THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST:

 

THE GOSPEL IS GOD'S POWER

 

There are two standards by which God's power is measured in the Bible. In the Old Testament it was according to that power by which God brought Israel out of Egypt. In the New Testament the unit of measurement is the resurrection of Jesus [Eph. 1:20]..

 

The Greek word for "power" is dunamis, from which two words come! [1] dynamite----destructive power, [2] dynamo---constructive power. The gospel of Christ is both. Calvary was the mighty display of the infinite power of a sovereign God. The human race was divided into two categories: those of life unto life and those death unto death The practical lesson here is that the believer is a "Savor" of God's infinite power and unspeakable love for His people wherever he goes. As a believer proclaims this Truth, he divides men. This is not a method of evangelism, but a proclamation of the triumph of Christ at Calvary [we don't need to be watering the gospel down].

The life of Jesus Christ did not take away the penalty of our sins. His death did.

 

 

 

WHAT EVIL HATH HE DONE?

Pilate then scourged Jesus in hope that a bloody beating would appease them. It was this beating that left Jesus extremely weak and eventually caused His early death on the cross [some survived on crosses for several days]. The scourging was a whipping with a leather whip with sharp pieces of bone and metal embedded in its thongs. Matthew 27:11-31; John 19:1-6

Isaiah 53:2

Isaiah describes Jesus as having an appearance that is withered and without attractiveness, without beauty, plain and homely. He was so plain that no one would desire Him based upon His appearance.

Artwork that depicts Jesus, will provide an image of a man who is very handsome. However, though Jesus appearance would have been plain and unremarkable, Jesus heart held a love that is beyond our comprehension.

Isaiah 52:14

Everyone was afraid of how He looked. He did not even look human. Nobody would recognize Him as a man.

1000 years before Jesus died on the cross, David wrote Psalm 22.

v.6, But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

v.16, For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet.

v.17, I may tell all my bones; they look and stare upon Me.

v.18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

          





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