Lent

Lent

Got a Question define lent  a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday In which they give up their favourite items; for example, your favourite beverage, or food Its six weeks of self-discipline. Lent began as a way for Catholics to remind themselves of the value of repentance. The austerity of the Lenten season was seen as similar to how people in the Old Testament fasted and repented in sackcloth and ashes (Esther 4:1-3; Jeremiah 6:26; Daniel 9:3).

While there is value in repenting and fasting, and pleases God when we repent of sinful habits. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with setting aside some time to focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection. However, repenting of sin is something we should be doing every day of the year, not just for the 46 days of Lent.

To me, we should be spent more on time focusing on Jesus death on the cross and His resurrection from the grave.

George Macleod wrote these words, “I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek … at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died. And that is what He died for. And that is what He died about. That is where churchmen ought to be and what churchmen ought to be about.”

 Stuart my brother told me this story about Jesus carrying the cross-prior to his execution. He kept falling down, however, He kept getting back up because He had a mission to accomplish to be obedient His Father will and this work had to be accomplished. While this narrative is not found in the Bible. Yet, His  mission was to take mankind place because of the curse of sins. On the account of Adam and Eve disobeying  God’s ordinance by eating the forbidden fruits. 

 

1 Timothy 1;15-17  This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience for instance to those who would believe in Him for eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen

1:15 This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. Trustworthy is adjective meaning worthy of confidence or able to be relied on as honest or truthful. The Greek word is pistikos original is word πιστικός meaning: genuine, pure, or trustworthy. Amplified Bible wrote, The saying is sure and true and worthy of full and universal acceptance, 

NIV Study Bible Notes wrote A clause found nowhere else in the NT but used five times in the Pastorals (here; 3:1; 4:9; 2Ti 2:11; Titus 3:8) to identify a key teaching. Believer Bible Commentary wrote, “Men can afford to believe this statement with implicit trust. Indeed, to disbelieve it is unreasonable and unwise. It is worthy of all acceptance because it applies to all, tells what, God has done for all and extended the gift of salvation to all.”

1:15 “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”    In Jesus said Matt. 9:13; For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners and furthermore he states Luke 19:10.  For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost and, lastly he utter these words to  Nicodemus in John 3:17  For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Sum up why Jesus came to save sinner

 KJV Commentary wrote, “The prime purpose of Christ’s coming was not to teach nor to heal nor to be an example, but to save sinners !

Believer Bible Commentary, “That he can somehow contribute to his own salvation. But, the gospel insists that all the glory for the work of salvation must go to Christ alone, that man does nothing but the sinning, and that the Lord Jesus does all the saving. Why did He come? To save sinners. It was not to save good people (there were none!). Neither was it to save those who kept the law perfectly (none had done this either.

 Matthew Henry sum it up well,” Here we have the sum of the whole gospel that Jesus Christ came into the world. The Son of God took upon him our nature, was made flesh, and dwelt among us, John 1:14. He came into the world, not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance, Matt. 9:13. His errand into the world was to seek and find, and so save, those that were lost, Luke 19:10.” As scripture declares, ”you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins!!!!

 

1:15 I am the worst of them or chief of sinner Remember the apostle Paul was Saul Tarsus who witness and approve the stoning of Stephen. The first martyr and proceed  to eradicate the church in infancy stage Where he went to the high priest and requested letters from them,  so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way. If He not encounter Jesus on Damascus Road, he would likely eliminate the Church. Believer Bible Commentary wrote, Reverting to the story of his life, Paul recounted the savage, and unremitting campaign he waged against the followers of the Christian faith. With all his strength, he opposed the name of Jesus of Nazareth. With authority from the chief priests, he imprisoned many of the Christians in Jerusalem. When they stood trial before the Sanhedrin, he cast his vote against them consistently. Over and over again he arranged punishment for those whom he found in every synagogue, and he did all he could to force them to deny their Lord.

In 1Timothy 1:13 In  one who was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man Believer Bible Commentary wrote That Paul had broken the Ten Commandments before his conversion is abundantly evident from this verse. He speaks of himself as formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man. As a blasphemer, he spoke evil concerning the Christians and their Leader, Jesus. As a persecutor, he sought to put Christians to death because he felt that this new sect posed a threat to Judaism. In carrying out his evil plan, he took delight in committing insolent, violent, and outrageous acts against the believers. Where in Acts 22:4; 26:10, 11. Describes his intention  

Where Jesus forgave  him and commission him to preach the gospel among the Gentiles. Where Jesus stated these words, “I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles. I now send you to them  to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God that by faith in Me they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified.” In Paul own words he wrote,” For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” And This grace was given to me—the least of all the saints—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah

Believe Bible Commentary wrote n 1 Corinthians 15:9 (written about A.D. 57), Paul called himself “the least of the apostles.” Then in Ephesians 3:8 (written about A.D. 60), he called himself “less than the least of all saints.” Now in 1 Timothy 1:15, written some years later, he calls himself the chief of sinners. Here, we have an outline of Paul’s progress in Christian humility. 

NIV Study Bible Notes wrote The closer one gets to a holy God, the more the magnitude of one’s sin becomes evident (cf. Isa 6:5; see 1Co 15:9; Eph 3:8

The closer the believer walks with God. The more wretched they feel. They come realize that God is holy. As Isaiah declares, Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King,  the Lord of Hosts. 

1:16   But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them. The Orthodox Study Bible wrote, “ Paul, as a former rebel toward God and persecutor of the Church (Acts 9:1–3), gives glory to God for his calling as an apostle. Throughout the OT and NT and church history, the greatest sinners have often become most notable saints (Moses, Rahab, David, Photini—the woman at the well, Matthew, Paul, St. Mary of Egypt). Believer Bible Commentary wrote This explains why Paul obtained mercy. It was so that he might be an exhibit of the longsuffering of Jesus Christ. Just as he had been the chief of sinners, so now he would be the chief display of the untiring grace of the Lord. He would be “Exhibit A,” a living example, as William Kelly said, of “divine love rising above the most active hostility, of divine longsuffering exhausting the most varied and persistent antagonism. 

