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Mar 25, 2016 - Faith, The Love of God    6 Comments

WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY?


THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY

I woke us about 3:30 am Wednesday morning and as I laid there in bed I thought to myself that the celebration of Easter is coming.  Then the words Good Friday entered my mind.  So I got up and looked up on my phone “What’s so good about Good Friday?”  There were several articles talking about Good Friday, but only one really stuck out to me.

As I am writing this I’m still thinking, “What’s so good about Good Friday?”  Everything!  As dark as that day was, knowing  that we crucified an innocent man Jesus the Messiah in the place of a criminal named Barabbas,  Good Friday was the brightest day on earth for all of mankind.  Jesus’ death opened the gates to paradise once again to those who would believe on the name of Jesus the Son of God.  By one man’s sin, Adam, sin entered into the world and by one man’s act of righteousness sin is forgiven.

Romans 5:17-19
17 Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

18 So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone. 19 For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.  

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THANKS-LIVING

My Pastor gave a wonderful sermon on Sunday titled “THANKS-LIVING.”  I was so impress by the subject matter that I thought that I would share some of his message with you.  As Christians our lives should reflect the life of Jesus.  Jesus always gave thanks to God, the Father, for everything.  Thanks, not only in words, but in deeds. When you think about it, how can you truly be thankful when your life does not reflect the attitude of you words.  Our hearts will always give us away concerning how we live out our lives.

TOUCHED BY THE LIVES OF OTHERS

This Thanksgiving, before you doing any eating or celebrating, earnestly take the time to think about what you are truly thankful for … then ask yourself if your life matches up with your words.  Thanksgiving should not just be a date on the calendar that we celebrate once a year. Thanksgiving is the condition of your heart that needs to be examined throughout the year.

I was so touched by the message I heard about “Thanks-Living” and wanted to get into the Scriptures myself in search of a Word from the Lord to share.  I was sitting in Panera with my wife and youngest daughter.  My wife was actuallyimage editing the post I was going to share this week but I told her to hold off because I wanted to do a Thanksgiving post.  I had an idea of a Scripture I was going to use but then the Lord took me to the Book of Psalms.  As I was reading Psalm 107, I was so moved by the words I knew this is what I wanted to share.  This portion of Scripture gives such a wonderful example of how God’s people gave Him thanks.  The people did not give thanks until they had reflected on the state of drifting from God.  It was not until then that they cried out for God’s help and He alone delivered them when they could not deliver themselves.  As you read this portion of Psalms, do you see yourself?  Has God been so good … so faithful … so loving … that you would cry out not just with Thanksgiving but Thanks-Living?

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NOW FOR THE ANSWERS

Last time, we took at look at God’s TRUTH.  I hope that message got you thinking and looking for God’s truths … our guide to the WAY we should go and to the LIFE we should live.

So many of us and so many times, we take LIFE for granted.  But when life is threatened it will sends shock waves of fear into the heart, if not the very souls of men. Yet this most valuable gift called LIFE, which God chose to clothed us in, is as fragile as earthen jars of clay and we must never take it for granted.

2 Corinthians 4:7

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.  

As fragile as life is, I thank God that LIFE is in strong hands, His hands.  We are to be a witness to this world that God is the giver of LIFE and LIFE ETERNAL.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS

When God created all life He created it out of one purpose, LOVE.  It was out of His great love that He made man.  He provided everything that mankind would need to sustain his life. However, His creation was not created so that the bond between mankind and his creator could ever be separated. Yet by the choice of one man’s free will to sin by disobeying, God broke that bond and left a hole in all mankind. And thus we come to the meaning of LIFE.

JESUS AND A SMARITAN WOMAN

JOHN 4:1-26

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—  although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.  So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

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Now he had to go through Samaria.  So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

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