Victory Vitamin Blog – Mark 11:7

“When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.”

-Mark 11:7 NIV

 

When we consider the suffering and death of Jesus, we often look at Him as a poor helpless victim. This Sunday we’ll explore how Jesus’ own actions led to His death. It hinges on the verse printed above. By the simple act of riding a donkey, Jesus was making a murder…His own. (More on that Sunday) It goes without saying, that’s a strange strategy. Arranging one’s own death? It’s one thing to fake a death, but to orchestrate one’s own actual death? For what benefit? The events of Palm Sunday sealed Jesus’ fate. It doesn’t make sense until we consider the mission Jesus was on. God became human in Jesus, and lived His perfect life with the cross in His sights. The cross was His goal. It was His destination and destiny. Not for His benefit, but for ours! Jesus’ love for you caused Him to do the things He did. Love for you caused Jesus to allow His arrest and torture. Love for you made Jesus resist the urge to fight back. Love for you held Jesus to the cross. It’s difficult to grasp, but I’m sure glad He did it. Jesus made a murder so you and I could escape death. Next week, I strongly encourage you to attend services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. It will add meaning and joy to your celebration of Christ’s resurrection next Sunday. Yes, by His actions, Jesus was making a murder. His own. But by rising from the dead, Jesus made resurrection and eternal life for you.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 20, 2016 – Mark 11:7

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Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 20, 2016 – Mark 11:7

Palm Sunday is famous for Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem.  That act, may well have been the one thing that sealed Jesus’ fate.  We can be thankful He took that ride that day.  His death means our forgiveness.  His resurrection means our eternal life! Learn more about Mark 11:7 NIV this Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Philippians 3:13-14

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

 

These words were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by Paul.  Paul had quite the checkered past.  He was a persecutor of Christians, and approved of their imprisonment and execution.  God performed a hostile takeover of Paul’s heart and made him a passionate missionary.  It makes sense that a man like that would want to forget what was behind, and focus on the future.  So, what is there in your past that you can’t seem to forget?  God promises that when we confess our sins, He forgives them.  (1 John 18-9)  He forgives them because Jesus was punished in our place.  God goes so far as to say that He remembers our sins no more.  (Jeremiah 31:34)  It’s one thing to learn from our sins and not repeat them, but even then, we’re looking forward, not back.   We may have hurt people with our past actions.  The best we can do is express our sorrow, seek to right the wrong if possible, but then we move on and focus on the future.  For those with faith in Christ, there is no reason why past sins should trouble us.  God forgives you for Jesus’ sake.  Forgive yourself and focus on  what lies ahead: a life of service to God and others, and an eternity of perfection in heaven.