Maranatha Devotionals

Psalm 32:1 [A Psalm of David, Maschil.] Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

The Jews have celebrated Passover since the time of Moses by painting the blood of a spotless lamb around their doorposts. This precious blood symbolized the Blood of their future Messiah, Yeshua. In faith, the Jews believed that the blood would protect them from death. What a beautiful depiction of our Saviour, Yeshua, Jesus the Christ. Oh that these dear Jews would have the veil removed from their eyes and they would be able to see their Messiah has already come and He awaits His return to reign!

What compassion our Heavenly Father has to bestow salvation upon all mankind and not just the Jews! Praise Jehovah-jireh. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Joh 3:16) When our spotless Lamb, Jesus, came to earth, His perfect sinless blood was shed to cover all those who repent and believe in Him. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (Joh 1:29) He became our Passover Lamb and His blood covers those who trust in Him as their Saviour and Messiah.

What a beautiful picture of our precious Saviour! The blood of spotless lambs was shed and was used to paint over the doorposts so the Jews would be “passed over” by death. The Blood of Jesus Christ was shed and was symbolically painted over born again believers so we are covered and sin is not imputed upon us. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. (Psa 32:2)

The blood of lambs could never take away sin but merely covered sin until Christ finished the work of forgiveness on the cross by shedding His sinless blood for us all. All Jews and Gentiles who believe in Yeshua, Jesus Christ, will be able to sing as stated in Rev. 15:3, And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

I pray that the Jews will know how much Christians love them and desire to share with them, together, in this great song of Moses and of the Lamb.

Dear God…
From the beginning You have laid
A great foundation, the Christ
May our eyes be opened to Your Word
From blindness to precious Light

Maranatha Devotionals

Psalm 32:1 [A Psalm of David, Maschil.] Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

The Jews have celebrated Passover since the time of Moses by painting the blood of a spotless lamb around their doorposts. This precious blood symbolized the blood of their future Messiah, Yeshua. In faith, the Jews believed that the blood would protect them from death. What a beautiful depiction of our Saviour, Yeshua, Jesus the Christ. Oh that these dear Jews would have the veil removed from their eyes and they would be able to see their Messiah has already come and He awaits His return to reign!

What compassion our Heavenly Father has to bestow salvation upon all mankind and not just the Jews! Praise Jehovah-jireh (our Provider). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Joh 3:16) When our spotless Lamb, Jesus, came to earth, His perfect sinless blood was shed to cover all those who repent and believe in Him. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (Joh 1:29) He became our Passover Lamb and His blood covers those who trust in Him as their Saviour and Messiah.

What a beautiful picture of our precious Saviour! The blood of spotless lambs was shed and was used to paint over the doorposts so the Jews would be “passed over” by death. The blood of Jesus Christ was shed and was symbolically painted over born again believers so we are covered and sin is not imputed upon us. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. (Psa 32:2)

The blood of lambs could never take away sin but merely covered sin until Christ finished the work of forgiveness on the cross by shedding His sinless blood for us all. All Jews and Gentiles who believe in Yeshua, Jesus Christ, will be able to sing as stated in Rev. 15:3, And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

As we approach the season where Christians celebrate the birth of Yeshua, I pray that the Jews will know how much Christians love them and desire to share with them, together, in this great song of Moses and of the Lamb.

When I See the Blood
John G. Foote

Christ our Redeemer died on the cross,
Died for the sinner, paid all his due;
All who receive Him need never fear,
Yes, He will pass, will pass over you.

Refrain:
When I see the blood, when I see the blood,
When I see the blood, I will pass, I will pass over you.

Maranatha Devotionals, Catholicism, Scriptures, Devotionals

~Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

When something is considered perfect and that perfection is to last forever, why is there a need to find something else that will top it?  There is no need because that which is perfect cannot be perfected any further!  Is that not correct?  Then why must some religions have an offering of daily sacrifices? Let’s look to the Scriptures because the Bible has all the answers to every question! Is it any wonder that religions who depend on their own works for salvation try to turn you away from reading the Scriptures? They want you to depend on the leaders of the church to “interpret” what God’s Word says so that they can have an upper hand over your spirituality.  But the Bible totally explains what man must do to be saved.  God does not leave our eternal life in the hands of another human being, my friend.

Today’s text clearly talks about the sanctified people. These are the set apart (definition of the word sanctified) born-again, saved children of God who accepted the Blood of Jesus Christ as their one and only sacrifice and the ONLY way to Heaven. The Apostle Paul made it clear that Jesus’ blood was offered one time and that one time was perfect! How long does perfect last? According to our text, forever. Furthermore, Paul explains that despite the priest’s attempt to offer a daily sacrifice, it would never take away sins as Jesus’ sacrifice did.

