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Easter – It is Finished!

 

When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished.”
And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
John 19:30
 Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise,
Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to the tomb. 
On the way they were asking each other,
“Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone,
which was very large, had already been rolled aside.
When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man
clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side.
The women were shocked,
but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed.
You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!
Look, this is where they laid his body.
Mark 16:1-6
Our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die;
our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
! Corinthians 15:54-57
Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands
and millions of angels around the throne.

And they sang in a mighty chorus:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—
    to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and blessing.”
And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
    belong to the one sitting on the throne
    and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
Revelation 5:11-13

 

 

 

The Lamb of God – Part 5

 

 

 

They will know that I am the Lord their God,who brought them out of Egypt
so that I might live among them.”
Exodus 29:46

“The people must build a dwelling for me so that I can live among them.”
Exodus 25:8

God said to Moses, “The People of Israel are to set up camp circling the Tent of Meeting and facing it.
Numbers 2:1-2

 Moses finished the work. Then, the Cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory of God filled The Dwelling.

 

Israel had been delivered from bondage so that God COULD LIVE with them. Hence, His top priority was the construction of His residence, called the Tent of Meeting.

 

When completed, Father’s house was placed in the center of the Israeli encampment. Then, God entered His residence and all the people saw His Presence!

Conclusion: the passion of the Father’s heart is to live in a relationship of love with His kids!  “The end of creation is that all things may return to the Creator and be united with Him.” (Emanuel Swedenborg) PROOF? Of the culmination of God’s plan for humankind we read: I heard a loud voice shout from the throne: God’s home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own.” (Revelation 21:3)

The Father wants you to be His home. He desires to meet with you therein. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth.  You know him already because he has been staying WITH you, and will even be IN you!” (John 14:15-17)

You invite people to your house. Your guests, standing before the door, ring the doorbell, anticipating entrance to your residence. However, you don’t open the door.  Look, I’m standing at the door and knocking. If anyone listens to my voice and opens the door, I’ll come in and we’ll eat together.”  (Revelation 3:20)

Have you opened the door to the Lamb of God, the One who, on this day “restored our relationship with God while we were still his enemies.” (Romans 5:10)

Are you hurting and broken within?
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?
Jesus is calling
Have you come to the end of yourself
Do you thirst for a drink from the well?
Jesus is calling
O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ
Leave behind your regrets and mistakes
Come today there’s no reason to wait
Jesus is calling
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy
From the ashes a new life is born
Jesus is calling
O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ
O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ
Oh what a savior
Isn’t He wonderful?
Sing hallelujah,

The Lamb of God – Part 4

 

 

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron:
“This month will be the very first month of the year for you.
Tell the whole community of Israel:
On the tenth day of this month each man must take a lamb for his family.
 Your lamb must be a one-year-old male that has no defects.
Take care of it until the fourteenth day of this month.
Then at dusk, all the assembled people of Israel must slaughter their animals.
They must take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames
of the houses where they will eat the animals.

On that same night I will go throughout Egypt and kill every firstborn male,
I will severely punish all the gods of Egypt, because I am the Lord.

But the blood on your houses will be a sign for your protection.
When I see the blood, I will pass over you.
Nothing will touch or destroy you when I strike Egypt.

 

For 430 years (Exodus 12:40)  Israel groaned (Exodus 1:14) under cruel Egyptian bondage. God heard their cries for help (Exodus 2:23-25) and devised a plan of deliverance. (Exodus 3:7-8)

 

The first step was to choose a leader. Moses was the man. (Exodus 3:10)

 

 

 

 

The second element: Moses would confront Pharaoh with ten plagues of ravishing destruction, the tenth of which was the final blow: at midnight every first born human and animal would be eliminated. (Exodus 11:4-6)

 

 

 

The third component involved the community of Israel. They were instructed to slaughter a lamb without defects. The blood that flowed (cf. The Lamb of God – Part 2) should be applied to the door frame of each Israeli residence.

 

The result? Because of the blood applied, the people would be ransomed and redeemed … set free from the bondage of destruction and death. They would journey to a new life. God would protect them. Nothing would be able to touch them.

Centuries later, that which was pointed to in the original Passover became reality in the Lamb of God. As the Jewish people were slaughtering symbols in the Temple at Jerusalem, the Reality was being crucified (slaughtered) outside the city on a Cross. As the blood flowed, you were being rescued from bondage to the penalty and power of sin. (1 Peter 1:18-19) There the gates of a New Life were unlocked for you. There also, a divine protection policy was purchased such that nothing can touch you other than that which will promote the Creator’s original design for your life.I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” (Romans 8:38-39)

There is but one, crucial ingredient! Just as the Jews had to apply the blood of the slaughtered lamb to the entrance of their homes, you must also apply the blood of the Lamb of God to the entrance of your heart; no payment required, just faith. Have you accepted the Gift?

