THE SEVEN WORDS OF JESUS ON THE CROSS   Leave a comment


 

Christ Jesus died on the Cross to redeem mankind, to save us from our sins because of his love for us. As recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Holy Bible, Jesus Christ was mocked, scorned, and tortured in the praetorium. He carried his cross up the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem to Calvary, was nailed to the Cross and hung between two common criminals, and suffered an indescribable end, recalled by the Church on Good Friday of Holy Week. 

One may meditate on the Passion of Christ by reflecting on his Seven Words on the Cross or by a devotion known as the Way of the Cross. 

When religious pilgrimages to the Holy Land ended with military occupation of Jerusalem in the Middle Ages, a popular devotion known as the Way of the Cross arose during Lent retracing the Passion, Crucifixion, and Death of Jesus. The fourteen Stations of the Cross are (1) Pilate condemns Jesus to death; (2) Jesus takes up his Cross; (3) He falls the first time; (4) Jesus meets his sorrowful mother Mary; (5) Simon helps carry the cross; (6) Veronica cleans his face; (7) He falls the second time; (8) Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem; (9) He falls the third time; (10) Jesus is stripped of his garments; (11) Jesus is nailed to the cross; (12) Jesus Christ dies on the cross; (13) He is taken down from the cross; (14) Christ is laid in the tomb. 

my lord jesus
Here are his
 Seven Words, the last seven expressions of Jesus Christ on the Cross recorded in Scripture. 

                                                     THE FIRST WORD

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Gospel of Luke 23:34

Jesus is looking down from the cross just after he was crucified between two criminals. He sees the soldiers who have mocked him, scourged him and tortured him, and who have just nailed him to the cross. He probably remembers those who have sentenced him – Caiaphas and the high priests of the Sanhedrin. Pilate realized it was out of envy that they handed him over (Matthew 27:18, Mark 15:10). But is Jesus not also thinking of his Apostles and companions who have deserted him, to Peter who has denied him three times, to the fickle crowd, who only days before praised him on his entrance to Jerusalem, and then days later chose him over Barabbas to be crucified?

Is he also thinking of us, who daily forget him in our lives?

Does he react angrily? No! At the height of his physical suffering, his love prevails and He asks His Father to forgive them!

Right up to his final hours on earth, Jesus preaches forgiveness. He teaches forgiveness in the Lord’s prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Matthew 6:12). When asked by Peter, how many times should we forgive someone, Jesus answers seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22). At the Last Supper, Jesus explains his crucifixion to his Apostles when he tells them to drink of the cup: “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:27-28). He forgives the paralytic at Capernaum (Mark 2:5), and the adulteress caught in the act and about to be stoned (John 8:1-11). And even following his Resurrection, his first act is to commission his disciples to forgive: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).

THE SECOND WORD

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Gospel of Luke 23:43

Now it is not just the religious leaders or the soldiers that mock Jesus, but even one of the criminals, a downward progression of mockery. But the criminal on the right speaks up for Jesus, explaining the two criminals are receiving their just due, whereas “this man has done nothing wrong.” Then, turning to Jesus, he asks, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). What wonderful faith this repentant sinner has in Jesus – far more than the doubting Thomas, one of his own Apostles. Ignoring his own suffering, Jesus mercifully responds with His second word.

The second word again is about forgiveness, this time directed to a sinner. Just as the first word, this Biblical expression is found only in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus shows his Divinity by opening heaven for a repentant sinner – such generosity to a man that only asked to be remembered!

THE THIRD WORD

“Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.” 
Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”

Gospel of John 19:26-27

Jesus and Mary are together again, at the beginning of his ministry in Cana and now at the end of his public ministry at the foot of the Cross. What sorrow must fill her heart, to see her Son mocked, tortured, and crucified. Once again, a sword pierces Mary’s soul: we are reminded of the prediction of Simeon at the Temple (Luke 2:35) . There are four at the foot of the cross, Mary his Mother, John, the disciple whom he loved, Mary of Cleopas, his mother’s sister, and Mary Magdalene. He addresses his third word to Mary and John, the only eye-witness of the Gospel writers.

