Standing in your place
Apr 16, 2017
The Resurrection was required for eternal life
Apr 16, 2017
The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Matthew chapter 1 and 2 give the account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Chapter 3 gives the account of John the Baptist preaching and baptizing. In 13-17 we read, "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." In Matthew 17:1-5 at the transfiguration we hear these words: v5 "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him." 2 Peter 1:17 states, "For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
God the Father shouted this from Heaven on two occasions and on the second occasion, God said, "Hear ye Him." His Word is worth hearing and His claims worth believing. The Bible is all about God's well pleasing Son. Without the merits of God's well pleasing Son the Bible would be an empty, meaningless book. On the Emmaus road, Luke 24:26-27, we see, "Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." Jesus took the Old Testament and showed them Himself. No wonder God the Father shouted from Heaven!
- God was well pleased with the Life of Jesus. John 8:29: "And He that sent me is with me; the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him." Jesus fulfilled every point of the Law to perfection and Hebrews 7:26 states, "...who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."
- God was well pleased with the death of Jesus. Read Isaiah 53:10-12 ands notice: "yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him." "He shall see the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied." We are "Justified by His blood" Romans 5:9 and "Reconciled to God by the death of His Son." verse 10. He "Washed us from our sins in His own blood." Revelation 1:5. We are "bought with a price" 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
Friend, at this time of year with all of the decorations and celebrations, have you considered why Jesus came and why He died? He came to please the Holy and Just demands of God for sinners. He pleased the Father by living and dying for a fallen world! Yes, you too! Read John 3:16. Would you be free from the burden of sin? There is Power in the Blood!