Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, Was blind, but now I see.// I love that man of Galilee, for He has done so very much for me. He has forgiven me all my sin and give the Holy Ghost to me I love that man of Galilee.

Father, we come to bow before the throne to adore You for the blessings and healing from the cross. Thank You for this deliverance from Everlasting damnation. Thank You for love so profound, undying and everlasting that You bestowed upon me. Faithful Father be praise for ever in Jesus Name.

Beloveth, the Good Friday is here and we have every course to celebrate. Today also is our PCL day and we to will be teaching on the meaning of some important things that makes up the season we are celebrating such as the meaning of Good Friday. What is Crucifixion as relating to our faith?

When I was much younger I use to wonder why the word ‘good’ will be attached on a day when someone die. Why will anyone tagged today ‘good’ when Jesus was hanging on the cross. I guess am not the only one asking such question until such a time I came to realize the truth behind it.

So if you have asked such a question or you are asking I came with a good news to you. The word ‘good’ attached to Good Friday was called so because it was ‘a day Jesus provided atonement for our sins.’

It was the day the great transaction was done. Crucifixion.

Crucifixion was a method of killing people widely used in earlier times. The victim was hung on a cross (usually made of two wooden beams) and left there until death. Crucifixion was designed as a cruel, painful way to die.

Jesus’ crucifixion is the most famous in history. Jesus allowed the Romans to kill him because it fulfilled God’s plan, bringing salvation to sinners. Jesus’ death on a cross made it possible for everyone who believes in him to be forgiven of their sins and accepted by God.

 The Bible tells us a lot about Jesus’ death by crucifixion because it was the main reason he came to earth. Because of Christ’s death, his followers have the chance to be accepted by God. Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection are the most important events recorded in the Bible.

 The death of Christ, along with the resurrection that followed, is at the center of the Christian faith. The crucifixion is meaningful both because of who was put to death and because of what that death accomplished. It’s no surprise, then, that the early Christians talked about Christ’s crucifixion over and over again.

 The apostles who wrote the New Testament letters described the crucifixion of Christ as the main part of God’s plan to provide salvation for sinners (Galatians 3:1). It is not just an interesting event from the past. Christ’s death is something that each person in every age must decide what to do with. The question is this: Will you accept what Christ did for you on the cross, or will you reject it? Depending on how you answer that question, your eternal destiny (heaven or hell) hangs in the balance.

 Paul went on to explain how the crucifixion is the key to relating rightly with God. He emphasized the way that Jesus’ death was for us. (This thought goes back to the Servant passages of the Old Testament, such as Isaiah 53:10-12.) We are sinners, and sin must be punished. But Jesus took upon himself the guilt of our sins and died in our place (Romans 4:25). On the cross he received the punishment that we deserve. Therefore, when we commit ourselves to him, the exchange is completed by our receiving Christ’s holiness. In the eyes of God we become perfect and can be admitted into His perfect presence.

 But, of course, believing in Christ is not the end of the Christian life. There is much more to it. And so another way the New Testament writers speak of Christ’s death is as a model for our behavior (Matthew 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 14:27). As Jesus carried his crossbeam to Calvary outside Jerusalem, so we are to “carry a cross.” As Jesus died on the cross, so each of us is to die to self.

Furthermore, when we choose to follow Jesus, we must be willing to put away all of the sinful parts of our old lifestyle. Becoming a Christian is like being crucified and resurrected, spiritually speaking. We have a new life now, and we can’t go back to the former life. We must die to our old self.

Paul said the believer is “crucified with Christ” and that therefore “it is no longer I who live” (Galatians 2:20).

This all goes to show that Christ’s crucifixion is crucial not only for how we begin a relationship with God but also for how we live it throughout our lives. Nothing is more important for us than the death of our Lord. Praise God. I hope you are blessed with the explanation above.

Today, we have a topic representing various gardens God made. Whenever the word garden is mentioned in the bible, our mind goes to the garden of Eden, this is one we are too familiar with but today through our the message of today you will discover more gardens and what  each represents.

