Calvary – Golgotha

It is called the place of the skull. Our Savior, the sinless, perfect Son of God, took on flesh to become our sacrificial lamb. This is the day we honor and celebrate the event called Calvary.

I could endlessly discuss the scourging, torture, crown of thorns, asphyxiation, and the physical agony that went along with the weight of bearing and carrying every one of our sins. But reading about the scene and the story today, from the Gospel of John, what struck me was that our Savior was rejected by His own religious people.
(John 19:15-16) They put their trust in Caesar over the Savior! Religious people trusting a secular king. How sad, but necessary for our redemption, salvation, and justification.

Thank God for Calvary! Thank you Jesus for dying for me!

The Church

I once again observed our church family do a wonderful thing! It is an awesome sight to watch those whom you led to Christ, or those whom you are leading in spiritual things: Do the Work of God! I have observed the people of Faith at Newtown mobilize and serve the Lord this summer. It is a beautiful thing! I thank God so very much for those whom I am able to touch and direct in ministry! I truly love them!

Here is the Scriptural truth: Ephesians 4:16 “When each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Each person in Faith at Newtown is doing this! It is so precious and I am blessed to the Spirit of God doing this in my midst! Praising Jesus!

A Second Post on Hope

In a world where hope is defined as “hope so”, the Biblical concept for hope is assurance. It is always important for us to define terms.

Colossians 1:27 states, “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” What a wonderful verse!

The Old Testament Jews didn’t expect God to graft in or allow the Gentile people to become part of His family! This mystery was exposed and made known after His death, burial, and resurrection. So as the Apostle Paul addresses this church, he reassures the church that “Christ in you” is their hope. Jesus in the life of the believer is the assurance of God’s plan! Jesus is the “Assurance” of glory!

As a believer in Jesus Christ, you can go through your day shining and showing the assurance of glory! Wear a smile! You have the “Hope of Glory”!

Our Hope

I love the verse found in 1 Peter 1:12. “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Our focus, calling, hope, assurance, and future is all wrapped up in one event! The Return of Jesus Christ is our future! What a glorious event it will be! The Bible says, “every eye shall see Him, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord”. This verse in Peter states that “all grace” will be brought to you on that day. What a day that will be! I am ready for it, it is my assurance and confidence!

Two Things Jesus Did for Us at Calvary

In my Good Friday message, I shared the two things Calvary gave us that John writes about in his epistle. 1 John 2:1-2 says that Jesus became our Advocate and our Propitiation. Jesus comes alongside of us when we approach God, and He covers us with His shed blood when we attempt to come into the presence of a holy God. Grasping these two concepts will bring great joy to the true believer.

Another Thought on Easter

For me, the greatest and neatest part of Easter, is Sunday morning. With all the horrendous activity that our Lord went through for us, it makes Sunday the most wonderful day! I love happy endings! Nothing can compare to the ending of Easter Week! The ending of Easter Week is actually the Beginning! We worship on the first day of the week, every week, because He arose! He is The Resurrection and the Life! Are you alive in Christ? Do you make the first day of the week significant for His sake?