 

The Apostle Paul was a Hebrew of Hebrews from the tribe of Benjamin, and a member of the Pharisees who demanded the strictest obedience to the Jewish law and enforced  it. When he encounter Jesus on the Damascus Road, He changed thinking and saw himself as good for nothing miserable wretched man, Jesus forgave him and declared Paul righteous   Paul never forgot the Damascus Road experience found in Acts 9:1–9; Acts 22:6–11; and  Acts 26:9–20. Where Jesus forgave him, and chose mercy instead justice  and was commission by Christ to preach the gospel among the Gentiles Galatians 1:11-16

1:16 Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience. Pass failure does not mean God will nullify any future blessing. Usually, a ministry starts in the individual life and men and women know that they have been forgiven, and no longer bear the guilt of sin. Orthodox Study Bible, Throughout the OT and NT and church history, the greatest sinners have often become most notable saints (Moses, Rahab, David, Photini—the woman at the well, Matthew, Paul, St. Mary of Egypt)

For example, Moses committed murder 2:12  by killing Egyptian because he was beating a Hebrew slave, one of his people, and buried his body in the sand, He wrote first five of the Tora and Jewish into promise land. He wrote first five of the Tora and Jewish into promise land. He also predicted a prophet Deuteronomy 18:18 that prophet was Jesus Christ is our Mediator.   

King David committed adultery, murder, and covered it up. He composes 75 psalms Psalm 51, and Psalms 32, and 40:12  my sins have overtaken me; I am unable to see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my courage leaves me Known by God as a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do. Jesus Christ our Savour was a descendant of David who redeemed mankind from the curse of sin. 

Manasseh son of  king Hezekiah was most wicked more wicked than Amorites. He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritualists. So God sent the Assyrians that captured Manasseh and took him away to exile (2 Chronicles 33:11). While in exile, “In his distress he had sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. And when he had prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then, Manasseh knew that the Lord is God” (2 Chronicles 33:12–13

Apostle Peter denied Jesus Christ three times, preached the first gospel Acts 2;22-38 was leader in Christian movement boldly proclaim the gospel through out Acts and wrote two epistles in The New Testament  and lifted and encourages the persecuted saints throughout Asia

John Mark  Acts 13:13  on first missionary trip pack he’s and went home. The apostle Paul didn’t accept it (15:38) create dissension between Paul and Barnabas (15:36–40 He  trained under Apostle Peter and Paul known as second greatest missionary and wrote the gospel of Mark

Susan Atkins was charged for committing seven murder and found guilty  While Susan Aiken holding Sharon Tate she pleaded with Tex and Susan to spare her, and her eight-month baby, she uttered these words, ”Look bitch, I don’t care about you. I don’t care if you’re going to have a baby or not. You’re going to die, and I don’t feel anything about it.” She felt no guilt in her mind Sharon look like store mannequin.

In September of 1974, Jesus knocked  her hardened heart, and she accepted Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord went was her bitter heart, and replace with a soft heart. According to Susan Christ, she was assured  that  from the depths of her soul that  she was forgiven and “Old things had passed away and behold all things have became new,”  II Corinthians 5:17   Her favourite verse is  Matthew 3;8   Therefore produce fruit  consistent with repentance. On her death, she uttered Psalm 23; Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff—they comfort me. When she encounter Jesus He utter  these words, For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” On the  account His sacrifice on the cross where her terrible deed she committed on August ninth and tenth will remember their sins no more

Tex Watson committed seven murders On November 30th, 1969 he was arrested charge seven count murder was  found guilty. One day He was attending chapel service, and  he heard a message on one 1Timothy1; 15-16; “ This is a trustworthy and deserved full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners “–and I am the worst of them. But, I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience for instance to those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Tex than confess repent, and believed in Christ.  There was a peace and ecstatic joy that he never felt before in his life. When he had gone back to his  cell, he looked into the mirror, and he saw a smile on his face that brightened up his cell.

 Both Tex and Susan learned over  time that bitterness is an awful weed that consumed your heart, soul, and mind As scripture states,  has changed and became a new creature In Christ he learned to forgive himself as Christ did.

Susan Labianca daughter of Rosemary Labianca forgave Tex for killing her parents view as a brother in Christ.

According to  since Susan became a follower of Christ as a Christian she felt an obligation to forgive Tex for killing his mother and step dad, because Tex was a bro preserved her in the Lord, and has committed his life to Christ. 

  Never mind David Berowitz known as son of Sam who six people and wounded seven others Ted Bundy admitted to killing 36 young women Jeffery Duhmar murder dismembered eat them and preserved the body 17 young boys All these people found Christ and took ownership of their crimes. 

NKJV Study Bible wrote’” All those who place their trust in Jesus for salvation will be saved from the coming judgment.”

 

1:16 Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience. The prophet Jeremiah was chosen by God before he formed in the womb to be a prophet. The Apostle Paul set aside at birth by God, Jesus declare to Ananias “Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to take My name to Gentiles

 

1:16 for instance to those who would believe {pisteuein}  in Him for eternal life; believe on Him: is found over 185 times in the NT.  

In  John 3;14-16   Jesus predicted these words to Nicodemus,  “so the Son of Man must be lifted up, {crucifixion}15 so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.  So that, everyone who believes in Him will not perish but has eternal life.” 

Note; for eternal life. Jesus promise those who believe in His atoning on the cross. They would inherit eternal life  

NKJV Study Bible wrote, “The sole condition given for salvation is belief, having faith or trust in Jesus Christ. The gospel is that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose on the third day. All those who place their trust in Jesus for salvation will be saved from the coming judgment.” 

