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Pardon for all including me.

In Apologetics, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved on March 9, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Pardon for all including me.

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Starting with 1 Cor 1:22-24

 We see according the author Erwin Lutzer 3 perspectives of the Cross of Christ. If we can imagine (since that is all we can do) the horrible scene of the crucifixion of Christ we are still left with 3 conclusions it is either a stumbling block, foolishness, or the most incredible event ever done for us ! The cross stands as proof of God’s great love but also reveals our own ugliness. The cross destroys all our efforts at “goodness” it removes the veneer of pride, and the value of self effort. The main focus of this event he did what I couldn’t do, because my sin is so terrible his suffering had to be just as bad. The picture of the cross is so repugnant because my sin is just as revolting to God.

 

1Co 1:18-25 For to those who are perishing the message of the cross is foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is God’s power. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will set aside the understanding of the experts. Where is the philosopher? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish? For since, in God’s wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of the message preached. For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. Because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

 

Isa 53:1-10  Who has believed what we have heard? And who has the arm of the LORD been revealed to? He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He had no form or splendor that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like one people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.  Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.   We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the LORD has punished Him for the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth. He was taken away because of oppression and judgment; and who considered His fate? For He was cut off from the land of the living; He was struck because of My people’s rebellion. They made His grave with the wicked, and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully. Yet the LORD was pleased to crush Him, and He made Him sick. When You make Him a restitution offering, He will see His seed, He will prolong His days, and the will of the LORD will succeed by His hand.

 

We can’t deal with then issue of sin or questions about forgiveness without the cross as our answer. We see in Isaiah Jesus is prophesied coming to take on our human weaknesses and bear them without complaint and deny his sovereignty to become “one of us” as the recent song requests. When the actual event is taking place we see Jesus asking the “Father to forgive them ..” according to those who study Greek it is implied he kept repeating those words over and over. On the cross we see Jesus refusing the role of deity not exercising his divine prerogative as the Son of God. He had at his call or desire legions of angels who would come and destroy those who are killing him….

 

Luk 23:34  [Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.”] And they divided His clothes and cast lots.

 

Mat 4:5-6  Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you and, they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Mat 4:11  Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.

Mat 26:52-54   Then Jesus told him, “Put your sword back in place because all who take up a sword will perish by a sword. Or do you think that I cannot call on My Father, and He will provide Me at once with more than 12 legions of angels? How, then, would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?”

 

We see in the scriptures Jesus(the Son) asking for forgiveness from the Father (God) for the very people that were torturing and killing him at that very moment. Also taking place at this exact time Jesus is dying for my sin some 2000 years in the future paying the penalty that the Father had required from the judgment at the fall for all mankind. When man had done his worst, Jesus prayed, not for justice but for mercy; he pleaded that His enemies would be exempt from the consequences of their evil deeds. Then the ultimate expression of His love and authority took place when first in the garden He prayed to the Father “Your will not Mine” (Matt.26:39). Then his witness to the thief on the cross who at first taunted him then confessed him as Savior and joined him in paradise (Heaven) that very day. We this transaction in the gospels where in Mark form the first hour they all taunted him to Luke later in the day the one thief does what has been required from man ever since that moment to escape judgement, be resurrected  from the dead and spend eternity with God. Come to the cross, see your sin as the thief (we deserve this) seek his forgiveness for your sin, ask Him to accept your life with him die to yourself, and he will say the same to you;  “I assure you: Today you will be with Me in paradise.”

 

Mark 15:29-32  Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads, and saying, “Ha! The One who would demolish the sanctuary and build it in three days, save Yourself by coming down from the cross!” In the same way, the chief priests with the scribes were mocking Him to one another and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself! Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him were taunting Him. Then the Roman centurion at the foot of the cross confessed in the Gospel narratives concerning the Son’s innocence, righteous, and his rightful title as God’s Son! I expect to see him in heaven because he did what God required confession of guilt, acknowledgement of sin and confession of Jesus as God’s son. I could be wrong but I think the scripture supports this.

