JESUS NEVER GAVE THEM WHAT THEY WANTED — PART 4

This is the fourth in a series of posts that proposes to answer the following question.

Can you name a single thing Jesus said which was genuinely new, original, or useful?

We had The Presentation Of The Question in part 1. If you wish to understand why we are considering this question and how we intend to answer it, please visit part 1.

With respect to the question above, here we will examine the following.

What Was The Result?

To some extent, the last post in this series, that one that answered the question Why did He do it?, also spoke to the result. However, that post focused on motive; this one will focus on the result.

What was the result? Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf involved two things: redemption from death and the forgiveness of sins. Why do we need redemption from death and the forgiveness of sins. Genesis 3 explains the necessity, the disobedience of Adam that brought God’s wrath upon us and the sentence of death.

Genesis 3:17-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:

“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”

Redemption

The theme of redemption runs throughout the Bible. Some form of the word occurs about a 150 times. Even Job, as he sat scrapping his boil-blistered skin on a smoking garbage heap, yearned for his redeemer.

Job 19:25-27 New King James Version (NKJV)

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
27 Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!

With Jesus’ death upon a cross, we finally have our redeemer.

However, the Bible teaches that God Himself has provided the only means through which His wrath can be appeased and sinful man can be reconciled to Him. In the New Testament, the act of propitiation always refers to the work of God and not the sacrifices or gifts offered by man. The reason for this is that man is totally incapable of satisfying God’s justice except by spending eternity in hell. There is no service, sacrifice or gift that man can offer that will appease the holy wrath of God or satisfy His perfect justice. The only satisfaction, or propitiation, that could be acceptable to God and that could reconcile man to Him, had to be made by God. For this reason God the Son, Jesus Christ, came into the world in human flesh to be the perfect sacrifice for sin and make atonement or “propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17). (from here)

Jesus’ death appeased the wrath of God. Only Jesus’ willing sacrifice could appease the wrath of God. Only Jesus could pay our debt for sin. Only He could reconcile us with God. Because Jesus sacrificed His own life for our sake, in God’s eyes we are now forgiven.

Forgiveness

What does it mean to be forgiven?

Have you ever lived with dread, knowing that you have wronged someone severely and there was nothing you could do to “take it back” or “undo it”?  Do you avoid the person you have wronged, knowing every time you see them you are reminded, and guilt stricken, at what you have done?  Do you ever wish you could start all over and be freed from this burden of guilt and shame? Thanks to a small, eleven letter word we can begin again, freed from the awesome weight of our guilt.

That word is “forgiveness”.  Although a small word, “forgiveness” has a very huge meaning…. “to release, to let go, to send away.”  Forgiveness is saying that we no longer hold the offense against the offender, instead it will be put away; we no longer desire retribution for the offender’s actions, but now seek a restored relationship with them. (from here)

Some form of the word forgive occurs about a 100 times in the Bible. Since we need God to forgive us of our sins, it seems like that word should occur more often. Why doesn’t it? If we want to understand what Jesus accomplished with His death and resurrection, then then we need to read the Book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 10:5-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:

“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”

Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Once and for all. Because of Jesus, we can have forgiveness from God and for all eternity. We never have to ask to be redeemed or forgiven again. We have the forgiveness told of in the The Parable of the Lost Son.

Luke 15:32 New King James Version (NKJV)

32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.

Willing Slave To A New Master

We have a habit of complicating things. Some people have this idea. With Jesus’ sacrifice, we can sin all we want, and there is no price to pay. Wrong! Romans 6 explains the conundrum, but the gist of it is that we have chosen a new master, one who loves us.

Romans 6:20-23 English Standard Version (ESV)

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Back To That Question

Was Jesus trying to do anything new, original, or useful? Imagine you were on a rescue mission. An evil man has kidnapped a child. He intends to confine and abuse that child for as long as he can, and you have the opportunity to stop him. How are you going to react if someone asks whether you are doing something new, original, or useful? Well, I suppose you might consider freeing that child from the clutches of an evil man useful. Nevertheless, I suspect you are also going to wonder why anyone would ask that question.

