He gave His life for all of mankind, so that we would have a way back to the Father.
He knew there was no other way but to be the most pure, holy, unblemished sacrifice, to be the propitiation for our sins, in order to save us all.
THIS is what the Lord Jesus, Yeshua HaMaschiach has done for every single person that has ever lived, whether they believe in Him or not; whether they love Him, or hate Him.
THIS is the only way any human is allowed to be in the presence of the Holy, Living, Almighty God in Eternal Life.
Jesus Christ is THE only WAY, TRUTH, and LIFE; all other ways will lead to the everlasting fire.
HONOR Him today by acknowledging, remembering, and thanking Him for what the LORD God the Father permitted-to have His only begotten Son be the precious slain Lamb of God, take our place on that Cross, and become that Divine sacrifice for all of mankind.
Today is a day celebrated by many in the Judeo-Christian world. For many of our Jewish brethren, it is Erev Pesach, the start of the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread-Hag Hamatzot. Did you know that they are two separate feasts?🙂 The Feast of Unleavened Bread starts a day after Pesach, or Passover, which technically is only one day.
For the next seven days I will eat but matzoh for my bread, as a reminder to myself of what the Israelites went through when they had to leave in such a hurry to escape from Egypt (see Ex. 12:39).
When I had a family to celebrate with, I made the entire Passover meal—it was fun to take part in it with my daughter back then. Now, not so much, being a solitary, but I look forward to the Day when I do get to share that 4th cup of Hallel-the Cup of Praise, with our Messiah and King Yeshua/Jesus, at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb(see Rev. 19:6-9).
Jesus mentioned it to the disciples while celebrating that last Passover meal He had with them (see Matthew 26:29). He told them He would not drink of that last cup (there are four cups of wine in the Passover ritual meal), until He could drink it all with them, and us, in the Kingdom.
I wait for That Day.
Today is not only the start of these feasts, but also what we Christians call Good Friday, the day that the Lord Jesus took His cross up to Golgotha—the place of the skull—and sacrificed His life for the whole of mankind, in order to make a way back to the Father, by taking ALL of our sins, and placing them on Himself. Isaiah 53 speaks of the prophecy of the Passover Lamb, esp verses 3-5.
Unfortunately, it seems like the whole world, except for a remnant that the LORD Himself mentioned in Scripture many times (see Micah 5:7-8), have done exactly what verse 6 in Isaiah 53:6 states: “All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his OWN way; and the LORD hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.”
Today, as you go about the day, just reflect on what the LORD God allowed His Son Jesus, to do for us. Think of the sacrifice that He made on that day—by getting flogged until flesh was torn from Him, and then, walked with His cross, and died a most horrific death by crucifixion.
He did all that for us wretched sinners, who Isaiah himself said in 64:6, “And we are all become as one unclean, and all of our justices as the rag of a menstruous woman(the Douay-Rheims translation spells it out for us!!): and we have all fallen as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Did we deserve it? No. We should have been the ones to die upon that cross, not Him. It was a selfless act of love-eternal love, that the Triune God has for His creation, who unfortunately, barely recognize Him anymore as their Creator.
Some of you may not believe in the Messiah. Some may not care at all about Him, or what He did. One Day, although it will be too late then to accept Him once you stand before Him in Judgment, you will finally know Who He is.
But for many, unfortunately, the Lord Jesus will become their Judge, Whom the Father assigned Him to be as such, for all of mankind (see John 5:22).
I would much rather see you all, accepting the Lord Jesus, as your Messiah and King, Lord and Savior, than your Judge (Ps. 50:6; Is. 33:22; Daniel 7:9-10; Rev. 20:11-15).
There is much left to happen in this world; many more prophecies have yet to be fulfilled. Passages in Daniel and Revelation, for example, still need to come to pass. But no matter what man or demon try to do to stop Him, the entirety of His Word will be fulfilled.
And I fear, not for myself, nor for any of my brothers and sisters who have accepted the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit into their lives—but for those of you who have yet to acknowledge Jesus as the Passover Lamb, who came to take away the sins of the world (Jn. 1:29; 1 Jn. 3:5).
For those of you who have yet wanted to realize that what Scripture says about Him-“For Christ our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7). For the majority of mankind that would rather looks to false gods (demons) and other false teachers, than accept the Lamb who has NOW become the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (see Genesis 49:8-12; Hebrews 7:14-16, Revelation 5:5).
The Lord Jesus WILL return one day, just as He said He would, just as the Scriptures prophesied as well. After all, He Himself IS the Word of God (Jn. 1:1-3). “The WORD was MADE FLESH and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
I pray, beloved, that on these feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday (Easter), will be the time that those of you who have yet to accept the Lord Jesus as Messiah, finally do go to Him, humble yourselves, and pray to have Him in your lives as Lord, Savior, Master, and King.
