Tim Keller – Urban Church Planting – Implantation d’Eglise en milieu urbain

with translation in french… 2014 Séminaire Évangile 21

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Are omul iniţiativă liberă în cadrul suveranităţii lui Dumnezeu? Bruce Ware

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…de ce Dumnezeu ne lasa in pacat, cand suntem mantuiti. Dumnezeu inca mai ingaduie pacatul in viata noastra, ca sa ne smereasca. Ca sa faca sa intelegem puterea pacatului, care este cucerita doar de puterea lui Hristos in cele din urma. Dar asta inseamna ca viata aceasta  sunt multe manifestari ale pacatului in noi crediniciosii, pe care Dumnezeu le permite. Pentru ca, n-ar fi putut El sa o faca altfel? N-ar fi putut sa faca ca atunci cand devenim crestini, sa fim atunci facuti desavarsiti?

Vom fi desavarsiti in final. Cand Il vom vedea pe El, vom fi ca El. De ce nu face asta cand devenim crestini? Cred ca are de a face cu scopul lui Dumnezeu care include pacatul. Altfel, ne-ar fi scapat de pacat complect.

Deci, pacatul, ca orice alt rau din lume,  slujeste scopurile ultime (finale) a lui Dumnezeu. Si scopurile ultime pe care Dumnezeu le are pentru ai Sai sunt bune.

Dar, ascultati cu atentie: Chiar daca scopurile ultime sunt bune,  asta nu transforma niciodata pacatul intr-un bine, intr-un lucru bun. Ce greseala enorma am face daca am gandi in felul acesta. Asa ca noi trebuie sa purtam  responsabilitatea pentru pacatele noastre. Nu putem gandi, din moment ce Dumnezeu a facut ca din pacatul acela sa lucreze un bine, ca este in regula ca am pacatuit (l-am savarsit).

Asa ca noi trebuie sa purtam responsabilitate pentru pacatele noastre. Sa marturisim pacatul acela inaintea lui Dumnezeu. Sa primim disciplinarea care El o are pentru noi si sa invatam ceea ce e de invatat de la aceasta. In acelasi timp, avem aceasta speranta, ca prin aceste lucruri rele care se intampla, Dumnezeu, in cele din urma, are scopuri bune. Este un drum foarte ingust pe care trebuie sa umblam. Poti sa cazi in prapastie de o parte sau de cealalta. Pe o parte, ajungand sa negi suveranitatea lui Dumnezeu, spunand ca de fapt El nu are nici un control asupra pacatului nostru. Sau sa cazi de partea cealalta si sa spui ca noi nu suntem responsabili  pentru pacatele noastre. Ambele pozitii sunt greseli groaznice.

Are omul iniţiativă liberă

în cadrul suveranităţii lui Dumnezeu? Bruce Ware

Cum se explică suveranitatea lui Dumnezeu în cazul divorţului creştinilor sau a unui accident din culpă comis de un creştin? Este hotărârea lui Dumnezeu sau este culpa omului?

http://illbehonest.com/romana/are-omu…

Privind la Dumnezeul Atotsuficient (Sesiunea 3) – Bruce Ware

O sesiune despre atotsuficienţa lui Dumnezeu şi implicaţiile acesteia în viaţa noastră.

MP3: http://illbehonest.com/romana/privind-la-dumnezeul-atotsuficient-sesiunea-3

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Beniamin Faragau – Primul Adam si Al Doilea Adam

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Biserica Baptista Iris  24 Mai 2015 – Romani 5:12-21

12 De aceea, după cum printr-un* singur om a intrat păcatul în lume şi prin** păcat a intrat moartea, şi astfel moartea a trecut asupra tuturor oamenilor, din pricină că toţi au păcătuit…
13 (Căci înainte de Lege păcatul era în lume. Dar păcatul* nu este ţinut în seamă câtă vreme nu este o lege.
14 Totuşi moartea a domnit, de la Adam până la Moise, chiar peste cei ce nu păcătuiseră printr-o călcare de lege asemănătoare cu a lui Adam, care* este o icoană preînchipuitoare a Celui ce avea să vină.
15 Dar cu darul fără plată nu este ca şi cu greşeala, căci, dacă prin greşeala unuia singur, cei mulţi au fost loviţi cu moartea, apoi cu mult mai mult harul lui Dumnezeu şi darul pe care ni l-a făcut harul acesta într-un singur om, adică în Isus Hristos, s-au dat din belşug celor* mulţi.
16 Şi darul fără plată nu vine ca printr-acel unul care a păcătuit, căci judecata venită de la unul a adus osânda, dar darul fără plată venit în urma multor greşeli a adus o hotărâre de iertare.
17 Dacă deci, prin greşeala unuia singur, moartea a domnit prin el singur, cu mult mai mult cei ce primesc, în toată plinătatea, harul şi darul neprihănirii vor domni în viaţă prin acel unul singur, care este Isus Hristos!)
18 …Astfel dar, după cum printr-o singură greşeală a venit o osândă care a lovit pe* toţi oamenii, tot aşa, printr-o singură hotărâre de iertare a venit pentru toţi oamenii o hotărâre de neprihănire care dă viaţa.
19 Căci, după cum, prin neascultarea unui singur om, cei mulţi au fost făcuţi păcătoşi, tot aşa, prin ascultarea unui singur om, cei mulţi vor fi făcuţi neprihăniţi.
20 Ba încă şi Legea* a venit pentru ca să se înmulţească greşeala, dar unde s-a înmulţit păcatul, acolo harul s-a înmulţit** şi mai mult,
21 pentru ca, după cum păcatul a stăpânit dând moartea, tot aşa şi harul să stăpânească dând neprihănirea, ca să dea viaţa veşnică, prin Isus Hristos, Domnul nostru.

Beni FaragauNu stiu cum sunteti dvs., dar eu, citind Biblia si framantandu-ma cu ea, desi o fac de foarte multi ani, ajungi printr-un text care simti ca-ti scapa printre degete si nu sti ce sa faci cu el. Si oricat il intorci si te framanti, iti dai seama ca-s multe ale lucruri pe care nu le-ai descoperit. Si textul din fata noastra este unul dintre aceste paragrafe. Dar nu doar in fata textelor stai buimacit, dar stai si in fata vietii buimacit, de multe ori. Marti, am inmormantat-o pe Anca Ciora. De ce-i asa? O stie el. Cine urmeaza? O stie El. Dragii mei, intr-un astfel de moment, in camera de sus, Domnul Isus Hristos vorbind cu ucenicii, le-a spus: „Ma duc sa va pregatesc un loc. Sa nu vi se tulbure inima. Aveti credinta in Dumnezeu si aveti credinta in Mine.” Si pentru ca a vazut fetele descumpanite ale ucenicilor, a zis: „Stiti unde Ma duc. Stiti si calea intr-acolo.” „Doamne,” i-a zis Toma, „Nu stim unde Te duci. Cum putem sti calea acolo?” Isus i-a zis: „Eu sunt Calea, Adevarul si Viata. Nimeni nu vine la Tatal, decat prin Mine.”

Dragii mei, nu cred ca exista o afirmatie din gura Domnului Isus Hristos, mai controversata ca aceasta. Daca ce a spus El este adevarat, El invalideaza in mod automat orice alt drum spre Dumnezeu. Nu toate drumurile duc spre Roma. Nu toate drumurile duc spre Dumnezeu. Nu toate religiile mantuiesc. Daca Domnul Isus are dreptate, El practic spune ca toti ceilalti pe o alta cale spre Dumnezeu n-au dreptate. Nu pot fi amandoua adevarate. „Eu sunt Calea, Adevarul si Viata. Nimeni nu vine la Tatal decat prin Mine.” Ne miram oare, ca de-a lungul istoriei, crestinismul a fost persecutat, prigonit, este incomod?

Zilele trecute a aparut un best seller care cineva isi imagineaza, un roman. Toata lumea este cucerita de musulmani si Sorbona ajunge o universitate musulmana si cel mai bun profesor, rectorul universitatii, i se pune in vedere urmatoarea actiune: Ramai la catedra, daca te convertesti. Sau altfel, pleci de la catedra  si pleci din viata. Si romanul framanta framantarea acestui om si decizia lui. Daca ar fi mai multe cai spre Dumnezeu, de ce sa nu apuci pe cea mai comoda? Pe care ti-i l-a indemana? Dar daca exista doar una, trebuie sa o cunosti prea bine, ca sa te poti tine de ea in astfel de momente.

