A family was riding in their car when a bee flew in the window. The son in the back seat was allergic to bees and could die if he got stung. As the bee buzzed around the car, the little boy became terrified and was in a state of panic. Just then, his father reached out and snatched the bee out of the air. A few seconds later, the father let the bee go and it started flying around the car again. The son panicked again and asked, "Dad, why did you let it go? If it stings me I'll die!" The father said, "You don't need to be afraid any more. The bee only has one stinger and it stung me in the hand." He held up his hand for his son to see. "Now it can't hurt you because its stinger is gone." When Jesus rose from the dead, He removed the sting of death. Referring to the resurrection of Christ, 1 Cor. 15:55 says, "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" Just as a bee loses its stinger when it stings someone, death lost it sting when it stung Jesus. For those who love Him, there is no pain in death. Death for the Christian is like going to sleep and waking up in heaven. To hear the entire message on this topic, go to http://www.churchoflivingwater.net/node/23 and click on "The Death of Death."
Monday, April 18, 2011
I'm sure you've gone to a restaurant and paid for the meal using your credit card. You ate the meal and then left without actually paying for it in cash. Your credit card was a guarantee that the bill would be paid sometime in the future. People who lived in the Old Testament used their animals as credit cards. They sinned against God and needed to pay the debt, so they "charged" their sins on spiritual credit cards through animal sacrifices.
They took their VISA cards (Very Important Sacrifice of Animals) to the Temple in Jerusalem where the transaction took place. The priests (the store clerks) sacrificed the animals on the altar (like scanning your credit card) and the client's sins were charged by faith to the future Messiah's account.
Millions of animals were sacrificed over the centuries, but not one drop of that animal blood could ever wash away sins (See Heb. 10:3-4). So why did God have them sacrifice so many animals? It was an object lesson for them. Without the sacrificial system, they would have never understood why Jesus had to die for their sins.
When Jesus died on the cross, He became the sacrificial Lamb and the sins of the world were poured into His body (John 1:29, 1 Pet. 2:24). When He said, "It is finished," He was declaring that the spiritual debt of sins had been paid. He paid for your salvation, but you must receive Him for the transaction to be completed. To hear the entire message, go to http://www.churchoflivingwater.net/node/23 and click on "What is Finished?"
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Do you know how a worm gets inside an apple? Most people think that it burrows in from the outside, but that's not the case. The fact is, the worm actually comes from the inside. So how is it possible for a worm to be inside an apple without it coming from the outside? Here's how. When the apple blossom is on the tree, an insect comes along and lays an egg in it. As the apple starts growing, the egg hatches inside the heart of the apple. The worm comes out of the egg in the middle of the apple, and then it tunnels its way out. This is a picture of how thoughts get inside our hearts. Satan comes along and lays an egg in our hearts and minds. If we don't immediately reject it, the thought will stay there and grow inside our hearts. Once it's on the inside, it will eventually burrow its way out through our attitudes, words, and actions. Jesus said, "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders" (Matt. 15:19). If you've ever done any of those things, it's because Satan laid an egg and you didn't reject it. As I said in last week's devotional about the Crocodile Hunter, we must guard our hearts. "Guard your heart above all else, for out of it flow the springs of life" (Prov. 4:23). http://www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com