29. Sep, 2016

Set free by the truth.

For the last year I have had a taste of the world of commerce. Do I like it? Not at all. Now I have the book it is like all things, if you want it sold you have to do it yourself. You have to hide any humility you may have had and act like a pushy salesman. Not easy for someone who takes no pleasure in upsetting people, but push you must and it takes you into a totally new area, one you may never have been in before, but if you don't you end up with a pile of books sitting in your house.

Thinking about this I can't help thinking about the Lord and the problems He must have had in selling His message to the People. Adam and Eve were clearly told the rules but whom did they believe, [Genesis 3:1-7] the one who never lies [Numbers 23:19] or the father of lies? [John 8:44] They failed to listen to the author of all things and we know the results, sin entered into mankind with the result being God Himself had to pay the cost.

Isaiah, a messenger of God warned the people by speaking about what was to come. Did they listen? Well by reading through this book we can clearly see the truth was not believed and the people were not sold on the truth of God other wise they would have read and understood Isaiah 53. The ‘sales’ pitch had been strong up to this point. The story of Noah had obviously been long forgotten; the story that sin with no repentance will one day be punished was ignored as it is today. [Ezekiel 33:9] The Tower of Babel was another example of forgetting who we are, that is we are the created and not the Creator. [Genesis 11:4-6] God tried for four thousand years to get the message through to the people. A message of hope for all mankind, a message of grace like the grace God showed to the Israelites in Egypt, the Grace He showed the Israelites in the wilderness and the grace God showed to the people as they took over the land He had promised to Abraham so many years before. [Genesis 13:14-15]

But His ‘sales’ pitch was far from over. In the book of Hosea we are told how God forgives and what He expects from us, how we are to forgive but also to clean up our lives. After all we cannot come into His presence if we continue in sin. [Exodus 33:20] The book of Proverbs states many things that God hates but the people continued in these sins as we do today. [Proverbs 17:15] Psalm 24:3-4. The question is asked, who can enter the house of the Lord? The answer is very clear, they who have a clean hands and a pure heart, easy right?

Well no, we are told we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. [Romans 3:23] So I suppose the Lord had two choices. The first was to start again like He did in the time of Noah. God looked around the world and found but one righteous man, Noah. [Genesis 6:9] The whole human race was saved through that one man. But it was not long before the people decide they knew better and God had to scatter them throughout the world to stop the “we are greater than God” ideas they were getting. [Genesis 11:4-6] Then in the time of Moses, he had to plead with the Lord to stop the people from being destroyed and the Lord starting again. [Numbers 14:13-19]

So is there any who can stand and say, in the presence of the Lord, I am innocent? Well, according to the word, there is not one, [Romans 5:12] so I guess God had to do something and as He could find no one [Psalm 53:3] He had to do it Himself. [Isaiah 50:2] He had promised never to flood the world again, [Genesis 9:11] a statement we present Christians should pay notice of in the light of many statements coming from the UN, and so what else could He do?

He obviously did not want to destroy the people [Ezekiel 33:11] but He did have to start again. How could he do both? If He could come down to earth and teach the people to be born again of Him, surely this is a starting over again without destroying the people. But to be born again into what is the question? There is a Book that God had written called the Bible that Jesus tried to explain the meaning of, [John 5:39] after all here was God on earth [John 1:1-3] surely the people would listen? But again they rebelled and turned their backs once more on the truth. [Luke 7:34] This left just one option, destroy or be destroyed, He chose to be destroyed so we would not be. [1 Corinthians 8:6]

Yeshua went to the cross with the people yelling for His death knowing what was to come. [John 19:6] He gave up His life freely [John 10:18] to set us free from what we deserve. [2 Corinthians 5:10] After four thousand year of moving among the people in one way or another there was nothing left to do but face a death that I am sure would create total terror in ourselves if we were to face such a death. Yeshua died that death so we could live, now and forever, a life of wonder and amazement, a life lived because God sat and watch His Son die so we can live. He allowed for this to happen so we can live now, not just in the future Kingdom but here and now. He took all our worries and cares and said:

“Look this is what I have done for you. You have accused me of many things, but I said nothing as you dragged me to Golgotha and nailed me to the cross. I could have called thousands of angels and wiped you from the face of the earth but instead I once more showed you what true grace and forgiveness is and died in your place. I rose from the dead to show the truth of my word, the word you had ignored and are still ignoring in many ways today. It is time to understand I did not do this just to say I was right but to demonstrate what I want of you. That is total commitment and loyalty to the way of life worthy of being the Bride of Christ as laid down in all of my Word.”

The truth of His Word is no earthly sales pitch but reality, we have a past, but Jesus has taken the condemnation of that past and nailed it to the cross. [Romans 8:1] The past is gone and like the pain of our natural birth the pain of our past is forgotten when we are born again into the life of Christ. We are set free to worship and praise His Name, we can look forward because from that point on we are set free from our past and into a glorious future now and forever.

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:31-35