The Truly Blessed

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And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:27-28)

The Truly Blessed

When the fullness of time came for Christ to come into the world, God looked among the women of Israel and favored Mary to be the one whom the Son of God would be born. The life of Mary would be filled with questions and reflection of the child she bore in her womb and raised from infancy to that terrible day when she witnessed His death on a cross. There was no one who had greater certainty of the divinity of Jesus than Mary as the virgin birth was real to her in every way. When the Lord began His ministry, Mary was an integral part of His work. She stood at the cross and watched Him die and said not a word. When the church began fifty days later she was numbered with the first disciples disappearing on the pages of God’s revelation thereafter. On one occasion as Jesus is teaching, a woman in the crowd is overwhelmed with the presence of Jesus and shouts praise to the woman that bore this man into the world. It was a sign of respect and honor to speak highly of the mother of Jesus who was probably unknown to the woman. It would be a fitting time to speak in regard to His mother but this was not the time. Some of the final words of Jesus were spoken to His mother as He implored the apostle John to care for Mary. But on this occasion, Jesus diverts the attention away from Himself and from His mother to impress upon the hearers the truly blessed among men. The most important relationship a person could have would be with the Father in Heaven.

Jesus summed up in two points the truly blessed among men. It did not come from the accolades of men for others as exemplified by the honor given to Mary over the centuries. Those who will be blessed are those who hear the word of God and those who keep the word of God. Whatever glory men could bestow on Mary passed when she died. She was a quiet servant of God that was blessed among women to bear the Son of God in her womb and bless the world with the greatest gift man will ever know. Beyond that, her life was in devotion to the cause of Christ and the establishment of the early church. The final mention of Mary is recorded by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles and nothing more is said. What is the most important part of scripture is what is preserved by the Holy Spirit: the word of God. Jesus reminds the woman in the crowd that salvation comes from hearing the word of God. Understanding the will of the Father is where true blessings come. Eternal life does not come from Mary but hearing the message of grace from the word of God and knowing the pattern of redemption in Christ. The early church preached a risen Christ and the necessity of hearing the word of God. Throughout the book of Acts, men and women obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ when they heard the word and obeyed the word. Hearing was essential to salvation and without hearing there could be no faith. Every example of conversion in the early church began with someone hearing the word of God. They were blessed when they obeyed the word.

The blessings of God do not come only by hearing the word. Jesus pointed out a second and vital part of salvation when He told the multitude that those who keep the word of God will be blessed. Hearing the word is paramount but if the heart is not willing to obey the word there will be no blessing. Many heard the word of Jesus but did not believe. On the Day of Pentecost, there will many people who heard the preaching of the apostles and did not obey the gospel message. Throughout the book of Acts and the travels of Peter and Paul, multitudes of people heard the good news of salvation and refused to obey. The blessings of God will only come when a heart hears the word and keeps the word in obedience. This also suggests that when the gospel is obeyed that a continual action of hearing and keeping the word is required. When three thousand souls obeyed the word of God at Pentecost, Luke records they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine. Great blessings will come for those who abide in the word of truth. The disciple of Christ will continue to hear the word of God and keep the word of God in their lives. The true blessing will come to those who keep the word. Without keeping the word there can be no blessing. Mary the mother of Jesus was a remarkable woman who lived an extraordinary life. The child of God who hears the word and keeps the word leads a more remarkable life because they are walking in the grace of God redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

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Faith Must Grow

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Now it came to pass the same night that the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it, and build an altar to the Lord your God on top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down.” So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the Lord had said to him. But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much to do it by day, he did it by night. (Judges 6:25-27)