1:17  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.    

John MacArthur wrote,” God receives all the praise for sovereignly saving Paul. This is one of the many doxologies Paul wrote (cf. Rom. 11:33–36)

Orthodox Study Bible, “Paul, as a former rebel toward God and persecutor of the Church (Acts 9:1–3), gives glory to God for his calling as an apostle.” 

Holman New Testament wrote,” the foundation of Christian belief that God is—to this trustworthy, incomparable, self-existent God of is rich in mercy and love be honor and glory for ever and ever.

The women who led to the Lord gave me some advise simply just say thank you for forgiving me for all my sins.  

 

 

 

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Seven Last Words Of Jesus Christ

Seven Last Words Of Jesus Christ

 

According to Walter M. Chandler was a lawyer and elected to Congress. AlsoHe served as member of the faculty and lecturer at the American Expeditionary Force University at Beaune, France, during World War I. Wrote the following What happened to Jesus is the greatest travesty of justice the world will ever see.  “The pages of human history present no stronger case of judicial murder than the trial and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, for the simple reason that all forms of law were outraged and trampled under foot in the proceedings instituted against Him. 

No legal basis existed for Jesus’ arrest. There were no formal charges registered against him. The trial was held at night instead during the day.  

The High Priest’s charge of blasphemy (cursing God or assuming to oneself the rights and qualities of God), which was used to justify sentencing Jesus to death, found in    Mark14:60-63 .They all condemned him as worthy of death  Mark 14:64 . Jewish law forbid the sentencing of death in any location. Also Jewish law expressly forbids a person from judging a case if they are already negatively biased either against the accused or the accuser                                     

  • The final sentence was pronounced in the High Priest’s palace (house) see Mark 14:53. It was illegal to sentence someone to die in any location other than the court’s Great Sanhedrin’s appointed place, which was a chamber in Jerusalem’s temple known as the chamber of hewn stones. 

The Jewish method executing the  guilty party is stoning found in Exodus 21:28. Only the Romans had authority to execute criminals; however, they could not use blasphemy. Under Roman law, the Jewish leaders could not put anyone to death.Since Pilate alone had the power to enforce the death penalty, The Roman method of execution is crucifixion.  Jesus predicted what kind of death he would die. As “Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.”

Jesus uttered these words to the Sanhedrin , the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the Power of God. And  also said “You say that I am.

According to Jewish Law, however, it deserved death Lv 24:16, this also included false claims to be the Messiah. To the Jews, this was blasphemy and should be punished by death.

Accordingly Roman laws punishment by death included extreme criminals, political or religious agitators, pirates, or those who had no civil  rights. Only the Goverment the district had the authority executed 

 

 

Crucifixion was for slaves and extreme criminals, political or religious agitators, pirates, or those who had no civil  rights. The condemned wore a stone tablet around the their neck, and was nail to the top cross. Declaring the nature of the crime they have committed a warning to onlooking not to defy the Roman government.

So the chief priests and the Pharisees brought Jesus to Pilate who was the Government of Judah . Pilate said, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” They responded, “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” So Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law.”It’s not legal for us to put anyone to death. 

The chief priests and the Pharisees said to Pilate  If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.  So Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law.”It’s not legal for us to put anyone to death. The Jews admitted rhe real reason, why they brought Jesus to Pilate   according Lv 24:16  He  must die, because He made Himself the Son of God or the Messiah

They later accused Jesus of subverting the nation, opposing payment of taxes to Caesar ,to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is the Messiah, a King.

Remember Pilate heard about Jesus, and  knew about large crowds to see Jesus and  report written about Him   and saw that it was quite clear that He wasn’t leading a military revolution or revolt. There was simply no evidence to support the Jewish leaders charges.

 In Luke 23:13 “You have brought me this man as one who subverts the people. But in fact, after examining Him in your presence, I have found no grounds( to charge this man with those things you accuse Him of.  Neither has Herod, because he sent Him back to us. Clearly, He has done nothing to deserve death. 

In Mark 15:6 At the festival it was Pilate’s custom to release for the people a prisoner they requested. There was one named Barabbas, who was in prison with rebels who had committed murder. So Pilate ask them, “Do you want me to release the King of the Jews or Barabbas,

But, the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to asked to release Barabbas, and crucify Jesus. 

“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But, they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting; he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our  children!  Then, he released Barabbas even thou he was  guilty of rebellion and murder,and Pilate found Jesus not guilty and sent Him to be still executed.   Jesus took Barabbas placed and mankind as well. NKJV Study Bible wrote Jesus never did anything wrong. Yet He died for our sins, so that we could be declared righteous before a His Father    

Even thou Jesus committed no sin but He was treated as if He was worst of sinner John MacArthur wrote God treated Him as if He committed believers’ sins, and treats believers as if they did only the righteous deeds of the sinless Son of God. As scripture declares,” He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

A case for Christ wrote, “A summary of the gospel. Christ, the only entirely righteous one, at Calvary took our sin upon himself and endured the punishment we deserved , namely, death and separation from God.”  As scriptures declares, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

 

  • Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing. Luke 23:34 :  Between the crowds .Jewish leader and the two thieves mocking Him.  Instead cursing themJesus pray for them. Believer Bible Commentary wrote,”Who knows what a Niagara of divine wrath was averted by this prayer! Morgan comments on the Savior’s loveIn the soul of Jesus there was no resentment; no anger, no lurking desire for punishment upon the men who were maltreating Him. Men have spoken in admiration of the mailed fist. When I hear Jesus thus pray, I know that the only place for the mailed fist is in hell                     Since they were unaware  of the full scope of their wickedness. They did not recognize Him as the true Messiah. Orthodox Study Bible wrote,”This intercession is not only for those who sentenced and crucified Jesus, but for all of humanity—a people who have no insight into the profound                                              mystery of God’s salvation. As scripture declares,Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Jesus declared furthermore scribe declares,”7Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice. Jesus did not sin during time

