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Christ Jesus in the Book of Psalms
Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Ch.1
Messiah Will Be God’s Son Ch.2
False Witnesses Accuse Him Ch.4
Hated Without a Cause Ch.5
What He Experienced on the Cross Ch.6
Jesus’ Resurrection Ch.7
Jesus’ Ascension to Heaven Ch.8
Other Prophecies From Psalms Ch.9
Poem: At the Foot of the Cross #267
The Truth about Salvation
Scripture Verses taken from: [KJV] King James Version
Red, bold Italics are Jesus’ Words.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV]
Written and compiled by:
His Servant, Connie Kramer
I have revised this book, adding more Scripture verses,
Christ Jesus in the Book of Psalms
Both Jews and Christians believe that many of the Psalms referred as much to the promised Messiah as they did to events at the time. Because the Messiah was to be a descendant of David, some think that many of the royal Psalms apply to Him. Christians take notice of how many of the Passages seem to describe in detail events from Christ’s life and death. Jesus Himself often quoted from the Book of Psalms. Almost everything that happened at the crucifixion and most of Jesus’ words during His final hours are foretold in the Psalms.
Several Psalms are called “Messianic” because of their prophetic descriptions of Jesus the Messiah (Christ)—His life, His death, His resurrection, and His future reign.
Messianic Psalms: Ps. 2:1-12; Ps. 16:7-11; Ps. 22:1-21; Ps. 27:12; Ps. 35:11; Ps. 34:20; Ps. 40:6-8; Ps. 41:0; Ps. 45:1-7; Ps. 67:1-7; Ps. 68:28 to 69:36; Ps. 72:1-19; Ps. 89:3-4, 35-36; Ps. 93:1-5; Ps. 96:1 to 99:9; Ps. 109:3-5,7-8; Ps. 110:1-7; Ps. 118:19-29.
Psalm 2 is often mentioned in the New Testament (see Acts 4:25-26; 13:33; Hebrews 1:5-6; 5:5; Rev. 2:26-27; 12:5; 19:15). David, possibly the author of this Psalm, was a shepherd, soldier, and king. We can see that he was also a prophet (Acts 2:29-30) because this Psalm describes the rebellion of the nations and the coming of Christ to establish His eternal reign.
It’s possible that David wrote these words during a conspiracy against Israel by some of the surrounding pagan nations. Chosen and anointed by God, David knew that God would fulfill His Promise to bring the Messiah into the world through his bloodline (2 Samuel 7:16; 1 Chron. 17:11-12).
The main themes in the Book of Psalms are worship and praise. They are quoted more frequently in the New Testament than any other book except Isaiah. They are often called the Psalms of David because he was the author of a large number of them. Key words in the Book of Psalms are worship and praise. Key Verse: Psalm 150:6.
Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. (KJV)
How could this message be any more clear? We are to praise the Lord! We are encouraged to praise God. Remember to praise Him every day!
The Book of Psalms truly does show us our Saviour, if we are willing to look. There are things here that are in no other Book in the Bible. It tells us what would happen in the day when Christ would be betrayed, suffer and die on the cross for us.
As we do this study, please consider carefully just how much Jesus loves you. He left the comfort and security of Heaven to come to Earth to suffer in agony and die for us. He knew He’d die like He did, before He came, but He came! When I first became a Christian, I had trouble understanding WHY Jesus had to die for us. Maybe others have trouble too, so the first chapter will discuss this. Have you thanked Him today? Have you praised His Holy Name today?
IF YOU’RE NOT A CHRISTIAN, WHY NOT?
Are you afraid of what others might say?
Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. [KJV]
What is it you don’t want to give up?
Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. [KJV]
Do you think God cannot forgive your sins?
1 Tim. 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. [KJV]
Do you think God will not accept you?
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. [KJV]
Why do you keep putting it off?
James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. [KJV]
2 Cor. 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) [KJV] Also Pro. 27:1.
Are you unwilling to turn from your sins?
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. [KJV]
Is it because you won’t forgive someone?
Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: [KJV]
Is it because some ‘supposed’ professing Christians do evil things? Not everyone who says they are a Christian, is a Christian!
2 Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. [KJV] Don’t look at people --- look at Christ!
Do you think that because you live a good, moral and upright life, God will allow you to access Heaven?
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. [KJV]
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. [KJV]
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast. [KJV]
NO amount of ‘good things’ will ever get you to Heaven! Only belief in Jesus.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV]
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. [KJV]
WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?
The death of Christ Jesus was foretold in the Old Testament years before He died (Isaiah 53:8; Daniel 9:26; Zech. 13:7). So, just WHY did He have to die? When I became a Christian, this was one of my biggest questions.
