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the Tale.... Imagine! You’re running through a jungle, being chased by a ferocious tiger, and suddenly you come to a cliff.
Being the resourceful person you are, you notice a vine hanging from the side of the rock face. You grab ahold of it, and begin to climb down.
You think you’re free from danger, but just then, on the ground below, you see… another tiger. Yikes!
And to make matters worse, a mouse has crawled out of a small opening in the side of the cliff, and begun to chew the very vine you’re hanging from.
So, you’re stuck. You can’t go up or down and you’re running out of time...
What do you do?
This is actually an old Buddhist tale used to teach young monks a valuable lesson — and it’s got a surprise ending.
You see, in the original story, the man trying to escape the tigers notices something while he’s hanging from the vine…
There’s a large strawberry growing from a crack in the side of the cliff.
And in that moment, he reaches out, plucks the fruit from the crack, eats it, and says...
And that’s it. That’s the end of the story.
Now, while I admit it’s a strange ending — when you hear the lesson it’s meant to teach, the tale begins to make sense.
You see, the man was able to take a moment during this extremely stressful scenario to pause and experience a bit of pleasure and gratitude.
The lesson here is that life is full of stress-inducing obstacles — there’s no avoiding or changing that fact.
But what you can change is how you REACT to those obstacles.
The disciples had followed Jesus’ instructions and prepared the Passover meal in the upper room. As evening had come, all the disciples and Jesus were gathered in the upper room together ready to eat the Passover meal.
Where were their minds? What were they thinking about? If this was the Passover meal, then it probably began about [6 pm] Exodus 12:6. … "between the evenings” ... and would have ended sometime after midnight Exodus 12:29. “…At midnight the Lord struck all the firstborn …”. This was their memorial meal; they could be thinking of all the things their nation had been going through. How God had saved them many times. He had given them great Kings, and Prophets. How He had sent them into captivity and brought them out again. And returned them to subjugation under the Romans.
We know there were some moments of discomfort for some of them. When Jesus began to gird on the towel and prepared to wash each of the disciples feet. When they began arguing over which one of them was the greatest? When they wanted to know which one of them was going to betray Jesus? These are the things which they were thinking of that we know about were likely things. What else crossed their minds we can only guess?
What are we thinking of as we prepare to take part in this memorial meal. Are there distractions on our minds? Or are we mentally ready to eat the bread & drink the cup? Lets get ready as we go to God in prayer… giving thanks for what He has done for us.
Jesus calls himself “The son of man”. — Yet the scriptures record God as saying … “You are my son; today I have begotten you” — [4vv]_ Acts 13:33; Hebrew 1:5, 5:5; Psalm 2:7
GODS PROMISES FULFILLED:
Act 13:32,33— And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, "'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.'
God declares Jesus to be “His Son”:
Hebrews 1:5— For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him.”
God set Jesus on His throne:
Psalm 2:6,7—”As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you, … …”
God appoints Jesus High Priest:
Hebrews 5:5,6 — So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”
PETER COMMENT: ‘BOTH LORD & CHRIST”:
Act 2:36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
PAUL’S COMMENT: THE SON OF GOD IN POWER:
Romans 1:3,4— concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
The world's set apart A DAY to celebrate the birth of “The Son of Man” Jesus set apart a day to remember —When:—The Day He Rose From the Dead. —Jesus was Declared the Son of God with power, —‘The Day’ He became ‘King’, —The ‘Day’ He became High Priest — The ‘Day’ He fulfilled all the promises God gave to the fathers.
MATTHEW 26:26-29__Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." [ESV]
JESUS ONLY USE OF THE WORD ‘COVENANT’ IS WHILE INSTITUTING THIS MEMORIAL.
THE OLD COVENANT WAS INSTALLED USING THE BLOOD OF BULLS. HEBREWS 9:18-22_ Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without
blood. For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses
to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, "This
is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you." And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (ESV]__
OLD REQUIRED RENEWAL YEARLY, EVEN DAILY:
HEBREWS 10:3 ,4, 11 — But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
11—And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
NOT SO WITH CHRIST’S COVENANT:
HEBREWS 10:12, 14, But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,For by a single off ering he has
perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
16-18 __"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,
"then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more."Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
BUT THATS ONLY HALF THE STORY:
THERE ARE TWO COVENANTS UNDER THE OT:
ONE WITH MOSES - THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - AND THE LAW _UNDER THIS THEY WERE FORGIVEN THEIR SINS ....
THE OTHER WITH ABRAHAM- CIRCUMCISION ... WHERE THEIR OWN BLOOD WAS SHED IN ORDER TO BE UNDER THE COVENANT.
GENESIS 17:10, 14 __ This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised.
You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. 14 Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised
in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant."
ONE COULD NOT ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THE COVENANT OF MOSES UNLESS HE WAS QUALIFIED UNDER THE COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM..
HOW DO WE BECOME A PARTY TO THE COVENANT WITH CHRIST?
BY PARTAKING OF THIS MEMORIAL CUP! — I DON’T THINK SO, THIS IS JUST A REMINDER OF CHRIST’S DEATH, BURIAL & RESURRECTION.
WE NEEDD TO BE UNITED WITH HIM, UNITED WITH HIS DEATH ... UNITED WITH HIS BLOOD ...
We do that by being baptised Romans 6:1-12
|NINTH CENTURY PROPHETS|
|OBADIAH 840 / 586 BC|
|JOEL 835 BC|
|EIGHTH CENTUREY PROPHETS|
|JONAH 760 BC|
|ISAIAH 740 - 682 BC|
|AMOS 735 BC|
|HOSEA 710 BC|
|MICAH 700 BC|
|SEVENTH CENTURY PROPHETS|
|NAHUM 663-612 BC|
|JEREMIAH 627 - 585 BC|
|ZEPHANIAH 625 BC|
|HABBAKKUK 607 BC|
|SIXTH CENTURY PROPHETS|
|DANIEL 605 - 536 BC|
|EZEKIEL 592 - 570 BC|
|OBADIAH 586 BC|
|HAGGAI 520 BC|
|ZECHARIAH 520-518 BC|
FIFTH CENTURY PROPHET
MALACHI 450-400 BC