Monthly Archives: March 2016

Easter Week ends at the Cross!

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In the Old Testament for thousands of years God had been telling humanity I’m going to send a Savior. I’m going to send a Messiah. I’m going to send the anointed one. I’m going to send the Savior of the world.
 
And in those thousands of years they’re all in the Old Testament, there are over three hundred and eighty predictions about what the Messiah would be and what he would do, where he would be born, and all these different things. Three hundred and eighty predictions. This was so people would know this is the guy. Because there were lots of people who claimed to be the Son of God but how could you really know it really was Him? There were three hundred eighty prophecies and you had to fulfill every one of them.
 
For instance you know that the Bible says He would be born in Bethlehem. Kind of hard to pick your birth place. He had no control over that.
 
They said He would be taken to Egypt as a young baby. And He was.
 
They said He would be raised in Nazareth. The prophecy said He’ll do miracles. He’ll raise the dead. There were prophecies in the Old Testament that say that He’ll be betrayed by a friend. He’ll be falsely accused but He’ll be innocent. Then there’s a prophecy that says He’ll be hung on a cross.
 
Here’s the problem. That prediction in the Bible was a thousand years before the Romans invented crucifixion. Nobody had even heard of it. What’s a cross? So for hundreds of years nobody would even know what that meant. But it was predicted. He will die on a cross.

Holy! Holy! Holy! Is the Lord God Almighty!

In Greek mythology and in Roman mythology they had all these gods – Zeus and Jupiter and Apollo and Mars and Venus.  All the Roman gods.  The pantheon Greek gods and Roman gods.  The one thing about those gods is they all had human frailties.  Every one of them.  They got angry.  They lusted.  They were impetuous.  Sometimes the Greek gods and the Roman gods got impatient.  They zapped people with lightning bolts.  Or they got jealous of each other.  They were fickle.  They were moody.  They were unreliable.  All of the fake gods, the phony gods, the false gods, the mythical gods of history are inconsistent, unreliable and imperfect.  They had human frailties.

But the real God, the real God, the God who created the universe is one hundred percent pure.  Is one hundred percent just.  Is one hundred percent unpolluted.  The real God is one hundred percent perfect.  That’s called holy.

God is holy.  He’s perfect.  He’s never done anything wrong.  He’s never done anything imperfect.  He’s never done anything impure.  He’s never done anything polluted.  God is holy.  He is perfect.

An imperfect God is no god at all.  An imperfect God is just another human being.  And certainly not worthy of worship.

Because God is one hundred percent perfect and one hundred percent pure and one hundred percent righteous and one hundred percent holy, he cannot stand to be around imperfection, unholiness, evil, and sin.  He can’t stand to be around it.

That means we’ve got a real problem, right?  Because I’m not perfect and neither are you.  The Bible says plenty about God’s perfection.  One verse…

Habakkuk 1:13 “Your eyes [talking about God] are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong.”

That’s why, by the way, there’s no sin in heaven.  There’s no evil in heaven.  There’s no sin in heaven.  There’s no badness in heaven.  Why?  Because God is holy and he couldn’t allow it in his place.  He can’t allow it to exist in a place of perfection.  To allow imperfection to exist.