#1. It was necessary for our redemption. Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: [KJV] Jesus’ Words. The Bible clearly stated that the Messiah must suffer and die and rise again from the dead on the third day. Jesus’ role as a prophet was foretold in Deut. 18:15-20; His sufferings were prophesied in Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53; His resurrection was predicted in Psalm 16:9-11 and Isaiah 53:10-11. Acts 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. [KJV]
#2. Acceptable, as a sacrifice to God. Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. [KJV] Jesus’ Words. A “ransom” was the price paid to release a slave from bondage. Jesus often told His disciples that He would have to die, but here He told them why . . . to redeem all people from the bondage of sin and death. The disciples thought that as long as Jesus was alive, He could save them. But Jesus revealed that only His death would save them and the world. Our Lord speaks of His death in terms applied to the sacrifices of the Old Testament. He was the Perfect Sacrifice for the sins of men, a True and Sufficient Sacrifice, and the only one God the Father would accept. He was a ransom for many, and enough for all.
#3. Jesus was the final Sacrifice. When God taught His people to worship Him, He placed great importance on sacrifices. WHY? Sacrifices were God’s Old Testament way for people to ask forgiveness for their sins. God has made it very clear that sin separates people from Him, and that those who sin deserve to die. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [KJV] Since we ALL “have sinned” God, in His goodness, mercy and love, directed that sacrifice was a way people could seek forgiveness and restore their relationship with Him. Because God is a God of endless love and mercy, God decided from the very first that He (God the Son, Jesus) would come into our world and die, to pay the sin penalty for all humans. Jesus, while still God, became a human being. In the meantime, before God made this ultimate sacrifice of His Son, He instructed people to kill animals as sacrifices for sin. Animal sacrifice accomplished two purposes: (1) the animal symbolically took the sinner’s place and paid the penalty for their sin, and (2) the animal’s death represented one life given so that another life could be saved. This method of sacrifice continued throughout Old Testament times. It was effective in teaching and guiding people and to bring them back to God. But in New Testament times, Christ’s death became the last Sacrifice needed. He took our punishment, once and for all. Animal sacrifice is no longer required. Now, all people can be freed from the penalty of sin, IF they simply believe in Jesus and accept the forgiveness He offers.
#4. How does shed blood make atonement for sin? Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. [KJV] When offered with the right attitude, the sacrifice and the blood shed from the blood of a sacrificial animal made forgiveness of sin possible. The blood represented the sinner’s life, infected by his sin and headed for death. The blood also represented the innocent life of the animal that was sacrificed in place of the guilty person making the offering. Death of the animal (of which the blood was proof) fulfilled the penalty of death. God therefore granted forgiveness to the sinner. It is God who forgives based on the faith of the person doing the sacrificing.
#5. How can a holy God look on us sinners? How is it possible for a pure and holy God to receive sinners without violating His righteousness and justice? The inspiring answer comes from the Book of Exodus!
Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. [KJV] This was the Passover. Christ is our Passover (1Cor. 5:7). Christ is the Lamb of God (John 1:29); often in the Revelation He is called “the Lamb.” A lamb to be offered for sacrifice was to be in its prime; Christ offered up Himself in His prime. It was to be without blemish; the Lord Jesus was a Lamb without spot (Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19): the judge who condemned Christ declared Him innocent (Luke 23:4,14). It was to be slain, and roasted with fire, denoting the painful sufferings of the Lord Jesus, even unto death, the death of the cross. The wrath of God is as fire, and Christ was made a curse for us. Not a bone of it must be broken, which was fulfilled in Christ (John 19:33), meaning the unbroken strength of the Lord Jesus. The sprinkling of the blood was typical. The blood of the lamb must be sprinkled, meaning the applying of the merits of Christ’s death to our souls; we must receive the atonement (Romans 5:11). Faith is the bunch of hyssop, by which we apply the promises, and the benefits of the Blood of Christ laid up in them, to ourselves. It was to be applied on the door-posts, denoting the open profession we are to make of our faith in Christ. It was not to be sprinkled upon the threshold; which cautions us to take heed of trampling underfoot the Blood of the covenant (Hebrews 10:29). It is precious Blood, and must be precious to us! The blood, thus sprinkled, was a means of preserving the Israelites from the destroying angel, who would not go where the blood was struck on the door posts. The Blood of Christ is the believer’s protection from the wrath of God, the curse of the law, and damnation of eternal Hell (Romans 8:1,3). The solemn eating of the lamb was typical of our Gospel duty to Christ. The Passover lamb was not to be looked upon only, but to be fed upon. We must by faith make Christ our own; and we must receive spiritual strength and nourishment from Him, as from our food (John 6:53,55). It was all to be eaten; those who by faith feed upon Christ, must feed upon a whole Christ; they must take Christ and His yoke, Christ and His cross, as well as Christ and His crown. It was to be eaten at once, not put off till morning. Today Christ is offered, and He is to be accepted while it is still today, before we sleep the sleep of death. The Passover lamb was to be eaten with bitter herbs, in remembrance of the bitterness of their bondage in Egypt; we must feed upon Christ with sorrow and brokenness of heart, remembering our sin. Christ will be sweet to us, even if sin is bitter. It was to be eaten standing, completely dressed, being ready to leave. When we feed upon Christ by faith, we must forsake the rule and the dominion of sin; sit loose to the world, and everything in it; forsake all for Christ, and think it no bad bargain (Hebrews 13:13-14). The feast of unleavened bread was typical of the Christian life (1 Corinthians 5:7-8). Having received Christ Jesus the Lord, we must continually delight ourselves in Him. The Jews were very strict as to the Passover, so that no leaven should be found in their houses. Leaven is a symbol of evil in the Bible. It must be a feast kept in love, without the leaven of hatred or malice; and in sincerity, without the leaven of hypocrisy. It was by an ordinance for ever; so as long as we live we must continue feeding upon Christ, rejoicing in Him always, and with thankful mention of the great things He has done for us.
