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The Story of Jesus—God’s Parable

A parable is an earthly story used to teach some heavenly meaning. If you think about it, you’ll discover that Jesus’ whole life is a parable given to us by God.

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God’s parable is a story about a god—the one and only God—sending a part of Himself to earth in a child’s body. The child, known as Jesus, God’s Son, grew up the personification of God, possessing all of His power, love, and wisdom. This part of God, the man Jesus, became an earthly example of a godly life. Then, God allowed Jesus, this part of Himself, to experience every imaginable sin that we humans can commit past, present, and future. God allowed Jesus’ body to be crucified and suffer excruciating pain until, finally, the body died. BUT, the parable doesn’t end there. God, our eternal God in the form of His Son, Jesus, did not die. HE LIVED. Jesus’ body arose from the grave and He ascended into heaven.

There are many lessons in God’s parable, but the most important is this: there is no place for sin in heaven. To claim our place there, we must believe that God loves us so much that He sacrificed Himself to guarantee us eternal life in heaven when our bodies die.

9c6573dfff65de3d68075359d135df31What did sacrifice mean in Jesus’ time?
God commanded His people to perform numerous animal sacrifices according to certain procedures prescribed by Him. Instead of humans suffering eternal death for their own sins, God was willing to accept a substitute.

First, the animal had to be spotless.

Second, the person offering the sacrifice had to need the animal—remember animals were the most important commodity providing food, clothing, and wealth in trade.

Third, the person offering the animal had to kill it. When done in faith, this sacrifice provided a temporary covering of sins.

Sacrifices had to be done multiple times to keep cleansing sin so God’s people might one day have eternal life in heaven.

BUT, THEN:

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Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice, the ETERNAL covering of sin, the ONLY way for souls to be guaranteed sin-free when bodies die. God didn’t have to sacrifice Himself multiple times to free us from sin, but only once.

Jesus told us the meaning of God’s parable:

For God so loved the world
that he gave 
his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.”

(Read the rest of what Jesus said in John 3: 1–21.)

If you are a believer, praise God! If you are a non-believer, think about God’s parable and then decide.

Will you believe?
What do you have to lose?

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Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg?

[I hope you’ll enjoy reading this post from Easter 2010.
I wish all of you, my readers, a very blessed, safe and happy holiday.]
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At Easter time, store shelves are stocked with cute little chicks and colorful plastic eggs holding hidden treasures. At Easter time, chickens become like rock stars.

Chickens are everywhere—even in the Bible!
Think about it:

  • Jonah “chickened out” when God wanted him to go to Nineveh,
  • Gideon was “chicken-hearted,” until God showed him his potential,
  • Sarah and Elizabeth were “no spring chickens” when they became pregnant,
  • the foolish man’s “chickens came home to roost” after he built his house on sand,
  • Martha ran around “like a chicken with her head cut off” cleaning and cooking for Jesus instead of spending quality time with Him,
  • the poor widow put “chicken feed” into the temple treasury . . .

Okay, obviously we’re talking about idioms—
expressions with non-literal meanings.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? is the best known chicken idiom and a question that humans have pondered for years. Evolutionists believe that the egg came first. An egg from a non-chicken mutated into an egg that produced a barnyard chicken.

On the other hand, Christians believe that the chicken came first.
Proof is in Genesis 1:20-22.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” (NIV)

Although we know better, we Christians sometimes behave like evolutionists. We put the egg before the chicken, similar to children eager to discover what treasures are hidden in plastic Easter eggs. We think more about God’s gifts than the One who put them there.

This Easter, I encourage you to consider not only God’s gift of salvation through Christ Jesus, but also the character of God Himself. Without His greatness, forgiveness, mercy, and love, there would be no Jesus, no Resurrection Sunday, and no promise of eternal life. There would be no good reason for cute stuffed chicks, plastic eggs, the Easter Bunny—or to ponder that silly question:

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

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How Could a Loving Father . . .?

“How could a loving father allow his son to die in such a way?”

People will ask that question more often this week than at any other time of year. They will see Christ’s crucifixion from purely a human point of view comparing God to a human father who wouldn’t come to the aid of his son but instead allowed him to die in the most cruel and suffering way.

But, God is not a human Father. Neither was Jesus human. He was God come to earth in human form.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifest in the flesh (Jesus) . . . 1 Timothy 3:16

Beyond our human comprehension, God exists simultaneously as Father and Son. Jesus and God are One.

If we view Jesus’ crucifixion from that perspective, things change. We understand that Christ’s crucifixion was not God proving His power over humans by inflicting terrible pain and suffering on His human Son. Instead, we see God in the flesh, enduring the pain and suffering that we humans inflict on Him—and all the while He continues to forgive and love us.

You might think of it this way: Any loving human father would feel terrible pain and suffering if his children consistently hurt and rejected him. He would worry: What if death separates us forever before this gets resolved?

God is no different. He doesn’t want death to separate us from Him. So, He made a way for that not to happen. The crucifixion represents God allowing Himself, in the human form of Jesus, to endure the pain and suffering (sin) that WE, His children, inflict upon Him. We humans killed Jesus in the flesh. But because Jesus and God are One, it was our Heavenly Father whom we tried to kill. But, God prevailed. He did not die. God proved to us His power over death, over sin.

And here’s the most important part:

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them;
for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

We are the THEY in that sentence. We are the children who consistently inflict pain and suffering on God, our Father, whenever we sin. And because God will not coexist with sin, it separates us from Him.

But God forgives us.

If we believe in His love and forgiveness, He promises that sin will never separate us from Him. We will not die in the flesh, but instead, like Jesus, we’ll live forever with God and be loved by Him with a love that we, as humans, can only imagine.

So, as Good Friday approaches, set aside your human understanding, and try to see Jesus’ crucifixion from God’s point of view.

How wonderful that our Heavenly Father
endures all the suffering that we cause Him
and still continues to love and forgive us.

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