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Recently, while our oldest son was flying home from a business trip, one of the passengers on board apparently had a heart attack. The flight attendant asked if there was a Doctor on board. So our son volunteered to help. He went and talked to the man to try to determine what was wrong with him. They were about an hour and a half into the flight over the ocean when the plane had to turn around and go back to the airport. Meanwhile, for the next 40 minutes, he administered CPR on the man hoping to revive him. But sadly, he didn’t survive.

Destinies. As I considered what happened that day, I thought about that man’s eternal destiny. I thought about all those on the plane who were planning to do other things that day but who were delayed from making it to their destinations on time as they had hoped. No doubt, there were some folks who were upset by this incident that interrupted their schedules. Others were surprised by the length of time that our son spent trying to revive this man. Some thanked him for trying to help him as they left the plane. Needless to say, it was a traumatic moment for all those on the airplane.

Vapor. I also was reminded of the passage in the Scriptures, where Jesus’ half brother wrote, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17).

Deo Volente. These two Latin words mean “God willing.” Far too many people, including those who claim to be Christians, live like practical atheists and do not take God into their plans. God wants to be a part of our lives, and for us to rely on Him for wisdom to make good choices in life. “If any of you [Christians] lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). “Trust in the Lord will all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6). “For as many [Christians] as are [habitually being] led by the Spirit of God, theses are the [maturing] sons of God” (Romans 8:14). Does this describe you or not?

Death. Having had one of our other sons taken from us unexpectedly two years ago on Easter Sunday, we are very mindful of the reality of death and the subsequent effects it has had on our lives and the lives of others who knew our 38 year old son, Bill. See link below.

Questions. Are you living independently of God? Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). We all are just one heart beat away from death. What are you doing with the life that God graciously has given to you? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not do this before it’s too late? “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)? If you are a Christian, are you regularly telling others about Jesus and the salvation that He offers to all mankind (John 3:16; Acts 1:8; 1 John 2:2)? Are you living for fame, fortune, power, or pleasure? Or are you living to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Are you living independently of God and acting like a practical atheist? If so, stop! If you’re a Christian, confess that sin to God (1 John 1:9). Remember, God saves us by one act of faith, but He wants us to live habitually in an attitude of faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 1:16, 17). How many of His promises, that are addressed to Christians, do you know and claim? (See below.)

Help. We’re here to help you if you are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you’re a Christian, we also want you to have the joy of leading other people to the Lord Jesus Christ so they can be saved too (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). To make sure that you are a true Christian, please read “The Bad News & the Good News that we have on our website: www.kelseypeach.com. See our “Understanding The Times” chart too. To receive future articles as they come out, please click on “Follow.” Also join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible Studies.

Our Son Bill’s Death https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

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Promises For Christians: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

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Other languages: https://www.godssimpleplan.org/languages-in-print

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“You’re Going To Die”

Posted: July 4, 2017 in Death, Salvation

   Recently I came across an article in a Christian magazine entitled, “You’re Going To Die, But How?” by my late father-in-law, Dr. Austin L. Sorenson.  I would like to share with you some of the content of it.

   He quoted King Solomon who wrote, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2).  This is a general rule (Hebrews 9:27).  Do you know what the exceptions were and will be (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; See Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11)?
   “The infidels and agnostics have a perverted view of life and a horror of death.  Socrates once remarked that ‘life is a disease,’ and Edgar Allan Poe spoke of the ‘fever of living.’  The philosopher Jean-Paul Satre sarcastically commented that ‘life made him puke…[and was] ridiculous.’
   “Sigmund Freud, to whom modern psychologists owe so much nefarious knowledge, died a horrible death.  He continued to smoke cigars until his palate was gone and his jaws almost completely rotted away.  A mosquito net was placed around his body to remove the flies.  The stench of his decaying body was suffocating.”
  Nietzsche, whose teaching of the superman of Nazi fame and who promoted the “God is dead” doctrine died as a raving maniac in an insane asylum.
   All those who claim to be atheists must someday meet face to face the God whom they say never existed.  Do you claim to be an atheist or an agnostic?  Where will you stand on judgment day?
   On the other hand, the future of true believers is as bright as the promises of God.  God, who cannot lie (Titus 1:2), through the Apostle Paul, tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8).  There is no purging place that a believer has to go to before he/she can enter heaven.
   My friend, do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die?  God’s Word tells us that we can be sure (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).  The Gospel is that Christ died for our sins…was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day.  Any and all who believe on Him alone for their salvation, will be saved.  
   Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, spiritual growth can/should take place (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).  Knowing which part of the Bible is for Christians and which part is addressed to us makes the Bible come alive.  We have a free “Dispensations Chart” on our website: kelseypeach.com.  This information helped me greatly, and I trust it will help you too.
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John 14:1-24

