In Between

I am still thinking about an earlier post: A Weekend Suggestion.

And reading Matthew 27 again brings it all the more to mind. 

In A Weekend Suggestion, I reminded us that JESUS is the LIGHT of the World.
Matthew 27 tells us on the day YESHUA died BEFORE He died, from noon to about 3:00 the sun did not shine — it was dark. There was darkness everywhere. 
That means something to me. 

Allow me to share some of my thinking with you about Christiandom. It seems to me for the last many centuries people have been distracted by the beatings, spitting, heinous actions of the people against Yeshua. Yes, distracted.
Distracted from what we desperately need to see. 
We concentrate on the trial, the lies, the cat of nine tails, the crown of thorns — and we should be moved even more by it than we are but it is NOT the wrath of man against JESUS that saves us.
No.
It isn’t.
It is that
HE submitted Himself to the WRATH of THE FATHER poured out on HIM.

You read that right it is not the suffering He suffered at the hands of man BUT the WRATH OF GOD poured out on HIM by His Very Own FATHER GOD!

From Noon until about 3 o’clock we have no idea, no imagination, no comprehension, no means of knowing the HELL that was poured out on JESUS while He was alive on that cross.  

Why?
Because it was the ONLY WAY TO SAVE YOU AND ME!

JESUS suffered heinous, horrible, unholy, cruel, demonic physical assaults to His perfect Human Flesh but that was NOT GOD’s WRATH.
That was man’s wrath against GOD.

What saved you and me was what happened to JESUS, the GODMAN on that cross in the DARK.
When the LIGHT of the WORLD became DARKNESS.
The darkness we are without Him.

When HE said It is finished. That’s what He meant it.
It was Finished; the WRATH had been poured out and HE took it  — every last drop of it.
Isaiah 53:6
Mark 14:32-42
Romans 5:12-19

And then to fully identify with us and to fulfill every jot and tittle of prophecy HE DIED.

And in three days — HE arose from being graveyard dead!

Got doubts? 
Consider this.
During that darkness, JESUS cried out: 

45 Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. 
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lema sabaktanei?” that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  source 

And this:

Access! We have it!

Isaiah 50

This chapter is too full for me to fully know today but may I share with you what I see thus far?

This passage so brings JESUS to mind.
It reads like Him.
It describes Him.
It describes perhaps 730 years before He came to earth what He would endure on our behalf.

Look at verse 4 with me, please. 

 Adonai Elohim has given me the ability to speak as a man well taught, so that I, with my words, know how to sustain the weary.
Each morning he awakens my ear to hear like those who are taught. source 

And what did JESUS say in  Matthew 11:28?
Who else but He could say this:
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  source 

Do you remember what the counsel said about Peter and John? 

Hebrews 4: 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 
source – New American Standard Bible 1995

Verse 6 tells of one who offered his back; who was insulted and spit upon.
Again. JESUS.

Matthew 26:67 and John 19:1 –  Read HERE.

Verse 7 tells us He said no insult would wound him. 
Now we know that must be JESUS. 
Read with me my confirming New Testament verse. 

Luke 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,  (KJV)

We need the Old Testament and the New Testament if we want a full picture of JESUS.
And fortunately, we have access to both.
We have paper and ink copies; we have internet access to multiple translations; we even have access to Scripture on our phones.
We have access. We have no excuse. 

Scriptural Address

As I sit to bring a word or two to you come Tuesday morning, this has been a day I appreciate.

Lots of reading and some prayer journaling and after lunch working in the backyard with my J.; yes it has been a day to make me smile.
I hope you have smiled today too.

2 Timothy 2 contains marvelous counsel for us. 

23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 
24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 
25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 
26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. source 

That is so plain, how could we miss it?
Are you like me, in need of practice here?
Let’s practice together.
Let’s be People of The Word together.

Today’s reading – Tuesday; if you are reading along is Isaiah 61.
That is a precious Scriptural Address to me. 
More than a couple of decades ago before the dawn of a workday, I sensed HOLY SPIRIT telling me to turn to Isaiah 61.
Next, I heard myself say aloud, LORD, I don’t even know if there is an Isaiah 61

There is. 🙂

The Love of GOD

It’s been a quick December and a different one for us.
Different celebrating this time – it’s been easier, less stress.

The reading of Biblical accounts of People in the Lineage of JESUS (this is our 7th year, but this year it), has been our focus. Today will be number 24.

Our Jesse tree (Isaiah 11:10) again this year has been a heart-warming pleasure in our living area.
White lights, white tree, delicate white paper ornaments, and the reading of Scripture with applications for each day’s hanging of the ornament.
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp.
There’s been no rushing around for presents; a little knitting here and there and grab an outfit or two (while general shopping at the box store I will not name 🙂 ) for Little Ones so very dear, and, of course, online works from the comfort of home.  

And so this has been our December. 
And today the customary dishes are in prep for a family gathering tomorrow – LORD willing. 

And today, JT and I bring YOU a Greeting of Peace and Joy because of Immanuel.
It is our hope you are remembering the Baby in a Manger was GOD incarnate, born likely not on December 25 but surely born for us.
And as you remember the Baby Yeshua, don’t miss the greater miracle — The GODMAN who died and rose again to save wretched sinners like us from ourselves, sin, hell, and the grave. 

Traditions of men – we must be careful with them that they do not blind us or distract us from The LOVE and HOLINESS of GOD. 

May The LORD of GLORY be pleased, honored, and glorified with and in our gatherings. 

Until we meet again ~~~