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The best part of waking up is white guilt in your cup

Citizen Tom:

What distinguishes Conservatives from Liberals? Liberals actually think we can elect somebody competent to run our lives. Therefore, when Barack Hussein Obama confidently made a bunch of promises he could not or should not keep, Liberals come out in droves to vote for him. Of course, many were also inspired by white guilt. So I suppose we should not be surprised that white guilt continues to inspire foolish behaviour.

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NO PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY REPUBLICAN PRIMARY IN JUNE 2015

elephantgop.pngWell, it could be chaos or it could be an improvement. Here is the situation.

Saying he lacks the authority to so, Judge Paul Sheridan declined Friday to issue a legal remedy that would have allowed Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, Sheriff Glendell Hill and two incumbent Republican county supervisors to participate in the statewide June 9 primary.

Sheridan, a retired judge from the Arlington Circuit Court, said his interpretation of Virginia election code does not allow him to place the candidates’ names on the primary ballot or overrule the decisions of state or local electoral boards.

That’s why he said he would deny the “declaratory judgment” sought by the petitioners, who included Stewart, Hill, and Supervisors Marty Nohe (Coles), Maureen Caddigan (Potomac).

The candidates also sought a “writ of mandamus” to order the local and state electoral boards to fulfill their duties under the law. But Sheridan said granting that request was not appropriate because it would simply ask those boards to do consider the case, which has already occurred. (continued here)

So what is the alternative? The Prince William County Republican Committee already had firehouse primaries scheduled for April 25, 2015 (see here). Bill Card, the Chairman, just sent out a notice scheduling firehouse primaries to nominate candidates that were suppose to be chosen via June 9th primary elections. I expect the Prince William County Republican Committee‘s website will be updated shortly (NOTE: The “call” that Bill Card sent out will have to be approved by the full committee at the meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23 at 7:30 at Benton Middle School. Like as not, there will be some controversy.).

Note that Prince William County Republican Committee has a meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23 at 7:30 at Benton Middle School. If you vote Republican and you want to help the citizens of the county, make certain the Republican Party’s nomination process works, please come to the meeting or visit the website and volunteer.

You don’t like firehouse primaries? Then please take note of this.

So the incumbents have been screwed.  Perhaps just as important is the fact that the voters have been screwed. For example, I cannot vote for anyone in the fire house primary.  I don’t pass the Republican purity test.  I voted in a Democratic primary in the past 5 years.   I also voted in a Republican primary, being an Independent.  I also cannot vote because I vote absentee.  You cannot vote absentee in a firehouse primary. (from here)

Political parties are private organizations. They are protected under our right to associate with people WE WANT TO ASSOCIATE WITH! Why would a Republican want someone who is without any doubt a Democrat voting to choose his party’s candidate? Yet if we let the government run our nomination process, that is the sort of nonsense we get.

Take a good look at Congress and the White House. If you think those people want us nominating Conservatives? Perhaps that explains why we have primary elections.

 

 

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WHAT ARE EACH OF US DOING TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD?

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Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless. — President Abraham Lincoln (Annual Message to Congress —
Concluding Remarks, given on December 1, 1862; from here)

Lincoln spoke these words about two and a half months after the Battle of Antietam. The South had tried to take the war to the North, and Union forces had repulsed the invaders. Nevertheless, in a single day, almost 23,000 Americans were suddenly dead, wounded, or missing. When the path ahead promised still more dead, wounded, or missing, Lincoln called for a calm resolve to save the Union. Amazingly, the People listened. If we had been the People Lincoln spoken to, would we have listened?

We imagine the trials of our time to be difficult, and in a way they are. Although most of us have not been called upon to bleed in a bloody war, we struggle against our own apathy, the innumerable temptations we subject ourselves to, the culture of indifference we help to create, the feeling of powerlessness we cultivate as an excuse for inaction, the bafflement that arises from our lack of concern, … we struggle against the weaknesses of our own humanity and our own making.

Many of us do not even see any problems. We refuse to see. We insist our little world will continue as it is just because that is the way we have always known it.

Because we may not want to do so, we may never consider the possibility God made each of us for a purpose. In fact, just so we don’t have to think, to contemplate why we exist, we may deliberately fill each moment of our lives with busyness, with aimless bustle and hustle and with passive entertainment.

Born-again Christians have no excuse for aimless busyness or inertia. We know enough to stop and pray. We know we must take time to be still and know God (Psalm 46:10). We know enough to seek His Will. We know “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.”