 

  • “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise Luke 23:43 The thief who asked Christ for salvation received it The thief and who mock  Christ will be with Jesus in paradise. He asked Christ for salvation received it

Charles R. Erdman writes:”This story reveals the truth to us that salvation is conditioned upon repentance and faith. However, it contains other important messages also. It declares that salvtion is independent of sacraments. The thief had never been baptized, nor had he partaken of the Lord’s Supper…. He did in fact boldly profess his faith in the presence of a hostile crowd and amid the taunts and jeers of rulers and soldiers, yet he was saved without any formal rites. It is further evident that salvation is independent of good works…. It is also seen that there is no “sleep of the soul.” The body may sleep, but consciousness exists after death. Again it is evident that there is no “purgatory.” Out of a life of sin and shame, the penitent robber passed immediately into a state of blessedness. Again it may be remarked that salvation is not universal. There were two robbers; only one was saved. Last of all it may be noted that the very essence of the joy which lies beyond death consists in personal communion with Christ. The heart of the promise to the dying thief was this: “Thou shalt be with me.” This is our blessed assurance, that to depart is “to be with Christ” which is “very far better.”“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? 

 

  • “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Mark 15;3Matt. 27:46) .;  Mark D Roberson wrote, “This side of heaven, we will never fully know what Jesus was experiencing in this moment. I can write these words. I can say, truly, that the Father abandoned the Son for our sake, for the salvation of the world. But can I really grasp the mystery and the majesty of this truth? Hardly. As Martin Luther once said, “God forsaking God. Who can understand it?” Yet even my minuscule grasp of this reality calls me to confession, to humility, to worship, to adoration.

Believer Bible Commentary wrote God had forsaken Him because in His holiness He must dissociate Himself from sin. The Lord Jesus had identified Himself with our sins and was paying the penalty in full. Resulting from God’s wrath being poured out on Him as the substitute for sinners.

Case for Christ Study Bible wrote A summary of the gospel. Christ, the only entirely righteous one, at Calvary took our sin upon himself and endured the punishment we deserved (see NIV text note), namely, death and separation from God. Thus, by a marvelous exchange, he made it possible for us to receive his righteousness and thereby be reconciled to God 

Christ love mankind where He willingly went to the cross and sacrifice Himself on it and took our sins and His Father wrath to bridge the gap between His Father and mankind

Holman Commentary wrote  God’s holiness and justice made the cross an absolute necessity. Events at the crucifixion happened as they did so “the scripture might be fulfilled”

 

  • “I am thirsty.” John 19:28 After that, when Jesus perceived that all things were performed, so that the scripture would be fulfilled in Ps 69:21  They also gave me gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Also Ps 22.15 My strength is dried up like baked clay; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth    Reformation Study Bible wrote The worst ordeal, that of bearing in the place of His people the wrath of God against sin (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34), appears to be over. Believer Commentary wrote“I thirst!” indicated real, physical thirst, which was intensified by crucifixion. But it also reminds us that, greater than His physical thirst was His spiritual thirst for the salvation of the souls of men.

 

  • “It is finished! “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” John 19;30   Jesus died as a victor and had “finished and possible the redeemed enter heaven gate. John 17:4 Jesus stated,”I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.                       Believer Bible Commentary wrote,”He had glorified the Father by His sinless life, by His miracles, by His suffering and death, and by His resurrection. He had finished the work of salvation the Father had given Him to do”. 

JC Rdyle wrote,”The crucifixion brought glory to the Father. It glorified His wisdom, faithfulness, holiness, and love. It showed Him wise, in providing a plan whereby He could be just, and yet the justifier of the ungodly.—It showed Him faithful in keeping His promise, that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent’s head.—It showed Him holy, in requiring His law’s demands to be satisfied by our great Substitute.—It showed Him loving, in providing such a Mediator, such a Redeemer, and such a Friend for sinful man as His co-eternal Son. 

NKJV Study Bible wrote “Having fulfilled every command of the Father and every prophecy of Scripture, Jesus voluntarily died. This was not a cry of exhaustion, but of completion. Jesus had done what He had agreed to do.” Than He gave up His spirit

 In Luke 23.38, Matthew 27:37  John 19:19  Mark 15:26 it stated,  “THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” The inscription was written in three languages, Greek and Latin and Hebrew. Indeed a fitting title for Jesus our Messiah. As scripture declares, “ His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns, and he had a name written that no one knew but he himself. 

 

  • “Dear woman, here is your son   John  19; 26 Since Jesus as the eldest son was responsible for his mother’s care, entrusting this responsibility to another before he died was important.

 

Jesus here instructed John to care for Mary as if she were his own mother. John obeyed and took Mary to his own home.

Boice wrote The real meaning of this episode is that Jesus was caring for his mother and thus fulfilling the Old Testament commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother”   Exodus 20:12 

  Peter John and James were predominate disciple in Jesus circle on personal note would I being honour if Jesus chose me tend Jesus mother needs  As John was honour as well. As scripture declares, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever. 

The first three chapter of Luke was likely told by Mary  as Luke stated  just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. On personal I would love to be fly on the wall while Mary was relating the account about Jesus to  John Luke and others.  

Mary was there when Jesus was crucify on the account her sins and all of mankind as well. As scripture declares “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

 

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Jesus Birth Part Five

Luke 2; 21-40 

Mary The Mother Of Our Lord

 

Mary the mother Of Our Lord was a young maiden who found favour with the Lord found in Luke1:31. Who gave birth to a son name Jesus or Yeshua or Joshua meaning the Lord is our salvation. Mary was righteous in God the sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord. She knew her Old Testament reciting it 12 times in the magnificat found Luke1; 46-55   and, was aware of the convent between God and her ancestor’s Abraham. God chose wisely when He picked Mary to be the mother of our Lord In Luke 2:22  when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses. 

