The Old Testament is filled with predictions of Jesus’ birth and many details about him.
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.Isaiah 52:13 – 53:3
As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteem him not.
Jesus and Paul both spoke that the prophets were killed for their words and predictions. He also connected that the Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees were
descendants of those murderers.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.Matthew 23:31
Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.Luke 11:47
Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.Romans 11:3
Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:1 Thessalonians 2:15
That atrocity is still taking place
…being condoned and even celebrated to this day.
When the woman was caught in the act of adultery, it’s true that Jesus spoke words that made those that condemned her to drop their stones and walk away.
Did that mean he condoned the act of adultery itself?
Quite the contrary!
His parting words to the adulteress should ring in our ears throughout eternity: “Go and sin NO MORE.” (Emphasis mine.)
He didn’t love her AND the sin she had committed. What He did was give her a second chance. A way out of the death sentence she had brought upon herself. A chance to start over fresh and get it right this time.
We DO serve a God of love, compassion, and of forgiveness.
We don’t deny or forget that.
But we also serve a God of justice, and of authority, and holiness. And THAT is the part we had better remember.
He loves the homosexual… but hates the sin that mars them.
Also, He loves the woman who has victimized herself with abortion… but hates the sin that mars her.
He loves without prejudice, no matter what the sin. But the fact is, if sin weren’t that big a deal, He would not have had to lay aside His deity, walk this earth in the flesh, and take on the entire sin-debt of the world as our once-and-for-all sacrifice on the cross of Calvary!
BUT HE DID IT!
Now we have a righteous sacrifice already made to pay for the sins we repent of and turn from.
So repent! His return is pressing closer each day. Since even the angels in Heaven don’t know when that great and final day will be, we shouldn’t take the chance of assuming we have plenty of time to get right with Him.
Tomorrow may be too late!
Don’t let the gift He left for you with such great love be wasted another day.