“There’s no place like home.”  This is what Dorothy said in the movie, The Wizard of Oz, after going through illusory dreams, frightening experiences, and disappointing realities.*  In like manner, before long the Christian realizes that this sin filled world is not his home; heaven is.  And yet we, as believers, have moments of anxiety and fear as long as we are in these bodies.

Thoughts.  Do your thoughts about death trouble you?  They should if you are not a true Christian (See Matthew 7:21-23).  Do you know what happens to unbelievers at the time of death (Luke 16:19-31; See Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  What happens to Christians when they die (Philippians 1:21; 2 Corinthians 5:1-9)?  Into which section of heaven do they go today (2 Corinthians 12:4).  When do they get to go to the place that Jesus went to prepare for them (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)?  How is it described for us (Revelation 21:9-27)?  What about the trials and troubles of life?  Will they be too great for us to endure (1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9)?  What should a Christian do when he sins (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Luke 22:32)?  What if he denies His Lord as Peter did (John 13:38; Luke 22:31, 32, 47-62; See 2 Timothy 2:12)?  Will he be condemned and lose his salvation (Romans 8:1; 35-39; John 10:28, 29)?

Truth.  To quiet our noisy hearts, we need to know the truth that can set us free (John 8:32).  The believer’s strength comes from God (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; Psalm 121:2).  Christians are being purified for their wedding to Christ (Ephesians 5:26; Isaiah 1:25).  He is preparing a special place for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:3; Revelation 21:9-27).  Currently, in heaven, He is interceding for those who belong to Him (Romans 8:26, 34; Hebrews 7:25).  He answers our prayers according to His will (John 14:13).  He has promised never to leave or forsake true believers (Hebrews 13:5).  We also have a Comforter (John 14:16-20).

Techniques.  There are some things that can strengthen the believer’s heart.  Knowledge of the truth from God’s Word can remove fear (John 8:3; 14:20; 1 John 4:18).  But the believer also needs to apply the truth and keep the Lord’s commands to Christians if anxiety is to be removed from his/her heart (John 14:21; Philippians 4:6, 7).  Love for the Lord can release guilt (John 14:23, 24; 2 Corinthians 5:9).

Question.  Is your life filled with fear and anxiety?  It should be if you are not a true Christian. You are under the condemnation of God (John 3:18, 36) and in danger of spending eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  But you can become a Christian by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins… and rose again bodily on the third day.  He said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  Once you’ve been saved, you can/should cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).  The “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, [can] guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus” as you encounter the hardships of life (Philippians 4:6, 7).  You have a choice to make.  Will you “trust and obey” or “stew and fret” about your problems?

