Proof Positive

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Our senior pastor has just arrived in Israel. He’s there to lead a group of about 30 dear saints on a near two week visit of the Holy Land- God calls it the apple of His eye.

I’ve made that trip three times and the pictures I post here from Israel… I or one of my friends have taken.

One of the things I love about visiting Israel, is how it brings the Bible to life. The places that are described in the Bible…3 or 4 thousand years ago, are still there… and just as they are described… pretty incredible. And just another proof of why we can trust God’s word as inerrant and infallible.

Read it and believe it.

Releasing The Captives

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Q. While Jesus body was in the tomb, did he descend into Hades to set the captives free? If so, who were the captives?

A. There are two answers to your question, one general and one specific. In Luke 4:18 Jesus said that His mission was to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and to release the oppressed. This is a general reference to freeing all believers from the bondage of sin and the impossible requirements of religious work by paying for our sins on the cross.

Specifically, Matt. 27:52-53 says that after the Resurrection many holy people who had died came out of their tombs, and Ephesians 4:8-9 tells us that “Therefore it says, “WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN. ” (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Before the cross, the spirits of all dead people went to Hades, the abode of the dead. After He had paid the price for our sins with his death, Jesus went there too (Luke 23:43). There were two sections there, one called Paradise where believers went and one called Torments where unbelievers still go. Those who had died in faith that He would one day come to redeem them were released from their temporary place in Paradise and when Jesus ascended into Heaven, they went with Him.

And now, through the power of the resurrection, those who die “In Christ” are absent from the body, but present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8). We are free indeed, thank-you, Jesus!

The Christ on Calvary

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Jesus- the Christ. To those born-again, our Messiah. Struggled up this hill… the Place of the Skull… to take our sin and shame upon Him. Crucified on Calvary…for me and you.

So that we, in Christ, can and will spend eternity with Him in Paradise. Thank-you, sweet Savior!

If you are not born-again, you can be! Please read Romans 10:9… believing and confessing- that’s what it takes. Consider Christ today:-)

What is Good about this Friday?

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Over 2,000 years ago, God came down from His throne in heaven, to take on a human body (one that He created) and lived amongst us for 33 years- perfectly… without any of humanities failings or shortcomings. His name is Jesus!

He did this so that He would be able to go to the cross at Calvary and bear the full weight and wrath for each and every human being on this planet… if we will only believe and trust in that.

So that to those who believe and trust can be and are reconciled with their heavenly Creator.

That’s what’s Good about Friday. I have been set free and forgiven from the weight and chains of sin (anything that is in opposition to God). Free to love and worship Jesus, my great God and Savior- for all of eternity!

Which allows me to love each and every one of you! Have a Good Friday!!