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The Unpaid Debt

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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When I was a teenager (which dates me quite a bit) there was a popular song entitled, “He Paid a Debit He Did Not Owe” by Ellis J. Crum. The essence of the lyrics was to share about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. He did this to save us and to bare our penalty before God. The punishment that we all deserved was paid in full by Christ’s death on the wooden tree. This act of grace affords us the opportunity to be free from the consequences of our sins.

jesus on crossAnother aspect of this song is that we owe a debt to God but there is no way we can ever repay it and neither does God expect any payment. The price was paid in full that first Easter so that we can live with Him eternally.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” I Peter 3:18 Christ’s ultimate purpose was to bring you to God. He is just waiting for us to come.

Following is a video of the song, “He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe” sung by Conrad Fisher. Listen to the words and reflect on that great debt that was paid because He loves us so much.

He Paid a Debt

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The Easter Formula

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Even though I survived years of Math classes in school, I never really enjoyed them. I especially hated those classes where you had to find some unknown number in an equation or put some real life problems into equations and solve them.

I have recently seen an equation of 3 nails + 1 cross = 4giveness. This appears on T-shirts, bumper stickers, ornaments and jewelry, just to name a few. I believe there is even a Facebook page.  I am so glad I know that this equation was solved many years ago by Christ’s death on the cross. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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jesus on crossChrist’s crucifixion was a slow and painful execution on a wooden cross where He was left to hang until he died. Those three nails, one in each hand/wrist and one through both feet were made of heavy, probably square, iron material, 7-9 inches long. What a painful experience. Hallelujah, He did it all for us!

The 3 nails plus the 1 cross allowed us to be forgiven. Let’s reflect on the price Christ paid that we could have forgiveness of our sins. The Easter formula was a love expressed beyond any other.

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Were You There?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

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A famous African-American spiritual entitled, “Were You There” asks some very thought-provoking questions. This song is based on the following passage of scripture from Acts 2:23-24Acts 2:23-24
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23 him, being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye by the hand of lawless men did crucify and slay: 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

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: “This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”

First, the song asks if you were there when they crucified my Lord? Jesus was there. Pilate was there. But no, you were not there!

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree is the second question. Jesus was there suffering and carrying all the burden of our sins. Mary, his mother, was there enduring the grief and pain of seeing her son go through such suffering. But, yet she knew it was prophesied. Jesus’ disciples were there in total disbelief. A condemned thief was there totally believing in God’s mercy. But no, you were not there!

The next question is if you were you there when they laid Him in the tomb. Jesus was still there after experiencing the agony of torture all bloodied and lifeless. His disciple, Joseph, was there, burying Him. Pilate’s centurion guard was there; however, his attempt to guard against Jesus’ escape was unsuccessful. No, you were not there then either!

Finally, the spiritual asks if you were there when He rose up from the grave. Amidst the rumbling earthquake, you were not there but . . . neither was Jesus. Our Savior had risen! 

Hallelujah, the resurrection of Jesus witnesses the immense power of God himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. No one would be redeemed from sin had Christ not arose from the grave. Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important to salvation? It demonstrated that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. It proves that God has the power to raise us from the dead. It guarantees that those who believe in Christ will not remain dead and will be resurrected unto eternal life. We can have that blessed hope. Although we were not physically there, we were there in Jesus’ thoughts and actions. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The resurrection is the triumphant and glorious victory over the grave for every believer.

HE LIVES!!!

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The Hidden Gift of Christmas

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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You might wonder what is meant by the hidden gift of Christmas. We all know that Christmas is all about presents, trees, ornaments, baked goodies, parties, family get-togethers and on and on. Oh, how we all enjoy those things. So how could there be anything hidden?

No matter how much many people want to take Christ out of “Christ”mas, it is impossible to do so because . . . 

Christmas begins with “Christ”.

Christ died on the cross for forgiveness of our sins, thus the cross of Christ is the hidden gift. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23Romans 6:23
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23 For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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What a gift that was! God displayed his great love for us by sending Jesus Christ, born in a stable and placed in a humble manger on that first Christmas morn, to one day die for us. Thank God for the cross.

MERRY “CHRIST”MAS!

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Easter Every Day

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Do you know what Easter is all about? Do you realize what Jesus did for you? Pointed yet thought provoking questions. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25John 11:25
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25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live;

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As you begin to realize that on Easter (the resurrection of Jesus Christ) we celebrate the world’s most important miracle and glorious event in history, our hearts should be overwhelmed with gratitude and praise. Thus, we should celebrate Easter three hundred and sixty five days a year not just on its special designated day in our church.

What does His resurrection mean to you today? As the old song goes because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone because I know who holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives. John 14:19John 14:19
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19 Yet a little while, and the world beholdeth me no more; but ye behold me: because I live, ye shall live also.

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b NAS states, “Because I live, you shall live also.”  Wow! Have you considered all that Christ did on your behalf?

Those “spiritual goose bumps” should be rejuvenating every part of you at this point. Christ gave us a victory that we did not earn or deserve, yet, it is ours to have. Let us rejoice and be glad in Him!

A thought to ponder: How can I make Easter more real and meaningful not only on Easter Sunday but every day of the year?

Enjoy the music by the Bill Gaither Vocal Band as they sing, “Because He Lives”.

Bill Gaither – Because He Lives

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