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Jesus - The Bridge BuilderJesus - The Bridge Builder
The Latin word for “priest” is “bridge builder.” Jesus is our high priest, and in John chapter 14 He said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” He calls Himself the “Way” in the same chapter. Many times, as you walk along the way, you will encounter bridges. Bridges go over obstacles that keep you from getting where you need to go. Jesus is our bridge! He is the bridge to heaven! And he is building, or preparing a place for us. I think this will be a very beautiful place, and that it will have charming and wonderful bridges.
Jesus took everything out of the way to heaven. He paid for our sins on the cross, and there is nothing in the way to the presence of God!
“We have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens…” Hebrews 8:1
“…Since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…” Hebrews 10:19-22a
The “veil,” or curtain, was what kept people out of the holy place (the presence of God) in the Old Testament. When Jesus died on the cross it says “The veil (curtain) was torn from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51).
This signified a new era, when people could now enter the presence of God and not be afraid! They could have confidence that God would hear their prayers!
We can draw near to the presence of God now, in anticipation of the future when He takes us all home.
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." - JOHN 14:6
Most of what we know about the life of Jesus Christ, after whom Christianity is named, is contained in the four Gospels of the New Testament, namely the books of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.
According to Biblical accounts, an angel appeared to Mary, a virgin, and told her that she would give birth to a child who would be the Son of God. Before the birth Mary and her husband Joseph, a poor carpenter from Nazareth in the northern province of Galilee, were required to go to Bethlehem to be taxed by the Roman governor. Because there was no room for them in any inn they had to lodge in a stable. But Jesus was descended from David, the great king of Israel, conqueror of Goliath as recounted in the Old Testament.
The New Testament says that Jesus's birth was heralded by signs and wonders. Guided by the words of an angel, shepherds came to the cave and knelt in reverence before the holy child lying in swaddling clothes in a manger. Soon afterward wise men, or the Magi, as they were called, journeyed from the East, saying, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him." The chief priests of Herod, king of Jerusalem, said the child would be found in Bethlehem. The Magi continued their journey, following the star called the Star of Bethlehem. The star moved ahead of them till it stopped above the place where the child lay. Herod fearing his throne would be endangered by the child if he was allowed to grow to manhood. ordered all children 2 years old or younger to be slain. But Joseph, having been warned by an angel in a dream, fled with Mary and the baby Jesus to Egypt, where they lived in safety for some time until Herod's death. Then they returned to Nazareth.
The Bible tells us little about Jesus's childhood, only that when he was 12 years old, Jesus went with his parents to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. His parents had already traveled a good way when they suddenly noticed that young Jesus was not with them. Anxiously returning to the Temple, they found him in the midst of the temple priests, who were astonished by his wisdom.
When he was approaching 30 years of age, a prophet appeared, announcing the approach of the long awaited Messiah. His name was John the Baptist because he baptized his followers in the Jordan River. Jesus came to be baptised, and John recognized in him the Messiah whose coming he had foretold. The word "Christ" had previously been a religious title meaning "Messiah," but it soon came to be used as a name for Jesus. In order to prepare himself for his ministry, Jesus went into the wilderness. For 40 days and 40 nights he fasted and prayed, struggling with temptation.
After he returned from his fasting he gathered about him a group of disciples who recognized him as the Messiah. From them were chosen 12 apostles to spread his message. Jesus asked them to give up all ties to family and work, in order to become "fishers of men." During this time many miracles were performed by Jesus. In addition to his amazing healing powers, he walked on water, turned water into wine at a wedding feast at Cana and fed a crowd of 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes. He also walked on water.
When Jesus travelled from town to town he and his disciples sought out the lowly, the poor, and the persecuted. His ministry was strongly opposed by the Pharisees who were a Jewish society of scholars and priests because of his interest in the poor and his criticism of hypocrisy within the Jewish community. Jesus saw that many of the Pharisees followed only the letter of the commandments and forgot the spirit. For this he denounced them; while they in turn looked upon him as a revolutionary, accused him of breaking the Sabbath because he healed the sick on the day of rest, and regarded him as a blasphemer because of his claim to be the Son of God.
After a brief ministry in Galilee, Jesus went with his disciples to Jerusalem for Passover. In Jerusalem he taught in the Temple, he overturned the money tables and drove out the money changers, which angered the priests. On Passover Eve, he ate his last supper with his 12 disciples and retired for prayer to the Garden of Gethsemane. There he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 disciples.
Jesus was arrested by Roman soldiers and brought before the Jewish council of priests and elders. known as the Sanhedrin. They condemned him as a blasphemer deserving death. They had no authority to pass the death sentence, so they delivered him to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate, after washing his hands to show that he was innocent of the blood of the prisoner, yielded to popular demand and gave Jesus up to be crucified instead of murderer Barabus.
Mocking him the Roman soldiers tormented Jesus by placing a crown of thorns on his head and making him wear a purple robe because of his claim to be King of the Jews, Jesus was led to Golgotha, the place of execution. Right before he died Jesus called out to God asking the Lord to forgive those who were crucifying him. After crucifixion Jesus' body was taken from the cross and placed in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Three days later, when some women came with spices to embalm the body, they found the tomb empty. An angel who kept watch told them that Jesus had risen from the dead. He spent 40 days on Earth after his resurrection meeting again with the apostles before being taken up to heaven.
Scriptures: Teachings of Jesus of Nazareth
MATTHEW 6:1 "Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."
MATTHEW 6:14-15 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses neither will your father forgive your trespasses."
MATTHEW 21:22 "And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."-
MATTHEW 22:37-40 "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."
MATTHEW 26:41 "Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
MARK 9:31 "The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when He is killed, after three days He will rise."
MARK 13:32-33 "Of that day or that hour no one knows, not even angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come."
LUKE 5:32 "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Luke 11:9 "And I say unto you, Ask, And it shall be given you; seek, And ye shall find; knock, And it shall be opened unto you."
LUKE 14:11 "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
LUKE 18:19 "Why do you call Me good ? No one is good but God alone."
John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
JOHN 14:6 "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me."
John 14:12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and Greater Works than These will he do...
3 "Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
4 "Blessed are those who Mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 "Blessed are the Meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 "Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 "Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
8 "Blessed are the Pure in Heart, for they shall see GOD.
9 "Blessed are the Peacemakers,
for they shall be called Sons (and Daughters) of God.
10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
11 "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute
you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12 "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven,
for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you!
35 "For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
I was a Stranger and you welcomed me,
36 "I was naked and you clothed me,
I was sick and you visited me,
I was in prison and you came to me.'
40 "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, my brethren, you did it to me.
Why Christ Died for Us
F. B. Hole.
Address at Bangor, N. Wales
1 Peter 3: 18. Galatians 1: 3-4. 2 Corinthians 5: 15. Titus 2: 13-14.
There is only one thing that I am going to take for granted, and that is that all of us here present have looked in faith to our Lord Jesus Christ as the great Saviour who has died for us. We can take up the language which we have in each of these four verses. Christ, we read in the first of the four, "hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust." We should each say, "Though I was amongst the unjust, I know that Christ, the Just One, has suffered for me and for my sins"; or in the language of the little verse of four lines, so much blessed in days past, we might say,
"In peace let me resign my breath
And Thy salvation see.
My sins deserved eternal death
But Jesus died for me."
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