 

Luk 23:39-43  Then one of the criminals hanging there began to yell insults at Him: “Aren’t You the Messiah? Save Yourself and us!”  But the other answered, rebuking him: “Don’t you even fear God, since you are undergoing the same punishment? We are punished justly, because we’re getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “I assure you: Today you will be with Me in paradise.”

 

Mat 27:52-54 The tombs also were opened and many bodies of the saints who had gone to their rest were raised. And they came out of the tombs after His resurrection, entered the holy city, and appeared to many. When the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they were terrified and said, “This man really was God’s Son!”

 

Mar 15:37-39  But Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed His last. Then the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom. When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “This man really was God’s Son!”

 

Luk 23:46-48  And Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit. Saying this, He breathed His last. When the centurion saw what happened, he began to glorify God, saying, “This man really was righteous!” All the crowds that had gathered for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, went home, striking their chests.

 

Can we say “Father forgive them” when we are being treated unjustly by others?

Can we pray for the forgiveness for the very people who are taunting us, accusing us, cheating us, hurting us, and denying us?

Do we have enough faith to leave justice in the hands of our Heavenly Father?

 

Did Jesus have his prayer answered on the cross?

As we read and study the scripture Jesus always had his answer so why would this situation change anything about God’s nature. Because of the nature of Christ he always knew the Father’s will, so the Father was always pleased to give His beloved Son every petition. Now our responsibility comes into play to accept the free gift that has been offered all the work was done, the price paid, and the atonement accepted. Dietrich Bonhoeffer in “Vengeance and Deliverance” stated the following: Now we stand as sinners at the foot of his cross and now a puzzle difficult to understand is solved. Jesus Christ, the innocent one, prays as God’s vengeance on the godless is fulfilled…The One who bore the vengeance, He alone was allowed to ask for the forgiveness of the godless. Jesus was praying that his own death would be effective for those who would seek forgiveness. The author Erwin Lutzer makes the statement in “Cries from the Cross” : All of these people( speaking of the ones who crucified Jesus) were not ignorant of the facts of their guilt, but they were ignorant of the enormity of their crime. They know what they had done, but they did not know all they had done. We see God’s divine plan in action and the vast love he has for us through his Son Jesus the Christ. This leads to the day of Pentecost and the Jews who were gathered in the square after the ascension and provision of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles for birth of the church. We see Peter presenting the gospel and the power of God’s forgiveness through Jesus at work among the very people who shouted Crucify Him! The same people who demanded Barabbas be released and witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus.

 

Act 2:39-42  For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” And with many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt generation!” So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers.

 

In conclusion we see the message of ” A cry for Pardon” played out and completed for all time and eternity available to anyone who will!

 

1st- We must acknowledge and repent of our sin’s-Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Luk 13:3  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well!

 

 2nd-Ask for and accept God’s forgiveness. Eph 1:7a  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, Rom 10:9  if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Rom 10:10  With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation. Rom 10:13  For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. We have a model prayer that God gave us to talk with him, Luk 11:2  So Jesus told them, “Pray in this way: ‘Father, help us to honor your name. Come and set up your kingdom….Luk 11:4  Forgive our sins, as we forgive everyone who has done wrong to us. There is more to this prayer as you know but the example Jesus gave us is clearly defined.

 

3rd-Have FAITH- Forsaking All I Trust Him-  Joh 10:9  I am the gate. All who come in through me will be saved. Through me they will come and go and find pasture. Joh 14:1-3  “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. Rom 8:35-39  Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

 

No sin is unpardonable except rejecting the Holy Spirit’s request to come in-Rev 3:20  Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. For those who refuse Him all sins are unpardonable.

 

Should we pray for those who do not ask for our forgiveness?

Should we forgive those who do not ask?

How do we surrender the anger that properly seeks compensation and revenge?

Should we forgive those who ask for forgiveness even when we doubt their sincerity or cannot trust their motives?

Why should we cherish and cling to the old rugged cross?

 

Dan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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