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Jesus (?) Part B

I am going to continue directly where I left off.  If you have not read part A of this article it wont make a lot of sense to you.

 

Verse 6

All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To [j]fall on Him.

Even though we have all done wrong, we have all blown it, He has taken upon Himself the only option for giving us a chance to get back into a good relationship with God the Father.  Sin must be dealt with before we are able to get back into good standing with God the Father and this is what Jesus did by taking the “iniquity of us all to fall on Him”.

Verses: 7 & 8

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the [k]living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

The suffering continues.  It is very disconcerting to even read about it but it is a reality that we as humans must all face at sometime.   We are forced to eventually face the cross and deal with it either in this life or the one to come.

Jesus kept humble.  He did not complain that He was innocent and that He did not deserve this.  He allowed them to lead Him like an unknowing animal to be killed.  Even though He knew in fact He knew so well that even before the earth was made. He knew by making the earth He would have to go through this.  He did it anyways.  The punishment was ours and He took it.  This is big.  The beat down he took was horrific.  He died after someone put three very large nails through his hands and feet then raised Him off the ground so gravity continuously pulled Him towards the earth.  That alone had to make the pain intensified by the mathematical value of gravity. (not a math guy here)  What I am saying is it was bad.  Take a moment and visualize to yourself what Jesus did in order that we may have a good relationship with the Father.  He planned this from the beginning.  He knew that mankind would not last long with out sin and yet He still made us and went through all this.  This is love.

Verse 9

His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

He died with men who were rightly wrong and deserved their punishment.  In fact while all three were there on crosses the other two even stated that they deserved it.  One in fact realized Jesus did not.   Even though He died the death of a criminal He was honored by the burial of a rich man.  This happened because He was not violent nor was He a liar.  There are none of us who can say that.

Verse 10-12

But the Lord was pleased
To crush Him, [l]putting Him to grief;
If [m]He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His [n]offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the [o]good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the [p]anguish of His soul,
He will see [q]it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out [r]Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.

This is intense.  Jesus was pleased to do this.  He knew what it meant.  His Father was also pleased to do this even though He also knew what it meant.  It meant that by doing this many will enter the kingdom of Heaven that otherwise would have no way to do so.  Jesus gave us this opportunity to get to Heaven by taking our punishment from us and putting on Himself which allows us to find true forgiveness.  The kind of forgiveness that means one day when we stand before Him on judgement and He says “Well done good and faithful servant” He will not remember our failings.  He will look on us with great love and joy.  He will show us mercy and grace and allow us to reside forever in Heaven with Him.  This is what His 33 years on earth did for us.  I like the part of this passage that states “He poured out Himself to death”  that means as already stated He did this completely voluntary.

Now I want to look at the John passage in chapter 5.

Verses 16 & 17

16 For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”

The ruling religious elite of the day did not like what He was doing.  He was healing on the Sabbath and this did not work with their rules that they put in place.  They called healing someone from a horrible disease as work.  They hated Him.

In reality they hated Him because He had true power and they did not.  He did not flaunt it nor push for a higher position in society.  He did make money from it nor did he take favors for it.  He was altogether doing it for the sole purpose of honoring the Father God in Heaven.  This irked them because they wanted people to believe they had the only way to Heaven instead He taught that He was the only way to the Father and thusly to Heaven.  This claim was backed up with power.  The kind of power that healed people, that set people free, that changed lives and made things better for the everyday person not just the elite.  In fact most of the elite would not follow Him.  This shows what is in the heart of humans more often then not if it is not in my best interest I will have nothing to do with it.

Here Jesus claims to be equal with God.  When He claimed to be working on the same level as Father God that made him equal with God.  This was unacceptable.  That being said I understand why it was.  Israel had a bad history with worshipping other gods and it cost them dearly.  They did not even come close to that any more and any one who did was either killed or ostracized.  The problem at this time is not that they were concerned with someone worshipping another god it is they were concerned that Jesus was who He said He was.  This scared them more then anything.  They did not want to lose their power and having the very Son of God in their midst would do exactly that and it did exactly that.  Within a generation their power was diminished.  They figured if they could kill off the Son then they would be good but that is the problem Jesus knew they had to kill them off.  He knew this even before He came.  So they had the wrong effect.

Verse 18

For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.

Since Jesus equated Himself with God the Father they now added another straw to the camels back.  In other words that just set them off all the more.  They had it.  How could this man do this.

I have said all I mean to say at this time.   Jesus claimed Godhood with the Father.  He claimed to be the one who fulfilled he prophecies that were given out hundreds of years earlier.  The real question is what do we as humans say to this.  We have to if we do not say something now we will have to on judgement day.   Judgement day is too late.  There is no chance then your decision must be while you are here on earth.  Please if you have any questions please ask. I will be happy to help.

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Forgiveness (where would we be without it)

forgiveness

forgiveness (Photo credit: cheerfulmonk)

I am going to change my format a bit.  What I mean by this is that I am going to talk a bit more about the topics in hope that I can get some feed back.  So far I have had people like my stuff and read it.  I was hoping for more feed back since my end goal is to publish this work so that others can learn and know about Christ while at the same time not using jargon or Christianeze. Forgiveness.  I think the statement says a lot “Where would we be without it.”