~Hebrews 10:11-12 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

So tell me then, how can someone lose their salvation? If a person truly believes on the Lord Jesus and is saved according to the following verse, how then can they lose when a perfect sacrifice (which lasts forever) was offered – how can that be negated?

~Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

When one is truly born-again, his life changes.  Paul preached “our life will change” to the most carnal church in history, the Corinthian church.  If any church represents today’s church age, it is that one.  People claimed salvation but they continued in their sin.

~2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Therefore, he does not continue to steal if he was a thief. He does not continue to live in adultery if he was an adulterer. Look at the woman at the well! (~John 4:5-26) Jesus confronted her about her sin and offered her the living water of salvation. He told her to go and sin no more. One cannot do this unless one is truly born again!

After we are born again, we no longer need sacrifices because, again, Christ’s sacrifice was perfect and forever!

~Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Christ’s blood is sufficient. Nothing else needs to be added to His sacrifice to make it any more perfect. His sacrifice is everlasting! Nothing else is sufficient. Only God can provide a sufficient gift (Jesus Christ) which will be perfect and forever!

~2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Maranatha Devotionals

As we read our Bibles, we see that the Old Testament points forward to the Messiah and the New Testament reveals who the Messiah is. Why is Passover given to us as a name for Jesus?

~1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Although the chapter and verse numbers were not in the original text, I find it interesting that this particular verse is found in Chapter 5, verse 7. Five symbolizes grace in the Bible and the number seven symbolizes perfection. God’s perfect grace was given to us through the Passover, Jesus Christ! Things like this always excite my spirit!

So what is Passover? You can read about how the Passover began in Exodus 12:1-14. It is such a beautiful account of salvation. The Jews were given this blessed event to point to the coming of their Messiah. The Bible says:

~Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

God shed the blood of an innocent animal (~Genesis 3:21) to cover Adam and Eve after they had sinned. Notice that Adam and Eve knew they had sinned and tried to make their own coverings. What a wonderful depiction of man trying to come to God in his own way – through the works of his own hands. However, their coverings were not sufficient. God had to make the covering that was acceptable to Him. This was the first mention of the shedding of blood for a covering. We see another type of “offering” in ~Genesis 4 when Abel brought a lamb for a sacrifice and Cain tried to bring the fruit of his garden, the work of his own hands – thus his own efforts at salvation.

The Passover is a depiction of this future covering of sin. A spotless lamb had to be killed and its blood had to be painted on the three sides of the doorpost so the Angel of Death would pass over the house and not inflict death to th first born. What a beautiful depiction of Christ’s blood, a complete sacrifice from the God to mankind. The blood of a spotless lamb (Jesus’ sinless life) was painted on the three sides of the doorpost (three symbolizing the Godhead/Trinity).

When we accept Jesus Christ’s shed blood as payment for sins, repent and are born again, God sees Christ’s blood over us and we do not get what we deserve, which is eternal death in Hell. Does this not bless you? Our Passover, Jesus Christ, has removed all condemnation and replaced it with eternal life in Heaven!

~John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

~John 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

Whatever God does is perfect. He provided the perfect Lamb because the Jews’ passover lamb was just a foreshadow of what was to come. Their lamb could not take away their sins. Our Perfect Passover Lamb can take away our sins! Praise the Lord! It is not a church that takes away sin. It is not a priest that takes away sin. Only the Perfect Lamb of God has the authority to take away sins because HE paid the price with His own blood. It is God’s responsibility, not sinful man. How can one sinner have the right to forgive another sinner’s sin? Sin is sin in God’s eyes (see James 2:10) – all sin is bad according to God and deserves Hell and judgment.

~Joshua 24:18-20 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

~Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

~Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

Only God can forgive sins because He is the One who provided the sacrifice of shed blood, the covering and the forgiveness fulfilled through Jesus Christ, our Passover! Won’t you accept Jesus Christ as your only Passover? Salvation and forgiveness of sins can only be obtained through Christ. Five times (symbolic in the Bible for God’s grace) the phrase, “forgiveness of sins” is found in Scriptures:

~Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

~Acts 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

~Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

~Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

~Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

False religion will corrupt this beautiful message of the Passover. Rather than a remembrance, they sacrifice Christ anew daily and go against the Scriptures where we are told that Christ had to die only once for all sin. His death was sufficient – it was complete – once for all! Yes, we can remember His death as a memorial whenver we receive communion. But we cannot sacrifice Christ anew as the catholic church does.

~Hebrews 10:10-14 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

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