But again Jesus rises above the occasion, and his concerns are for the ones that love him. The good son that He is, Jesus is concerned about taking care of his mother. In fact, this passage offers proof that Jesus was the only child of Mary, because if he did have brothers or sisters, they would have provided for her. But Jesus looks to John to care for her.

St. Joseph is noticeably absent. The historic paintings, such as Tondodoni by Michelangelo and The Holy Family by Raphael, suggest Joseph was a considerably older man. St. Joseph had probably died by the time of the crucifixion, or else he would have been the one to take care of Mary. Early Christian traditions and the second-century apocryphal Protoevangelium of James held that Joseph was a widower, and his children by his former wife were the “brothers and sisters of Jesus.”

Another striking phrase indicating Jesus was an only child is Mark 6:3, referring to Jesus: “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” Now if James, Joses and Judas and Simon were also natural sons of Mary, Jesus would not have been called the “son of Mary,” but rather “one of the sons of Mary.”

THE FOURTH WORD

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34

This was the only expression of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Both Gospels related that it was in the ninth hour, after 3 hours of darkness, that Jesus cried out this fourth word. The ninth hour was three o’clock in Judea. After the fourth Word, Mark related with a horrible sense of finality, “And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed his last” (Mark 15:37).

One is struck by the anguished tone of this expression in contrast to the first three words of Jesus. This cry is from the painful heart of the human Jesus who must feel deserted by His Father and the Holy Spirit, not to mention his earthly companions the Apostles. As if to emphasize his loneliness, Mark even has his loved ones “looking from afar,” not close to him as in the Gospel of John. Jesus feels separated from his Father. He is now all alone, and he must face death by himself.

But is not this exactly what happens to all of us when we die? We too are all alone at the time of death! Jesus completely lives the human experience as we do, and by doing so, frees us from the clutches of sin.

His fourth Word is the opening line of Psalm 22, and thus his cry from the Cross recalls the cry of Israel, and of all innocent persons who suffer. Psalm 22 of David makes a striking prophecy of the crucifixion of the Messiah at a time when crucifixion was not known to exist: “They have pierced my hands and my feet, they have numbered all my bones” (22:16-17). The Psalm continues: “They divide my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots” (22:18).

There can not be a more dreadful moment in the history of man as this moment. Jesus who came to save us is crucified, and He realizes the horror of what is happening and what He now is enduring. He is about to be engulfed in the raging sea of sin. Evil triumphs, as Jesus admits: “But this is your hour” (Luke 22:53). But it is only for a moment. The burden of all the sins of humanity for a moment overwhelm the humanity of our Savior.

But does this not have to happen? Does this not have to occur if Jesus is to save us? It is in defeat of his humanity that the Divine plan of His Father will be completed. It is by His death that we are redeemed. “For there is one God. There is also one mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as ransom for all” (I Timothy 2:5-6).

THE FIFTH WORD

“I thirst.”

Gospel of John 19:28

The fifth word of Jesus is His only human expression of His physical suffering. Jesus is now in shock. The wounds inflicted upon him in the scourging, the crowning with thorns, and the nailing upon the cross are now taking their toll, especially after losing blood on the three-hour walk through the city of Jerusalem to Golgotha on the Way of the Cross. Systematic studies of the Shroud of Turin, as reported by Gerald O’Collins in Interpreting Jesus, indicate the passion of Jesus was far worse than one can imagine. The Shroud has been exhaustively studied by every possible scientific maneuver, and the scientific burden of proof is now on those who do not accept the Shroud as the burial cloth of Jesus.

“He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, 
so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness.
 
By his wounds you have been healed.”
 
I Peter 2:24.

THE SIXTH WORD

When Jesus had received the wine, he said,”It is finished;” 
and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit.

Gospel of John 19:30

It is now a fait accompli. The sixth word is Jesus’ recognition that his suffering is over and his task is completed. Jesus is obedient to the Father and gives his love for mankind by redeeming us with His death on the Cross.

The above painting is meant to capture the moment.
What is the darkest day of mankind becomes the brightest day for mankind.

And the Gospels as a group captured this paradox. The Synoptic Gospels narrated the horror of the event – the agony in the garden, the abandonment by his Apostles, the trail before the Sanhedrin, the intense mockery and torture heaped upon Jesus, his suffering all alone, the darkness over the land, and his death, starkly portrayed by both Matthew (27:47-51) and Mark (15:33-38).

