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04/13/2017

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Love And Hope


"Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter glory?" (Lk.24:26) "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom.5:8).

As we complete this series which was a response to Jesus' question in Lk.24:26, we reach a watershed.... In the education circles, we like to call this a teaching moment... Maybe even two teaching moments. Lets remember that these words from Jesus were spoken after His death, burial and resurrection, so they become even more poignant. There is another truth here which Christ's suffering and death preach to the world ---- vis., the worth and grandeur of man. God's ultimate provisions for human salvation testify to the high value of man's soul, thus today's second scripture. It is awesome just to contemplate that God sent Jesus to us at precisely the right time.... Why? Paul writes that He did it to demonstrate His own love for us... Why? While we were sinners, Christ died for us. We needed the ultimate sacrifice and Jesus provided it. We have been bought with the world's greatest price. The words of Psalm 8:4-5 ought to take on special meaning to us... "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.... In our second teachable moment, we find this gem. Our Savior's death gave hope to man because Jesus came forth from it. Death and resurrection belong together; there needs be one if there would be the other. Jesus said this; "Because I live, you will also live" (Jn.14:19). All that we read this week proves that the necessity of Christ's death is reasonable and understandable. God did this because He loves us and desires to give us hope.

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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