Salvation.  We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  We are not saved by our good works, or by faith plus our good works lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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*Portions adapted from Chuck Swindoll, Following Christ, pp. 93ff

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1 Peter 4:15-19

We’re told that “attitude is everything.” How we respond to the circumstances of life tells others a lot about us. Do we grumble and gripe as the children of Israel in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10) or do we thank Him for opportunities to trust Him in the hard times of life (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Timothy 2:14)? Do we know God’s promises and mix them with faith and enjoy the peace of God (Hebrews 4:2, 3; Philippians 4:4-7)? Let’s consider –

The Believer’s Action In Relation To Suffering. It should be obvious that if we sin or do evil we usually will suffer for it (1 Peter 4:15, 16). Most often, we reap what we’ve sown (Galatians 6:7-9) and should recognize that the government has been given the God given responsibility to punish evil doers even to the point of death for some crimes against humanity (Romans 13:4). We should not expect to receive a gold medal if we competed in an athletic event and violated the rules of the game (2 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 9:25-27). Nor should we expect to be rewarded for our service to God and/or to others if we engaged in the activity independently of God or without faith (John 15:5; Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:6). If we should suffer as a result of doing what is right, we ought to commit our souls (emotions) to God and let Him bring us the needed comfort at such times (1 Peter 4:19). Jesus suffered mercilessly at the hands of wicked men. He died as the Just one for the unjust ones – you and me (1 Peter 3:18). He bore our sins and paid the penalty of death that we deserved (Isaiah 53:7-9; Romans 6:23). Throughout the pages of the Scriptures we have examples of believers who suffered unjustly at the hands of the wicked (See Hebrews 11; Acts 5:20, 41).

The Time Of Judgment In Relation To Suffering. No one will escape judgment day (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone who has died will be raised up someday and will stand before Judge Jesus (John 5:22). There will be different orders of resurrections and times of judgment (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). New Testament Grace believers will be judged according to their works when Christ returns at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:51, 52; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Their works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will endure the fire and will be rewarded. Their worthless works will be burned up but they will not lose their salvation. On the other hand, all the dead unbelievers will raised back to life with immortal bodies and will stand before the omniscient (John 2:24), omnipotent (Revelation 1:8), and righteous (2 Timothy 4:8) Judge Jesus at the Great While Throne to have their works evaluated to determine their degree of suffering in the eternal lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15). There will not be any second opportunities to be saved as some cults teach. Yes, there seems to be greater degrees of pleasure in heaven for those Christians who earned some or all of the five crowns on earth so they can cast them at Jesus’ feet when He judges their works (Revelation 4:10). In like manner there will be degrees of suffering in the lake of fire for all unbelievers (Matthew 10:15; 23:13-36; James 3:1). The unforgivable sin is unbelief (John 3:6, 18; 36; 5:40; 16:8-11).

The Gospel. The “Bad News” is that we’re all sinners who deserve to be eternally separated from a holy God in the lake of fire forever (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). But the “Good News” is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. He can/will save any and all who put their faith in Him apart from their good works (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). The Scriptures don’t teach universalism – that eventually everyone will be saved and end up in heaven. Some people hate God and don’t want to spend eternity with Him and His children. They love darkness and won’t come to the Light of the world to be saved (John 3:19; Revelation 13:6; 16:11).

Suffering? If you, as a Christian, are suffering for doing what it sinful, confess and forsake your sinful conduct.  To keep from repeating the same sins over and over again, utilize the techniques taught in the Scriptures (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). We teach Christians how to overcome the distinct temptations that come from the devil, their own sin nature, and from the present world system. If you are suffering for doing what is right, be encouraged by these words: “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls [emotional stability] to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). “…if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I [Paul] consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:17, 18; See 2 Cor. 11:23-33; 2 Timothy 2:10). If you’re a Christian, your troubles didn’t come to stay but to pass. If you’re not a Christian and if you die as an unbeliever, your suffering and troubles are just beginning. You won’t be resting in peace (R.I.P.) in the lake of fire. Don’t delay! Trust in Christ alone today! God desires (not determines) that everyone be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). He wants His children to enjoy their eternal life abundantly (John 10:10).