In contrast, the passion of Jesus in the Gospel of John expresses his Kingship and proves to be His triumphant road to glory. John presents Jesus as directing the action the entire way. The phrase “It is finished†carries a sense of accomplishment. In John, there is no trial before the Sanhedrin, and gone are the repeated mockeries and scourging. But rather, Jesus is introduced at the Roman trial as “Behold your King!†(John 19:14). Jesus is not stumbling or falling as in the Synoptic Gospels, but the way of the Cross is presented with majesty and dignity, for “Jesus went out bearing his own Cross†(John 19:17).

And in John, the inscription at the head of the cross is pointedly written “Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews†(John 19:19). The inscription INRI at the top of the cross is the Latin Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum. The loved ones of Jesus are with Him, and He decisively gives his Mother Mary to the disciple who loved him.

When Jesus died, He “handed over” the Spirit. Jesus remained in control to the end, and it is He who handed over his Spirit. One should not miss the double entendre here, for this may also be interpreted as His death brought forth the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel of John gradually reveals the Holy Spirit. Jesus mentions living water in John 4:10-11 when he meets the Samaritan woman at the well, and during the Feast of Tabernacles refers to living water as the Holy Spirit in 7:37-39. At the Last Supper, Christ announces he would ask the Father to send “another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth” (14:16-17). The word Advocate is also translated as Comforter, Helper, Paraclete, or Counselor. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you” (14:26). The symbolism of water for the Holy Spirit becomes more evident in John 19:34: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.” The piercing of his side fulfills the prophecy in Zechariah 12:10: “They will look on me whom they have pierced.” The piercing of Jesus’ side prefigures the Sacraments of Eucharist (blood) and Baptism (water), as well as the beginning of the Churchs.

THE SEVENTH WORD

 

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

Gospel of Luke 23:46

The seventh word of Jesus is from the Gospel of Luke, and is directed to the Father in heaven, just before He dies. Jesus recalls Psalm 31:5 – “Into thy hands I commend my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.” Luke repeatedly pleads Jesus’ innocence: with Pilate (Luke 23:4, 14-15, 22), through Dismas (by legend), the criminal (Luke 23:41), and immediately after His death with the centurion” “Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent” (Luke 23:47).

John’s Gospel related that it was the Day of Preparation, the day before the actual Passover (Pesach in Hebrew, Pascha in Greek and Latin), that Jesus was sentenced to death (19:14) and sacrificed on the Cross (19:31). He died at the ninth hour (three o’clock in the afternoon), about the same time as the Passover lambs were slaughtered in the Temple. Christ became the Paschal or Passover Lamb, as noted by St. Paul: “For Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed” (I Corinthians 5:7). The innocent Lamb was slain for our sins, so that we might be forgiven.

Jesus fulfilled His mission: “They are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Romans 3:24-25). The relationship of Jesus to the Father is revealed in the Gospel of John, for He remarked, “The Father and I are one” (10:30), and again, at the Last Supper: “Do you not believe I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works” (14:10). And He can return: “I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father” (16:28). Jesus practiced what He preached: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

 

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Posted February 28, 2014 by jesussavesministries in JESUS SAVES

Benny Hinn : Why it is important to pray   Leave a comment


Posted July 28, 2013 by jesussavesministries in categorized

HEROIC LOVE   Leave a comment


Psalm 144 : 2 He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him .

Nearly a year ago, a fierce 7.2 magnitude 
earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing 
hundreds of people. One man, however, refused to let his fiancée become a statistic. A Turkish Air Force Lieutenant named Onur Eryasar rushed from his base and travelled 60 miles to direct rescue workers to the place where his fiancée was trapped. After locating the restaurant where she had been dining at the time of the earthquake, he and the workers began digging through the rubble. They eventually found and freed her 18 hours after the restaurant had collapsed. During the rescue operation, the lieutenant told a photographer on the scene: “All 
I want is for her to live. I don’t care if she’s injured or 
not. It doesn’t matter. I just want her alive.” It’s a story of amazing heroism and love—surpassed only by God’s heroic efforts to save us. You see, ransoming mankind and coming to our rescue was not simple or easy. Not only did Satan strongly oppose it at every turn, but we who were in need of rescue (which includes all of humanity) didn’t truly know how deeply we were buried under the rubble of a broken, sinful world.  (2 Corithians 4:4)…

 1 John 5:19 But that didn’t hinder God. Though we turned away from Him and fell into the hands of the evil one.

1 John 4:9 God lovingly continued to pursue us. Even though it cost Him dearly, He provided a way for us to live because of the sacrificial death and resurrection of His Son.

