Glorifying God through Prayer and Worship
Living a Life that totally Glorifies God
Christ who was with God and was (1)God, was made a little (2)lower than the angles by taking on flesh and blood. He became like one of (3)us, except in the area of sin. For he lived a perfect sinless life, thus he was able to give his life a ransom for us all by taking upon himself the punishment for our sins; the just for the unjust. Therefore, he experienced all of life's (4)temptations that we ourselves experience, but without giving into any of them. Also as a man living in this world, he experienced the day to day normal things in life, even the extra ordinary thing such as pain and suffering. For we must consider that:
But in comparison to all men, His form was lacking in honor. He was a man in suffering and knew how to bear sickness. His face was turned away, and He was dishonored and not esteemed. He bears our sins and suffers for us, yet we considered Him to be in pain, suffering, and ill-treatment. But He was wounded because of our lawlessness, and became sick because of our sins. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His bruise we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray. Man has gone astray in his way, and the Lord delivered Him over for our sins. (Isaiah 53:3-6 Sept.)
One of the hardest things that a person can experience in this life is to be rejection by others. Every person has a need and desire to be accepted by someone or something, whether it be family, friends, co-workers, some new acquaintance or even their own pets. Everybody needs somebody; and the sad part about all this is, people have even taken their own lives because of the lack thereof. It’s a basic need in all of us, whether we realize it or not. Now, let's take this up to another level. Think for a second what it would be like in the Lake of Fire. For it's there that (1)unrepentant sinners for all eternity are not only going to suffer torment, but be separated from fellow man, and even worse, from the presents of God Himself. Now that would be Hell.
Now consider our Savior Jesus Himself, who was (2)tortured with cruel whippings, beaten, spat upon, stripped of his garment, nailed to a cross, and then mocked and forsaken by those he came to save. In fact, He was (3)forsaken by all mankind, and even worse, (4)by God the Father Himself and then ultimately, he tasted hell for us. So it's true, Jesus died for our sins.
Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced exceedingly; My flesh also shall dwell in hope. For You will not abandon my soul to Hades nor allow Your Holy One to see corruption. (Psalm 15:9-10 Septuagint)
This passage above is the same as was quoted by Peter in (1)Acts 2:27-31. It is a reference to the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, declaring to his Heavenly Father that he was confident that he would not leave his soul in hell nor allow his body to decay in the grave. So, the question "did Jesus suffer for in hell, I would have to say "Yes." Our Lord Jesus suffered, not only through whips, beatings and the cross, but Jesus suffered for us in hell as well so that we would not have to. Why else would he even make this statement if hell was only a short visit with the Saints in Abraham's bosom? For let us remember his (2)agonizing plea in the Garden of Gethsemane where he asked the Father if it was possible for him not to go through all the suffering and torment that he was about to face. Yes, even Jesus said it would be better for you to cut off your own hand, foot, or even gouge out your eye if it was going to cause you to go to hell. Yes, hell is that bad?
Now I know that there is some who have actually tried to downplay the sufferings of our Savior (shame on them). But we also must remember that the wages for sin is punishment in hell for all those who’ve ever sinned, which of course is everyone on this earth. Yes, it is true that the cross was a bad experience for all who underwent its torture, especially to the degree that Jesus endured. But the cross was only a slap on the hand compared to (3)hell which is do for all unrepentant sinners, of which Jesus took upon himself for our redemption. You see, Jesus suffered not only the wrath of men who rejected and had forsaken him by nailing him to the cross, but he suffered the wrath that was do for us sinners which was hell itself. So again, Jesus had to suffer in hell for us in order to atone for our sins. Anything less would not have paid the full price(4) which was due for us. And it was no wonder why Jesus was so distressed hours before his death. For he knew what truly lied before him after his death on the cross. For even the thought of hell caused him to (5)sweat as it were great drops of blood while he was pleading with the father praying: O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Matthew 26:39). And let’s not forget his cry, (6)“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me” while he hung on the cross. For even the two thief’s did not experience such anguish but were mocking him instead (though one did finally repent, praise God(7)). This is because they had no idea of the agony that awaits all unrepentant sinners after death. And I’m sure if they had any idea of what would come next, they too would be agonizing and crying out for mercy as Jesus did. Because let's remember, hell is not only a place of torment, but separation from God Himself.