One last passage: “And I (John) saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat on upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns (2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 4:10); and He had a Name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name was called the WORD OF GOD” (Revelation 19:11-13)
Today is Resurrection Sunday, aka Easter Sunday! Christ is RISEN from the grave, and has defeated Death once and for all! Jesus has given us NEW HOPE, and a NEW LEASE on LIFE—Eternal Life, that is. ALL who desire to have their lives dramatically changed FOREVER here AND in the LIFE that is to come, are WELCOME to CALL upon His Name, ASK, SEEK, KNOCK—go to Jesus and realize how REAL He is!!
He’s not an imaginary figure; He’s not a Myth or a Legend; He’s not just some good man that walked the Earth for a time; He’s NOT like any priest, rabbi, pope, prophet, holy man, guru, sage, etc. that’s ever walked this Earth. He WASN’T a man FIRST, and then became a God, as one cult teaches; nor was He a “spirit creature”, or an “angel” that became a human for the time He was on Earth, and then reverted back to his “spirit creature” angelic form, like another cult today teaches. He’s NOT just a “good Prophet”, but yet still lower than some other “so-called” prophet that today is being “preached about”, yet STILL IS IN HIS GRAVE, awaiting Judgment!
No, Jesus is not like ANY of those people who have come either before, OR after Him. He’s the ONLY ONE that is GOD IN THE FLESH (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22-23). The LORD God through Moses said He would come, and walk among His people (Genesis 3:15; Leviticus 26:11-12; Deuteronomy 18:15-19). Jesus CONFIRMED what Moses said in Luke 24:27, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning HIMSELF (my emphasis).” Look also at John 5:46, and you’ll see that Jesus also said, “For had you believed Moses, you would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me.” In John 8:58, Jesus basically told the Pharisees, Saducees, and other leaders, flat out WHO He was—“Truly I tell you, before Abraham was, I AM”(See pic!).
The Apostle Peter made mention as well about how Moses spoke of the coming Messiah, yet most of them rejected Him, Jesus, when He showed up (see Acts 3:22-23).
More and more, people are desiring to know the TRUTH about what’s going on in this nation of ours, from the issues in politics, right down to the TRUTH concerning the very foods we eat, whether or not they are good for us, and how they are being handled. If we are so concerned about all those things, HOW THEN can we not be concerned about our very SOULS, and the TRUTH about there being a GOD, and His Son, Jesus Christ, AND the FACT according to the Scriptures (which have a 100% accuracy to this day!), there IS an afterlife, AND a judgment for ALL living souls, whether of not they believed IN Him! It is written, “ALL souls are Mine…” (Ezekiel 18:4). The Lord God Elohim truly IS the “Father of spirits”, as it is written in Hebrews 12:9. Even JESUS’ spirit had to be accounted for, and RETURNED to the Father, upon His death on the Cross—“And Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I entrust My spirit” (Luke 23:46, CSB translation). Ecclesiastes 12:7 says, “And the dust returns into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit return to God, who gave it.”
It was GOD the FATHER who RAISED JESUS from the dead on the THIRD DAY, defeating once and for ALL, the sin of Death and Hell that awaited every living spirit and soul that walked this Earth. ONLY JESUS was without sin; so it was ONLY HE that could take upon Himself the SIN of the world, as it is written. (2 Cor. 5:21). NO ONE ELSE filled His shoes; NO ONE ELSE could “copy” what He did, and NO ONE ELSE will be able to allow us to ENTER into the JOY of the LORD (Matt. 25:23), when we, who are His, will hear on That Day, “WELL DONE, THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT…” There is no other way back to the Father God Elohim, EXCEPT through Jesus Christ, (John 14:6), His only Begotten Son, and it is HE who LIVES and REIGNS FOREVER (Ps. 146:10; Exodus 15:18; Ps. 9:7-12; Lam. 5:19). I’ll write this one out and close with it—Revelation 11:15: “Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in Heaven saying, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and HE shall reign for ever and ever.”
I’m definitely “feeling” it this week; it is Holy Week, and the Passover is also upon us. I can’t wait for that, because I love to celebrate Passover just as much as Easter. It’s because of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread and Passover, that we get to celebrate Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, as it’s also been know as in recent years.
It’s an intense spiritual week for sure—the last week of Christ was chock full of energy, excitement, and emotion. What started out on what we believers call “Palm Sunday”—the day that Jesus rode in on a donkey (Matthew 21:1-7), which was prophetic Scripture being fulfilled right there (see Zechariah 9:9)—the people shouting, “Hosanna in the highest” (Matt. 21:8-11), ended with Jesus being arrested (Matt. 26:47-56), beaten to an unrecognizable figure (Luke 23:13-17), and nailed to a Cross on what is known as Good Friday, dying for ALL of mankind’s sins (Luke 23:33-47).
