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Separation Friday?

separation saturdayMost college football fans recognize the term Separation Saturday. This refers to one or two Saturdays during the college football season when several meaningful games are played between top-ranked opponents that will separate the real contenders from the almost contenders.

Often, the outcomes of these games truly separate the teams and provide a glimpse into who will be in contention for the national championship. This year with the new playoff system in place it seems every Saturday is Separation Saturday.

The most recent Separation Saturday occurred last month when there were six matchups of top 20 teams including Oregon – Utah, Alabama – LSU, KSU – TCU, MSU – OSU, Notre Dame – ASU, and Baylor – Oklahoma.  On that day, Separation Saturday provided great clarity as five of the six winners are still in contention for a playoff berth while the six losers and ASU have been eliminated from contention.

More than 2,000 years ago, another type of separation occurred on a Friday. The night before Separation Friday Jesus prayed:

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.  And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” Luke 22:42 – 44

Jesus’ anguish was not primarily about the physical pain he would endure in the next 24 hours.  Yes, what he went through physically was grueling but his “overwhelming sorrow” was primarily about his pending separation from His Father in that instant when all of humankind’s sins were placed upon him:

Matthew 27:46 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus, the man, was expressing His feelings of abandonment as God placed the sins of the world on Him – and because of that had to “turn away” from Jesus. As Jesus was feeling that weight of sin, He was experiencing separation from God for the only time in all of eternity.

Jesus was made a sin-offering, and He died in our place, on our account, that He might bring us near to God.  As recorded in John 19:30 Jesus said, “It is finished.” The Greek word for “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” When Jesus uttered those words, He declared that He wiped away our debts forever. Separation Friday provided the most decisive, important outcome in history – Jesus saved the world.

As we start the Christmas season and we celebrate Jesus in a manger also remember the cross. Remember what Jesus chose to do on the cross for each of us: He chose to carry out his most difficult moment of being separated from His Father for each of us.

1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”

In His Service,

Ed

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in God's Love

 

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Humble Pie?

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I have been writing about how the Bible can be summarized in Matthew 22:36-40 as love God; love people. I covered the love God part in: Love Rules?, Love Hurts?, and Less is More?

So what about the second part – how are we to love people?

Before being crucified, Jesus gave His last commandment to his disciples in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

So if we are to love people as Jesus loved how did He love? What is the model of love? Sure Jesus took care of needs, He provided, He taught, He heeled, but most of all He loved by being humble: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in God's Love

 

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The Devil Made Me Do It? Part 3

From 2011

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Part 1 was about knowing that there is a spiritual war taking place, that the enemy is Satan and his legions of followers, and how they attack.

Part 2 was about the belt of truth – His Word, His love letter to us.  We need to not only read the Bible but meditate on it, “hide it in our hearts,” then call on His words, and rely on God’s supernatural protection to defeat Satan.  We cannot do it on our own, but we need to do our part.

Part 3 continues Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in God's Love

 

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The Devil Made Me Do It? Part 2

From 2011

the_devil_made_me_do_itAs I stated in part 1, most of us remember this line made famous by Flip Wilson’s character Geraldine on the 1970’s TV program “The Flip Wilson Show.”

But is this really true? Does Satan make us sin? It was a funny line on the TV show but a not-so-funny subject.

From part 1 last week we now know that there is a spiritual war taking place, that the enemy is Satan and his legions of followers, and how they attack.

#1 – Lets go back to how Satan attacks, Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in God's Love

 

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Love Hurts?

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I have been writing about how the Bible can be summarized by Matthew 22:36-40: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

These verses can be summarized as: love God; love people. Last week I wrote that because we love God and we are in a relationship with Him we will want to spend time with Him. Love is not about rules but about a relationship (Love Rules?).

How else are we to love God? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2013 in God's Love

 

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Life’s Complicated?

Life is ComplicatedSometimes we make life too complicated. A few examples come to mind:
  1. The IRS tax code – I am not sure it is even possible anymore to file your taxes without help.
  2. The NCAA guidelines – this past year one athlete who was given $1,000 was suspended for 3 games and another who was given $20 was suspended for 10 games.
  3. The Bible – 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses and 783,137 words – with all of that information how are we supposed to know what to do?

The last few weeks I have talked about the 3 prerequisites of being a disciple and the 3 pillars of being a disciple. This week I’m starting a new section: the products of being a disciple.

What do I mean by products of being a disciple? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in God's Love

 

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Who Are You?

K-LOVE (www.klove.com), a syndicated radio station, has issued a 30-day challenge to listen to nothing but Christian music for 30 days. I have accepted their challenge and have been listening to KLOVE at work as much as possible.  They are playing a wonderful new song by Jason Gray titled Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in God's Love

 

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