HAPPY RESURRECTION WEEK!
Today, is Good Friday, the day we remember the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, and the finished work of redemption for mankind.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
As we reflect on all that He has done for us, "let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name." Hebrews 13:15
Dear Father, Thank YOU! Thank You for sending Jesus! Thank YOU, that He is the propitiation for my sin! Thank YOU for opening the veil that I am no longer shut away from YOU! Thank YOU that the work is finished! Thank YOU for giving me an eternal hope and home with YOU!
As we celebrate our redemption, let us think about what Jesus has done for us!
Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He willingly left the bosom of the Father, took a body of flesh, and in that body He died and rose again. He finished the work that the Father gave to Him to do.
As the risen Lord and Saviour, He is seated at the right hand of the Father on high, and His work at the moment is in heaven.
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:1-3
The Holy Spirit is here on earth today, abiding in every true born again believer;
"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." John 14:16-18
...but Christ our High Priest is in heaven, seated at the right hand of God, and as the scripture declares:
"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25
"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;" Hebrews 1:3
"Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man...For if He were on earth, He should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law" Hebrews 8:1-4
Jesus, our Great High Priest, had by Himself purged our sins through the sacrificial offering of Himself. The foundation of Christ's priesthood is the one sacrifice which He offered; He (Jesus) "by Himself" purged our sins! The priests of the Old Testament offered up sacrifices daily, first for their own sins, then for the sins of the people. Unlike them, Christ did not need to offer up a sacrifice for His OWN sins, for He HAD NO sin. He was sinless.
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians 5:21
Neither does He need to offer up sacrifices daily for the sins of the people, for He did this ONCE, when He offer Himself.
"Who needs not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself." Hebrews 7:27
"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." Hebrews 9:12
Jesus Christ the Son of God, the living Savior and Lord of all satisfied the sin question, ONCE, FOR ALL, FOREVER. For believers it is no longer the Sin-question; it is the SON-question: What think ye of Christ?
Jesus saves sinners through His shed blood. Now He is seated at the right hand of God the Father, the highest seat in heaven as our High Priest.
"Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people." Hebrews 2:17
Christ through His shed blood obtained eternal redemption from sin for all who will believe. He bore the sins of many, He paid the sin-debt forever and "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord," receiving His finished work, "shall be saved" redeemed and born into the Kingdom of God!
This is the most important of the fundamental truths of Christianity. It is not what we have done, but what God has done for us. His name is Jesus! Do you know Him?
There is no place in the New Testament, there is no place in Christianity, for man-made, man-ordained, man-appointed priests. Jesus is our High Priest, and He is the only one who can take our place before Almighty God the Father.
"For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of GOD FOR US" Hebrews 9:24
Paul tells us in Hebrews 10:20 that the veil which hung before the most holy place in the tabernacle in the Old Testament era was a type of the flesh - that is, the humanity of Christ. He was very God, yet He took upon Himself the form of Humanity. The veil was known as "the beautiful veil." It hung as a covering before the typical presence of God, the most holy place, separating the most holy place from the out tabernacle or temple area.
The veil in the temple pointed to the humanity of Christ- God veiled in flesh. The veil in the temple shut men out from God.
"Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent" Matthew 17:50, 51
He cried, "It is finished," and bowed His head and gave up the ghost, and as soon as the veil was rent in two from top to bottom, the barrier between men and God changed forever. Jesus said,
"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." John 10:9
Jesus has opened wide the gateway, making it possible for men to enter into the very presence of God.
He who would enter into the holiest must enter by the blood of the Lamb! The blood of the cross is the only plea God will hear. But through the blood of the cross of Jesus we have an accepted sacrifice. God has accepted that sacrifice, and through His blood Jesus opened the veil that believers may enter in with perfect assurance.
Those who are believers have access into the presence of Almighty God only by virtue of the blood of Jesus Christ alone. Because of His finished work, we have access into the very presence of God's holiness, and for the believer our place is inside the rent veil, not on the outside.
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:" Hebrews 10:19-24
If you are NOT a believer, hear the words of the Lord Jesus:
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
Won't you come to Jesus Today?
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;" Acts 3:19
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hat raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9, 10
HALLELUJAH! HE IS RISEN INDEED!!