the garden

  I come into the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses

  and the voice that I hear falling on my ear

  the Son of God discloses

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The Death of Jesus Christ

"Can I help?" Many are more than willing to help and serve others - but first one needs to know some of the details, who they are, how much time will it take, how much will it cost me and is it going to benefit me in some way. The details dictate the degree of willingness I will serve someone and if I determine it is not worth the effort, perhaps the price is too high, I will conveniently lose interest - but Jesus did not loose interest in reconciling man kind back to God because of sin.

Jesus was willing to suffer and die for our sins, why? So mankind might have a new start in life - with our sins forgiven, and peace and joy becoming part of our lives. What is the process that Jesus went through to offer us an invitation for a new life with God as an active part of our lives?

The New Testament mentions, more than 100 times, Jesus' death - also spoken of by the prophets in the Old Testament. The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed. The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. What was predicted in the Old Testament came true in the New Testament! Prophesied of Jesus, the New Testament revealed the prophecy, it came true. (Jesus) Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8).

1. The Death of Jesus Christ
Jesus died for our sin; He took my place on the cross. Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and gave His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). God through Jesus, imparted righteousness. Question, will I accept the offer? Do I have the opportunity to embrace righteousness? Definition: doing right before God.

2. The death of Jesus was natural
The power of death is all too frequently and painfully demonstrated. Every day brings the passing of those we know and love. Only Jesus has demonstrated power over death. He suffered on the cross and died. What does that mean, His spirit and soul, are separated from His body, He (Jesus) said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit (John 19:30). This happens when we die. His body died, His spirit went to be with the Lord.

3. The death of Jesus was unnatural
a. Romans 6:23 - for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus was sinless. Man was born into sin. Can you point to a instance where we have sinned, I surely can!
b. 1 Peter 2:22 - He (Jesus) committed no sin, ...
c. 1 John 3:5 - You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
d. 2 Corinthians 5:21 - He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf... Before He died, Jesus had to be made sin for us. Therefore, His death was unnatural.

4. The death of Jesus was supernatural
"For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it up again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative (supernatural). I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again (supernatural). This commandment I have received from my Father" John 10:17-18.
This all happened on the cross and 3 days and nights latter. He took life up again when He rose from the dead.

Only God in the form of man (Jesus) can rise from the dead. What has mankind to benefit from Jesus' death today? John 11:25 - 26, Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?

This is a promise directly from Jesus, Do you think this is worthy to search out? The next entry will be on the on the Resurrection of Jesus, please feel free to come along on the journey. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: How well do we know the significance of the resurrection? This will be the next topic of the Journal. Hope to see you then.