Friday, February 24, 2017

Hurt Not - Rocks Split (LG11)

Mat 27:50-51 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.

During any earthquake, rocks and stones do not split open. This is a unique occurrence caused by God.

John 8:37-38,44 "I know that you are Abraham's descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.....You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."

So after the Jews had killed our Lord Jesus, they are no longer the children of God but children of the devil just like the heathens.

Luke 3:7-8 Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones."

Having killed Jesus, the Jews are not worthy descendants of Abraham and have any inheritance in the promised land. So they were scattered to the four corners of the earth

Gal 3:29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Luke 19:40 But He answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out."

The crucifixion of our Lord Jesus was the greatest love of God for His creation. His followers were sorrowful. All mankind remained silent, so God split the rocks (stones) to praise Him. We thank God that all those who praise the love of God dying on the cross will become children of God.

After the veil in the temple was torn God had departed from the temple. When the devout Jews from other land came to Jerusalem to keep the feast of Pentecost, they were converted to Christianity by the power of His Holy Spirit and His amazing wisdom. On that day alone 3000 Jews believed Jesus and were baptized. Paul too was converted during this time. The persecution by the Jewish priesthood scattered the Christians to evangelize the whole world.

After the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple by the Romans in 70 AD, the Jews (all had rejected Jesus) were either killed or taken as slaves. Many escaped to neighbouring countries.

God uprooted the Jews from Jerusalem and Israel, scattering them to all corners of the earth. Many of them found the Lord Jesus in 'Diaspora' and they assimilated themselves into these new countries as their citizens. (late British PM Benjamin Disraeli, an Anglican).

Before the destruction of the temple of God, Paul and the other Apostles frequently returned to Jerusalem for the various feasts so that they could evangelize those devout Jews from foreign land, who would accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah (Act 2)

Brethren, our salvation is in Jesus Christ alone, the Son of the living God.

Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them."