If I’m the one who sinned, why are we talking about Jesus? In Episode 9 (yesterday) I shared a bit of my past sin but today in Episode 10, I wanted to emphasize this connection between my/our sins and Jesus. Why is Jesus so important when it comes to sin? My children and I talk about the required sacrifices for sins and we read from Hebrews how Jesus paid it all, once and for all. The links to some of these Bible passages are included below. I hope you will read them for yourself and add on other passages (there are many) that we could have used as well in this live video recording. The purpose of these videos started from a strong desire to remind or introduce those looking online for answers about the #covid19 virus that #Godisbiggerthanxyz; God is bigger than any situation that we may be facing. The ultimate answer for eternity is Jesus and the answers that we seek for our day to day living starts with a saving relationship with Jesus. I hope these videos helped to point the way (back) to the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
NOTE: see comment I mentioned in the video; I posted it as an update on Episode 9‘s blog.
I’m the one that sin, yet why are we talking about Jesus?
Romans 6:23 broken down
The wages (payment for something you did) of sin (I learned this definition of sin from my time serving in the “Good News Club” – a ministry for elementary school aged kids to share each week about Jesus in their schools. They said, “Sin is anything you think, say, or do that breaks God’s laws or makes him sad.” is death, but the free gift (we did nothing to earn this) of God (this is God’s plan) is eternal life in Christ Jesus (THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY PLACE!!!).
We talked about how Adam & Eve sinned in the garden and God provided skins by killing an animal – shedding blood. Watch episode 8- The Fall.
Sacrifices of many animals/blood was shed many times in the Old Testament to “atone for sins.”
People started to sacrifice lame and defective animals (we try to get around what is required) but then they were corrected to give their best back to God. Malachai 1:6-14 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/MAL.1.6-14
‘But if it has any blemish, if it is lame or blind or has any serious blemish whatever, you shall not sacrifice it to the Lord your God. ‘ Deuteronomy 15:21 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/DEU.15.21
John called Jesus the ‘Lamb of God’ when he first saw him. John 1:29
God provided a way for the people of Israel to be freed from slavery by the Egyptians through commissioning Moses (starting in Exodus 3) to confront Pharaoh throughout the 10 plagues. In the final plague, God provided the way to free the people if they followed his instruction of killing a lamb and putting it’s blood on the doorposts and staying inside. They trusted in God’s way through the blood of the lamb and was saved. Exodus 12 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/EXO.12.esv
DID YOU KNOW: From our discussion in the video I looked online and found out that a ‘ram’ is an adult male sheep. A ‘lamb’ is the name for a young sheep, of either sex, typically less than 1 year old.
God tested Abraham to see if he was willing to give up what he truly loved by telling him to sacrifice his son on an altar. Just as Abraham was about to bring the knife down on his only son Issac, the angel of the Lord stopped him and Abraham was provided by God a ram to take Isaac’s place. What a test!! Wow. That story is really intense and thought provoking especially now that I have children and there are things in my life that I love. Read it for yourself in Genesis 22 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/GEN.22.ESV .
The thing about Abraham and Issac is, if you knew how much Abraham and his wife went through to even have a child…you might think Abraham would want to hold tightly to what he had and always wanted- a heir. His heir. Now he finally has one and God tells him to give him up?!? Would you? (Read more about Abraham’s story focusing on his lack of a heir -starting at Genesis 15.) Abraham knew that God was the one who provided; He trusted God completely. Abraham demonstrated his love and faith for God through his actions of obedience. Hebrews 11:17-19 ‘By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. ‘ https://my.bible.com/bible/59/HEB.11.17-19). (Note: you can look through the whole Bible and know that this was a one time event. God VALUES people. God VALUES family and marriage. God is NOT saying to kill your children for him; he did not allow Abraham to carry through with the sacrifice. He was TESTING him. Now, would I do that to anyone? Probably not. But now we ALL know back then and even today that Abraham was NOT holding onto what HE valued- he fully trusted in God that God would provide and must have had a reason for what He told him to do. He obeyed and Abraham was right. God DID provide and God had his reasons, some of which maybe we don’t fully understand as God’s ways are not our ways, but we can see how Abraham is now remembered as an example of one who has great faith. God will not do anything or promote anything that goes against who He is. We must remember this and look to the entire Bible and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to ensure we have correct understanding in this.)
Hebrews 9:15- 10:4 Old ways pointed towards this new Way
‘Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. ‘ Hebrews 9:15-28 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/HEB.9.15-28
‘For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. ‘ Hebrews 10:1-4 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/HEB.10.1-4
Hebrews 10:10-14 Jesus’s one sacrifice paid it all
‘And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. ‘ Hebrews 10:10-14 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/HEB.10.10-14
Hebrews 10:19-25 Jesus paved the way.
‘Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. ‘ Hebrews 10:19-25 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/HEB.10.19-25
When Jesus gave himself up to be crucified on the cross, providing a way for us to enter the “holy places” through his flesh, the curtain- the veil ripped in two. (Matthew 27:51-54 ‘And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” ‘ Matthew 27:51-54 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/MAT.27.51-54) We now have access to God directly through the sacrificial blood of Jesus, the perfect offering as He had never sinned.
“The veil was a physical, visible barrier indicating that access to God was strictly prohibited because of his holiness. It is imperative to remember that the holiness of God remains unchanged from all eternity — even after the veil is torn. What has changed, then, is that the atoning death of Jesus on the cross has provided the appropriate wrath-bearing sacrifice, one which the bulls and goats of the old covenant could not provide.”Quote from the article, “The Veil Was Torn in Two” by Daniel Gurtner https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-veil-was-torn-in-two
Hebrews 10:23-25 God is faithful; encourage one another!
‘Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. ‘ Hebrews 10:23-25 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/HEB.10.23-25
kid’s One sentence summary:
“Jesus died for us as a sacrifice and we don’t have to make sacrifices anymore…. So that we can have eternal life with him. …Our sacrifices were not good enough…. So we can receive forgiveness for our sins.”
1 Peter 1:18-25 closing Passage before singing Jesus Paid It All
‘knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. ‘ 1 Peter 1:18-25 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/1PE.1.18-25
Thank you SO MUCH for joining in and praying for us! I pray this is helpful for you to dig into your Bibles and to seek #truth and understanding that comes from the Lord. This ends our second week of “no school at school” as everyone continues to go to school online in order to minimize group gatherings and help prevent the spread of the #coronavirus here in #Daegu, South Korea. Because @usagdaegu_area4 leadership team and the chapel services here are now starting to have M-F at 1230pm a mini-church service each day on the lawn of the chapel on Camp Walker, I am praying about if my “Bible Time & Worship” should continue daily M-F. I’m open to hear your comments about this. I am so very happy about how God’s Word and His great Name is being spread and lifted up as people look for relief and help in their sufferings.
#homeworship #thankful #familyBiblestudy #Killthevirus #Godisbiggerthanxyz #Jesuspaiditall #Hebrews #onlineministry #discipleship
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