Faith Must Grow

The story of Gideon is one of the heroic men of Old Testament scrip who did much for the Lord with very little. It was a time of great upheaval for the people of God. They had conquered the land of promise under the leadership of Joshua and settled into the new world with great hopes and dreams. A cycle of blessings and cursing plague the young nation of Israel as they allowed themselves to embrace the idol worship of the land and face the wrath of God for their rebellion. In time the Lord would send a deliverer and free the people from the oppression of their enemies. Gideon was a judge of Israel who helped deliver Israel from the Midianites during a seven-year period of fear and persecution. The son of Joash the Abiezrite would be remembered as the judge who subdued the Midianite army with only three hundred men against a host of Midianites, Amalekites and all the people of the East that were as numerous as locusts with camels that were without number. Before this great victory for the Lord, Gideon had to grow in his faith and learn to trust in the power of God to bring victory to Israel. It would not be an easy task for Gideon. His leadership did not appear in one day. Through the longsuffering of God, this great man would be remembered for much more than the challenges he faced early on.

Israel had been greatly impoverished by the oppression of the Midianites. The Lord sent a prophet to the people warning them of their rebellion against His word. He then sent the Angel of the Lord to Gideon and brings about the end of the Midianite rule. Gideon was very reluctant at first and complained to the Lord for what had befallen the people. Asking for a sign of the power of God, the Angel of the Lord told Gideon to prepare a meal and place it upon a rock. Putting out the end of a staff that was in his hand, fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and unleavened bread. The Angel of the Lord departed out of the sight of Gideon and the voice of the Lord assured Gideon he would not die. That night the Lord returns to Gideon telling him to take his father’s young bulls and tear down the altar of Baal that his father had and to cut down the wooden image that was beside it. He was then told to build an altar to the Lord on top of the same rock and take a second bull to offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood from the image he cut down next to Baal. Taking ten men Gideon did exactly what God told him to do with the exception of one thing: he was too afraid to do such a thing in the day. The eleven men performed the command of the Lord under the cover of darkness. They feared the household of Gideon’s father and the men of the city too much to do it by day so they did it by night. They were brave but not so brave. Gideon would continue to test the Lord for signs of His divine power and through the longsuffering of God, Gideon would soon have faith enough to lead three hundred men against an innumerable host and win the victory. There is a lesson of faith in the story of Gideon.

Faith is not something men are born with and faith is not something that is easily attained. By definition, faith is the assurance of things that are hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Gideon had suffered greatly under the oppression of the Midianites and questioned where the Lord had been. Sadly, his father and the household of his father had an image of Baal along with a wooden image that was an abomination to the Lord. Gideon’s faith began with going against his father. When the deed was discovered and Gideon was named as the one who destroyed the Baal, the men of the city demanded Joash bring out his son to kill him. Joash challenged the people to explain why Baal could not defend himself if he were so powerful a god. But the faith of Gideon was not strong and he went up by night to do the will of the Lord instead of boldly going in the day. Faith takes time to grow to maturity. Great men of faith are not born overnight but through a lifetime of trusting and serving the will of the Lord. There will never come a time when faith is complete and all the needs of man are fulfilled in the spirit of faith. Abraham struggled with his faith all his life as did Moses, David, Daniel, Peter, and the apostle Paul. It is easy to look at men and women of great faith and believe they achieved this level of faith by some great personality trait of family or privilege. Lost in the recognition of their faith is the osmosis of character that developed over time as they trusted in the Lord in times of doubt and proved through the will of God the word of God is true and everlasting. Gideon struggled with his faith and yet he is numbered with the faithful witnesses. Faith will always need to grow and the more faith is grown the deeper the roots of God’s love will strengthen the heart against the storms of life. Be a Gideon. Take three hundred men against a host of millions and the victory will be given because of faith in God, and in Him alone.

