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Our Righteousness . . .

Our Righteousness . . .

 

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for

righteousness, for they will be filled." Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

 

In a fallen world, it is indeed a blessing to find and interact in spheres of righteousness. Those places do exist and are made up of special groups of dedicated and devoted individuals who are law abiding and love giving. In the absence of those special finds, we long for them, i.e. we "hunger and thirst" for the atmosphere they provide. It seems almost a strange paradox that the longing of so many does not materialize into a general good and generous behavior across all populations.

 

The Apostle Paul wrote of a people who were . . . zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge (see Romans 10:2). The result was that . . . Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness (see Romans 10:3). Just as "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," so may be righteousness, at least on the margins. The ultimate and lasting righteousness that will fill our souls is that found in God's design . . . and to find that, we look to His Holy Word.

 

Goodness and kindness are fruits of the Holy Spirit in our lives (see Galatians 5), but they do not cleanse our carnal frailties and failures. Only the sacrificial blood of the Lamb of God can lead us and deliver us to God's righteousness . . . the forgiveness of sin and salvation of souls. Once we have the peace of God, that spiritual confidence that we may not fully understand but can experience in our lives (see Philippians 4:7), we long for it all the more. As we seek and pursue righteousness, it will come to us as manna came to the Israelites . . . daily. And we will be "filled" as we make the effort to receive it.

 

"God made him who had no sin to be sinfor us,

so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

 

Ray Newbold

 

Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico

 

 

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Have You Not Heard?

Have You Not Heard?

 

Three days following the crucifixion of Jesus and the two thieves, two men were walking on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. A third man caught up with them and engaged in conversation. The stranger seemed unaware of the events that had filled the weekend.

 

The two men explained to the visitor that the chief priests and Roman officials had given over a prophet and teacher named "Jesus of Nazareth" to be executed by way of the cross. The pair also told the newcomer that Jesus' followers had hoped He would be the one to redeem Israel . . . but His death came too soon.  The men then exclaimed, "A strange thing happened . . . on the third day after His burial, the sealed tomb was found mysteriously empty."

 

As the pair approached their destination, they invited the stranger to share a meal with them. Upon breaking the bread, it was revealed that the man at their table was JESUS; the very one who was crucified three days earlier! The tomb was empty because HE WAS ALIVE!

 

"They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, 'It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.'" Luke 24: 33-34 (NIV)

 

As the Father's Word from Heaven revealed, Jesus' first coming in the flesh was . . . . . to teach us and to buy our salvation through His sacrificial blood. Risen, He ascended back to the Father and has a place prepared for those faithful to His Lordship.

 

He has promised to return again victorious over Satan to take His followers to an eternal Heaven. There is no date or time . . . only the assurance of His Word. He will appear when we least expect Him . . . yet we long for His appearance once again. As believers along our roads of life, we too must spread to the world . . . the message that Jesus lives and will return!

 

"He who testifies to these things says,

'Yes, I am coming soon.' Amen.

Come, Lord Jesus." Revelation 22:20 (NIV)

 

Ray Newbold

 

Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico

 

 

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The Glory of the Cross . . .

The Glory of the Cross . . .

In these weeks, as Christians recount the last days of Christ on earth . . . we cannot but feel somberness as we envision Jesus' approach to His looming crucifixion.

 "As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. Luke 9:51 (NIV) Arriving in the Holy City, Jesus went to the Temple where, as a young boy, He had sat among the teachers and amazed them with His understanding (see Luke 2:46-47). On this, His last visit, He found that buyers, sellers, and money changers had made the place of worship into a "den of robbers." The authority He demonstrated as He drove them all out shocked the chief priests and elders who believed they were in charge.

 Jesus then saw that arrangements were made for the Passover supper with His disciples. While continuing to teach them with humility, He washed their feet. Jesus knew what lay ahead and needed the strength of prayer in preparation. Leaving the upper room where they shared their last Passover together, they proceeded to Gethsemane where they could pray in solitude.

 "After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

"Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son,

that your Son may glorify you." John 17:1 (NIV)

 

Having taught and prepared His disciples, Jesus prayed that the Father would protect them and unite them as one.

 

"I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power ofyour name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one." John 17:11 (NIV)

 

As agonizing as it was, Jesus was willing to lay His life down as ransom for mankind's sins and to redeem believers from Satan's hell. Through the millennia to this day, our salvation has been purchased by the sinless Son of God, the Messiah, our Savior . . . Jesus Christ.

 

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." Galatians 6:14a (KJV)

 

Ray Newbold

 

Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico

 

 

eThoughts Team--Week-day Free Devotions -- Vol. XII, No. 03-06RN -- Archived

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