God Wrapped Up In Flesh
Jesus Did It For You And Me
Genesis 1:1 in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
John 1:1-5 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 anything made that was made. In him was life and the life was the light of men and the light shine in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.
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.
As I studied on this past week I found that to love God is to know Him and to know Him is to obey Him. I found that in spite of all that Jesus faced in the earth He loved the Father. He obeyed all that He was sent to do as a man. Man had not known God when they were first created in the earth, only what He had said to them. They had no experience with the things of the earth; not even knowing they were wrapped up in flesh. Who we are in Christ is whatís on the inside of us; that part that God created like He and the angels (Gen. 1:26). Christ wanted to show that in Him is no flesh recognized.
Matthew 1:18 & 21 now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise; when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their sins.
It was flesh hanging on the Cross, but that was not who Jesus was. He actually had no flesh qualities; everything they did to his body did not stop Him from being who He was. In Christ we are expected to be seen the same. We are all sons and daughters, no one more or less than the other. All things belong to God that so wonderfully created it. We were created equally but made differently. We are one in Christ although we may be tenth in the natural family line. God once again desire a spiritual family in earthen vessels. Christ came when Jesus died to bring us in unity with God again. We are spiritual beings in earthen vessels; it is the Spirit breathed in us that made us come alive as a living soul (Gen. 2:7).
When we say we believe and accept Christ in our lives we will make a confession that He is who he say he is. We come in a spiritual relationship with God once again. When God had created and made man; the first man Adam he had to come to know God. Adam as a newborn child had to follow on to obey God as it determined his love for his Creator. When we come to Christ we too must seek to know Him that we fall in love with God. Even in our earthly relationships we must come to know those we say we love. We are born in the world of a father and mother. We believe they are who they say they are and accept the relationship for what it is. We go about in the earth confessing that they are our parents. Well in Christ we are to use the same concept even though we have not seen God, Christ, or the Spirit at any time. We just believe!
Wearing the shoes of Christ is no easy task. Many try but are failing to enclose the shoe laces. Many try but canít surround the shoe exact to fit the feet. No two people will wear a pair of shoes like another. But with Jesus we have to walk the same walk and talk the same talk. We too must fill the shoes He wore when he was here in the earth. When we come together in worship our prayer should be that we have come expecting a moving Word. We should be so glad to have come to hear a Word from God that will radically change our life forever.
We thank God that He sent his darling Son Jesus to be a ransom for us. We thank God that He came and died that we may live and freely serve Him in Spirit and in Truth. We love God because He first loved us. We serve Him because we believe and trust in Him. We have faith that He is God and God in Him so therefore He is also in us. We believe that as in like fashion he left, he will return again.
We know Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation; Hebrews 9:28. For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his works Matthews 16:27. For we have need of patience that after we have done the Will of God, we might receive the promise, Hebrews 10:36
It was a solemn thing when Jesus started on His last journey to Jerusalem, for He knew what his fate was. The people were alive with hope that Jesus would finally allow them to declare him to be the Messiah and King at Jerusalem. Jesus discouraged their expectation by the parable to teach responsibility while the Kingdom is delayed (Luke 19:11-28). The centuries since have shown the truth of the claim of Jesus that He is the Son of God. He is the Master of men and the hope of the world today. Christians follow the words of Jesus and worship Him as Lord and Savior and rejoice in His presence and power.
Jesus revived faith and hope before His ascension. He urged that the disciples wait for the Holy Spirit who would give them insight and power for the world conquest which He had laid on them. We too have that same promise of the Holy Ghost and life eternal. We pray that you would do as we and consider the whole of what Jesus has done for us!
God bless you as you continue to walk with Christ, keep his sayings, and overcome the world. What we have heard of Christ; obey. What we have seen of his works; testify of it. Feel the power of God and recognize the truthfulness of his claims about Himself. We can overcome because Jesus did. We must come under the power of the Holy Ghost to understand fully the spiritual nature of the kingdom of God and of the Messiah as King with confidence
The Sayings of Jesus are mainly concerned with the teaching. One can see most of this document by noticing a harmony carefully. The Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John agree in the general outline of the life of Jesus. We find in the Gospels that taken together they give us a four-sided view but yet it is a spiritually harmonious picture view of Jesus Christís mission and message as the Son of God. The reliability of these accounts has been confirmed.