Dragii mei, as pune cateva intrebari:

  1. In primul rand: de ce este Domnul Isus singura cale spre Dumnezeu? Mantuirea noastra este mai intai si mai presus de toate o problema de legalitate. Dumnezeu nu poate, daca El este drept. Daca Dumnezeu este capricios, El face ce vrea. Se poate uita la tine, la ochii tai frumosi si te poate mantui. Daca vrea. Daca nu, te lasa nemantuit. Dar, daca este un Dumnezeu drept, El poate mantui doar prin judecata si dreptate. Orice nedreptate care ar putea fi dovedita in Dumnezeu, ar invalida tot ce spune Scriptura, tot ce Domnul Isus a facut pe cruce si a venit sa ne ofere, ar putea invalida insasi mantuirea noastra. Nu la intamplare, Pavel in Romani 3 vorbeste despre evrei, poporul lui Dumnezeu, care L-au respins pe El. Intreaba: oare credinta lor invalideaza credinciosia lui Dumnezeu? ‘Fereasca Dumnezeu,’ spune el. ‘Dumnezeu as fie gasit adevarat si toti oamenii  gasiti mincinosi, dupa cum este scris’. Doar in conditiile acestea poate Dumnezeu oferi mantuirea, daca El este gasit adevarat in absolut toate actiunile tale. Si, pe urma, Pavel da un citat: „ca sa fi gasit neprihanit, sau drept in cuvintele tale, si sa iesi biruitor cand vei fi judecat. Judecat de cine? Mai intai de el insusi. Un Dumnezeu drept sta fata in fata cu Sine. Nu se poate tagadui pe Sine. Nu poate calca legea Lui. Si acest Dumnezeu, atunci cand a dovedit lumea vinovata prin Pavel, prin Duhul Sfant, care lucra in el, vine cu vestea buna. „Dar acum s-a aratat o dreptate, o neprihanire data de Dumnezeu care vine prin credinta in Isus Hristos.” Nimic altceva. Pentru toti si peste toti cei ce cred in El nu este nici o deosebire. Cu alte cuvinte, nu exista mai multe solutii, pe care Dumnezeu sa le ofere. Noi tinem de-a noastre, tu sa tii de a ta. Prin credinta in Isus Hristos, peste toti si pentru toti cei ce cred in El nu este nici o deosebire. El, Dumnezeu, L-a randuit mai dinainte  sa fie prin credinta, sangele Lui, o jertfa de ispasire, ca sa-si arate neprihanirea, dreptatea Lui, ca trecuse cu vederea la care dinainte, in vremea indelungii rabdari a lui Dumnezeu. Pentru ca in vremea de acum sa-Si arate neprihanirea sau dreptatea Lui in asa fel incat sa fie drept si totusi sa socoteasca drepti sau indreptatiti pe cei ce cred in Isus Hristos. ‘ Observati, Dumnezeu ne da o intrare in Imparatia Lui. O intrare la Dumnezeu prin credinta in Isus Hristos, in moartea si invierea Lui.
  2. Dar as pune o intrebare care tine strict de spatiul legal: Ce-i da dreptul lui Dumnezeu, sa-mi atribuie moartea si viata Intrupatului Sau Fiu? Mie, cel care l-am necinstit, care am incalcat legea Lui, care sunt pacatos si merit implinirea legii Lui peste mine, plata pacatului fiind moartea. Ce-i da dreptul lui Dumnezeu?
    .
    (1) In primul rand, dragii mei, Dumnezeu n-a schimbat regulile jocului in timpul jocului. Solutia lui Dumnezeu in Hristos nu este un gand ulterior, a fost luat prin surprindere de pacatul lui Adam si atunci, repede, a gasit o solutie. Nu. Nu. Nu. El a alcatuit insusi in Sine un plan si ramane credincios planului Sau si legilor Lui. Pe de o parte, n-a schimbat regulile in timpul jocului si..
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    (2) nu a calcat nici una din poruncile Lui. Tocmai la o astfel de obiectie s-a  sau pentru a demonstra acest lucru, Pavel aduce inaintea noastra acest paragraf complicat si greu din capitolul 5:12-21. Priviti o clipa structura paragrafului. In vers, 12, Pavel incepe sa vorbeasca. Dupa care, din vers. 13-17, intra intr-o paranteza. Ca sa intelegi logica argumentului sau, trebuie pentru o clipa sa dai de o parte paranteza, sa citesti textul, ca sa vezi ce vrea sa spuna el, de fapt. Romani 5:12 si apoi vers. 18-21. 

12 De aceea, după cum printr-un* singur om a intrat păcatul în lume şi prin** păcat a intrat moartea, şi astfel moartea a trecut asupra tuturor oamenilor, din pricină că toţi au păcătuit…

18 …Astfel dar, după cum printr-o singură greşeală a venit o osândă care a lovit pe* toţi oamenii, tot aşa, printr-o singură hotărâre de iertare a venit pentru toţi oamenii o hotărâre de neprihănire care dă viaţa.
19 Căci, după cum, prin neascultarea unui singur om, cei mulţi au fost făcuţi păcătoşi, tot aşa, prin ascultarea unui singur om, cei mulţi vor fi făcuţi neprihăniţi.
20 Ba încă şi Legea* a venit pentru ca să se înmulţească greşeala, dar unde s-a înmulţit păcatul, acolo harul s-a înmulţit** şi mai mult,
21 pentru ca, după cum păcatul a stăpânit dând moartea, tot aşa şi harul să stăpânească dând neprihănirea, ca să dea viaţa veşnică, prin Isus Hristos, Domnul nostru.

Din primele 8 minute, mai sunt aprox 38 minute din mesaj.

24 Mai 2015 – Romani 5:12-21 – Beniamin Faragau from Biserica Baptista Iris on Vimeo.

Is the Trinity Pagan?

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How Early did the Church Fathers Teach the Deity of Jesus?

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Miercuri – Revolta împotriva lui Mesia – Cronologie din Saptamana Patimilor

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Miercuri – Revolta împotriva lui Mesia

Autor: Johnathon Bowers

„Atunci Iuda Iscarioteanul, unul din cei doisprezece, s-a dus la conducătorii preoţilor ca să-L dea pe mâna lor.” (Marcu 14:10)

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Preoții cei mai de seamă L-au vrut mort. Dar ei nu-L puteau ucide în aer liber. Nu, oamenii L-au plăcut prea mult. Și imaginea lor publică era deja destul de fragilă. Isus a văzut asta.  Curățirea Templului. Pildele. Rezolvările Lui istețe la orice capcană verbală pe care ei ar fi putut s-o scoată înainte. Aveau nevoie de o modalitate de a se năpusti asupra Lui în particular. Și trebuiau să o facă rapid.

El era în Ierusalim, deci a sosit timpul. Dar Paștele urma să fie în două zile. Două zile. Ce vor face?

În acest moment, în Marcu 14, lăsăm preoții de seamă cu setea lor de sânge și cu mâinile pline de griji și ne îndreptăm atenția spre o casă din Betania, doar la câțiva kilometrii de Ierusalim. Simon leprosul găzduia o masă. Isus, ucenicii și alții ședeau în jurul mesei. Și apoi, a venit ea. Ioan 12:3 ne spune că femeia a fost Maria sora lui Lazăr, dar Marcu se mulțumește fără să-I spună numele: „A venit o femeie care avea un vas de alabastru, plin cu mir de nard curat, foarte scump. Ea a spart vasul de alabastru şi a turnat mirul pe capul lui Isus.” (Marcu 14:3)

Foarte costisitor. De fapt, pentru unii de la masă, era prea costisitor.

    Trădător printre cei doisprezece

Valoarea salariilor timp de un an a căzut din acel vas. Iar pentru unii dintre invitați, parfumul care a umplut sala a devenit duhoarea unei oportunități pierdute. „De ce a fost mirul irosit așa?” s-au plâns. „Căci mirul acesta s-ar fi putut vinde cu peste trei sute de lei, iar banii să fie daţi săracilor!” (Marcu 14:4-5) Prostii. Lor nu le păsa de cei săraci. Ceea ce vroiau cu adevărat era o pungă plină cu monede pentru bugetul de binefacere. Cel puțin, asta e ceea ce a vrut Iuda. Vânzarea mirului i-ar fi dat o pungă proaspătă de fonduri din care să fure (Ioan 12:6).

Isus a certat murmurul, mai mult decât a făcut certat Marea Galileii. Dar revolta era în mișcare. Marcu mută accentul său narativ din Betania înapoi la preoții cei mai de seamă. Iuda, spionul, fiind tărăgănat de cei doi kilometrii înapoi la Ierusalim, a găsit liderii religioși în vizuina lor. Poate că clocotea din cauza rușinii pe care a avut-o la casa lui Simon. Poate dragostea sa pentru bani i-a întunecat gândirea încât el nu a putut trece peste risipirea pe care tocmai o văzuse. Și nu doar risipire, ci risipirea pe care Isus a aprobat-o. „Ea a făcut un lucru frumos faţă de Mine!” a spus Isus. „Mi-a uns trupul mai dinainte, în vederea pregătirii Mele pentru îngropare.” (Marcu 14:6-8)

Poate că Iuda a fost atât de agitat de aceste cuvinte încât i-a sărit țandăra și s-a întors înapoi pe drumul spre Cetatea Sfântă. „Bine, Isus. Ești pregătit pentru înmormântare? Mă voi asigura că veți obține una. La urma urmei, mi-ar părea rău să văd acel mir irosindu-se.”