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If Pentecost Happened Today

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Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized, and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (Acts 2:37-41)

If Pentecost Happened Today

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from the church building of singing, praising and teaching of the word of God. And there were dwelling in Town USA devout men and women from every denomination in the land. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together and was confused because they heard a language they had never heard before. So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking said, “They are full of a new religion.” But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Town USA and all who dwell in the regions of America, let this be known to you and heed my words. For these are not confused, as you suppose, since this is only the first day of the week. But this is what was spoken by the Holy Spirit in the message of the Bible of the truth of God’s word. Men of America, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs which God did through Him as shown in the Bible, as you yourselves also know – Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, was taken by lawless hands, crucified and put to death: whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. For King David of Old Testament scripture testified to the message of Jesus as through the fruit of his body, the Christ would come, he, foreseeing the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul would not be left in Hades, nor allow his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which the apostles witnessed. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out the testimony of His grace to all men which you now see and read in the Bible. Therefore let all the earth know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, who was crucified for the sins of the world, both Lord and Christ.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” And with many other words, he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who listened to the preaching of the apostles argued among themselves what baptism meant and why being put under water would have anything to do with their salvation. Some argued strongly that a person only had to be a good person to be saved. Others suggested that accepting Christ as a personal Savior would be all that was required. Many in the crowd tried to correct Peter and instruct him to teach a prayer that said in part, “Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name. Amen.” A few parents brought their babies to Peter to have water poured on their heads. There was much confusion and dissension among all those who gathered that day. Peter and the eleven stood in amazement at how simple their words had been and yet many who gathered that day walked away arguing about what a man must do to be saved and never coming to the knowledge of the truth.

Then those who gladly received the words of Peter and eleven were baptized, and that day about thirty souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

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Keeping Yourself In The Love Of God

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But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 20-21)

Keeping Yourself In The Love Of God

The love of God is the most incredible gift that any man will find in his life. It is the eternal love of a merciful Father that allows the creature to worship his Creator. From the beginning of the world, God has revealed Himself through all generations to receive glory and praise for the abundant grace He gives to a creation that continually rejects and blasphemes His holy name. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of the love of God as He came to earth to save man from sin dying on a cross with no guilt upon Himself. It was not because of any good on the part of the man Jesus died. There are no redeeming qualities of a man suggesting the worthiness of the love of God to save man in his sin. Only through the love of a compassionate God to an undeserving creature did the Creator of all the earth give His Son as a sacrifice. The gift of Jesus will not save a man if he does not accept the grace of God on the merits of the sacrifice. Salvation has never been given to anyone who refuses to obey the will of the Lord. The free gift of God’s love is conditioned upon the heart of a man submitting to the law of God through faith and abiding in the covenant of grace through the love he has for the Father. Beginning with faith the heart is drawn to the word of God to see the eternal mercy of a wrathful Lord upon a disobedient world. Building oneself up in the most holy faith of God is the start of where the heart of love is born. As a result of this love, the Holy Spirit fills the soul of man to express feelings of love to God in the spirit of prayer and thanksgiving. It is then the love of God is realized and embraced as the heart seeks to keep itself in the love God, looking for mercy in Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

There are no words in human language to describe the love of God. Dwelling in God’s love is to live each day with the knowledge of His gift to save men from their sin and redeem them to eternal life. Keeping oneself in the love of God is a passionate activity of constant love for God’s kindness toward all men. Conditioned upon the grace of God men seek the Lord daily to receive those blessings. Salvation is not granted pro bono. The gift of God was free but the acceptance and obedience of that gift are where a man shows his faith in the Lord by doing the will of God. The self-preserving end of keeping oneself in the love of God comes from the faith in the word of God, praying in the Holy Spirit and looking for the mercy of Jesus Christ unto eternal life. It is inherent upon man to keep himself in the love of God. God’s love has never diminished and has never been refused. The reason for the failure of man is because man has failed the love of God. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, everything they needed was provided but they rebelled against the love of God and demanded more. Sin is where the heart of man rejects the love of God and walks outside the will of God. Life can only be found remaining in the love of God.

