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Monday, June 6, 2011

An Exceptional Honor

Jesus sacrificed His life so that we may enter into covenant relationship with the Father.  For this exceptional honor, we must sacrifice our own lives to His will.  Jesus' pre-existence, birth, life, death and resurrection echo out in all directions, ad infinitum; and the ensuing sound is salvation.  Jesus, as the Greek Logos or Word, was present with the Father and Holy Spirit at creation.  "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3).  This truth is foretold in Psalm 33:6, "By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them, by the breath of His Mouth."  Jesus was prophesied of in Genesis 3:15, ". . .and between her seed and thy seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."  Job, in his anguish, prophesies Jesus' personage, "For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth" (Job 19:25).  The familiar verse of Isaiah 9:6 proclaims, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. . ."  Jesus' death and resurrection have deep implications for all mankind.  Due to His sacrifice, all men now have access to salvation.  At His death on the cross, Mark 15:38 records, "And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom."  This veil was a partition that separated the the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple.  The Holy of Holies was the inner private space of the temple that only the high priest was allowed to enter for atonement.  It is so intriguingly relevant that God wishes for you to enter His most intimate sphere as He enters yours, your heart.  This veil symbolizes the separation of God and man, at Jesus' death it was torn and the way was made clear for man to approach God covered by the righteousness of Christ's blood.  If you don't know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the way is clear for you to come to Him.  Cry out to Him, He has been waiting for all eternity to answer you.

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