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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Do This In Remembrance of Me

I have just finished watching my annual viewing of  "The Passion" movie by Mel Gibson.  This outstanding movie production always deeply moves me.  I know there are many different movies showing the crucifixion, But Mel Gibson's always ministers to me the most.  I suggest you take the time to view the entire movie.  I never tire reminding myself of the great sacrifice Christ paid for all of our sins.  Paul said that the "cross of Jesus Christ" was the central message.  Probably the most moving scene for me is when Jesus falls under the cross and Mary, His mother, comes to try and comfort Him.  The scene goes back to His childhood when he fell and Mary picked Him up in her arms and helped Him, But here in this scene she can only listen to His words, "Mother, I make all things new".  When you understand the Father's plan for the ages and how Christ's blood has the redeeming power to not only save us, but to renew all heaven and earth as a "New Creation".  No wonder the two themes of heaven's worship is the blood of the Lamb and His creative power in Revelation 4 & 5.  We will be forever celebrating the power of His blood in our new heaven and earth!  Let's celebrate His awesome offering for sin this week in our Passover and Easter season!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Noah's Story of New Beginnings

Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of man". Jesus definitely tied in His second coming to Noah's time. How?  First, men were simply living and existing daily and not acknowledging Jehovah God as rightful King of their lives. They were"eating, drinking, marrying and making merry".  This was not deep gross sinfulness but simple ignorance of Jehovah God's right to rule over their lives.  Second, was evil that did violate man's divine purpose on earth. "Every thought and intend of their hearts was only evil continually" according to Gen. 6. Man had filled the earth with violence, sexual immorality and breaking the foundational laws of mankind that came with original creation. Third was gross immorality through intercourse of women with angels called "sons of God" in Genesis 6:2. Herein lies the reason God wanted to cleanse the earth of this evil.  Giants, called "Nephtilim" were born out of these immoral unions. The natural DNA of man's flesh was being changed into something God never intended. We are going down the same road today.  Toying with God's holy imprint on man's original intent and creation. Ignoring Jesus right to rule over our lives and just living for our own selfish purpose.  The earth will again be cleansed.  This time by fire.  But God has preserved a people for His own name.. the bride for His Son Jesus Christ called the "Church of Jesus Christ".  Jesus said that this cleansing would "Make all things new". This will happen during the great tribulation as man's sins will "pay double" according to the book of Revelation. How can we escape such a judgment?  By allowing Jesus Christ to cleanse your life through His covenant shed blood on the cross.  Noah story is not just an account of cleansing the earth of all evil, but starting again with God's covenant blessing with a"new heaven and earth" wherein dwells His righteousness alone.

                                         Jesus said,"I make all things New" - Restoration!