Salvation is a choice. God has done His part and everything He has done is an expression of eternal love for a creation that for the most part has rejected His love. This does not diminish the gift of His love to allow the creation to kill His only begotten Son. Through the blood of Jesus eternal life is offered if men would accept the love of God, obey the word of the Lord and keep the commandments of grace. The Lord could save all men but the choice is the inherent free will of man to show his love for God. Adam and Eve had a choice and made a choice to disobey their Creator. Salvation is found in keeping oneself (active participation) in the love of God. Not everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved but only those who do the will of the Father. Abiding in the truth of God is remaining in the grace of the Lord through faith. When all men stand before the judgment bar of the Lord God Almighty it will be a time of decision for those who have kept the faith or those who did not believe in God and refused to obey the gospel of His Son. The love of God has been shed abroad to all men. What they do with that love is eternal.

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Children Need Our Time

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And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

Children Need Our Time

One of the great passages to come out of the Old Testament is the admonition of the Lord to Israel concerning the training of children. There was great emphasis put upon the teaching of Jewish children and was part of the Law of Moses. This was not intended by the Lord to be suggestions on forming the souls of young children but rather a command of the Lord for parents to teach their children about the law. At the root of teaching children is the law that God is one and His people should love Him with all their hearts, their souls and their strength. This does not happen by birth but careful instruction by the parents who teach them diligently. When the family is sitting together in the home children are taught to love the Lord. Walking, by the way, the stories of the Lord should fill the minds of the children. As the night draws nigh and the children are put to bed their last thoughts should be on the word of God. Each day should begin with the knowledge of God’s word and bound continually upon their hearts and minds through each day. They should see the love of God in their parents. Throughout the house of God’s people, the message of the Lord should vibrate in upward tones of praise. The home of godly parents should instill in the hearts of children everything given to them by the Lord.

Technology can be a wonderful thing but often it can become a deterrent to the well-being and spiritual health of the family. Radio and television began in a very innocuous manner before the realization of how easy it was to waste the hours away glued to the console and peering into the glowing windows of fantasy land. As technologies advanced, new gadgets began to fill the time with computer screens and smartphones and modern Dick Tracy watches that talk and communicate. Children become enamored at an early age to IPads, Kindles, and hosts of electronic devices (including their own smartphones) spending hours entertaining themselves with the amber glow of a piece of glass. Parents are spending more time peering into their electronic devices than communicating with their children. Fathers would rather sit at the dinner table texting someone at work than talk with their children. Mothers hurry about the day checking the latest chats, videos, and messages than share their day with the children. Grandparents are caught up in the thrill of the new fads. The home has become a place where no one looks at one another, talks with one another or knows who the person is sitting across the living room or dining table. Faces are buried in machines like an Orwellian prophecy come true. Lost in the clutter of modern convenience are children who grow up without God.

The Law of Moses commanded parents to teach their children to love the Lord their God. Giving these instructions to the family involved passing on information and embedding in the hearts and souls of the children the word of God. The most significant part of this command is often the least observed by modern families. Reading the text carefully parents missed the obvious purpose of God’s command to parents: spend time with our children. It will take a lot of time to teach children diligently. Instead of walking down the road looking at a cellphone, parents should talk to their children. Sitting in the home should be a time where parents and children communicate verbally. Bedtime is not a place to end the day watching a movie on television or IPads but a time when parents read the word of God. Mornings should begin with the teaching of the Lord – not Sesame Street or Little Baby Bum. It takes a lot of time to teach children and while there is enjoyment in watching television, playing games on IPads, talking on smartphones and all the new things that appeal to the gadget world, teaching children diligently takes time. And here is the most important lesson all parents must learn: there is only one chance to get it right because there will be no do-overs! If time is not taken when the children are young that time will never be regained. Children need to learn now.