#6. The death of Jesus designated by God. (Isaiah 53:6, 10; Acts 2:23) Jesus’ death is considered as God’s act; and of wonderful grace and wisdom. Because Divine justice had to be satisfied, God and man brought back together again, and Christ Himself glorified, His death could not be altered. Christ was God’s Holy One, sanctified and set apart to His service in the work of redemption. His death and sufferings should be to all who belong to Him, the entrance to a blessed life for evermore. Everything that happened to Jesus was under God’s control.
#7. Jesus’ death was voluntary. (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 26:53; John 10:17-18). Jesus’ death and resurrection, as part of God’s plan for the salvation of the world, were under God’s full control. No one could kill Jesus without His consent. No one could demand His life of Him, but He laid it down, freely and willingly, for our redemption. He offered Himself to be the Saviour. He didn’t have to leave the glory and safety of Heaven, knowing all too well what was in store for Him; but He came! For us sinners, He came! He offered Himself as the Supreme Sacrifice. He was both the Offerer and the Offering, so that His laying down His life was His offering of Himself. It is plain, that He died in our place, to obtain our freedom from the penalty and punishment of sin, to obtain the pardon of our sin. His death accomplished that pardon for us. Our Lord laid down His life for His sheep, for the world, for ALL that are wise enough to accept Him and all He has done for us. If you do not know Jesus for the full pardon of your sins, turn to Him today. He’s waiting with open arms.
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [KJV]
1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [KJV]
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. [KJV]
Messiah Will Be God’s Son
Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. [KJV] This verse is not speaking of Jesus’ incarnation (birth). It is speaking of His resurrection. This Psalm does not refer to His birth. Jesus is the eternal Son of God and God is the eternal Father. Christ was “begotten” out of Joseph’s tomb. This refers not to Jesus being born but His being “begotten” from the dead.
The Kingdom of the Messiah is founded upon an eternal decree of God the Father. God has said unto Him, “Thou art my Son”, and what we should say to Him is, “Thou art my Lord, my Saviour.”
Hebrews 1:5-6 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. [KJV] God never said to any of His angels, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”
Nor did God say about any angel, “I will be His Father, and he will be my Son.” But all of us, and all of God’s angels must worship Him that was begotten from the dead. We do not worship a tiny, helpless baby in a manger, we worship the Messiah, the Christ, our one and only Saviour and Lord who was resurrected from the dead! Praise His Holy Name!
Psalm 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. (KJV) The Son, in asking for the heathen (Gentiles) as His inheritance, wants us to be happy in Him, and is able to save us to the uttermost. He shall have many willing, loyal subjects, among them. Christians are the possession of the Lord Jesus; He bought us with a very high price, His life’s Blood. We take on His Name (Christian), and we most certainly should praise Him every day that we live.
God the Father gives them (heathen, Gentiles) to Christ, as by His Spirit and grace, He works within them to submit to the Lord Jesus.
Psalm 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. [KJV] This is speaking of Christ’s second coming. The day of grace in which we now live will be past. When Christ comes again, it won’t be as a helpless babe in the manger (a lamb), it will be as a lion! He will judge ALL those on the Earth. He will “break them with a rod of iron”. He’s not going to ‘mess’ around! Many don’t like to hear this, but this is the way it will be, God says so! Jesus will rule with an iron hand.
Psalm 2:10-12 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (KJV) This is a warning to the rulers of the world: Serve the Lord with reverent fear; tremble and bow down to Him; or His anger will flare up and you will be destroyed in the midst of your pursuits. But O what joy for all who find protection in Him!
“Kiss the Son” is the Old Testament way of saying “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.” To “kiss the Son” means we must fully surrender and submit to Jesus. Christ is not only God’s chosen King, He must also must be the rightful King of our hearts and lives or we are not worthy of Him. To be ready for His coming (for believers it is the Rapture), we must commit (entrust) our all to Him, and submit (surrender) to His leadership every day. TO WELCOME JESUS CHRIST, AND TO SUBMIT TO HIM, IS THE WISEST AND BEST DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE. He must be very dear and precious to you. You must love Him above all, love Him in sincerity, love Him MUCH. With a kiss of loyalty to Him, take His yoke upon you, and give yourself over to Him, to be governed by His laws, led by His divine guidance, and entirely devoted to His cause. Most professing Christians cannot or will not do this, but to be a loyal disciple of Jesus you must! He must be your Master!
