Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Torn Curtain

Matthew 27:50-54
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely He was the Son of God!"

Can we even imagine what that day was like when that veil was torn in two? Eyes were opened, sin was paid, hearts understood like never before. Freedom rang out as slaves of sin were set free. Access to the Throne Room of a Holy God was made possible for those who believed this "Son of God" = JESUS CHRIST = now RISEN and ALIVE.

That's why I call Him the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - because He's the God of the living! And HE [Jesus] lives to intercede for you and me. Can we ever adore Him enough for interceding on our behalf?

Hebrews 7 (selected)
24 ...but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.
26 Such a high priest meets our needOne who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. [all emphasis added]

As we ponder this baby lying in a manger - filled with urine stenched straw - remember the Cross where His purpose was fulfilled!

Choosing JOY,

[Led Home by the Shepherd]

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