An unnamed author wrote a great story about the importance of time with children. Take time to consider the lesson. “A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own. She likes other people’s little girls and boys. A grandfather is a man-grandmother. He goes for walks with the boys and they talk about fishing and stuff like that. Grandmother’s don’t have to do anything but…be there. They’re old, so they shouldn’t play too hard or run. It’s enough if they drive us to the market where the pretend-horse is and have plenty of quarters ready. Or if they take us for walks they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars. Usually, grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear, and they can take their teeth and gums off! When they read to us they don’t skip or mind it if it is the same story again. Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have cable – because they’re the only grown-ups who have time.”

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Isaiah’s Plan For Personal Growth

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Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:16-17)

Isaiah’s Plan For Personal Growth

The need for personal growth has been a constant for God’s people in all ages. Under the Law of Moses, the children of Israel needed to learn how to grow in the grace of the Lord as much as those under the covenant of Christ. Remarkably, the principles are the same. Isaiah, a prophet of God, lived in a time of great spiritual bankruptcy and moral degradation. This was especially acute considering the problem came from those who should know better. The Jews were the apple of God’s eye blessed with all the favors of the Lord Almighty to make them a great nation and a holy nation among all nations. However, they had turned their hearts to the idols of the land and filled their lives with the harlotry of wickedness. God sent many prophets like Isaiah to lead the people back and while some success was achieved, for the most part, the nation fell into spiritual darkness. The preachers of truth would need to give a stirring message to the people to bring them back to the Lord. Their task was not unlike the preaching of Noah in the most severe time of man or Jonah as he faced the city of Nineveh. Repentance was the watchword of the day demanding change in the hearts of men to seek the Lord and find His mercy and grace. As the son of Amoz began his work of prophecy among the people of Judah, the plan was simple, direct and necessary to return to the Lord.

There are six points to the plan for personal growth Isaiah sets forth. The people had defiled themselves with the sacrifices of idolatry and to begin renewal required a cleansing. Coming before the Lord demands purity of soul, heart, and mind. Isaiah’s admonition was not a physical cleaning but the spiritual bathing in the word of the Lord. Sin had polluted their souls and a moral cleansing was needed to worship God. All those who come before the Lord Almighty cannot present themselves before the holy character of the divine with polluted hearts and minds. Moral pollution will lead to the destruction of the soul and only through the healing of God’s love will forgiveness be granted. The first part of personal growth is taking a spiritual bath. Second, the need to remove the evil that has defiled the soul demands action. The Lord cannot abide in the presence of wickedness and sin will separate man from the grace of God if not removed. Often men confuse the love of God with His law thinking the love of God negates the requirements of the law. Isaiah did not suggest the people could continue in their idolatry and come before the Lord pure and holy. Sin defiles and unless it is removed it will hinder spiritual growth. Vital to understanding sin is the need to stop following the ways of evil and remove it far from the heart. Two things necessary to combat evil is to stop doing evil and put it away. In other words, stop doing what is wrong! Sin cannot be continued without consequence. The Lord demands that man cease to do evil. Whatever is bringing about sin must be put far away with no desire to engage in the rebellion against God. He will not tolerate sin.

Following the negatives of personal growth, Isaiah exhorts the people to follow the path of righteousness. The final three admonitions must replace the evil that has been removed. Fourth in the sequence of personal growth is to learn to do good. Removing the evil must be replaced with the positive of spiritual growth. God is good and those who desire to please Him must learn what His goodness is and how to live before Him in righteousness. Evil takes very little to learn but goodness requires diligence. Next comes the desire to seek the right things or to follow after justice according to the word of God. Rather than engaging in the works of evil where injustice is common, the heart of the child of God seeks the good of others and what is right in the sight of God. The final part of personal growth is relative to the relationship with others. One of the most important relationships that establish our kinship with the Father is the way we treat one another. Those who oppress their fellow man, abuse the fatherless and scold the widows are not fitting for the glory of God and His will. As a result of idolatry, the people of God oppressed the needy, the downtrodden and the afflicted. Society had become a place where the privileged engaged in denying the grace of God to others. The oppressor must be rebuked, the fatherless defended and widows cared for. Personal growth is highlighted when the individual shows love and concern for others.