Unbelief and rejection of Jesus is a sin against the only Remedy that can save you. It will be utter destruction to you for you will perish in your sins. Christ (the Messiah) is the only Way of happiness, joy and peace; and the only Way to eternal life (Heaven). Don’t be fooled! Christ is the way to God, the ONLY Way to God and Heaven! Neglecting Christ is absolute stupidity because it will lead you to Hell. Blessed are all those who have made Him their Refuge. Praise the Lord Jesus.
Betrayed By a Friend
Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. (KJV) This verse is a prophecy of Christ’s betrayal.
John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. [KJV] Judas, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, had spent three years learning from Jesus, traveling and eating with Him (Mark 3:14-19). He handled the finances for the group. But Judas, who knew Jesus very well, betrayed Him.
Matthew 26:14-16 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,  And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.  And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. [KJV]
Matthew 26:20-25 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.  And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.  And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?  And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.  The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.  Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said. [KJV]
It is rare that any true friendship is to be found among men. We should not think it strange, if we receive evil from those we suppose to be friends or loved ones. Are WE true friends? Have not we broken our words to God? We eat of His bread each day, yet we lift up our heel against Him.
Judas was supposedly Jesus’ friend, one who depended on Jesus and was treated well by Him. Yet he “hath lifted up his heel” against Jesus in scornful violence. Scripture was fulfilled (John 13:18).
Jesus’ friend, one He trusted completely, and shared His food, turned against Him. Did Judas have a choice? YES! We ALL have a free will to do as we see fit. He didn’t have to do what he did, but he did. Why would Judas want to betray Jesus? Judas, like the other disciples, expected Jesus to start a political rebellion and overthrow Rome. As treasurer, Judas assumed (as did the other disciples Mark 10:35-37) that he would be given an important position in Jesus’ new government. But when Jesus praised Mary for pouring out expensive ointment upon Him, Judas may have realized that Jesus’ Kingdom was not physical or political, but spiritual. Judas’ greed and desire for position and power could not be realized if he followed Jesus, so he betrayed Jesus in exchange for money. Only Matthew records the exact amount of money Judas accepted to betray Jesus, 30 silver coins, the price of a slave (Ex.21:32). The religious leaders had planned to wait until after the Passover to take Jesus, but with Judas’ unexpected offer, they speeded up their plans. Zec.11:12-13 foretells the amount Jesus would be sold for.
So, what happened after Judas betrayed Jesus? Psalms also tells us this.
Psalm 109:7-8 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.  Let his days be few; and let another take his office.  Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.  Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. (KJV) Peter quoted this Passage in Acts 1:20. Judas was guilty, and he was a lost person, even though he lived with the Lord Himself for about three years. He was married according to this prophecy. The condition of the lost is a terrible thing.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. [KJV] This verse contrasts believers and unbelievers, light (good) and darkness (evil). As we read these words, we must consider all those people who know the Word of God, and who profess to be Christians. There are many who like Judas are lost, doomed to Hell. They too, profess to be Jesus’ friend, yet “lift up their heel against Him” just like Judas. Let us all examine ourselves (Lam.3:40; 1 Cor.11:28; 2 Cor.13:5).
Matthew 27:1-10 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:  And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.  Then Judas, which had betrayeth him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,  Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.  And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.  And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.  Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;  And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me. (KJV)
When Judas saw what was happening, he wanted to change his mind, but it was too late. Many plans we set into motion CANNOT be reversed. It is best to think of the potential consequences BEFORE we launch into an action we may later regret. Judas returned to the priests, saying he had sinned. But the priests simply said it wasn’t their problem. Judas went and hanged himself.
He confessed, but not to God. Unless we go directly to God and confess, God will NOT forgive us (1 John 1:9). No priest can forgive us, only God! The condition of the lost is a terrible thing.
False Witnesses Accuse Him
Psalm 27:12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. (KJV) Jesus was severely oppressed and treated so brutally in His put up trail, yet He never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and just as a sheep is silent before those who shear it, Jesus did not open His mouth. He was deaf to all their threats and accusations. He kept His silence, just as one who cannot speak. He chose to hear nothing that was said about Him, and He made no reply.
Matthew 26:60-63 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,  And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.  And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?  But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. [KJV]
John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. [KJV] Jesus was not speaking of the Jewish Temple here, He was speaking of Himself. The Jews understood Jesus’ words to mean that the majestic building could be torn down and rebuilt in three days, and they were startled, but Jesus meant His death and His resurrection.
The Sanhedrin tried desperately to find witnesses who would distort some of Jesus’ teachings. They could not. Finally they found two witnesses who distorted Jesus’ words about the temple. They claimed that Jesus had said He could destroy the temple, a blasphemous boast. Actually Jesus had said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” And of course, Jesus was talking about His body, not the building. Ironically, the religious leaders were about to destroy Jesus’ Body, just as He had said, and three days later He would indeed, rise from the dead.