    Treizeci de arginți

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Și așa, Iuda a oferit preoților soluția pe care o așteptau: își va trăda Stăpânul. Dar nu fără ceva în schimb. Marcu, pur și simplu, consemnează faptul că preoții cei mai de seamă au promis să dea bani lui Iuda (Marcu 14:11). Cuvântul „promite” sugerează că Iuda nu a fost surprins de ofertă. Se pare că el i-a presat pe preoți pentru plată. Matei ne spune la fel de mult, de fapt că: „Atunci unul dintre cei doisprezece, numit Iuda Iscarioteanul, s-a dus la conducătorii preoţilor şi i-a întrebat: „Ce vreţi să-mi daţi ca să-L dau pe mâna voastră?” Ei i-au plătit treizeci de arginţi.” (Matei 26:14-15)

Drama din Marcu 14 se învârte în jurul a două personaje – femeia și Iuda – și reacțiile lor opuse în fața lui Isus. Dar există un al treilea personaj, un potrivnic atât de sinistru cât și de ascuns.

Banii.

Observați cât de repede Iuda și colegii săi, oamenii nemulțumiți, sunt în măsură să aprecieze valoarea mirului la casa lui Simon. Fiind cămătari veterani, aceștia puteau intui dintr-o ochire cât de mult valora un lucru. Mirul de abia își părăsise vasul, iar ei deja calculau: „Mirul acesta s-ar fi putut vinde cu mai mult de trei sute de lei.” (Marcu 14:5)

    Orbi față de valoarea lui Hristos

Și totuși, ironia din Marcu 14 este că Iuda a putut vedea valoarea mirului turnat pe capul lui Isus, dar nu a putut vedea adevărata valoare a lui Isus. Iuda a fost un cămătar care suferea de cataractă. De aceea el a fost atât de ofensat pe acea femeie. Femeia, pe de altă parte, a putut vedea atât valoarea mirului cât și valoarea lui Isus. De aceea, ea a spart vasul de alabastru.

Miercurea dinaintea vinderii lui Isus este un memeto tragic al versetului din 1 Timotei 6:10: „Căci iubirea de bani este rădăcina tuturor relelor, iar unii, care au tânjit după ea, au rătăcit de la credinţă şi s-au străpuns singuri cu multe dureri.”

Dar miercurea dinaintea vinderii lui Isus este, de asemenea, plină de speranță, pentru că ne arată că frumusețea lui Isus poate rupe vraja câștigului financiar. Acesta este mesajul femeii pentru noi, un mesaj pe care Isus a vrut ca noi să-l auzim din nou și din nou: „Adevărat vă spun că oriunde va fi vestită Evanghelia, în toată lumea, se va spune şi ce a făcut această femeie, în amintirea ei.” (Marcu 14:9)

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= DOMNUL ISUS HRISTOS – Marea Lui Suferinta dinaintea Biruintei! =

TATALUI, FIULUI, DUHULUI SFANT, 

Toata Gloria in Veci !!!  ​

DOMNUL ISUS HRISTOS – Marea Lui Suferinţă dinaintea Biruinţei !!!

 3 Dispreţuit şi părăsit de oameni, Om al durerii şi obişnuit cu suferinţa, era aşa de dispreţuit, că îţi întorceai faţa de la El, şi noi nu L-am băgat în seamă.
  • 4 Totuşi El suferinţele noastre le-a purtat, şi durerile noastre le-a luat asupra Lui, şi noi am crezut că este pedepsit, lovit de Dumnezeu şi smerit.
  • 5Dar El era străpuns pentru păcatele noastre, zdrobit pentru fărădelegile noastre. Pedeapsa care ne dă pacea a căzut peste El, şi prin rănile Lui suntem tămăduiţi. (Isaia 53:3-5).

 Dupa vreo 700 de ani, aceasta proorocie transmisa de DUMNEZEU prin proorocul Isaia, s-a implinit matematic, spre binele tuturor oamenilor care accepta jertfa DOMNULUI ISUS HRISTOS!

  • 11 Dar preoţii cei mai de seamă au aţâţat norodul să ceară lui Pilat să le sloboadă mai bine pe Baraba.
  • 12 Pilat a luat din nou cuvântul şi le-a zis: „Dar ce voiţi să fac cu Acela pe care-L numiţi Împăratul iudeilor?”
  • 13 Ei au strigat din nou: „Răstigneşte-L!”
  • 14 „Dar ce rău a făcut?”, le-a zis Pilat. Însă ei au început să strige şi mai tare: „Răstigneşte-L!”
  • 15 Pilat a vrut să facă pe placul norodului, şi le-a slobozit pe Baraba; iar pe Isus, după ce a pus să-L bată cu nuiele, L-a dat să fie răstignit.
  • 17 L-au îmbrăcat într-o haină de purpură, au împletit o cunună de spini şi I-au pus-o pe cap.
  • 18 Apoi au început să-I ureze şi să zică: „Plecăciune, Împăratul iudeilor!”
  • 19 Şi-L loveau în cap cu o trestie, Îl scuipau, îngenuncheau şi I se închinau.
  • 33 La ceasul al şaselea, s-a făcut întuneric peste toată ţara, până la ceasul al nouălea.
  • 34 Şi, în ceasul al nouălea, Isus a strigat cu glas tare: „Eloi, Eloi, lama sabactani”, care tălmăcit înseamnă: „Dumnezeul Meu, Dumnezeul Meu, pentru ce M-ai părăsit?
  • 37 Dar Isus a scos un strigăt tare şi Şi-a dat duhul.
  • 38 Perdeaua dinăuntrul Templului s-a rupt în două, de sus până jos.    ( Marcu 15, versetele mentionate ).
        In Exodul capitolul 12 ni se arata cum au fost instituite Pastele de catre DUMNEZEU, cand fiecare familie trebuia sa sacrifice ” un miel fara cusur, de parte barbateasca de un an , cu ocazia scoaterii Israelului din robia egipteana, de catre DUMNEZEU, prin Moise.
 
       Acest miel IL prefigura, cu 1500 de ani inainte, pe FIUL LUI DUMNEZEU, DOMNUL ISUS HRISTOSMielul Lui DUMNEZEU care ridica pacatul lumii! „(Ioan 1:29), pe care DUMNEZEU L-a sacrificat pentru a scoate din robia pacatului pe toti cei care vor accepta jertfa LUI, din intreaga omenire!

     Invierea Domnului ISUS HRISTOS, Pastele de azi, este o Sarbatoare a Bucuriei, si e normal sa fie asa, pentru ca e biruinta VIETII asupra mortii! E bine sa fim bucurosi la aceasta sarbatoare si mai ales e important ca motivul bucuriei noastre sa fie nu atat hainele noi, cadourile, etc. cat Invierea Domnului ISUS!

    Daca bucuria invierii Domnului Isus a fost mare atunci pentru ucenicii Sai si e mare si azi pentru cei care-L servesc pe El, tristetea si drama dinaintea invierii a fost pe masura! Pentru ca Invierea Domnului Isus presupune mai intai moartea Lui, iar inainte de moarte, marea Lui suferinta! Aceasta a avut semnificatii si implicatii deosebite.
    Toti cei patru evanghelisti (Matei, Marcu, Luca, Ioan), care descriu rastignirea, arata ca Domnul Isus inainte de a fi rastignit, a fost mai intii batjocorit, scuipat, batut, torturat. Batjocurile si torturile au fost manifestarea exterioara a urii din inimile celor care au dorit, si au indeplinit actul rastignirii Domnului. (Privind in lumea animalelor, vom observa ca ele nu au astfel de comportare).

Dar uitati-va si vedeti Cine a fost batjocorit: FIUL LUI DUMNEZEU, PRINTUL

UNIVERSULUI! Biblia arata ​asta ​la Filipeni 2:9-11:
  • 9 De aceea şi Dumnezeu L-a înălţat nespus de mult şi I-a dat Numele care este mai presus de orice nume;
  • 10 pentru ca, în Numele lui Isus, să se plece orice genunchi al celor din ceruri, de pe pământ şi de sub pământ,
  • 11 şi orice limbă să mărturisească, spre slava lui Dumnezeu Tatăl, că Isus Hristos este Domnul.
El e, asadar, Cel care a contribuit la crearea Universului si a omului (1 Cor. 8:6), adica chiar a fiintei care-L batjocorea! E parca incredibil, dar din nefericire, e adevarat! Ce groaznica scena!

   Locul unde a fost batjocorit si rastignit Isus Hristos, este Pamantul, o mica planeta din Sistemul Solar, Calea Lactee, o farama a Universului.

