Gods Good News of free Salvation
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This title covered first page in a norwegian newspaper. And the subject was Passover, Pesach.
To me, the
title became a challenge. I had prayed God to give me the right input for my
sermon in our Passover celebration preaching the same evening. Knowing that our
Lord has promised us that His Holy Spirit would remind us of truth pertaining
to our salvation.
The original Passover, the true origin of our “Christian” way of celebrating it, is described in Exodus chapter 12. Here we find the Father of the household. We will find the lamb without blemish. One lamb would be sufficient for the whole household. We will find ruler of “this world”, the Pharaoh. And also the slaves, our Israeli friends, all of them longing for freedom. And also longing for their true homeland.
Do you see the parallels? Do you see how all of it are foreshadowing the way our Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has arranged all in order to save us and call us into His salvation? (He) who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 2 Tim.1:9.
The price to be paid for our deliverance – was the
blood of the lamb.
Christ, the Messiah, The lamb of God came at the right time into our world, in order to confront and defeat satan and his hosts. And He did. Completed the great task. Cried out: Finished! Completed! Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us]. Heb.9:12:
He is the one asking us to enter His door of
salvation. He has opened His divine heart for us, welcoming us into himself: John
10:9: I am the door: by me if any man
enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The
jambs of this door are covered with His holy blood, 1 Pet.1:19, the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb
without blemish and without spot. Because He himself was Acts 8:32 the one led as a sheep to the slaughter; and
like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth. He was
chosen by His father to do what no man could and would do: To be the atonement
for sin for the whole mankind! To enable man to be saved from the power of
satan and to be Gods true property: For we (you and me!) are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus …..Eph.2:10
I have tried to explain, to show some of Gods wisdom and love, the way He acted in order to justify us, to purchase us unto Himself. You are in fact His property. His Bride. He paid His own life in order to make you His own. This is how God has shown us His greatness. Because satanic forces, the systems of this world – mans hatred and the forces of death could not ruin Gods might and love. Stated in Col 2:14 and 15 we read: Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
rejoice in the statement given us in Mark 15:39: And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so
cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
OK you say, this is about the greatness of God. But what about the criminal story?
Although you know how the powers of this world tried to eliminate and stop Gods salvation from the very beginning (Matt 2:3 and Rev 12:4), the criminal story is also described in Acts 2:22-24:
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man
approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by
him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 23 Him, being delivered by
the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by
wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains
of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
also read Acts 4: 26-28: 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the
rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 27 For of a truth against
thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius
Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered
together, 28 For
to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
But thank God. He is not only our Judge. He is also our defender. Always at the right place, with the right legal section for our and the whole world’s acquittal: My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world. 1John 2:1-2.
How is this possible? Once more: The greatness of God, clearly stated in Romans 3: 23-24: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
having seen the salvation of our Lord, we can tell each other – and urge people
like our brother Moses did in the first Passover: ( Exodus 14:13) Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD.
Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29 and 36.
forward the good news, from Gods heart and from your heart to our fellow men’s
heart, just like brother Paul did:
turning around, you will see Him who always sees you. Yeshua. Gods salvation.
An old map - where East and West and South meet in Israel and Jerushalayim in the middle
Making Aliyah -
In Exodus 15:13 we will find one of history’s first songs and praises:
Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people [which] thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided [them] in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
God has secured the song in order for us to know how to praise Him on our “Aliyah”, the Hebrew word for ascending, going up, on our way through life – towards our heavenly Jerusalem in our eternal homeland above.
The singers were Moses, his sister Miriam and the redeemed Hebrews, the children of Israel. Hundreds of thousands of them.
We have so many things in common with them! And we know for sure that we too have been called out and bought out from this worlds Egypt to be Gods property.
The Lord is our shepherd who gave himself for us – being the true and all-sufficient Lamb of God. This fact, and the effect of knowing same, has clearly been affirmed in 1 Cor.5:7: Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. Through His blood we have been redeemed from this world. And like the Hebrews (meaning: One from beyond, from the other side), we too have been transferred from the other side: From the power of satan, death, sin and darkness, to the realm and protection of God, to freedom, to light and eternal life: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24. Also confirmed in 1 John 3:13 and 14: Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not [his] brother abideth in death.
He, the great and eternal Shepherd is leading us homeward step by step.