Because of God’s great love, He saved us from our desperate plight and gave us our life back. As the apostle Paul put it:

Colossians 1:13 “He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His dear Son”

Posted September 28, 2012 by jesussavesministries in JESUS SAVES

Earth is Going to be shaken on 22 March 2012   3 comments


 Is a Mega Earthquake due 22nd March 2012 ? will the 188 – 189 day cycle continue ?

An alarming pattern has started emerging with the frequency and magnitude of the recent mega earthquakes the Earth has been having. Its been observed that a 188 -189 day pattern has started emerging with these Earthquakes. This makes the next mega earthquake to hit the planet if this pattern follows. This is true on the 22nd or the 21st March 2012. Well that’s this month, so we won’t have long to wait to see if this pattern continues.

Chile, Japan, Fiji, New Zealand all fell victim to large, devastating earthquakes, and you will notice there is a 188/189 day pattern between each mega quake. These quakes have shifted the Earth’s axis, and the upcoming date for the next mega quake is March 22, 2012. The United States could very well be next as it lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire.

February 27 2010 – 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile( the axis of the earth shifted by  7,62 cm or 3 inches).

2. September 3, 2010: 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand.

After 188 days later of Chile Earth Quake (Sept 3 2010) Where ?

3. March 11 2011: 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan( the axis of the earth shifted by 4 to 10 inches – 25,4 cm ).

After 189 days later of New Zealand Earth Quake (11 March 2011) Where ?

4. September 15 2011: 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Fiji

After 188 days later of Japan Earth Quake (15 Sept 2011) Where ?

5. March 22 2012: ?

After 189 days later of Fiji Earth Quake (22 March 2012) Where ?

 There will be mega earth quake because the Earth Axis going to shift more than 10 to 15 inches. If these things happens there will be a Tsunami at the costal Area………….

There is going to be an huge earthquake in Los Angeles(California) 9 or 10 mag. It going to come in USA, When the earthquake strikes LOS ANGELES in another place the for line of US Tsunami come from west from the east NEW YORK are Tsunami going to wipe out.. This going to happen as per God Plan based on Ezeik 38,39 and Rev 13,17 Chapters…

Posted March 6, 2012 by jesussavesministries in JESUS SAVES

THE SHATTERED EARTH ON 22 MARCH 2012   Leave a comment


Earth is Going to be shaken on 22 March 2012

Haggai 2:5 The agreement which I made with you when you came out ofEgypt, and my spirit, are with you still; have no fear.

Haggai 2:6 For this is what the Lord of armies has said: In a short time I will make a shaking of the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land;

Haggai 2:7 And I will make a shaking of all the nations, and the desired things of all nations will come: and I will make this house full of my glory, says the Lord of armies.

Haggai 2:8 The silver is mine and the gold is mine, says the Lord of armies.

Haggai 2:9 The second glory of this house will be greater than the first, says the Lord of armies: and in this place I will give peace, says the Lord of armies.

Revelation 6:12 And I saw when the sixth stamp was undone, and there was a great earth-shock; and the sun became black as haircloth, and all the moon became as blood;

John is using pictures very familiars to Jewish readers. The Jews always regarded the end time . When the earth would be shattered and there would be cosmic upheaval (Disturbance) and destruction. in the picture there are is it were five elements which can all be abundantly illustrated from the Old testament and from the books written between the testaments …

1. There is the earth quake at the coming of the Lord the earth will tremble (Shake) (Amos 8:8)

Amos 8:8 Will not the land be shaking with fear because of this, and everyone in it have sorrow? and all of it will be overflowing like the River; and it will be troubled and go down again like the River of Egypt.

