Fullness Of Time
In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God. And He took the form of man, and entered into the presence of sin in order that He might become our propitiation and redeemer, setting us free from the guilt of sin.
Jesus was born into troubled times. Born in a manger, cradled in the "reeds" (straw of a manger). Herod, when he heard of this birth of the "new King", was afraid of losing his throne and ordered all the male children under 2 years old to be killed. But Joseph, being warned in a dream, took Mary and Jesus, and fled into Egypt. (Moses into the household of the Pharaoh’s daughter).
And Jesus grew in stature, and in favor with God and man. What a battle he had to fight. Spirit against flesh, knowing that He had to die as the perfect lamb of sacrifice in atonement that His blood might cover us and cleanse us from sin. He had the power to do whatever He wanted to do, but because of who He was, and what His mission was, He could only do that which was God’s will.
Christ, God and the Holy Spirit were all as one at the time Jesus was baptized (the baptism to fulfill all righteousness and God’s Spirit rested upon Jesus shoulder). Christ, God and the Holy Spirit were all as one at the time of the transfiguration.
In the beginning was darkness, and God made light. At the sixth hour of the crucifixion, when all the forces of good and evil met in the final battle, there was darkness over the Earth, and quakes, and the dead walking. In the battle, because Christ (the Word) was from the beginning and was that element that “held all things together, everything took on the semblance of coming apart. Graves were opened, and the dead walked and was seen , and there were quakes in divers places. At the final victory, the veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom, and the “unknown things of God became manifest”. God laid the darkness of “sin” on Christ’s shoulders and turned away, not staying in the presence of sin. And I would think, not wishing to watch the agony of the cross! Jesus, feeling the departure and loneliness, cried with a loud voice. At the ninth hour Christ cried out in despair, and the spirit of the flesh and the Divine Spirit were severed, and Christ sent the Divine Spirit back to the Godhead (“I commend my Spirit”......), and sent the spirit of the flesh to the dust (death). But since the Spirit of His flesh was “perfect and righteous” Christ rose in totality from the grave.
Christ was alone when He died on the Cross because God Himself cannot stay in the presence of sin, (but Christ, being in the "flesh" until His Spirit was separated from the body, remained), and the universe seemed to be falling apart, because Christ is that characteristic which holds all things together, being with God when all things were made (Gen. 1:2; John 1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men, and man comprehended not that He is light - the true light that gives light to every man. In Christ is life. And the burden of sin is now past. The burden of sin is now passed -- it is passed from us, being put upon the shoulders of Jesus as he hung upon the cross.
God seeks to redeem His world, but the world seeks its own way. The world demands blessings, but gives only disobedience. God demands obedience, but offers blessings and life in a covenant with us through His Son.
The Covenant determines the relationships between God, the world, and you.
It Is Done
Dark; dark, the stillness of the day,
Beneath the fury of the storm;
Like thunder was the single cry
When God removed His arm
And turned His face away.
Great; great, the sorrow of the cry,
When brooding o’er the vale,
Sin crushed the life upon the Cross,
Deep riven by every nail;
This, the cause of Christ to die.
"My God, why do you leave me?"
He whispered through His pain,
Yet by His final cry " 'Tis Done",
His death was not in vain.
God's plan that was to be.
His blood by love out-poured;
What is this Cross to me?
Why did He die? Was it that I
In mercy then could be
From sin and shame restored?
If you will die with Him
In answer to His Call
Then you will rise with Him
Out of the water's pall.
Then, daily take your Cross
And bow before His name;
He is the God that was
And is, will always be the same.
List, and O, remember
The terror and the Glory of that day
When Jesus paid the debt
Man himself could not pay.
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