     Cine sunt, in fond, cei care L-au batjocorit pe Fiul lui Dumnezeu?
 
     Vorbind la modul general, omul a fost in stare de asa ceva, adica fiinta creata de Dumnezeu sa-L serveasca pe El si sa-I aduca slava Lui si Fiului Lui. Creatura si-a batut joc de Creator! Un „nimic” s-a gasit sa-si bata joc de cel Atotputernic! Am vrut sa fac o comparatie cu ceva din lumea noastra, sau din universul cunoscut de noi, dar nu am gasit nimic care sa poata fi comparat cu acest eveniment.
 
    Specific vorbind, Biblia ne arata toate categoriile de oameni care s-au comportat intr-un mod incalificabil.  ​

 Ea ne spune ca si-au batut joc de El, trecatorii, cei carora Domnul Isus nu le facuse nici un rau, ba dimpotriva. (Poate ca printre ei au fost si din aceia pe care Domnul Isus i-a vindecat de boli, i-a hranit, i-a invatat, etc.). Oricum toti cei din jurul Lui primisera cel putin un lucru pretios de la El, si anume, viata. In loc sa-I multumeasca, ei Il scuipau, Il batjocoreau!

    Alta categorie de batjocoritori si tortionari au fost soldatii romani (Imperiul Roman se intindea atunci si peste Israel). Acestia erau pagani si nu aveau de-a face cu Dumnezeul adevarat. Ei parca ar avea o scuza, dar numai la prima vedere, pentru ca ei preferau sa se inchine unor lucruri facute de ei – zei din aur, argint, lemn, etc. -, in loc sa se inchine Dumnezeului adevarat si Domnului Isus de ale carui minuni ei au avut ocazia sa auda, sau poate chiar sa le vada!
 
     De asemenea, ne spune Cuvantul Sfant, ca isi bateau joc de El, oameni din poporul evreu – descendentii lui Avraam -, cei care purtau un nume minunat: oameni din „Poporul lui Dumnezeu”! Cind strainii isi bat joc de tine desigur ca te doare, dar cind ai tai, cind rudeniile, poate chiar cei din familia ta, te batjocoresc, atunci asta te doare mult mai mult. Biblia confirma asta cand spune: 
A venit la ai Sai, si ai Sai nu L-au primit. (Ioan 1:11).
     Printre cei ce si-au batut joc de Domnul Isus a fost si unul dintre cei doi talhari care au fost rastigniti alaturi de El. Ultimul om, pleava societatii, plaga societatii, s-a incumetat sa-L ironizeze pe Fiul lui Dumnezeu! Poate credeti ca nefiind „dus pe la biserica”, cum se spune, nu stia cine este Cel rastignit! Din dialogul celor doi talhari se vede clar ca ei au stiut cine era cel rastignit alaturi de ei (Luca 23: 39-42).
 
     La urma amintesc citeva grupuri de oameni care s-au facut vinovati in mai mare masura de evenimentele dinaintea rastignirii, si a rastignirii propriu zisa a Domnului Isus. Aceste categorii sunt:
 
    Fruntasii poporului evreu. Cei care erau in fruntea poporului, conducatorii, cei care ar fi trebuit sa conduca poporul in directia buna, au instigat, au directiont oamenii spre rau, spre crima (Luca 23:35).
 
    Carturarii. Cei cu scoala, cei care cunosteau Scripturile, cei culti, care au stiut ca Mesia va veni, au facut pe ignorantii, au derutat cu buna stiinta pe oamenii simpli (Matei 27:41). 
     Batranii poporului. Barbatii cu parul alb, cei care ar fi trebuit sa fie intelepti, retinuti si echilibrati, un bun exemplu pentru popor, au fost tocmai cei care au induplecat poporul ca sa ceara lui Pilat sa-L condamne pe Isus Hristos la moarte. (Matei 27:20).

     Preotii cei mai de seama. Capii religiosi ai vremii, cei care slujeau in Templu (pe Dumnezeu, ziceau ei ca-L slujesc), cei care cunosteau Scripturile si astfel aveau menirea sa invete poporul frica de Dumnezeu si respectul pentru semeni, au fost cei mai inversunati,cei mai dornici sa-L vada pe Fiul lui Dumnezeu, mort.(Marcu 15:11)
 
    Cardasia celor patru grupe de oameni, a fost redata asa de clar de evanghelistul Marcu (15:1), care a scris: 
„Dimineata, preotii cei mai de seama au facut indata sfat cu batraniicarturarii si tot Soborul. Dupa ce au legat pe Isus, L-au dus si L-au dat in miinile lui Pilat „.
 
   Acestia sunt oamenii (daca-i putem numi asa) care L-au batjocorit, L-au scuipat, L-au batut si apoi L-au rastignit pe Fiul lui Dumnezeu- Domnul Isus Hristos -, pe Cel care nu a avut nici o vina. Istoria poporului Israel, confirma ca fapta lor josnica, precum si cuvintele usuratice spuse atunci de ei: 
 ​
Singele Lui sa fie asupra noastra si asupra copiilor nostri” 
(Matei 27:25), a avut urmari si implicatii deosebit de grave de 2.000 de ani asupra acestui popor care purta cel mai frumos nume.
 
    Desigur consideram ca cei de atunci au fost oameni falsi, rai, josnici, calai, criminali.
 
   Intrebarea pe care ar trebui sa ne-o punem fiecare din noi acum, este, daca nu cumva eu, care ma consider om religios – fie ca sunt preot ori simplu enorias, fie ca sunt un om in varsta sau tanar, ca sunt cu multa scoala sau cu mai putina, ca sunt fruntas al poporului sau om de rand (doar un simplu trecator prin viata aceasta) , iL batjocoresc pe Fiul lui Dumnezeu, pe urmasii Lui, sau pe semenii mei.
 
   Aceasta intrebare se impune pentru ca felul in care iL putem batjocori pe Isus Hristos imbraca o multime de forme si metode: de la simpla indiferenta fata de suferinta Lui, pana la vorbele urate la adresa Lui; de la injuraturi pina la fapte reprobabile, poate chiar crime.

    Daca ai facut asta pana acum, te indemn chiar in momentul in care citesti aceste rinduri, sa te opresti in a-L mai batjocori si rastigni a doua oara pe Isus Hristos, prin purtarea ta sau prin indiferenta ta, si sa vii cu credinta, pocainta si multumire inaintea Lui! Numai astfel te vei putea bucura de Invierea Domnului ISUS HRISTOS, si de Propria-TI Inviere la o viata noua, 

Ioan Burca – robul DOMNULUI​
      Doctor in Teologie
                                                                              
P.S.: Sublinierile din textele Biblice aparţin scriitorului articolului.
              “Cercetaţi toate lucrurile şi pastrati ce este bun”, adică BIBLIC.
 Dati la cat mai multi aceste link-uri, pentru clarificare, intarire in credinta, sau intoarcere la DUMNEZEU, prin DOMNUL ISUS HRISTOS, si convingerea DUHULUI SFANT, si va veti intalni cu rezultatele aici pe Pamant, sau in Cer!
                     „…cine seamana mult, mult va secera.”
              „Golgota” _ Canta: Alexandru Groza

„Via Dolorosa”_ Canta: Jenifer Lazau   

   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dcvk0XBVw4

 NU-i Singur Iuda Vinovat! _ Canta: Raisa Bulf ​
              Baraba _ Canta: Sorin Alexandru
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7HK_QJ6fGg

         Baraba _ Canta : Ionut Craciun din Grupul „Speranta”

  ” DOMNUL ISUS HRISTOS pe „Via Dolorosa” _ Canta: Sandi Patty _ „The Passion of Christ” 


NU-i Singur Iuda Vinovat! _ Citeste: Florin Piersic

Talharul (de pe cruce) – Poezie:  

 O, ce Valuri de-ndurare – Canta: Daniel si Lois Prunaru
 

To The FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT 

Be The Glory, Forever and Ever!!!            ​

The Passion of Christ!!! 

      3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
    4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
     5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:3-5 ).      
    11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabba instead. 12 „What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. 
    13 „Crucify him!” they shouted. 
    14 „Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, „Crucify him!” 
    15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. 
       17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.
       18 And they began to call out to him, „Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 
       33 At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.
       34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, „”Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? „”–which means, „My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 
       35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, „Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” 
      36 One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. „Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
     37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. (Mark 15:11-15;17-19;33-38).

 ” THE LORD JESUS CHRIST on ” Via Dolorosa” _ Singer: Sandi Patty _ ” The Passion of CHRIST !!!​”


TATALUI, FIULUI, DUHULUI SFANT, 
                                            Toata Gloria in Veci !!!
                                              Stimati Vizitatori

                  Va prezentam 2 link-uri, care contin 
 
          Cuvantul si Minunile Lui DUMNEZEU in viata unor oameni. 

