He died the most humiliating, excruciating death. He hung there suffocating and in agony on the wooden cross with nails driven through His wrists and feet. He was forsaken by all and mocked, being appointed with the criminals. But none of that meant nothing to the innocent, sinless Lamb. It meant absolutely nothing compared to the real and utter loneliness He felt when the dirty filth of our sins were upon Him as He died for them. The loneliness that struck Him when the Father had to turn His eyes away from His only beloved Son for a moment because of them. How tender was this grace and mercy of God for us undeserving humans, how tender indeed!
One of the most misused passages in God’s word is John 10:10, where the Lord Jesus Christ speaks to the people saying, “The thief only comes to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” What’s being taught is that Christ will bless us with wealth and prosperity in this life, and that all of our struggles would vanish when we allow Him to rule in our lives and become Christians. So when people come to Christ with all of their turmoil, they believe all of their troubles will immediately be over to live in prosperity. But such is far from the truth, and, unfortunately, when one comes into Christ with this mindset and see that it doesn’t happen, they forsake Him and leave His church to go back into the world.
The Scriptures are filled with prophetic messianic messages about Jesus. The Lord even expressed Himself to be the Messiah to the hardened Pharisees in John 5:39 saying, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me.” It not only testifies about Him being the Messiah, but also being the second personality in the Godhead. In the book of Isaiah God proclaimed, “I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give my glory to another, nor My praise to graven images” (42:8). Jehovah was very serious when He made such a proclamation: not one created being or materialistic idol will be glorified and praised as gods or as God Himself.
Taking our last breath in this life not in Christ and still in bondage to sin results in eternal separation from God–separated from His glory, and separated from His presence. What places a barrier between us and God are our transgressions against His word. The prophet Isaiah stated, “Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you” (Isaiah 59:2). That’s how defiling sin is! Jehovah knew we would not master over our transgressions without His help, so He sent His only Son to be our atonement. Now it’s in Christ that we obtain victory; as the apostle Paul wrote, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
God. The very word alone stirs up emotions among believers and nonbelievers regardless of it being positive or negative. It’s a powerful word, and He’s a powerful Being. Such a Creator has been worshiped, praised, and reverenced since the beginning of creation, and He’s also been provoked, tested and questioned. One of the most commonly asked questions by both believers and nonbelievers is: If God created us, who created Him?
“Einstein introduced his revolutionary General Theory of Relativity. In this, space and time were no longer Absolute, no longer a fixed background to events. Instead, they were dynamical quantities that were shaped by the matter and energy in the universe. They were defined only within the universe, so it made no sense to talk of a time before the universe began.” – Stephen Hawking, Origin of the Universe.
Einstein and Hawking stated the undeniable fact that time started when the universe began and that it would be silly to suggest that time started before the universe came into existence. Therefore, we can come to the conclusion that the things before which are not bound to the universe, space and time are eternal since everything bound by time has a beginning and an end. The fathers Continue reading ““In the Beginning, God Created the Heavens and the Earth.” OK, So Who Created God?”