Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST
During this season of the year, the religious world shifts into high gear with ritualistic thrusts on two “holidays” or so- called ” Holy Days”, that is called ” Good Friday” and “Easter”. While giving lip service to two actions of Christ, apostate Christianity overlooks the real Biblical significance of Christ’s literal death and literal resurrection.
1. The Death of Christ was a Voluntary death: While it is true from a human perspective, Christ’s crucifixion was a result of despicable plot by one of his supposed disciples and the chief priests and Pharisees who hated Christ and the Roman soldiers who actually crucified him on the Cross, the Scripture delineates that it was preplanned, and voluntary death. 1st Peter 1:20 reads, ” Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last time for you,” Isaiah 50:6 reads, ” I gave my back to the smiters, and my checks to them that pluck of the hair. I hid not my face from shame and spitting.” The Gospel of John 10:11 which reads, “ I am the good shepherd and the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” And again John 10:17 and 18 reads, ” Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down; and I have power to take it again…”
2. The Death of Christ was a Vital Death: There are many great needs a depraved humanity lacks, that only the death of Christ could provide. In this regard the death of Christ was necessary for the remission of sins; Matthew 26:28 reads, ” For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”. Hebrews 9:22 reads, ” And almost all things are by the law are purged by blood. and without the shedding of blood there is no remission (forgiveness).”
The death of Christ was necessary for the removal of sins: John 1:29 ” behold the lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.” Yes, For the forgiven sinner, God states in Psalm 103:2, ” As far as the east is from the west , so far hath he removed our transgression from us.”
The Death of Christ is essential for the reconciliation of sinners. Ephesians 2:13 reads, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were afar off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” In Colossians 2:21 we have the affirmation of this reconciliation. ” And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.”
3. The Death of Christ was a Vicarious Death: The word vicarious means to take another’s place , to become a substitute for; in His death He assumed the place that we deserved; He died as our substitute, taking our place on the Cross, while also freely bestowing the benefits that result from that atoning substitutionary death. 2nd Corinthians 5:21, ” 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.” 1st Peter 2:24 reads, “who his own self bare our sin in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes we are healed.” Titus 2:14, ” who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” The Book of Isaiah 53:6 states the same truth which reads, ” All we like a sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Dear Friends, Calvary shows us the measure of man’s sin. It also shows us the measure of God’s love. Christ came not to this world to teach men how to live, but to give men life to live. Have you that life which Christ imparts to all them that put their faith and trust on Him? Are you saved born again by the Spirit of God?
Wishing you a blessed Easter holiday !!
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff