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The Cross (Good Friday)

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by rylanreed

Today is a solemn day, but a joyous one because of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for the sins of the world.  The sins of everyone that has lived on this earth and will live before Christ comes back on that glorious day, He took it all so we could be able to live with Him in Heaven someday.    These are Jesus’ words and a description of the night before:

Matthew 26:39 “‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.'”

Mark 14:36 “‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.'”

Luke 22:44 “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

And Jesus on the cross:

Matthew 27:46 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, Lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

There was a time when I was younger, (and I’m sure others’ have as well), I used to think that when Christ prayed and sweated blood in Gethsemane, he was not wanting to go through the torture that was going to happen on the cross. And when Christ was on the cross it came to a point where it was too much to bear.  That was my perception because Christ was human, God becoming man, and having to go through all of the suffering; I know I could not have handled it and I’m sure no one else really could.

I’ve grown to understand, and heard it again a few weeks back, that it was way more than just the physical pain.  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have all been together, so when Jesus came to the point of the cross and His crucifixion, he knew what was going to happen that had never happened before.  Because of God’s love for us, He sent His Son down to die for our sins, being blameless and without sin, was able to take on all the sins of the world.  But because God hates sin soo much, He could not be able to bear to see His Son with the sins of the world on His shoulders.  God is perfect and he can not bear to be near to sin, so when Christ was put on the cross, God had to turn His back on His one and only Son.  Jesus loved us soo much that he gave up His connection with the Father to give us a chance to live with Him forever in Heaven.  He did a work that I couldn’t have done myself, and no one else could, because He loves me (and you) with everything.

Let us remember what He has done for our lives. Let us take the time to be still and wait on His love. Let us stop what we are doing and praise Him who took on what we could never have accomplished by ourselves. Let us remember HIM!

(the link is a sermon, about an hour in length, and the part on this starts around the 46th minute. I would recommend listening to all of it, if you have the time)

Hearing his voice

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by rylanreed

After watching  The Passion earlier, I started thinking about the angry crowds who were shouting ‘Crucify Him!’ We always look down on the one’s who shouted those words, wondering how they could do that to their Savior. Remember, these were the same people who less than a week previously had welcomed Him into Jerusalem with much celebration. I often hear people say something along the lines of: When the end times come, I won’t be one of those “weak” Christians who are going to fall away(Matthew 24:12). Are you sure? Don’t be too proud(already not a good sign).

I don’t think that anyone in that crowd that welcomed Jesus into the city thought that they’d be crying for His blood a few short days later.  How does one explain their actions? Well, Jesus said that it was the hour of the power of darkness(Luke 22:53) and it seems that in an “hour” such as that, most bend to the enemy’s whims.  Just something to be said, there will be many “dark hours” apart from the end times.

So, what makes those who stay true to the Lord Jesus Christ different from those who don’t?  Not much, in the whole scheem of things, but there is some thing that can determine the difference.  We are all made the same, no one is “better” than the other, only God knows in each person’s heart who is His’ and who has fallen for the devil.  It is not anything that we have done, or not done, to be apart of God’s family; all we get  to do is accept God’s gift and ask Jesus to help us live our lives for Him.  There are other voices that are out there, one’s connected to His’ and others that maybe look and try to sound the part, but will lead in another direction. 

John 10:1-5 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, FOR THEY KNOW HIS VOICE. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Jesus’ sheep will know His voice. Some will not be apart of the flock because they didn’t hear His voice. There are many shepherds(even well meaning ones) who would lead us off a cliff. I’m making it a priority to KNOW His voice.