The Lamb of God - Who takes away the sins of the world.
Saved by a spotless lamb .. think about it .. EXODUS 12:13 .. “And the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you... ” .. I don't know about you, I am not Jewish. I was born and raised Catholic, and now when I reaqd or hear this .. I ask one question? ... Father God can I have the "blood of the lamb" .. Jesus .. on the "doorpost" of my heart .. the doorpost of my mind .. my eyes and my ears .. and I ask my Father in Heaven .. to "pass over me" .. and not punish me as my deeds deserve ..
Can you imagine the media attention today that would ensue if every "firstborn" of every household in America .. or Africa .. or any one nation were mysteriously struck dead at midnight? .. or just that firstborn struck by the Ebola virus .. It would be a bigger story than any missing Malaysian Jetliner .. bigger than all the ISIS or ISIL be-headings .. bigger than the assasination of a nation's president ..
Think about it ... Every firstborn. In every house. In a single night. Unless you were a foreigner who had followed an equally mysterious prescription for deliverance that involved the blood of a lamb. Unless you had slaughtered this lamb and spread its blood over the doorposts of your home as a signal to the death angel to pass you by. Now this is some story, is it not? Can you see the investigators who would follow such a story today? ... The Columbo-types in rumpled raincoats trying to make sense of the supernatural using finite wisdom? It would be impossible.
The message of the Passover is the same today as it was on that historical night in Egypt: there is no salvation except by the grace of God .. and The Blood of The Lamb of God - Jesus Christ !!
In the Old Testament and the New Testament, people were saved in the same way: by the grace of God. The Hebrews who experienced Passover were saved by a spotless lamb, and so are we: the spotless Lamb of God whose name is Jesus. His blood marks us as righteous, and the judgment of God passes over us, delivering us from the consequences of our sin. God’s initiative is grace. Our response is faith. That is the prescription for salvation that was first depicted in Passover.
God honors spiritual discernment .. God honors your efforts to turn from idolatry .. to turn to Him and serve the true and living God (1 Thess. 1:9). In 1 Thessalonians 2:13 Paul says, "We also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God's message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God." Their open response to God's Word made them an example to all the believers in that area (1 Thess. 1:7).
The church today, however, has an appalling lack of that kind of discernment. Many believers are duped by novel teachings and outright heresies. They're "tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine" (Eph. 4:14). We desperately need a new breed of Bereans who will raise high the banner of sound doctrine and never compromise it. With that goal in mind, our entries will focus on the character and benefits of God's Word .. and as always .. how that is revealed to us by God's Name! You'll learn more about God's NAME .. as a source of spiritual growth, spiritual service, blessing, victory, truth, and knowledge - begin today at: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/names-god
Saying Yes to God .. How Important is that? .. Luke 5:1-11 .. God’s simple requests are often stepping-stones to life’s greatest blessings. When Simon Peter said yes to Jesus’ two small requests, his whole mission changed from fisherman to fisher of men.
An unproductive night’s work no doubt left Peter weary. Yet he willingly brought Jesus on board and then pushed his boat out from shore so the Teacher’s words would carry to the crowd. When the Lord finished speaking, He told the experienced fisherman to head out to deeper water. Peter knew the timing for a good catch was wrong, but he obeyed and was blessed with not one, but two boatloads of fish - HOW OFTEN DO WE TELL GOD - "your timing is wrong" ??
Often God’s blessings result from our compliance with seemingly insignificant requests. Though we prefer He ask us to perform great tasks that will impact large crowds, obedience in small matters is our proving ground. If we refuse His prompting to perform some minor action, what reason have we given Him to trust us with a more important responsibility? Had Peter refused to lend Jesus his boat or to risk a midday fishing expedition, he’d have missed the immediate blessing of a big catch and perhaps also the even greater opportunity to be Jesus’ disciple --- Walking with the Lord every day for three years, Peter witnessed miracles more spectacular than anything he saw that first day: A blind man received sight, Lazarus was restored to life, and at Jesus’ urging, Peter himself walked on water. The disciple’s courageous step off the boat and onto a raging, stormy sea was the result of saying yes every time God had made a small request.