God reveals his will. He tells us what he has been doing. All his work led up to the coming of Christ. The Cross is the center of God’s work. He wants everyone to know about it. The Bible is that story. We should memorize and study it. Glory be to God for his revelation!
Give glory to God for a table to assemble around, as Jesus assembled his disciples, to remember the blood of the covenant; for a garden in which to pour out concerns and desire to do the Father’s will; for a fire that tests the commitment of a man to the Lord; for a pan of water for washing hands, that shows man’s true guilt; for a cross, on which forgiveness was purchased at the cost of the suffering of the Son of God!
The God who sent his Son to die deserves our highest praise. He gave his Son that we might live, lift up our voice to glorify his Name! Sing from the heart, sing out with joy, bless God for this great gift! Glory to the Lord! Glory in word and sacrifice of ourselves!
Remember when James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven and destroy a Samaritan village for not receiving Jesus? That was before the Cross, before the Resurrection, before the Holy Spirit, before the Great Commission. And afterwards? Continue reading
During his ministry, Jesus found people to call as disciples. In the parable of the banquet, the servants were sent to go out in the streets “and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet” (Matthew 22:9, 10 NET).
Jesus also told, shortly before his death, the parable of the good and bad servants, and pronounced this blessing, “Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when he comes” (Matthew 24:46).
But when the moment came to carry Jesus’ cross, no one among his followers is found.
As they were going out, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, whom they forced to carry his cross.
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Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
John 12:31 NET
The hub of history is the Cross of Christ. The “now” was Jesus’ crucifixion. Everything before that moment moved in its direction. Everything after it looks back to it.
The ruler of this world, Satan, has been deposed. He still hoots and hollers, still wins followers, but he is finished.
He and his have already received the sentence.
So in a way, history has ended. The King has assumed the throne and from it reigns. What remains now is to put ourselves under his Lordship and call everyone to come running to his protection.
For the world has been judged.
Someone on a forum asked what Mark 15:34 meant. The verse says, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'” My reply: Continue reading