The Suffering, Praise, and Posterity of the Messiah
Psalm 22 seems to tell it like it is, even in today’s standards. The trouble we are surrounded by, the lion’s mouth which is awaiting each of us, all seem to be of our own making and design.
How often do we feel as though God has left our presence? How often do we feel separated from our Creator? At almost every tough moment, every adversity, every time where we have failed, or perceived to do so, and it is an uphill battle to get to that even point. We all feel, at times, where each and every thing we do seems to be a battle for dear life! When we look back on it all and reflect, we know it was not so, but at the moment in question…it would seem as though a battle for dear life!
We are promised:
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. ~John 6:37-38 NKJV
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. ~Matthew 18:20 NKJV
…For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Hebrews 13:5 NKJV
He will keep us, He will be among us, and He will never forsake us! God is a great God who loves His children. He does not love what we do, the decisions we make, BUT He loves us! Would you sacrifice you son or daughter for your fellow man? Not likely.
God taught us to trust at our mother’s breast. This was our first lesson in trust. Afterward, our parents may, or may not, have trained us up in the Bible and the ways of God. But God would have led us through a labyrinth which would lead us to Him. And eventually we would trust in He, who Created us. If we chose another path, perhaps longer or possibly eventually choosing not to believe in Him. But those of us who were led to His ways…we would trust Him. To lead us toward His Righteousness and to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
As we grow older, we tend to dwell or reflect on the deeper questions of life. Such as our purpose, the meaning of life, what we should desire. What path should we take in life? etc. Only God can truly connect us to the answers we seek. The Buddhist and Hindu beliefs are of works where we must pay for our past lives until we at some distant point in time use up the karmic solution and have overcome the bad in our lives. The Far East beliefs are of little relativistic value as we determine for ourselves what is morally right. And Other beliefs are a matter of doing good to overcome the evil or perhaps for the deity to be good-willed enough to forgive you. But Christ died for our sins and all we must do is acknowledge him, rely on His word to save us…by understanding the following:
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ~Romans 3:23 NKJV
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us ~Romans 5:8 NKJV
…just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned ~Romans 5:23 NKJV
…confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved ~Romans 10:9 NKJV
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? ~Romans 6:3 NKJV
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Romans 10:17 NKJV
That is what you would call the Romans Road to Salvation.
- Who needs salvation.
- Why we need salvation.
- How salvation is provided.
- We are sinful.
- We need to call on God for our salvation, claiming Jesus as our Lord and Savior!
- We need to be baptized if it is in our power to do so.
- We need to claim, read and study the word of God…the Bible!
In this day and age, God should never be far from any of us, because technology allows the word to be at our fingertips. Also, this is the very reason we should be studying and memorizing the word.
King David pleaded to God:
Be not far from Me,
For trouble is near;
For there is none to help. ~Psalm 22:11
God is always near us, in our very hearts…if we will but study and learn His Word! That is why we should be doing such studies…that God will be so near to us that we can deal with any circumstance which crosses our paths. There was a time when we had to study and memorize the word of God, the whole of it…not just scripture verses. As a people we have fallen far from our Creator, but we can do better, by picking up the gauntlet and striving to do better.
This is God’s will for us, to know and understand Him. What better way can we do so, but through His word?
May God be ever so close to your hearts, my friends!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!