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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

        If I was the only one alive, Jesus would've went to the cross for me. I can't fathom such love? I rushed head-on to an eternal death without Jesus' sacrifice.

   But, why did Jesus have to die?

He died in my place.

   My grandson's friend played basketball well, but he couldn't keep from griping. He mouthed off to his coach, and for that he was sentenced to ten laps around the gym. His punishment was clear. It was deserved. It was fair.

     After the first two laps, asthma all but closed his airways. He labored to breath, coughing and gasping. He paused to use his inhaler. A just punishment had been doled out, but the boy was unable to fulfill it.

     Another boy solved the problem. He ran the other eight laps, thus satisfying the punishment. All the boys understood that talking back to a teacher would not be tolerated without a price. Yet, the guilty party was given life, and time to heal because of his friend's substitution.

     God gave Adam and Eve a beautiful garden. Everything in it was for them except one tree.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17).
     Because Adam and Eve surrendered to sin, death was the punishment given to mankind. God wanted a relationship with his creation, but man hid from God, due to guilt. They knew the punishment, but they were unable to bear it.

     God promised a substitute to satisfy the punishment and provide eternal life for man. Jesus died on the cross to offer atonement for me.

     What does atonement mean?

     My thesaurus gives these synonyms: redemption, penance, amends, restitution, or compensation.

     The definition I like best is at-one-ment - at one with God.

A holy God wanted a relationship with sinful man so badly, that He sent the only one who could bear the punishment for us. In our weak state, we could not endure the penalty. Jesus, the sinless Son of God, died in our place, as our substitute.

     How does that make you feel?

     It makes me want to fall on my knees.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Does Faith Mean Waiting?

So when the traders came by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the well and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver, and they took him along to Egypt.
                 Genesis 37:28 Life Recovery Bible

13 years passed between these two verses, 13 years of betrayal, prison, disappointments.

Turning to Joseph, Pharaoh said to him, "Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, you are the wisest man in the country! I am hereby appointing you to be in charge of this entire project. What you say goes, throughout all the land of Egypt. I alone will outrank you."
             Genesis 41: 39-40 Life Recovery Bible  

What is faith?                                                                               
Clouds forming? I see miracles ahead. I took this picture at an RV Park in Kerrville, TX.

The Bible says that faith is "the substance of things unseen."

God felt by the heart, not by reason -  Blaise Pascal

Faith brings hope when there's no outward appearance of a reason to hope. - me

Roget's Super Thesaurus  gives these synonyms: belief, conviction, trust, confidence, certainty, sureness, credence, reliance, hope, dependence.

Webster's New World Dictionary  broadens the definition to "unquestioning belief."

The substance showing faith, as stated in the Bible, is often the act of waiting and accepting.

In the above verses, Joseph trusted God through all his trials. Though he was a mere slave, he did an excellent job for Potiphar. He exemplified God in all he did. When he was betrayed by Potiphar's wife, he accepted his fate with head held high, and his trust in God intact.

While days bled into years of prison life, Joseph rose to excellence because of his reliance, unquestioning belief, in God. Though the butler forgot his promise, Joseph continued to do his best.

Joseph waited for God's promise for thirteen years.
Joseph accepted whatever fate he was dealt.
The answer came in God's timing, not Joseph's.

I don't know about you, but my faith can be strong at the beginning of a trial. When God first promises deliverance, I believe him, but when the answer delays, I falter. What I forget is that God uses that waiting time to prepare me, to strengthen me, to help me see Him more clearly.

Days of praying for my granddaughter's healing, only to have her die, demonstrated God's supremacy.

Months of financial hardship taught me to look to God for sustenance.

Years of praying for children and grandchildren deepens my assurance that God's working.

Does faith mean waiting?

I think, a lot of times, it does.