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[Acts 1: 23So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.]

In the book of Acts, we see the Apostles and disciples cast lots to determine who should be the replacement Apostle in place of Judas Iscariot. This is the last time in the Bible that lots are cast.

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“If God’s holiness requires that a sacrifice be made before he can fellowship with sinners, how did Jesus manage to hang out with sinners without a sacrifice, since he is as fully divine and as holy as God the Father?”
Christ intentionally humbled himself to be with us and take action to restore the separation from our side. [Read Leviticus 16] Just like on the Day of Atonement, there had to be blood that came in from our side to pay our way into the Holy of Holies. We didn’t enter His kingdom when Jesus walked the earth, He dirtied Himself and came to our place.

“And, how are we to understand one member of the Trinity (the Father) being wrathful towards another member (the Son) of the Trinity, when they are, along with the Holy Spirit, one and the same God?”
[2 Corinthians 5:21: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.] God the Son stepped into our path and took the bullet for us. It doesn’t mean God is angry with God. It’s not anger like the emotion we feel when we don’t like something, but anger representing the need for resolution of the injustice of our sins. The wrath of God, the Justice of God being worked out was put upon Christ as a man in our place because only a man with the perfect Spirit of God within could be worthy to take that place.

It blows my mind that God could do this, but it makes perfect sense to me at the same time. Hope it does for you, too!

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Never Enough

It’s never enough.

Because the God who spoke the universe into existence is infinitely greater than I am.

It’s never enough, because He created all mankind with a pile of dust and a breath.

It’s never enough, because the Word became flesh and humbled himself to be like us.

It’s never enough, because Jesus was executed publicly in my place for my sins.

It’s never enough, because He rose from the grave and conquered the death that should have consumed me.

It’s never enough!

I will give all that I am. I love with all that I am. I will sacrifice everything and offer any and all things to you, my God.

And it will never, in any way even come close to being enough.

And yet, you accept it and bless me.

I am yours.

Amen.

then, now, then.

Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. The One who was, and is, and is to come. Our God is eternal. There is nothing that happened before Him. There is nothing that happens now without His knowing. There is nothing that will ever be that is not already known by God. Even more, He is the One who will finish all things. No thing we start was made without His knowledge. No ending comes that finishes His work. In all things, the Story of God continues and is only ever continuing. This world will crumble and pass away. And yet God will remain. And we faithful with Him for eternity in the New Heaven and New Earth. Praise, honor and glory to God in the Highest for ever and ever. Amen.

Brave New Kingdom (part I) Christ Paid The Way

The Tuesday before Easter, I was able to start a new series on the Kingdom of Heaven. Understanding Christ’s sacrifice in the proper context gives us leave to explore our new existence as members of His kingdom.

Brave New Kingdom pt. I : Christ paid the way

As we look into the Old Testament, we get a deeper understanding for the life and death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord.

In Exodus 12 we see the Passover and what it represents. Just as Israel was saved by the blood of the passover lamb, so we are saved by the blood of Christ. When we allow ourselves to be marked by His blood, the wrath of God passes over us, and we are spared. Israel was called to remember this by eating bread with no yeast and bitter herbs (life with no sin and bitter reminders of captivity). Jesus added to this by taking the passover bread and claiming His body as the bread with no yeast (life with no sin). We are to break this and know that He is the perfect, sinless, spotless sacrifice, and He has freed us all from the captivity of our sins, if we would only follow Him to freedom.

To get a fuller idea of Christ’s sacrifice, we have to look at the Day of Atonement, also in the Old Testament (Leviticus). On this day each year, the High Priest would make a sacrifice to atone(make payment) for the sins of all of Israel. But before the Priest could go, he had to make a sacrifice for himself. If he entered the Most Holy Place without the blood of a young bull going before him to the altar, he would die. The bull had to be sacrificed and it’s blood offered to God before the priest could even enter in to God’s presence. Then he was free to offer the goat that had to be sacrificed for Israel’s sins. (There would be a second goat for Israel that would have all their sins confessed on it, and then released into the wilderness to carry the sins away from them.) In the same way, Christ’s blood paid for our passage to the very throneroom of God Almighty. Christ is both our Sacrifice and Priest (Hebrews 9). And even like the scapegoat, He carries our sin away from us, “as far as the east is from the west.”

For these things we can celebrate. Because although He died a gruesomer and terrible death, He rose from the grave! He conquered all sin and death; and paid the price “once for all” for our sins. So we don’t celebrate the pain of the cross, but the victory of the empty tomb, shouting out that our price has truly been paid!

For Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Be rad. Be unfallen.