Faith and Garments…

Recently, on a trip to Israel… I came across this artwork and I thought that it was a powerful piece of work. It depicts the woman of Matthew 9 where we read in verses 20-22

And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.

We know from the gospels of Mark and Luke that this woman had spent all her funds on physicians to no avail… in fact she had suffered at the hands of the physicians.

But, now… Jesus was in town. And this woman’s faith in Jesus’ healing powers was so great that she believed… truly believed… that even indirect contact with Jesus through His garments would be enough to bring about healing.

And she was right.

Jesus is the world’s great Physician. He can and does bring about physical healings- I read of missionaries in remote places seeing first hand the miracle healing power of our Savior.

But, that is not the primary purpose why Jesus- the Son of God, God the Son came 2000 years ago and walked among us. No, His primary purpose was to bring healing due to the sickness of sin. Sin (anything that is displeasing to God) is incurable in our lives and will send everyone to the Lake of Fire that we read in Revelation 20:11-15… unless we reach out and touch the hem of our Saviors garments and ask to be healed and forgiven of our sins. Only Jesus can heal us from sin…sin which separates us from God.

And when we do that… He becomes not only our Great Physician… but also our Lord and our Savior.

This week is Passion week… the trial… the cross… the tomb… and THE RESURRECTION! That was the true purpose of our Saviors left heaven to walk amongst us… to be the perfect atoning sacrifice… the remedy for our incurable sin issue.

If you haven’t been healed and forgiven from sin. The Doctor is in and He is waiting for your visit.

 

 

Calvary- the Place called the Skull

In a few days, I will journeying to the Holy Land. The trip will end with a visit to this place pictured. What is its significance?

We are told biblically…
They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between. John 19:17-18

This site is most likely that site which John wrote about nearly 2100 years ago. The Arab community has built a bus transfer station here, perhaps to disguise the fact that this is the location… but I believe that you can still quite clearly make out the skull like features

The “place of the skull” has an interesting history. This location of Jesus’ crucifixion is called both Calvary and Golgotha. The Greek word κρανίον (kran-ee-on), translated as Calvary, means skull-that part of the skeletal frame known as the cranium. The word Golgotha is a Hebrew word which also means skull-better known as the “place of the skull.” Why was Jesus crucified on a hill known as the place of the skull?

In Genesis 3:15 we have the first prophecy of the coming of the Lord Jesus to be the Savior of mankind: “And I will put enmity between you [Satan] and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall crush your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” The crushing of Satan’s head is our first clue as to why Jesus was crucified on Calvary, the place of the skull. Moses prophetically writes that there will come a time when the future seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent.

The significance of Jesus being crucified on Calvary, the place of the skull, was to show His victory over the enemy, Satan, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Genesis 3:15.

As the nail would have been driven through the heels of the one crucified, the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 was being partially fulfilled-Satan would bruise his heel. The remainder of the prophecy was fulfilled as Jesus was lifted above the ground-the place of the skull- crushing the head of Satan.

Victory over sin and death occurred here… for all those that trust and believe in Jesus as both Lord and Savior!