There will be great shaking in thelandofIsrael(Ezekiel 39:19)

The earth will quake and the heaven will tremble (Joel 2:10).

Haggai 2:6 For this is what the Lord of armies has said: In a short time I will make a shaking of the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land;

The earth will tremble and shaken to its bounds; the hills will be shaken and fall (Assumption of Moses 10:4)

  The earth shall open fire hurt forth (2 Esdzas 5:3) who ever gets out of the war will die in the earth quake and whoever gets out of the earth quake will die in the fire, and who ever gets out of the fire will perish(die, expire) in the famine (2 Baruch 70:8). The Jewish prophets and seers raw a time when earth would be shattered and a fide of destruction would flow over the old world before the new world was born.

2. There is the darkening of the sun and moon:-

The sun will set a midday, and earth will grow dark in the clear day light (Amos 8:9)

The star will not shine ; the sun will be darkened in his going forth and the moon will not cause her light to shine (Isaiah 13:10)

Isaiah 50:3 By me the heavens are clothed with black, and I make haircloth their robe.

Ezekial 32:7 And when I put out your life, the heaven will be covered and its stars made dark; I will let the sun be covered with a cloud and the moon will not give her light.

The sun will be turned in to darkness and the moon into blood (Joel 2:31).

The horns of the sun will be broken and he will be turned into darkness the will not give her light and will be turned into blood, and the circle of the stars will be disturbed (assumption of Moses 10:4,5). The sun will be darkened and the moon will not give her light (Matthew 24:29), Mark13:24, Luke23:45

3. There is the falling of the Stars

To the Jew this  idea was specially terrible, for the order of the heavens was the very guarantee of the unchanging fidelity of God. Take away the reliability of the heaven and there was nothing left but chaos.  The  angel Enoch to behold the heavens, to see how the heavenly bodies never change their orbits or transgress against their appointed order (Enoch 2:1) Enoch saw the chambers of the sun and moon, how they go out and come in , how they never leave their orbit, and add nothing to it and take nothing from it.(Enoch 41:5). To the Jew the last word in chaos was a world of falling stars. But in the end time the host of the heaven would be dissolved and fall down as the leaf falls from the vine and the fig from the fig-tree (Isaiah 34:4).

The stars will fall from heaven and powers of heaven shall be shaken (Matthew 24:29). The firmament shall fall on the sea and cataract of fire will reduce the heavens and the stars to a molten mass (Sibylline oracles 3:83).

The stars will transgress their order and alter their orbits (Enoch 80:5,6). The outgoing of the stars will change (2Esdras 5:4). The end will be a time when the most reliable things in the universe will become a disorderly and terrifying chaos……..

4. There is the folding up of the heavens:-

The picture in this passage is of a roll stretched out and held open, and then suddenly split down  the middle so that each half recoils and rolls up. God will shake the heaven (Isaiah 13:13).

Isaiah 13:13 For this cause the heavens will be shaking, and the earth will be moved out of its place, in the wrath of the Lord of armies, and in the day of his burning passion.

Isaiah 34:4 And the heavens will be rolled together like the roll of a book: and all their army will be gone, like a dead leaf from the vine, or a dry fruit from the fig-tree.

They will changed like a garment and folded up (Psalm 102:25,26) . At the end the eternal heavens themselves will be rent in two….Psalms 102:25 In the past you put the earth on its base, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

Psalms 102:26 They will come to an end, but you will still go on; they all will become old like a coat, and like a robe they will be changed:

5. There is the morning of the hiss and the island of the sea..

 The mountains will tremble and the hills will be moved (Jeremiah 4:24).

Jeremiah 4:24 Looking at the mountains, I saw them shaking, and all the hills were moved about.

The mountains will quake and the hill will melt (Nahum 1:5). John saw a time when the most unshakable things would be shaken and when even rocky isles like Patmos would be lifted from their foundation. Strange as John’s picture may seem to us, their is not a single detail which is not in the pictures of the end time in the Old Testaments and in the books written between the Testaments . We must not think that these pictures are to be taken literally. Their point is that John is taking every terrifying thing that can be imagined and piling them all together to give a picture of the terrors of the end time.