Help. If you aren’t sure that you will go immediately into God’s presence in heaven the moment you die, we’d be happy to try to help you have such assurance from God’s Word (1 John 5:13) and from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Please pass it on to others so we can help them too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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John 11:1-6

“Death is usually the last thing we want to talk about. It makes us feel uncomfortable, awkward, and we recoil when someone brings the subject up. One of the reasons we fear death is that, in spite of all our medical achievements, we haven’t been able to conquer it.” – Chuck Swindoll. “Every town has a mortuary. Every community has a cemetery. Every newspaper has an obituary column. All are sinners and all die. Death is no respecter of persons.” – Dr. Paul Tassell

Healing. You may be interested to know that God heals us of all sicknesses except the last one that will lead to our physical death (Psalm 103:3; Hebrews 9:27). Unlike the devil, who is the destroyer (John 10:10), God is merciful and shows compassion for those who are suffering (Psalm 106:1). Sometimes He does this through His children. God comforts us so we will comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). When was the last time you extended kindness and comfort to another person? God is gracious and often bestows on us favors that we don’t deserve (Psalm 145:8). When was the last time you gave thanks to Him for what you got and didn’t get (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20)?

Keys. In the Old Testament times the devil held the keys of death (Hebrews 2:14; Job 1:18-20). However, after dying for our sins…and rising bodily from the grave, Jesus took the keys away from him (Revelation 1:18). God determines the time of the believer’s death which enables us to enter into His presence forever (1 Thessalonians 4:14). Our times are in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15) and He has promised never to leave or forsake those who belong to Him (Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20). For true Christians, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). But this isn’t the case of those who are unbelievers (John 3:18, 36; 16:8-11; Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 10:28). They aren’t “resting in peace” (R.I.P.) as some folks believe (Luke 16:19-31). Are you a true child of God or still a child of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? Do you know why Jesus said, “You must be born again from above” (John 3:3-8)?

Reasons. Although we may not be certain as to why we suffer and eventually die, our sickness may be designed to keep us humble (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). It could stem from a constitutional weakness (1 Timothy 5:23). It might be to chasten us for sin or lawless conduct that could lead to the sin unto death (1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Hebrews 12:6-14; James 5:15; 1 John 5:16). Or it might be permitted for the glory of God (John 9:3; 11:4, 25; 17:4).

Exception. Even though “it is appointed for men to die once, [and] after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27), there is a group of Christians who won’t die physically before they see the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Will you be in this group?

Existence. Yes, man goes on existing after he dies physically. Death is separation, not annihilation or reincarnation. But where he spends eternity, either in heaven or hell, will be determined by what he does with the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily. The sin of unbelief is the only unforgivable sin today (John 3:16, 18, 36; 16:8-11).

Resurrections. Jesus Christ is the first one to rise from the dead never to die again. He will raise everyone from the dead someday (1 Corinthians 15:20-28). In which of the five resurrections will you participate if you die physically? Are you sure? If not, seek help immediately since life is like a vapor (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1).

Be Wise. “We are wise to think about death before it actually intrudes into our lives…Death is inevitable. It may come through disease or accident or foul play, but come it surely will.” – Dr. Paul Tassell. “A wise man always prepares for the inevitable.” – Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.

Contact. As unpleasant as it is to think about death, we should all live as though it might be our last day on earth. If you knew you were going to die today, what would you do differently? If you, as a Christian, love Christ’s imminent return, you will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). Why? You will live differently. “…to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We appreciate your sharing this information with others so we can help them too.

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We, as the citizens of the United States of America, have a major decision to make in the coming election. In my humble opinion it seems to boil down to whether or not we want to continue to maintain our own sovereignty (self rule) as a nation or yield/submit ourselves to another organization that has proven itself to be a miserable failure thus far – the United Nations and/or the coming New World Order that the Scriptures predicted would come in the last days (Daniel 2:40-43). Why will God allow men to defy Him and set up a One World Government and how long will it last (Proverbs 14:12; John 15:5)?  What should the world leaders be doing (Psalm 2)?  What will you do?  You have a choice.

