Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Truly God Devotional 11

The Jews are so underappreciated! It's important to remember that if it weren't for the Jews we wouldn't have our Christian faith. All of the disciples were Jews. Jesus was a Jew! Muhammad tried to get the Jews to abandon the Torah and they refused. Many of them were killed by Muhammad for their faith. Most of the disciples died for their faith. God chose the Jews as a people in order to bring Christ into the world and save humanity...His most wonderful creation. Jesus was payment for the price of our sins. God's covenant with Abraham still exists today. How we treat Israel is how we are treating God. That's just how important they are to Him.

John 10:17-18

"The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life--only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father. "

People like to say that the Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus. Sure, they were highly involved as were the Romans, but Jesus makes it quite clear here that no one took His life but that He laid down His life of His own accord. Blame has no place in this event. The same circumstances would have happened no matter who was involved because God had ordained it. The plan from the beginning was for Christ to sacrifice Himself for mankind as payment for sin and then rise from the dead and return to Heaven. Jesus claims His authority and fulfillment of His Father's command. He is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. He is by choice the sacrificial lamb. The blood payment for sin. The creator and authority of the universe. Our Savior Jesus Christ! Praise God for His sacrifice.

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