Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Why Was Jesus Crucified?According to the gospels, the main charge against Jesus was that he claimed to be the king of the Jews. The Roman soldiers were mocking this idea when they dressed him in a purple robe and pressed a crown of thorns onto his head. This was also the charge written on the sign at the top of the cross.
But the charge was false. The enemies of Jesus had concocted it by twisting the meaning of the old Jewish prophesies about the coming of the Messiah.
According to those prophesies, the Messiah was a great future leader who would appear during a period of extreme desperation and crisis known as the End Times (or Last Days). Assisted by God, he would overthrow all evil oppressors and set up a perfect kingdom on earth, where all the righteous people could live forever in peace and joy.
During the years when Jesus was growing up, many people believed that the End Times had already arrived, and that the Messiah would soon appear. This belief was especially strong in Galilee, the region of Palestine where Jesus lived. And the belief grew even stronger when John the Baptist began proclaiming that all the prophesies about the Messiah would soon be fulfilled.
But those prophesies could be interpreted in different ways. Some scriptures, such as Isaiah 53, depict the Messiah as a devout non-violent person who will prepare the way for the new kingdom by sacrificing himself to pay for humankind's sins. Other scriptures describe him as a future descendent of King David, and depict the new kingdom as a purified version of David's original kingdom. These references to King David caused many common people to envision the Messiah mainly as a military leader, whose first action would be to organize a revolt against the hated Romans and drive them out of the country.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Recognize the tendency toward sin and walk the endless road.
God promises paradise and the Bible explains how he will do so. It also provides the key for truly satisfying life here on earth.
We all fall short of perfection so we all need God’s grace and salvation, not just some of the time but all of the time. Think for a moment about your anxieties and problems and let God provide the tools for living a better life.
We must recognize our tendency towards sin first by avoiding our own fleshly desires. Temptations are always there to prevent righteous living. James 1:14 explains that we are tempted when we become enticed by our own natural desires.
King James Version Romans 14:23 "And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin."
There is a simple way of living based on Jesus’ teachings. It is a way of living that frees the Christian to live life blissfully in the service of others. By following Christ in a more concerned way and contributing to a healthier and happier setting or a more sustained world.So avoiding temptation is something we all face as Christians. The New Living Translation of 1 Corinthians 10:13. Says, "But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it."