I saw “The Passion of the Christ”, when it came out years ago. I’ll never forget that day in the theatre—all the people that were in there with their usual drinks and popcorn and such (I knew not to get any that day—would have choked on it while crying), talking quietly prior to the movie started, were NOT the same people afterwards. I KNEW it was going to be intense; I knew that the previous movies about Jesus never really described in depth, what He truly went through. It’s one thing to read a verse or two about Pilate ordering Jesus to be flogged (John 19:1) or “beaten” as some translations have it, but it’s a whole other experience when you see it play out on a huge screen, and how it was done.
The Flagellum (Latin name for it) or “Cat of Nine Tails”, as it is commonly called (see pic), was used for the scourging of any person that was ordered to receive such punishment. Note: the Romans did not use it on their own citizens (see Acts 22:25); it was reserved for criminals, slaves and the like. It was designed in such a way, that just a couple of whips from the Flagellum, would start to rip the flesh off the person. It was usually about three feet long, with pieces of bone, glass, metal, lead, etc. attached to it, so that every whip from it would “catch” on to the person’s skin, and not only leave stripes and welts, it would tear away the skin bit by bit. The person would be tied to a scourging pole, and it wasn’t supposed to go any more than forty lashes; most people would have died from the scourging alone if they received as many lashes.
When all of us watching that scene of Jesus being beaten to a pulp, you could have heard a pin drop in that place. I remember looking around at the viewer’s faces; they were utterly horrified at what they just saw. No longer was it just a couple of verses in the Bible they read once or twice (if that), or something they heard their pastor or priest mention. Now it became that much more real to them. I started to hear gasps and sobs from them.
But Jesus endured all of it, and managed to walk to Golgotha (Matt. 27:33), with Simon of Cirene helping Him to carry His cross (Matt. 27:32).
Clearly, Mel Gibson got his point across, that Jesus truly suffered much more than other films depicted, and Mel brought to life what it says in Isaiah 53:1-10. I will write that entire passage here from the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) version:
“Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a young plant and like a root (the “root of Jesse”—see Isaiah 11:10, Romans 15:12) out of dry ground. He didn’t have an impressive form or majesty that we should look upon him, no appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; he was despised, and WE DIDN’T VALUE HIM (my emphasis, any words you see in CAPS [except for the word LORD] until the end of the quote). Yet he himself bore OUR sicknesses, and he carried OUR pains; but we in turn regarded him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was PIERCED because of OUR rebellion, crushed because of OUR iniquities; punishment for OUR peace was on him, and we are HEALED by his wounds. We all went astray like sheep; we ALL have turned to our OWN way; and the LORD has punished HIM for the iniquity of us ALL. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did NOT open his mouth. Like a lamb to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not open his mouth (Matt. 26:63; Mark 14:53-65).
He was taken away because of oppression and judgment; and who considered his fate? For he was CUT OFF (see what the prophet Daniel said about Messiah being “cut off” after 69 weeks—Daniel 9:24-27, esp. vs. 26) from the land of the living; he was STRUCK (flogged, crucified) because of my people’s rebellion. He was assigned a grave with the wicked (two thieves that were crucified and died alongside Him—see Matt. 27:38), but he was with a rich man at his death (see what Matt. 27:57, Mark 15:43-46, John 19:38-42, Luke 23:50-53 said about Joseph of Arimathea), because he had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully (see what Pilate (and Pilate’s wife!) said about Him in Matt. 27:2, 9, 24; Mark 15:2; John 18:37; Acts 13:28). YET the LORD was pleased to crush him severely. When you make a guilt offering, he will SEE his SEED, he will prolong his days, and by HIS HAND, the LORD’S pleasure will be ACCOMPLISHED (see Numbers 11:23; 23:19; Ezekiel 12:25; Isaiah 14:24; Psalm 115:3; 135:6).”
It pleased God to put Jesus through all that suffering, pain and excruciating death. Why? All out of LOVE for His Creation. It was NOT just for those who follow Him, and call Him Savior and Lord; but also for those who really couldn’t care less about Him, or what He’s done. The very BREATH that comes out of our lungs belongs to the LORD God; He could “cut off” that ANY second He chooses. He could have left us for eternal Death and damnation, but He CHOSE to sacrifice His only Begotten, NOT CREATED, Son, Jesus, the Second Person in the Triune Godhead, to make restitution for all of mankind. As it is written, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission (of sins) (Hebrews 9:22).”
There was and IS NO OTHER way back to the Father God, except through the death of Jesus on the Cross for the sins of mankind. BUT, God didn’t stop there; there was also that THIRD DAY that Jesus “just so happened” 🙄😉to mention about as well😏…❤️✝️🌈
I pray that you have a Blessed Passover, and Easter! Remember to honor God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, in all that you say and do. LIVE out your LOVE for Him daily, by professing His Name to others.
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