NIV Studies Bible Notes wrote concerning purification. Following the birth of a son, the mother had to wait 40 days before going to the temple to offer a sacrifice for her purification. If she could not afford a lamb and a pigeon (or dove), then two pigeons (or doves) would be acceptable (see Lev 12:2–8 and notes; cf. Lev 5:11). NKJV Study Bible wrote,” Her purification refers to a ceremony in which a new mother of a son was declared ceremonially clean again (see Lev. 12:6). Reformation Study Bible wrote The need for purification arose from the mother’s being ceremonially unclean for seven days after the birth of a son. For another thirty-three days she was to keep away from holy things (these times were doubled for a daughter, Lev. 12:1–5).

Luke 2:23 Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord Believer Commentary wrote,” God had decreed that the firstborn sons belonged to Him; they were to form the priestly class (Ex. 13:2). 

John Calvin wrote,” This was another exercise of piety which was discharged by Joseph and Mary. The Lord commanded, that all the males should be dedicated to him, in remembrance of their deliverance; because, when the angel slew all the first-born of Egypt, Exodus. 12:29, he had spared the first-born of Israel. “On the day that I smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt, I hallowed unto me all the first-born in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the Lord,” (Num. 3:13.), That Luke so frequently repeats the statement, that Joseph and Mary did what was written in the law of the Lord. For these words teach us, that we must not, at our own suggestion, attempt anything in the worship of God, but must obediently follow what he requires in his Word.

Luke 2:24 stated in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. MacArthur Study Bible wrote Mary’s offering indicates that she and Joseph were poor (v. 24). To Jerusalem. A journey of about 6 mi. from Bethlehem. To present Him to the Lord. The dedication of the firstborn son was also required by Moses’ law (v. 23, cf. Ex. 13:2, 12–15). Like Zechariah and Elizabeth both, Mary and Joseph observed and kept the moral and ceremonial laws, and was declared righteous in God’s sight

 

 Simeon’s Prophetic Praise And Anna’s Testimony

 

Simeon was righteous and devout and was filled with the Holy Spirit found Luke 2:25; In Luke 2:26 the Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. In Luke 2:27 ;Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple complex. Where Joseph and Mary brought in the child named Jesus , where he blessed and praising God saying, Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, as You promised. For my eyes have seen Your salvation. 

 

2:25  Israel’s consolation meaning; a name for the Messiah in common use among the Jews, probably suggested by Isaiah 12:1; 49:13. The Greek word thus rendered (Luke 2:25, paraklesis) is kindred to that translated “Comforter” in John 14:16, etc., parakletos. 

https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/consolation-of-israel/ 

 

Luke 2:28–32  Nunc Dimittis is Latin Vulgate translation, meaning “You may now dismiss or Now you are letting depart.” , Also called the Song of Simeon, in The New Testament, a brief hymn of praise sung by the aged Simeon who had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. Vulgate Bible: Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum, in pace, “Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised.” 

 

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Nunc-Dimittis 

  

2:34  Indeed, this child; destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel  Believer Commentary wrote, “Those who were arrogant, unrepentant, and unbelieving would fall and be punished. Those who humbled themselves, repented of their sins, and received the Lord Jesus would rise and be blessed. 

Reformed Bible Study wrote,” If the “fall and rising” applies to one group, then it means they must be humbled in repentance before they can rise into salvation. If it describes two groups, then it indicates that those who reject Jesus will fall eternally, but those who accept Him will rise to be with God.”

King James Studies Bible Notes wrote,” Jesus’ coming will bring deliverance, but also division, and anguish. Both redemption and judgment are bound up in His advent.

In Acts, 2:37 they came under deep conviction and repented, confess and believed found in Acts 2:38  Where the Jewish leaders were enraged and wanted to kill them found in Acts 5; 33. One believed in Christ atoning worked and will inherit eternal life with Christ and those who reject Him will enter into a Christ less eternal  Believer Commentary wrote,” There was a special significance connected with the Person of Christ. His very presence on earth proved a tremendous rebuke to sin and unholiness, and thus brought out the bitter animosity of the human heart. There will be day Jesus will remove His Savour clothes and will be a judge or a warrior. There will be two types of people those who believe in Jesus inherit everlasting life in glory, and those who do not believe will be tossed into the lake of fire living in excruciating agony. 

My prayer that those who do not believe will accept the message of  the cross, and repent and seek forgiveness right now  on this side of glory. After they die, it would be too late !

 

2:35   a sword will pierce your own soul; many hearts may be revealed; NIV Studies Bible Notes; wrote; The word “too” indicates that Mary, as well as Jesus, would suffer deep anguish—the first reference in this Gospel to Christ’s suffering and death. John 19:25 the first reference in this Gospel to Christ’s suffering and death. Believer Commentary wrote,” Simeon was here predicting the grief which would flood Mary’s heart when she would witness the crucifixion of her Son (John 19:25) Since Mary Jesus mother she would feel the anguish when she witness Her Son dying on the cross and being rejected by His own people

Holdman Bible Commentary “Such response to a Son is difficult for a mother. Her heart would be pierced as if by a sword, broken apart because of the treatment her Son must suffer. God has provided a Savior, but salvation is not automatic. People must believe, trust, and embrace God’s Savior and his salvation. Gentiles will; many in Israel will not.”

 

 

Anna

Luke 2;36-38

 Anna was a devout and saintly woman, she spent all her time in fasting and prayer. She spent all her time there in the worship of God. At Christ’s presentation, she joined her praises with those of the aged Simeon to thank God for the long-awaited redemption through Messiah.

Anna or Hanna G483, the equivalent of Heb. Annâ , “Ògrace”Ó). Daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. Widowed after seven years of marriage, she became a prophetess. At the age of eighty-four, when the infant Jesus was brought into the temple to be dedicated, she recognized and proclaimed him as the Messiah Lk. 2:36-38 records that Anna was at the Temple during the presentation of the child Jesus: the long awaited Messiah. Anna publicly gave thanks to God and proclaimed good news about her Redeemer. 