The hours of darkness on the Cross were a time we will never forget. It has never happened since that time that we know of. It was a time that only Jesus himself wore; could we have worn his shoes? From noon to 3 pm a spiritual darkness enveloped (surrounded, wrapped up the sun covering it completely, hid the sun, concealed its light); the Cross and the City. It was the time of the full moon and so it was not an ordinary eclipse. This darkness was a time of silence and terror. We donít know how many times Jesus spoke on the Cross, but the Gospels give us seven of them. Three were before the darkness and four was after the darkness came.
After Jesus had been crucified He was taken down, put in a tomb and it was sealed by the Pharisee, Matthew 27:66; for they recalled Jesusí saying that he would rise again. Pilate had made certain that Jesus was dead by the piercing of his side at the hands of the soldiers when water and blood came out. The seal of Rome on the mouth of the tomb with soldiers to guard it put the stamp and the power of Rome on that tomb. As we approach the Gospels and see their accounting of Jesus and the Words he spoke on the Cross we find no real contradictions. The place of Calvary was a place that looked like a skull not a place where skulls were dumped. It was outside the City and probably not where the Church was located.
Jesus faced his accusers, was tried by the Roman law of a false charge. Jesus was harmless and innocent of political aspirations. Can we wear the shoes of persecution? Many of us probably would have committed suicide in the jail. Pilate the king wanted to set Jesus free. He wanted to get rid of the case. He sent Him to Herod Antipas with the hope of getting rid of a troublesome case and at the same time desiring to please Herod. Herod sent Jesus back to him. He tried then to set Jesus free but the people called for Barrabas to be released instead of Jesus. Only when the Sanhedrin threatened did he agree to the crucifixion of Jesus whom he insisted was innocent of any crime against Caesar.
Pilate was the Governor, the 5th Roman procurator (he managed the financial affairs of the province). This is Pontius Pilate of Judea. After his mild attempt to set Jesus free responded to the desire of the multitude and gave Jesus up to be crucified. Pilate later on had to give an account of his actions concerning Jesus to Tiberius. Tiberius was the 3rd Emporer of Rome. He began his military government of the provinces here and he possessed great military skills and extended the power of the empire during his reign of 23 years. On Pilateís way Tiberius died before he would arrive at Rome. Tiberius died and Pilate was banished to Vienna in Gaul where it is reported he committed suicide; he killed himself.
Herod Antipas mocked Christ (Luke 23:7-12) in the description of his character. He was referred to as ďthat foxí. He also beheaded John the Baptist (Mark 6:16-28). The High Priest, the chief of the Order of Priests, nationís representative before Jehovah was too guilty of the blood of Jesus. Aaron was appointed the High Priest and all others were of divine appointment and were to be consecrated for life. Caesar was the Roman Emporer.
Please understand that Jesus did it for us; you and me. Judas (Matthew 27:3-5) when he knew he had betrayed Jesus was condemned, repented himself and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the Chief Priest and Elders. He said, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood and they said what is that to us? See thou to that and he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed and went and hanged his self. The thirty pieces of silver he threw down in the temple was taken by the Chief Priests who said (Matthew 27:6) it is not lawful for to put them into the treasury because it is the price of blood. They took counsel together and brought a field with the money to bury strangers in. It is called the field of blood. The Chief Priests and Elders had persuaded the multitude that they should ask for Barabbas (Matthews 27:20). Pilate washed his hands before the multitude saying I am innocent of the blood of this just person (Matthew 27:24). The people then said his blood be on us and our children.
In Matthew 27:27 they took Jesus into the common hall. The soldiers stripped Him and put on him a scarlet robe, they platted a crown of thorns upon his head and a reed in his right hand and they bowed the knee before him and mocked him saying ďhail king of the Jews. They spit on him, took the reed and smote him on the head and then they took the robe off and put on his clothes. They then led him away to be crucified. On the way they compelled Simon the Cyrenian to bear Jesus Cross. They gave Jesus vinegar to drink mingled with gall, and when Jesus had tasted thereof, he would not drink. They crucified him and parted his garments, casting lots.
All power was given to Jesus (Matthew 28:18) in heaven and earth. He then gave us an assignment to win souls for the Kingdom. Therefore whatever every manís assignment is; it will be centered around; soul winning. Jesus died for the souls of men even today.