WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD THIS EASTER?
A special two-week series on current and future events in light of the Christian Gospel and Bible Prophecy:
3rd - 13th April 2017
Guest Speaker Norrie Emersom, Ardmore Co. Armagh
THOUGHTS THAT ARISE AT EASTER
When the events occurred which underlie our festival of Easter people who believed in God had a reason to probe carefully. Could they have been deceived to think that God was active in the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth, whom they had thought to be the promised Messiah of the Jews? His rejection by the Jewish leaders of that time prompted some doubts.
Political power was in the hands of the Romans, a Gentile race. Jesus was a Jew, but those who insisted that He be crucified were Jews. His followers had hope that He would establish a kingdom as their promised Messiah. The Roman governor, Pilate, wanted to release Him, but the Jewish mob intimidated the governor and He was crucified.
The Bible narrative emphasises that He went willingly to the cross to fulfil prophetic promises of a suffering Messiah. God was fulfilling promises in ways that went far beyond anything which people had expected. God timed the death of Jesus to take place on their festival of Passover, when lambs wee slain to remind Jews of their ancestors’ redemption from slavery many centuries before. So Jesus’ death on the Friday before Easter, as we now think of it, was foreseen by God and arranged many centuries before. God was in control.
But we celebrate the following Sunday, for when His
astounded followers found His tomb empty, this was the completion of the great
victory over His enemies and the proof of our redemption having been completed
in His death. God was in control. Salvation was achieved for sinners by His
victory over sin and death. In the midst of confusion and weakness God proved
His wisdom and saving grace.
We in the twenty-first century live in a time of doubt and confusion. God’s creatorial glory is denied, His Son Jesus is despised by many, His power is scorned. Yet God’s saving power and grace are manifested in the transformed lives of many people worldwide. What proud men of science and culture cannot do God does in the lives of people of all classes and races. God is in control.
Our confused and demoralised world is manifesting the weakness of godless pretensions. Our use of language betrays our poverty of understanding. Confusion resigns. Hope is lost. Corruption in all facets of life is rampant. But God is still in control. He will act and will expose the poverty and puniness of our political powers. He will intervene, probably in our day, to overturn false pride and bring His Son back to earth to rule. Those who are wise will seek the saving and preserving power of the crucified and glorified Saviour. Now is the time for repentance and faith in the victorious Saviour.
Come and hear of the Christian Gospel in light of current and future events 3rd-13thApril in Antrim Gospel Hall
"10 AMAZING FACTS
ABOUT THE BIBLE"
During 2016 we have been distributing across Antrim a brand new tract entitled "10 amazing facts about the Bible".
The tract explains why the Bible is such a special and unique book and also why its message is so important today.
If you would like your own copy of the Bible and a personal study course to complete in your own time please write to us and we will send to you free of charge - click here to send a message
1. It is a book written like no other
The 66 books of the Bible were written by 40 different writers across a span of 1600 years – one message, one divine author. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, men transcribed the mind of God. No other book was written in this way.
1 Timothy 3v15 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”
2. It is the most significant book by ancient copies
The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek. The number of early copies of scripture exceeds those of other ancient writers by orders of magnitude.
Hebrews 4v12 “The word of God is quick, and powerful”
3. It is the most popular book ever
The books of the Bible have been translated into more languages than any other – 2,883 and growing. The first book ever printed, now over 6 billion copies have been printed. More Bibles were printed in 2014 than in any other year.
Matthew 24v35 “My words shall not pass away”
4. It tells us where we came from
The Bible describes the creation of: matter, time, space and energy; the Earth and its filling with plant, marine, bird and mammal life; the creation of man and woman, the definition of marriage and family unit, and personal responsibility.
Genesis 2v7 “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground”
5. It tells us Jesus is the creator
The New Testament ascribes the creation of all things to Jesus Christ, God the Son – eternal in existence, almighty in power, and absolutely Holy.
Colossian 1v16 “All things were created by Him”
6. It tells us why the world is not right
God’s creation was good, but with humanity came choice. The first man and women disobeyed the Creator’s instructions Their selfish choice brought sin, corruption and death into the world. As descendants we also have sinful nature.
Romans 3v23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
7. It tells us death is not the end
Life can seem unfair and unjust. However, the Bible tells us death is not the end and God will judge the thoughts and actions of all.
Hebrews 9v27 “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement”
8. It tells us God came into the world in human form
The fact of God the Son coming into this world via the Virgin Mary is beyond human invention. The Prophesies of the Old Testament regarding, location timing and manner of birth were all fulfilled in Jesus’ incarnation.
John 3v16a “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son...”
9. It tells of God’s free offer of Salvation
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. His life proved who He was. His death on the cross was substitutionary, that is He died in our place and bore the punishment for our sins. God raised Him from the dead and Jesus is alive today. He saves all who receive Him by faith.
John 3v16b “… that whoseoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
10. It tells us Jesus is coming back again
Jesus was bodily resurrected and ascended back to heaven. He promised to come back again. Christians await His return when He will rapture believers out of the world ahead of coming tribulation judgement. He will then return to the earth and reign as King in righteousness.
Matthew 24v44 “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh."
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