The account of Anna and of Simeon in the same passage reveals the existence of people who were truly faithful to God’s covenant and were trusting him to fulfil his promises of sending a Saviour King.

Matthew Henry wrote,”Ó He is taken notice of by one Anna, or Ann, a prophetess, that one of each sex might bear witness to him in whom both men and women are invited to believe, that they may be saved.”Ó In Galatians 3:283:29   There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you is all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.

Orthodox Study Bible wrote, Both men and women are called to proclaim Christ’s redemption, and women are the first to proclaim His Resurrection (24:9). Where Mary mother of Jesus in 1:47 proclaim Jesus her Savior. Along with Elizabeth in  1:43  the  proclaim Mary child the mother of my Lord. All these women Proclaimed  Jesus as their Messiah or Christ who redeemed from theirs sins 

 

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Studied Bible wrote,”Ó redemption of Jerusalem. God had promised to bring redemption for his people (Isa 52:3; 62:12; Jer 31:11; Hos 13:14; Zec 10:8

 

Jesus Birth Part Three Declaring Jesus As Savour Messiah And Lord

 Luke2;15-20

 

 Luke 2:18  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. John MacArthur, wrote all those who heard it marveled. Wonderment at the mysteries of Christ’s words and works is one of the threads that runs through Luke’s gospel. Cf. vv. 19, 33, 47, 48; 1:21, 63; 4:22, 36; 5:9; 8:25; 9:43–45; 11:14; 20:26; 24:12, 41. Where Dr Luke  would often report this response when someone encounter Jesus. Throughout Luke and Acts accounts. Where the shepherd reported what the angel declared in Luke 2:11

Holman commentary wrote ,”  The function of the child was the gospel. Shepherds found in a manger the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord himself. They let everyone in hearing distance know Everyone in Bethlehem began talking about God’s mysterious surprise—a surprise made known firsthand only to a couple from Nazareth and unappreciated shepherds carrying out their lonely nighttime tasks.

 They proclaimed their findings to all who would listen. They turned back toward their jobs; a new song of praise in their hearts

 

Calvin wrote, “ They honestly delivered to others what they had received from the Lord; and it was advantageous to all of us that they should attest this, and should be a sort of secondary angels in confirming our faith.  They proclaimed their findings to all who would listen.”   

The best way to proclaim the gospel and Christ atoning work on the cross. You no longer bear the burden of sins. As scripture declares,” Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said,“ I  will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You took away the guilt of my sin. Furthermore it states,” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

For example,” In 1987, David Berkowitz known as Son of Sam repented of sins and became a born Christian. According to his personal testimony, his moment of conversion occurred after reading Psalm 34:6; “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles.” He said this prayer; I told Him that I was sick and tired of doing evil. I asked for Jesus to forgive me for all my sins.” In his own words, he stated, “ I spent a good while on my knees praying to Him. When I got up it felt as if a very heavy burden  an invisible chain that had been around me for so many years was suddenly broken. A peace flooded over him. He did not understand what was happening. But in his heart He just knew that my life, somehow, would be different.  He slept like a baby. Another favourite text is Romans 10:13. It says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Here, it is clear that God has no favourites. He rejects no one, but welcomes all who will call upon Him.

Regretting being called the Son Of Son.  He changed his name to the Son Of Hope. Taking full ownership for the crime that he committed in the past, and he never applied for parole for sake of the victim. He felt they suffered enough and believed the punishment  was just and fair, and believe his mission field was in prison where he serving as a chaplain. 

Or Tex Watson On October 21, 1971, Watson was found guilty, and sentenced to death. He escaped execution when the California Supreme Court’s overturned the death penalty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

While in prison he was extremely restless, and his mother encouraged him trust in Christ and prayed for him as well; however, there was still no peace in his life. One day He was attending chapel service, and  he heard a message on one 1 Timothy 1; 15-16; “ This is a trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners “–and I am the worst of them. But, I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience for instance to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.” According to pastor preached this message the  Apostle Paul was a head strong man and intended to destroyed the church until Christ met him on the road to Damascus, and changed Paul life. Tex than confess repent, and believed in Christ.  There was a peace and ecstatic joy that he never felt before in his life. When he went back to his  cell , he looked into the mirror, and he saw a smile on his face that brightened up his cell. According to Tex, he never experience this while on drugs or alcohol. The only experience he felt  was unending sadness, no rest, and no pleasure in his life only misery. Where he spent all kinds of money on drugs and alcohol and in which brought him no joy. Yet, the free gift from God Jesus brought him endless delight. 

Tex Watson, “In the world  when something is broken, it is set aside. But in the Kingdom of God, He sets aside the unbroken thing.  It is the precious, broken thing that He uses to confound the wise and show the world His glory through vessels of clay.”

As scripture declares,” How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How joyful is the man the Lord does not charge with sin and in whose spirit is no deceit! In short, the best way to declare the gospel is to tell your story

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+32&version=HCSB 

 

Jesus Birth Part Two Worship

2:14  Gloria in Excelsis Deo is Latin for “Glory to God in the highest” St Augustine’s, “Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” 

What is the chief and highest end of man? A. Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God [1] and fully to enjoy him forever. [2]

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%201:8 

 https:// www.biblegateway.com/passage/? search=Matthew%2028:19

https://www.biblehub.com/john/10-16.htm 

https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-Passover.html 

 http://scottwoodward.org/christmas_innsoftheNT.html https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Lexicon.show/ID/G2646/kataluma.htm 

https://www.gotquestions.org/what-does-Messiah-mean.html https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Messiah 

http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/tozer/5f00.0888/5f00.0888.03.htm 

