Month: August 2013

“The work of CHRIST”….

it is finished

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“It is FINISHED!” – And bowing His head,  He gave up His Spirit.
John 19 :30

The Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke –
all tell us that Jesus died with a great shout upon His lips,
but they did not tell us what His last words were.
John, however, in his Gospel does that.

The original word is – Tetelestai –  “It is finished.” 

It was a farmer’s word.
When he inspected an addition to the herd or flock
and find that it is whole or perfect-
The farmer cried – ‘Tetelestai.’ 

It was an artist’s word.
When the painter or sculptor had put the last
finishing touches to his masterpiece
,he would stand back and survey it.
If he saw nothing for correction or improvement,
he would explain -‘Tetelestai!’

It was a priestly word.
When some devout worshiper with a heart filled with gratitude
brought a lamb to the temple as an offering,
the priest would inspect the the animal.
If he found it to be without spot or blemish,
he would proclaim – ‘Tetelestai.’

When God completed Creation,
He looked upon it and said that it was very good.
And when He completed the work of redemption,
He cried with a loud voice, – ‘Tetelestai!’
It was the same in both the Old and New Testaments.

It was the shout of victory,
and the word that John uses. ‘Tetelestai’. –
The finished work of Christ –
provides the motivation for a life of
dedication and obedience.

Just before sunset that “Friday” –
Jesus was laid to rest in the tomb.

Jesus had completed the task that
He came to this earth to do for mankind.
He rose on Sunday morning triumphant!

“I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me,
though he may die, he shall live.”
John 11:25 

May we be blessed in the assurance
that we too can have the “Victory – Tetelestai.”

“HAPPY SABBATH” – and “Happy FATHERS’ DAY” –
To all Australian Fathers on Sunday.

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“Now is the TIME..”

forgive

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And behold,there was a man called Zacchaeus;
and he was a chief tax-collector
and he was rich. Jesus said to him-
“Zaccheus come down for today I must stay at your house.”
And he hurried and came down, and received Him gladly.”
Luke 19 : 2-6 {NASB}

Zacchaeus was in a tree from where he peered into the face of Jesus
who told him to come down. Note He said “today”.
Now came the test for Zacchaeus.
Did he hesitate and say-“Not today Lord?”
NO- he hurridly slid down the tree and received Jesus joyfully.
Jesus said to him,,
“Today, salvation has come to this house”.

Is that what we do? Or procrastinate and say-
“Tomorrow I will spend time with God.
Tomorrow I will do better”

Has not Jesus said..”I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.”
{John 10:10}
Christ is not talking about in the future- but rather right NOW.

He loves us so much that He wants us
to have the very best life every moment.
He longs for us not to wait or put our decision for another time…
We do not live in the future, but the future lives in us.
Having a daily experience with God
draws us nearer to Him moment by moment.
The Holy Spirit invites us to follow him today- never tomorrow.

I praise the Lord for TODAY- Help us to make the most of today.

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“Oil of UNITY”…

path of life

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“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.. 
It is like the precious oil upon the head–
coming down on Aaron’s beard, and onto his robes.”
Psalms 133 : 1-2

“Oil” in the Old Testament was important for food and also used for sacred services. For anointing and healing.
David compares unity among God’s people with the precious oil
used during the ordination of the high priest Aaron-
It was a mixture of olive oil and perfume.

This sacred oil is to symbolize Christ’s righteousness
uniting with His people. It is the Holy Spirit.
The ‘oil’ of the Spirit eliminates friction and self-centered independence.
Only then are we all part of Christ’s unified body.

The Church is one body- with many members-
called from every nation, kindred, tongue and people.

“One body” with Christ at the head- producing harmony.
“One Spirit” – indwelling and controlling each person to produce unity.
“One hope”– The return of Jesus, is ‘this blessed hope’. {Titus 2:13}
“One Lord” – pagan religions have many gods, but Christianity has ONE God. “One Faith” – Christians achieve unity when all embrace the same body of biblical beliefs.
“One baptism”
– Baptism by immersion into the body of Christ emphasizes the unity of the Christian Church.

Our heavenly Father is the source of all UNITY in the family of God-
It is a powerful testimony to others.

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“Forgetting the Past”….

high calling

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“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but ONE thing I do;  forgetting what lies behind
and reaching forward to what lies ahead.”  Philippians 3 : 13

PAUL  who wrote these words to the Philippian Church, had a lot to forget.
Paul had watched a man- Stephen-
being stoned to death and had held the coats of those who did it.
He made “havoc of the church”  that Jesus Christ had started to the point
that just the mention of Saul’s name produced fear in the hearts of the dedicated Chistians.
When Jesus called him ‘on the road to Damascus’ – Paul forgot the “past guilt”-
but never how God forgave him.

PETER  had a lot to forget. Imagine him denying his Lord three times.   Isaiah wrote to God’s people  saying, “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame: neither feel humiliated , for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.” {Isaiah 54:4}

As we forget our past of guilt, we must never forget GOD – His gracious hand that has constantly preserved and enriched our lives. These thoughts enabled Paul to carry on – no matter what happened to him.

Praise God for helping us forget our past mistakes and giving us courage to press forward towards God’s goal for our lives for the future.

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