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My God, My God…

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By Pastor Jeff,

Matthew 27:46, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

I have heard an explanation for this cry by Jesus that I have to say I have a hard time accepting. The thought that God the Father at the most horrific time would turn His back on the one that will reconcile us with Him I find just wrong.

It is clear in the scriptures that Jesus is God in the flesh, Colossians 2:8-9, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
The entire Old testament points to a day when God would take upon Himself “Flesh” to redeem us to Himself, Is 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
I don’t think I can do this message justice by not talking about the oneness of God, because when you try to make Jesus a separate co-equal, co-eternal part of some triune Godhead, you get into trouble. You must understand that the man Jesus, the Son was never co-eternal, He was begotten, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”.
When we look at the life of Jesus we find one that shows both His divinity and humanity, Jesus the one who multiplied the fish and loaves declared to His disciples one day that, Matthew 21:18, “Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.” The one who turned water into wine thirsted, John 19:28, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” The one who created all and knows all had to learn,” Luke 2:52, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”

With the suffering Jesus was going through in His flesh how cannot you want to scream out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Remember at any moment Jesus could of called on 12 legions of angels to end His suffering, Thank God He didn’t!  For the very reason that He was sentenced to death was that He didn’t deny being equal with God, Mark 14:61-62, “But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”

So if God did forsake Jesus what part in the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did God separate Himself from the man Jesus Christ? In the Garden? At His trial? At His beating? when He carried the cross? When He was nailed to the cross, when He cried out My God, My God?

My God declares several times that He will never leave us, never forsake us, never fail us, I can’t believe that this does not hold true for His only begotten, in fact scripture bares this out, John 16:32-33, “the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.”

So why did Jesus cry out, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Let’s look at Psalms 22:1, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”
Now if you look at the entire 22nd chapter of Psalms you can see that it is describing the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus, 6-8, “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.”
15-16, “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” (What a description of a crucifixion)
18, “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”
In essence Jesus was giving further evidence that He was indeed to Messiah as He fulfilled the scriptures exactly.

I don’t know about you but I need to know without hesitation that no matter what I’m going through that I have a God that will be there. He will never leave me, never forsake me, and for Jesus Christ on the cross, God was with and in Jesus till the very end!

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Why God Became a Man!

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By Pastor Jeff,

John 1:1, 14, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” Have you ever thought about what kind of child, teenager, young man that the man Jesus Christ would of been? We don’t find much in scripture that describes His life prior to the age of thirty other that what is says in Luke 2:52, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”

But the scripture tells us in Hebrews 4:15, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” . So imagine with me as I ponder the early life of Jesus. I wonder did He ever spill His milk at the dinner table, did He ever make a mistake in measuring or cutting a piece of wood in His father’s shop? Did He ever hit His thumb with a hammer or get a sliver? How was it being a brother or sister of Jesus, did He ever fight with them, or what was it like to follow Him in school? How was He in playing sports or games, did He always win? Was the life of Jesus easy or hard after all He always was aware of His destiny wasn’t He? These are just a few of the questions that run through my mind of how the life of our Savior Jesus Christ could have been.

So let’s answer the question of why God became a man? One reason was because  of the fall of Adam, Romans 5:19-21, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Another reason was to reveal the Father, John 1:18, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

But the best answer is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” because of his love we have eternal life, we have hope, we have a family, we have been given great power, and most importantly we have forgiveness! Not only the forgiveness from God which is extraordinary, but the power to forgive others and sometimes the hardest person, ourselves. He is worthy of all praise, glory, and honor for taking on this flesh in ordinary to sacrifice Himself for us on an old rugged cross!

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Who do we Fear?

fearswide-620x349  By Pastor Jeff

Fears, we all have them no matter how much we deny we do. Most christians associate fear with a lack of faith but we need to ask ourselves is all fear a bad thing?

Well it depends what meaning of fear we are talking about, the Old testament has over 24 different meanings for the word afraid, fear, fears, fearful, and fearing, the New Testament has at least 10. And not all are associated as bad, Proverbs 3:7, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” or the most well-known Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” You see many times the meaning af the word fear is defined as “revere or give reverence to” that is definitely not lacking of faith is it? If I fear being burned, I will keep my body away from a flame or something that may cause a burn, is this a lack of faith? Of course not, we need to understand that the english language and those that translated the word of God from its original had a tremendous task of trying to use the correct words in our rather limited language English. They did an excellent job but we need to get our definition from the context of what is being read.

It is interesting to read all the different fears or “phobias” that are described in the medical field, some are seemingly foolish such as “Barophobia– fear of gravity” since you really can’t do much about it or “Chaetophobia” fear of Hair” I guess that’s why I’m bald. But some are way more serious and can control us for when I was younger I had a severe fear of public speaking “Glossophobia”, I know a great fear for someone who would become preacher. But it was delibatating to me, I would become petrified at the very thought of having to stand up in front of any group to give a speech. So how did I overcome it? through the power of the Spirit of the Almighty and the word of God! did it happen over night? No, but one of the first scriptures I put to memory was Hebrews 13:6, “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”and 2Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” The word of God is one of the most powerful tools that any believer can tap into to help him or her overcome any fear of man that we have!

Let us be bold for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and not be found in the number of people that are found missing heaven in the book of Revelations 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” The word fear here means, timid or faithless, not a word that should be associated with church of Jesus Christ for not even the gates of hell can prevail against it!

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The Anchor

heb-6_19-anchor-of-our-soul-hope1    By Pastor Jeff

About a month ago my wife Carmen, stepson Lucas, and I went to visit my dear mother-in-law in Northern Minnesota. She lives on a lake and when ever we go up there we have to try our good fortunes out on the lake fishing. So we took the boat out on a somewhat very windy day and since she is familiar with the best fishing spots we dropped anchors in what promised to be a grand location. Well it didn’t take very long until I realized that we were drifting rather quickly into the nearby weed bed. So we pulled up anchor, found them to be clean of any mud or weeds so we motored our way back to our original area, dropped anchors again but this time we stood firm. When were ready to move we pulled up the anchors, this time it was much harder to bring them up, and we found the anchors this time covered with mud and weeds from the lake floor.

God then started to talk to me shortly after about this and I found the scripture in Hebrews 6:19, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” Jesus Christ needs to be our anchor for He is both “sure and steadfast” but unfortunately many a Christian does not see the importance of having and being able to use their anchor to be able to withstand the even lightest of winds. Many just put there anchor in the bow of the boat, where it gets lost over a period of time so when the wind comes they find themselves bashed against the weeds or worse the rocks of this world. We can compare this to the word of God, 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” Jesus also told us that we cannot live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God. Too many believers are being led astray by the many false prophets of our day, we need to read and study His word just not on Sundays but throughout our week, Amen!

Depending on the size of your boat you also need to have the proper anchor, if it’s to small, it really becomes as no use, and once again find yourself being blown of course. We need to have a daily prayer life with our Lord and Savior to allow our faith to be large enough when the winds become stronger.

We then need to have the anchor secure enough for it to withstand in times that the enemy is putting everything it can to push us away from the love of Jesus Christ in our lives. We need to put on the full armor of God as mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-18 to allow us to do this. Its becoming more apparent that this world is becoming increasingly against the true message of salvation and living fully for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We need to have our anchor sure and steadfast in Jesus Christ in order to be able to withstand the wiles of the devil, so let Jesus become the anchor of your soul!

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