ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES

“CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES”.

 I Cor. 15:3 (NKJV)

  SCROLL OF ISAIAH'S SCRIPTURES 

      Each year as we approach the season we call Easter, which is actually Passover, I always think back to the days of both brush arbor & tent camp meetings when the teachings of the Bible were so aggressively taught, while at the same time preachers thumped their Bibles, declaring “the Scriptures say so!” 

      As we read the above Scripture reference, we must remember that the Apostle Paul is not speaking of the completed Scriptures, as we have them today, but only of the Old Testament prophecies. 

      As an example, Isaiah had written hundreds of years before Christ’s crucifixion: 

                      “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him

                       Stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions,

                       He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

                       And by His stripes we are healed”. Isaiah 53:4,5. (NKJV). 

      Again and again in the story of our Savior’s passion we read the same recurring phrase: that it might be fulfilled! The great drama of the ages playing out on the plains and hills of the Holy Land, culminating on Gethsemane and Golgotha was but the fulfillment of a pattern which had been decreed by the Holy Trinity in ages past; and was kicked into motion in the Garden of Eden, when God speaking to the serpent (Satan) said, “He shall bruise your head”. Genesis 3:15 (NKJV). 

      On that first Easter (actually Passover in the Greek text) after the resurrection we hear the risen Savior speaking to the disciples on the road to Emmaus and showing them how ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES it was necessary for Him to suffer and die for the sins of the world. Luke 24:25–27. (NKJV). 

      Such a comforting thought! Our Savior’s death was not a tragic accident. His death on the cross was not an unfortunate end to an unfortunate life. Rather, it was the glorious culmination of the Father’s plan to ransom and redeem His wayward children. God from eternity past had planned and willed it that way. The annual feast of the Passover, with the first day of the feast being a High Day or Sabbath, was celebrated for centuries in anticipation of that final sacrifice. All this is what Paul means when he says, “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” That is why we can sing: 

                                                 “How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,

                                                  Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word;

                                                  What more can He say than to you He has said

                                                  Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled.” 


Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 

 

             THIS DEVOTIONAL IS #3 OF 5 IN A NEW SERIES BY DON BROWN.... 

             1. THE TELLING LOOK
             2. GAMBLING AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS
             3. ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES
             4. THE SON OF MAN ASCENDS TO THE ANCIENT OF DAYS                                                                                 
         5. THIS IS THE DAY!       

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