Ephesians 2:1-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Our Lord even gave us His own example.

Mark 10:42-45 English Standard Version (ESV)

42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

But too many do not practice our Lord’s example. So we live in a time of unraveling.

Would you like proof? Then consider. Are we eager to serve others, or do we wish to be served? When we vote, do we vote to further our own interests or the interests of our neighbors?

Contemplate our leaders. Don’t we elect people whose values reflect our own? Do our leaders serve us, or do they contrive to make us serve them?

When we vote — before we cast our ballot — each of us needs to ask our self a question. Is the person I am voting for helping me to serve my country, or is he buying my vote?

Are we willing to participate as best we can in public life? Do we take seriously the words of President John F. Kennedy?

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. (from here)

No? Then when our leaders enslave us, what right will we have we to complain?

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CHRIS CRAWFORD CHALLENGES COREY STEWART FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION

Government Spending in the US There are three levels of governments in the US: federal, state, and local. The following table shows current spending for federal, state and local governments, and also total overall spending. Federal spending includes grants and transfers to state and local governments. State and local government spending includes “direct” spending on programs only.

Government Spending in the US
There are three levels of governments in the US: federal, state, and local. The following table shows current spending for federal, state and local governments, and also total overall spending. Federal spending includes grants and transfers to state and local governments. State and local government spending includes “direct” spending on programs only.

Because we are stupid, we don’t pay enough attention to state and local elections. Yet state and local government still has the most day-to-day significance in our lives. When did that thought occur to me? When I had a conversation with Chris Crawford, he pointed out that it is state and local governments that police our communities, run our schools, and build and maintain our roads. Except for a huge tax bill, the average American (We who live around our nation’s capital obviously have a different experience.) doesn’t see nearly as much evidence the Federal Government is doing anything. Yet we vote in relatively large numbers in presidential elections, and turnout in local elections tends to be pathetic.

Even though I am a longtime observer of politics, it occurred to me that Chris had observed something fundamental that I had missed. After spending a little more time with him, I decided Chris is both thoughtful and a hard worker. Therefore, when Chris announced his intention to run as a Republican for Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, I decided to give him my support.

Meanwhile, we have an electoral snafu that has made Republican incumbents, especially Corey Stewart, anxious.

Prince William County’s electoral board decided Wednesday against allowing a Republican primary for candidates for the Board of County Supervisors after the local party committee missed a deadline for requesting it.

The 2-to-1 decision — with the board’s two Democrats siding against the Republican — means that board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), three other Republican supervisors and Sheriff Glenn Hill must seek renomination through unpredictable individual caucuses or party canvasses.

The officials, however, said they are preparing to contest the electoral board’s decision in Prince William County Circuit Court. (continued here)

The electoral board met March 11, 2015.  The minutes are interesting (see here, H/T to http://www.tooconservative.com). The court date has been scheduled.

A hearing to determine whether Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart – and three other local Republican incumbents – can defend their seats in the June 9 primary has been set for this Friday at the county courthouse.

According to Supervisor Marty Nohe, R-Coles, retired Judge Paul Sheridan, formerly of the Arlington County Circuit Court, will hear the case. Nohe is a plaintiff. (continued here)

What happens if there is no Republican primary. Well, there is a viable alternative that will not cost the taxpayers anything. On April 25, 2015 (The official call is here.), Prince William County, City of Manassas, and Manassas Park of the Republican Party of Virginia will hold party canvass. The Republican Committee of Prince William County had intended to request primaries as well as hold the canvass, but if the primary option is not available, then the party canvass can be made to work to nominate all the party’s candidates.

So why the anxiety? There are basically two issues.

  • Running a party canvass takes lots of volunteers. However, it also takes volunteers to man the polls. So that is not an insurmountable problem, but we Republicans each must make a personal commitment to making the party canvass work.
  • Fewer people participate in party canvasses. Generally, only those most interested in politics will show up. That tends to make those candidates who depend upon big donors and campaign advertisements more nervous.

As a result the electoral snafu, many who might not have taken Chris Crawford‘s candidacy seriously gave him a second look. Generally, most have been impressed. Therefore, whether there is a June primary or not, it looks like Corey Stewart has a serious opponent.

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