V RaptureChrist Newsletter
Yesterday, as I was passing by, on the side of an old abandoned warehouse in huge letters about seven feet tall, I saw "John 3:16."
What could motivate a young man to paint this Bible verse?
God sacrificed His son for us, so we might gain eternal life. Jesus/Yeshua's sacrifice will be remembered again this year on the night of April 23, 2005 during the feast of Passover.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
God commands us to observe this feast. In fact, He says:
When the people of Israel left Egypt during the Exodus they fled so quickly that they did not have time to let the bread rise, so they ate unleavened bread for seven days. This unleavened bread symbolized the sinless staff of life which whoever eats of it will gain eternal life, and pointed to the fulfillment of this feast of unleavened bread with Yeshua's sacrifice. See Significance of the Holy Days.
Christ is the bread of life for us. So we celebrate His sacrifice by eating unleavened bread (symbolizing the sinless Christ) and drinking wine (symbolizing the blood He shed for us on the cross) when the feast of Passover comes each year..
While we may speculate as to why the graffiti was painted, the message is eternal. Perhaps it was due to the death of Pope John Paul II which reminds us that death is the common lot of all humanity and that our only hope for salvation is Jesus Christ.
This graffiti helped bring home the message that the sacrifice of Christ is for all people and the location of the graffiti, in a humble industrial district, reminded me that Christ chose common fishermen to send out His message, not the learned scribes and Pharisees of His day.
1 Corinthians 1:27
We often ask ourselves why a just man had to die on behalf of those who are unjust - and such a terrible death as the cross. It was a horrible way to die, but without this payment, we are all condemned to death. But why?
Our parent Adam in the Garden of Eden was told by God:
Adam disobeyed God and ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If Adam and his wife Eve had chosen instead to eat from the Tree of Life, they would have lived and still be alive today. We are all now condemned to death, because the penalty for sin is death.
Yeshua came so that we might have life. He is the bread of life come down from heaven.
Some teach that we do not die but live forever in another place. This is a lie from the Devil.
Eve died and all her children died, but the Devil still continues to preach this lie.
We all die, and the dead are dead, not in some other dimension. They are waiting to be resurrected back to life.
God tells us that all will be resurrected both evil and good.
Let us do good deeds according to His commandments, knowing that our past sins have been blotted out by our Messiah's sacrifice..
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