 
               Va dorim vizionare si auditie Placuta si Benefica!
      Pe link-ul nr. 1, dati click pe camera de filmat, aceea mica
  din dreapta,  sau pe difuzorul mic din dreapta, pentru cele audio.
 
      1.  http://perlesicomori.net/  (audio si video)
     Pe link-ul nr. 2,  ” Esenta BIBLIEI ” , gasiti Lucrurile ESENTIALE 
 pe care un om trebuie sa le STIE si sa le FACA, si altele sa stie 
sa NU le faca, pentru a fi salvat de la iad si a-i arata SINGURA CALE spre RAI,
care este DOMNUL ISUS HRISTOS FIUL Lui DUMNEZEU !!!
 
 
                            DUMNEZEU sa va Binecuvanteze!
                   
                                            Cu tot respectul,
                                  Ioan Burca – robul DOMNULUI,
                                          Doctor in Teologie
 
                “Cercetaţi toate lucrurile şi pastrati ce este bun”, adică BIBLIC.
    Dati la cat mai multi aceste link-uri, pentru clarificare, intarire in credinta, sau intoarcere la DUMNEZEU, prin DOMNUL ISUS HRISTOS, si convingerea DUHULUI SFANT, si va veti intalni cu rezultatele aici pe Pamant, sau in Cer!
                     „…cine seamana mult, mult va secera.”

Passion Week – Good Friday Events 1/2 – The hurt of Peter’s denial of Christ

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How many times did the rooster crow when Peter denied Jesus?


Matthew 26:34 (also Luke 22:34, John 13:38)

„I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, „this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

Mark 14:30

„I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, „today – yes, tonight – before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”


Mark 14:66-72

While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

„You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

But he denied it. „I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, „This fellow is one of them.” Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, „Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, „I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: „Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

From www.rationalchristianity.net

Jesus’ Great Confession; Peter’s Great Denial
Matthew 26:57-68

57 Now the ones who had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, in whose house the experts in the law and the elders had gathered. 58 But Peter was following him from a distance, all the way to the high priest’s courtyard. After going in, he sat with the guards to see the outcome. 59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find anything, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” 62 So the high priest stood up and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you?” 63 But Jesus was silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now you have heard the blasphemy! 66 What is your verdict?” They answered, “He is guilty and deserves death.” 67 Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. And some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy for us, you Christ! Who hit you?” (Matthew 26:57-68)

Two events are being described simultaneously by Matthew in this paragraph and the next, so as to set them in contrast to each other. The first is our Lord’s interrogation by Caiaphas, the high priest, and the Sanhedrin. The second is Peter’s “interrogation” by those around him. At the very moments Peter is denying His Lord, our Lord Jesus is affirming His identity as the Messiah – His “great confession.”

It is the middle of the night, and Jesus has been sent from Annas to stand before Caiaphas. The whole Sanhedrin is present (see also Mark 14:55), including the chief priests, scribes, and elders (Matthew 26:57-59). This is far from a legal gathering. In our terms, Jesus is not getting “due process of the law” here. These “judges” are far from neutral. They seek any testimony that will justify their resolve to kill Jesus (verse 59), but they can’t do it.

These are horrible and shameful moments in Israel’s history, but at times the account comes close to being amusing. Here is this pompous group of Israel’s “cream of the crop.” It is something like the convening of the Supreme Court in our day. These are the top religious and legal experts, and they are determined to execute Jesus. They resolved that they would not arrest or kill Jesus until “after the feast” (Matthew 26:5), but Jesus forced their hand when He informed Judas and the disciples that He would be betrayed by one of them (Matthew 26:21). Jesus even let Judas know that he was the one who would betray Him (Matthew 26:25). Judas no longer had the luxury of time. He had to act now to earn his fee, whether the Jewish leaders liked it or not.

The religious leaders were in a real bind. They seem compelled to include the Romans (Pilate, Herod, and the Roman soldiers). They were forced to crucify Jesus, a very public death. And they must complete this matter before Passover, lest they be defiled, and thus would have been prevented from participating in Passover (seeJohn 18:28; 19:14; Mark 15:42-43). A few hours earlier, it would have appeared that they had almost two weeks to prepare for the execution of Jesus. They have not had any time to acquire and “coach” witnesses, and this was very obvious. Imagine these fellows attempting to give an air of sobriety and propriety, while things are in total chaos. Their witnesses disagree so badly that even with their disposition to accept any charge, it is evident this testimony won’t suffice. A parade of witnesses pass by, and all fail to meet minimum requirements. No two witnesses agree, and when two finally agree, the charges were not viable. It was, at best, a corruption of what Jesus had said (“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” – John 2:19). Even if their words were true, it isn’t a crime to say that you are able to do such a thing; it would be a crime if you attempted it. This case would have been thrown out of any court in our land.

You can imagine how frustrated these fellows must have been. Their case was stalling, and there seemed to be nothing they could do about it. The high priest sought to induce Jesus to violate His Fifth Amendment rights (in today’s terms) by giving testimony against Himself. “What did Jesus have to say to this charge?” Jesus had nothing to say. He need not have spoken. The charges were not worthy of comment or of defense. It was not His duty to provide them with evidence; it was their duty to produce evidence of a crime.

Then the high priest had an inspiration. He would charge Jesus under oath to answer this question: “Are you the Christ, the Son of God?” (Matthew 26:63). This was a question Jesus was not legally obliged to answer. And yet Jesus chose to answer. I used to think that this was because the high priest put Him under oath. I now look at it differently. This was a question Jesus must answer. To refuse to answer would imply that He was not the Messiah, the Son of God. If He were the Messiah, the Son of God, then why would He not answer to this effect? This was the crux of the coming of our Lord – to reveal Himself as the Messiah, and as the Son of God.

Our Lord’s answer was far from tentative. Not only did He identify Himself as the Messiah, the Son of God, He also referred to Himself as the Son of Man:

Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:67).

This is an incredibly powerful statement. Jesus affirms His identity. He is the Messiah. He is the Son of God. He is also the Son of Man, which means that He will return to the earth in power, to deal with His enemies and to establish justice.

These words, if believed, should have struck terror into the hearts of the Jewish religious leaders. Instead, they were taken as blasphemy, a capital offense by Jewish law (see Leviticus 24:10-16; Numbers 15:30). No one in that group paused to reflect on the implications of Jesus’ claim. No one gave serious thought as to whether this claim might be true. In their minds, this was all they needed to condemn Jesus to death. And so the high priest musters all the righteous indignation he can produce, and calls for the death of Jesus:

Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now you have heard the blasphemy!” (Matthew 26:65)

His colleagues heartily agreed, and they pronounced sentence on our Lord.

What follows is particularly significant. Once the guilty verdict is pronounced, there is a disproportionate outpouring of wrath and contempt on our Lord. They spit in His face – they spit in God’s face! They strike Him with their fists, pouring out their wrath on God incarnate. They slap Him, and challenge Him to prophesy who hit Him (26:67-68). Here is the highest court in the land, and look at its conduct. Here is God, in the hands of angry sinners.

69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A slave girl came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it in front of them all: “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” 71 When he went out to the gateway, another slave girl saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.” 72 He denied it again with an oath, “I do not know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there came up to Peter and said, “You really are one of them too—even your accent gives you away!” 74 At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly (Matthew 26:69-75).

Meanwhile, Peter is sitting in the courtyard of the high priest’s house, warming himself by the fire. A mere slave girl314 identifies him as one of Jesus’ disciples. Peter denies it. Initially, Peter does not pointedly deny knowing Jesus; he simply responds that he doesn’t know what she is talking about. Apparently this is sufficient to silence this first slave girl. But then another slave girl confronts Peter. She does not just question Peter; she speaks to those standing around: “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene” (Matthew 26:71). From Peter’s point of view, this is much more threatening. He denies his association with Jesus, underscoring his denial with an oath. Finally, a third person – one standing nearby – came up to Peter, and this time with an even more persuasive accusation: “You really are one of them too—even your accent gives you away!” (verse 73). Peter more pointedly denied even knowing Jesus, let alone associating with Him. This time he felt it necessary to punctuate his denial with cursing.

At that moment, a rooster crowed, and Peter remembered Jesus’ words indicating that he would deny Him. Peter went outside and wept bitterly. Strangely, this is the last time Matthew refers to Peter by name in this Gospel. While Matthew does provide an account of the final outcome for Judas (Matthew 27:3-10), he does not do so for Peter. Is this because he knows that such an account will take a great deal more time and information? Is this because he knows that a subsequent history of the church (including Peter) will be written? For whatever reason, Matthew does not feel compelled to give us the “rest of the story” regarding Peter.

Conclusion

If our text demonstrates anything, it is that all mankind, without exception, is desperately sinful and, apart from the grace of God in Christ Jesus, hopelessly lost:

“There is no one righteous, not even one,

11 there is no one who understands,

there is no one who seeks God.

