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Fortune Cookie Devotion Series: Spotless

I love Chinese food. I used to save the fortune cookies and give them to my daughter, but recently I’ve been cracking them open myself and seeing the fortune found within. I built up quite the collection on my desk and started to see the truth in them. May these “fortunes” bless you as they have blessed me.

“No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future.”

The past is the past. Perhaps the memories stay, the scars remain. Even still, the past is still the past. Unfortunately, some people cannot forget your mistakes. Some people cannot forgive your missteps. Sometimes you cannot let go of something from your past. Sometimes despite your efforts, the past keeps coming to the forefront of your mind, and things once “settled” are rehashed again.

But history is different from God’s vantage point. When you believe in Christ Jesus, the past is forgiven. The crimson stain is white as snow. Your sins are forgiven as far as the east to the west. Through Christ, you have a great inheritance—as a child of God, you are co-heirs with Christ. You truly have a spotless future.

When you hear taunts from your past, remember what God says about you. Remember that you are forgiven. Remember that you were bought with a price. Remember that you have been set free. Remember that you have a spotless future. You have overcome through Christ! Declare this today!

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18 [ESV]

“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” – Psalm 103:12 [NLT]

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Last Words of Jesus Outline

Good Friday 2017

At about 9am, Jesus was nailed to the Cross.

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land.

At 3pm, Jesus died.

During the six hours that our Savior hung on the Cross, He spoke His last words.

 

  1. “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” [Luke 23:34]

FORGIVENESS

Fulfilled Isaiah 53:12“Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

J.C. Ryle “While the blood of the greatest sacrifice started to flow, the greatest of all high priests started to intercede.”

The tense of the word “said” in this passage indicates that the Lord repeated this appeal. Not only did He pray for forgiveness for His enemies, but He even argued on their behalf. Basically saying let me give you a reason why you should forgive them.

Hebrews 7:25Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

Isaiah 1:18– “”Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”

Ephesians 1:7– “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

 

  1. “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” [Luke 23:43]

 

SALVATION

 

When we suffer, we are consumed by ourselves and we forget everything else.

 

Jesus was focused on our forgiveness, our salvation.

 

He promises salvation to the one thief, who would that very day join Him in Paradise.

 

The thief only asked to be remembered. Our God provides in abundance. You won’t simply be remembered – you’re coming with Me!

 

Colossians 1:13-14– “For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”

 

Romans 10:9If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

 

 

 

  1. “Woman, behold, your son!” / “Behold, your mother!” [John 19:26-27]

RELATIONSHIP

Fulfilled Luke 2:35“and a sword will pierce even your own soul– to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Mary found out what this truly meant.

John calls himself the disciple Jesus loves

He is the disciple who stays with Mary

He is the disciple who stays at the Cross

He is the disciple who is given responsibility for Mary

 

  1. “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” – “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” [Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34]

ABANDONMENT

Fulfilled Isaiah 53:46 “But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.”

 

Quoted Psalm 22:1 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?”

 

God could not look upon His Son while He bore all sin, as He is holy. At this one moment, Jesus was without the Father.

 

Because He was alone on the Cross, you NEVER have to be alone.

 

 

  1. “I am thirsty.” [John 19:28]

DISTRESS

Fulfilled Psalm 69:21They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.

Hell is a place of thirst (Luke 16). When Jesus died on the Cross for us, He entered the darkness of hell for us and He thirsted.

 

This is the only time He is focused on His own physical needs

 

He’s quenching His thirst by drinking the cup God placed before Him (John 18:11– this is the cup God gave Him to drink)

John 4:34– “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.”

 

By depleting Himself in death, Jesus would become a bountiful stream of living water

Isaiah 55:1 Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

John 4:14“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

 

 

 

  1. “It is finished!” [John 19:30]

TRIUMPH

 

“Tetelestai”

Servant – I have finished the work you gave me. The task assigned was completed the way the master wanted it to be done and when the master wanted it completed.

 

Artist – It is finished means the picture is complete

Galatians 4:4-5– “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeemthose who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”

 

Merchant – Debt is paid in full. The purchases made on layaway were paid. When the last payment is made, this was written on the receipt to note that the debt is fully paid.

Hebrews 10:12– “But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.”

 

Priest – It is perfect– if they examined the sacrificial animal and it was faultless and acceptable for the offering

1 Peter 1:19– “but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”

 

  1. “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” [Luke 23:46]

REUNION

The final act of obedience

Prayer that Jewish mothers taught their children to say before bed

Quoted Psalm 31:5 “Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.”

 

The Father’s protection àJesus was no longer in the hands of the sinners. He died confidently because He was in the Father’s hands.

 

The divine plan was not brought to completion according to the human limits of the human body, but according to the Son’s awareness that His mission had come to an end.

 

He did what only He could do. It was a loving, self-sacrifice.

 

John 10:18  No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”

Stand Between

After the rebellion of Korah, we read about Aaron standing between the dead and the living. What an interesting display. Aaron stood between the dead and the living with the incense burning to purify the people. This incense was to make the people right with the Lord. He stood between them and the plague stopped.

This display foreshadows what is to come. Jesus Christ stands between God and us sinners, just as Aaron stood between the living people and the dead people. Remember, the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So we are the dead. God is life, we are dead in our transgressions. But Jesus Christ stands between God and us. He is the Lamb of God. He is our mediator. He is our High Priest. The Bible says that “He lives forever to intercede with God on (our) behalf.” He offered a “once for all” sacrifice. This sacrifice of His blood makes us white as snow (Isaiah 1:18, Revelation 7:14). We are right with God because we are clothed in His righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).

Today, remember Who stands between you and God. Remember the High Priest that we have- “He is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven.” Worship Him. Praise His great name. In Christ alone, my hope is found.

“He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped.” – Numbers 16:48 [NLT]

“Therefore He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. He is the kind of high priest we need because He is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. Unlike those other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when He offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins.” – Hebrews 7:25-27 [NLT]

Dirty Rags

Every few weeks I have the task of cutting Marci’s hair. She is never too excited to get groomed. At times she will try to run away because she knows after her hair clipping comes the bath. During the whole ordeal of getting Marci clean, she manages to get me all dirty. When all is said and done, my clothing is all wet and covered with hair so I end up needing a shower.

We all need a cleaning, but a different kind of cleaning. But when Jesus takes off our dirty rags, He does not then become dirty. He is righteous. He is holy. When we encounter Jesus, when we put our trust in Him, when we allow Him to move in our lives, the Bible says that we become “white as snow.” We become righteous.

Today, praise the Lord for reaching out and removing those dirty rags you were carrying around. Thank Him for cleaning you up so that you are free to live a life with His righteousness. If you are still carrying around those dirty rags, understand you don’t have to carry them any longer: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV).

“We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” – Isaiah 64:6 [NLT]

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18 [ESV]