His goal is to make us real free: If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36. Free from the sinful way of life that enslaved us. Free to see both men and God face to face, and join Miriam and Moses and all redeemed in their song. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Ps.40:3.
How and why can we rejoice like this, despite all the trouble meeting us on our way homeward?
We trust and give glory to Him who loved us so much that He gave His life for us. Our salvation is “made in Heaven”. The quality of it is perfect and everlasting. For the gifts and calling of God [are] without repentance (irrevocable). Rom.11:29. For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2 Cor.1:20. Through His eternal power – we are making Aliyah from all parts of this world. All of us are “olim” – spiritual immigrants: But we are citizens of heaven, and it is from there that we expect a Deliverer, the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. He will change the bodies we have in this humble state and make them like his glorious body, using the power which enables him to bring everything under his control. Phil.3:20-21 Complete Jewish Bible.
“marching” home, our enemies we will try to hinder us and accuse us. But
God has promised, that in spite of all difficulties in our flesh, from
the world and from satan himself, our great Shepherd will get us safe
home: John 10: 27 -30: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and
they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never
perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. My Father,
which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck
[them] out of my Father's hand.I and [my] Father are one.
Safe, for time and eternity, in the arms and hands of The eternal one!
So we can triumph with God: What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? Rom 8:31.
If you want to look at yourself and Gods people with a birds eye, that is – from above – please read the dramatic chapters in Num 23 and 24, divine blessings and prophecies from the mouth of Bileam:
Behold, I (Bileam) have received [commandment] to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God [is] with him, and the shout of a king [is] among them. God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. Surely [there is] no enchantment against Jacob, neither [is there] any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat [of] the prey, and drink the blood of the slain. Num.23:20-24.
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, [which] saw the vision of the Almighty, falling [into a trance], but having his eyes open: I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.
As far as I see it, these promises are still valid. For the jewish people and nation, and also, in a spiritual way, for the whole redeemed church. It is a irrevocable guarantee for you and for me and all those trusting the complete sufficiency of Gods perfect and sinless Lamb Jesus The Messiah.
We are, in fact, already planted in and on His holy habitation. In Gods own heart and Heaven. In Gods time, through death or rapture, we will literally take the last stage in our Aliyah, being true olim in the heaven above: …. you have come to Mount Tziyon, that is, the city of the living God, heavenly Yerushalayim; to myriads of angels in festive assembly; to a community of the firstborn whose names have been recorded in heaven; to a Judge who is God of everyone; to spirits of righteous people who have been brought to the goal; to the mediator of a new covenant, Yeshua; and to the sprinkled blood that speaks better things than that of Hevel. Hebr 12:22-24 Complete Jewish Bible.
end this greeting to you, my dear reader, with His exhorting and
comforting words from the beginning of same chapter 12, verses 1 to 3:
When God announced His glad tidings about man’s salvation, He did it in the beginning of our history. In the Garden of Eden, shortly after Adam and Eve had sinned and lost their close relationship and confidence in God, He promised them that He should arrange for their salvation. You will find His promise, the proto gospel, in Gen 3: 15: One day – in the unknown future, the seed of Eve should bruise the power of Satan, the serpent.
God cannot lie. The only thing He is able to forget, is our sins. He will never forget or fail to complete his promises. He will always arrange, in some way or another, for their fulfilment. Some times through men, through animals, nature, incidents, angels – or by direct intervention.
In Isaiah 7:14 he reminded us of what he wanted to do in order to complete his salvation-plan: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
The Hebrew word for sign is also the word for signal. Therefore – we should listen carefully to it. A virgin should conceive. There will be no sign in seeing an ordinary girl having become pregnant by man in the ordinary, natural sexual way. But a young girl, a virgin untouched by man, yet pregnant - bearing and bringing forth a male child into this world – should be Gods and Heavens signal for mankind that something new should happen. Something that would astonish both men on earth and powers in heavens. The name and functions of this extraordinary creature to be born – should be Immanuel: God with us! The almighty Creator among us, not as an enemy, but as a fellow man!
The promise given to and through the prophet was announced about 700 years before the event described in Luke 1:26: ….the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth.