12 All have turned away,

together they have become worthless;

there is no one who shows kindness,

not even one” (Romans 3:10b-12).

Whether at his finest, or at his worst, every human being is a sinner, desperately wicked in heart and often in deed. There is no way that we can ever earn our own righteousness, that we can attain God’s favor by our efforts. We need salvation from some source outside of ourselves. We need Jesus, for He alone can save.

Our text dramatically demonstrates the sinfulness of man and the perfection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In our text, no one comes out looking good, no one except Jesus, that is. Everything Jesus predicted happened just as He said it would. Under more stress and pressure than we will ever know, Jesus never failed. His words and His deeds are amazing to us. Though men (like Peter, or Judas, or the religious leaders) failed, Jesus did not. Though His closest friends forsook Him, He will not forsake His own – those who have trusted in Him for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Jesus Never Fails; He is always faithful, even when we fail:

Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end (John 13:1).

If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13).

Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5).

In mankind’s darkest hour, the perfections of our Lord shine ever so bright. He alone is worthy of our trust, and of our worship, obedience, and service. Do not let the horrors of these events in our Lord’s last hours distract your attention from Jesus. He deserves center stage. His perfections deserve our praise.

We should probably say a word about Peter’s denials. Let us not fail to read this text, describing Peter’s worst moments, without bearing in mind “the rest of the story.” We may have seen the last of Peter (by name) in Matthew, but we find a very different Peter in the Book of Acts. With the resurrection and ascension of our Lord, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we find a transformed Peter. We find a man who now boldly proclaims the gospel, in spite of the opposition and the risks:

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, replied, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today for a good deed done to a sick man—by what means this man was healed— 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.” 13 When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and discovered that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this (Acts 4:8-14).

As a result of the work of Jesus Christ at Calvary, and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, Peter not only boldly identifies with His Lord, He instructs us to do so as well:

13 For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 14 But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken. 15 But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 16 Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil (1 Peter 3:13-17).

The events of our text underscore for us the trustworthiness and authority of the Scriptures. Just as at the birth of our Lord, so also here we find that Matthew repeatedly points out to us that the Scriptures are being fulfilled at every point of this procession to the cross. God’s Word is true. It never fails. Even when men try their hardest to resist God and to rebel against His purposes, they end up unwittingly fulfilling His purposes and promises. We can trust His Word.

Let me end with one more observation and application. Our text describes the darkest hour in all of human history, and yet we gather every Sunday to remember the death of Jesus. More than that, we come every Sunday to celebrate His death. This is due to the fact that His suffering and His death is the only means by which sinful men may be saved, and have eternal life. It is also due to the fact that the resurrection of Jesus enables us to view these events in a whole new way. At the cross, Jesus took the curse (death) and made it the cure (His atoning work on our behalf). God used the most cruel and wicked actions of men to accomplish His eternal plan of salvation.

Surely this is an example of the truth that is proclaimed in Romans 8:

28 And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, 29 because those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).

God was able to make the horrid events of our Lord’s rejection and crucifixion into a salvation so blessed that it will take all eternity to fathom it. If our Lord can transform this kind of apparent tragedy into a triumphant work of redemption, then is it not reasonable for us to believe that God will cause every event in our lives to work out for His glory, and for our good?

Moral Attacks on the Old Testament – Peter Williams

http://nphx.org – Lecture by Peter Williams who is the current Warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK. This video is part of the North Phoenix Baptist Church Apologetics Conference 2015 playlist:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

Downloads the notes for this lecture here:
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Passion Week – Monday – Jesus cleanses the Temple

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Pentru traducere automata, fa click aici – Romanian

  1. On Monday, Jesus cleanses the temple.
  2. On the way back to Jerusalem Jesus curses the fig tree.
  3. When he arrives in Jerusalem, he cleanses the temple (though it’s debated, this is likely the area of the Royal Stoa, described by Josephus in Antiquitites 15.411–415, which ran the length of the southern wall of the Temple Mount).
  4. Jesus then did miracles in the temple and received challenges from the Jewish leaders and astonishment from the crowd.
  5. In the evening Jesus and the twelve return to Bethany.

The following synopsis is from Christian Classics Ethereal Library, written by Mark A. Copeland.

„THE GOSPEL OF JOHN”

The Cleansing Of The Temple (John 2:13-25)

INTRODUCTION

1. It is common to think of Jesus as a gentle, peace-loving man…

a. He certainly presented Himself as such on most occasions – e.g.,
Mt 11:28-30
b. People felt comfortable in bringing their children to Him – e.g.,
Mt 19:13-14

2. Yet on occasion Jesus displayed strong righteous indignation…
a. Such as when He visited Jerusalem during the Passover at the
beginning of His ministry
b. As He drove the moneychangers and merchandisers out of the temple
– Jn 2:13-15

[What prompted this outburst of anger? What gave Jesus the authority to
do this? What lessons might we glean from this event? As we seek to
find the answers let’s first note…]

I. THE REBUKE OF THE LORD

A. MERCHANDISING HIS FATHER’S HOUSE…

1. The Lord’s rebuke reveals the reason for His outburst – cf. Jn 2:16
2. The sellers of oxen and sheep, along with the moneychangers,
had turned the temple into a house of merchandise
3. It was to be a house of prayer, they had turned it into a den
of thieves – cf. Mt 21:13
– The Lord was angered by the manner in which some used religion to make money

B. MIGHT WE BE GUILTY OF A SIMILAR OFFENSE…?
1. What if we attend church simply as a form of „networking”, to
make business contacts?
2. What if we take advantage of our relationship as brethren to
further a multilevel marketing business, a home-based business,
or any other financial enterprise?
– The Lord’s temple today is the church, we must be careful lest we defile it as well (cf. 1Co 3:16-17)

[The Lord has ordained that those who preach the gospel be supported (1 Col 9:14). But He is angered by those who view the Lord’s temple
(people) as a way to get rich. Next, we note that His anger was
prompted by…]

II. THE ZEAL OF THE LORD

A. ZEAL FOR HIS FATHER’S HOUSE…
1. The disciples were reminded of an Old Testament prophecy – Jn 2:17; cf. Ps 69:9
2. Jesus had zeal (fervor) for God’s house, for it’s intended
purpose (a house of prayer)
– His great zeal for His Father’s house moved Him to action

B. HOW IS OUR ZEAL FOR THE LORD’S HOUSE…?
1. Remember, today the Father’s house is the church – cf. 1 Ti 3:15
2. Do we have great zeal for the church?
a. That it fulfill it’s intended purpose (to make known God’s
will)? – cf. Ep 3:10-11
b. That we are troubled when we see people try to turn it into
something else, such as social club, or a purveyor of
entertainment?
– If we have zeal for the Lord’s house, we will not rest silent when others pervert its purpose

[Of course, the action we take may not be the same as what Jesus did.
Indeed, He took up „a whip of cords.” What right did He have to use
such a display of force? That’s what the Jews wanted to know…]

III. THE AUTHORITY OF THE LORD

A. THE SIGN THAT PROVES HIS AUTHORITY…
1. They wanted to know what sign (miracle) He could offer to prove
His right to cleanse the temple – Jn 2:18
2. Jesus offered His ability to rise from the dead as the ultimate
proof – Jn 2:19-22
a. Later, He would restate His claim to have this ability – Jn 10:17-18
b. His resurrection proved that He was the Son of God – cf. Ro 1:4
– He has been given the authority to exercise such judgment as cleansing the temple – cf. Jn 5:22,26-27

B. WE DO NOT HAVE THE SAME AUTHORITY…
1. We are to judge with righteous judgment – Jn 7:24
a. At times we must distinguish between „hogs” and „dogs” – Mt 7:6
b. We can distinguish between good and bad fruit – Mt 7:15-20
2. But our authority to judge is limited – Mt 7:1-5
a. There are things we cannot judge in this life – 1Co 4:3-5
b. There are people we are not to judge – 1Co 5:11-13
c. Vengeance in particular belongs to the Lord – cf. Ro 12: 17-19
– While Jesus is our example (cf. 1Pe 2:21), there are some „steps” that He took that we cannot take

[The reason we cannot emulate the Lord in every case becomes evident as we consider…]

IV. THE POWER OF THE LORD

A. THE POWER THAT JUSTIFIES HIS ACTION…
1. John mentions how many came to believe in Him because of His
signs – Jn 2:23
2. John also makes note of His unwillingness to commit Himself to
others at this time
a. He had no need to, because he knew all – Jn 2:24
b. He had no need to, because he knew what was in man – Jn 2:25
– Jesus is revealed as one who can discern the hearts of men – cf. Mt 9:4; Re 2:23

B. WE DO NOT HAVE THE SAME POWER…
1. We cannot discern the hearts of men like the Lord can; note
these comments:
a. „Our Lord knew all men, their nature, dispositions,
affections, designs, so as we do not know any man, not even
ourselves.”
b. „He knows his crafty enemies, and all their secret projects;
his false friends, and their true characters.”
c. „He knows who are truly his, knows their uprightness, and
knows their weaknesses.”
d. „We know what is done by men; Christ knows what is in them,
he tries the heart.”
– Matthew Henry Commentary
2. Since we cannot read the hearts of men, we must be careful
a. We are unable to always know the motives of others
b. We must approach those in opposition with humility – cf.
2Ti 2:24-26
c. We must approach brethren overtaken in a fault with
gentleness – cf. Ga 6:1

CONCLUSION

1. In contending for the faith (which is a solemn duty, Jude 3)…
a. Some often use the example of Jesus cleansing the temple to
justify their behavior
b. As they lash out in anger (righteous indignation?) towards those
teaching error

2. Is it right to appeal to Jesus’ example in this case…?
a. Can we appeal to every example of Jesus?
b. If so, are we justified to use a whip of cords as well?

