish Sanhedrin, the Jewish leaders handed Jesus over to Pilate for the Roman trial.  Pilate asked Jesus, “Are You  the king of the Jews?”  “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.”  (Mark 15:2)  The Jewish leaders made many other charges, but Jesus remained silent.  Pilate was amazed that He did not speak out in defense, but admitted that He was king of the Jews!

It was Pilate’s custom to release a prisoner condemned to death to the crowd that had gathered.  He wanted to release Jesus and thought that the crowd would oblige him.  However, the chief priests stirred the crowd to ask for Barabbas, a man imprisoned with murderers. After flogging,  Jesus was handed over to be crucified.

The Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus also mocked Him by putting a purple robe on Him and a crown of thorns.  “And they began to call out to Him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”  (Mark 15:18)  In doing this, they placed on Jesus the symbol of the curse of sin and death brought on by Adam’s disobedience.  Jesus would bear the penalty of this curse as He hung on the cross for the sins of Adam’s offspring.  In His sinless body, He was made sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God.  (2nd Corinthians 5:21)

Jesus was placed on the cross about nine in the morning.  A written charge was nailed to the cross: “The King of the Jews.”  (Mark 15:25) At noon, darkness came over the land for three hours.  He cried out in a loud voice, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  (Mark 15:34)  “With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last.  The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”  (Mark 15:37-38)

 

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Jesus, King of the Jews!

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Matthew 27

“When they had crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots.  And sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.  Above His head they placed the written charge against him:  THIS IS JESUS, KING OF THE JEWS.”  (Matthew 27:35-37)  The Roman soldiers did their job with efficiency and part of their pay was the clothes of their crucified victims.  They gambled over these to see which one would receive the bounty!  In doing this, they fulfilled an ancient prophesy from a thousand years earlier!  (Psalm 22:18)  The sign they had placed at Pilate’s orders over the Jewish religious authorities objections proclaimed the eternal truth of who Jesus really was:  KING OF THE JEWS!

“In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked Him.  “He saved other,” they said, “but He can’t save Himself!  He’s the King of Israel!  Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.  He trusts in God.  Let God rescue Him now if He wants Him, for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”  (Matthew 27:41-43)  The religious leaders mocked Jesus’ faith in God and His relationship as “Son of God” and His claim as “King of Israel”.  Their unbelief lead to pride and the murder of the Son of God.

After Jesus gave up His Spirit to God, a great earthquake shook the land, splitting the curtain on the temple from top to bottom.  Tombs were opened and holy people were raised to life, appearing to many in Jerusalem.  This event shook the earth and the people in Jerusalem!  The centurion and soldiers guarding Jesus were terrified and proclaimed, “Surely He was the Son of God.”  Will you worship Him when He comes again, or be found mocking?

 

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