Sunday, April 11, 2010
Our message today came from John 19.
As an interesting note, of the four women around the cross that were mentioned, only one was not named Mary. They were Mary His mother, his aunt, Mary the wife of Cleopas and Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene was also first to the tomb. To me this speaks of great love and affection. The one that is forgiven much, loves much played out here I think. I will soon be studying her a bit more too.
As I was reading some of the verses around his text, I found something very interesting. Trying to explain the trinity is difficult, because I am not so sure most people have a clue where to begin. The verse I found is in chapter 20. It is verse 17. He says "I am ascending to My Father and your Father and to My God and Your God." Jesus was born as the child of Mary and Joseph. The seed was not Joseph's, but God the Father's. That is why He is called the Father. He was truly man and truly of divine origin. I find it very interesting that He calls the Father His God. I am also going to have to dig a little deeper on this note very soon. In Genesis it says "Let US make man in OUR own image." The Son was there from the beginning. Any thoughts on this whole thing anyone?
The first thing He said when He showed Himself to them after the resurrection was Peace be to you. Then He breathed on them the Holy Spirit. Then He said, "Now that you have received the Holy Spirit (being led and directed by Him) If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven; if you do not forgive the sins of others, they will not be forgiven" Wow! Are there those in our lives that we need to allow God to forgive? I know I sure do.
A lot to chew on for today that is for sure.