Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Famous Seven Words Of Jesus Christ From The Cross

It is written that whosoever "abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son", see 2 John 1:9.

This New Testament verse is followed by an explicit warning: "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed", 2 John 1:10.

To enter into the mystery of God, and of the New Testament, it is therefore very important to understand the seven words of Jesus spoken during His passion on the cross.

The seven short phrases or words Jesus uttered from Calvary were:

1.) "Pater, dimitte illis, non enim sciunt quid faciunt", Luke 23:34.

2.) "Amen dico tibi: Hodie mecum eris in paradiso", Luke 23:43.

3.) "Mulier, ecce filius tuus" ..... "Ecce mater tua", John 19:26 - 27.

4.) "Deus meus, Deus meus, ut quid dereliquisti me?", Mark 15:34 (Matthew 27:46).

5.) "Sitio", John 19:28.

6.) "Consummatum est!", John 19:30.

7.) "Pater, in manus tuas commendo spiritum meum", Luke 23:46.

The first word of Jesus - "Father forgive them; for they know not what they do" - was a prayer for the Roman soldiers who just had nailed Him to the cross. No such thing as general forgiveness or general grace exists according to the New Testament, see for example Hebrews 10:30 - 31.

The second word of Christ - "Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise" - which was said to the dying and repenting thief, who was crucified beside Jesus, shows that God is listening, and that His mercy outstrips our faith.

The third word of Jesus - "Woman, behold thy son" ..... "Behold thy mother!" - was an example of providing for the safety and welfare of the one who bore Him, while the iron already had entered His body.

The fourth saying of Jesus - "My God , my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" - was His way of saying "I wish I had spent more time at the office, but Elijah will come and tell you more", see also Mark 15:36 and Revelation 11:3 - 14.

The fifth saying of Jesus Christ - "I thirst" - was uttered because He needed material relief, and He got vinegar, in order for Him to renew His bodily strength for the final words of triumph.

The sixth word of Jesus - "It is finished" - was the final answer of Jesus to His first official utterance in the Temple that He must be about His Father's business, see Luke 2:49, and that this work of His now had been completed. He who knows the beginning also knows the end.

The seventh and final word of Jesus from the cross - "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" - after the veil of the Temple was rent in the midst, see Luke 23:45, was the Divine decision to give the Spirit of the Temple and the Sacred place of Holyness to the Romans, as it is repeated in Scripture: "the hands are the hands of Esau", Genesis 27:22.

"Qui dicit se in luce esse et fratrem suum odit, in tenebris est usque adhuc. Qui diligit fratrem suum, in lumine manet, et scandalum ei non est; qui autem odit fratrem suum, in tenebris est et in tenebris ambulat et nescit quo vadat, quoniam tenebrae obcaecaverunt oculos eius", 1 John 2:9 - 11.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Should We Get Rid Of Organized Religion?

Hebrews 4:16 states: "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need".

Most of us have sometimes been in a situation where we need financial or spiritual advice or help. What a comfort to know that Jesus is there for our protection, deliverance and healing!

There are people and nations with financial troubles for instance. To give them material help will solve their problems in short term. But who will solve their real problems by giving them Jesus?

On a future day we shall all stand trial before Christ, see 2 Corinthians 5:10. Lost people will also stand before Jesus at the Judgment, see Revelation 20:11.

The New Testament teaches us that when Jesus was delivered to Pontius Pilate, see Matthew 27:2, it actually was Pontius Pilate who was on trial. Pilate stood before the judge of all the earth. Pilate felt very uncomfortable about this and publicly washed his hands, see Matthew 27:23 - 24, since he saw that Jesus was in charge of the situation, see Matthew 27:11 and John 18:37. Even the wife of Pilate tried to have him to change his mind, due to a dream which had her upset, see Matthew 27:19, but unfortunately like in our days most men don't listen to their wives. Furthermore not many listen to God when He gives His instructions "when deep sleep falleth upon men", see Job 33:14 - 18, but Niels Bohr did so and learned how the Atoms are constructed.

Pilate asked Jesus: "What is truth?", see John 18:38, without understanding that Jesus is "the way, the truth, and the life", see John 14:6.

Even in our modern discussions between leading Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox Christians, we have a total lack of dialogue, heart and understanding. A great deal of the responsibility for the creation of communism, fascism and also for the two world wars in the last century falls on Christianity as a whole. But what could we expect?

Some leading Greeks didn't want Alexander the Great to succeed in spreading democracy and hellenism in the Orient some 2300 years ago, see Daniel 8:14, but ordered to have him poisoned. Today their posterity has to pay the price as it faces the threat of weapons of mass destruction like nuclear arms. Some leaders of Israel feared the Romans more than God, see John 11:48, and was therefore happy at the crucifixion of Jesus, (even if Jesus already had decided to lay down His life of Himself, see John 10:17 - 18,) and now also have to pay the price as their posterity lives in fear of total annihilation of Israel, see however Romans 11:26.

Now the good and faithful servants in the different church denominations, see Matthew 25:21, have luckily understood that we can store up our material treasures in a safe way by sending it ahead, see Matthew 6:20.

But indeed organized religion do often more harm than good, see however Hebrews 10:25.

Salvation is a personal standpoint, see John 3:3, and rather than to have different Church denominations squabbling about this and that - or causing world wars like in the past century - it could be a better idea to dismantle all organized religion for good, see Matthew 23:13 - 39, Matthew 24:21, and Jude 1:11, since Christian unity in Jesus anyway seems impossible to achieve, compare with John 17:11.

"Quid est veritas?", John 18:38.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Never Give Up!

Perseverance is the key to all success.

As our body needs food daily, so our Spirit also needs its daily food in the form of the word of God, see Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4 and 1 Timothy 4:13 -16.

The spiritual combat against the powers of darkness requires perseverance, see Ephesians 6:13, and in the day of adversity it is important to persevere without giving up, see Acts 4:2 and Hebrews 12:3.

To fail and make errors is human. Actually we should learn by our mistakes. The American inventor Thomas Alva Edison is a good example of what perseverance means. After innumerous failures to construct a good lamp he finally gave people light and power.

To those who persevere God has promised success and glory, see 2 Timothy 4:7 - 8, and Hebrews 6:11. Therefore it is also important to always pray without fainting, see Luke 18:1, and Ephesians 6:18. The longterm and total success in persevering also depends on the wisdom which is in Christ Jesus, see Acts 2:42 and 2 Timothy 3:14 - 17.

Christians should be patient as Christ is patient, see 2 Thessalonians 3:5. On earth Jesus suffered and now He waits for His enemies to be made a footstool for His feet, see Hebrews 10:13 and 12:2.

With perseverance comes joy, see Colossians 1:11 - 12. The rewards we will receive in eternity depends therefore on the persons we are today.

A good example of perseverance in faith was a ruler of the synagogue named Jairus, who had a daughter who had died, that Jesus would arise from the dead, see Luke 8:41 - 56. Jesus told Jairus: "Fear not, believe only, and she shall be made whole", see Luke 8:50.

Now we have already won the total victory through Jesus, see 1 Corinthians 15:57 and 1 John 5:4, and Christ Himself uttered as His last words on the cross: "It is finished", John 19:30.

"Si haec scitis, beati estis, si facitis ea", John 13:17.