Matthew 27:12-14 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.  Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?  And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. [KJV] Standing before Pilate, the religious leaders accused Jesus of a different crime than the ones for which they had arrested Him. They arrested Him for blasphemy (claiming to be God), but that charge would mean absolutely nothing to the Romans. So the religious leaders had to accuse Jesus of crimes that would have affected the Roman government, such as encouraging the people not to pay taxes, claiming to be a king, and causing riots. These accusations were not true, but the religious leaders were determined to kill Jesus, and they broke several commandments in order to do so. Jesus never defended Himself.
Hated Without a Cause
Psalm 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away. (KJV) This verse is fulfilled in:
John 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. [KJV]
Psalm 109:3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. (KJV) We should consider the Person of the Sufferer spoken of here. We should ask why, and what He suffered for. If we meditate on this, just maybe we might become more humbled for the sins we commit. Just maybe we might feel more gratitude and love, allowing us to live to His glory who died for our salvation.
We live in a world where unrighteousness reigns, just as it was when Jesus died a wrongful death at the hands of the religious leaders. He truly was hated without a single cause, and IF we are His TRUE disciples, we too will be hated without a cause.
Psalm 22:7-8 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying,  He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. (KJV) The riotous crowd sneered, mocked and ridiculed Jesus. They sneered and shook their heads, saying, “Isn’t this the One who relied on God? Then let God save Him! Why doesn’t God rescue Him?”
This murderous throng was all around Jesus with words of insult, and worse, some got violent with this gentle Man. They beat Him unmercifully. They didn’t stop with insults; they pulled out the hairs of His beard and spit in His Face (Is. 50:6).
There was much unkindness, of both friends and relations. This was fulfilled in Christ, whose brethren did not even believe on Him, and who was forsaken by His disciples.
Psalm 69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.  For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. [KJV] Christ made satisfaction for us by submitting to the greatest dishonors that could be done to any man. We need not be discouraged if our passion for the truths, precepts and worship of God, should anger and provoke some, even our own families and loved ones; for Jesus knows exactly what we are going through, because He went through much more than we will ever know.
We should have godly sorrow for the rejection and deadness to the Lord that some people have. We should not be upset when we are ridiculed and persecuted for Jesus’ sake, for “great will be our reward in Heaven” (Mat. 5:11-12). We should not be upset when we are “a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.” Jesus will never leave us. He will always be near to help us.
mother's children. Jesus will never leave us. He will always be near to help us.
Psalm 22:13-17 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.  My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.  For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.  I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. (KJV)
The lion refer to the Romans. Jesus’ strength was gone, like water spilled on the ground. His bones were out of joint; His heart was like melted wax.
His throat was as dry as dust, His tongue stuck to the roof of His mouth. Evil surrounded Him, like a pack of dogs. His bones could be seen. His enemies looked and stared at Him.
This is an awful picture! Can you see our Lord, naked up on that cross? In this day of nudity and pornography, it’s hard to realize the great humiliation Christ suffered hanging nude on that cross.
Can you see just how horribly they beat and flogged Him? So bad that it cut to His bones! His bones were visible! They beat Him relentlessly and unsparingly. They had NO mercy on gentle Jesus whatsoever. Can you see the love He had for the world? Have you really thanked Him today?
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (KJV)
What He Experienced on the Cross
Psalm 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. (KJV) It is a great insult to human dignity to rob a person of everything, even down to the clothes on their back. But Jesus’ clothing was removed from Him, leaving Him naked and miserable. Jesus the Messiah suffered this humiliating experience on the cross.
Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. (KJV) The Roman soldiers always took the clothing of those they crucified. These soldiers cast lots and divided Jesus’ clothing among themselves, fulfilling the prophecy made by David. Much of Psalm 22 parallels Jesus’ crucifixion.
Most of us will never know the shame and suffering of being penniless and virtually naked in a public place, like so many of the Jews experienced during the Nazi holocaust or even the homeless on the streets of our cities today.
Psalm 22:6-8 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.  All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying,  He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. (KJV) There will be times when others despise and scorn us, treating us as less than human. Let us remember that Jesus knows exactly how we feel. When we feel the sting of rejection, when we “feel like worms” keep in mind the hope and victory that God has promised to us, the same victory Jesus experienced three days after His death!
Jesus heard the scorn of His mockers. “If God is so fond of you, why doesn’t He help you now?” Listen! Can you hear their taunting cries?
Yet our Lord never once complained and He never once told them to “shut up” as we most certainly would have done. What an ordeal this meek and mild mannered Man went through, for us!
Psalm 109:4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. (KJV)
Instead of yelling back at the hateful crowd, what did Jesus do? He prayed! Who did He pray for? The very ones who put Him on that cross, the very ones that yelled those scornful remarks to Him.
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. [KJV] Jesus asked His Father to forgive the people who were putting Him to death: the Jewish leaders, Roman politicians and soldiers, bystanders, and US! And God answered His prayer by opening up the way of salvation . . . even to Jesus’ murderers. The Roman centurion and soldiers who witnessed the crucifixion said, “Surely he was the Son of God” (Mat.27:54). It wouldn’t be too long afterward, when many Levite priests would be converted to the Christian faith (Acts 6:7). Because we ALL are sinners, we ALL played a part in putting Jesus to death. The Gospel (the Good News) is that God is gracious. He will forgive us and give us new life through His Son if only we will repent (turn away from) our sins. Praise His Holy Name!
Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (KJV) The sufferings of Christ were here exactly foretold, which proves the Scriptures to be the unerring Word of God (2 Tim.3:16); and how these predictions were fulfilled exactly in Christ Jesus, which proves Him to be the true Messiah.
Wine mixed with gall was offered to Jesus to help reduce His pain, but Jesus refused to drink it. Gall was known to be a narcotic that was used to deaden pain. Jesus suffered through the entire catastrophe, fully conscious and with a clear mind.
Matthew 27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. (KJV) As we study prophecy, we find that everything God says is true. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). What happened to Christ before, during and after the cross were all foretold in the Bible. How can anyone not see that Jesus is most certainly the Messiah?
John 19:29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. [KJV] Just as was prophesied!
Mark 15:36 And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. (KJV) Recently I heard a sermon where John 19:29 was used. His theory was that this man was a compassionate and gentle soul to offer drink to Jesus. I felt then he was wrong, and the more I considered it, the more I know he was wrong. Look at what Mark 15:36 states! “Leave Him alone. Let’s see whether Elijah will come and take him down!” This man was just one of the riotous crowd who was scoffing and mocking our precious Lord. He had not an ounce of mercy, compassion or gentleness in him. He delighted in seeing Jesus suffer. My opinion!
Psalm 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. (KJV) This prophecy is about Christ when He was crucified. It was the Roman custom to break the legs of the victim to hurry death, yet not one of Jesus’ bones was broken. Since Jesus was already dead when the soldiers came, they didn’t have to speed up His death.
John 19:32-37 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.  But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:  But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.  And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.  For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.  And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced. (KJV) Another prophecy fulfilled! Zec.12:10 states that Christ was “pierced.”
Psalm 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. (KJV) “Dogs” refers to Gentiles (Romans). They pierced His hands and His feet, which were nailed to the accursed tree (Deut. 21:23; Gal. 3:13). His body was left hanging, held there by huge nails, suffering the most severe pain and torture. Our Lord Jesus was stripped naked, when He was crucified, that He might clothe us with His robe of righteousness. How much love Jesus has for us!
John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. [KJV]
One day the Jews will look at the One whom they pierced to death, and they will mourn for Him like those who mourn for an only child. The day will come when they will mourn bitterly, like those who have lost their first-born son. Zec.12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (KJV) They will finally realize that they were wrong! But, please do not blame only the Jews. We ALL were responsible, and it was God the Father’s plan (Acts 2:22-23), so He allowed it. They crucified our Lord; a most horrendous death. They nailed Him to the cross where He died in agony and excruciating pain.
His death had to be, or we could never be friends of God (Rom.5:1-10). Only His precious and Holy Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19) can justify us. Our “righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Is.64:6), so IF we want to be righteous before God, we must get that righteousness from Jesus, and only Jesus! Do you ever really consider Jesus’ death?
Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (KJV) Jesus plainly stated He would rise from the dead. God did NOT leave His soul among the dead, nor allow His Son to rot in the grave. Jesus rose. He’s alive!
Matthew 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. (KJV)
Mark 9:9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. (KJV)
Mark 14:28 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee. (KJV)
John 2:19-22 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?  But he spake of the temple of his body.  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. (KJV) Jesus is God and He CANNOT lie. We serve a risen Saviour!
Luke 24:1-9 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:  And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,  Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.  And they remembered his words,  And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. [KJV] Two angels appearing as men in clothes that gleamed like lightning, asked the women why they were looking in a tomb for Someone who was alive. Many people look for God among the dead. They study the Bible merely as history and go to church as if were a memorial service. Jesus is not among the dead! He lives! He reigns in the hearts of TRUE Christians everywhere, and He is the Head of His church.
Jesus Appeared to Many!
Mary Magdalene. Mark 16:9; John 20:18. . . . The women. Matthew 28:9. . . . Simon Peter. Luke 24:34. . . . Two disciples. Luke 24:13-31. . . . The apostles, except Thomas. John 20:19, 24. . . . Apostles, with Thomas there. John 20:26. . . . Apostles at the sea of Tiberias. John 21:1. . . . Apostles in Galilee. Matthew 28:16-17. . . . About five hundred brethren at once. 1 Cor. 15:6. . . . James. 1 Cor. 15:7. . . . All the Apostles. Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9; 1 Cor. 15:7. . . . Paul. 1 Cor. 15:8.
Misrepresentation or deception is impossible in the fact of His resurrection. Matthew 27:63-66 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.  Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.  Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.  So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. (KJV) On the Jewish Sabbath, when the chief priests and Pharisees should have been at their devotions, they were with Pilate trying to make sure the grave was secure. This took place that there might be reliable proof of our Lord’s resurrection. Pilate told them that they could secure the sepulchre as cautiously as they could, and they did. They sealed the stone, and put a guard at the entrance. But this didn’t stop our Lord from coming out of that grave. All the plans of Christ’s enemies will do nothing except promote His glory.
Years ago, my husband and I worked for a wealthy Jewish man. Any time we’d say anything about Christ’s death, he’d say “You stole Him” meaning Jesus never did rise from the dead because Christians stole His Body.
Matthew 28:11-15 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.  And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,  Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.  And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.  So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. (KJV) I guess he really believed this in his heart, but he was wrong. History proves Jesus is alive, and I know He is alive because of His Presence within me (Rom.8:9; 1 Cor.3:16; Eph.1:13; 1 Jn.3:24; 4:4). I believe the prophecies and I believe they have been fulfilled concerning Jesus’ death and resurrection. I know He lives, and I know He will never leave or forsake me (Jn.14:16-18, 26; 1 Jn.2:1; 2 Jn.1:2; Heb.13:5).
He gave many infallible proofs of His resurrection. Luke 24:35, 39, 43; John 20:20, 27; Acts 1:3 Mat.27:63-66. It was attested by: Angels. Mat.28:5-7; Luke 24:4-7, 23. . . . Apostles. Acts 1:22; 2:32; 3:15; 4:33.. . . His enemies. Matthew 28:11-15. . . . Declared and preached by the Apostles. Acts 25:19; 26:23.
Jesus’ resurrection is key to Christian faith. WHY?
(1) Just as He promised, Jesus rose from the dead. We can be confident, therefore, that He will accomplish ALL He has promised.
(2) Jesus’ bodily resurrection tells us that He is alive! He lives! He is NOT a false prophet or imposter, He is ruler of God’s eternal Kingdom.
(3) We can be sure of our own bodily resurrection because Jesus was resurrected. Death is not the end, it’s just the beginning! There is a future life in Heaven to all those who trust and believe on Jesus.
(4) The divine power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us, to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life.
(5) The resurrection is the reason for the church to witness to the world. See: Mat.28:6; Mk. 16:6; Lu.24:6-7; Jn.20:9; 1 Cor. 15:13-18.
Many people fear death because they can neither control nor understand it. As believers, we can be assured that God will not forget us when we die. He will bring us to life again to live with Him forever. This gives us real comfort, peace and security. For other passages about resurrection, see Job 19:25-26; Is. 26:19; Dan. 12:2, 13; Mk.13:27; 1 Cor. 15:12-58; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:11-21:4.
A WORD OF WARNING: ALL those who reject Jesus and refuse to believe in Him and what He has done for the world, will also be resurrected, but theirs will be a resurrection to damnation.
Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. [KJV]
Matthew 25:31-33 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. (KJV)
John 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV)
Romans 2:5-6 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (KJV)
2 Thes. 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV) I think these verses prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that there will be TWO separate resurrections. I pray you will be in the first one (Rev.20:5-6).
We Shall Be Resurrected One Day!
1 Cor. 15:53-54 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (KJV) This happens at the Rapture.
Philip. 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV) I look to this day, for then I will no longer sin, ever again. Come, Lord Jesus, Come! (1 Thes.4:13-18).
Jesus’ Ascension to Heaven
Psalm 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. (KJV) This verse is quoted in Ephes. 4:8, which shows us the ministry of the ascended Christ. It observes His victory over evil. It assures us who believe in Christ that by trusting Him, we can overcome evil.
Ephes. 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (KJV) Christ, in His crucifixion and resurrection, was victorious over Satan. When Christ ascended to Heaven, He gave gifts to the church, some of which Paul discusses in Ephes. 4:11-13.
The Bible says Christ did ascend into Heaven!
Luke 24:50-51 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. [KJV]
Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. [KJV] While the disciples looked toward Heaven as He went up, two men in white apparel said to them: “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven.” This is prophecy too! He will return in the clouds, just as He left. He will return for us (1 Thes.4:13-18; John 14:2-3; 1 Cor.15:51-55).
Other Prophecies From Psalms About Christ
Chapter 9 Jesus came to do God’s will.
Psalm 40:7-8 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. [KJV] See: Hebrews 10:5-7
His throne will last forever.
Psalm 45:6-7 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.  Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. [KJV] See: Hebrews 1:8-9.
He is zealous for God.
Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. [KJV] See: John 2:17.
He will return to judge the world.
Psalm 96:12-13 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice  Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth. [KJV] See: 1 Thes.1:10; Mat.25:32; Jn.5:22; 2 Tim.4:1.
He is David’s Son, and David’s Lord.
Psalm 110:1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. [KJV] See: Mat.22:44; Lu. 20:42; Ac.2:34. David knew that the Messiah would be both human and divine.
He is the eternal Priest-King.
Psalm 110:4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. [KJV] See: Hebrews 6:20.
He is rejected by many, but accepted by God.
Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. [KJV] See: 1 Peter 2:7-8.