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And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Now I know that there are some who would say, “well, did not Jesus say to the thief on the cross, today you will be with me in (1)paradise.” And yes, this is true, but if we would compare scripture with scripture, we would see the true meaning of this statements that Jesus made. So, when Jesus said “today” to the thief, he was referring to that new realm where neither time, day nor night have any effect on a person. For we can see this to be true in 2 Perter 3:8 where he states that (2)time is of no relevance to God. So that’s why Jesus could do all the things that he did after he died on the cross, which included spending three days and nights in hell, and still mean what he said to the repenting thief. All because day, night and time do not come into play after physical earthly death as we know it. Everything will be in the eternal now. Also, we can see that the three days and nights are a witness to us that his suffering in hell was enough to pay the debt for our sins, for God's word say: "In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." (2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV)
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30)
Now we come to his statement “it is finished.” So, we must ask ourselves, what was it that he finished. Was in that moment of time that our forgiveness for our sins and our redemption was completed? For we must remember that Jesus did not die nor rise from the dead until after he said “it is finished.” These two elements (his death and resurrection) are (1)crucial for us believers because without them, there is no eternal life for us. And wouldn’t make sense if he was speaking of completeness, he would have waited until after he died and rose again to say “It is finished,” if indeed that this is what he meant? So, when Jesus said “it is finished,” he was speaking of his (2)earthly mission which was to show us that he came from the father as well as to show us the way to the Father?
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into Your hands I commit My spirit.' " Having said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)
Now we come to Jesus statement: “into your hands I commend my Spirit,” which he said to God the Father while he hung on the cross. And we know after he said that, he died physically. So, was it at this moment that he went to the Father? Of course not. For Jesus said to Marry Magdalen at the sepulcher after his resurrection, that he has not yet (1)ascended to his Father. So, we can see that this statement of Jesus: “into thy hands” is in reference to his faith and trust in his Father that he would not leave his soul in (2)hell nor let his body experience corruption as Peter said when he was quoting Psalms 15:10. Jesus trusted that the Father would deliver him out of hell and raise him up again bodily.
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:40)
Do you think that it was a picnic for Jonah spending three days and nights in the belly of the fish? Well, if we would read what he said, we would see that it was (1)hell for him. And yet, Jesus was using this as a reference to his sufferings in the heart of the earth, which would be hell itself. For we can get a picture of his suffering from (2)Psalms 22:1-2, 19 where he is pleading with the God the Father to help him. This he spoke while being in torment in hell for three days and nights, paying for the penalty of our sins. This is true because, Jesus did not suffer on the cross for more than a day, nor do we see in any of the Gospels a reference to Jesus surfing this much during his earthly ministry. So this quotation above has to be referring to his time in hell. And again, don't fall for those who are teaching heresy by saying Jesus was referring to his visit with the Saints in Abraham's bosom. Abraham's bosom was not a place of torment for God's Saints, so why would Jesus be comparing it to the sufferings of Jonas in the belly of the whale?
So again, let’s not believe the wishy-washy lies of those who would down play our Savior's sufferings. For we were (3)“bought with a price,” so let us live our lives in such a manner that would show gratitude and appreciation for all that he did for us, on the cross as well as in hell. And let us thank our God and Father for the victory of Jesus who triumphed over the grave and rose again from the dead. Because of his obedience to the Father, we can now rest assured of our (4)salvations that was won for us by him. Praise God and Amen.
Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it roasted in fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. (Exodus 12:7-9 Sept.)
Now we come to the Passover Lamb which had to be slain and its blood be applied to the (1)house in order for its occupants to be saved? Not only that, but the Passover Lamb had to go through the (2)fire before those in the house could partake of it and come out alive. So, in like manner, Jesus had to be slain and his blood applied to our hearts in order for us to be saved and forgiven. And in like manner as the Passover Lamb, He had to go through the fire so that we can now be free from God’s wrath and be partakers of his Holy Spirit. Yes it's true, Jesus had to suffer the pains of death as Peter said in (2)Acts 2:24 which was a quotation from (3)Psalm 114:3-4.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, "who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:44-46)
Who do you think is that treasure in the field and that costly pearl? Is it not you and I whom Jesus gave His very life for? It is God's word which says: "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV) So you see, it is you and I who was purchased, and that with the precious blood of Jesus, God’s beloved Son. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16 KJV) This should cause us to fall totally in love with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and always be: "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2 KJV) By looking to Him in faith for your salvation, you can rest assured that you will be spending all eternity in paradise with Him. Amen and Praise the LORD.
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"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17 NKJV)