Although His chosen nation Israel at that time was occupied and humiliated by oppressors, God was still in control! He had and He has an innumerable army of angels for his disposal. And he sent one of them, the archangel Gabriel – to a chosen lady on earth. To a young, devoted girl named Mary, Miriam in the correct Hebrew language, living in this small city of Nazareth in the Holy land of Israel. Remember: God in control! Despite what man think and what you may feel. He knows all things. He is seeing everything and everybody. Our situation, be it good or bad. Our feelings. Our behaviour. Everything. And he is able to act precisely in the right time.
The exact time for our Lords conception in the womb of Miriam had been
settled from eternity. And now he announced the process to start. Miriam
wondered – how? And God revealed how He himself, through his own Holy
Spirit, the Ruach HaKodesh, should enter and sow His own holy seed into
the body of this virgin – in order for Himself to enter into this world,
both as the blameless Son of Man and the Son of God. The divine and
eternal one to be born and to live among us. And finally to die among us
and for us. Like we read in Heb.2:14: that through death he might
destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
When meeting this young girl, Gabriel (his name means Gods warrior or man of God) is addressing her as highly favoured, a person being blessed by Gods grace. God is greeting you and me the same way today! He loves and respects his own creatures. He knows where we live, our name and all our circumstances. And he will never frighten us, assault us or try to force himself into our heart. He is showing us the noble, divine respect, having no intention to steal, only to conquer our heart by weapons of love.
-Fear not, Mary! he said. Messengers from God should behave the
same way today. Bringing in Heavens shalom to this frightened world.
When reading the Gospel – and also the letters from Gods apostles, we
will find this salute again and again: -Fear not! It is I! The
everlasting, self-existing one!
Yeshua died for you and me. For the Jewish people. For us gentiles. For
the whole world. So far, Gods plan of salvation had succeeded.
Are you confessing Him in your heart and life?
God will also secure that the remaining parts of the promises, spoken through Gabriel to Miriam will be completed: And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end! Luke 1:32-33.
This has also been confirmed in Rev.12:5, describing things “back stage”: And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron …..
When reading about the conflict in the Middle East, we often wonder:
Will there be an end to all the hatred, the sufferings and problems?
Will man be able to solve this enormous problem? Maybe we simply will
ask and use the same words as Miriam: How shall this be? ….
Once more he will enter the scene. Not through Gabriel or angels, but He himself – personal. Yeshua the Messiah. The anointed one. The Prince of peace. The holy one. Son of God. Son of Miriam. Now proclaiming: I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Rev 1:18.
It’s up to you and me to trust Him right now. To believe in Him. To receive Him and rejoice in His victory. And to join His winner-team.
Here and now you are invited to Him and into His fellowship.
Through faith and baptism you can testify for Him, mankind and the whole universe: Yeshua! You are my Saviour and my king! And you will be His jewel, His laurel wreath. Close to and included into His divine heart. And He will be included into your heart. True Heart To Heart fellowship. For time and eternity!
The star in
You have probably heard about the wise men from the east. (Matthew 2:1-12). We use to study them and tell about them at each Christmas.
We don’t know exactly where they lived and how many they were. But we know one thing for sure: They were wise people – in its deepest and divine sense (Proverbs 9:10). Why? Because they had heard or read – and trusted the prophecy of the eternal King to come! We find such an old and trustworthy statement in the Bible, spoken some 1400 years before the birth of Yeshua at Beit-Lechem: I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not so soon – a star will step forth from Ya’akov, a sceptre will arise from Isra’el. Numbers (B’Midbar) 24:17. And the wise persons waited for Him, eagerly looking forward to see Him face to face. They were bold witnesses in proclaiming Him. And they desired to bring Him presents, something they thought He would appreciate.
When I was among you in India, I saw a lot of such wise people. I saw it in their eyes. They were children, women and men. Gathered in prayer-sheds, churches, orphanages, homes, streets and villages. They all had the same experience as those first wise people from the east: They had seen His star! I could see the reflection of that star in their eyes, the divine and heavenly light shining forth from their heart. And I will never forget it! Whenever I tell about the wise men from the east here in Norway where I live, I use to tell about my Indian friends. I rejoice in the fact that God of the universe revealed His plan of Salvation to them. The people in the east. And that He provided this fact to be written for all mankind in His Holy Scripture.