Secular and Religious folk agree that with out forgiveness we have a very mentally (and physically) unhealthy people.  Our mental health has a very strong effect on our physical health.  As a Christian I take it even further.  I believe without forgiveness we will have a society that is trapped in anger, bitterness, revenge and justice without mercy.  How can we have a proper society with out mercy and with out forgiveness.

As a Christian we have firm beliefs that everyone (literally everyone) needs to be forgiven.  Our God Himself teaches us in our Scripture Mathew 6:12 that we are to ask for our forgiveness from God and in turn God expects us to, in the same way as we expect from him, forgive others.  Mathew 6:14 says the same thing if you forgive others their sins then our Father in heaven will forgive give us our sins.  This very concept is played out in Scripture over and over again it is a basic tenant of our faith that we need forgiveness and we need to forgive.

Romans 3:23 states that everyone has sinned so everyone needs forgiveness.  As a Christian I firmly believe there is not one person who does not need to be forgiven.   I believe that all humans understand that.

The question to ask is what is forgiveness?  How does it look?  How does it feel?  Why should I forgive someone else? (they do not deserve it).  These are all great questions and all valid.

The dictionary standard definition is simple “to pardon an offense or offender, to cancel a debt” while these are good and proper on the day to day level they are hard to do.  The Christian concept of forgiveness takes it to a whole different level.  As a Christian I will define it differently or maybe it is better to say I define it at a higher level.

When God forgives He also forgets, He also removes that sin from us and gives us real freedom from it.  I think we can all understand how things we do wrong can stay with us even if we quit doing it.  For some reason that thing we did wrong seems to have power over us.  Forgiveness takes that power away.  James 5:16 states that we need to confess our sins to one another so that we may be healed.  To obtain forgiveness we need to confess our sins and that action of verbally confessing our sins can take away the power it has over our lives and we can be free.  The reason he says confess to one another is because as Christians we can understand and sympathize with the other so that as God has forgiven us we can share that same life experience with others and they can find the healing of forgiveness from God.

From the Christian perspective when God forgives us that sin (wrong doing) is no longer there it will no longer be held against us.  Of course as Paul states in Romans 6:1 we can not continue in that sin which grace has brought forgiveness for.

I see I just introduced a new thought one of grace and how it works in tandem with forgiveness.  This can be a long topic and I think I will have a different post regarding how each one of these themes work together in synergy to bring about a whole Christian and a mature Christian.

I believe most people get the basic concept of forgiveness it is easy to understand and since there is no one who has not done something wrong we all understand that we all need it.  The problem comes with the implementation and how that works out in day to day life.  This is where it gets personal.

I will say a quick prayer before going further since this is a very difficult subject to breech and to tackle.   …….  Okay done.

The next question to tackle here is “Why should I forgive someone else?”  This is valid.  There are people that most would say do not deserve forgiveness.  They have done some very horrible things such as molesting children, raping people, murder and so on.  There are things so horrible that we can not think of forgiveness.  Why should we?  Wow the answer is not easy and many will disagree with me.

Here I go.  I think everyone should have the opportunity for forgiveness.  I remember when James Dobson interviewed Ted Bundy.  People were saying that there is no forgiveness for Ted Bundy. He does not deserve it.  I would agree that he does not deserve it.  I would also agree that I do not deserve it.  Folks this is hard to accept but I have to believe it to be true that when God says the only unforgivable sin is that of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit that is the only unforgivable sin.  I am not saying that Ted Bundy and for that matter anyone should not be held responsible for what they have done that is wrong.  As far as humans go it was correct to sentence him to death.  He earned that from his actions.  In the whole of eternity God has His own plan and if Ted Bundy was honest (I am not so sure he is able to be honest) and actually accepted Christ then he will be in heaven (or as some think maybe a type of purgatory).

Christ Himself states in the Lords prayer for me to receive the forgiveness of God that I need to also forgive.  If I hold it back then so will He.  Matthew 18:21-35 a great parable about forgiveness.  I would not want to be the servant who did not show mercy and forgiveness.

Okay all this is getting to long for one post this may not be the best place to stop but I will continue the second piece later this week.

Series: Basic Christian Beliefs: Intro

English: A cross close to the church in Grense...

English: A cross close to the church in Grense Jakobselv, Norway. Suomi: Risti kirkon lähellä Vuoremijoella, Norjassa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am starting a small series.  I would like to have great discussion with the hope that if this goes well then the concepts vetted here can be published in a book format with the intended audience to be non-Christians who are interested in understanding Christianity in its simplest form.

I want to create a small easy to read book for someone who wants to learn about Christianity with out the Christian lingo in it but it expressly states the basic beliefs of all Christians. Lets work towards this goal.

I am thinking of these few topics (I want to keep the list short) faith, forgiveness, love, hope, grace, mercy.  This is all.  Please if you disagree with me say so in the discussion area below.  I want to fine tune this prior to moving on.  You will notice that I am not talking about Christ or about if God exist.  Those topics are worthy of great discussion but that is for a different series.  I am making certain assumptions and here they are:

  1. God exist
  2. Jesus is God
  3. Bible is with out error

If you do not believe this then I am sorry this particular series is for those who do and though I eventually will have those discussions this particular series is not the place.  Thanks all and God Bless.