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Jesus' Death And Resurrection

"How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter glory?" (Lk.24:25-26)..

Today's verses take place after Jesus died and was resurrected. The disciples were of course saddened by the death of Jesus. I find it interesting that Jesus calls them foolish...Why? Maybe its because even though they knew the prophetical writings, they failed to understand that Christ's suffering was His path to glory. Maybe its because they could not understand why God did not intervene to save Jesus from the agony of the cross... In this week that the world looks to this coming Sunday as Easter, I thought we might take a look at the reason(s) that Jesus had to die for us. God's honor and man's happiness required that God govern man whom He had created. The means to securing voluntary obedience was to make the rewards great and the penalties severe. Both in Old and New Testament days, man had rebelled against God's law and brought death into the world. God had to do Himself the honor of enforcing His laws. Sin, at the demand of justice, had to be punished. "The soul who sins is the one who will die" (Ezek.18:20). "For the wages of sin is death" (Rom.5:23). The wonderful part of this story is the love of God... God loved man and desired his salvation so badly that He gave His Son. Why? "He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (II Pet.3:9). Love cried for man's liberation, while justice demanded his punishment. The only way for both of these demands to be met was solved by Jesus death and subsequent resurrection. He was the propitiation for our sins. I'll close with a story from the Medes and Persians that illustrates this; Their laws demanded an "eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." A young man had put out the eyes of another and the law demanded that his eyes be destroyed. When he came to trial, his own father was the judge... There were conflicting thoughts of justice and mercy in the father's heart, but laws must be upheld...That being said, love can find a way to show mercy. "As the judge, my son, I must assess the penalty of the law. Two eyes must be given for the two you have taken; but as you father, I offer one of mine to help meet the demands of justice." God offered Jesus... More tomorrow

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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