Lowest Of Men

It shouldn’t surprise us that those who are running for the highest office in the land lack moral character. Are they a reflection of us? Why have we degenerated to such a low level of morality?  There is an answer found in Romans 1:18-32.  The Scriptures tell us “That the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, [and] gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest [basest] of men” (Daniel 4:17).  Keep in mind that no one gets into power without His permission (Daniel 2:21).

Things To Come

About 2,600 years ago God revealed to wicked King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon His plan for “Things to Come” (Daniel 2, 7). Much of it has been fulfilled already. But the “Day of Man” seems to be coming to an end.  During the Seven Years of the Tribulation over ½ of the world’s population will die from wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes (Revelation 6-19; Matthew 24:7).  The social engineers of this world would like to reduce the population down to about 500 million people.

False Peace

The down trodden people of the world are longing for peace on earth. They are looking for someone, anyone to bring it to them. Such a person is probably alive right now and waiting in the wings for the “right crisis” to occur for him to step on to the stage and offer to the world his peace proposal. Do you know what event could trigger it (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? (Read some disturbing quotes http://www.arewelivinginthelastdays.com/com/quotes.html)

The Hated Jews

Even though the nation of Israel is marginalized and despised by most of the countries of the world, this “man of lawlessness – the Antichrist” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12) will come on the scene and make a “Seven Year Peace Agreement” with the Jews (Daniel 9:27). Perhaps this will be in exchange for their right to protect themselves against their sworn enemies whose agenda is to wipe them off the face of the earth once and for all as Hitler tried to do. It may involve Israel’s having to relinquish their nuclear weapons to this man who will promise to protect that tiny Jewish nation from their enemies.  Do you know when and why the Antichrist will break his agreement with the Jews? What will he do during the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation?  When and where does the campaign of Armageddon take place (Matthew 24:15 ff, Revelation 12-19)?  What horrific thing will happen to all the armies of the world that come against Israel (Zechariah 14:12-15)?

Far Fetched? 

No, the books of Daniel and Revelation, which many people allegorize or spiritualize rather than interpret normally, reveal what is in store for the future of mankind. A special blessing is promised to those who read the book of Revelation and to those who hear the words of this prophecy, and who keep (guard in their hearts) those things that are written in it (Revelation 1:3). Hiding your head in the sand won’t make the problems of the world go away.  There is only one Person who can bring in lasting peace – “The Prince of Peace – The Lord Jesus Christ” (Isaiah 9:6, 7).

Invigorating

It may be that we are about to witness what the Scriptures have predicted would take place. The world is ripe for judgment even as major earthquakes are overdue in the state of California and in other parts of the world. The 9.0 earthquake in Japan several years ago (which our two children survived) was minor in comparison to what is yet to come (Matthew 24:7). The movie “2012” shook some people up for a little while.

The Passion

Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion Of The Christ” also brought some people to tears as they thought about the unjust sufferings of Christ. But did they come away knowing why Christ died and rose again bodily from the dead? It was designed by God to display His love for those of us who have sinned against God (John 3:16),  All of us deserve to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). Christ died in our place for our sins…and rose again bodily to demonstrate to us that God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

Provision

Even though God has provided forgiveness and eternal life to all mankind, and not just to a few people, it is not secured until we place our faith in Christ alone to save us (John 1:12; Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works or by faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). If someone were to ask you, Why should God let you into heaven?” what would you say? If you included any of your good works, you are believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2) and you aren’t headed for heaven. Get help immediately so you can be assured from Scripture (1 John 5:13) that you have met God’s only condition for entrance into heaven (Acts 4:12; 16:31).

Gospel

The Good News (Gospel) that we must believe to be saved is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Believing in/on Christ through this message will result in our being saved from the lake of fire and entering heaven.

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John 8:41-48

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names and faces can’t hurt me”? You have to be kidding. Do you really believe this? You probably can recall incidents in your life when you were put down and humiliated with a nasty slur by someone else. Perhaps it related to your race, face, or place in society. Kids can be extremely cruel, but so can adults who should know not to do this. Do you recall such incidents? Did you want to retaliate against the person who hurt you? Maybe you actually did.

