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The Conquest: Standing in Resurrection Power April 10, 2020 BIBLE MEDITATION: “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:22-23) DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: According to Jewish tradition, the stone specifically designed to be the cornerstone for Solomon’s temple was created and sent to the worksite at what is now the Temple Mount during the early days of construction about 970 B.C. The story goes that builders kept stumbling into the stone as they worked on less essential portions of the project. The stone was moved to the side and finally fell over into the valley below. When the time came to lay the rejected cornerstone, it had to be “resurrected” from the brush in the Kidron Valley to anchor the great temple. Fast-forward about a thousand years to the time of the early church and Peter tells the Jewish rulers that the power of the resurrected Jesus Christ is responsible for miraculous healings and for the boldness the disciples have in sharing their faith. “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders (of religion). It is become the cornerstone,” Peter tells them in Acts 4:11. ACTION POINT: If you have not yet met the Cornerstone, you will stumble in your quest for spiritual understanding and you will miss out on the Truth that would anchor your life now and eternally. If you already know Jesus, are you standing strong in His resurrection power as you share your faith with others? Love Worth Finding
The Cross: Warning: For Mature Audiences Only April 9, 2020 BIBLE MEDITATION: “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28) DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Tongue cannot tell, throat cannot sing, hand cannot paint, the tragedy that was called Calvary and the suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Romans used crucifixion to inspire stark terror. Anybody who saw crucifixion said, “Romans, whatever you tell me to do, I’ll do it. Just don’t crucify me.” Our word excruciating comes from the Latin word excruciatus, which means “torment greatly,” or, in some translations, “out of the crucified.” When the executioners nailed the victim’s hand to the cross, they would separate the metacarpals and place the nail, not in the palm, but in the wrist. They would try to hit the median nerve to send pain up the body and into the torso. Jesus would have been crucified with his hands at a 90-degree angle, but when the body falls, it goes down to a 65-degree angle. The weight of the body comes down on the chest and leaves the crucified person gasping for breath. In order to breathe, he must lift himself up, but as he does he must push down on the nails that are in his feet. So he is between gasping for breath and searing with pain. ACTION POINT: On the cross, Jesus took Holy God with one hand, sinful man with the other hand, and by the blood of His cross reconciled God to man. He took us by the hand and presented us to God the Father. He said, “Father, these are Mine. I purchase them with My blood.” Have you taken His hand? Love Worth Finding
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The Cross: Once and for All April 8, 2020 BIBLE MEDITATION: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…” (1 Peter 3:18) DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: In Rome, when a man would be judged guilty of a crime, he would be put in prison. A certificate of debt would be placed on his prison door. After he had done his time and paid the penalty for his crime and had satisfied the demands of the law, a word would be written across the certificate of debt. The word was tetelestai, which means, literally, “it is finished” or “it is paid in full.” Because this debt to society was paid, it meant that the man would never have to come into double jeopardy; he’d never be judged for that crime again. It is the same for you and me. If you belong to Jesus Christ, that is, if you have accepted the payment He made for sin on the cross and acknowledged that He is Lord of your life, you are “saved.” Your debt is tetelestai. You cannot get lost after you are saved, because if you could (which you can’t), Jesus would have to die again to save you. ACTION POINT: When Jesus said, “It is finished,” we can take Him at His word. If you know that you gave your life to Him, determine today that you will never again wonder whether Jesus has the power to forgive all of your sin, past, present, and future that He might bring you to God. Love Worth Finding
Time for a little fun! Work together to decide on a theme for a family meal — maybe you want to recreate a special trip or vacation or maybe you want to “visit” some place new. Enjoy time around the table together and make sure to tag me so I can catch your vision. ~Mrs. Lynn
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The Cross: Crossroads of Substitution April 7, 2020 BIBLE MEDITATION: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” (John 1:29) DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: All through the Bible, God has been teaching the lesson of substitution. He has been talking to people about a lamb without blemish to be sacrificed to take away sin. By the time of Christ, the priests and the Levites have instructed a special rank of shepherds to grow spotless lambs. They are grown in Bethlehem. On Palm Sunday, those lambs are going up to the Temple Mount. The same day, riding upon a donkey, comes the Lord Jesus Christ. The Passover lambs and God’s Lamb enter into the city the same day. The priests and the Levites examine the lambs. They look inside the mouths, go through the fleece, the hooves…the eyes; even the eyelids are examined. If there is any flaw, the lamb is not worthy for sacrifice. Jesus is another Lamb born in Bethlehem. Mary’s little lamb, whose fleece is white as snow. He is the virgin-born Son of God. He too is examined…by the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Herodian, and the civil leaders. He is pronounced sinless. Then comes the climax: at 3:00 in the afternoon, the priest tilts the head of the little spotless lamb and uses a lethal knife; at that very moment on cruel Golgotha, God’s Lamb pours out His royal blood for the sin of mankind. And Jesus says from the cross, “It is finished. It is paid in full.” ACTION POINT: The Lord Himself invites you to place your hands on that perfect, spotless Lamb and say, “Jesus, You are my substitute. Forgive my sin and take full control of my life. Thank You for saving me.” Love Worth Finding
The Crown of Saving Ministry: One-Size Only April 6, 2020 BIBLE MEDITATION: “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8) DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Centuries before Jesus Christ was born, God said to Abraham, I want you to take your son that you love to a place I will show you, and there you are to offer your son. So they went to Mt. Moriah, which later became the Temple Mount; it’s all the same limestone ridge as Calvary. Isaac looked around and he said, “Father, here’s the wood and the fire for the sacrifice. We’ve got the rope and the knife. Father, where’s the lamb?” Abraham choked back the tears. “You must trust me, my son. I don’t understand. I don’t know why. But son, you’re the sacrifice. Put out your hands; I must tie you.” And that son, strong and strapping, who could have overcome his elderly father, submitted and became a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. He stretched himself out there on the altar. Abraham lifted that gleaming knife and heard a voice. “Abraham, Abraham, don’t harm the lad. I have provided a substitute.” Abraham immediately discovered “a ram caught in a thicket.” The Hebrew word means a thicket of thorns. His head was caught in the brambles…in the thorns. Here on Mt. Moriah, God had preached the Gospel to Abraham. ACTION POINT: God has sworn by His holiness that all sin will be punished. There’s only one question: who will bear that punishment, you or Jesus? You, or the only One worthy to wear the tailor-made crown of thorns at Calvary? Love Worth Finding
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