3. The immediate context offers reasons to answer carefully…
a. Jesus possessed unlimited authority to judge man, proven by His
resurrection from the dead
b. Jesus possessed divine power to read the hearts of men, we
sometimes cannot even discern our own hearts

4. There are times for righteous indignation…
a. But some things must be left to the Lord, the righteous Judge
b. We must avoid what might actually be „self-righteous” indignation!

While we may not always be able to emulate the Lord’s prerogative to judge, we should certainly strive to copy His zeal for His Father’s house. Is our zeal for His church what it ought to be…?

One Perfect Life (COMPLETE): (1) Jesus of Nazareth (2) Jesus the Messiah (Special Easter Program) Dramatic Reading for Palm Sunday from John MacArthur

This is an outstanding way to share the Passion Week, most especially if you have younger children – It starts out from Jesus’s Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem, and the story is told through the Gospel, as written in the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This narration, with audio effects in the background that take you into that time and place, is also interspersed by short commentary from John MacArthur.

From JohnMacArthurGTY:  Mar 22, 2013 http://www.gty.org/oplradio

Dramatic Readings of Scripture with Commentary by John MacArthur

How can you make your celebration of the Lord’s resurrection meaningful and memorable this year? While that’s a worthy goal, it’s not easily accomplished. The overt secularization of the holiday is a major distraction for many believers. The profound truth at the heart of the holiday ends up being obscured.

To help focus your family’s Easter celebration on the Person and work of Christ, we’re pleased to make this unique program available to you. Based on John MacArthur’s new book One Perfect Life, the program features dramatic Scripture readings accompanied by commentary from John.

Jesus the Messiah

Poarta inspre rasarit prin care Isus a intrat in Ierusalim – The Eastern or Golden Gate through which Jesus walked on Palm Sunday

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Poarta inspre rasarit sau poarta aurita este cea mai veche poarta dintre portile Ierusalimului si se afla dealungul peretelui din est al Muntelui Templului. In Duminica Floriilor, Isus a intrat in Ierusalim pe poarta inspre rasarit. Unii crestini cred ca Poarta inspre rasarit, care ramane sigilata de 12 secole, v-a fi deschisa la intoarcerea lui Hristos.

Ezechiel 44:1-2
M-a dus înapoi la poarta exterioară a Lăcaşului, care dădea înspre răsărit, dar era închisă. 2 Domnul mi-a zis: „Poarta aceasta va rămâne închisă şi nu va mai fi deschisă! Nimeni nu va intra pe ea, căci Domnul, Dumnezeul lui Israel, a intrat pe ea; de aceea va rămâne închisă.

Ezechiel 44:1–3
M-a dus înapoi la poarta exterioară a Lăcaşului, care dădea înspre răsărit, dar era închisă. Domnul mi-a zis: „Poarta aceasta va rămâne închisă şi nu va mai fi deschisă! Nimeni nu va intra pe ea, căci Domnul, Dumnezeul lui Israel, a intrat pe ea; de aceea va rămâne închisă. Numai prinţul va avea voie să stea înăuntrul porţii pentru a mânca pâine înaintea Domnului. El va trebui să intre însă prin porticul porţii şi să iasă tot pe acolo.“

ENGLISH:

The Eastern Gate (or Golden Gate) is the oldest of the city gates and is located along the eastern wall of the Temple Mount. On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into the city through the Eastern Gate. Christians contend the Eastern Gate, which has been sealed for nearly 12 centuries, will reopen upon the return of Christ.

Ezekiel 44:1-2
Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. The LORD said to me, „This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered through it.” (NIV)

The Golden Gate, as it is called in Christian literature, is the oldest of the current gates in Jerusalem’s Old City Walls. According to Jewish tradition, the Shekhinah (שכינה) (Divine Presence) used to appear through this gate, and will appear again when the Messiah comes (Ezekiel 44:1–3) and a new gate replaces the present one; that is why Jews used to pray for mercy at the former gate at this location. Hence the name Sha’ar HaRachamim (שער הרחמים), the Gate of Mercy. It is also said that Jesus passed through this gate on Palm Sunday. In ancient times, the gate was known as the Beautiful Gate.

Remains of a much older gate dating to the times of the Second Jewish Temple were found. The present one was probably built in the 520s AD, as part of Justinian I’s building program in Jerusalem, on top of the ruins of the earlier gate in the wall. An alternate theory holds that it was built in the later part of the 7th century by Byzantine artisans employed by the Umayyad khalifs.

The gate is located in the middle of the eastern side of the Temple Mount. The portal in this position was believed to have been used for ritual purposes in biblical times.  (wikipedia)

Vezi si

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Palm Sunday 2/3 – He (Jesus) set His face to go to Jerusalem!

Pentru traducere automata, fa click aici – Romanian

from Desiring God. You can listen to the audio for this John Piper sermon here.

Luke 9:51-56

Luke describes the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem at the beginning of that last week of his earthly life:

As he was drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, „Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! (Luke 19:37, 38)

Palm Sunday: Today and To Come

There is no doubt what was in the disciples’ minds. This was the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy given centuries earlier:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9, 10)

The long-awaited Messiah had come, the king of Israel, and not just of Israel but of all the earth. Jerusalem would be his capital city. From here he would rule the world in peace and righteousness. What a day this was! How their hearts must have pounded in their chests! And must not their hands have been sweaty like warriors in readiness just before the bugle sounds the battle! How would he do it? Would he whip up the enthusiastic crowds and storm the Roman praetorium—a people’s revolution? Or would he call down fire from heaven to consume the enemies of God? Would any of his followers be lost in the struggle? The tension of the moment must have been tremendous!

The Pharisees had a double reason for wanting this kind of welcome silenced. On the one hand, this Jesus was a threat to their authority, and they envied his popularity (Mark 15:10). On the other hand, they feared a Roman backlash to all this seditious talk of another king (John 11:48). Therefore they say to Jesus, „‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ But he answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out!”‘ (Luke 19:39, 40). No, he will not rebuke them for this. Not now. The hour has come. The authority of the Pharisees is done for. If the Romans come, they come. He will not silence the truth any longer. To be sure the disciples’ understanding of Jesus’ kingship at this point is flawed. But hastening events will correct that soon enough. In essence they are correct. Jesus is the king of Israel, and the kingdom he is inaugurating will bring peace to all the nations and spread from sea to sea. The book of Revelation pictures the final fulfillment of Palm Sunday in the age to come like this:

I looked and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, „Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9, 10)

The entry into Jerusalem with waving palms (John 12:13) was a short-lived preview of the eternal Palm Sunday to come. It needed to be said. If the disciples hadn’t said it, the rocks would have.

I like to think of all our worship in this age as rehearsal for the age to come. One day we, who by God’s grace have been faithful to the Lord, are going to stand with innumerable millions of believers from Bangladesh, Poland, Egypt, Australia, Iceland, Cameroon, Ecuador, Burma, Borneo, Japan, and thousands of tribes and peoples and languages purified by Christ, with palms of praise in our hand. And when we raise them in salute to Christ, he will see an almost endless field of green, shimmering with life and pulsating with praise. And then like the sound of a thousand Russian choruses, we will sing our song of salvation, while the mighty Christ, with heartfelt love, looks out over those whom he bought with his own blood.

Had Jesus taken his throne on that first day of palms, none of us would ever be robed in white or waving palms of praise in the age to come. There had to be the cross, and that is what the disciples had not yet understood. Back in Luke 9, as Jesus prepared to set out for Jerusalem from Galilee, he tried to explain this to his disciples. In verse 22 he said, „The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” And in verse 44 he told them, „Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men.” But verse 45 tells us, „They did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.” Therefore, their understanding of Jesus’ last journey to Jerusalem was flawed. They saw him as a king moving in to take control. And he was. But they could not grasp that the victory Jesus would win in Jerusalem over sin and Satan and death and all the enemies of righteousness and joy—that this victory would be won through his own horrible suffering and death; and that the kingdom which they thought would be established immediately (Luke 19:11) would, in fact, be thousands of years in coming. And their misunderstanding of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem results in a misunderstanding of the meaning of discipleship. This is why this is important for us to see, lest we make the same mistake.