2:14  Gloria in Excelsis Deo is Latin for “Glory to God in the highest” St Augustine’s, “Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” 

 Westminster Larger Catechism wrote, What is the chief and highest end of man? A. Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God [1] and fully to enjoy him forever. [2]  The Greek word is proskuneó meaning to kiss “, to kiss the ground when prostrating before a superior; to worship, ready “to fall down prostrate oneself to adore on one’s knees.” Metaphorically described as “the kissing-ground ” between believers (the Bride) and Christ (the heavenly Bridegroom). While this is true (proskynéō) suggests the willingness to make all necessary physical gestures of bow. Where the Hebrew words is sagad means to prostrate oneself (in worship)  The late Dr S.Lewis Johnson wrote, “Luke is the gospel of songs. For example we have the beatitude of Elisabeth just previous to this. We have the Benedictus of Zacharias. We have the Nunc Dimittis of Simeon given last night by one of the children. We have the Evangel of the Angel of the Lord in chapter 2. We have the Gloria of the angelic hosts. Luke has always been known as the gospel of songs, and this the Magnificat is one of the greatest.”

 For example in Luke 2:13 , a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saYing:   Luke 1; 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord.”  In Luke, 1:68   Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied. Luke 2; 28  Simeon took Him up in his arms, praised God, and said:   The common themes was that they were glorifying God and proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savour For example, the angel Glory to God in the highest heaven, And Mary  My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, Lastly, Zechariah Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and provided redemption for His people and Simeon declared For my eyes have seen Your salvation.

Through out Luke account people were praising God. In  Luke  v. 28; 1:64; 5:25, 26; 7:16; 13:13; 17:15–18; 18:43; 19:37–40; 23:47; 24:52, 53.

To me worship has a variety in it style we do not worship on a calling card, where one size fit all. For example painting pictures, toiling garden, walking in park, reading scriptures, or conversation about God, listening to sermon  etc, etc  There is no wrong way to worship God, as long  it  pleases Him. Jesus said that we are to “worship the Father in spirit and truth.” Primary reason why we worshipped God is because He redeemed mankind from the curse of sin

 Jonathan Edwards wrote, “By Christ’s purchasing redemption, two things are intended: his satisfaction and his merit; the one pays our debt, and so satisfies; the other procures our title, and so merits. The satisfaction of Christ is to free us from misery; the merit of Christ is to purchase happiness for us.” Glory to God in the highest. 

Calvin wrote following,” The angels begin with Thanksgiving, or with the praises of God; for Scripture, too, everywhere reminds us, that we were redeemed from death for this purpose, that we might testify with the tongue, as well as by the actions of the life, our gratitude to God. Let us remember, then, the final cause, why God reconciled us to himself through his Only Begotten Son. It was that he might glorify his name, by revealing the riches of his grace, and of his boundless mercy. And even now, to whatever extent any one is excited by his knowledge of grace to celebrate the glory of God, such is the extent of proficiency in the faith of Christ. Whenever our salvation is mentioned, we should understand that a signal has been given, to excite us to Thanksgiving and to the praises of God.

 

https://biblehub.com/greek/4352.htm 

https://biblehub.com/hebrew/5456.htm 

Read more: https://www.christianquotes.info/quotes-by-author/jonathan-edwards-quotes/#ixzz5RXw0acQi 

https://www.christianquotes.info/quotes-by-author/jonathan-edwards-quotes/#axzz5RXvgnkvE 

  https://riversofjoybaptist.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/jonathan-edwards-five-marks-of-true-conversion/ 

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/6-ways-to-worship-in-everything-you-do.html 

http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/tozer/5f00.0888/5f00.0888.03.htm 

 

https://reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/  

 

The Greatest Christmas Gift To Mankind

 

 The True Christmas Story

For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace

Christmas is time when Christmas trees are being decorated with ornament and glittering lights in the mall, streets and homes. The streets and shopping malls are busy selling gifts to purchaser glisten with great delight, and spirits of joy manifested through the land.  With Santa and elves promising gifts to little boys and girls if they were good. It time when family gets together exchanging gifts, and enjoying a festive meal together. 

 Where off in corner in park or mall there is a nativity scene where Mary and Joseph and a child name Jesus who in a crib surround by cattle often over look and mocked. Yet to those who follow Christ there is different story to tell. Concerning Jesus who came from heaven to dwell among mankind so can redeem them from the curse of sin. Plus two servant, who God used to fulfill prophesies in the Old Testament. 

Mary was a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David.  And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But, she was very perplexed at this statement and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.  The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;  and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary declare these words to the angel  “I am the Lord’s slave, “May it be done to me according to your word.”

Where Zechariah filled with Holy Spirit and prophesying,  “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and provided redemption for His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for the house of His servant David, just as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets in ancient times salvation from our enemies and from the clutches of those who hate us.

She was found to be with a child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But, when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David in which is called Bethlehem, because he was in the line  of David, to register along with Mary who was engaged to him, and was with child. 

And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths and laid Him in a manger, in {a cave in a feeding trough] because there was no room for them in the inn. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. 

And the Word {Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace, and truth.

The angel appeared before the shepherd who were in the field keeping watch over their flock and was afraid. “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people  Today a Savior who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”

 Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

After Jesus was dedicated just as it is written in the law, for first male who was born.will be dedicated to the Lord  and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

 Than Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and risen of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed— and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, as You promised. For my eyes have seen Your salvation. You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples— a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to Your people Israel. His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about Him. 

A prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,  and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night, and day with fastings and prayers. At that very [moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

But, Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 

The gifts that we received from our love ones are temporary; however, the gift that we received from God through His Son Jesus Christ is everlasting.  As scripture declares My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Or another scripture,  Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. To me this, greatest gift God gave to man. As scripture declares, “ For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift not from works, so that no one can boast.” Or Jesus is the reason for the season.  

 Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary defines redemption as following Paul uses this verb twice in Galatians to refer to the spiritual redemption that Jesus accomplished for us through his death on the cross. Christ’s purpose in entering the world at just the right time was to redeem those who were enslaved to sin and the curse of the law (Gal 4:5; cf. 3:10). How did he do this? By suffering the death of a curse (3:13). In other words, the sinless, uncursed Christ suffered an accursed death (cf. Deut 21:23) so that he could remove God’s curse from us!

Nelson Illustrated Bible Dictionary define  redemption: from salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

 

 Eastern Bible Dictionary defines salvation; great deliverance from the guilt and the pollution of sin wrought out by Jesus Christ. Or deliverance from the power of sin and redemption. Nelson Bible Dictionary defines it as a; Central act in the life of a Christian by which he or she is brought into a right relationship with God through the redemptive grace of Jesus Christ, forgive

When Was Jesus Born

When Was Jesus Born

RC Sproul wrote these words; That question comes up every year at Christmastime. In the first place, there’s no direct biblical commandment to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. There’s nothing in the Bible that would even indicate that Jesus was born on December 25. In fact, there’s much in The New Testament narratives that would indicate that it didn’t occur during that time of year. It just so happens that on the twenty-fifth of December in the Roman Empire there was a pagan holiday. That was linked to mystery religions; the pagans celebrated their festival on December 25. The Christians didn’t want to participate in that, and so they said, “While everybody else is celebrating this pagan thing, we’re going to have our own celebration. We’re going to celebrate the thing that’s most important in our lives, the incarnation of God, the birth of Jesus Christ. So this is going to be a time of joyous festivities, of celebration and worship of our God and King.”

I can’t think of anything more pleasing to Christ than the church celebrating his birthday every year. Keep in mind that the whole principle of annual festival and celebration is deeply rooted in ancient Jewish tradition. In the Old Testament; for example, there were times when God emphatically commanded the people to remember certain events with annual celebrations. While The New Testament doesn’t require that we celebrate Christmas every year, I certainly see nothing wrong with the church’s entering into this joyous time of celebrating the Incarnation, which is the dividing point of all human history. Originally, it was intended to honor, not Mithras or any of the other mystery religion cults, but the birth of our King.
Someone I knew did the math came up with date was in middle of September until middle of October known as the month of Tishri when Jesus was born. While other person thought it was in the third known as the month March or April. They both think they’re right, and believe they can support their claim in scriptures. So let us examine the scripture. The only account that gives a detail account is Luke 1; 8- 10. Now, it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. Note that He does not say that He enters the Holy of Holy. However, it he does say that he entered the temple of the Lord, to burn incense only priest in line Aaron performed this task nor does say what day when He entered the temple when performed this task.
To understand the important of burning incense you need to read Exodus 29-30 understand the duty of priest; in chapter 30 verses 7- 8;  Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. 8 When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations .
Matthew Hendry Commentary wrote; Now the father of John Baptist was a priest, a son of Aaron; his name Zacharias. No families in the world were ever so honoured of God as those of Aaron and David with one was made the covenant of priesthood, with the other that of royalty.
Aaron in John Baptist, and David in Christ, and then they were both extinguished and lost. Christ was  of David’s house, his forerunner of Aaron’s.
Even thou Zacharia and Elisabeth were not sinless, yet they were blameless; nobody could charge them with any open scandalous sin; they lived honestly and inoffensively.
This was not the high priest burning incense on the day of atonement, as some have fondly imagined it who have thought by that to find out the time of our Saviour’s birth; but it is plain that it was the burning of the daily incense at the altar of incense (v. Luke 1; 11 (And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.), which was in the temple not the Holy of Holy?
  The Jews say that one and the same priest burned not incense twice in all his days (there were such a multitude of them), at least never more than one week. It is very probable that this was upon the Sabbath day, because there was a multitude of people attending (v. 10), which ordinarily was not on a week day; and thus God usually puts honour upon his own day.
It is very probable that this was upon the Sabbath day, because there was a multitude of people attending  which ordinarily was not on a week day; and thus God usually puts honour upon his own day And then if Dr. Lightfoot reckon, with the help of the Jewish calendar, that this course of Abia fell on the seventeenth day of the third month, the month Sivan, answering to part of May and part of June, it is worth observing that the portions of the law and the prophets which were read this day in synagogues were very agreeable to that which was doing in the temple; namely, the law of the Nazarites.
Even thou Mathew Henry makes a compelling defense and like his reasoning; however, scripture really does not say which Sabbath He burns the incense. 

Believer Commentary wrote, Each shift was called on to serve at the temple in Jerusalem twice a year from Sabbath to Sabbath. There were so many priests at this time that the privilege of burning incense in the Holy Place came only once in a lifetime, if at all.
 Another verse is 
it states in 1:26,” In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel appeared before Mary not six of the Hebrew calendar Elul but  in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy 

My Mother once told me. The reason Moses or Jesus burial site was not revealed in the scripture is because we would’ve built a shrine around these sites and would be focus on these sites instead of the task at hand, the gospel. Maybe the reason the four gospel did not reveal the date of Jesus birth is perhaps they were more focus on why Jesus came, and instead distracted by His birth As Scripture states, “ The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”
The Old Testament support Jesus as the Messiah to Jews and the Gentles. Jesus said these words once,” “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Jesus said,” I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.”
The reason why He came into this world is to redeemed mankind from their sins. For Jesus, to be our sinless savour He needed to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. In which He did. He sacrifice himself on the cross for humankind sins. He willing took our sins and His Father wrath as the same time. To bridge the gap mankind and His Father.

 

Believer Commentary wrote, “One-third of all the people who have ever lived are living today. By the year 2000, one-half of all the people who have ever lived will be living then. As the population explodes, the task increases. But, the method is always the same—devoted disciples with unlimited love for Christ who counts no sacrifice too great for Him.”