Website Link to Archbishop Beach’s Video Sermon – “Taking Care of Our Interior Life Through Exercising Our Mind: https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/ (Note: This link is to both an introductory One-Minute Video Clip and the complete video Sermon.).
While we were still sinners, Jesus died for us. It is through Jesus’ death and Resurrection that we are able realize God’s Grace of Salvation from our sins and to gain our Eternal Life. Holy Week is all about God’s Grace; Jesus’ death on the cross; Jesus Resurrection; and our Salvation. All sinners need what Jesus did on the cross for us.
A Special Feature from “How Does God Say He Loves You: Part 6 The New Covenant Initiated” from Last Week: With the New Covenant, the Apostle John tells us of God’s love and God’s desire for intimacy with us in 1 John 2:1-2: “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.". We have this New Covenant because God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Our New Covenant with God gives you and I the ability to “know God in a personal way”. This New Covenant was fulfilled in Jesus the Christ, as Jesus tells us in Luke 22:19-20: “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.’”. Jesus was the Sacrificial Lamb of God, and Jesus sacrificed Himself as a substitution for the eternal death that, by God’s justice, we should receive for our sins. However, God’s Grace sent Jesus, as our Sacrificial Lamb, to be our substitute so that God’s Justice was carried out through Jesus on our behalf – God kept His New Covenant.
Today’s Message from Romans 5:8: Paul tells us in Romans 5:6-9: “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God." During this period that we now call Holy Week, Jesus changes His positioning and demeanor from a low profile to a much higher level of visibility. Therefore, Jesus became a man marked for death by both the religious leaders and the political leaders -- Jesus expected to die, for us, when He came into Jerusalem, on the donkey, to fulfill the prophesies.
The Apostle John expresses Jesus’ love and His role on our behalf in John 15:12-14: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you."
We are all sinners; therefore, we are in need of the powerful results of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Again, from Romans 5:8: “that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”. Do you believe this statement by Paul in Romans? If you do believe that “Christ died for us”, then by your faith, God’s Grace, and Christ’s actions during Holy Week, you have Eternal Life.
God desires a personal relationship with each of us, and God has given us His New Covenant upon which to build our relationship with Him. Have you asked Jesus into your life so that your sin is atoned? If not, then there is a blot between you and God. Remember, the God who made a Covenant with Moses is Jesus of our Trinitarian God.
Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM FORGIVEN. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9).
Scripture Reference (ESV): Romans 5:6-9; 1 Peter 1:18; Zacharia 9:9; Matthew 21:9; John 15:12-14; Matthew 26:65. (Click the Bible References, in blue, below to read the full Bible text for these Scripture References.).