Jesus’ Resolution to Die

In Luke 9:51–56 we learn how not to understand Palm Sunday. Let’s look at it together. „When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” To set his face towards Jerusalem meant something very different for Jesus than it did for the disciples. You can see the visions of greatness that danced in their heads in verse 46: „An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.” Jerusalem and glory were just around the corner. O what it would mean when Jesus took the throne! But Jesus had another vision in his head. One wonders how he carried it all alone and so long. Here’s what Jerusalem meant for Jesus: „I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem”(Luke 13:33). Jerusalem meant one thing for Jesus: certain death. Nor was he under any illusions of a quick and heroic death. He predicted in Luke 18:31f., „Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written of the Son of man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon; they will scourge him and kill him.” When Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem, he set his face to die.

Remember, when you think of Jesus’ resolution to die, that he had a nature like ours. He shrunk back from pain like we do. He would have enjoyed marriage and children and grandchildren and a long life and esteem in the community. He had a mother and brothers and sisters. He had special places in the mountains. To turn his back on all this and set his face towards vicious whipping and beating and spitting and mocking and crucifixion was not easy. It was hard. O how we need to use our imagination to put ourselves back into his place and feel what he felt. I don’t know of any other way for us to begin to know how much he loved us. „Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

If we were to look at Jesus’ death merely as a result of a betrayer’s deceit and the Sanhedrin’s envy and Pilate’s spinelessness and the soldiers’ nails and spear, it might seem very involuntary. And the benefit of salvation that comes to us who believe from this death might be viewed as God’s way of making a virtue out of a necessity. But once you read Luke 9:51 all such thoughts vanish. Jesus was not accidentally entangled in a web of injustice. The saving benefits of his death for sinners were not an afterthought. God planned it all out of infinite love to sinners like us and appointed a time. Jesus, who was the very embodiment of his Father’s love for sinners, saw that the time had come and set his face to fulfill his mission: to die in Jerusalem for our sake. „No one takes my life from me (he said), but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:18).

Jesus’ Journey Is Our Journey

So Jesus sets out for Jerusalem, and it says in the text that „he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him because his face was set toward Jerusalem.” It doesn’t really matter whether this rejection is just because Jesus and his companions are Jews and Samaritans hate Jews, or whether the rejection is a more personal rejection of Jesus as the Messiah on his way to reign in Jerusalem. What matters for the story is simply that Jesus is already being rejected, and then the focus shifts to the disciples’ response, specifically the response of James and John.

James and John ask Jesus, „Lord, do you want us to bid fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” (verse 54). Jesus had already named these brothers „sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17). Here we get a glimpse of why. I take this passage very personally because my father named me after one of these sons of thunder. And I think I probably would have said what John did here: „Jesus, we are on the way to victory. Nothing can stop us now. Let the fire fall! Let the judgment begin! O, how Jerusalem will tremble when they see us coming!” Jesus turns, the text says, and rebuked them (verse 55). And they simply went to another town.

Now what does this mean? It means, first of all, that a mistaken view of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem can lead to a mistaken view of discipleship. If Jesus had come to execute judgment and take up an earthly rule, then it would make sense for the sons of thunder to begin the judgment when the final siege of the Holy City starts. But if Jesus had come not to judge but to save, then a radically different form of discipleship is in order. Here is a question put to every believer by this text: does discipleship mean deploying God’s missiles against the enemy in righteous indignation? Or does discipleship mean following him on the Calvary road which leads to suffering and death? The answer of the whole New Testament is this: the surprise about Jesus the Messiah is that he came to live a life of sacrificial, dying service before he comes a second time to reign in glory. And the surprise about discipleship is that it demands a life of sacrificial, dying service before we can reign with Christ in glory.

What James and John had to learn—what we all must learn—is that Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is our journey, and if he set his face to go there and die, we must set our face to die with him. One might be tempted to reason in just the opposite way: that since Jesus suffered so much and died in our place, therefore, we are free to go straight to the head of the class, as it were, and skip all the exams. He suffered so we could have comfort. He died so we could live. He bore abuse so we could be esteemed. He gave up the treasures of heaven so we could lay up treasures on earth. He brought the kingdom and paid for our entrance and now we live in it with all its earthly privileges. But all this is not biblical reasoning. It goes against the plain teaching in this very context. Luke 9:23, 24 reads: „If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.” When Jesus set his face to walk the Calvary road, he was not merely taking our place; he was setting our pattern. He is substitute and pacesetter. If we seek to secure our life through returning evil for evil or surrounding ourselves with luxury in the face of human need, we will lose our life. We can save our life only if we follow Christ on the Calvary road. Jesus died to save us from the power and punishment of sin, not from the suffering and sacrifices of simplicity for love’s sake.

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org

Voddie Baucham and Scott Kluesendorf: Should Christians be incrementalists re. abortion?

From the G3 Conference:

Altarul Domnului A Fost Reconstruit In Ierusalim – Un Semn Al Vremurilor?

Photo from the Temple Institute

Photo from the Temple Institute

Citeste si – Gog si Magog Identificat. Nu este Rusia!

~~Practica Istorica la Ierusalim (VIDEO) Jertfa Sarbatoarei Pastelui In Asteptare Pentru al Treilea Templu

~~Pastele evreiesc la Zidul Plangerii (VIDEO) Birkat Hakohanim Pesach 2015 (Jewish Passover)

Temple,Israel,Jerusalem Photo credit Ritmeyer Archaeological Design

Locul unde va fi zidit Altarul Photo credit Ritmeyer Archaeological Design

Traducere Blogul Agnus Dei – Charisma Magazine – Altar of the Lord Rebuilt in Jerusalem—A Sign of the Times?

Institutul Templului a reconstruit un altar Domnului in Ierusalim, si scolarii internationali se minuneaza de insemnatatea acestuia.

Ca parte a „Miscarii Templului” din Israel, altarul a fost inaugurat in Decembrie anul trecut, si rapoartele indica ca va putea fi gata de Pastele Evreiesc.

,,Noi stim ca profetia sfarsitului nu se poate implini fara reconstruirea Templului din Ierusalim,” a spus unul din cei mai bine cotati autori de New York Times, Jonathan Cahn. ,,Uraciunea pustiirii profetita in Cartea lui Daniel si in Evanghelii, trebuie sa aiba loc in incinta Templului. La fel si apostolul Pavel vorbeste despre „omul nelegiuirii” sau Anticristul, stand in Templul lui Dumnezeu. Ceea ce multi oameni nu-si dau seama este ca alaturi de Sfanta Sfintelor, altarul Templului este partea cea mai principala si critica din Templu.”

Altarul, 3.5 m latime si 3.5 m inaltime. Photo credit www.breakingisraelnews.com

Telul Institutului Templului ,,este de a reaprinde flacara Templului Sfant in inimile oamenilor prin educatie. Obiectivul nostru pe termen lung este de a face totul cu puterea noastra limitata de a construi Templul Sfant in timpul zilelor noastre,” conform site-ului lor.

Cu toate ca Templul inca nu a fost reconstruit, Institutul preseaza in directia aceasta.

,,Ceea ce este asa de special de a veni aici la Tisha Be’av este ca acesta este locul unde Templurile au fost distruse – doar de cealalta parte a Zidului (Plangerii), a spus Gutman Locks ziarului Ierusalim Post. ,,Si aici este locul unde va fi construit cel de al treilea cand va veni Mesia, si nu va mai fi distrus.

,,Chiar daca este cel mai dureros timp al anului, noi putem sa vedem evreii cum se intorc din nou in tara lor, ceea ce a fost profetit de mii de ani. Noi putem vedea de fapt ca se intampla.”

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Cel de-al treilea templu. Photo ESV Bible

Conform postului Breaking Israel News, ceea ce face altarul asa de unic este faptul ca poate fi asamblat si demontat cu usurinta, permitind sa fie transportat rapid si eficient de la locatia curenta, la Muntele Templului atunci cand va veni timpul.

Momentul reconstruirii altarului coincide cu revelatia lui Cahn cu privire la ciclul Shemitah, si totodata cu predictiile sale despre Orientul Mijlociu cu referinte la tara lui Israel.

,,Dar daca Shemitah este ca sa-si urmeaze cursul, se vor intampla urmatoarele lucruri. Conform paternului, de fiecare data cand se intampla, este razboi in Orientul Mijlociu,” a spus Cahn. ,,Punctul numarul 2: exista un razboi mare atintit pe Israel – Primul Razboi Mondial si Razboiul de Sase Zile din 1967. Numarul 3: razboiul rezulta intr-o restaurare finala al pasului urmator a profetiei despre sfarsit.

Este acesta un semn al vremurilor sfarsitului sau doar o coincidenta interesanta?

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