 

 

The Lamb of God – Part 3

 

It’s a long story, but here’s the crux. Sarah had been barren throughout her marriage to Abraham. To the 75 year old Abraham God promised a son. Twenty five years later God visited Sarah exactly as he said he would… Sarah became pregnant and gave Abraham a son. Abraham named him Isaac. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born. ” (Genesis 21:1-7)

When Isaac was a teenager, Abraham received a strange command from the Lord.  “God he spoke to him. Abraham answered, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ The Lord said, ‘Go get Isaac, your only son, the one you dearly love! Take him to the land of Moriah, and I will show you a mountain where you must sacrifice him to me on the fires of an altar.  (Genesis 22:1-2)

Did it happen? They arrived at the place to which God had directed him. Abraham built an altar. He laid out the wood. Then he tied up Isaac and laid him on the wood. Abraham reached out and took the knife to kill his son. Just then an angel of God called to him out of Heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ ‘Yes, I’m listening.’ ‘Don’t lay a hand on that boy! Don’t touch him! You didn’t hesitate to place your son, your dear son, on the altar for me.‘” Abraham looked up. He saw a ram (male sheep) caught by its horns in the thicket. Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

 

The story of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac is a symbol, pointing to a reality! 

The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters,
the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “
This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.
Matthew 3:16-17

This is how much God loved the world: enough to give his only, special son,
so that everyone who believes in him should not be lost
but should share in the life of God’s new age.
After
all, God didn’t send the son into the world to condemn the world,
but so that the world could be saved by him.

John 3:16-17

Going a little ahead, Jesus fell to the ground and prayed for a way out:
“Papa, Father, you can—can’t you?—get me out of this.
Take this cup away from me. But please, not what I want—what do you want?”
Mark 14:35-36

God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins.
We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus’ death.

Romans 3:25

Notice! As Abraham, the Father loved his one and only Son! Consequently, it’s not surprising that the Son pleaded with his Father for a way out. Abraham was given an “exit strategy“. Not so with the Father. So, He sacrificed his Son on the altar, the Cross. Now, here’s the question! WHY would a loving Father act in such a hideous fashion? The answer of the scriptures is straightforward: so that His broken and fractured daughters and sons (cf. Adam and Eve) could be forgiven so as to be healed. “It was our sins that ripped and tore and crushed him! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed“. (Isaiah 53:6)

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “LOOK, the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29) Have you “looked” at the Lamb of God?

 

The Lamb of God – Part 2

 

 

 


The purpose of any symbol is to point to a deeper meaning. Observe the above!

 

The Old Testament is replete with symbols. However, there are but two that are central. Throughout ancient cultures blood symbolized both life and death. No doubt this seems strange; however, to understand Jesus as the Lamb of God, this symbolism is absolutely essential!  “The life of every living thing is in the blood, and that is why the Lord has commanded that all blood be poured out on the altar to take away the people’s sins.”  (Leviticus 17:11)

It all began at the beginning in the Garden of Eden.The Maker of Life designed humankind to reflect Himself.God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature.” (Genesis 1:27) Of this Paul wrote centuries later:  “You are God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).


However, the Creator’s intention for humankind got pulverized! Here’s the story.

At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees.Then the God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” Father said: “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the God asked the woman, “What have you done?” The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it. (Genesis 3:7-13)

Observing the world today, nobody is a masterpiece! Headline today in Texas: “Parents accused of burning daughter with hot cooking oil after she refused arranged marriage

What happened? To state it quit simply, Adam and Eve rejected the Creator’s design. “There is no distinction to be made anywhere: everyone has sinned, everyone falls short of the beauty of God’s plan.” (Romans 3:23)  By their action the pair tore the Creator’s blueprint to shreds. Repercussions quickly followed: guilt, shame, and fear to name but a few. They’re reaction? They covered up (using their own strategy). They hid. They blamed. They made excuses. Sound familiar?

The Creator’s reaction? (Contrary to popular opinion, God is NEVER out to do a hatchet job!) He came looking for the broken pair, calling out: “Where are you?” (this is the most gracious question you will ever hear from your Maker!) Hearing the sad litany of the fractured pair, the Maker took action:The LORD God made coats of skins for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21) How did God obtain these skins? Obviously, he slaughtered a lamb (whereas this is not explicitly stated, it is implicit in the entire biblical record). This is the first symbol pointing to the Lamb of God. Centuries later God would allow His own Son to be slaughtered so as “to take away the people’s sins.”