They had a wonderful experience, those wise people! And they brought with them, all the way from east, that brave and mighty testimony of the newborn King. They had no doubt in their heart: They had seen the star themselves! God had revealed His operation for them. Just as we know it from 2Cor 4:6: For it is the God who once said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has made his light shine in our hearts, the light of the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua.
Each person having received and trusted Gods perfect salvation given us in Yeshua, have experienced the quoted verse. And the same divine “aha”-revelation as those wise people from the east! God has no favorites among us. There is no system of caste in the people called and ordained by Him. All of us are being saved, treated, educated and preserved by Him, our Savior, Lord and King. For God is one; and there is but one Mediator between God and humanity, Yeshua the Messiah, himself human. 1Tim 2:5.
Please notice the effect the heavenly light, that bright star, had in and on those wise men. They got into motion. They set their course toward the region, country, people and town elected by God to be His channel for the revelation of His salvation: The seed of Abraham, the land and people of Israel. Exactly like Yeshua himself confirmed: Salvation comes from the Jews. John 4:6.
When seeing and receiving Yeshua in our heart, He is able to work inside of us, working through us. Please read, trust and mediate upon Titus 2:11-13, assuring that God’s grace, which brings deliverance, has appeared to all people. It teaches us to renounce godlessness and worldly pleasures, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives now, in this age.
Having received God’s Salvation, He will further reveal Himself in you, just like He did to the wise. He did not limit His revelation to that star alone. Gradually, they came closer and closer to the Holy One. They were taught more specifically about His birthplace and were directed to it. They saw him, face to face. Standing and kneeling before him, they could have quoted the prophecy given more than 700 years earlier: For a child is born to us, a son is given to us, dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name of Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace…Yesh’yahu 9:6.
About 30 years later, this person, born in Beit-Lechem, the town of bread where Rut met her Savior, the place where David grew up, invited and challenged us when he announced that I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life. John (Yochanan) 8:12. Having Yeshua in your heart, He has enabled you to walk through life in the life-giving and clarifying light from heaven. He has branded you with His illuminating Holy Spirit, thus cleaning your heart and enabled you to be a lighthouse, a torch, in this dark world. Just like He demonstrated on the festival of Shavu’ot, described in Acts 2:3: They saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and came to rest on each one of them.
Dear reader, I urge you to pray God to enter your heart and your life.
He is able and willing to do the same to you today what he did to his friends from the east. And for his jewish friends later, just before leaving them: He opened their minds, so that they could understand the scriptures (Tanakh). Luke 24:45. Exactly the same thing He did to the God-fearing purple-dealer Lydia: The Lord opened up her heart… Acts 16:14.
Having entered your heart, I can assure you that He will safeguard you all the way through life and into Heaven. Being a Wonder of a Counselor, he will instruct you and teach you in this way that you are to go; he will give you counsel; his eyes will be watching your spirit, soul, body and life. Psalms (Tehillim) 32:8.
You will be a wise person in the east. Experiencing the same as the first wise men did. Your path through life will be like theirs. Like the light of dawn, shining ever brighter until full daylight. Proverbs (Mishlei) 4:17. Honoring God of the universe who came into this world in order to conquer satan, save men – and establish His eternal kingdom. You will see Him, Yeshua - who indeed was made for a little while lower than the angels—now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he might taste death for all humanity. Heb 2:9.
He is the only, true God. KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.Rev
Heart To Heart-friends,
Being a former
editor and journalist, I some times had to write an
obituary notice, describing a person who had passed away.
I am the way....John 14,6
This is The Gospel! Jesus
is God a new and living way consecrated for us who trust
him. Heb.10:20. Through Him, God is offering free access
for the whole mankind to His eternal abode. He has paid
the “ticket” Himself for us by shedding His
precious blood at Calvary. And when opening this new and
living way there, He demonstrated it by having the
repentant thief and murderer entering right into Paradise
with him. Luke 23,39-43. If you trust Jesus, you
belong to “this way”
(Acts 9:2). Your final destination is Heaven. This is
where this new way is ending.
The door to Heaven
Then he noticed the big
Let them see Jesus -
Luke 19, 1-10
was a rich man, living in a well-known and strategically
important town in Israel. His occupation was that of a
chief tax collector. Despite his wealth, he was not a
happy man. There was something missing in his life and
heart. Something he could not explain.