I am certain I did not enter into this booklet all the Messianic verses that are in the wonderful Book of Psalms. What I have tried to do is show that Jesus is back in this Book, and that the prophecies about His death, resurrection and ascension have been fulfilled, to the letter! The more I study prophecy, the more amazed I am at the utter wisdom of God!
For some other prophecies about Jesus (and their fulfillment) in other Old Testament Books.
Gen.3:15 (Gal.4:4); 18:18 (Ac.3:25); Gen.17:19 (Mat.1:2; Lu.3:34); Num.24:17 (Lu.3:34); Gen.49:10 (Lu.3:33); Is.9:7 (Mat.1:1); Dan.9:25 (Lu.2:1-2); Is.7:14 (Mt.1:18); Jer.31:15 (Mat.2:16); Hos.11:1 (Mat.2:14); Is.9:1-2 (Mat. 4:12-16); Deut.18:15 (Jn.6:14); Is.53:3 (Jn.1:11); Is.11:2 (Lu.2:52); Zec.11:9 (Jn.12:13-14); Zec.11:12-13 (Mat.26:15; 27:6-7); Is.53:7 (Mat. 26:62-63); Is.53: 6 (Mk.14:65); Is.53:4-5 (Mat. 8:16-17); Is.53:12 (Mat.27:38); Zec.12:10 (Jn. 19:34); Is.53:9 (Mat.27:57-60).
AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS
We must start at the foot of the Cross,
For our soul’s in danger, we’re at loss.
And when we kneel, in that awesome place,
At that very moment, you’ll feel God’s grace.
Friend, let me tell you; you need to know,
There is Heaven; also Hell below!
Christ died on that Cross, to set you free,
From your vile sins, and Hell’s agony.
You’re God’s enemy, without the Cross,
Reject Christ, and to God, you are dross.
To the prison of Hell, He will send,
Just Christ’s work on the Cross, makes amends.
God hates those who try, to enter in
The gates of Heaven, still full of sin.
Only His Son, can take sin away,
Go to the foot of the Cross, this day.
God has provided only ONE Way,
To enter Heaven’s wondrous array.
Accept what Jesus did for us all,
He paid our debt, so Hell won’t befall.
Go to the foot of the Cross this day,
His precious Blood washes sin away.
We each need to think more of His Cross,
For without our Saviour, we’re total loss.
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Oct.7,1996 # 267
(Ro.5:1-2,8-10; 8:6-9; Jam.4:4; Ep.2:15-16; Gal.6:14; Phil.3:18; Col.1:20; 2:14; Pro.13:13; 1 Pet.1:18-19)
Have you opened the door of your heart to Jesus?
The TRUTH about SALVATION
How does a person get to Heaven? Some teach that if the good things you do outweigh the bad, God will let you in. That is FALSE! If you believe that, you are headed for Hell (John 3:16, 36; 8:24; 14:6).
There is only ONE Way to Heaven according to the Bible. That is faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ. You could NEVER do enough good deeds in 100 life times to permit you access to Heaven. You could NEVER buy your way to Heaven with all the money in the world. You can NEVER perform enough rituals or sacraments no matter what church you belong to. Faith in Christ is the only way.
The Bible tells us we all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Rom.3:23). Since God allows nothing bad or evil to enter Heaven (Rev.21:8, 22:15), NO sinner is permitted. We must first believe God, and trust and accept what Jesus did for us on the cross. Only then will the Father credit our account with the righteousness of His Son (1 Cor.1:30; Rom.3:22, 25-26). Only our faith can make us right in God’s eyes, just as Abraham’s faith made him right in God’s eyes all those many years ago (Rom. 3:25-26; 4:3,5-6, 9,22; Gal.3:6).
We have absolutely NO righteousness of our own (Isa.64:6), any righteousness we possess must come through faith in Christ (Philip. 3:9; Rom.5:1-2).
If you think you can EARN your way to Heaven, if you think you can establish your own righteousness, you are 100% wrong! IF you could earn your way to Heaven, then our precious Lord Jesus died for nothing!
Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. IF we could be saved by keeping the law, or doing good, then there was no need for Christ to die.
God is pure and holy. We are vile sinners, actually we are His enemies. God cannot even look at sin. We must be made “right” in His eyes to have fellowship with Him. Only acceptance of Jesus justifies us, gives us access to the Father and makes us His friends (Rom.5:1-10). There is NO other way! Many say that Way is too narrow (Mat.7:13-14). But friend, that Way is wide enough for the whole world if they choose to walk it!
Many who seek God are confused about what He wants them to do. False teachers give so many answers to this question. But salvation really is simple. Pleasing God does NOT come from any work we do, but from Whom we believe. You must believe Jesus is who He claims to be. We must, like Peter believe He is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mat.16:16).
John 6:28-29 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. The ONLY “work” God desires of us, is that we believe Him!
Salvation is a Gift (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8-9)! It is absolutely FREE to “whosoever.” John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Only Jesus has the KEY to Heaven! IF we believe in Him, we have everlasting life in Heaven. Believe God! And Heaven is yours! (John 5:24; 8:24; 1 John 5:10-12).
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Understanding What Jesus Said
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