Good morning, beloved reader.
“Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night, and steal Him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.” Matthew 27:62-66
This weekend, as we meditate upon what a cost freedom demands, there is a warning for the Body of Christ, embedded within the scriptures. We can see that the religious leaders were so drunk with power that they could not bear to give it up. So, they killed the God/Man Who came to save. There was a fear of even His very legacy. They wanted to control the situation and tried to cause His story to go their way, so that the world might disregard Him having come at all. They set a guard before the tomb, not to keep Him in, but to keep the disciples out.
So the world is today. Slowly, yet surely, in our own beloved country, the ability to speak the Truth is being guarded against. Everything is tolerated but Christ. As the days wane, day by day, those who would be in charge are attempting to stamp out Jesus. In our workplace, in our schools, in the government, in our neighborhoods, and… even in our churches.
Yes, even in the churches.
In many churches, sin is not longer even addressed. To mention sin, they say, is to bring up the temptation and cause stumbling. Not mentioning sin, however, demeans what Christ did on the Cross, waters down that Truth, and therefore, is not truly Christ at all.
But, little did those Pharisees know that there was nothing they could have done to stop the work of God. Jesus would exit that tomb on His own. The disciples believed Him to be dead, and had no intention of removing Him. To complete the plan of redemption and to prove to the world that He is God, He had to rise up from death and walk out of that tomb. No attempt by any man, group, or nation would stop Him then, and neither will any stop Him now.
There is a move of God this very hour that cannot be stopped. So, here is the warning:
Come out from those churches that are not preaching the entirety of the Cross. We must understand sin. It must be discussed to understand why Jesus came. The Cross as the means of redemption from that sin, and the means of sanctification and growth towards God-likeness, and the means of all blessing, and the means of communication directly with God must be presented.
All grace comes from faith in Jesus Christ and what He there did upon that Cross. There is nothing, nothing, that we can do to gain any of those things except believe. If you deny any part of what Jesus did for you by taking upon yourself the glory, then you deny all of what Jesus did for you. To deny Him is to deny the Father, and besides, brings His denial of you before the Father.
Don’t allow the Pharisees of this day control to you, else you might become them. Open the Word, read it for yourself, asking the Holy Spirit to illuminate the message for you. Seek out Jesus Christ, discover Him crucified and ressurected. Ask yourself why must He have died if not for sin? Seek the Face of your God, Jesus and seek the Cross.