There is a natural flow to the personal growth plan of Isaiah. He begins with the selfishly absorbed individual who is basking in the glory of his evil to the man of God who is concerned for others. Evil is about the self-worth of man’s lustful needs fulfilled in the carnality of his own desires. Righteousness is where man is void of self and his concerns are about others. There is a contrast between the world of the wicked and the world of the faithful. The evil destroys themselves and the faithful of the Lord help others. God is pleased with those who cease to do evil and plead for the widows. Follow the personal growth plan of Isaiah and you will find greater reward in this life and the one to come.

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What Jesus Knew Before He Came

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Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

What Jesus Knew Before He Came

The measure of a plan is often gauged by the expected results. In business, profits and loss will be determined by the analysis of the data gathered to forecast the success or failure of the project. If the numbers do not meet certain criteria the plan is rejected and another more profitable option is pursued. This makes for good business and many companies are successful through its continued evaluation of the profit-loss models it will use. It would seem remarkable a plan that has a huge deficit in its offering would be considered a successful adventure and yet the plan of salvation was determined with the knowledge that for most of the intended recipients of its grace; there would be total rejection. When Jesus delivered His world-changing sermon on the mountain He proclaimed that most men would reject Him and refuse to follow His word. He admonishes His disciples to enter into a path that is narrow, difficult and seldom traveled. The way to eternal life would not be accepted by most men. A broad and expansive way that leads to destruction is the most traveled path and most desired by the majority of people that will populate the earth. The concept of percentages is overwhelmingly in favor of most people being lost, without God and without hope. These are the words of Jesus and His declaration was true two thousand years ago and it continues to be true in the modern age. Consider the implications: Jesus came to die for a world that world overwhelmingly rejects Him – and yet He came anyway.

It was not a surprise or disappointment that men wanted to kill Jesus. He talked often how He was going to Jerusalem to be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes where they would condemn Him to death. His own people would mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. In the face of all of this horrible and terrible evil that would befall the holy Son of God, Jesus came to earth and lived among men to offer Himself as the redeeming Lamb. The Lord knew when the gospel would be taken to the world that most men would reject His love, His grace, and His teaching. True to the teaching of Jesus, through the millennia that have passed since His sermon on the mount, the majority of men walk the broad path of leisure and human wisdom marching daily toward the end of the road and destruction. Most men who die will die in a state of hopeless eternal death. In the face of this knowledge, Jesus still came to earth, suffered as no man before, and died for the sins of all men. How do you measure the love of the Son of God who knew full well that the large majority of those beautiful creatures He had formed by His own hand would deny Him, reject Him and curse Him?

It is not the desire of God that any man should perish. His deepest love for all men is found in the love to send His only begotten Son to die for the sins of undeserving creatures. The love of God is so great to consider the sacrifice He made. Measuring the love of Christ to accept the will of the Father and drink of the fleshly tabernacle to share in the suffering of human weaknesses and struggle with sin is beyond the wisdom of man. Jesus was tempted in all points as all men and through the grace of God died without sin. He knew what He came to do. His will was to do the will of His Father. The character of the man was flawed with the darkness of sin filling the world with hatred, murder, envy and despising the love of God; and yet Jesus came into the world of darkness to bring the only light man would find to see the Father. God sent His Son into the world knowing what they were going to do to Him. The Father’s love was to send His Son for the redemption of wicked man. Both the Father and the Son knew that most men would follow the wide path of rebellion and few would embrace the love of the sacrificed Lamb. But Jesus came anyway. Thank God for His love to send His Son in the face of man’s reality. And there are no words to thank Jesus Christ for His sacrifice – knowing what He knew and understanding the price to be paid – Jesus came and died so that we can live. Praise God for His incredible gift in the love of Jesus Christ, Savior, and King.

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