22 But you have approached a Mount Zion and a city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, and myriads of angels 23 in general assembly,
The Sacred Secret about the Christ
Matthew 27:51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. 53
They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people. 54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Only a living God can resurrect Life
with this example at Matthew 27:51 He shows us his capabilities.
Why Jesus you may ask and not Allah or Buddha or any God under the Queen of Heaven.
You see, In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
1 John 5:20 But we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us insight so that we may gain the knowledge of the one who is true. And we are in union with the one who is true, by means of his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and life everlasting.
Why do I need to believe in Jesus?
May I I ask you
Do you think that people who commit moral crimes should get punished?
Have you ever done wrong things? yes or no
Ok we have just established that we both agree that bad people should be punished
and we have agreed that we both have done those bad things.
Ok this is not looking like a good picture for us am I right?
Perhaps the Lord loves a good story with a really dramatic and climactic ending and great glory for His Name
The darkest night is just before the dawn
We must not give up our passion just before the dawn.
Don’t let yourself remain accustomed to any form of bondage – seek and believe for the freedom that God has given us through His Son. Expect a life of great victory over sin and demonic oppression
To stand at the foot of the Mountain and plant a seed
Let the seed Germinate
how to answer
1. raise some questions
Deuteronomy 4:11 And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while the mountain burned with fire to the heart of heaven, wrapped in darkness, cloud, and gloom.
Deuteronomy 4:12 Then the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice.
You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully,
And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars–all the heavenly array–do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.
THE SACRED SECRET OF THE CHRIST
The Apostle Paul explained the mystery of Christ.
Ephesians 3:4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,
Ephesians 3:6 And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.
Paul refers to the mystery of Christ in Ephesians 3:4–5 that “has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets.” The first thing to note is that this was never a mystery to God, since He knows all things (1 John 3:20). The Lord planned Christ’s redemptive work “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), and has now “made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure” (Ephesians 1:9). But what changed from the Old Testament to the New Testament, and why is there a mystery in the first place?
One of the key things that “changed” was that God’s plan of salvation through Christ was fulfilled. There were hints of God’s plan in Genesis 3:15, which took place in the Garden of Eden immediately after the Fall. Throughout the Old Testament, particularly through the prophet Isaiah, God revealed some of His plan, but it was primarily through the Jews.
What God did in the Old Testament was really a picture of what was to come through Jesus Christ. God showed the Jews that they could not keep the law, and they had to keep making sacrifices to cover their sins. Then in the gospels, the ultimate sacrifice (Jesus Christ) came to cover their sins once and for all.
What many Israelites obviously did not realize is that God’s plan was not just for the Jewish people, but for everyone, both Jew and Gentile, who receives Jesus Christ as their Savior. God’s plan throughout Scripture has always been the same, and since the Fall, that plan has been in motion. God reveals to us only what we can handle and understand; He is all-knowing, and we have not even begun to fully comprehend the mind of God (Isaiah 55:8–9). Now that Christ’s work on the crucifiction has been completed, and the mystery has been revealed to us through Paul (Ephesians 3:8–9), it is time to boldly proclaim the gospel to everyone—both Jew and Gentile (Romans 10:14–17).
Today’s big idea: God’s plan of salvation is consistent throughout all of Scripture.