Also we will be bring to you the last moment of Christ life here on earth and how we ought not allow this great sacrifices to be a waste. May God help us to have better understanding in accepting the death of Christ as an atonement of our sins.

Let’s get going:

“The king’s garden.” Nehemiah 3:15

 

Mention of the king’s garden by Nehemiah brings to mind the paradise which the King of kings prepared for Adam. Sin has utterly ruined that fair abode of all delights, and driven forth the children of men to till the ground, which yields thorns and briers unto them. My soul, remember the fall, for it was thy fall. Weep much because the Lord of love was so shamefully ill-treated by the head of the human race, of which thou art a member, as undeserving as any. Behold how dragons and demons dwell on this fair earth, which once was a garden of delights.

See yonder another King’s garden, which the King waters with His bloody sweat—Gethsemane, whose bitter herbs are sweeter far to renewed souls than even Eden’s luscious fruits. There the mischief of the serpent in the first garden was undone: there the curse was lifted from earth, and borne by the woman’s promised seed. My soul, bethink thee much of the agony and the passion; resort to the garden of the olive-press, and view thy great Redeemer rescuing thee from thy lost estate. This is the garden of gardens indeed, wherein the soul may see the guilt of sin and the power of love, two sights which surpass all others.

Is there no other King’s garden? Yes, my heart, thou art, or shouldst be such. How do the flowers flourish? Do any choice fruits appear? Does the King walk within, and rest in the bowers of my spirit? Let me see that the plants are trimmed and watered, and the mischievous foxes hunted out. Come, Lord, and let the heavenly wind blow at Thy coming, that the spices of Thy garden may flow abroad. Nor must I forget the King’s garden of the church. O Lord, send prosperity unto it. Rebuild her walls, nourish her plants, ripen her fruits, and from the huge wilderness, reclaim the barren waste, and make thereof “a King’s garden.”

Beloved, let us be in earnest to keep our garden trimmed and watered. Let us endeavour to keep away mischievous foxes hunted out forever in Jesus Name. Let’s get going:

“They took Jesus, and led Him away.” John 19:16

 

He had been all night in agony, He had spent the early morning at the hall of Caiaphas, He had been hurried from Caiaphas to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, and from Herod back again to Pilate; He had, therefore, but little strength left, and yet neither refreshment nor rest were permitted Him. They were eager for His blood, and therefore led Him out to die, loaded with the cross. O dolorous procession! Well may Salem’s daughters weep. My soul, do thou weep also.

What learn we here as we see our blessed Lord led forth? Do we not perceive that truth which was set forth in shadow by the scapegoat? Did not the high-priest bring the scapegoat, and put both his hands upon its head, confessing the sins of the people, that thus those sins might be laid upon the goat, and cease from the people? Then the goat was led away by a fit man into the wilderness, and it carried away the sins of the people, so that if they were sought for they could not be found.

Now we see Jesus brought before the priests and rulers, who pronounce Him guilty; God Himself imputes our sins to Him, “the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all;” “He was made sin for us;” and, as the substitute for our guilt, bearing our sin upon His shoulders, represented by the cross; we see the great Scapegoat led away by the appointed officers of justice.

Beloved, can you feel assured that He carried your sin? As you look at the cross upon His shoulders, does it represent your sin? There is one way by which you can tell whether He carried your sin or not. Have you laid your hand upon His head, confessed your sin, and trusted in Him? Then your sin lies not on you; it has all been transferred by blessed imputation to Christ, and He bears it on His shoulder as a load heavier than the cross.

Let not the picture vanish till you have rejoiced in your own deliverance, and adored the loving Redeemer upon whom your iniquities were laid.

Yes, let it not vanish until you appropriate the great deed of love shown by Christ on the cross to yourself.

So next time someone ask you what  you know about Good Friday- you will give this simple definition ‘it was a day Jesus paid the debt I owed but could not pay.’

From allofus @ Overcomers faith wishing You Happy Easter celebration. See you next week God’s willing.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.