Names And Faces

As they ran out of logical responses to Jesus and His claims to be the God-man, which He backed up with many sign miracles, the hypocritical, religious scribes and Pharisees began to attack His person. This is known as “ad hominem.” They began to boil over with rage toward Him and were intent on killing Him (John 5:18; 7:7; 15:18, 25). With their snide remarks they accused Him of being an illegitimate, demon possessed, half breed (John 8:41-48). In doing so they besmirched the character of God the Father too.

They didn’t know or want to believe that He was born of the virgin, Mary and that He was indeed the promised Messiah/Christ. Instead of ascribing His miracles to the power of God, they attributed them to the devil. This was an unforgivable sin that cannot be committed today (Matthew 12:31). The only unforgivable sin today is to die physically without believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior (John 16:9; 3:18, 36).

Sticks And Stones

When the hour that had been predetermined by the Godhead had come (Ephesians 1:11; Galatians 4:4), and after Judas had betrayed Him (Matthew 27:3), Jesus allowed Himself to be taken by wicked men and abused.  He was crucified in accordance with the prophecies that were made concerning Him (John 10:11-18; See Isaiah 52:13-53:12). He could have called ten thousand angels to rescue Him if He had wanted to do so (Matthew 26:53).  But instead He volunteered to lay down His life and die for our sins and pay they debt that we owed to God (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 6:23).

The Roman soldiers, who hated the Jews, beat Jesus mercilessly (Matthew 27:26). He was forced to carry His own heavy, rugged cross to Calvary where He was hanged naked on it. To make things worse, God the Father forsook Him from noon until 3 P.M. (Matthew 27:46) because He couldn’t look with approval upon His Son who was bearing our sins (1 Peter 2:24). He suffered all alone until His fellowship with the Father was restored just before He died physically when He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). After being dead in the tomb for three days, He rose again bodily and made multiple appearances to over 500 witnesses over 40 days before ascending gradually, publicly, literally back to heaven from where He had come (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11).

Gracious Offer

In the midst of all these false accusations and cutting remarks against Him, Jesus offered eternal life to any and all who would believe on Him alone for their deliverance from hell to heaven (John 8:52). The scribes and Pharisees misunderstood His words about death. As a general rule, all of us are going to die (Hebrews 9:27). But there have been and will be exceptions to this rule. Enoch and Elijah were transported from this life into another realm of existence outside of time without dying physically (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11). These two men serve as examples of a whole generation of true Christians who will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air without dying first. Obviously, many people don’t believe Jesus’ or the Apostle Paul’s words concerning this event (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Are you one of them? The Apostle Peter predicted that scoffers would come mocking such a thought (2 Peter 3:3). Do you believe or doubt this prediction referred to as “The Rapture”?

Suffering

Expect it. “All [Christians] who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Spirit filled Stephen, who was a deacon in the early church, was stoned to death by religious hypocrites (Acts 7:58). The Apostle James was put to death by wicked King Herod (Acts 12:2). The Apostle Paul suffered more for the cause of Christ than all the other Apostles (2 Corinthians 11:23-12:10). Once he was even stoned to death but was resuscitated back to life (Acts 14:19, 20). The early Christians suffered greatly for holding on to their faith (Acts 8:1ff; Revelation 2:10).

Application

None of us can suffer as Jesus did and die for the sins of other people. But we can/should be willing to lay down our lives for the sake of those who will believe on Christ for their salvation (2 Timothy 2:10). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Those Christians who have a part in leading others to Christ for salvation will receive the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). When all whom the Father has given to the Son have come to Him, Jesus will come back for His Bride, the true Church (John 6:37; 14:1-3).

Questions

Will you be in that number? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13)? Are you growing spiritually and doing the will of God for your life (2 Peter 3:18)? Are you telling others how they can be saved too (Acts 1:8)?  Are you a “convenient Christian” or a “committed Christian”?  Do you need some spiritual help?

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