Today with our increased scientific knowledge we might well paint the picture in different terms; but it is not ht picture that matters. What matters is the terrors which John and the Jewish seers foresaw when God would invade the earth when time was coming to an end..

Yes,  God his going to Shake the earth ….. on 22 March 2012 (Mega Earth Quake) more than 9+ magnitude……………………

When? , Where? As per Rev 6:12 Where was the first earthquake? ..———CONTINUED IN NEXT SESSION—————–

Posted February 24, 2012 by jesussavesministries in JESUS SAVES

A COVENANT WITH MY EYES   Leave a comment


IN JOB 31:1-4

Job 31:1 I made an agreement with my eyes; how then might my eyes be looking on a virgin?

Job 31:2 For what is God’s reward from on high, or the heritage given by the Ruler of all from heaven?

Job 31:3 Is it not trouble for the sinner, and destruction for the evil-doers?

Job 31:4 Does he not see my ways, and are not my steps all numbered?

Job 31:1 I made an agreement with my eyes; how then might my eyes be looking on a virgin?

 Our friend is a computer “techie.” One night when our family was at his house, I noticed a verse taped to his monitor: “I have made a covenant with my eyes” (Job 31:1).

 Evidently, he understood the potential danger of spending hours alone in front of a computer with easy access to indecent images.

Our friend’s “reminder verse” is a quote from Job, and it continues, “Why then should I look upon a young woman?” Like many of us, Job had promised himself to stay free of lust. Reflecting on that oath, he said, “Does [God] not see my ways, and count all my steps?” (v.4). The Bible assures us that God does (Heb. 4:13), and that we are accountable to Him. This is why believers must “abstain from sexual immorality” (1 Thess. 4:3).

While some want to debate the boundaries of morality, the Bible says, “Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. 5:28).

 If you have made a covenant with your eyes, consider how Scripture might help you keep this pledge. Post a verse on your computer screen, television, or the dashboard of your car, and remember, “God did not call us to uncleanness” but to holiness (1 Thess. 4:7).

Posted February 13, 2012 by jesussavesministries in JESUS SAVES

God (Jesus) spoke to a Muslim women   3 comments


God (Jesus) spoke to a Muslim women, why not with you ? think about it and pray to God, go along with His word through faith. He will definitely speak with you.

http://youtu.be/Rrt0cAqJURk

The Bible is a book about people who have a problem with God. They have a hard time seeing eye to eye with a God who says, “ ‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’ ” (Isa. 55:8-9).

The Bible is also about a God who has a problem with people. The whole Bible is about a God who will not always protect those who refuse to trust Him. When God barred Adam and Eve from their garden home, when He sent a flood to destroy all but Noah and his family, when He allowed the Assyrians to defeat the
Northern Tribes and the Babylonians to defeat Judah, God made it clear that there is a limit to His patience.

God’s promises are not given to all, but to everyone who is willing to seek and trust Him. Isaiah reminds us that God is willing to be found by those who are willing to seek Him on His terms. Just before saying, “My thoughts are not your thoughts,” Isaiah quoted God as saying, “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isa. 55:6-7).

The whole Bible makes it clear that God promises to be found only by those who are willing to surrender to Him. This important condition of surrender is what Jesus taught when He said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8).

 

He said this immediately after saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . . Blessed are those who mourn . . . . Blessed are the meek . . . . Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness . . . . Blessed are the merciful” (vv.3-7).

Each of these conditions reflects the need for a surrendered heart as a condition to receive the blessing of God.

God cannot be found by just anyone. Because He is Spirit, He is seen only by those to whom He chooses to reveal Himself. This is also true of the Bible. While the Scriptures have been given to lead us to God, they remain a closed book to those who are trying to find God on their own terms. God will be found in the pages of His book by those who desire to obey Him, or He will not be found at all.

Jesus said of God and of Himself, “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority” (John 7:17).

Salvation itself is a gift. Forgiveness and eternal life come to us only by grace and through faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8-9).

But seeing God in the Bible requires a willingness to do the will of God. Only in surrender do we have assurance that God will let us see the truth about Christ in our present circumstances. Only in submission can we see the Father and His Son on every page of Scripture.

Posted February 4, 2012 by jesussavesministries in JESUS SAVES

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